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Indian lawmaker dresses as Hitler to criticize premier
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian lawmaker has appeared in Parliament dressed like Adolf Hitler with a toothbrush moustache and wearing a khaki coat with swastika symbols on his pocket and arm. His demand: More funds for the development of his state in southern India.
Trump’s ‘Space Force,’ with the help of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, could start a new space race
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Trump on June 18 advocated for a “Space Force” as an independent and co-equal military branch. Without getting into the politics behind it, here’s why I think this could be a pivotal point in American history that could mark the start of the next Space Race, and why Elon Musk and his company, SpaceX, may play an instrumental role in it. While NASA was (and still is) doing an excellent job performing valuable research-and-exploration efforts, the greatest push will come from private companies.
Small Satellites Could 3D
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
New technology to 3D-print solar panels in orbit could give small sats much more power.
Here Is the Gadget to Blast the Stink Out of Your Shoes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Though don't count on being able to afford it.
Meet K
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Defense specialist Allison Barrie shares an in-depth look at K-MAX, a drone helicopter originally designed for military work in combat zones, that could reduce the risk to firefighter lives.
NASA picks 13 companies to envision the future of orbital human spaceflight
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Thirteen companies, including Boeing and Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture, will be doing studies for NASA on the future of commercial human spaceflight in low Earth orbit. All of the studies are due in December, and are supposed to cost no more than $1 million each. NASA still has to negotiate the contract amounts with the study groups, but it expects the total cost of the effort to come in at around $11 million. The exercise is in line with NASA’s initiative to commercialize low-Earth-orbit operations by 2025. The options include handing over of the International Space… Read More
Sharks scare swimmers across the East Coast
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Shark attacks happen more often in the summer, but earth's rising temperatures have led sharks to search for cooler temperatures, scientists say.
Killers: 5 Futuristic Super Weapons That Could Change Warfare Forever
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Who will dominate the wars of the future? 
Killer whale still carrying her dead calf after 16 days
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A killer whale who was spotted pushing the corpse of its short-lived offspring continued to carry her dead calf after 16 days, experts said. Scientists and researchers on Wednesday saw the grieving orca known as J35, or Tahlequah, still carrying her dead calf in coastal waters near the border between British Columbia and Washington State.
One year later, Trump's 'both sides' response to Charlottesville still elicits anger
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump was excoriated for blaming “both sides” for the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last August. Nearly a year later, those affected by the events of that weekend haven’t forgiven him.
Missouri Voters Reject Law That Could Have Limited Labor Union Powers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The law against compulsory union fees was defeated Tuesday by a 2-to-1 margin
This Man Quit His Job to Take a 32
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
One way to get your point across
14,000 fight California fires, some from prisons or overseas
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
UKIAH, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters said for the first time Wednesday that they have made good progress battling the state's largest-ever wildfire but didn't expect to have it fully under control until September.
Mary G. Ross: How She Paved the Way for Other Native American Women in STEM
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The first female Native American engineer was dedicated to social justice causes.
Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn't think you should mock Trump's new Space Force
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In July, Neil deGrasse Tyson explained to Yahoo why he's not against the idea of a Space Force.
Pentagon, Vice President Pence tout groundwork for future 'Space Force'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Pentagon is laying the groundwork for a future Space Force, moving closer to an order from President Trump earlier this summer to create a sixth branch of the armed forces. Speaking at the Pentagon on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence announced sweeping changes that reorganize how the Department of Defense handles space operations, even if Congress does not authorize the establishment of a separate Department of the Space Force.
First lady Melania Trump’s parents gain U.S. citizenship through process opposed by Donald Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
First lady Melania Trump's parents became U.S. citizens Thursday, through a process President Trump wants to end.
Evangelist seeks prayer for yoga
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The evangelist Franklin Graham recently asked thousands of people at an Oregon rally to pray for the state's Democratic governor, saying she should be a Christian.
