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Maple syrup inc.: Vermont’s maple syrup tradition goes high tech, high finance
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
On the rugged western slopes of Vermont’s Mt. Mansfield, a web of plastic tubing connects some 71,000 tree taps to one of the frontiers of Vermont’s rapidly changing maple syrup industry. Workers package up sleek bottles holding cardamom-infused and pecan wood-smoked maple syrup – two of about a dozen flavors that Runamok’s owners Eric and Laura Sorkin have developed in the two years since they ditched bulk syrup production and started this artisanal, direct-to-consumer business. The Sorkins have been upending conventions here since they started sugaring a decade ago, a few years after they quit jobs in Washington, D.C., to farm in Vermont.
These Koch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The groups are launching a seven-figure campaign
Desiree Linden Just Became the First American Woman to Win the Boston Marathon in Three Decades
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Linden lost the 2011 Boston Marathon title by just six seconds
1 Dead, 7 Injured After Southwest Airlines Jet Engine Explosion Forces Emergency Landing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The plane landed in Philadelphia
Nikki Haley Fires Back at Larry Kudlow on Russian Sanctions: 'With All Due Respect, I Don't Get Confused'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kudlow said Haley "got ahead of the curve" when she said the U.S. would be slapping new sanctions on Russia
Pot holiday traces roots to California high school stoners
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That's the numerical code for marijuana's high holiday, a celebration and homage to pot's enduring and universal slang for smoking.
Passenger Killed On Southwest Flight Is the First U.S. Commercial Airline Fatality In 9 Years
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The flight made an emergency landing in Philadelphia due to engine failure
It's exciting that so many see the future in space: Boein...
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Boeing Defense Space and Security CEO, Leanne Caret, discusses the future of space technology and what role Boeing will play.
Scientists Accidentally Make Plastic
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
There are worse accidents
Barbara Bush, the 'enforcer' of a political dynasty, is dead
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
While her husband was the linchpin of a multigenerational political dynasty, Barbara Bush, with her shock of white hair and trademark pearls, provided much of the steel in the family.
Barbara Bush: A life in pictures
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
View photos of Barbara Bush through the years. The former first lady died on April 17 at age 92.
Public figures react to the death of Barbara Bush
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Within minutes of the news that former first lady Barbara Bush had died Tuesday at the age of 92, tributes began pouring in from political figures, including those in her own family.
NASA Researches Ethereum Blockchain Tech for Deep Space Exploration
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A research project funded and co-run by NASA is looking to leverage the Ethereum blockchain’s smart contracts technology to automate spacecraft maneuvering while avoiding space debris. In developments that could potentially have significant implications for deep space probes, NASA is putting resources behind a research project that fundamentally envisions the use of blockchain technology to
'Larry Was a Monster.' Gymnast McKayla Maroney Speaks for the First Time About Sexual Abuse by Team Doctor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney spoke in person for the first time about abuse she experienced by gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar
Canada Recalls Families of Diplomats in Cuba Following Mystery Illness
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
10 Canadian diplomats are experiencing inexplicable health problems similar to American diplomats in September
Suspected Canadian Serial Killer Bruce McArthur Is Facing an Eighth Murder Charge
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Canadian alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is now facing an eighth murder charge — the death of a Sri Lankan man
The mice of NYC may be contributing to antibiotic resistance
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Humans and mice: a dynamic duo as old as civilization itself. Where we thrive, they thrive. Yet the mice living near us may carry genes that contribute to the looming threat of superbugs. In two side-by-side studies published today (April 17) in the journal mBio, researchers analyzed stool, kidney, and liver samples from over 400…
Comey book says he threatened to call for a special counsel over Clinton emails
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
FBI Director James Comey nearly called for a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s email server in the spring of 2016 after Clinton’s lawyers refused on the grounds of attorney-client privilege to turn over their laptops for examination by the bureau’s agents.
Night Court Star Harry Anderson Dies at 65
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Anderson was found dead after officers responded to a call from his home
5 Reasons Shinzo Abe Needs the U.S.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
After the Japan Prime Minister's rough spring, he needs a win
John McCain Is in 'Stable Condition' Following Surgery to Treat an Intestinal Infection
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Republican senator needed surgery for an infection linked to his colon
Space Angels co
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
CNBC's Morgan Brennan speaks with Dylan Taylor, Space Angels co-founder, discusses his commercial investments in space.
Why Are Huge Groups of Sharks Gathering Together?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
These usually solitary creatures are gathering in huge groups, puzzling scientists.
Study: Diamond from the sky may have come from 'lost planet'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists say fragments of a meteorite that fell to Earth about a decade ago provide compelling evidence of a lost planet that once roamed our solar system
U.N. scofflaws owe N.Y.C. an insane amount of money
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Daily Digit is the story behind the numbers that make the world turn. Today we're looking at the $16 million in unpaid parking fines owed to New York City by drivers with U.N. diplomat license plates.
Tunisia's democracy: Freedom is disappointingly messy, but there's hope
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Tarek Dziri cannot forget Tunisia’s revolution for a single minute. Mr. Dziri was 26 years old and a new father, working as a chef in the town of Al Fahs, 40 miles south of the capital, when riots broke out in central Tunisia in December 2010 against the country’s dictatorial then-president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. On Jan. 12, 2011, Dziri and his friends decided to join the protest movement and demonstrate in front of the Al Fahs police station to denounce the killing of innocent civilians.
