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Lonely penguin seeks mate through online dating site
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Spruce the penguin is young, single and looking for a girlfriend through online dating site Plenty of Fish.
Large study uncovers genes linked to intelligence
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Genetic study finds that the way the nervous system forms and develops might influence intelligence.
First Human Ancestor Came from Europe Not Africa, 7.2 Million
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The first hominin species, a line that eventually leads to humans, may have emerged in Europe 7.2 million years ago and not Africa—the most widely accepted starting point for our ancestors. An international team of scientists has presented two studies that suggest the divergence point between chimpanzees and humans took place in the Eastern Mediterranean rather than East Africa. Previously, scientists had thought hominins and chimps split between seven and five million years ago, with the first in the hominin line emerging in Africa.
Science Says: Medications prevent opioid addiction relapse
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
CHICAGO (AP) — Remarks by a top U.S. health official have reignited a quarrel in the world of addiction and recovery: Does treating opioid addiction with medication save lives? Or does it trade one addiction for another?
Breathtaking photography series showcases beauty of night sky in areas with no light pollution
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Two photographers have made a set of images exploring the magnificent night skies still found in North American and the grave threat of light pollution.
British Daredevil Aims to Break 4 World Records in Wingsuit Jumps
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A wingsuit pilot is hoping to break four world records in two death-defying jumps from an altitude higher than where commercial airliners fly. British daredevil Fraser Corsan is aiming to beat the current records for the highest altitude, highest speed, furthest distance and longest time flown in a wingsuit. Corsan will attempt his first jump from a high-altitude hot air balloon at 40,000 feet (12,100 meters) today (May 22), but the stunt will be subject to weather conditions and airspace clearance.
The Arctic “doomsday” seed vault is supposed to ensure our future. Its architects are worried about climate change.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Update, Monday 3:07 p.m.: It turns out that the flood at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway first reported Friday by The Guardian happened in October, not last week. A spokesperson for Statsbygg, the Norwegian operation that runs the seed vault, confirmed this to both CNN and Popular Science. “This fall—October 2016—we had extreme weather in Svalbard with high temperatures and a lot of rain—very unusual.
President Trump’s first trip abroad
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In contrast to George W. Bush and Obama, President Trump’s first overseas trip is a highly ambitious venture. As it gets underway, we have photos.
Father of Times Square car crash victim thanks New York in emotional letter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
At an impromptu memorial in Times Square, the father of the young woman who was killed there last week has placed a letter of thanks to the city.
Comey friend: Here’s what the fired FBI director will — and won’t — reveal in Senate hearing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
With ousted FBI Director James Comey set to testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee, his friend, Lawfare editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes, shed some insight on how he expects Comey will conduct himself in his first open forum since being unceremoniously fired by President Trump. Acknowledging “there are certain things on which he is not unbound,” Wittes predicted Monday that Comey would not answer any questions related to the ongoing FBI investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the election.
Will North Korea bring the US and ASEAN together?, Chibok girls freed but concerns remain, What did Erdoğan get out of talks with Putin?, Venezuelan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
"Diplomatic relations between the US and countries in this region have often been hampered by different standards and interpretations of political integrity...," states an editorial. "At least on the black-and-white threat posed by an armed and boisterous North Korea, America and Southeast Asia can sing the same tune. It’s the grey issues that have rendered our ties tenuous.... White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has said Washington wants to be ‘on the same page’ with [the Association of Southeast Asian Nations] regarding North Korea, and that takes precedence over allegations of rights abuses hampering democratic progress in the region.
Trump’s fresh approach to the Middle East
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
By example as much as by words, President Trump has used his maiden trip abroad to demonstrate a fresh direction for the Middle East, one that could be called ecumenical diplomacy. First he visited Islam’s birthplace, Saudi Arabia. Then he was off to Israel, the center of Judaism.
