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Australia Wants to Breed Giant Snails to Save the Great Barrier Reef
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
On Monday, Australia’s environment ministry announced a new investment of more than $450,000 in U.S. dollars for two years of research into just such a scheme, aimed at protecting the beleaguered Great Barrier Reef. One of the many challenges the giant coral reef is facing is the crown-of-thorns starfish, which are blamed for more damage to the reef within the past 30 years than any other cause except cyclones and hurricanes. The starfish, which boast 13 to 21 arms, gorge on coral. “They extrude their stomach outside their mouth to cover the same area as a dinner plate,” Mike Hall, who studies the crown-of-thorns at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, tells Newsweek.
Cuba Denies Role in 'Sonic Attacks' That Left U.S. Diplomats With Brain Damage
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
At least 21 diplomats have been affected
At Least 149 Dead After 7.1
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The quake hit on the same day as another major earthquake in 1985
Don’t Blame Pigs for Swine Flu—Species Hopping Is How Viruses Evolve
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The discovery that viruses move between species unexpectedly often is rewriting ideas about their evolutionary history—and may have troubling implications for the threat from emerging diseases.
Nearly 140 killed in powerful Mexico quake
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Nearly 140 people were killed when a powerful, 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the capital and sowing panic on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. Mexico City recorded 36 of the deaths, while Morelos state directly south of it saw 64 killed. The others were registered in Puebla (29), a town southeast of the capital, and in Mexico state (nine), which lies just to the west of the capital.
Cities Turn to Other Cities for Help Fighting Climate Change
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If every city with more than 100,000 people stepped up, they could account for 40 percent of the Paris accord's emissions cuts.
President Trump Calls U.N.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"I don't think you've heard the end of it"
Gillespie and Northam play it safe in second gubernatorial debate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Republican Ed Gillespie and and Democrat Ralph Northam meet in second gubernatorial debate in Virginia.
Juno Jupiter Images: NASA Captures Gas Giant in Incredible Detail During Close Approach
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Each flyby, a community of Jupiter fans that spans the globe chooses what features JunoCam should focus its lens on. Occasionally more of the frame is black than Jupiter. Here, the image processor was particularly intrigued by the dark ring visible just above the center of the image.
Why you can't fly a plane to space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Why can't you fly a plane to space? Turns out, you couldn't even make it halfway. Part of the...
Nominee for EPA chemical safety post has deep industry ties
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency has for years accepted payments for criticizing studies that raised concerns about the safety of his clients' products, according to a review of financial records and his published work by The Associated Press.
All eyes on Murkowski, McCain as Obamacare repeal and replace returns
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Without support from the GOP holdouts, it is difficult to see how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., can whip 50 votes for the new health care bill before Sept. 30, the deadline to use the reconciliation process that requires a simple majority to push through the legislation.
Hospital allow kids to drive themselves to operating room
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A San Diego children's hospital unveiled a collection of remote controlled luxury mini cars on Tuesday that allow its young patients to 'drive' themselves to the operating room. The cars at the Rady Children's Hospital are actually operated by a nurse or a doctor, and are part of a new program designed to make children more relaxed before their procedures. The parents are seeing that they're relaxed and that they're happy," said Dr. Daniela Carvalho, medical director of surgical services at the hospital.
25+ Spooky Halloween Dinner Ideas
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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22 Delicious Party Foods For Your Halloween Bash
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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Equifax Got Hacked Nearly Five Months Before It Previously Said
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The initial hack took place in March
President Trump Says He Wants a Parade to Show 'Military Strength' on July 4
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The parade is inspired by France's Bastille Day
AI Research Is in Desperate Need of an Ethical Watchdog
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
More social scientists are using AI intending to solve society’s ills, but they don’t have clear ethical guidelines to prevent them from accidentally harming people.
France's Macron at UN defends Iran, climate deals
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
French President Emmanuel Macron stood firm Tuesday that landmark agreements on Iran and climate change would not change as he gently nudged Donald Trump to return to the fold. Macron, like Trump appearing for the first time at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders, met his US counterpart on Monday for their latest meeting -- which appeared to be friendly but did not bridge differences.
Buildings sway, collapse as powerful earthquake hits Mexico City
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City. Stunning videos posted on Twitter showed buildings swaying and in some cases collapsing, as people poured into the streets.
New riots over police shooting raise the question: What is it about St. Louis?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In St. Louis, protests over the acquittal of a former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black motorist have degenerated into violent clashes with police. Problems between police and the black community exist well beyond St. Louis and nearby Ferguson. But this week’s clashes suggest that racial problems run deep here.
