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Healthier Oatmeals 4 Ways
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Watch this video to learn four delicious ways to dress up your a.m. meal using tasty ingredients you can feel good about.
Make your next purchase using these smart sunglasses
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Visa is testing a prototype that will let you use sunglasses to make purchases. A small NFC chip inside one of the arms will be linked to your Visa account. Instead of swiping your debit card, you would tap the payment terminal to make the transaction. Visa says the concept plays well into its tagline, “Everywhere you want to be.” Let’s just hope these shades don’t wind up where you don’t want them to be: lost. Source:  https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/14/visa-is-testing-nfc-sunglasses-that-can-pay-for-stuff/ More:
'Mass Effect: Andromeda' review: A sprawling space drama that struggles to stay on target
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’ invites you to strap in for another space opera. “Space is big,” beloved author and interdimensional traveler Douglas Adams noted in his seminal towel-seller, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” “You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big,” he wrote, hammering home the point that when it comes to bigness, even our new president has nothing on the universe. The team behind the blockbuster “Mass Effect” trilogy managed to capture the epic scope of the big unknown while keeping our eyes trained on the intimate interactions between characters, a space opera in its truest — and, in terms of video games, among its best — form.
American cockroaches reproduce at an alarming rate (without males)
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
New research reveals why getting rid of these bugs can be so expensive.
7 psychological concepts that explain the Trump era of politics
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
American politics can seem baffling. Psychology is here to help. One example: In the days after the inauguration, social scientists showed participants photos of Trump’s inaugural crowd and Obama’s. Those who had voted for Trump were more likely to say Trump had the larger turnout, despite obvious differences in the photos that demonstrated otherwise.
Should you install solar panels on your roof? Ask Google
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In 2015, Google launched Project Sunroof, a map that shows which houses have enough sun exposure for solar panels to be a viable energy source. However, the original map was very limited, covering only the San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno, California and Boston. Now, Google has greatly expanded the project to cover all 50 U.S. states, with a total of 60 million buildings in the database.  SEE ALSO: Google pledges $11.5 million to racial justice innovators across the U.S. The project uses imagery from Google Earth and Maps as well as some machine learning magic to get a good idea of how much sunlight each portion of each roof is getting. According to Google, weather patterns, sun positioning changes and possible shade from nearby buildings is taken into account.  The result is a map which not only lets home owners easily assess whether they should consider a solar roof, but it also offers a good insight of the country's solar energy potential.  Solar potential of Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Image: Google In a blog post last week, Google shared a few interesting data points; for example, the company claims that 79 percent of all rooftops analyzed are "technically viable" for solar. Naturally, in some sunny areas, such as Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico, this number grows to over 90 percent. States like Pennsylvania, Maine and Minnesota have just over 60 percent viability, Google says.  As for the city with the most solar potential in the U.S., the honor belongs to Houston, Texas, which has an estimated 18,940GWh of rooftop solar generation potential per year. Check out the interactive map, searchable by U.S. zip codes, cities, counties and states, here.  WATCH: Access all your cards in one click with this solar-powered smart wallet
N. Korea's Kim hails engine test as 'new birth' for rocket industry: KCNA
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
North Korea has tested a powerful new rocket engine, state media said Sunday, with leader Kim Jong-Un hailing the successful test as a "new birth" for the nation's rocket industry. The test was apparently timed to coincide with the visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Beijing Saturday, where he warned that regional tensions had reached a "dangerous level". State news agency said Kim had overseen the operation, and "emphasised that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries", KCNA reported, hinting that the North could use the new engine to launch a rocket to put a satellite in orbit.
Deep South freeze means fewer blueberries and peaches
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Last week's deep freeze in the Southeast appears to have nearly wiped out Georgia's blueberries and South Carolina's peaches and seriously damaged a number of other crops like strawberries and apples.
What we learned from Comey’s testimony on Russia and Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
FBI Director James Comey appeared before House Intelligence Committee on Monday, testifying that since July bureau investigators have been looking into whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia. Comey also said he has “no information to support” Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Watch a recap of Comey’s testimony in the video player above and catch up on all of our live analysis in the blog below.
POTUS tweets put White House spin on Comey’s testimony
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The White House responded to a day of damaging testimony to Congress on Monday by FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers with a series of tweets intended to cast the news in the best possible light.
Democrats paint Gorsuch as ‘cold’ defender of corporations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In the first day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Monday, Judge Neil Gorsuch defended himself from Senate Democrats who said he ruled against the “little guy” as a federal judge. “I have ruled for disabled students, prisoners, for workers alleging civil rights violations, and for undocumented immigrants,” Gorsuch said. Gorsuch’s statement came after he listened to hours of remarks from senators on the Judiciary Committee, which over four days this week is weighing his nomination to the nation’s highest court.
White House defends President Trump’s golf habit and argues it’s different than Obama’s
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
During his daily briefing on Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted that President Trump uses his time on the golf course productively. Spicer’s comments came in response to a question from Yahoo News noting that Trump has visited the golf course at least 10 times since taking office eight weeks ago, even though for years he criticized former President Barack Obama for golfing. Spicer said there were “two things” to point out in response to the question.
