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French rock star played on American persona
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Until last week, most Americans had no idea who Johnny Hallyday was and probably could not have cared less – but the feelings were anything but mutual. “Johnny belonged to you, to the public, to France,” President Emmanuel Macron – who, at 39, is well below the average age of most Hallyday fans – told the crowd. Recommended: More than Bastille, Bonaparte, and brie: Test your knowledge of France with our quiz!
Jerusalem: Exhausted and adrift, Palestinians offer muted response to Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
When President Trump officially recognized the city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last week, with no mention of Palestinian claims to it, critics said it was like tossing a hand grenade into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and warned it would light the Palestinian street on fire. Thousands of Palestinians have indeed taken to the streets to demonstrate, sparking a predictable round of clashes with Israeli security forces that to date have left two protesters killed in Gaza and dozens more Palestinians wounded. A few rockets were fired into southern Israel from Hamas-ruled Gaza as well, eliciting Israeli return fire.
Why GOP faces challenge selling tax cuts to younger voters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Millennials are a key demographic for politicians. They are the biggest group of taxpayers, home buyers, and – soon – voters.
Saudi Arabia to Lift Ban on Movie Theaters After 35 Years
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Movie theaters were shut down in the 1980s
Flu Season Is Already Off to a Bad Start
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Flu season is underway in the United States, and a new report shows that flu activity is already higher than typical for this time of year. The new CDC report, published Dec. 7, also said that during the week of Thanksgiving, the percentage of people visiting the doctor for flu-like illness was 2.3 percent, which is slightly above the "national baseline" for flu visits — the threshold for what's typically seen in the off-season — which is 2.2 percent. "Influenza activity in the United States … has been increasing since early November," the researchers wrote in their report.
The World's Largest Organism Is Dying
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Pando, the world's largest living organism — and possibly its oldest — is being destroyed by the voracious appetite of mule deer. Also known as the trembling giant, Pando is a colony of quaking aspen that spans 106 acres (43 hectares) of south-central Utah. Because of an explosion of deer in the area, new sprouts from Pando are eaten before they have a chance to mature, and the venerable organism is at risk of dying out altogether.
Paul Manafort's Friend Is Still Making a Ton of Money on a Mostly Dormant Trump Super PAC
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He has been paid about $830,000
Bitcoin Futures Are Wall Street's New Big Thing — And They're Up 26%
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Here's what all the fuss is about
This 5,000
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The fish is a Mola alexandrini ocean sunfish, researchers reported Dec. 5 in the journal Ichthyological Research. Originally, the fish, which was caught in 1996, was misidentified as a Mola mola, a better-known species of sunfish. "For the same reason, we adopt the already proposed Japanese common name Ushi-manbo," said study leader Etsuro Sawai, a sunfish expert at Hiroshima University.
Protecting Earth from Meteors: Atmosphere Effortlessly Shatters Incoming Rock
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A man holds what might be a fragment from the Chelyabinsk meteor in 2013. Melosh and his co-authors studied the Chelyabinsk meteoroid, a hunk of rock about 55 feet across that burned up over central Russia in 2013. Burned up is a bit of an understatement: The meteoroid actually exploded in a bright fireball, creating a shock wave that destroyed windows in the region, with bystanders wounded by the flying glass shards.
What to Know About the Attack in New York City Today
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
One suspect has been taken into custody after an explosion at a major transit hub
Sleep Paralysis Is Linked to Stress (and Supernatural Beliefs)
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
English folklore once dubbed such nocturnal visitations as simply "nightmares." Today, however, the phenomenon is called sleep paralysis — or being mentally aware while falling asleep or waking up, yet totally unable to move. Sleep paralysis "occurs when features of REM sleep, specifically muscle paralysis, continue into our waking lives," said Alice Gregory, a professor of psychology at Goldsmiths University of London.
Ocean plastic: clean it up, but avoid the mistakes of global climate policy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
We should look instead at the successful fight to save the ozone layer.
The World’s Largest Muslim Country Is Protesting President Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Protests have spread across Muslim-majority countries in solidarity with Palestine
People blame Mercury retrograde for everything from delayed planes to relationship troubles — but scientists say it's totally bogus
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mercury is in retrograde for the fourth time this year. The astrology community says Mercury retrograde can affect your relationships, communication, and travel plans. In reality, Mercury in retrograde isn't such an unusual occurrence: The planet goes into retrograde about four times a year.
Suspect in Custody After 'Terror
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
One suspect is in custody following an explosion early Monday at New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square, police said.