Do Russia's western war games deliver a threat, or just a message?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
President Vladimir Putin watched through a cool drizzle in Russia's far western reaches Monday, just 70 miles from his country’s border with the European Union, as Russian tanks and paratroopers battled fictional extremist groups. The confrontation was just one part of “Zapad 2017,” a huge military exercise involving both Russia and Belarus that has caused some hand-wringing in parts of NATO, not least its eastern capitals. While the war games are nothing out of the ordinary – a regular effort by the Kremlin to exercise and train its forces, as all militaries tend to do – there is also little doubt that Moscow intends a message to be sent loud and clear to leaders in the West, a demonstration of its modernized forces and a warning not to venture too close.
Tale of two Mexicos? Amid NAFTA rethink, some urge more inclusive growth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Omar Chavira grew up near the rolling foothills of this state capital, coming of age when the US, Mexico, and Canada first signed the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mr. Chavira had already dropped out of high school and soon married his wife, Soledad, who halted her education before junior high. “Back then, there weren’t many incentives to stay in school,” Chavira says, remembering high school fees and few formal job opportunities.
What's really important about Facebook Russia Ads
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Yes, a shadowy Russian firm with ties to the Kremlin bought about $100,000 worth of Facebook ads intended to sway voters during last year’s presidential campaign, the social media giant disclosed earlier this month. The problem is, those Russian-bought online spots might be just a hint of a darker, undetected flood of attempts at influence, according to experts in political communication. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia?
How social media helped Caribbean islanders say: Don't forget us
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
U.S. That’s us,” said MSNBC host Rachel Maddow in a segment devoted to the devastation hurricane Irma wrought across the United States Virgin Islands. Ms. Maddow’s report highlighted how hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, transformed the once green and leafy paradise in the southeastern Caribbean to a dull, brown mess.
Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effects
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Want to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?
Aung San Suu Kyi Says She Doesn't Fear International Scrutiny Over Rohingya
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
She denied army clearance operations that have caused 412,000 Rohingya to flee
President Trump Threatened to 'Totally Destroy' North Korea. The U.S. Has Done That Before
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Trump's threat to "totally destroy" North Korea recalls the 1950s, when American bombers did exactly that
Campi Flegrei Eruption Risk: Hot Zone Feeding One of the World’s Most Dangerous Supervolcanoes Discovered
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Campi Flegrei is a huge caldera—a crater that often forms after the mouth of a volcano has collapsed following an eruption—that sits to the west of Naples. The last time Campi Flegrei erupted was in 1538, but this was a relatively minor event. Around 40,000 years ago, it produced a “super colossal” eruption, ejecting an estimated 48 cubic miles of magma.
Explorers Found a Sunken World War I Submarine With 23 Bodies Inside
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The century-old vessel was almost completely intact
Man’s Body Sat in Truck 8 Months at Airport Before Someone Noticed
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The 53-year-old man is believed to have killed himself
Opioid overdose deaths take 2.5 months off US life expectancy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The rise in drug-related deaths in America -- particularly from opioids like painkillers and heroin -- has taken close to three months off US life expectancy, researchers said Tuesday. Opioids alone contributed to a loss of 2.5 months -- or 0.21 years -- in life expectancy, said the research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, led by researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aimed to narrow down the effect of drug use on US life expectancy, which began to tick downward in 2015 for the first time since the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.
'Potentially catastrophic' Maria eyes Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Pointe-à-Pitre (AFP) - Hurricane Maria headed towards the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday, with the US National Hurricane Center warning of a "potentially catastrophic" impact as it battered the eastern Caribbean. "Maria is forecast to remain an extremely dangerous Category 4 or 5 hurricane while it approaches" the British and US territories late Tuesday, the NHC said. Arriving just as islanders in the region are struggling to recover from devastating Hurricane Irma which struck earlier this month, Maria claimed its first victim in the French territory of Guadeloupe, where two other people were missing.
Convicted Charleston Church Killer Wants to Fire His 'Biological Enemy' Jewish and Indian Lawyers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A white supremacist who was sentenced to death in the 2015 massacre of nine black worshippers has told a federal appeals court he wants to fire his appellate attorneys
Confront Trump or try to work with him? California Dems are at the forefront of the debate.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Deep-blue California boasts of how it’s resisting the Trump agenda, but the Democrats are divided between “protesters” and “pragmatists.” Some of the opposition is more rhetorical than substantive, and the most ambitious item on the anti-Trump agenda, a statewide single-payer health care plan, went down in flames.
