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Palatine boy scouts send science experiment into space via SpaceX rocket
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A SpaceX rocket that launched Monday toward the International Space Station is carrying an experiment from a boy scouts troop in Palatine.
Trump appears to accidentally share Twitter dis
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Twitter user who called President Trump a fascist and frequently shares anti-Trump sentiment, joked Tuesday that the president “agrees with him.”
Confederate statue toppled in Durham, N.C.; others vandalized as cities consider removal of such monuments
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A Confederate monument is toppled in Durham, N.C., others are vandalized as municipal leaders in cities across the U.S. said they would step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces.
Lawsuit claims rodent was baked into Chick
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawsuit claims a suburban Philadelphia woman got an extra topping in her Chick-fil-A sandwich: a dead rodent.
Police arrest man accused of ramming Bentley, Rolls
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — Police say a 32-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly rammed his car into two luxury vehicles at a Washington car dealership, causing more than $500,000 in damage.
How Technology Might Get Out of Control
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The pace of change may make regulation by humans impossible.
German police hunt stolen trailer full of chocolate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BERLIN (AP) — Police say a semi-trailer full of chocolate has been stolen in a small central German town and are calling on witnesses who may have seen the sweet-toothed thieves.
Portal Smart WiFi Router Giveaway
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Enter for a chance to win a Portal smart WiFi router for more effortless streaming, surfing, and gaming activities!
Coleman Giveaway
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Enter to win a Coleman Stadium Seat!
Topshop Giveaway
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Enter to win lipstick by Topshop!
Here are the cities in the US where you'll get to see a total solar eclipse
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Americans are about to experience a solar eclipse. On August 21, the entire US will be able to...
AI draws parallels between fields you never knew were connected
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Drawing analogies means linking different spheres of knowledge to either clarify or problem solve in new ways. Researchers have come up with a way to teach AI what this means -- and it could be really big.
Woman gets OK for license plate inspired by 'covfefe' tweet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CORTLAND, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials have granted a woman's request to have President Donald Trump's mysterious tweeted typo, "covfefe," on her license plate.
Here Are The Odds An Asteroid Will Hit Earth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists calculated the odds that a 1,000-foot asteroid will strike Earth in the next century.
Those solar eclipse glasses you bought on Amazon might not protect your eyes after all
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
With a week until 2017's much-anticipated total solar eclipse, Amazon has recalled several eclipse glasses sold on its site over concerns they may not have come from trusted manufacturers. Since the rare phenomenon is unsafe to view with the naked eye, many eager people hoping to safely catch a glimpse of the moon passing in front of the sun purchased protective eyewear in advance.  However, as Oregon broadcaster KGW reported, in some cases, those who purchased the glasses from Amazon recently received email from the company recalling glasses from certain third-party vendors. Amazon is also offering full refunds for recalled products. SEE ALSO: You can do some really cool science during the total solar eclipse In a statement, Amazon said the decision was made out of "an abundance of caution" and that purchasers of affected glasses were notified last week: The company also noted to KGW that anyone who purchased glasses from the manufacturers in question received an email, but for those still concerned here's how to tell if your eclipse glasses or solar viewers are safe. Got the email from Amazon today about the solar eclipse glasses I bought. pic.twitter.com/U4aLkt67xM — Neil Steiner (@neilsteiner4) August 12, 2017 While the recalls and refunds were much appreciated, with the Aug. 21 event fast-approaching, some who purposely bought their glasses in advance can't help but be bummed out over Amazon's oversight.  Just got an email that our solar eclipse glasses I bought months ago may not be safe and now they're sold out everywhere... — Julia Bacon (@missjuliabacon) August 13, 2017 Received email from @amazon this morn: my solar eclipse glasses not NASA apprvd.Don't use. Cred my acct.Now none avail!Bad bus. JustCYA — bloginthewheelLife (@bloginthewheel) August 12, 2017 Though the recall is last minute, have no fear. You can find a list of reputable eclipse glasses and viewers vendors here, and NASA also released an educational DIY video teaching us all how to create a pinhole camera from a cereal box. This way the eclipse can be viewed safely, even without Amazon-purchased eyewear.  WATCH: 20 questions you're too embarrassed to ask about the solar eclipse
Mutant Pig With 2 Bodies, 8 Legs Discovered On Chinese Farm
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A Chinese farmer discovered a mutated pig with two bodies and eight legs on his farm.
Fired Google employee speaks out
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
James Damore, who was fired for a controversial memo he wrote about Google's diversity policies, tells Tucker the real reason he believes he was dismissed #Tucker
Pogue's Basics: Alexa reminders
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Amazon has added the ability to add names to timers with Alexa.
