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Trump touts his dealmaking skills after meeting American pastor freed from Turkey
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump, welcoming an American clergyman on his return to the U.S. after a two-year imprisonment in Turkey, took credit for his release and blamed President Obama for not getting him out sooner. “For Andrew, it’s been a very interesting day,” Trump told reporters who were called to the White House to witness the repatriation of Andrew Brunson, an evangelical Presbyterian from North Carolina. Brunson, who had been living and preaching in Turkey for more than two decades, was arrested October 2016 on suspicion of involvement in a coup attempt against the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
NAFTA’s replacement will have to do, Untangling the Skripal poisoning case, In US tariff talks, Japan should push principles of free trade, Sexual a
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“The North American free-trade agreement was ... stitched back up without major damage to the Canadian economy...,” writes Campbell Clark. “The peace treaty worked out [recently] isn’t going to be a glowing ode to the principles of free trade.... The deal ... doesn’t have so-called poison-pill demands that the U.S. made last October.... Could [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau have done better if the Canadian team hadn’t been pushed aside when the U.S. and Mexico started to hammer out the framework of an agreement in summer? It’s hard to know.... It’s not the ‘win-win-win’ deal Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland kept talking about during negotiations.
It's Time for Environmentalists and the Energy Industry to Work Together
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The climate is changing too quickly to argue
Mister Rogers Movie Crew Member Dies After Falling From Two Story Balcony
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A crew member working on a Mister Rogers biopic reportedly died in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania after falling from a two-story balcony.
Vice News Takes One Giant Leap With ‘The New Space Race,’ A New Live Show On Twitter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
With billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos re-igniting interest in space exploration, VICE News is tapping into that enthusiasm with the launch of The New Space Race, a live Twitter show about the next frontier. Twenty-four-year-old nuclear physics prodigy Taylor Wilson will host the program, which follows the scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab as they prepare for InSight’s historic Mars landing on Nov. 26. The 13-episode series concludes with a live broadcast…
Why the Trump Administration and Turkey Don’t Win in Pastor Andrew Brunson’s Release
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Brunson’s release may remove one irritant in the Turkish-American relationship. But there are many others, and both sides come off poorly, writes Henri Barkey
Mexican researcher receives the Young Scientist Award 2018
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mexico, Oct. 12 (Notimex).- The Mexican scientist Enrique Castro Camus, of the Optical Research Center (CIO), was awarded the Young Scientist Award 2018 (Young Scientist 2018) awarded by the International Society for Infrared Waves, Millimeter and Terahertz (IRMMW-THz Society, for its acronym in English). This recognition, which is granted to scientists under 40 years of age who have made innovative contributions in the areas of interest of this society, was conferred thanks to their research for the development of terahertz spectroscopy techniques and their applications. The prizewinner is a doctor of physics, specialist in physics of the subject condensed by the University of Oxford. He is a full-time researcher at the CIO, in León, Guanajuato and is part of the National System of Researchers (SNI). Castro Camus has among its projects the development of an early diabetic foot diagnosis method unique in the world, which uses spectroscopic images of the soles of the feet to evaluate how well hydrated the person's skin is. It is expected to perform more extensive clinical tests and to be implemented as a diagnostic method in health institutions, according to the information agency of the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt, for its acronym in Spanish). "We found that this method is a very good indicator of how deteriorated the patient is. We have worked with doctors, in particular with Dr. Irving Salas and some colleagues from the Institute of Security and Social Services of State Workers (ISSSTE, for its acronym in Spanish) in León and we are currently working with the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition in Mexico City," said the award-winning researcher. Also, in the area of ​​plant biology, the scientist's team works in collaboration with the Institute of Biotechnology (IBt, for its acronym in Spanish) under the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish) in a project to monitor the hydration behavior of plants. The project has the potential to open up new opportunities for understanding the physiology of plants, as well as to seek the creation of new specimens of food-importing plants that can be grown in arid areas where water availability is limited. The lines of study of Enrique Castro also include the humanities, since it collaborates with specialists of the School of Michoacán (Colmich, for its acronym in Spanish), the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH, for its acronym in Spanish) and with the School of Conservation and Restoration of the West (ECRO, for its acronym in Spanish) in the inspection of objects belonging to the cultural heritage of Mexico, using terahertz spectroscopy, as well as other international collaborations for studying sculptures and ceramics. NTX/MSG/JCG
NAFTA’s replacement will have to do, Untangling the Skripal poisoning case, In US tariff talks, Japan should push principles of free trade, Sexual a
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“The North American free-trade agreement was ... stitched back up without major damage to the Canadian economy...,” writes Campbell Clark. “The peace treaty worked out [recently] isn’t going to be a glowing ode to the principles of free trade.... The deal ... doesn’t have so-called poison-pill demands that the U.S. made last October.... Could [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau have done better if the Canadian team hadn’t been pushed aside when the U.S. and Mexico started to hammer out the framework of an agreement in summer? It’s hard to know.... It’s not the ‘win-win-win’ deal Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland kept talking about during negotiations.