Blood Red Skies Over China Explained 300 Years Later
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
On Sept. 10, 1770, the skies above China, Korea and Japan turned an eerie red, and for eight more nights these glowing red auroras lingered. For nearly three centuries, this mysterious event was lost to history. Now, researchers poring through palace diaries and other historical documents from East Asia have rediscovered the bizarre phenomenon, and have proposed a likely cause: A giant magnetic storm that rivaled the most powerful one on record, the so-called Carrington Event of 1859.
How virtual reality is opening up some of the world’s most inaccessible archaeological sites
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A Native American tribe in California got a chance to reconnect with their past through virtual reality models of inaccessible, sacred sites.
Baby formula maker calls global recall over salmonella fears
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
PARIS (AP) — Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination.
Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby Says He Couldn't Bring Himself to Vote for Roy Moore
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"The state of Alabama deserves better"
Yes, Your Daily Stress Can Haunt Your Dreams
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In the study, the researchers looked for links between people's dream experiences and whether three particular psychological needs were fulfilled or left people feeling frustrated: the need to feel competent, the need to feel autonomous, and the need to feel related to other people. Then, the researchers compared the dreams to what was going on in the students' lives and whether their psychological needs were met.
Predicting the unpredictable in Alabama Senate race
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Tuesday’s special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions is as difficult a race to predict as you will ever see. In the deep red state that hasn’t had a competitive statewide contest in years, the polling apparatus are rusty.
Trump denies 4
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Monday morning, shortly after CNN discussed a New York Times report describing Trump’s TV viewing habits, Trump took to Twitter to dismiss the article. Though he claimed he doesn’t watch much TV and seldom if ever watches CNN, many have seen signs that he does.
The Second Coming, brought to you by — who else? Donald Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Donald Trump excited evangelical Christians and many orthodox Jews, who see it as laying the groundwork to rebuild the Holy Temple and a precursor to the Second Coming of Christ.
North Korea’s Kim will not be intimidated, To get a read on North Korea, watch the US, not China, Why Pope Francis didn’t say ‘Rohingya,’ Can
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“North Korea continued its defiance of the international community with the test of yet another ballistic missile [Nov. 29],” states an editorial. “In response to this latest outrage, concerned governments continue to try to muster a concerted effort to constrain North Korean behavior.... Still, flaws in the strategy to do so remain unfixed and must be remedied.... The challenge is for the U.S. and partners like Japan to articulate a diplomatic settlement that Pyongyang can support.
'This Is the New Normal.' California Braces for Second Week Engulfed in Flames
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The fires could last through the holiday season
Monsanto is Giving Cash to U.S. Farmers to Use its Controversial Weedkiller
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Monsanto is Giving Cash to U.S. Farmers to Use its Controversial Weedkiller
Baby milk maker orders global recall over salmonella fears
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. The French company, one of the largest dairy groups ...
North Korea’s Kim will not be intimidated, To get a read on North Korea, watch the US, not China, Why Pope Francis didn’t say ‘Rohingya,’ Can
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“North Korea continued its defiance of the international community with the test of yet another ballistic missile [Nov. 29],” states an editorial. “In response to this latest outrage, concerned governments continue to try to muster a concerted effort to constrain North Korean behavior.... Still, flaws in the strategy to do so remain unfixed and must be remedied.... The challenge is for the U.S. and partners like Japan to articulate a diplomatic settlement that Pyongyang can support.
Forced Evictions in China's Capital Spark a Rare Display of Dissent
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Activists say authorities are using a recent fire to justify a crackdown
Nikki Haley: President Trump's Sexual Misconduct Accusers Should be Heard
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"Women should always feel comfortable coming forward," Haley said
France to name winners of anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
PARIS (AP) — Several U.S.-based climate scientists are about to hit the jackpot, as French President Emmanuel Macron prepares to award them multi-year, all-expenses-paid grants to relocate to France.
From Covfefe to Hollyweed: Weird news grabs headlines in 2017
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's Oval Office style dominated U.S. headlines in 2017, but readers were particularly perplexed by his use of the word "covfefe," in what turned out to be one of the oddest news stories of the year. A tweet by Trump in May read simply: "Despite the constant negative press covfefe." White House officials batted away questions about what the word meant and even the dictionary company Merriam-Webster drew a blank. Trump left it up to the reader to divine his meaning, with a follow-up: "Who can figure out the true meaning of 'covfefe' ???
North Korea’s Kim will not be intimidated, To get a read on North Korea, watch the US, not China, Why Pope Francis didn’t say ‘Rohingya,’ Can
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“North Korea continued its defiance of the international community with the test of yet another ballistic missile [Nov. 29],” states an editorial. “In response to this latest outrage, concerned governments continue to try to muster a concerted effort to constrain North Korean behavior.... Still, flaws in the strategy to do so remain unfixed and must be remedied.... The challenge is for the U.S. and partners like Japan to articulate a diplomatic settlement that Pyongyang can support.
