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Quiz: How Well Do You Remember the 2016 Election?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Test your memory of how America voted
Russia: Time Capsules Reveal Soviets Predicted Alien Communication and Colonizing the Moon and Mars by 2017
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Decades-old Russian time capsules were opened yesterday, revealing what Russians thought their future would hold 100 years after the Bolshevik Revolution. Written predominately in 1967 (the 50th anniversary of that revolution), the Straits Times reported the messages predicted that in 2017 the Communist Party would be thriving and that Russians most definitely would have landed on Mars. The capsules, dug up from different locations, were opened by Russians across the country.
Former President Obama Shows Up for Jury Duty
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He was greeted by crowds at the courthouse door
Donald Trump Likes Fights. Here Are His Top 10 Since Winning the Election
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
On the one-year anniversary of his election, here's a look at his top 10 fights, from Senators to 'Morning Joe' hosts to the NFL.
Texas Has Executed a Mexican Citizen Convicted of Killing His Cousin
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He was the seventh convicted killer put to death this year in Texas
Authorities Have Reviewed Video Footage of the Texas Church Massacre
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The camera kept rolling because there was "no one to turn it off"
Driverless Shuttle Gets Hit By A Truck During Its Debut Ride In Las Vegas
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Las Vegas’ first driverless shuttle hit the streets on Wednesday and was promptly hit by a truck.
Ancient Egypt: Newly Discovered 2,300
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
For the first time ever, archaeologists digging in Egypt have uncovered a Greek-style gymnasium, which the team believes a small town may have built in order to seem more Greek, according to a statement released Monday by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. It is the site of the small town of Philoteris, which was founded during the second century B.C. At that point, Egypt was under the control of the Ptolemies, descendants of Alexander the Great’s General Ptolemy, who took over the territory after the Greek conqueror’s death, making it part of the Hellenistic, or “Greekish” world. In ancient Greece, a gymnasium was primarily a space for young men to work out and converse with older mentors.
New Jersey diner adding gratuities to kids' bills
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WAYNE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey diner is adding an 18 percent gratuity to the bills of children who go there without their parents.
Woman switches tags to get $1,800 in electronics for $3.70
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a woman tried to sneak more than $1,800 worth of electronics through a Florida Walmart's self-checkout by switching the items' price tags with those from clearance items.
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JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — A British inventor billed as a real-life version of the superhero Iron Man has hit the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit at 32 mph (51 kph), a Guinness world record.
State Police cruiser stolen at traffic stop, found abandoned
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island State Police say a cruiser was stolen during a traffic stop, and later found abandoned.
President Trump Says China Could ‘Easily’ Rein in North Korea
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kim Jong Un dominates discussion as the U.S. leader meets Xi Jinping in Beijing
Danica Roem Is Virginia's First Transgender Elected Official. Here's What She Wants to Accomplish
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"Our mere presence fundamentally changes the equation"
Udder surprise: Heifer found in family's swimming pool
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEWTON, N.C. (AP) — An 800-pound heifer made a big splash when it was found in a North Carolina family's swimming pool.
How to Be Happy: Stop Making So Many Decisions, Neuroscientist Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Making choices is hard. That would be why researcher Moran Cerf has eliminated it from his life. As a rule, he always chooses the second menu item at a restaurant.
Donald Trump Jr. Encouraged Virginians to Vote on the Wrong Day Twice
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted support for Ed Gillespie, but he told voters to vote on the wrong day.
5 Times Trump’s Pick For Top Environmental Adviser Struggled To Defend Her Climate Denial
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kathleen Hartnett White stammered, sighed and sat silent for seconds on end on Wednesday throughout her Senate hearing to be confirmed as the new head of the White House’s Council of Environmental Quality.
President Trump and Vladimir Putin Are Meeting in Vietnam. Here's What They're Likely to Talk About
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The two leaders are likely have an "extensive" one-on-one meeting
Snapshots of sleep
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
After a sleepless night, your neurons act a lot like you probably do: weak, slow, and generally a bit of a mess. Researchers led by teams at the University of California-Los Angeles and the University of Tel Aviv in Israel have found evidence that without sleep, some neurons in the medial temporal lobe—the part of…
Lost Ancient City In The Middle Of The Pacific Ocean Revealed in New Satellite Images
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In the centre of a lagoon on the remote island of Pohnpei, a series of mysterious canals, stone foundations and ruins have earned Nan Madol the name: "Venice of the Pacific"—or even Atlantis. “It now looks like Nan Madol represents a first in Pacific Island history,” Mark McCoy associate professor at Southern Methodist University in Texas told Fox News last year.
