The dog just ate all your excuses: A new study shows that homework may make students become better people. Kids who do their homework diligently tend to be more conscientious than their peers, according to researchers at the University of Tübingen in Germany. After-school assignments don't just have academic effects—they also are linked to kids' motivation to do the right thing and work hard.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed overhaul of New Mexico's state science standards for public schools came under intense criticism Monday at a packed public hearing in the state capital for omitting or deleting references to global warming, evolution and the age of the Earth.
Only a small percentage of sexual assaults result in criminal charges, and even fewer with convictions. As a result, many victims don’t even bother filing complaints. And powerful men, from the president on down, face few lasting consequences.
President Trump’s choice for the country’s next drug czar once championed a bill that dramatically weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to go after drug companies that have been flooding the nation with addictive pain pills.
A little more than an hour after expressing his disgust with Republicans in Congress, President Trump emerged from a working lunch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to declare that he and Kentucky senator are “fighting for the same thing.”
In an attempt to defend his lack of public statements about four soldiers killed in Niger, President Trump falsely claimed that previous presidents did not call the families of dead soldiers — name-checking former President Barack Obama specifically as one of those who did not.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says it will check to see whether any laws or regulations were broken when a low-flying pilot dropped live turkeys onto an Arkansas festival over the weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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