India’s swing in favor of girls
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
A string of protests has erupted in India over recent days – in the streets, on social media, and, notably, among Bollywood actresses. The size of the protests suggests a strong challenge to India’s historic fatalism about the role of girls and women as weak, submissive, or expendable. Rape remains a particular problem in India, even after mass protests in 2012 over an attack on a young woman in Delhi.
White House readies new system for space traffic management, VP Mike Pence says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Trump administration is getting set to sign off on a new set of procedures for managing space traffic and minimizing space junk, Vice President Mike Pence said today. During an opening address to the 34th Space Symposium here, Pence talked up efforts to boost human spaceflight, set a course for the moon and Mars, and trim back regulations on the space industry. “Under President Donald Trump, America is leading in space once again,” said Pence, who chairs the White House’s National Space Council. Pence called on the Senate to confirm Trump’s choice for NASA administrator,… Read More
A Fragment of a Lost Planet Found in Sudan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Diamonds in the unique meteorite suggest it came from deep within a large protoplanet that was destroyed as the solar system formed.
California Blocks National Guard From Helping Trump's Priorities at the Border
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Jerry Brown elicited praise from Donald Trump after he pledged 400 troops to the Guard's third large-scale border mission since 2006
Why Did SpaceX Delay NASA TESS Launch?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
SpaceX’s planned launch of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has been delayed. The $337 million exoplanet-hunting spacecraft must wait until at least Wednesday before it can blast off. TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is shown in this photo.
Inmate Says He Saw Bodies Stack Up During Deadly South Carolina Prison Riot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He said correctional officers didn't do anything to stop the violence or check on the injured
Philippines to deploy riot police for Boracay tourist closure
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Philippines is set to deploy hundreds of riot police to top holiday island Boracay to keep travellers out and head off potential protests ahead of its six-month closure to tourists, the government said Tuesday. President Rodrigo Duterte has branded the tiny central island and its world-famous white-sand beach a "cesspool". "In any transition, especially for a drastic action such as this, there is always confusion, uncertainties, and low morale," the regional police director, Chief Superintendent Cesar Binag said at a public forum on the island, aired on national television.
The Two Koreas Are Technically Still at War With Each Other. That Could End Soon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
No peace treaty has been signed to replace the 1953 armistice that ended the war
Scientists Accidentally Create A Plastic
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A Japanese waste dump is an unlikely location for what may be a huge
Comey blitzes the media on book tour
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
James Comey’s book tour began in earnest on Tuesday with the former FBI director scheduled for no less than eight high-profile interviews to promote his much-anticipated memoir, "A Higher Loyalty," over the next three days.
You want tarantula with that? At U.S. burger joint, it's an option
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Kristin Barnaby, a self-described arachnophobe, found a way to overcome what she dreads at a North Carolina burger joint. "I am going to eat my fear," the 27-year-old said at the Bull City Burger and Brewery, where she tucked in to a hamburger topped with a crunchy full-grown, oven-roasted tarantula and a side of fries. The tarantula burger was a feature of the restaurant's April exotic meat month, which in the past six years has featured iguana, alligator, camels, python, turtle and various insects.
Russia wants US military out of Syria. But it still needs US to help bring peace.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Whatever the message the US hoped to send Russia with its carefully orchestrated missile barrage Friday on alleged chemical warfare sites in Syria, it doesn't seem to have changed any minds in the Kremlin. Moscow remains convinced that the US has no coherent endgame for Syria, and its continued occupation of about a third of Syrian territory, together with its allies, has no purpose other than to play the role of spoiler, analysts here say.
Meanwhile on ... Réunion Island, there is now a turtle sanctuary
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Réunion Island, on a beach where sea turtles were once hunted and then bred commercially, there is now a turtle sanctuary. Kélonia was founded in 1994 to care for and protect the giant creatures (they can weigh as much as 1,500 pounds), which are among the most ancient on earth. Until fairly recently, sea turtles were hunted for their meat and perceived medicinal properties.
Jimmy Kimmel Stopped By Coachella So Eminem Could Totally Nail His Response to a Mean Tweet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
“Remember when Eminem was actually dope?” read one mean tweet
Ret. Admiral: President Trump’s Actions Are Making Many Military Leaders Uncomfortable
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
James Stavridis analyzes the significant challenges senior military face today
White House Says Russia Sanctions Are Still Under Consideration
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Trump administration walked back U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's announcement that new economic sanctions were imminent
NASA's New Exoplanet Telescope Could Help Us Find Another Earth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA built its latest planet-hunter to do one thing really, really well: find nearby worlds like Earth.
The U.S. and U.K Warn That Russia Is Targeting Global Internet Routers for Espionage
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The governments said the Russian operations could lay the foundation for future offensive cyberattacks
Officials: Russian hackers targeted routers in US and UK
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In a joint announcement from the Department of Homeland Security and the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center, officials warned that millions of routers around the world may be affected; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.
No Immediate Ruling on the FBI's Raid of President Trump's Lawyer Michael Cohen
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A neutral third party may be allowed to weigh in
Investigators Were Kept from Entering the Site of the Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Lack of access is hampering international efforts to determine what happened
Power to the party: Why political reforms can be bad for democracy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Over the last half-century, political power has devolved from party functionaries to ordinary citizens voting in primaries. That has made the system more democratic — but also more susceptible to manipulation by populist demagogues. Some political scientists think it’s time to take another look.