How Would the Republican Tax Plan Affect You? Find Out With This Simple Calculator
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
House Republicans have introduced a proposal to dramatically rewrite the U.S. tax code. Here's how the GOP tax plan would affect you.
DARPA Wants to Send Robots Into Space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The secretive research unit of the United States military has called for rules to be put into place to allow robots to be sent into space.
Seven Penn State Students Punished Over Fraternity Hazing Death
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The punishments included expulsion
Ancient Rome: Pompeii Victims May Have Been Poisoned Before Being Buried in Hot Ash of Vesuvius
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Of all ancient civilizations, the Romans may be most famous for their love of engineering, and particularly of plumbing. Tourists visiting Pompeii today still risk unrest from Mt. Vesuvius but at least don't need to worry about the town's water pipes.
Two Men Are Accused of Smuggling After 26 Girls Were Found Dead in the Mediterranean
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Some of the dead were as young as 14
A Politician's Meme Upset This Woman Enough to Run Against Him. She Just Won.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Time for humble pie
SpaceX Is Investigating a Rocket Engine Explosion at its Texas Facility
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A rep from the company tells Inverse they are investigating the cause.
Stellar encore: Dying star keeps coming back big time
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Death definitely becomes this star; supernova simply won't die despite multiple explosions.
Tim Kaine, looking ahead to 2018 — and 2020 — sees hope, and a warning, in Northam win
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate last year, is gearing up for reelection in 2018 and a possible presidential run in 2020. Ralph Northam’s victory in Virginia gives him hope, but he also sounds a warning about the perils of being pushed too far to the left.
The loophole that let the church shooter buy a gun — and the bill that aims to close it
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The bipartisan Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act is intended to “ensure that any individual convicted of domestic violence — whether it is in criminal or military court – cannot legally purchase a firearm,” the bill's sponsors, Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., said.
How Trump’s Tax Plan Hurts the People Who Elected Him
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If Trump and the GOP considered capital gains taxes, the middle class wouldn't be adversely affected by reform, writes Anja Manuel
The Air Force Error That Let the Texas Church Shooter Buy a Gun Is Just One of 'Thousands'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The U.S. military has launched a review into whether there are widespread failures to properly report military criminal history information.
The Republican Tax Plan Would Add $1.7 Trillion to Federal Deficits
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's a potential blow to Republicans on the Hill
North Korean Suspects Named in the Mysterious Murder of Kim Jong Nam
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
They have long since fled the country
You might just get to see the Northern Lights over the UK tonight
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Northern Lights are set to be visible in the skies over the UK for the second night running thanks to optimum weather conditions.
Homeland nominee questions human role in climate change
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice to head the Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that she believes climate change exists, but said she cannot determine whether humans are the primary cause.
Why Do People Believe in God? New Research Says We're Not Born Believers After all
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Previous research has generally held that religious people rely more on gut instinct than factual analysis, and in the event that they do become more analytical, they become less religious. "Religious belief is most likely rooted in culture rather than in some primitive gut intuition,” lead author Miguel Farias said in a press release.
Waiting For Gun Control After the Texas Shooting? Don't Hold Your Breath
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It is very nearly certain that no comprehensive gun control legislation will surface in Congress in the aftermath of Sunday's shooting.
Trump not invited to Paris climate summit next month
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
PARIS (AP) — French authorities said President Donald Trump is not among more than 100 world leaders invited to Paris for a climate summit next month.
Tim Kaine: Virginia vote 'a repudiation' of Trump style
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
"The Dems focused on bread-and-butter issues — jobs, education and health care," said Virginia Sen. Kaine, the Democrats' 2016 vice-presidential candidate and a former head of the Democratic National Committee.
