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Forget prom king – they're running for governor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Jack Bergeson, the garrulous 17-year-old Democrat running for Kansas governor, hadn’t even bothered to put his phone number on his campaign website until recently – because everyone already seemed to have it. “National networks all have my stuff,” says the young Mr. Bergeson, nibbling on a few fries at his parents’ Wichita burger joint. It’s a Saturday, and he has been up since 4:30 a.m., when he headed to Kansas City for a CNN interview – only to be displaced at the last minute by the latest Trump drama.
Genes behind deadly heart condition found, scientists say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Genes are found that cause a heart disease that kills 50% of victims within five years.
Luxembourg leads the trillion
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Luxembourg, a leader in satellite communications, aims to be a hub for asteroid mining companies. It has put a regulatory framework in place to attract space start-ups.
R. Lee Ermey, the Former Marine Who Starred in 'Full Metal Jacket,' Has Died Aged 74
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He raked in more than 60 credits in film and television across his long career
Mercury 13: Gene Nora Jessen on Netflix's New Documentary, Women in Space, Aviation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In the early 1960s, after NASA had selected seven American men to go to space as part of its first-ever astronaut class, a researcher who worked with the agency started his own project: Dr. William Randolph Lovelace, along with renowned pilot Jacqueline Cochran, picked 25 American women who had the potential to become astronauts. Netflix's new documentary Mercury 13, set for release Friday, tells the story of 13 of those female aviators, who passed the same screening as the male NASA astronauts. When the space agency found out, however, that Lovelace intended to continue testing and training the Mercury 13 women in Pensacola, Florida, the program was shut down. A congressional hearing followed, but the women never made it to space—or into NASA's ranks.
NASA to send its newest satellite into orbit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The space agency says its mission is to discover dozens of planets relatively close to Earth.
Bold and aggressive behaviour means birds thrive in cities
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
City living isn't for everyone, but certain birds can prosper in the environment.
Lyrids: How to Watch One of the Oldest Known Meteor Showers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The ancient annual Lyrid meteor shower is finally here. As the cold nights of winter start to fade, spotting its shooting stars is a perfect way to welcome summer on the northern hemisphere. Although the waxing crescent moon should set before those key morning hours, like any meteor shower, the Lyrids certainly aren’t guaranteed to stun.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin Has Apologized for Remarks Linking a Teachers' Rally to Child Sex Abuse
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Bevin apologized several times in a video and said he was misunderstood
2 men use signs to spread happiness
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Two New Hampshire men are trying to spread some positivity in Nashua with their feel-good signs.
Breakthrough CRISPR Gene Editing Trial Set to Begin This Year
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Biotech company CRISPR Therapeutics is set to treat Europe’s patients with the CRISPR gene-editing tool this year following regulatory approval for trials. Researchers will apply the much-hyped tool to patients with beta thalassaemia, an inherited blood disorder that affects the body’s production of hemoglobin—a protein red blood cells use to carry oxygen around the body—U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper reported. Beta thalassemia is relatively common worldwide, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, with thousands of children born with the condition each year.
More Than 200 Million Eggs Are Being Recalled in Nine States Amid Salmonella Fears
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia are affected
You Won’t Believe Some of the Weird and Unique Hobbies These Billionaires Love
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Even billionaires need to unwind after a long day at work. These are the weird and unique hobbies these billionaires love.
Tooth Pain: New Dental Treatment Could Heal Cavities Without Need for Fillings
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Inspired by the proteins in our bodies which form teeth, the new product uses peptides—which are structurally similar to proteins—to repair the enamel on the part of the tooth which requires treatment. The team at the University of Washington used peptides derived from a protein called amelogenin, which is vital for forming the hard enamel on teeth, to create the substance which remineralizes tooth enamel.
No more water stains – we found a new way to control evaporation using maths
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Microscopically engineering surfaces could stop water leaving behind rings of residue as it dries.
