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Candidate touts apparent hoax idea of drug
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia-area mayoral candidate says he was serious when he vowed to investigate the use of drug-sniffing bunnies if elected — even though it appears to stem from an internet hoax.
Crash leads to fight, stun gun, arrests on Indiana racetrack
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Two racecar drivers have been arrested after getting into a fistfight following a crash on an Indiana racetrack that ended with a police officer using a stun gun on one of the drivers.
The battle of Kirkuk as a lesson on ‘self determination’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
When Woodrow Wilson declared nearly a century ago that any group of people are entitled to “self determination,” he was not very clear on the meaning of “self,” or what is the essential identity needed to bind a nation. After the two regions held contentious votes on independence in the past few weeks, the differences within each region remain almost as large as those with the mother country that opposes a breakup. The Kurds provide a good example of the need for a people to look beyond a physical or cultural identity in trying to form a new country.
There's a red sun over Britain and Londoners are loving it
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
On Monday, Brits noticed that the sun had unexpectedly changed colour, which prompted everyone to start googling. SEE ALSO: Hurricane Ophelia smashes an Atlantic intensity record, heads for Ireland Monday What colour are you seeing? #redsun #yellowsky pic.twitter.com/KcgOK4xBxd — GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) October 16, 2017 It turns out this was a side-effect of Storm Ophelia. The storm whipped up lots of Saharan dust and Iberian wildfire smoke, which is acting as a sepia filter against the sky, plunging Britain into darkness. Street lights have come on in some areas. Red/dark sky connected to #Ophelia dragging in Saharan dust & Iberian wildfire smoke. Jo pic.twitter.com/PXZTGBTEE8 — BBC Weather (@bbcweather) October 16, 2017 Some very striking images have come from all over Britain. Stonehenge was this your doing? Are you demanding human sacrifice again, you cheeky so-and-so.Image: @EH_Stonehenge My phone doesn't do the sky justice. Birds going nuts too #Brighton pic.twitter.com/erj8xFABux — Brétt Mendöza (@BrettMendoza) October 16, 2017 #REDSUN London sky is a very spooky shade of sepia right now. What is going on #Ophelia? pic.twitter.com/vNiecdm4Lk — Jonathan Bunn (@JonJBunn) October 16, 2017 But the best reactions to our new apocalyptic makeover came from the capital. Here are just a few of the most quality London tweets about the #RedSun. Well, the hipsters have finally done it: they've put an Instagram filter on London.#REDSUN #apocalypse #ophelia pic.twitter.com/GBoKHN5mey — James McNicholas (@jamesmcnicholas) October 16, 2017 This @bladerunner 2049 promo stunt is getting out of hand. #RedSun #London pic.twitter.com/1XH2xAKjxh — Tim Whatley (@tim_whatley) October 16, 2017 London sky currently a kind of satanic sepia. Something to do with the Sahara desert or Brexit or something. REMAIN INDOORS. — Robert Webb (@arobertwebb) October 16, 2017 #redsun This weird light is very disturbing. I keep expecting 4 blokes on horses to home galloping out of the sky pic.twitter.com/DqXzfmGq6c — Henry♔Tudor (@Tudor_Henry) October 16, 2017 The sky is gone Orange! Has Trump dropped a fake tan bomb on us so we're all the samecolour as him for his visit. — Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) October 16, 2017 Tonight's commute gonna be like... #redsun pic.twitter.com/M2NUntfscJ — Laura Round (@LauraRound) October 16, 2017 Red sky at night, shepherd's delight,Red sky in the morning, sacrifice your least interesting child to the sun god without mourning#REDSUN — Scarfolk Council (@Scarfolk) October 16, 2017 One unfortunate politician got the brunt of the umber sky in an interview on BBC news. John Redwood, Conservative MP for Mordor.#redsun pic.twitter.com/8x4wmOyKA8 — Peter Walker (@peterwalker99) October 16, 2017 Even official news channels were jumping into the mix. Own up! Who's just put a 'sepia' Instagram filter on THE WHOLE WORLD? #RedSun #EndOfTheWorld — Channel 4 (@Channel4) October 16, 2017 Well, here's hoping the dust lifts and Britain doesn't end up turning into some Mad Max-esque apocalyptic wasteland where morals and empathy mean nothing and we turn on each other like animals.  WATCH: This small army of robots will do your shopping for you
50 Years Ago This Week: Reagan vs. Rockefeller
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Also in this issue: Breathalyzers and Che Guevara
Here's What You Need to Know About the Latest Deadly Bombings in Somalia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The attacks are among the worst in recent years
'The American Government Has Failed.' Celebrity Chef José Andrés Slams FEMA's Puerto Rico Response