White House tries to shift discussion amid FBI director's testimony
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, reacting to news from the first day of House Intelligence Committee hearings into the 2016 election, tried to steer reporters away from questions about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials—and onto the administration’s preferred topic, news media leaks about intercepted conversations involving fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Spicer’s usual daily press briefing took place in the afternoon as FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency head Mike Rogers were still testifying. Earlier in the day, Comey said there is no evidence to support Trump’s claim that his predecessor, President Obama, wiretapped his campaign—a widely anticipated statement that did not lead to a retraction by the White House.
Patriots star Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey found in Mexico
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The New England Patriots jersey that vanished after quarterback Tom Brady wore it in the team's fifth Super Bowl victory last month has been found in Mexico, officials said on Monday. The jersey and a second one Brady wore in a championship victory two years earlier were taken by a former Mexican media executive who had been credentialed to cover the February game in Houston, according to the National Football League and law enforcement officials. A Mexican newspaper group said on Monday a former staffer was involved in the theft, following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Houston Police Department and league security.
Climate change presents us with a choice, Seeking an end to the Ukrainian conflict, Balancing Beijing’s displeasure and missile defense, The people
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“Climate change today constitutes a threat to the well-being of our country, and not to confront it would be to put at risk the future of our children...,” writes Marcelo Mena, Chile’s vice minister of the environment. “The challenge that remains for us [in Chile] is in transportation, which accounts for 28.9 percent of our emissions.... The green tax means that vehicles will become more efficient, but it’s clear that public transport is the way forward.... We have two choices.
In this Trump enclave, a pining for Obamacare?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Just months after joining most of her neighbors in supporting President Trump at the polls, Ann Standridge finds herself in an odd position: longing for Obamacare. The 59-year-old grandmother says she has an independent streak as hard as any Georgia granite. With a deep breath, Ms. Standridge quit her job as a nurse to accept the guardianship of two young tow-headed boys, Atlaz and Anakhin.
Canadians cool to migrants: Are Canuck attitudes inching closer to Americans'?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has governed on a platform that has garnered international praise by refugee advocates for its welcoming stance. Four out of 10 respondents to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday said they believed those illegally crossing the Canadian-US border would make the country "less safe." Forty-eight percent said they supported "increasing the deportation of people living in Canada illegally," while 50 percent of Americans support "increasing the deportation of illegal immigrants," according to a US version of the poll conducted the same week. Legal immigration has enjoyed high bipartisan support in Canada for decades.
For one war
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
One of the world’s most fragile countries is also its least happy. Last year, with rebel groups still on the loose, the CAR accounted for nearly a third of all attacks on nongovernmental organizations in the world.
The 10 Best Drugstore Lipsticks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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Amanda Seyfried Secretly Eloped Last Weekend
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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A Definitive Timeline of Tarek and Christina El Moussa's Relationship
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
The complete history of the "Flip or Flop" stars' time together, and apart.
15 Mother's Day Cards They Don't Make But Should
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
"Thanks for not being perfect."
This Couple Is Expecting Two Babies — Because They're Both Pregnant At the Same Time
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
They announced it with the *sweetest* Instagram post.
'Flip or Flop' Star Tarek El Moussa Posted an Emotional Message About His Battle With Cancer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
"I look back and still wonder how I survived."
This Hilarious "BBC Dad" Parody Imagines How a Mom Would've Handled the Situation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Because moms are multi-tasking superheroes, duh.
13 Ways Parenting Was Different In the '90s
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Parenting without cell phones: Can you imagine!??
Natural Remedies to Treat Incontinence
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
If you're looking for a less invasive fix for incontinence, there are a number of natural options you can try (from kegel exercises to lifestyle choices to supplements) to gain better control of your bladder.
How to Take Care of Yourself When You Have the Flu
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
While there is no cure for the flu virus, there are several things you can do to help ease symptoms and heal your body more quickly. Watch the video to learn how to take care of yourself when you've been hit with the flu.
Facebook’s secretive and ambitious hardware group is preparing for its debut next month
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The all-star roster of tech veterans that Facebook began assembling one year ago is quietly...
The Parrot With a Call as Infectious as Laughter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Raoul Schwing remembers sitting on a New Zealand mountaintop, watching a kea hovering in front of him, just an arm’s reach away. The large green parrot had jumped into an updraft, and was flying into the rushing air with such skill that it stayed in exactly the same spot. And then, it made an almost imperceptible shift in its wings, and shot off like a cannon. Keas do this a lot, and since they rarely hover more than a meter or so off the ground, they’re clearly not doing it for the view. Instead, Schwing says, they’re playing.
Scientists develop algorithm to detect autism spectrum disorder by blood test
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Researchers in the USA have managed to accurately predict whether a child is on the autism spectrum by means of a simple blood test. The test is based on an algorithm that analyzes levels of specific molecules, linked to autism spectrum disorder, present in blood samples. This groundbreaking first could pave the way for early diagnosis of ASD.
