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Judges Order North Carolina to Redraw Voting Maps After Illegal Republican Gerrymandering
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The latest lawsuit said the replacement for the racial gerrymander also contained unlawful partisan gerrymanders
These Grim Photos Capture the Deadly Destruction of the Montecito Mudslides
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The deadly mudslides have killed at least 13 people and injured dozens more
Groundbreaking new studies suggest the presence of a fourth dimension
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
We live in a three-dimensional reality. Because of that, it's pretty hard to imagine what a four-dimensional reality might be like, but that isn't stopping physicists from trying to figure it out. A pair of new research papers were just published in the journal Nature that explore the possibilities of a fourth dimension and, as difficult as any of this may be to comprehend, it seems the scientists are on to something. The papers, which focused on two very different experimental approaches to detecting a fourth dimension, arrived as similar conclusions. But before we dive in to what the experiments attempted to prove, you have to have at least a vague understanding of what the research team was looking for. Buckle up, this is going to get weird. Imagine a transparent cube, like the kind you used to scribble in your math notebook when you were bored in high school. Any one line of that cube exists in a single dimension. You can go back and forth, and that's it. Once it reaches a corner and connects to a second line, that's the second dimension. Now you can go back and forth and up and down, which is exponentially more freedom than you had previously. When that line reaches another corner that exists perpendicular to it — giving the object what we think of as depth — now you're playing with three spatial dimensions. Our world exists in three spatial dimensions (as well as the dimension of time, but that's not something you can see). What these newest studies are looking for is the effects of a fourth spatial dimension that can be detected within our three-dimensional world. We'd have no idea what it looks like or what kind of a reality a fourth dimension would offer, but if it does exist in the hidden background of our three-dimensional existence, science might be able to prove it's there. In one of the experiments, scientists studied the behavior of light particles moving through specially made glass that bounces light back and forth between its edges. By simulating the effects of an electrical charge via physical input, the team observed how the light behaved, watching for irregularities that could only be made possible if a fourth dimension was working behind the scenes. The other experiment used supercooled atoms held in place on a grid made of lasers. Scientists call this setup a "charge pump," and they use it test the flow of an electrical charge while monitoring how the atoms respond. Both of the experiments yielded results that suggest that a fourth dimension really is all around us, even if we can't see it. Science isn't any closer to tapping into this hidden dimension, but know that it's there is an important towards painting a more complete picture of physics, and you can bet these won't be the last experiments that toy with the idea.  
Toyota and Honda Are Recalling Another Million Cars to Fix Faulty Takata Airbags
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
See if your car is affected here
It's finally raining in Southern California, but there's a big problem
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Updated Jan. 9 4:40 p.m PT to reflect new death toll. The rains have finally come to Southern California after months of bone dry weather and multiple wildfires, but they're not helping the previously parched state. In fact, the deluge has created treacherous conditions in several regions, sparking evacuation orders in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties and leaving at least 13 people dead. SEE ALSO: Thomas Fire becomes largest blaze in California history, during state's worst fire year A combination of heavy rain and scarred vegetation after last fall's huge blazes have created mudslides in a number of places. Montecito was one of the worst hit regions, with many homes simply washed away. #CAstorm- Scene from the 300 block of Hot Springs Road in Montecito following debris and mud flow due to heavy rain. pic.twitter.com/L8KkHdlQVQ — SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) January 9, 2018 Driver becomes stuck in flooded road on N Jameson Ln along 101 fwy #montecito that washed down car, debris across all lanes. @CBSLA @NWSLosAngeles pic.twitter.com/JDMxCeHLnZ — JASMINE VIEL (@jasmineviel) January 9, 2018 The destruction this #CAstorm left is unbelievable. This is #Montecito along East Valley Road and also along Olive Mill Rd. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/mRfx2oj0ZG — Fabiola Ramirez (@_FabRamirez) January 9, 2018 The 101 freeway, which leads north from LA into Santa Barbara County, was closed north of Ventura — an area hit hard by last year's Thomas Fire. Some lanes on the infamous 405 near the Getty Center in LA were also closed due to a mud and rock slide. Cars in the region were seen caked up to their rims in sludge. pic.twitter.com/sImokst56P — Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) January 9, 2018 Unbelievable. This the 101 North in Montecito/Summerland. Completely blocked with mud. #CAStorm : Joyce Dudley-Santa Barbara County DA pic.twitter.com/49BubOFvkp — Joe Buttitta (@KEYTNC3Joe) January 9, 2018 101 in Santa Barbara! pic.twitter.com/3df0F3tza7 — Elle (@ellenaulrich) January 9, 2018 Firefighters, meanwhile, shared images of dramatic rescues, including the safe removal of a 14-year-old girl from a collapsed home and another young person from a wide mudslide. #CAstorm- Firefighters successfully rescued a 14 yr old girl (right) after she was trapped for hours inside a destroyed home in Montecito. pic.twitter.com/QawiGpYbWu — SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) January 9, 2018 #CAStorm - Firefighters rescue a girl who was trapped in Montecito following heavy rain and mudflow in the 300 block of Hot Springs Road. pic.twitter.com/tfUw0cDbXx — SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) January 9, 2018 Radar images posted by the Los Angeles National Weather Service on Tuesday morning showed more rain showers organizing on the coast near the Thomas Fire area, which could exacerbate an already tough situation. Current radar shows an area of rain showers organizing along the south coast, heading near #TomasFire area. #CAwx #CAStorm pic.twitter.com/KZZvOtlnrI — NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) January 9, 2018 Steady rain is ending, but threat of showers and thunderstorms with brief moderate to heavy rain will remain through the day - especially this afternoon. Flooding threat remains. #cawx #larain #CArain pic.twitter.com/VKqL4DTj7M — NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) January 9, 2018 The National Weather Service outpost in Los Angeles says more showers will hit the Santa Barbara area throughout Tuesday. WATCH: Californians band together to save horses from wildfires
Holiday decor to park chalet? Capitol tree heads to Montana
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The spruce tree destined to serve as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was carefully selected from a Montana forest and hauled across the country in a special truck to preserve its freshness.
Children on digital overload
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
You see, two of the biggest investors in Apple sent a letter to the tech giant last week asking it to look at the negative effects of its products on users, principally excessive screen time among children and teens. Such public concerns shared by investors about the social consequences of technology on youths may be a first for Silicon Valley. The letter asks Apple to have a more sensitive approach to children and to provide better tools to help parents guide their kids.
After South
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Ri Son-kwon, the head of the North Korean delegation that met with South Korean negotiators on Tuesday, wanted his counterparts to know that it’s been an unusually cold winter in the North. The biggest breakthrough, the North’s decision to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics, was announced before noon. Recommended: Kim 101: How well do you know North Korea's leaders?
How to enforce gender equality? Iceland tests the waters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir recalls the autumn afternoon when she, along with nearly every woman in Iceland, didn’t show up. Ninety percent of Iceland’s female population joined in, shutting down entire industries. “Women showed their solidarity, that they are many, that they can be a real change factor,” says Ms. Gísladóttir, who was studying history at university at the time and went on to help found the first women’s political party in Iceland's modern history.
Oprah Winfrey and Donald Trump Promote the Same Populist Theology
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Oprah Winfrey and Donald Trump are superficially different, but the underlying philosophy behind both of their lives is remarkably similar.
