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Optical vs. Laser: What kind of mouse will work for you?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Optical vs. laser? What's the difference between these two mice? We clear the air over the "optical" branding, and explain the major distinction between these two base designs.
Mom Who Spent Hours in Nail Salon While Baby Died in Hot SUV Gets Prison Time
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The baby was found unresponsive and "very hot" to the touch
Viking 'Warrior' Presumed to Be a Man Is Actually a Woman
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The findings raise questions about the role of women in Viking society, which has historically been thought of as a testosterone-fueled, patriarchal culture, the researchers say. "The identification of a female Viking warrior provides a unique insight into the Viking society, social constructions and exceptions to the norm in the Viking time-period. Scientists unearthed the remains of the warrior from one of the largest Viking burials ever discovered: a ring of graves that encircle the medieval town of Birka, on the island of Björkö, in Sweden.
'He's Making Things Happen.' Trump Fans Rally in Washington, D.C.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"How are you 'losing your base' when your base is growing?"
'Liquid' Cats and Old Men's Big Ears: Humorous Research Abounds at the Ig Nobels
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
But at the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, laughter is an important part of the process — maybe not the scientific process, but the process of selecting the prizewinners, who pursued research topics that made people laugh, and then made them think, according to the Ig Nobel organizers. At the 2017 Ig Nobels, held here today (Sept. 14) in the Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, researchers representing five continents made an appearance to acknowledge the dubious achievement of acquiring an Ig Nobel. Each winner received a coveted (and handcrafted) Ig Nobel statue topped with a red question mark, commemorating the year's theme of "Uncertainty." They also received 10 trillion dollars — Zimbabwean dollars, that is, delivered in a single bill and worth about 4 U.S. cents.
Brash Investor Tries to Blow Up the IPO as His Partners Quit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
VC Chamath Palihapitiya is investing in public companies, but his two co-founders are leaving their firm, Social Capital.
London Police Arrest Second Suspect in Subway Attack as Terror Threat Remains 'Critical'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Britain's terror threat level remains "critical"
While You Were Offline: Hillary Clinton Gave Trump a Great Book Recommendation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The former secretary of state gave the president a really good read.
Uproar in Turkey over removing evolution from biology class
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
ISTANBUL (AP) — Students in Turkey are returning to school Monday where they will be taught evolution for the last time in their biology classes. Next fall, evolution and Charles Darwin will be scrapped from their textbooks.
Warm waters off West Coast has lingering effects for salmon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The mass of warm water known as "the blob" that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm sea surface temperatures ...
Everything You Need to Know About Oktoberfest
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
This year's celebration begins Sept. 16
Trooper Says He Didn’t Mean to Shoot His Pregnant Wife in the Head
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
His wife and the child she was carrying both died
Newly discovered 6m
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Latest development in 'Crete feet' find serves as a reminder of the challenges facing dig sites.
'You Could Hear the Screaming.' Erratic Porsche Plows Into Crowd at Car Show, Injuring 11
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
At least 11 people were injured
This Cardboard Google Home Only Costs $35
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Google's official kit lets anyone with a Raspberry Pi build a smart speaker.
Rickshaws to jump start India's all
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
India will roll out nearly 100,000 battery-powered buses and autorickshaws onto its sulphurous city streets in the coming weeks, setting it on the bumpy road to making new vehicle sales all-electric by 2030. India, one of the world's most polluted nations, has one of the most ambitious plans to kick its fossil fuel addiction. Transport is a major source of India's carbon emissions and the Greenpeace group blames at least 1.2 million deaths a year in the country on pollution.
Dinosaur Gets Strange Diagnosis 78 Million Years After Its Death
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
There weren't any doctors when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, but one duck-billed dino has managed to get a diagnosis for its unusual joint condition about 78 million years after its death, thanks to a group of researchers who analyzed its strangely fused and pitted fossilized bones. The adult duck-billed dinosaur, known as a hadrosaurid, had an inflammatory type of chronic arthritis, known as spondyloarthropathy, that attacks the spine and can cause the vertebrae to fuse together. "This is the first occurrence of spondyloarthropathy in a hadrosaurid that we know [of]," said Darren Tanke, a senior fossil preparation technician at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta, Canada, who is studying the fossils.
This Week in the Future of Cars: The Grown
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
That time the federal government got serious about autonomous vehicles.
Florida 'Hot Cop' Suspended After Accusation of Anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The alleged date back to 2011 and 2013
Honduras police fire tear gas at protest against president
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Police in Honduras fired tear gas at more than 5,000 opposition supporters holding a protest against President Juan Orlando Hernandez in the capital on Friday, during the country's independence day celebrations. The demonstrators were expressing their anger at Hernandez's bid for re-election in November 26 polls, made possible by the supreme court two years ago overturning a constitutional one-term limit for presidents. Around 400 riot police suddenly deployed around the march, firing volley after volley of tear gas at the demonstrators, the thick cloud forcing them to disperse.