World leaders' faces react to Trump's U.N. speech
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
As Trump made his announcements, country by country, photographers documented how the world leaders reacted to the U.S. commander in chief’s address. Click through the slideshow to see their faces.
Not mad, just adventurous: Cyclist completes trip around the world in 80 days
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
As he got off his bike in front of the Arc de Triomphe, Mark Beaumont looked remarkably fresh for a man who had just cycled around the globe in less than 80 days, shattering the world record. After pedaling for 16 hours a day through 16 countries, Mr. Beaumont arrived on Monday evening to a welcome from family and friends at the spot from which he had set off before dawn 78 days, 14 hours, and 40 minutes earlier. Recommended: Are you a savvy global traveler?
Trump's nationalist vision: Does it promote or endanger peace?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
President Trump used his first appearance before world leaders assembled at the United Nations’ annual opening session Tuesday to offer a vision for international cooperation that was part red meat, part kumbaya. Recommended: What do you know about the United Nations?
The awards and rewards of grasping infinity
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
With so much news being about the scarcity of things, it may be easy to overlook news about infinity, or rather our understanding of it. In July, two scholars were awarded one of the highest honors in math for solving a problem that has stumped mathematicians for seven decades: whether two variations of infinity expressed in sets of numbers are the same. Not only was the proof a surprise and an elegant one, it may bring practical applications.
MIZUHO: Here's why Facebook has 'a realistic opportunity' to enter China in 2018
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Facebook has a "realistic opportunity" to enter China in 2018, Mizuho analyst James Lee wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday. Lee came to the conclusion after meeting "various industry contacts" in China during a recent trip. Facebook's recent appointment of an executive to manage relations with China will help the company "understand the regulatory requirement and negotiate Facebook's operating structure in China," said Lee in the note, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider.
Organizers of Berkeley's 'Free Speech Week' Say Event Will Go on No Matter What
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The university has said they cannot use indoor venues
The Real Difference Between Warm and Cool Colors
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The internet abounds with techniques for teaching elementary schoolers the difference between warm and cool colors—an often-invisible, somewhat flexible line down the middle of the color wheel to separate warm reds, oranges, yellows, and browns from cool blues, greens, purples, and grays. The balance between them is said to enhance the beauty of Baroque landscapes and the Mona Lisa. Interior designers claim that cool colors recede and make rooms expand, while warm colors make rooms cozier.
‘Sleeping’ supervolcano near Naples is ‘becoming more dangerous’, researchers warn
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It last erupted 500 years ago
President Trump Calls on the U.N. to Focus 'More on People and Less on Bureaucracy'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"The United Nations has not reached its full potential," Trump said
Hillary Clinton: Media got 'played' by the Russians
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Hillary Clinton, promoting her new book, "What Happened," criticized the press's role in the 2016 election and said the media got “played” by the Russians by promoting the WikiLeaks dumps.
Trump threatens to 'totally destroy North Korea' in U.N. address
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump threatened to “totally destroy North Korea” his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
Trump warns U.S. may have to 'totally destroy' North Korea
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Condemning the “depraved” North Korean regime, the president mocked Kim Jong Un, saying: “’Rocket Man’ is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime." Trump’s stark message came in a speech in which he also sharply criticized China, mildly rebuked Russia, condemned Venezuela’s government, and suggested he might scrap the Iran nuclear deal.
Confront Trump or try to work with him? California Dems are at the forefront of the debate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Deep-blue California boasts of how it’s resisting the Trump agenda, but the Democrats are divided between “protesters” and “pragmatists.” Some of the opposition is more rhetorical than substantive, and the most ambitious item on the anti-Trump agenda, a statewide single-payer health-care plan, went down in flames.
'What a class act!' Chaffetz says he'll pass on reading Clinton's book
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) listens to testimony during a committee hearing about the private email server of then Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, used during her tenure as Secretary of State, September 13, 2016. Jason Chaffetz, the former Utah Republican congressman, said he knows he is the subject of a widely-circulated anecdote in  Hillary Clinton’s newly-released memoir of the 2016 campaign, “What Happened.” But he doesn’t intend to read it. “There is no possible way you could get me to read that book,” Chaffetz said Monday.
Island owner Richard Branson: Hurricanes 'start of things to come'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Virgin’s billionaire founder blasts Trump on climate change: “The whole world knows it’s real except for maybe one person in the White House.”