How Neil Armstrong's Moon Spacesuit Was Preserved for Centuries to Come
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's landing, the Smithsonian Institution hired restoration scientists preserve Neil Armstrong's spacesuit
FDA Calls Out Vaping Company for Putting Erectile Dysfunction Drugs in Its Products
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Cialis and Viagra are FDA-approved but not to be added to e-cigarette liquids
11 Infant Corpses Found Hidden in Detroit Funeral Home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"They were in a cardboard box stuffed away from a stairwell"
March to the Polls rally in Chicago draws thousands
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Thousands of people have marched through downtown Chicago to express their displeasure at President Donald Trump and encourage voters to go to the polls for next month’s midterm election.
NAFTA’s replacement will have to do, Untangling the Skripal poisoning case, In US tariff talks, Japan should push principles of free trade, Sexual a
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“The North American free-trade agreement was ... stitched back up without major damage to the Canadian economy...,” writes Campbell Clark. “The peace treaty worked out [recently] isn’t going to be a glowing ode to the principles of free trade.... The deal ... doesn’t have so-called poison-pill demands that the U.S. made last October.... Could [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau have done better if the Canadian team hadn’t been pushed aside when the U.S. and Mexico started to hammer out the framework of an agreement in summer? It’s hard to know.... It’s not the ‘win-win-win’ deal Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland kept talking about during negotiations.
The Crucial Connection Between The Romanoffs and the True History of Russia’s Last Imperial Family
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Here's what a scholar of the real Romanovs thinks about the show's concept
Every NASA Mission Should Be Looking for Alien Life, Scientists Say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Searching for signs of alien life should be part of every future NASA mission, researchers wrote in a new report. Individually and together, these areas of expertise help to piece together the puzzle of how life could emerge and evolve on worlds other than Earth, and recent advances in the field — particularly in the last three years — demand a new strategy that will fortify astrobiology's role in NASA missions, NASEM representatives said in a statement.
This New Tool Can Help Parents Find the Best Sport for Their Kids
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Football or lacrosse? Swimming or tennis? Here's how to choose
'The Party Is Much Bigger Now.' Read Donald Trump's Interview With TIME on His Effect on the GOP
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"It’s like really a party for the working men and women in this country"
The CW's Charmed Reboot Is So Political, It Forgot to Be Fun
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In the most ham-fisted moment of the pilot, a character not only reads a prophecy detailing a cataclysmic moment “when the weakest of men reaches ill-gotten glory” but provides a translation: “Suffice to say it’s your current president.”
Chandra X
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Even as experts worked on ways to get the Hubble Space Telescope back doing science, another one of NASA’s Great Observatories in space — the Chandra X-ray Observatory — went into safe mode as well. NASA said the 19-year-old X-ray telescope put itself into hibernation on Oct. 10, possibly due to an issue with its gyroscopic pointing system. A gyro failure was behind the 28-year-old Hubble’s transition to safe mode last week. Due to the glitch, Chandra swapped critical hardware operations to backup units and pointed its solar panels to soak up the maximum amount of sunlight, while pointing its mirrors… Read More
Norman Rockwell's Vision of the Four Freedoms Left Some People Out. These Artists Are Trying to Fill Those Gaps
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It was no surprise that Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings were a hit. Though the Office of War Information had turned down the set as…
A DNA database with 2% of the population can be used to find almost anyone
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Joseph James DeAngelo, who authorities believe to be the “Golden State Killer” responsible for 12 homicides and 51 rapes across California between 1974 and 1986, was arrested in April at the age of 72 at a point when the case was so old that many believed the killer would never be caught. DeAngelo was arrested…
Melania Trump: I Have More Important Things to Worry About Than My Husband's Alleged Infidelity
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"It is not concern and focus of mine"
As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice.