Tim Kaine, looking ahead to ’18 – and ‘20 – sees hope, and a warning, in Northam win
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate last year, is gearing up for reelection in 2018, and a possible presidential run in 2020. Ralph Northam’s victory in Virginia gives him hope, but also sounds a warning about the perils of being pushed too far to the left.
Man charged with DUI after going to vote a day early
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say they've arrested a man who showed up to an elementary school intoxicated and hoping to vote — on the wrong day.
Why both sides of debate say Devin Kelley should not have owned a gun
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Just down the street from the First Baptist Church, where a gunman killed 26 parishioners on Sunday, convenience store clerk Chris Speer is still trying to sort through his feelings about how a man who the federal government and state of Texas said could not legally own a gun, could walk into a store and buy a Ruger assault-style rifle. Devin Kelley was court-martialed and spent time in a military brig for assaulting his baby stepson and once smuggled weapons onto an Air Force Base in New Mexico after making death threats against commanders.
A sweet note of religious harmony in Indonesia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
In Myanmar (Burma), the Muslim minority is on the run from extremists in the Buddhist majority. In nearby Malaysia, some in the Muslim majority refuse to do business with the Hindu minority. Amid such religious tensions in Southeast Asia, it is worth noting that the Constitutional Court of Indonesia issued a ruling Nov. 7 that upholds religious freedom.
In Wisconsin, will Walker's reelection bid serve as conservatism's next test?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Of all the states Hillary Clinton lost, perhaps none was as shocking as Wisconsin, with its long history of progressive politics. While Democrats still outnumber Republicans here overall, that’s not the case among elected officials. Scott Walker won the governorship here as part of a nationwide Republican wave in 2010, and immediately set about turning the state’s finances around, eliminating a projected $3.6 billion deficit without raising taxes, by cutting funding for everything from schools to environmental research.
President Trump Meets the World’s Most Powerful Man in Beijing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Trump might talk tough, but don’t expect Xi to tremble
How Did Humans Get To America? Kelp Highway Hypothesis Rewrites History of First Settlers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Until the 21st century, it was widely believed that the first humans arrived in North America via a land bridge from what is now Russia and Alaska. Anthropologists have since been dismantling that theory's timeline. In a new review of evidence, half a dozen prominent anthropologists have thrown their weight behind "the kelp highway hypothesis," which maintains that America’s first humans came by boat, surviving off the rich biodiversity of the kelp forests along the glacial coasts. "In a dramatic intellectual turnabout, most archaeologists and other scholars now believe that the earliest Americans followed Pacific Rim shorelines from northeast Asia to Beringia and the Americas," wrote the new perspective's authors in the journal Science.
Something scorching hot is melting Antarctica from below, and NASA thinks they know what it is
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Antarctica is a weird place. Scientists have long studied the behavior of its massive ice sheets and the land underneath them in the hopes of understanding the unique geological quirks of the continent, but are frequently puzzled by new discoveries. Now, one of the biggest head-scratchers of all might finally have an answer, and it all starts deep under the surface. In an area of West Antarctica called Marie Byrd Land, the ice sheet seems to have a mind of its own, rising and falling by as much as 20 feet over relatively short periods of time. NASA's newest research effort has demonstrated that the reason for this odd behavior is likely to be an incredibly hot mantle plume deep under the surface. A mantle plume, which is an area where geothermal heat generated deep within the planet pushes closer to the surface through cracks other gaps, is thought to be responsible for huge subsurface lakes and water flow underneath the ice sheet. Because the geothermal activity isn't constant, the water comes and goes, filling and draining, which in turn affects the height of the ice sheet far above it. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory were able to crack the mystery by creating a data model of a mantle plume based on observations of the geothermal activity at Yellowstone, which hosts a supervolcano. Using that model, the researchers were able to demonstrate that underground heat sources were likely responsible for the changes in the ice sheet visible on the surface. The research will help inform further study of the area and potentially aid in predictions of future changes in the Antarctic landscape. Scientists regularly study the ice loss of Antarctica as a potential indicator of how global warming is affecting sea levels both now and into the future, but it seems in this particular case the Earth is playing games with Antarctica all on its own.
NASA and Uber Are Bringing Us Flying Cars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Is the future finally here?