Satellite Images Show a Research Center in Syria Before and After Airstrikes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Three sites were targeted by a launch of more than 100 missiles
Elon Musk's new plan involves a rocket and a party balloon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Guess what: Elon Musk has a new crazy idea.  This time, thankfully, it doesn't have to do anything with boring tunnels. The SpaceX CEO now wants to "bring rocket upper stage back from orbital velocity using a giant party balloon". SEE ALSO: SpaceX gains approval for largest satellite internet service, ever Musk said this in a tweet late Sunday, and if it came from anyone else, we'd disregard it — heck, even Musk himself said that the idea sounds "crazy". But Musk has a track record of following through and delivering on seemingly insane ideas, sometimes even turning them into successful business endeavours.  SpaceX will try to bring rocket upper stage back from orbital velocity using a giant party balloon — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 15, 2018 Still we have lots of questions. What happens to a party balloon in the vacuum of space? How does it withstand the forces that happen during atmospheric re-entry? Can the balloon be shaped like an animal? Is this going to be the reverse of the balloon scene in Pixar's Up? Well, Musk has answers, but not answers we can understand.  Yeah, but great for creating a giant object that retains its shape across all Mach regimes & drops ballistic coefficient by 2 orders of magnitude — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 15, 2018 We already do targeted retro burn to a specific point in Pacific w no islands or ships, so upper stage doesn’t become a dead satellite. Need to retarget closer to shore & position catcher ship like Mr Steven. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 16, 2018 After all this, we're still not sure whether this is going to work or even whether it can work — though something similar has been tried before.  In any case, if Musk and SpaceX do follow through with this plan, we're certain it will be glorious to watch. Also, can the balloon be red? Thanks.  WATCH: Man carried off into the clouds in 'UP'-style stunt
Space War Is "Absolutely Inevitable," Researchers Say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The technology is there, but regulation isn't.
Painkillers in pregnancy may affect babies' future fertility
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Edinburgh University found the drugs may also affect the fertility of future generations, by leaving marks on DNA.
The way you see colour depends on what language you speak
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
How our life experiences change the way we perceive colours.
The Thai Government Suggested 'Sexy' Clothes Lead to Harassment. The Country's Women Disagree
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The hashtag campaign has generated more of a buzz in Thailand than #MeToo did
Boy unearths legendary Danish king's trove in Germany
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have unearthed a "significant" treasure trove in Germany which may have belonged to the legendary Danish king Harald Bluetooth who brought Christianity to Denmark. Rene Schoen and his student Luca Malaschnitschenko were looking for treasure using metal detectors in January on northern Ruegen island when they chanced upon what they initially thought was a worthless piece of aluminium. A dig covering 400 square metres (4,300 square feet) that finally started over the weekend by the regional archaeology service has since uncovered a trove believed linked to the Danish king who reigned from around 958 to 986.
Starbucks CEO Wants to Apologize Personally to Black Men Arrested in Philadelphia Store
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kevin Johnson called the situation 'disheartening' and 'reprehensible'
Minnesota firehouse opens doors during blizzard for prom
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FOREST LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters came to the rescue for a group of Minnesota high school students when a blizzard struck during their prom.
Carrie Underwood Delivers an Emotional First Performance Since Her Face Injury
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
She's been offstage since a fall late last year
President Trump Lashes Out Again at 'Slimeball' James Comey on Twitter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Trump's tweets come ahead of Comey's ABC interview
Why Comey wants America to vote Trump out of office
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former F.B.I. director James Comey revealed Sunday night that he was advised by his chief counsel that President Trump could wind up a target of the bureau’s investigation into suspected links between Trump campaign operatives and the Kremlin.
Louis Moinet’s Skylink Contains Fragments from the Apollo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The new timepiece celebrates a groundbreaking historical event by preserving it in a time capsule.
Darren Aronofsky Promises ‘One Strange Rock’ Will Blow Your Mind – The Contenders Emmys
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Darren Aronofsky signed on to the docuseries One Strange Rock to give viewers a glimpse of planet Earth like they've never seen before. The ten-part National Geographic series, which is produced by Aronofsky and hosted by Will Smith, tells the story of Earth and explores the fragility of Earth and explores how everyone on the planet has something in common, with the help of astronauts who have traveled to outer space. "I've always loved these kinds of portraits of our…
‘Lost in Space': Would Will Robinson’s Magnesium Idea Really Work to Melt Ice?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Netflix’s reimagining of the classic 1960s sci-fi TV show “Lost in Space” sees the Robinson family marooned on a distant alien planet and encountering all kinds of dangerous hazards. In the first episode, the Robinsons confront one such life-threatening space problem when they crash-land on an alien planet and their ship, the Jupiter 2, melts its way into a glacier. Judy (Taylor Russell) dives in, hoping to retrieve a battery from the crash, but it’s so cold that the water quickly freezes, and Judy is trapped in the ice in her space suit.
'I Am Still Old and Still in Love.' Barbara Bush Gave Light
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
She also said: "I’m not sure God will recognize me; I have so many new body parts!"
