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9 days until the midterm elections: Where things stand
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
As the midterm elections draw nearer, here’s an update on key races and other recent developments.
Pittsburgh mayor opposes Trump's call to arm synagogues
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said the United States should look at limiting firearm access for violent people rather than arming synagogues, churches or mosques.
Mourning the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The nation's latest mass shooting drew condemnation and expressions of sympathy from politicians and religious leaders of all stripes. In Pittsburgh, thousands gathered for a vigil Saturday night. Some blamed the slaughter on the nation's political climate.
The 3rd most powerful supercomputer in the world was turned on at a classified government lab in California — Here’s what the 7,000 square foot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The third most powerful supercomputer in the world has been completed and unveiled: the Sierra. This supercomputer, which can do 125 quadrillion calculations in a second, will be used to create simulations that can test how safe and reliable nuclear weapons in the government stockpile is. The Sierra is currently being used for scientific work, such as predicting the effects of cancer and mapping traumatic brain injury.
Zika virus detected in second Indian state
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
India's Zika outbreak is spreading, with officials saying Sunday that the mosquito-borne virus has been detected in the western state of Gujarat after nearly 150 cases were reported this year in neighbouring Rajasthan. Health authorities in Gujarat said a woman tested positive for Zika and was treated at a state hospital in the capital Ahmedabad, the first confirmed case outside Rajasthan this year.
Cory Booker, James Clapper Targeted as 2 More Possible Package Bombs Found: The Latest
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Law enforcement officials are still investigating at least 12 packages containing possible pipe bombs that were part of attempted attacks targeting high-profile Democrats.
Why millennials will always love “Call Me Maybe,” according to psychology
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
For a certain segment of the millennial generation, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” is much more than a catchy tune. The pop anthem came out in 2012, when millennials were in their late teens and early-to-mid 20s, and for over a year, it was inescapable. It played during commutes, parties, and workouts, and, really,…
Meghan Markle Is Brought to Happy Tears When Children Sing Anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Markle couldn't help but laugh and cry
The 3rd most powerful supercomputer in the world was turned on at a classified government lab in California — Here’s what the 7,000 square foot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The third most powerful supercomputer in the world has been completed and unveiled: the Sierra. This supercomputer, which can do 125 quadrillion calculations in a second, will be used to create simulations that can test how safe and reliable nuclear weapons in the government stockpile is. The Sierra is currently being used for scientific work, such as predicting the effects of cancer and mapping traumatic brain injury.
Chinese privately developed rocket fails to reach orbit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A privately developed Chinese carrier rocket failed to reach orbit after lifting off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Saturday, in a blow to the country's nascent attempts by private companies to rival Elon Musk's SpaceX. "Before Zhuque carrier rocket was launched, its mission was already completed," the company said in the post on Saturday, without giving further details. Landspace was founded in 2015 and soon aimed to be the first Chinese private company to deliver a satellite into orbit.
What to Know About Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Suspect Robert Bowers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Robert Bowers, the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect, appears to be tied to an account with anti-Semitic posts on Gab.
Megyn Kelly Is Cancelled. But She Never Should Have Had the Job in the First Place
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Who could have predicted such a debacle? Oh, just about anyone who was familiar with Megyn Kelly’s pre-NBC history.
Singer Sinead O'Connor Announces She Has Converted to Islam
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Irish singer Sinead O’Connor has announced she has converted to Islam and said she has changed her name to Shuhada’ Davitt.
The 3rd most powerful supercomputer in the world was turned on at a classified government lab in California — Here’s what the 7,000 square foot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The third most powerful supercomputer in the world has been completed and unveiled: the Sierra. This supercomputer, which can do 125 quadrillion calculations in a second, will be used to create simulations that can test how safe and reliable nuclear weapons in the government stockpile is. The Sierra is currently being used for scientific work, such as predicting the effects of cancer and mapping traumatic brain injury.
Aussie cops to the roo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A kangaroo that hopped into the sea for a dip at a Melbourne beach had to be rescued by Australian police and brought back to life with CPR, officers said Sunday. Officers said they were called to Safety Beach in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon amid reports the native animal was struggling in the water. "It began to swim but got into difficulty in the swell and breaking waves and went under water a couple of times," Victoria Police said in a statement.