Hottest lava for billions of years discovered, and it could resurface at supervolcanoes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Pockets of mantle that have retained their heat for billions of years have been discovered, and they are still capable of causing extremely hot eruptions today. The Earth's mantle has been cooling down for billions of years. Extremely hot material rises up from this boundary all the way to the surface, where it erupts in the form of magma through volcanoes.
Inherited Intelligence: Scientists Discover Over 50 New Intelligence Genes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists have discovered over 50 new genes relating to intelligence—a finding that gives us a far better insight into the “genetic architecture of intelligence” and how this relates to IQ. While the exact percentage is widely debated, scientists generally agree that a large proportion of intelligence is inherited—and therefore based on genetic factors. A team of scientists has now uncovered over 50 genes relating to intelligence using a sample of almost 80,000 people.
Einstein's biggest blunder turned out to explain one of the greatest scientific revelations of the 20th century
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Brian Greene, Columbia University physicist and co-founder of the World Science Festival...
New telescope has already found 3 rare mystery signals
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder is poised to make history if it helps solve the origin of fast radio bursts.
'Crypto' Parasite Top Culprit for Pool
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If you got sick from swimming in a pool last summer, there's a good chance it was due to a tiny parasite called Cryptosporidium. The parasite, which causes cryptosporidiosis, or "crypto" for short, is the leading cause of recreational water-associated outbreaks, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of cases of crypto in the U.S. have about tripled since 2004, according to the report, which was published today (May 18) as a part of the CDC's "Healthy and Safe Swimming Week." Crypto outbreaks are particularly associated with aquatic facilities that have one or more pools.
This space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
And grow your herbs more quickly in the process.
The ‘alien megastructure’ star is acting weird, again, and it’s exactly what astronomers have been waiting for
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Tabby's Star — officially known as KIC 8462852 — is acting weird, again. Recent reports...
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is on a White House tightrope
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sanders’ meteoric rise within the Trump administration has, paradoxically, put her in one of the most precarious positions in a wildly unstable White House.
The speech, the deal and the orb: Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The most celebrated image featured Trump, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi King Salman with their hands on a glowing white orb.
Mississippi lawmaker calls for lynching in response to removing Confederate statues
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Pushback against the removal of Confederate monuments flared up again when a state representative spoke out harshly against those responsible.
Trump on sharing intelligence with Russians: I never said ‘Israel’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump seemed to confirm during an appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he had given some Israeli intelligence to top Russian diplomats.
Used clothing store gets surprise donation of marijuana
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — Someone apparently inadvertently donated more than 100 grams of marijuana when they dropped off some used children's clothes at a suburban Minneapolis shop.
Will North Korea bring the US and ASEAN together?, Chibok girls freed but concerns remain, What did Erdoğan get out of talks with Putin?, Venezuelan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
"Diplomatic relations between the US and countries in this region have often been hampered by different standards and interpretations of political integrity...," states an editorial. "At least on the black-and-white threat posed by an armed and boisterous North Korea, America and Southeast Asia can sing the same tune. It’s the grey issues that have rendered our ties tenuous.... White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has said Washington wants to be ‘on the same page’ with [the Association of Southeast Asian Nations] regarding North Korea, and that takes precedence over allegations of rights abuses hampering democratic progress in the region.
One West Virginia city's pioneering approach to opioid crisis
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Within a minute of the siren sounding in Station 4, three firefighters are barreling through a red light.
Why Amazon let 4,000 dogs into its Seattle headquarters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Amazon has 4,000 registered canines — 500 of which on average come to the offices everyday with their employee owners.
How taking care of your gut bacteria could improve your anxiety
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In the past 30 years, there has been a massive decline in the development of strategies to treat anxiety and mood disorders. Focusing less narrowly on the brain itself and more on gut bacteria could redefine the way we approach mental health. The stall in conventional treatments has happened despite tremendous advances in neuroscience, genetics and brain imaging technologies.