Google drops neo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S., August 7, 2017. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is cancelling the domain for the white supremacist site Daily Stormer due to a “specific, immediate concern about inciting violence,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. The search-engine giant, which hosts website domains through its Google Domains service, made the decision to cut the cord to the hate site after GoDaddy (GDDY) told the Daily Stormer it had 24 hours to move to another domain hosting service.
Learning a Ton of New Science From 2 Minutes of a Total Solar Eclipse
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The 2017 total solar eclipse is special. Unlike 1918, we now have the technology to study its entire journey over the U.S.
SpaceX successfully delivers 20 mice to the International Space Station
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A SpaceX capsule rocketed to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on Monday, carrying tons of science experiments, plus ice cream. As has become customary on these cargo flights, SpaceX landed its leftover booster back at Cape Canaveral shortly after lift-off, a key to its long-term effort to recycle rockets and reduce costs. It was the 14th successful booster landing for SpaceX and the sixth on the giant X at the company's designated touchdown spot at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, just a few miles from its NASA-leased launch pad at Kennedy Space Centre. Falcon 9 rocket bound for the International Space Station being launched from Cape Canaveral Credit: SPACEX/SPACEX Experiments make up most of the 6,400 pounds (2900 kg) of cargo, which should reach the orbiting lab Wednesday. That includes 20 mice that will return alive inside the SpaceX Dragon capsule in about a month. The Dragon is also doubling as an ice cream truck this time. There was extra freezer space, so NASA packed little cups of vanilla, chocolate and birthday cake ice cream, as well as ice cream candy bars. A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lands its leftover booster back at Cape Canaveral shortly after liftoff from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Credit:  John Raoux/AP The mice are part of a study aimed at better understanding visual problems suffered in space by some male astronauts. Scientists will study the pressure in the animals' eyes, as well as the movement of fluid in their brains. Thirty days for mice in space is comparable to three years for humans, according to Florida State University Michael Delp, who's in charge of the experiment. The investigation may help explain why female astronauts don't have this vision problem, which can linger long after space flight, he added. Also going up on behalf of the Michael J. Fox Foundation: protein crystals that, in space, might shed light on Parkinson's disease. This is the 13th delivery by SpaceX , one of two private shippers hired by NASA.
Charlottesville police chief defends officers' conduct during violence
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Charlottesville police chief Al Thomas defended his department’s actions during the "Unite the Right" rally, but expressed remorse at how the "tragic weekend" unfolded.
In Charlottesville aftermath, Europe sees widening divide with US
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
President Trump’s initially vague critique of the white supremacist march through Charlottesville, Va., is being viewed in Europe as a clear sign of divergence between American and European leadership in the face of new expressions of hate in the West. Europeans have expressed doubts about Trump's commitment to post-war bodies such as NATO and to the liberal ideals that undergird the transatlantic relationship. Trump more forcefully denounced white nationalism Monday, telling journalists at the White House that “racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups.” For some observers, however – even across the Atlantic – the delay meant it rang hollow.
Libraries obsolete? No way, say Millennials
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Ms. Charry, who is in her mid-20s, recently earned her master’s in library science and now works as a part-time librarian for various Boston Public Library (BPL) branches. Charry says “more and more” Millennials are interested in being librarians. And just as we need to rethink the stereotypical librarian, she says, we need to reimagine what libraries can do for young people. “Before I started working in a library I would hang out in libraries all the time, just as a place where people are willing to have a conversation or make recommendations for me,” says Charry, in between helping patrons at Boston's South End branch.
What You Need to Know About the Plague
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Scary headlines proclaim the return of the killer bacterial infection. Watch the video to hear what an infectious disease expert has to say.
What neuroscience can tell us about the Google diversity memo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Modern neuroscience doesn't support the idea that intrinsic differences between men and women are fixed and unchangeable.
By attacking queen bumblebee, pesticide threatens colony: study
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A common pesticide used on crops compromises a queen bumblebee's ability to lay eggs, threatening her colony with extinction, according to a study released Monday. Lab experiments used doses of thiamethoxam -- one of the controversial neonicotinoid family -- that corresponded to what a queen bee might encounter in the wild. Exposure to the chemical shifted the timing of colony formation and reduced the number of eggs by more than quarter, the researchers said.
312 dead as mudslides, flooding sweep through Sierra Leone capital
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
At least 312 people were killed and more than 2,000 left homeless on Monday when heavy flooding hit Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown, leaving excavators to pull bodies from rubble and overwhelming the city's morgues. An AFP journalist saw several homes submerged in Regent village, a hilltop community, and corpses floating in the water in the Lumley West area of the city, as the government held an emergency meeting to plan its response to one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit the city. Red Cross spokesman Patrick Massaquoi told AFP the death toll was 312 but could rise further as his team continued to survey disaster areas in Freetown and tally the number of dead.