Actresses Called Out the Wage Gap at the Golden Globes. Here's How Here's Catt Sadler Responded
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"We want intersectional gender parity, we want equal pay"
These Grim Photos Show The Incredible Damage From the California Mudslides That Killed 15 People
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The deadly mudslides have killed at least 13 people and injured dozens more
3,700 Iranian Protesters Have Been Arrested by the Government, Lawmaker Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The protests were the largest seen in Iran since 2009
A Doctor Had His Wife Killed to Protect a Motorcycle Gang Drug Ring, Police Say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
James Kauffman was charged for the 2012 killing of his wife, April, who threatened to expose his motorcycle gang drug racket
Press Freedom on Trial in Myanmar as Reuters Journalists Face Court
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The two detained journalists are accused of exposing "state secrets"
Trump denies he’s considering ‘bloody nose’ strike on North Korea
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump told his South Korean counterpart by telephone that he is not considering a so-called bloody nose military strike on North Korea.
Trump slams 'Sneaky' Dianne Feinstein for releasing testimony in Russian dossier probe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president also said that “Republicans should finally take control” of the Russia investigation.
As Florida evades Trump drilling plan, California and other coastal states ask, ‘What about us?’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Coastal communities that oppose President Trump’s expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling are questioning why Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made an exception for Florida’s waters but not their own.
Russian man rams armored personnel carrier into shop, steals wine
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A man rammed an armored personnel carrier into a shop window before climbing through the rubble to steal a bottle of wine in a town in northern Russia on Wednesday morning, according to local media and video posted on social media. The man had swiped the vehicle from a privately-run motorsport training ground nearby, driven it through a forest and into Apatity, a small town just south of the Arctic circle, local news agency Hibinform said. Footage shared on social media showed the man subsequently exiting the vehicle through its hatch, briefly inspecting the damage, and entering the shop through the broken window.
In famously slender France, can the tide turn against 'fatphobia'?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Cindy Solar, wearing hot pink Minnie Mouse fleece pajamas, is having her hair and make-up done under the glare of chandeliers in Paris’s grandiose City Hall. Recommended: More than Bastille, Bonaparte, and brie: Test your knowledge of France with our quiz!
Search for Victims Expands After Mudslides Sweep Through California Burn Areas
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
At least 15 people were confirmed dead Tuesday, while the search for the missing continues
I Rode Lyft's Self
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Here's what it was like
Mysterious Ancient Egyptian Rock Made of Tiny Diamonds Formed Before the Solar System Existed
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mysterious fragments of a rock known as the Hypatia stone, found in the Egyptian desert in 1996, traces its origins back to even before the very first days of the solar system, according to a new paper published in the journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.
Ukraine to launch its first solar plant at Chernobyl
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
At ground zero of Ukraine's Chernobyl tragedy, workers in orange vests are busy erecting hundreds of dark-coloured panels as the country gets ready to launch its first solar plant to revive the abandoned territory. The new one-megawatt power plant is located just a hundred metres from the new "sarcophagus", a giant metal dome sealing the remains of the 1986 Chernobyl accident, the worst nuclear disaster in the world. "This solar power plant can cover the needs of a medium-sized village", or about 2,000 flats, Yevgen Varyagin, the head of the Ukrainian-German company Solar Chernobyl which carried out the project, told AFP.
Origins of the Vacuum: Sucking away the stress of mess
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Len Morse has owned Vacuum World in the Bronx for 52 years and talked to FOX News about the absorbing history of the vacuum cleaner
Lobsters must be comfortably numb before cooking: Swiss government
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Switzerland has banned the common culinary practice of throwing fresh lobsters into boiling water as part of an overhaul of its animal protection rules. "Live crustaceans, including the lobster, may no longer be transported on ice or in ice water. Aquatic species must always be kept in their natural environment.
Baby sloth ready for visitors at Pittsburgh National Aviary
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's indoor zoo dedicated to birds has an adorable new member: a baby two-toed sloth.
Speaking of America: 'Now, I feel like home'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Cervantes and her family scrambled aboard. Ms. Cervantes brought what was important: two grandchildren, her son and daughter, her disabled husband, and 18 animals – five Chihuahua puppies, two chickens, a pheasant, rabbits. Recommended: How much do you know about Texas?