Trump shares video of him knocking out Hillary Clinton with a golf ball
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president fired off a barrage of tweets and retweets on Sunday, including a crudely edited video of him hitting a golf ball into Hillary Clinton’s back and a message mocking North Korea leader Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man.”
Is Getting Old An Evolutionary Failure?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The theory to explain the evolutionary basis for ageing, instead of living forever, has been around for a long time, but scientists now have actual evidence at the level of genes to prove it.
How to Back Up All the Text Messages on Your iPhone
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Need to save that text message for proof in a friendly dispute? Something more salubrious? Here's how to grab all the texts from your iOS device.
The winery of the future looks like something Bruce Wayne would run
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Palmaz Vineyards in Napa Valley uses state-of-the-art technology to monitor everything from the condition of grapes to the temperature of the fermentation vats, and it’s all displayed on a futuristic dome worthy of Batman.
Mysterious Fanged Eel Washes Ashore During Hurricane Harvey
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Hurricane Harvey stranded a mysterious fanged eel on the beach in Texas, leaving the animal to die, rot and bloat. The perished eel achieved online fame after science communicator Preeti Desai came across the creature, snapped its photo and posted the image to Twitter on Sept. 6. The species diagnosis wasn't easy, as "the specimen is in advanced decay, which makes it a bit of a challenge," said Steven Murawski, the endowed chair of biological oceanography at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, who looked at Desai's photos of the toothy creature.
How Bizarre Is This Year’s Wildfire Season, Really?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A fire ecologist explains why this summer’s wildfires are so dramatic.
Seminary Cancels Talk by Priest Who Urges Compassion for LGBT People
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Rev. James Martin said he planned a talk on Jesus at the seminary at the Catholic University of America, not his recent book on LGBT people
Police Release Surveillance Footage of Woman Found Dead in Hotel Freezer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The video shows her walking through the hotel the night she was last seen
'Juggalos' in Face Paint and Masks March on Washington to Protest Gang Classification by FBI
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
They're sharing the National Mall with a rally in support of President Trump
Mystery Shocks at North Korea's Sacred Volcano Trigger Eruption Fears After Nuclear Test
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The notices from Chinese authorities, restricting access to the Changbaishan National Nature Reserve, were posted on China’s state-regulated analog to Twitter Weibo, South Korea’s Donga Ilbo newspaper reported Thursday. It covers a radius of around 70 miles from the Punggye-ri test site.
Jeb Bush: The Graham
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Despite the chaos and disappointment which defined the health care debate, there is still both an opportunity and obligation to get some big and serious things done
The world may end later this month, predictions say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Doomsday may be here soon than expected, if you believe the conspiracy theorists claiming that the Earth is due to collide with another planet later this month.
The London Attack Was a Grim Reminder That Homemade Bombs Are an Ongoing Threat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
IEDs have recently been used in Manchester, Brussels and Paris, too
Officers Injured and Mayor's Home Damaged During St. Louis Protests
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
More than 30 people were arrested
What NASA's Website Looked Like When Cassini Began its Journey
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The satellite carried 1997-era tech all the way to Saturn.
The world may an end later this month, predictions say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Doomsday may be here soon than expected, if you believe the conspiracy theorists claiming that the Earth is due to collide with another planet later this month.
North Korea Vows to Complete Nuclear Weapons Program
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kim Jong Un said his country is nearing its goal of "equilibrium" with the U.S.
Koala survives 10
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — For a stowaway who made a 16-kilometer (10-mile) journey squeezed in the wheel arch, a koala was lucky to escape with just scratches.
This tiny chip will help doctors track smart pills through a patient’s body
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Researchers at Caltech have developed a totally unique transmitter chip that could help doctors to track future smart pills as they travel through patients' bodies. Here's how it works.
Rising River Threatens Florida Residents Still Picking Up the Pieces After Hurricane Irma
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The new evacuations come as people pick up the pieces after Hurricane Irma
What to Know About the 5 Major Votes Happening in the Next 5 Weeks Across the World
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
There will be elections and referendums in Germany, France, Kenya, Spain and Iraq
Farewell, Basi: World's Oldest Captive Panda Dies at 37
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The oldest giant panda in captivity died yesterday (Sept. 13) at the advanced age of 37, according to the state-run Chinese news outlet Xinhua News Agency. The panda, named Basi, died of multiple causes, including cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure, the animal's keepers said. "Basi has left, but her beautiful image and Basi spirit will forever be in our hearts," said Chen Yucun, director of the Straits Giant Panda Research and Exchange Center in Fuzhou, China, which housed Basi, according to Agence France-Presse.
US signals softer stance on Paris climate pact: EU official
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A US envoy has signaled that President Donald Trump may be ready to soften his stance on the Paris climate pact, a European official said at a summit in Canada on Saturday. Any shift in the US position on the historic deal could be hugely significant, after Trump announced in June that he was abandoning the 2015 agreement. The United States "stated that they will not renegotiate the Paris Accord, but they try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement," said the European Union's top climate official Miguel Arias Canete.