Billionaire drops quest to split California into 3 parts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The billionaire behind a measure to split California in three said he's giving up on the effort to reimagine the nation's most populous state after the state Supreme Court knocked it off the November ballot.
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JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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Here's Why a Diverse Diet May Not Be the Healthiest Choice
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Variety means different things to different people
Nobody Can Figure Out How the First Americans Migrated Across the Continent
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
'It is very likely that they simply did not all run at once.'
Samsung Unveils Note 9, Upgraded Watch and Home Speaker
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The upgrades are part of effort to fend off Apple Inc.’s upcoming iPhones
Imam Says Body Found at New Mexico Compound Is His Missing Grandson
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Authorities say they have yet to officially identify the body
Rare teeth from ancient mega
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A rare set of teeth from a giant prehistoric mega-shark twice the size of the great white have been found on an Australian beach by a keen-eyed amateur enthusiast, scientists said Thursday. Philip Mullaly was strolling along an area known as a fossil hotspot at Jan Juc, on the country's famous Great Ocean Road some 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Melbourne, when he made the find. The shark, which stalked Australia's oceans around 25 million years ago, feasting on small whales and penguins, could grow more than nine metres long, almost twice the length of today's great white shark.
Wall Street to Elon Musk: Show Us the Money
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
After Musk said he had the funding to take Tesla private
'Time has come' for US Space Force, sixth military branch: Pence
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Donald Trump ordered the creation of Space Force in June, arguing the Pentagon needs it to tackle vulnerabilities in space and assert US dominance in orbit. "The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America's best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation," Pence told an audience at the Pentagon.
Perseid Meteor Shower To Put On Brilliant Show This Weekend
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The annual Perseid meteor shower is set to peak this weekend and offer a
White House announces Space Force, but don't try to enlist just yet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Space Force debate has hinged on whether the existing Air Force Space Command can protect American satellites in orbit and handle other military challenges in space.
Why it's so hard for Trump to simply tell Mueller 'the truth'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president's defenders float a growing list of reasons that he shouldn't sit for an interview with the special counsel.
First Lady Melania Trump’s parents gain U.S. citizenship through process opposed by Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
First Lady Melania Trump's parents became U.S. citizens Thursday, through a process President Trump wants to end.
Jason Kessler and the alt
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
This weekend is in many ways a test for Jason Kessler. Mr. Kessler, the organizer of last year’s Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville, is staging an anniversary rally in Washington. After a year of being pilloried not only by the left but also his erstwhile allies, this is Kessler’s big opportunity to recover from a disastrous rally that shook the nation and shattered the self-described alt-right movement.
Are you what you post? Social media and the accountability debate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
A number of young professional athletes, too, have had to answer for racial slurs and anti-gay comments posted when they were teens. Online trolls and political rabble-rousers comb through the social media archives of the famous and politically active, looking for past “gotcha” posts that might have crossed a hard-to-define cultural line that marks off the offensive and unacceptable. More and more, social thinkers and employers are trying to take a more nuanced view of past tweets and social media posts.
Argentina rejects legalizing abortion, but flings open once
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Noelia Rodriguez sat at a table in front of Argentina’s Congress this week, decorating and selling the green scarves that have become synonymous with the movement to decriminalize abortion in Argentina. Early Thursday morning, after 16 hours of debate, Argentina’s conservative-leaning Senate rejected a bill to legalize abortion for pregnancies up to 14 weeks.
Lebanon's hashish equation: If farmers gain, does Hezbollah lose?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
For generations, residents of the impoverished flat plain of the northern Bekaa Valley have been cultivating cannabis. The illegal enterprise has earned modest incomes for farmers but immense fortunes for the dealers who buy the cannabis in bulk and export the product to lucrative markets in Europe and the Gulf. To defend their illicit crops, the fiercely independent Shiite tribes of the northern Bekaa do not hesitate to resort to arms when the Lebanese Army and police arrive with their bulldozers.