Pittsburgh Synagogue Hires Armed Guards to Open for Sunday School After Shooting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
'We're not going to be deterred'
The 3rd most powerful supercomputer in the world was turned on at a classified government lab in California — Here’s what the 7,000 square foot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The third most powerful supercomputer in the world has been completed and unveiled: the Sierra. This supercomputer, which can do 125 quadrillion calculations in a second, will be used to create simulations that can test how safe and reliable nuclear weapons in the government stockpile is. The Sierra is currently being used for scientific work, such as predicting the effects of cancer and mapping traumatic brain injury.
Prince Harry Palled Around With Tonga's Famously Oiled
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met the Polynesian nation's biggest viral star
Who will get to Mars first? Oddsmakers favor SpaceX and Blue Origin over NASA
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If sending humans to Mars is a race, which team is favored to win? Bookies give the nod to Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin venture, but it’ll be years before any bet pays off. David Strauss, an analyst and oddsmaker at MyBookie, says NASA is the underdog and Musk is the favorite. “Bezos may have the discipline, but Musk has the infrastructure and just the right amount of craziness to make a successful mission happen,” he said today in a news release. “The days of government organizations staging trips to another planet are behind us.… Read More
The 3rd most powerful supercomputer in the world was turned on at a classified government lab in California — Here’s what the 7,000 square foot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The third most powerful supercomputer in the world has been completed and unveiled: the Sierra. This supercomputer, which can do 125 quadrillion calculations in a second, will be used to create simulations that can test how safe and reliable nuclear weapons in the government stockpile is. The Sierra is currently being used for scientific work, such as predicting the effects of cancer and mapping traumatic brain injury.
What to Know About Cesar Sayoc, the Mail Bomb Suspect
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Federal authorities arrested Cesar Altieri Sayoc Jr. on Friday
Trump at pains to reconcile campaign message with violent events
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president goes ahead with a campaign rally in Illinois despite a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 people dead.
Alcohol changes how memories are formed on a molecular level
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
According to a study conducted by Karla Kaun, Emily Petruccelli and a team at Brown University in the United States, published in the journal Neuron, a few glasses of alcohol in the evening changes the way our memories are formed on a molecular level. Drugs of abuse both hard and soft (opiates, alcohol etc.) often result in adverse effects that vary in intensity: nausea, vomiting, headaches, hangovers... Why is it that we only remember good feelings associated with these neurotoxins, and not the bad ones? Going to work on fruit flies which they trained to like alcohol, the researchers investigated the roles of different genes and proteins involved in addiction and reward systems.
John Legend's Baby Boy Is Basically His Tiny Doppelgänger
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The resemblance is uncanny
What you need to know about China’s first private orbital launch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
China might achieve a major milestone for its private space business as soon as this weekend. LandSpace, a Beijing-based startup founded in 2015, is expected to launch a solid-propellant rocket and put a satellite into orbit on Saturday (Oct. 27), according to space news site gbtimes.com. LandSpace earlier told Quartz it was planning an orbital…
Vice President Pence Says Trump Bears No Responsibility for Mail Bomb Attacks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"Look, the reality is the people responsible are the people responsible"
The 3rd most powerful supercomputer in the world was turned on at a classified government lab in California — Here’s what the 7,000 square foot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The third most powerful supercomputer in the world has been completed and unveiled: the Sierra. This supercomputer, which can do 125 quadrillion calculations in a second, will be used to create simulations that can test how safe and reliable nuclear weapons in the government stockpile is. The Sierra is currently being used for scientific work, such as predicting the effects of cancer and mapping traumatic brain injury.
Full coverage: 11 dead in shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A gunman opened fire at a synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., killing 11 people and injuring six others.
Robert Bowers, alleged Pittsburgh synagogue gunman, left trail of chilling, anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The man who authorities say opened fire in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday morning had a long history of posting anti-Semitic messages on the Twitter alternative Gab.
'A very horrific crime scene' at Pittsburgh synagogue
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Jewish community at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and local authorities are starting to tell the heartbreaking stories of what they encountered on Saturday after tragedy struck.
Synagogue shooting shows spread of anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“It is simply unconscionable for Jews to be targeted during worship on a Sabbath morning, and unthinkable that it would happen in the United States of America in this day and age,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement Saturday. A man is escorted out of the Tree of Life Congregation by police following a shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue, Oct. 27, 2018.
Crowdfunding campaign lets you snag simulated moon dirt — but handle with care
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Wanna buy some fake moon dirt? Off Planet Research, which manufactures loads of the stuff, is making it available for public consumption — but make sure you don’t eat it or breathe it in. The research facility in Lacey, Wash., specializes in making types of soil that simulate what’s found on the lunar surface. Off Planet mixes up blends of earthly ingredients, including crushed rock, so that students and scientists can learn how humans and their hardware would fare in the lunar environment. Two main varieties of lunar simulants are on the menu: a dark-colored blend that reflects the composition of… Read More
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Dedicated Two Forest Reserves in Tonga
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have dedicated two forest reserves in Tonga as they continue their trip of the South Pacific.