Bon Jovi, Simone, Dire Straits to Be Inducted Into Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Bon Jovi, the Cars, Nina Simone, and others make up the 2018 class
There’s only so much time left to look for life on Mars before life arrives from Earth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
STANFORD, Calif. — NASA has been looking for life on Mars for more than 40 years, but the quest could get a lot more complicated when earthly life arrives en masse, perhaps within the next decade. “There is a ticking clock now,” Princeton astrobiologist Chris Chyba said at last week’s Breakthrough Discuss conference, conducted at Stanford University. The issue has the potential to pit scientists like Chyba against rocketeers like SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk, who wants to start sending settlers to Mars by the mid-2020s. When humans and all the supplies they need start arriving by the tons, there’s a risk… Read More
Rampage Takes Box Office No. 1 Spot from A Quiet Place
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Eestimates said it grossed $34.5 million in its first weekend
Binary Stars in 'Lost In Space' Ending Could Be a Real Place In Our Galaxy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Robinsons maybe ended up somewhere real.
Prominent Gay Rights Lawyer and Environmental Advocate Burns Himself to Death in Ecology Protest
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He immolated himself in a protest against ecological destruction
NASA spacecraft aims to put mystery planets on galactic map
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA's newest spacecraft is about to embark on a two-year quest to find and identify mystery worlds thought to be lurking in our cosmic backyard
No, Kanye West Doesn't Like 'Normal TV.' Here's What He Will Watch.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Real recognize real
Look Up At The Sky Day: 5 Celestial Wonders to See in April
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The sky is about to be lit with fireballs.
The girls who took over a town in rural India
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Girl power is blooming across India. Clubs intended to boost adolescent girls’ sense of worth are sprouting in remote villages. In Thennamadevi, a village sheltered by banana trees and nestled amid rice paddies and sugar cane fields in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state, girls have moved beyond discussions of the challenges they face in India.
Japan 'rare earth' haul sparks hopes of cutting China reliance
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The discovery of potentially millions of tons of valuable "rare earth" elements in sea sludge off Japan has raised hopes that Asia's number-two economy can reduce its dependence on Chinese supply. A Japanese study published last week revealed an estimated 16 million tons of rare earths, enough to feed global demand on a "semi-infinite" basis, with deposits to last hundreds of years. The news made headlines internationally and in Japan, which is the world's second-largest consumer of these minerals but relies heavily on imports from China, which controls 90 percent of the highly strategic market.
Hawaii board delays decision on location for giant telescope
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
HONOLULU (AP) — A key decision on whether to place a $1.4 billion telescope in Hawaii to further astronomy research has been delayed, leaving open the possibility the project may be moved to Spain, a panel said Friday.
Chernobyl in Pictures: Signs of Life After Nuclear Devastation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
More than 30 years after the world’s worst nuclear accident, the area around Chernobyl has evolved from a disaster zone into a nature reserve, teeming with bison, moose and wolves. The remarkable turnaround in the area, which was declared a permanent no-go zone for people after the accident in 1986, suggests radiation contamination is not hindering wildlife from breeding and thriving, but underscores the negative impact humans have on populations of wild mammals. “When humans are removed, nature flourishes—even in the wake of the world’s worst nuclear accident,” Jim Smith, a specialist in earth and environmental sciences at Britain’s University of Portsmouth, told Reuters.
NASA's new planet hunter explores universe, searches for 'signatures of life'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, will scan the universe to find exoplanets and whether there is life on any of those planets.
'I hardly even knew this guy': Trump lashes out at Comey in Sunday morning tweetstorm
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Excerpts from former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming memoir, and from an interview Comey gave to ABC News, set off a Sunday-morning tweetstorm of accusations, corrections and annotations from President Trump, including the bizarre assertion that “I hardly even knew this guy.”
Elon Musk's SpaceX Could Soon Be Worth $25 Billion
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Elon Musk's SpaceX Could Soon Be Worth $25 Billion
Diamond & Silk on the Facebook censorship fallout
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Social media stars sound off about being deemed 'unsafe.'
Spaceplane which will take tourists into orbit at five times speed of sound could fly by 2025
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It takes off direct from a runway and blasts into space
With Bravado, the Syrian Government Responds to U.S.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
“Morning of steadfastness”
Founder of Kenya's iconic 'elephant orphanage' dies aged 83
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Dame Daphne Sheldrick, a conservationist famous for her work rearing baby elephants in Kenya and fighting for the protection of the species, has died aged 83, her family said Friday. "Daphne passed away the evening of the 12th April after a long battle with breast cancer, a battle she finally lost," her daughter Angela wrote in a statement. Sheldrick was born in Kenya in 1934, and spent nearly 30 years working with her husband David who founded Kenya's biggest National Park, Tsavo East.