Boris Johnson Has Caused a Political Firestorm After Offending British Muslims. Here's What to Know
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Britain's ex-foreign secretary is back in the news again
State of Emergency Declared in Charlottesville Ahead of Rally Anniversary
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The city of Charlottesville declared a state of emergency ahead of the one-year anniversary of a violent white nationalist rally
Airbus Spy Drone Stretches Flight
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Floating almost motionless at an altitude of 70,000 feet, Airbus SE’s Zephyr spy drone has extended the record for the longest flight within the Earth’s atmosphere to 25 days, two-thirds more than the previous best. The first production version of the solar-powered pseudo-satellite spent more than three weeks in the stratosphere on its maiden trip after taking off from Arizona on July 11, Airbus revealed Wednesday after the craft landed safely. The flight broke the previous endurance record of 14 days set by a prototype Zephyr in 2015 and was aimed at establishing the drone’s credentials as a less costly, more nimble alternative to conventional satellites.
Iranians Sink Back Into Economic Gloom as U.S. Sanctions Return
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The faltering economy has prompted protests. But some Iranians want their leaders to talk to Trump
The Real Message Behind the Saudi Crown Prince's Diplomatic War With Canada
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Unpredictable and brash moves have become the crown prince's diplomatic signature—and the U.S. is staying silent
Bronze Archie statue honors artist for hometown anniversary
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — A life-size bronze statue of a red-haired, freckle-faced Archie is now greeting visitors at a New Hampshire town in honor of a local man who drew the comic book character and his group of wholesome teenage friends.
New contours in international cooperation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
With a rise in nationalist politicians in world capitals, humble collaboration among countries on global issues can be hard to come by these days. The 20th-century spirit of international cooperation still exists. One regional pact, expected to be signed Aug. 12, follows this trend and is notable because it took 22 years to negotiate.
No cameras, cellphones – or socks? Inside the Manafort trial
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The case, United States of America v. Paul J. Manafort, Jr., marks the first major courtroom test of the work of special counsel Robert Mueller. Although his team of agents and prosecutors are tasked with investigating alleged collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia, they are also authorized to prosecute other crimes they discover. Manafort is alleged to have engaged in tax evasion and bank fraud by hiding proceeds of his past work as a political consultant in Ukraine in offshore accounts.
Tribune Withdraws From Sinclair Merger Amid Scrutiny Over Deal
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It would've been a nearly $4 billion media megamerger
Thick smoke clouds southern Portugal beaches as fires rage
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Smoke from raging wildfires billowed above popular tourist beaches in Portugal's Algarve Thursday after authorities ordered a fresh wave of urgent evacuations as the flames drew closer to a historic town in the region. Ferocious fires have blazed for a week in southern Portugal stoked by sweltering temperatures and strong winds, injuring dozens and leaving a blackened trail of seared forest, charred homes and incinerated cars, despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters and soldiers. Aircraft scooped water from the sea to drop onto the creeping blaze Thursday, as firefighters continued their struggle to douse the flames, which have already consumed some 21,000 hectares (52,000 acres) of forest.
Germany Set to Release Man Convicted of Helping 9/11 Pilots
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He'll be deported to his native Morocco
Escudo térmico permite a sonda mayor aproximación al Sol
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
CABO CAÑAVERAL, Florida, EE.UU. (AP) — Un viaje al Sol nos acercará más que nunca a nuestra estrella. La sonda solar Parker de la NASA será la primera nave espacial que “roza” el Sol, atravesando la atmósfera hirviente para llegar a 6 millones de kilómetros (3,8 millones de millas) de la superficie.
The Last Major TV Factory in the U.S. Is Shutting Down Because of President Trump's Tariffs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
South Carolina's governor is calling on Trump to exempt parts used by the plant
Officials of North Korea and South Korea Will Meet Ahead of Leaders' Summit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It is the third such meeting between the leaders in recent months