NAFTA’s replacement will have to do, Untangling the Skripal poisoning case, In US tariff talks, Japan should push principles of free trade, Sexual a
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“The North American free-trade agreement was ... stitched back up without major damage to the Canadian economy...,” writes Campbell Clark. “The peace treaty worked out [recently] isn’t going to be a glowing ode to the principles of free trade.... The deal ... doesn’t have so-called poison-pill demands that the U.S. made last October.... Could [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau have done better if the Canadian team hadn’t been pushed aside when the U.S. and Mexico started to hammer out the framework of an agreement in summer? It’s hard to know.... It’s not the ‘win-win-win’ deal Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland kept talking about during negotiations.
U.S. Air Force's New Rocket Deals Put These Stocks in Focus
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
U.S. Defense Department's push to develop domestic launch systems could boost the country's aerospace industry.
The First Mice Bred from 2 Dads Died Gruesome Deaths—But They May Hold Clues to Saving Endangered Species
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The First Mice Bred from 2 Dads Died Gruesome Deaths—But They May Hold Clues to Saving Endangered Species
President Trump's Midterm Strategy: Dominate the News
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Donald Trump is looking to influence the 2016 elections with a strategy he knows well: dominating the news.
Biosphere 2 legacy lives on more than quarter century later
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) — They lived for two years and 20 minutes under the glass of a miniature Earth, complete with an ocean, rain forest, desert, grasslands and mangroves. Their air and water were recycled, and they grew the sweet potatoes, rice and other food they needed to survive.
Humanitarians see surge in climate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The number of climate-related disasters around the world is growing rapidly, humanitarians warned Friday, urging more efforts to prepare and build resilience to looming changes on a warming planet. Climate shocks are already driving displacement, causing many to go hungry and are sparking or exacerbating conflicts around the globe, humanitarian workers said, cautioning that the situation is quickly deteriorating. "With climate change, the shocks and hazards are multiplying," Elhadj As Sy, Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), told AFP in an interview.
As sea ice melts, agency says harm to walruses not proven
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice.
You’re never too old to be a genius
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Nobel prize season is always exciting and humbling for economists. It is wonderful to see great research honored. But it is also a little depressing because it is a stark reminder of how unproductive your youth probably was. Prizes often aren’t awarded until the winner is in their 50s or 60s, but it is usually…
Lawmakers Want to Hold China Accountable Over Abuses in Xinjiang. Here's What to Know
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Lawmakers are calling for sanctions on China over the mass internment of Muslims in Xinjiang. Here's what to know
In hurricane
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mexico Beach (Etats-Unis) (AFP) - In devastated Mexico Beach, where Hurricane Michael unleashed its most violent rains and winds, residents are taking stock of the damage, reuniting with their loved ones -- and bracing for what will be a long, difficult clean-up operation. Charles Smith, 57, has run the beachfront Gulf View Motel for 34 years. "Maybe FEMA will help me out -- I would appreciate that," he said, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
In Iowa, Cory Booker's early work sets him apart
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Cory Booker has begun laying extensive groundwork in the key presidential primary state ahead of many of the other high-profile potential 2020 hopefuls.
Planned Parenthood plans for a post
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Abortion-rights advocates are preparing for the likelihood that the Supreme Court in the near future may curtail, or completely overturn, Roe v. Wade. Their strategy focuses on securing abortion rights in individual states.
NAFTA’s replacement will have to do, Untangling the Skripal poisoning case, In US tariff talks, Japan should push principles of free trade, Sexual a
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“The North American free-trade agreement was ... stitched back up without major damage to the Canadian economy...,” writes Campbell Clark. “The peace treaty worked out [recently] isn’t going to be a glowing ode to the principles of free trade.... The deal ... doesn’t have so-called poison-pill demands that the U.S. made last October.... Could [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau have done better if the Canadian team hadn’t been pushed aside when the U.S. and Mexico started to hammer out the framework of an agreement in summer? It’s hard to know.... It’s not the ‘win-win-win’ deal Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland kept talking about during negotiations.
Another NASA Space Telescope Has Gone Offline
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory is suffering from the same hardware failure that took Hubble out last weekend.
Why Princess Eugenie Wore a Wedding Dress That Showed Her Scoliosis Scars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Princess Eugenie wore a wedding dress by Peter Pilotto that showed her scoliosis surgery scars at her royal wedding.
