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How Trump's 'Shithole Countries' Comment Echoes a Century of American Immigration Policy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"There’s always been this history of favoring some over others"
Florida Vows to Remove Monkeys From State Park After Report They Carry Deadly Herpes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Officials say they'll be removed
Mysterious stone found in Sahara desert contains minerals unknown on Earth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Never observed before on Earth or in meteorites
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Just Gave $33 Million to a Scholarship Fund for 'Dreamers'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The grant will give scholarships to 1,000 undocumented students
Breakthrough in Memory Formation Research Reveals HIV
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists studying human cognition and long-term memory were surprised to discover that a key protein involved in those processes not only arose from a random evolutionary event hundreds of millions of years ago, but acts much more like a virus than a protein. The protein in question, Arc, has characteristics similar to a virus that’s infecting host cells. This could in turn change our entire conception of human learning and memory formation, including how we research treatments for conditions like dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Father Charged in Murder of 3
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Wesley Mathews was indicted on a capital murder charge
House Passes Spy Program After Confusing Trump Tweets
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
With an important tweak
Inside the GOP’s Rocky Relationship with Donald Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Trump and the GOP
The Subtle Way that Merriam
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The dictionary is throwing some serious shade
Doctor describes North Korean defector soldier's condition when he got to the hospital
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"20/20" obtained footage of the complicated surgery Dr. Lee Cook-jong performed on the 25-year-old defector.
The Nordic track (channeling President Trump)
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
What's so great about Norway, anyway?
Why presidential language matters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“This,” of course, refers to President Trump’s words on Thursday during a discussion with lawmakers about a possible bipartisan immigration deal, during which he made incendiary and vulgar remarks about people from developing countries. Oval Office walls have heard rough and intemperate language. Recommended: What do you know about Donald Trump?
NASA Finds Lava Tubes Near Moon's North Pole That May be Passageways to Hidden Water
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Small holes in a large crater near the North Pole of the moon may offer sky-lit entrances to an underground network of lava tubes, according to a new discovery. The holes could offer passageways into the moon's interior, where scientists believe we could find ice.
Particle Physics: 'Mind
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Physicists have designed the first-ever device to create particles with charged negative mass. The breakthrough could lead to an entirely new way to generate laser light using only a tiny amount of energy. The success hinged on making a device that allowed for the creation of strange particles called polaritons.
Thieves Make Off With Millions of Dollars in Jewels in an Armed Heist at Paris' Famed Ritz Hotel
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
French media estimated the stolen merchandise as worth at least 4.5 million euros
Can We Build a Hack
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Quantum physicists believe it might. Scientists have previously demonstrated that quantum pathways of communication could be secure, but only from one quantum computer to another. Now, a team from the University College London has shown for the first time that unconditionally secure communication is possible between multiple quantum devices.
President Trump Definitely Said ‘Shithole Countries,’ Senator Confirms
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Durbin said Trump used the word "not just once but repeatedly"
Former bodyguard on Kim Jong Un's isolated childhood
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Lee Young-guk, the former bodyguard of Kim Jong Il, said Kim Jong Un didn't have anyone his age to play with, was quick-tempered and did whatever he wanted.
Klansman Edgar Ray Killen, convicted in the 1964 slayings of 3 civil rights workers, is dead: A look back
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Klansman Edgar Ray Killen, convicted decades later in the 1964 slayings of civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, has died in prison at the age of 92. Here's a look back.
Trump not racist 'in the traditional sense,' says MLK's nephew at White House
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
After appearing alongside President Trump at a White House event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, Isaac Newton Farris Jr., nephew of the late civil rights icon, said he does not believe the commander in chief is “a racist in the traditional sense.”
Israel's BDS dilemma: Is it wise to blacklist the boycotters?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Israel ratcheted up its battle this week against one of its most high-profile public enemies – not a hostile country or a terrorist organization, but a movement that seeks to isolate it internationally as part of a campaign for Palestinian rights. Israel’s target: the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement, known as BDS, which calls for an international boycott of Israeli companies and academic and cultural institutions, including professors and artists. How to respond to BDS, which is widely reviled among Israeli Jews but attracts the support of some liberal Jewish groups, is debated both within Israel and among Jews abroad.
In wake of Fujimori pardon, divided Peru debates meaning of reconciliation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Javier Ríos was 8 years old when he was killed by a death squad operating on the margins of Peru’s Army in November 1991. No one has apologized, but someone was held accountable: The president at the time, Alberto Fujimori, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2009 for authorizing the Barrios Altos killings and other human rights violations. Recommended: Think you know Latin America?
'Enough Is Enough!' These ‘Shithole Countries’ Have a Message for President Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"Good morning from the greatest most beautiful 'shithole country' in the world!!!"
Mayor of San Juan Says Trump Makes Her Think of ‘You’re So Vain’ Lyrics
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan who rose to political fame after Hurricane Maria, talks about Donald Trump and what's next.
Facebook's home video chat device raises privacy concerns
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
On 'Fox & Friends,' Kurt 'The Cyber Guy' Knutsson reacts to reports on the development of 'Portal.'
'A New Low.' The World Is Furious at Trump for His Remark About 'Shithole Countries'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
World leaders, politicians and TV personalities have poured scorn on Trump
Coal baron's 'action plan' became Trump policy initiatives
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the Trump administration, the head of one of America's largest coal companies sent a four-page "action plan" to the White House calling for rollbacks of Obama-era environmental and mine safety regulations.