President Trump Says 'Results Would Have Been Far Better' If Pittsburgh Synagogue Had Armed Guard
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The President also said the United States needs to "stiffen up" death penalty laws
The “five stages” of grief don’t tell the whole story of dealing with loss
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Grief can seem desolate for those in the thick of it who often feel unable to imagine a way out of their suffering. But, as time passes, the pain usually dampens or becomes more fleeting. Understanding the normal trajectory of grief matters for the person experiencing the grief and those treating them. Attempts to provide…
'These Are Not Hoax Devices': FBI Warns More Explosives Could Be in Mail After Making Arrest
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Department of Justice confirmed one person has been taken into custody Friday morning.
The 3rd most powerful supercomputer in the world was turned on at a classified government lab in California — Here’s what the 7,000 square foot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The third most powerful supercomputer in the world has been completed and unveiled: the Sierra. This supercomputer, which can do 125 quadrillion calculations in a second, will be used to create simulations that can test how safe and reliable nuclear weapons in the government stockpile is. The Sierra is currently being used for scientific work, such as predicting the effects of cancer and mapping traumatic brain injury.
Live updates: 11 dead in shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A gunman opened fire at a synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., killing 11 people and injuring six others.
Robert Bowers, alleged Pittsburgh synagogue gunman, left a trail of chilling, anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The man who authorities say opened fire in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday morning had a long history of posting anti-Semitic messages on the Twitter alternative Gab.
The iPhone XR Is More Than Enough iPhone for Pretty Much Anyone
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Here's how it compares to Apple's more expensive iPhone XS
No Wonder America Is Divided. We Can't Even Agree on What Our Values Mean
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Here's how we get out of this communication crisis
The Stark Siblings Just Gave Fans the Reunion That Game of Thrones Never Will
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's as if the Red Wedding never happened
Hubble is back at work after breakdown
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Hubble Space Telescope is doing science again, three weeks after going out of service due to a gyro failure. In today’s mission update, NASA said the 28-year-old telescope conducted its first science observations since Oct. 5 overnight, focusing on a faraway galaxy. Hubble went into safe mode when one of its three working gyroscopes failed, leaving mission managers with a weighty challenge: They could try getting a glitchy gyro working again, bringing the telescope’s pointing system back to its normal three-gyro mode. Otherwise, they would have to go to a one-gyro procedure for pointing at observational targets, and keep the… Read More
'People Must Vote!' Robert De Niro Responds After Police Intercept Suspicious Package
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He was one of several targets of an attempted mail-bombing campaign
The 3rd most powerful supercomputer in the world was turned on at a classified government lab in California — Here’s what the 7,000 square foot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The third most powerful supercomputer in the world has been completed and unveiled: the Sierra. This supercomputer, which can do 125 quadrillion calculations in a second, will be used to create simulations that can test how safe and reliable nuclear weapons in the government stockpile is. The Sierra is currently being used for scientific work, such as predicting the effects of cancer and mapping traumatic brain injury.
Humans Are Screwing Up Dolphins' Abilities To Talk To Each Other
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
As if humans weren't already doing enough to destroy the planet and harm our
Live updates: Shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A gunman opened fire at a synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., killing at least four people and injuring eight others.
Deadly shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A gunman opened fire at a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, reportedly killing at least four people and injuring an unknown number before he was taken into custody.
Elon Musk’s big Falcon Heavy rocket might find a market after all
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Two companies have signed deals to launch their satellites on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful space vehicle in operation today. ViaSat, which provides internet service from space, chose the Falcon Heavy to launch one of its next generation internet satellites between 2020 and 2022. Ovzon, a Finnish start-up that expects to deliver mobile…
No Wonder Scientists Ask Statisticians to Cook the Data
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
When statisticians responded to a survey about the kinds of requests they received from biomedical scientists, a number of them reported “inappropriate requests” like throwing out or ignoring inconvenient data points and otherwise finding ways to make things look like the scientist got a desired result, rather than the truth. The survey was created by an epidemiologist at NYU, who, according to a story in the CBC, was shocked when a statistician told him of frequent requests to help cook the books. The statisticians didn’t have to say whether they accepted any of these requests.