Scientists See a Treatment for Vision Loss in Lab
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Johns Hopkins researchers grew human retina cells in a dish
Astronomers now have the dumbest possible name for a moon that’s the moon of another moon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If you gaze up at the night sky there's a good chance you'll spot Earth's only large natural satellite. We just called it "the Moon," but other planets have moons too. Recently, the first evidence of an exomoon — that is, a moon orbiting a planet in another star system — was revealed, but what if we found a planet with a moon that had a moon of its own? This entirely speculative scenario has captured the interest of several astronomers who have taken it upon themselves to come up with their own terminology to describe these as-of-yet-undiscovered objects. The best (or worst?) name candidate thus far is so silly that it's already taken the internet by storm: Moon-moons. As ScienceAlert explains, all the discussion regarding moons existing around other moons has spun off of a pair of papers that are currently awaiting publication. The first is the work of astrophysicist Duncan Forgan who took the time to calculate whether or not the recently-researched exomoon candidate around the exoplanet Kepler-1625b could potentially be habitable. In the paper, Forgan explains that while current observations of the potential exomoon suggest it wouldn't reside within the star's habitable zone. However, if the large, Neptune-sized moon had a moon of its own, and if that moon was a rocky body like Earth, it could have been habitable when Kepler-1625 was in its main sequence long ago. That's where we get to the heart of the issue. As Forgan describes the potential of a moon around another moon he uses the term "moon-moon." It's a silly term to begin with, but Moon Moon also happens to be the hook of a meme that gained popularity back in 2013. The gag was the result of one of those terrible "What's your ______ name?" posts that attempts to give you a new nicknamed based on the first letters of your first and last name. In this particular case, the individual's "Werewolf Name" ended up being Moon Moon. Internet culture aside, the research is pretty interesting, and a paper that surfaced a few days later attempts to answer the question of whether a moon could even exist around another moon in the first place. Avoiding the term "moon moon" entirely — authors Juna Kollmeier and Sean Raymond prefer "submoon" instead — the scientists describe how it might actually be possible. Both papers are worth a read, but we'll have to wait and see what term the astronomy community decides to go with.
China Defends Actions in Xinjiang
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
China Defends Actions in Xinjiang
Earth’s fragile coral reefs, seen from space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A recent UN report spelled out the grim state of climate change in exceedingly bleak terms. Without a monumental shift in how people live and work, scientists expect the Earth to already be experiencing dire effects by 2040: Sea-level rise, more ferocious wildfires, as well as the die-off of coral reefs around the world. Coral…
From 'problem child' to 'prodigy'? LSD turns 75
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Lysergic acid diethylamide was labelled a "problem child" by the man who discovered its hallucinogenic properties in 1943: as it turns 75, the drug known as LSD may now be changing its image. The late Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann famously learned of LSD's psychedelic effects when he inadvertently took a small dose while doing lab work for pharmaceutical company Sandoz. The book, in which Hofmann sought to reassert LSD's potential medical benefits, is featured in an exhibition at the Swiss National Library in the capital, Bern, to mark 75 years since the discovery.
'We Will Not Give Up.' Aid Workers in Indonesia Try to Reunite Hundreds of Kids with Families
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
But the earthquake and tsunami has affected hundreds of thousands more children
In Iowa, Cory Booker’s early work sets him apart
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Cory Booker has begun laying extensive groundwork in the key presidential primary state ahead of many of the other high-profile potential 2020 hopefuls.
NAFTA’s replacement will have to do, Untangling the Skripal poisoning case, In US tariff talks, Japan should push principles of free trade, Sexual a
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“The North American free-trade agreement was ... stitched back up without major damage to the Canadian economy...,” writes Campbell Clark. “The peace treaty worked out [recently] isn’t going to be a glowing ode to the principles of free trade.... The deal ... doesn’t have so-called poison-pill demands that the U.S. made last October.... Could [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau have done better if the Canadian team hadn’t been pushed aside when the U.S. and Mexico started to hammer out the framework of an agreement in summer? It’s hard to know.... It’s not the ‘win-win-win’ deal Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland kept talking about during negotiations.
NASA film by Rory Kennedy revisits her uncle's challenge
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Filmmaker Rory Kennedy couldn't resist the obvious place to open her new documentary on NASA. Kennedy said she wanted to give people who were not alive in the 1960s a sense of the excitement and energy that surrounded the Apollo missions and space flight in general. The movie about NASA's 60th anniversary, called "Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow," premieres Saturday at 9 p.m. Eastern on the Discovery channel, after a short theatrical run.
A philosopher invented a word for the psychic pain of climate change
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In 2014, the writer and critic Zadie Smith published an essay in the New York Review of Books that drew a word-map around the perimeter of a feeling for which she felt we lacked language. “There is the scientific and ideological language for what is happening to the weather, but there are hardly any intimate…
Cara Delevingne Is a Royal Wedding Masterclass in Her Top Hat and Tuxedo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Expect to see a lot of women in tuxedos when summer wedding season hits!
Being Melania
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Melania Trump says there are people who still work for her husband that she believes he can't trust.