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The celebrity chef is serving tens of thousands of meals every day in Puerto Rico
Trump's Gaffe About the 'Arabian Gulf' Enraged Iran More Than His Strategy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Not the ones you'd expect
Nasa Hasn’t Confirmed Existence of Planet 9: What We Know about the "Planet" At the Edge of the Solar System
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA has not confirmed the existence of Planet 9, a giant hypothetical object believed to be lurking at the edges of the solar system, contrary to reports—but what the space agency has said is that evidence is currently pointing towards it being real, and that scientists may be starting to close in on it. Two years later, a team from Caltech presented evidence to show something was disturbing the orbits of Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs)—the Kuiper Belt is a huge shell of icy objects that encases the solar system. The weird orbits of these KBOs could only be explained if there was a massive object nearby exerting a gravitational influence on them.
Passengers Slam 'Hysterical' Airline Crew for Panicking When Plane Suddenly Drops 20,000 Feet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"We were more worried because of how panicked they were"
'Petty Stuff.' Rex Tillerson Brushes Off Drama with President Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"I know the appearance of it certainly looks like there's sometimes disunity"
Trump: ‘I hope’ Clinton runs for president in 2020
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump tweets that he would like Hillary Clinton to run for president again in 2020.
Pathologist toting human organs while drunk gets probation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana pathologist who was hauling human organ samples in his pickup truck when he was arrested on drunken driving charges has pleaded guilty.
The Arctic Doomsday Vault Just Got A Huge New Deposit of Hurricane
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A doomsday seed vault designed to withstand global disasters will receive a new deposit of thousands of new samples—including a hurricane resistant bean from Bermuda. The Svalsbard Global Seed Archive contains millions of seed samples from around the world.
New research finds living near a forest is good for your brain
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
New European research suggests that living near nature can has a positive effect on the brains of city dwellers and especially on the amygdala, a part of the brain important for processing stress. It is already known that this population is at a higher risk of psychiatric illnesses such as depression, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia than country dwellers, with previous comparisons also showing that city dwellers have higher activity levels in the amygdala -- a part of the brain important in processing stress and reactions to danger. Noise, pollution, and the high number of people in the small space of a city are also all contributing factors to chronic stress.
'Hungry bear' crisis grips far east Russian region
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Large numbers of hungry, aggressive bears are approaching humans and have killed two people in Russia's far east due to depleting food sources, a forestry worker told AFP Monday. Authorities on Sakhalin island last week said 83 bears had to be shot dead because they were hostile, a figure that has nearly tripled from last year. "This has never happened before," a local forestry worker told AFP, asking not to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the press.
Stay in shape, keep learning, and quit smoking: new research reveals the key to a longer lifespan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A new major UK study has revealed various factors that can increase life expectancy, including maintaining a healthy weight and long-term education. Carried out by researchers from the University of Edinburgh, the team analyzed genetic information from more than 600,000 people alongside records of their parents' lifespan, and included data from 25 separate population studies from Europe, Australia and North America. It is already known that some lifestyle choices are partly influenced by our DNA, for example increased alcohol consumption and addiction.
Diplomacy With North Korea Will Continue 'Until The First Bomb Drops,' Says Rex Tillerson
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
His remarks come in spite of Trump's tweets stating the Secretary of State was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with Kim
Catalonia's Leader Still Hasn't Told Madrid If He's Declared Independence Yet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Carles Puigdemont didn't answer "yes" or "no" as demanded by Madrid
Billionaire space cowboys racing to commercialize space t...