11 Things We're Obsessed With This Week, Besides Warmer Weather
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It’s been a while since our last favorite finds roundup, when we were in the thick of Black Friday and holiday shopping.
President Trump disputes reports of remarks on Haiti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump is disputing multiple reports that he made disparaging remarks about countries during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on U.S. immigration policy.
Speaking of America: 'I'm not where I want to be'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The road to Inez cuts through hard rock, and the Appalachian Mountains close in tight on those stubborn enough to live in the land’s creases. Thelma Moore has lived here all her life. Few on this route have more cause for hope than the people of Inez.
Q&A: In St. Louis, the Rev. Darryl Gray is 'praying with my feet'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The Rev. Darryl Gray, a prominent figure in the St. Louis protests with more than 40 years’ experience as a civil rights activist, talked with the Monitor’s Christa Case Bryant in November for our cover story, “Bridging black and white: How St. Louis residents are trying to surmount racial inequities post-Ferguson.” This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Q: You’ve called St. Louis the new Selma. A lot of civil rights organizations did not want to go into Selma….
Pentagon mum on fate of secret satellite
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The mystery surrounding the fate of a secret military satellite deepened Thursday when the Pentagon refused to answer even simple questions about whether the mission to launch it had gone awry. On Sunday, private space firm SpaceX blasted a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida carrying the secret government satellite, known as Zuma. SpaceX said Tuesday that the rocket worked fine, but its statement left open the possibility that something could have gone wrong after the launch.
This One Thing Makes You a Nicer Person
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mindfulness can increase your empathy
Blue skies in China's capital spark joy, scepticism
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Every day for the last five years, Zou Yi has photographed Beijing's smog-cloaked skyline from his 13th-floor apartment, but there is something different in the air this year. This winter, save a few grey days, the sky has been a brilliant blue, suggesting the city may finally be making progress against air pollution -- an issue so dire in previous years that some periods were dubbed an "airpocalypse". Last year Beijing enjoyed the best air quality on recent record, with a steady increase in "good air" days since pollution control measures were implemented in 2013, according to the capital's environmental protection bureau.
Did President Donald Trump Get the Flu Shot?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Some public health experts are hopeful that he will—and that he'll talk about it
Scientists get closer to pinning down source of mysterious radio signals from space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The pulses could be coming from a dead star near a black hole
Don't feed your dog raw meat, study says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Raw meat, touted by some as an easily-digestible, nutrient-filled superfood for domestic dogs and cats, may put not only your pet at risk, but your own health too, researchers warned Friday. A survey of frozen, raw meat products sold at pet stores and supermarkets in the Netherlands, where more than half of dog owners buy such items, revealed worrying levels of bacteria and parasites, a Dutch team reported in the journal Vet Record. "It is clear that commercial RMBDs (raw meat-based diets) may be contaminated with a variety of zoonotic bacterial and parasitic pathogens," the authors of the study wrote.
Professor Teaching ‘White Racism’ Class Gets Hundreds of ‘Vile’ Calls and Emails
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"I think we need to name white racism"
Number of Missing in Mudslide Fluctuates Wildly
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The mudslides follow in the wake of one of the largest wildfires in California history
President Trump Tweeted Against His Own Bill. Now Congress May Delay the Vote
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He may have been watching Fox News
Tunisia’s revolution, Act 2
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Tunisia’s Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali on Jan. 14, 2011 – the Arab world has largely fallen into war or more autocracy. The country’s duly elected prime minister, Youssef Chahed, even went to the streets to talk to demonstrators – a type of accountability hardly imagined elsewhere in the region. Police appeared sympathetic to the cries of youths left jobless by a stagnant economy.
President Trump’s New Judicial Nominee Is ‘Moral Poison’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Picking a civil rights opponent while blocking two qualified African-American women
African elephant, hippo, rhino populations shrink in wartime
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
WASHINGTON (AP) — War is hell for wildlife, too. A new study finds that wartime is the biggest threat to Africa's elephants, rhinos, hippos and other large animals.
President Trump Just Backtracked, Again, on Protecting Dreamers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"Any legislation has to include the wall"
Police: Hand grenade disarmed after being found in trash
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — A hand grenade found in the trash by Connecticut waste management employees has been disarmed.
Soft robots could be the factory workers of the future
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Why we're developing a soft robot inspired by an elephant's trunk.
Swiss cooks ordered to stun lobsters before boiling
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Swiss government on Wednesday ordered an end to the common culinary practice of throwing flailing lobsters into boiling water, ruling that they must be knocked out before they are killed. As part of a wider overhaul of Swiss animal protection laws, Bern said that as of March 1, "the practice of plunging live lobsters into boiling water, which is common in restaurants, is no longer permitted". According to Swiss public broadcaster RTS, only electric shock or the "mechanical destruction" of the lobster's brain will be accepted methods of stunning the animals once the new rule takes affect.
'It's Not an Attack on White People.' Professor Receives 'Vile' Backlash Over 'White Racism' Class
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"I think we need to name white racism"
These 2 Dog Breeds Were Just Added to the American Kennel Club Roster
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Their names are quite the mouthful
Glowing Sharks With Insane Extendable Jaws Hauled from the Deep Ocean off Taiwan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists discovered not one, but five rare (and creepy) glowing sharks with extendable jaws on the coast of Taiwan, reported Earth Touch News Network. Known as viper sharks or viper dogfish, they are known for needle-like teeth, extendable jaws that come down from the neurocranium, and photophores, which give them a glowing appearance, according to previous investigations of the elusive fish species.