Star’s Mysterious Flickering Sign Of An Alien Megastructure?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
KIC 8462852, the star observed by American astronomer Tabetha S. Boyajian in 2015 to have a unique light characteristic, has dimmed by a fifth in the last few days.
Meet the 'Cyclops Kid': One
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A goat with one large eye in the middle of its forehead — a rare birth defect known as cyclopia — was born in a village in Assam, India, on May 10. Cyclopia is a severe form of a disorder called holoprosencephaly, which emerges during fetal development when the brain doesn't divide into two distinct hemispheres. A fetus with cyclopia fails to develop two eye cavities, instead forming a single central eye cavity that can contain one oversize eye or two partially fused eyeballs.
Towering Rock Once Hidden Beneath Earth Seen from Space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's no wonder this abrupt landform is the center of a Navajo legend involving a giant bird that turned to stone — it's impossible to look at the sheer cliffs without wondering what created them. A new view of Shiprock from space offers a few hints. Leading toward the rugged rock formation in San Juan County is a dark dike, a part of the volcano that created the 1,969-foot-tall (600 meters) cliff formation.
What is MILAMOS? Work begins on international rule book for future space warfare
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An international committee is embarking on a three-year effort to establish globally-recognised ground rules for space warfare, in anticipation of a future in which battles are not only fought on Earth, but above it. A coalition of scientists, lawyers, academics and government representatives from around the world will come together to draft a document that will outline the legal parameters for military operations in space and its governance during war time. The Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space – or MILAMOS – seeks to determine the rules of engagement during space combat and whether current treaties regarding warfare could be applied to conflicts taking place miles above the Earth.
Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Carving Found in Looting Hole
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Egyptian authorities say they caught looters digging up an ancient stone block carved with an image of a pharaoh. In the city of Abydos, antiquities authorities say they were inspecting an old two-story, mud-brick house when they found that the owner had excavated a hole in the floor. The block was at the bottom of the hole, about 13 feet (4 meters) below the floor, according to an announcement from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
Nepal torches valuable wildlife parts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Nepal destroyed thousands of valuable animal skins and other parts seized from poachers on a giant bonfire Monday in a symbolic gesture against the illegal wildlife trade. More than 4,000 animal parts, including endangered tiger skins and rhino hides, were burned in a large pyre at Chitwan National Park, the nation's most important conservation area. "As a country committed to conservation of wildlife and biodiversity, Nepal has destroyed animal parts stored over 20 years," Maheswor Dhakal from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation told AFP.
Video: Watch Amazon’s Jeff Bezos talk with kids about Apollo’s space legacy – and share life lessons
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos came to Seattle’s Museum of Flight today to talk with students about the decades-old rocket engines he rescued from the sea – but he stayed to share some down-to-earth lessons for life on this planet. “Be proud, not of your gifts, but of your hard work and your choices,” the billionaire told more than 100 kids and grown-ups who crammed themselves into the central gallery for “Apollo,” the museum’s new exhibit focusing on the 1960s space race. The highlight of the show is a display of components from the mighty F-1 engines that powered Apollo astronauts on the first leg of… Read More
Drowned City: Jordan to Search for Ancient Site's Underwater Remains
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
This July, archaeologists in Jordan will begin an underwater search for remains of an early Islamic city. Located at the northern tip of the Red Sea, modern-day Aqaba is Jordan's only port. In the Middle Ages, the city was known as Ayla.
China says no mining in its immediate plans for Antarctica
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
BEIJING (AP) — China plans to expand its scientific research in Antarctica in coming years amid worries over the area's susceptibility to climate change, but has no immediate plans to mine or develop natural resources that could be exposed as the ice cap shrinks, government officials said Monday.
NASA orders up urgent spacewalking repairs at space station
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA has ordered up urgent spacewalking repairs at the International Space Station
The speech, the deal and the orb: Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, third left, welcomes President Trump to dance with a sword during a welcome ceremony at Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. President Trump embarked Friday on his first trip abroad since taking the oath of office, a lengthy week-plus trip that began in Saudi Arabia. Here are the highlights from Trump’s weekend in Saudi Arabia.