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Leroy Chiao, former astronaut and International Space Station commander talks about the future of commercial space travel.
Infection with Rare Virus Traced to Teen's Pet Rats
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A mother and her daughter in Tennessee were infected with a virus rarely seen in the United States, and the culprit seems to be pet rats. The two women tested positive for the Seoul virus, according to a new report, published today (Oct. 12) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Seoul virus is part of the Hantavirus family, a group of viruses that typically infect rodents.
Israel uncovers buried section of Western Wall
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Israeli archaeologists in Jerusalem's Old City on Monday unveiled a newly unearthed section of the Western Wall and the first Roman public structure ever discovered in the city, they said. Archaeologist Joe Uziel said he and his colleagues knew the wall section was there and had expected to find a Roman street at its base. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), which conducted the two-year dig, said that historical sources mentioned such structures but in 150 years of modern archaeological research in the city none had been found.
Russian supply ship docks at International Space Station
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering supplies to its six-member crew
'This Is Our War.' Steve Bannon Tears Into GOP Agenda
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He also called out two sitting senators by name
GM exec calls Elon Musk 'full of crap' on autonomy claims
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
GM's head of autonomous integration calls Elon Musk 'full of crap' for claiming Teslas are capable of Level 5 autonomous driving without laser sensors.
Man builds 2
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PARMA, Ohio (AP) — A two-story, "Star Wars"-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio should be enough to make any trick-or-treating Darth Vader proud.
Group: Orangutan orphans a sign of habitat destruction
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The discovery last week of two orphaned baby orangutans on Borneo is further evidence that deforestation and illegal hunting are threatening survival of the great apes, an Indonesian conservation group said Monday.
These Are the Most (And Least) Safe Cities in the World
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Economist Intelligence Unit's annual index ranked four East Asian and three European cities in the top 10 — and none from the U.S.
What You Need to Know About China’s Biggest Political Shakeup In Years
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Xi Jinping looks set to further consolidate power
Watch LIGO Mystery Announcement Live Online: Scientists to Unveil Unprecedented Astronomical Discovery
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Today, scientists studying gravitational waves are due to make a mysterious announcement of what's being hailed as an "unprecedented discovery" and you can watch the excitement live online starting at 10 a.m. ET. The announcement is being led by scientists taking part in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in the U.S. and the Virgo Collaboration in Europe, a total of three detectors that listen for gravitational waves. The scientific community has been full of speculation for the past few weeks that LIGO had spotted something intriguing.
The Leaders of the ISIS Assault on Marawi in the Philippines Have Been Killed
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
More than 1000 people have been killed in over four months of fighting
Roman theater uncovered at base of Jerusalem's Western Wall
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists on Monday announced the discovery of the first known Roman-era theater in Jerusalem's Old City, a unique structure around 1,800 years old that abuts the Western Wall and may have been built during Roman Emperor Hadrian's reign.
Fintech: Can machine learning be applied to trading?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A new academic paper, Machine Learning for Trading, is the first conclusive study that shows success in having a machine learning-based trading strategy. The author, Gordon Ritter, Adjunct Professor in the Mathematics in Finance Program, New York University, constructed an artificial system which he knew would admit a profitable strategy, to see if a machine would find it. In order to train a machine-learning algorithm to behave as a rational risk-averse investor required appropriate reinforcement learning, specifically a mathematical technique called Q-learning (playing some sort of game where you are trying to maximise the reward function that may occur at several periods in the future).
Pope at UN demands response to hunger, climate, migration
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Monday that world governments collectively commit to end rising world hunger by resolving the conflicts and climate change-related disasters that force people to leave their homes in search of their daily bread.