Amazon issues refunds to customers who bought counterfeit solar eclipse glasses
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
With millions purchasing protective eyewear ahead of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, Amazon is working to remove potentially counterfeit glasses from its marketplace and issue refunds to those who have already bought them online. "The offers from sellers who provided this safety documentation remain available to customers," the spokesperson said. Amazon did not name any of those listings or specific brands in its statement.
The Latest: Experiments, ice cream launched to space station
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
SpaceX launches science experiments to the International Space Station _ plus ice cream
What we know about the man charged in Charlottesville attack, James Alex Fields Jr.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The 20-year-old man accused of driving a car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally Saturday was denied bail in court Monday morning.
College GOP groups condemn Charlottesville rally amid outcry over state leader’s attendance
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Leaders of at least two universities and the national college Republicans organization are moving to denounce white supremacist views after a member of at least one campus GOP chapter appeared to attend at a violent rally in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend.
As neo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Anti-fascist counter-protesters wait outside Emancipation Park to hurl insults as white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” are forced out after the “Unite the Right” rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Emancipation Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.
Police officers corral loose pig; jokes ensue
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WOOLWICH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey were put to the test over the weekend when they were called to catch a loose pig.
Couple admits to crashing wedding; bride finds stunt funny
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SPARTA, N.J. (AP) — A couple who gained notoriety for crashing a New Jersey wedding reception and leaving the newlyweds a card apologizing for their actions said they did it as a lark while on their first date.
After Charlottesville, a calling out of claims on racial superiority
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Whether through peaceful rallies, prayer vigils, or family discussions, many Americans gave a strong reproof to the claims of racial superiority that were behind the Aug. 12 violence in Charlottesville, Va. Their president may have failed to quickly join the widespread condemnation. The popular rebuke of racial hatred after Charlottesville, however, seems hardly enough after so many high-profile cases of racially charged violence in the United States.
NASA’s next spacecraft may launch from virtual and augmented realities
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA astronauts have already visited Mars in virtual reality. Now the agency is exploring new ways to apply virtual and augmented realities for scientists and engineers, from designing next-gen spacecraft to interpreting cosmic data.
Arctic voyage finds global warming impact on ice, animals
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
VICTORIA STRAIT, Nunavut (AP) — The email arrived in mid-June, seeking to explode any notion that global warming might turn our Arctic expedition into a summer cruise.
Prevailing Theories Of Earth Formation Could Be Wrong
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Results of a simulation of Earth’s formation using current theories suggest the planet’s core should contain a lot of zinc, but there is thought to actually be none.
Can offshore fish farming feed a hungry world?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Harvesting fish and shellfish from offshore farms could help provide essential protein to a global population set to expand a third to 10 billion by mid-century, researchers said Monday. Suitable open-sea zones have the potential to yield 15 billion tonnes of fish every year, more than 100 times current worldwide seafood consumption, they reported in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. Coastal and inland aquaculture already accounts for more than half of the fish consumed around the world.
SpaceX launching research to space station
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
SpaceX launches science experiments to the International Space Station _ plus ice cream
Sessions says Trump hasn't apologized for publicly scolding him
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The attorney general says the president can attack him or anyone else in his Cabinet if he’s not happy with them.
How presidents should speak about racist violence: Lessons from history
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Heyer was killed when a car rammed into a group of people who were protesting the presence of white supremacists who had gathered in the city for a rally. Critics are rightly castigating President Trump for issuing a series of vague, opaque statements in the wake of white supremacist-fueled violence that rocked Charlottesville, Va., this weekend. In response to the violence that claimed three lives and injured many, Trump said this: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” before repeating “on many sides,” as if to emphasize that it was really the “many sides” that were at fault.
Trump declares ‘racism is evil’ and denounces neo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
After coming under fire for not naming the hate groups involved in violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, President Trump delivered a statement from the White House on Monday explicitly condemning them.
Going green: Georgia man repeats as kale
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HAMBURG, N.Y. (AP) — When it comes to chowing down on kale, Gideon Oji is once again the top dog, beating back a challenge from hot-dog-eating champ Joey Chestnut.
An alligator lurking by the road? No, just a plastic toy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DANVERS, Mass. (AP) — No, a live alligator was not lurking by the side of a Massachusetts highway this weekend: It was just a plastic toy.
Amazon is warning customers and refunding unreliable eclipse glasses sold on its site
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
We’re nine days from the first total solar eclipse to be seen in America in nearly a century, and eclipse-watchers are frantically organizing travel and equipment to ensure a good view, including protective glasses. But some people who purchased those glasses on Amazon received warnings today from the retailer not to use them. Amazon’s email…
The Scientific Benefits Of Total Solar Eclipses
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun so that it blocks part or all of the sunlight as viewed from a particular location on our planet.
Begone, silicon: new semiconductors touted as the future for our chips
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Silicon cannot take our computing power as far as we would like, but researchers believe other materials can.