Subway paleontology: LA construction unearths fossil trove
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As part of the crew digging a subway extension under the streets of Los Angeles, Ashley Leger always keeps her safety gear close by.
Venezuela's Maduro Has Disqualified His Opposition From the Next Presidential Election
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Washington has said President Maduro is behaving like a dictator
Why did climate scientists emit 30,000 tonnes of C02 this weekend? | Peter Kalmus
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Around 25,000 of my colleagues flew to a conference, leaving a colossal carbon footprint in their wake. This weekend, 25,000 Earth, Sun, and planetary scientists from across the US and abroad flew to New Orleans for the annual American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting. As an Earth scientist and AGU member myself, I know the importance of their work.
Forget Mark Zuckerberg's charity – we need corporate tax reform
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Can philanthropy of the super-rich ever be better than taxation?
Britain has a new highest mountain but you can’t climb it in Britain
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mount Hope is much taller than Ben Nevis.
US Nobel laureate fears US politics could undermine science
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An American researcher who shared this year's Nobel Prize for medicine has bluntly criticized political developments at home in his address at the awards' gala banquet in Sweden
North Korea’s Kim will not be intimidated, To get a read on North Korea, watch the US, not China, Why Pope Francis didn’t say ‘Rohingya,’ Can
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“North Korea continued its defiance of the international community with the test of yet another ballistic missile [Nov. 29],” states an editorial. “In response to this latest outrage, concerned governments continue to try to muster a concerted effort to constrain North Korean behavior.... Still, flaws in the strategy to do so remain unfixed and must be remedied.... The challenge is for the U.S. and partners like Japan to articulate a diplomatic settlement that Pyongyang can support.
Coco Tops Box Office Again Before Star Wars Hits
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Disney-Pixar animated film led the box office for a third weekend
Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use. The incentive to use XtendiMax with VaporGrip, a herbicide based on a chemical known as dicamba, could refund farmers over half the sticker price of the product in 2018 if they spray it on soybeans Monsanto engineered to resist the weed killer, according to company data. The United States faced an agricultural crisis this year caused by new formulations of dicamba-based herbicides, which farmers and weed experts say harmed crops because they evaporated and drifted away from where they were sprayed.
Germany's Intelligence Agency Says China Used Fake LinkedIn Profiles to Spy on Officials
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
More than 10,000 German citizens may have been targeted
President Trump's Jerusalem Decision Sparks Attacks, Protests and Fresh Diplomatic Rifts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has drawn wide international criticism and sparked violence across the region
North Korea’s Kim will not be intimidated, To get a read on North Korea, watch the US, not China, Why Pope Francis didn’t say ‘Rohingya,’ Can
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“North Korea continued its defiance of the international community with the test of yet another ballistic missile [Nov. 29],” states an editorial. “In response to this latest outrage, concerned governments continue to try to muster a concerted effort to constrain North Korean behavior.... Still, flaws in the strategy to do so remain unfixed and must be remedied.... The challenge is for the U.S. and partners like Japan to articulate a diplomatic settlement that Pyongyang can support.
Mantis shrimp are the inspiration for this new polarized light camera
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Thanks to Mother Nature's inspiration by way of the mantis shrimp, we may now have a camera that can improve early cancer detection, and potentially help us better understand underwater phenomena.
Woman Fleeing in Car Is First Death Linked to Raging California Wildfires
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's the first death connected to the fires
North Korea’s Kim will not be intimidated, To get a read on North Korea, watch the US, not China, Why Pope Francis didn’t say ‘Rohingya,’ Can
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“North Korea continued its defiance of the international community with the test of yet another ballistic missile [Nov. 29],” states an editorial. “In response to this latest outrage, concerned governments continue to try to muster a concerted effort to constrain North Korean behavior.... Still, flaws in the strategy to do so remain unfixed and must be remedied.... The challenge is for the U.S. and partners like Japan to articulate a diplomatic settlement that Pyongyang can support.
Physics Breakthrough: New Form of Matter, Excitonium, Finally Proved to Exist After 50
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
After 50 years of theories and thwarted attempts, scientists have finally proved the existence of a new form of matter. The never-before-detected condensate is called excitonium, a name first coined in the 1960s by Harvard theoretical physicist Bert Halperin. Halperin is now 76. Peter Abbamonte, the physicist responsible for the discovery, recently saw him at a party; Halperin was, apparently, excited.