Trump's encounter with glowing orb sets alight social media
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
(Reuters) - Images of U.S. President Donald Trump placing his hands on a glowing orb has set alight the internet, prompting comparisons to science fiction and fantasy villains. The pictures were taken while Trump - on a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe - along with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visited a new Saudi center for combating extremism. Trump has obtained the Bajoran Orb of Time," tweeted games developer and U.S. congressional candidate Brianna Wu, in a reference to a mythical object from the "Star Trek" universe.
Will North Korea bring the US and ASEAN together?, Chibok girls freed but concerns remain, What did Erdoğan get out of talks with Putin?, Venezuelan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
"Diplomatic relations between the US and countries in this region have often been hampered by different standards and interpretations of political integrity...," states an editorial. "At least on the black-and-white threat posed by an armed and boisterous North Korea, America and Southeast Asia can sing the same tune. It’s the grey issues that have rendered our ties tenuous.... White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has said Washington wants to be ‘on the same page’ with [the Association of Southeast Asian Nations] regarding North Korea, and that takes precedence over allegations of rights abuses hampering democratic progress in the region.
Reincarnation of Baseball Legend?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Christian has been fascinated by baseball since he was one year old. “The first time I played baseball, it just felt very natural,” says Christian. When Cathy showed Christian pictures of players from Babe Ruth’s era, he pointed to one man and said, “That’ me!” The player was Yankee great Lou Gehrig.
Blooms for Better Health!
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Research has shown the mood-boosting power of flowers!
Is Lipstick for the Lady Parts a Good Idea?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
The following material contains mature subject matter. ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork explains that the product is meant to be used as a moisturizer for sensitive feminine tissues. Ob/Gyn Dr. Nita Landry, however, says “Less is more” when it comes to those intimate areas.
Will Intervention Save an Alcoholic Mom?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Elizabeth’s family worries that she will contribute to that grim statistic if she doesn’t stop drinking – but can an intervention save her life? “I drink all day long, every day,” Elizabeth admits – about a fifth of vodka a day. Elizabeth says, “I was single, I started social-drinking.” And after two more failed marriages, her drinking began to spiral out of control.” Daughter Amber says that “When I was in eighth grade, I knew something wasn’t right.
Woman Burned with Acid by Ex Returns
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Christy was attacked and disfigured by an enraged ex-boyfriend. After Christy broke things off with her ex, he threw acid in her face, targeting her eyes. Para-medical micro pigment specialist Basma Hameed volunteered to provide cosmetic procedures to Christy free of charge! Hotel search site trivago provided all the travel for Christy’s procedure.
How the Indian space agency thrived despite the massive poaching during the IT boom
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Brahm Prakash Hall at SHAR (Sriharikota High Altitude Range) brims with engineers shuffling their data sheets and reports. They speak excitedly to each other about their subsystems. To a stranger, however technically advanced, their exchanges sound like Greek and Latin, riddled with acronyms and jargon. Only the assembly of 400-odd engineers can understand each…
Elon Musk's SpaceX Can't Afford To Send Humans To Mars, According To Neil deGrasse Tyson
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Will we really visit Mars in our lifetimes? And if so, on whose spaceship?
9 Things You Probably Never Knew Could Be 3D
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Things as diverse as coral reefs, bridges, and even human organs are being 3D-printed, as the technology promises to revolutionize many industries and touch upon all our lives.
A new 3D printer uses vats of gel to create objects in a matter of minutes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Your furniture could soon be made in vats of gel. Researchers at MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab and the furniture company Steelcase have partnered up to design a 3D printer that can create an object in a matter of minutes (typical 3D printers can take hours). Right now, they are in a proof-of-concept stage—it can only print…