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Bacteria makes blue jeans green
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Jeans come in all styles and colours these days, but one hue will always be synonymous with the world's favourite garment: indigo blue. To satisfy the world's seemingly insatiable demand for blue denim, more than 45,000 tonnes of indigo dye are produced every year, with much of the waste making its way into rivers and streams, conservationists say. On Monday, scientists announced they had developed a greener method to produce the coveted tint -- using lab-grown bacteria.
32 Missing After Ships Collide Off China's Coast
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An oil tanker collided with a freighter and caught fire off China's east coast
Fired Programmer James Damore Sues Google for Discrimination — Against White Men
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Google has not commented on the lawsuit
UN: 64 Migrants Feared Dead in Mediterranean Boat Sinking
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An overcrowded dinghy from Libya started sinking into the Mediterranean Sea
The Weeknd Quits H&M Partnership Over Racist Ad: 'I'm Deeply Offended'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Weeknd is ending his partnership with H&M following backlash over a racist posting on its U.K. website showing a black child model posing in a hoodie that read “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle.”
White House suggests there isn't 'any way back' for Steve Bannon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley slammed the door on former strategist Steve Bannon amid controversy over a new book, "Fire & Fury," about President Trump's administration.
Under Trump, US debates a leader’s mental fitness as never before
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The book, by journalist Michael Wolff, describes a chaotic White House riddled with infighting. The American Psychiatric Association’s longstanding code of ethics prohibits drawing conclusions about a person’s mental state without an in-person examination.
Ancient Rock Art Discovered in India Shows Mysterious Exploding Star Witnessed Thousands of Years Ago
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Astronomers in India now believe that observations of a supernova that exploded thousands of years ago were carved in rock, a theory described in a paper recently published in the Indian Journal of the History of Science, according to an article in Quartz. The carving was found in Burzahama, a section of Kashmir. "You cannot have two suns in the sky," co-author Mayank Vahia, an astrophysicist at India's Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, told the podcast The Intersection.
Logan Paul's dead body video reinforces call for better child protection online
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A robust and enforceable code is needed for online services to design sites and apps in a way that is appropriate for different age groups.
Meet the Activists Who Accompanied Celebrities on the Golden Globes Red Carpet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Tarana Burke, Ai-jen Poo and others walked alongside celebrities Sunday night
See Princess Charlotte Head Off to Nursery School in These Sweet Photos Taken By Kate Middleton
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The young royal attended her first day at Willcocks Nursery School in London
This Roy Moore Accuser's Home Burned Down. Then Donors Raised $170,000 So She Can Rebuild
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
'Money won't erase what happened, but I truly hope it will help'
NASA: Legendary astronaut, moonwalker John Young has died
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Legendary astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, has died, NASA said Saturday. Young was 87.
However Small, North Korea's Olympics Talks Are a Victory
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
When the stakes are so high, opening up dialogue is a goal in itself
'Travelers Expect and Deserve Better.’ Officials Investigating Cause of Massive Floods at JFK Airport
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A water-pipe burst on Sunday led to disruptions
H&M Apologizes for Featuring Black Child in 'Coolest Monkey' Hoodie
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do, and will be reviewing our internal routines"
Principal parodies Mariah Carey to announce school's out
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — Sometimes a snow day calls for a song.
Canada’s frustrating year dealing with the Trump administration, Why the West is culpable for untold suffering in Yemen, The new year calls for a pi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In dealing with the Trump administration, it’s been a year of frustration for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cast. The North American free-trade agreement zigzags offer an example.... Frustration anyone? “[Saudi Arabia’s] Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on quite the shopping spree: a $500m yacht here, a $450m Leonardo da Vinci painting here,” writes Owen Jones.
Speaking of America: 'I'm a person of hope'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The Blue Team is ready to roll. Audrey Pearson hops in the front seat of a white van emblazoned with the Homeless Outreach sign. The vehicle exits through barbed wire that rings a former bread factory, and onto the hot and hostile streets of South Los Angeles.
Can rising Polish pride coexist with Poles' enthusiasm for the EU? So far, yes.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The store Surge Polonia, whose Latin name means “Rise Up Poland,” was established in 2011 online, selling clothes with patriotic slogans such as “Feel Pride” emblazoned onto T-shirts and sweatshirts. “I started to wear these clothes a few years ago to show that patriotism has its value, that we can be proud of Poland,” says Jakub Strzelczyk, while shopping in the Surge Polonia Warsaw branch inside a shopping mall that also houses such standards as Zara, Mango, and H&M. Poland is one of the biggest challenges the EU faces at the start of 2018.
Reading liberty in Tehran
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
What drives many Middle East conflicts? Several countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Tunisia, have lately tried to curb the power of religious authorities. Now the region’s mightiest theocracy, Iran, has seen a historic challenge after more than a week of mass protests against the Islamic Republic.
Cybersecurity Firm Says Olympics Organizations Were Targeted by Hackers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
More attempts are expected as the Games draw near
You Can Reverse the Effects of Being a Couch Potato, But Here’s What It’ll Take
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The latest study finds that the unhealthy effects on the heart of sitting too much can be reversed
Steve Bannon Praises Donald Trump Jr., Reaffirms Support for President
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The former White House chief strategist is trying to make amends
Prehistoric Dinosaur
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Sea Dragon, you ask? It sounds as if David Attenborough has decided to change things up a bit and enter the world of Game of Thrones. Attenborough and the Sea Dragon—to be screened on January 7—is a new, one-off BBC documentary presented by Sir David Attenborough, which tells the story of a newly discovered ichthyosaur from the Dorset coast, England.