ALMA Spots A Dark Radio 'Hole'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
This is the first time the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array has been used to image and measure what’s known as the Sunyaev-Zel’dovich effect.
Tethering Nanoparticles To Cancer Cells May Boost Drug Efficiency
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In a new study, a team of MIT researchers describe a technique to make tumor cells more susceptible to certain kinds of anti-cancer drugs.
Diets are not equal for all people, ancestral homelands can make a difference
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Contrary to the idea that human food processing has remained unchanged for 50,000 years, genome studies reveal regional adaptations. Northern Europeans are better adapted to process meat than southern Europeans, researchers found.
How do you make a parrot laugh? It helps if another parrot laughs, too
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
To test the parrots’ taste for fun, the researchers played recordings of chirps made by keas when they’re playing. When the keas heard the “laughter” chirps, they went into play mode, much more than when they heard the other sounds. "The fact that at least some of these birds started playing spontaneously when no other birds had been playing suggests that, similar to human laughter, it had an emotional effect on the birds that heard it, putting them in a playful state,” study co-author Raoul Schwing of the Messerli Research Institute in Austria said in a statement.
Climate change 'makes deadly China pollution worse'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Global warming has boosted the frequency and severity of deadly air pollution peaks in northern China, scientists said Monday. In Beijing and other major northern cities, the number of days each year with weather tailor-made for extreme smog rose from 45 to 50 in the period 1982-2015 compared to the previous three decades, a ten-percent jump, the study found.
A Genetically Modified Corn Could Stop a Deadly Fungal Poison—if We Let It
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Aflatoxin is a well-known global health threat. This poison, produced by the Aspergillus fungus, is common in corn, wheat, rice and many other crops. Hot climates and inadequate storage practices augment the spread of the fungus and its accompanying toxin. It has also proved extremely difficult to eliminate or even reduce. A new gene-based approach could change that.
Google seizes the season change with two Doodles
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Wherever you are in the world, you will get equal amounts of day and night on this Monday. Google marks the occasion with a Doodle for each hemisphere.
What Happens If Trump Guts NASA's Earth Science Budget?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Earth is arguably the most important place NASA studies. We gotta live on this rock, after all.
Stephen Hawking May Be Going to Space Thanks to Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Piers Morgan interviewed Stephen Hawking for Good Morning Britain on Monday and the man who has studied space for so long appears to be one step closer to space travel. When asked about the meaning of life, Hawking said, "I have no idea. But I do remember when I was happiest. It was 1967 and the birth of my first child, Robert. My three children have brought me great joy. And I can tell you what will make me happiest: to travel in space. I have already completed a zero gravity flight, which allowed me to float weightless but my ultimate ambition is to fly to space." Hawking took a zero gravity flight in 2007 and said that his next step would be to travel to space. Stephen Hawking told Morgan, "I thought no one would take me but Richard Branson has offered me a seat in Virgin Galactic. And I said yes immediately. Since that day I have never changed my mind."
Who's happy, who's not: Norway tops list, US falls
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
OSLO, Norway (AP) — If you want to pursue happiness, grab a winter coat.
Live: Breaking down Comey’s testimony before Congress
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
FBI Director James Comey appeared before House Intelligence Committee on Monday, testifying that since July bureau investigators have been looking into whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia. Comey also said he has “no information to support” Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Watch a recap of Comey’s testimony in the video player above and catch up on all of our live analysis in the blog below.
A Trump campaign ally wants to ‘bring the hammer’ to Congress
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Bruce LeVell can bench-press the president of the United States. The Georgia congressional candidate and former campaign surrogate for President Trump stands 6 feet 4 and weighs 240 pounds — slightly bigger than the chief executive himself. “You better act right, because you know how big I am,” LeVell wrote. LeVell similarly wants to be an imposing presence backing up Trump’s agenda in Congress.
FBI’s Comey knocks the Patriots to make a point about the Kremlin’s grudge against Clinton
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
FBI Director James Comey deployed a sports analogy — and revealed something about his sports fandom that won’t make him any friends in New England.
Climate change presents us with a choice, Seeking an end to the Ukrainian conflict, Balancing Beijing’s displeasure and missile defense, The people
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“Climate change today constitutes a threat to the well-being of our country, and not to confront it would be to put at risk the future of our children...,” writes Marcelo Mena, Chile’s vice minister of the environment. “The challenge that remains for us [in Chile] is in transportation, which accounts for 28.9 percent of our emissions.... The green tax means that vehicles will become more efficient, but it’s clear that public transport is the way forward.... We have two choices.
Why Norway is the happiest nation on Earth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Move over, Disneyland: Norway has taken the crown for the happiest place on Earth, according to the United Nations. On Monday, World Happiness Day, the UN released its 2017 World Happiness Report, which ranks 155 countries based on the overall happiness of each nation’s citizens. The latest report, the fifth overall since the UN launched the program in 2012, lists Norway as the world’s happiest country.