President Trump Raised $10 Million to Run for Re
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Major donors include the owner of the Washington Redskins
These carbon fibre chairs are designed to be used on Mars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If Elon Musk wants to get a human crew to Mars by 2024, they'll need chairs, right? That's the priority for Switzerland-based designer Thomas Missé, who has designed the "Mars Chair" with interplanetary colonisation in mind. SEE ALSO: Dubai is building a massive Mars prototype city in the desert "Before industries get set up in this new home all products will have to be imported from earth," says Missé on his website. "This will be a drastic change in the way we look at the production: transportation will represent most of the cost." Missé has designed the lightweight, carbon fibre chair with the optimisation of space and cost in mind — his team has estimated that furniture transportation to Mars would cost around 5000€ ($5899.75) per kilogram. "This approach allows to save around 7000€ per Mars Chair as well as 75 percent of the packed volume compared to an average stackable chair." Missé has created each chair with a weight of just 500g on Earth, with eight-degree angled legs for "better stability in low gravity." Plus, it's only 2mm thick, so can be stacked effectively within a ship — storage volume, according to Missé, is a key hurdle. The key to the chair's lightweight frame is the use of carbon fibre. "Carbon fibre is usually an expensive material, however in this context its ratio between weight and strength will make it a cheap alternative to most furniture’s materials," says Missé on his website.  While there's a considerable amount to worry about before we figure out where to sit on Mars, at least some designers are considering the more practical, domestic aspects of colonising another planet. "This product is a small step closer to Mars but aim to set up the ground base of a way of thinking about the production implication of the early stage of space colonisation," said Missé. [h/t Dezeen] WATCH: Hover cars aren't as far off as you think—meet the Renault Float concept
Chinese President Xi Jinping Gets Set to Amass Even More Power at the 19th Communist Party Congress
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He could even be put on an equal footing with Mao Zedong
Mass die
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
BERLIN (AP) — Almost the entire cohort of chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic was wiped out by starvation last summer in what scientists say is only the second such incident in over 40 years.
Iraqi Government Forces Have Entered Territory Disputed with Kurds
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The move came three weeks after Kurds voted for independence in a referendum
Drive for giant new marine sanctuary in Antarctica
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Australia and France kick off a fresh push Monday to create a vast marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica, hoping to build on the success of landmark deal secured last year at a key annual conservation summit. The fate of the plan to shield critical areas of ocean around the frozen continent rests with the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), which meets in Hobart until October 27.
Happy Death Day Scares Off Blade Runner at Weekend Box Office
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The box office might be down this year, but the horror genre is alive and well
The Story Behind the Most Haunting Images of the Rohingya Exodus
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kevin Frayer's images show the human toll of the crisis in Bangladesh, where half a million Rohingya have fled attacks in Myanmar.
Tropical forests caused the biggest atmospheric CO2 increase in 2,000 years
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By now, it’s clear that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions have created and continue to exacerbate a seismic shift in the global climate. Historically, the carbon dioxide balance on Earth has been regulated in part by the planet’s tropical forests, which absorb the gas in large amounts through the natural process of plant…
How Are Planets Made? Scientists Just Got Closer to Explaining It
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A team of scientists, led by Stefan Kraus from the University of Exeter, U.K., studied the young, high temperature star V1247 Orionis, using very strong telescopes, according to a press release. The scientists created a detailed image of the star and saw the surrounding dust disc in two parts: "a clearly defined central ring of matter and a more delicate crescent structure located further out,” the statement explained. “The region between the ring and crescent, visible as a dark strip, is thought to be caused by a young planet carving its way through the disc.
London Police Are Looking Into New Sexual Assault Claims Against Harvey Weinstein
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
British police are investigating three allegations made by the same woman
'She Just Lost It.' See a Family Reunite With Their Dog After Losing Their Home in Wildfire
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The family thought their beloved pup had been killed in the fire
'It's Like Jail.' More Than 100,000 People Still Can't Return to Their Homes as Wildfires Tear Through California
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The winds pushed flames into the hills on the edge of Sonoma
President Trump Brags About Drop in Health Insurance Stocks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He also claimed that health insurance stocks fell as a result of his decision
Parts of California Are Under a Red Flag Weather Warning. Here's What to Know
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A Red Flag Weather Warning has been issued for parts of Northern California as deadly wildfires continue to spread in the region
Death Toll From Truck Explosion in Somalia Rises to 231
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The blast in Somalia's capital also injured more than 275