Police Just Found a Missing Reporter Who Said She Was Being Followed
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
She disappeared over the weekend
'I Think I've Wasted Enough of My Viewers' Time.' Jake Tapper Cuts Off Interview With White House Aide
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"There's one viewer that you care about right now"
Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully launches secret US govern...
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
After launching Zuma into orbit, SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket back on Earth.
A Police Shootout in Troubled Southern Mexico Has Left 11 People Dead
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Gunmen attacked police in a pre-dawn ambush
NBC deletes tweet welcoming 'OUR future president' Oprah
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In a statement released Monday, the network said a tweet about "'OUR future president' Oprah" was “in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement.”
Canada’s frustrating year dealing with the Trump administration, Why the West is culpable for untold suffering in Yemen, The new year calls for a pi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In dealing with the Trump administration, it’s been a year of frustration for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cast. The North American free-trade agreement zigzags offer an example.... Frustration anyone? “[Saudi Arabia’s] Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on quite the shopping spree: a $500m yacht here, a $450m Leonardo da Vinci painting here,” writes Owen Jones.
‘A New Day Is on the Horizon.’ Oprah’s Powerful Golden Globes Speech Honors Women of #MeToo Movement
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
And thanks women who have spoken up as part of the #metoo movement
Mariah Carey Just Wants Her Tea at the Golden Globes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Hope she didn't have to "rough it"
This Could Be The Last College Football Championship Game With Unpaid Players
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Don't let the hype about Alabama vs. Georgia in the College Football National Championship obscure a much deeper problem in college sports
3 Soaring Gene
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Generating huge returns over the past year seems to be in these biotech stocks' DNA.
Here's Why Actors Are Wearing Black on the Golden Globes Red Carpet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Red carpet fashion will take on new meaning this year
Malaysia's 92
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mahathir Mohamad was Asia's longest-serving leader before stepping down in 2003
Canada’s frustrating year dealing with the Trump administration, Why the West is culpable for untold suffering in Yemen, The new year calls for a pi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In dealing with the Trump administration, it’s been a year of frustration for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cast. The North American free-trade agreement zigzags offer an example.... Frustration anyone? “[Saudi Arabia’s] Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on quite the shopping spree: a $500m yacht here, a $450m Leonardo da Vinci painting here,” writes Owen Jones.
The Golden Globes Finally Had a Point. It Made for a Better Show
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
This year's Golden Globes telecast was the happiest of surprises: A ceremony that seemed put together with real and meaningful thought.
Seth Meyers Nailed His Golden Globes Monologue—By Giving Away the Mic
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He pulled off a tricky monologue during the #metoo moment
‘A Very Stable Genius.’ Donald Trump Defends His '2 Greatest Assets' on Twitter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Donald Trump wants people to know he's "like, really smart" and "a very stable genius"
'I Expect to Be Paid Equally.' BBC's China Editor Quits Over Pay Gap
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
After she learned that her male counterparts made 50% more than her
Dozens Killed by Car Bomb in Syria, Activists Say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack
Canada’s frustrating year dealing with the Trump administration, Why the West is culpable for untold suffering in Yemen, The new year calls for a pi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In dealing with the Trump administration, it’s been a year of frustration for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cast. The North American free-trade agreement zigzags offer an example.... Frustration anyone? “[Saudi Arabia’s] Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on quite the shopping spree: a $500m yacht here, a $450m Leonardo da Vinci painting here,” writes Owen Jones.
Here's How Rare It Is For a Female Director to Be Nominated for a Golden Globe—Let Alone Win
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Natalie Portman called out the Golden Globes for snubbing female directors. Only seven women have ever been nominated. The Oscars are worse.
Emma Watson and Robert Pattinson Had a Mini Hogwarts Reunion at the Golden Globes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Internet was pleased
What the Aftermath of a Nuclear War With North Korea Would Actually Look Like
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Nuclear war would be absolutely devastating to the entire Earth and we are on the brink of it with North Korea.
This is how we should honor Calestous Juma’s vision for an Africa of innovation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
No discussion about the history of science, technology and innovation policy in Africa is complete without mentioning Calestous Juma. Juma, professor of International Development at Harvard University, passed away late last year after a long battle with cancer. Juma championed the use of technological innovation to tackle sustainable development challenges like food insecurity, climate change,…
Your Future Smart Car Could Use AI To Help You Drive
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Nvidia is helping carmakers build AI assistants
Poisonous and running out: Pakistan's water crisis
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Barely 15 days old, Kinza whimpers at an Islamabad hospital where she is suffering from diarrhoea and a blood infection, a tiny victim among thousands afflicted by Pakistan's severely polluted and decreasing water supplies. More than two-thirds of households drink bacterially contaminated water and, every year, 53,000 Pakistani children die of diarrhoea after drinking it, says UNICEF. According to the UN and Pakistani authorities, between 30 and 40 percent of diseases and deaths nationwide are linked to poor water quality.