5 Tips for Surviving Uncomfortable Conversations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Here's what experts say can help
Little Damage After Magnitude 7.6 Quake Strikes Caribbean Off the Coast of Honduras
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Tsunami warnings were canceled and there were no early reports of serious damage or casualties on land after the quake
South Korean President Moon Jae
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
His comments came a day after the North agreed to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics
Oprah Is ‘Intrigued’ by Idea of Running for President, Best Friend Gayle King Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
But Oprah is not “actively considering” it right now, King said
Secrets Behind the ‘Rocket Men’ Tasked With Building Kim Jong Un’s Nuclear Missile
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
You know about the escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, as well as the threat of nuclear action. What about the men behind the missiles?
American Babies Are Less Likely to Survive Their First Year Than Babies in Other Rich Countries
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
America's infant mortality rate is higher than in other wealthy countries, a new study found
Japanese astronaut apologizes for 'fake news' of height increase
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, on a mission to the International Space Station, apologized on Wednesday for saying he had grown 9 cm (3.5 inches) while in space and expressing concern about whether he'd be safe on his return to Earth. "My height's been measured here in space and somehow, somehow, I've grown 9 cm! In only three weeks I've really shot up, something I haven't seen since high school," he tweeted.
Ivanka Trump's 'Clueless' Tweet Praising Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globes Speech Has Backfired
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Twitter users called her a hypocrite
At Least 13 Killed as Mudslides Sweep Through California Burn Areas
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The bodies were found during rescue operations
President Trump Readies for Physical Exam After Declaring Himself 'a Very Stable Genius'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Concerns are being raised about his health and fitness
Intel CEO Promises Fix for Serious Chip Security Flaw
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Brian Krzanich said Intel has seen no sign that anyone has stolen data
Transgender Rights Advocate Found Stabbed and Beaten to Death in Her Home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
She helped launch the first New England Trans Pride event a decade ago
After Rare Talks With the South, North Korea Will Send a Delegation to the Winter Olympics
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Athletes from the two Koreas will march together at the Games' opening ceremony
We Tested The New 'Tearless' Onions To See If They Really Work
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A new food is on the market that can actually decrease the amount of time you spend crying in 2018, so we had to try it for ourselves.
A Highly Classified Spy Satellite Has Been Destroyed. Probably.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
SpaceX launched a classified, multibillion-dollar spy satellite for the U.S. government on Sunday ― and then something went wrong.
'Ask This Guy.' Thailand's PM Leaves a Life
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Prayuth Chan-ocha has previously joked about executing journalists
At Least 8 Killed as Mudslides Sweep Through California Burn Areas
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The bodies were found during rescue operations
Ancient finding in Peru sheds light on desert society: archaeologist
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Archaeologists have discovered two chambers used for political ceremonies on Peru's desert coast more than 1,500 years ago that had previously only been glimpsed in the illustrations of the ancient Moche people, an archaeologist said on Monday. The finding, at the ruins of the Limon archaeological complex in the region of Lambayeque, will provide key clues to understanding the Moche's political life before the desert society's sudden decline, said lead archaeologist Walter Alva. One room features two thrones where a powerful leader and guest likely enjoyed elaborate feasts, said Alva.
Bannon out at Breitbart
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Right-wing firebrand Steve Bannon’s rapid fall from grace continued Tuesday as he was removed from his post at the head of the Breitbart News media organization.
Couple with pot gifts again arrested in Nebraska
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A California couple arrested in Nebraska last month for carrying 60 pounds of marijuana they described as family Christmas gifts have again been arrested in Nebraska, this time on suspicion of carrying drug money.
Oprah 2020? Why the appeal of ‘celibreticians’ endures
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Why do voters – some of them, anyway – thrill to the idea of a celebrity serving as President of the United States? President Trump is Exhibit A here, of course. The developer/reality show star has broken the norm that all US presidents have experience in political or military office.
Man Fatally Stabbed Wife After She Changed the TV Channel, Police Say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Tony Thomas' wife allegedly turned off a football game while he was outside smoking