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Farewell Cassini: Saturn spacecraft makes fiery, final dive
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"We're here today to cheer as Cassini finishes that race."
Puppies Are 'Likely Source' of Outbreak That Has Sickened Dozens in US
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today (Sept. 11) that it is investigating an outbreak of Campylobacter — a type of bacteria that causes diarrhea — linked with puppies sold at Petland stores, a national pet store chain. So far, the outbreak has sickened 39 people in seven states (Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin), the CDC said. Of those who became ill, 12 are Petland employees, and 27 came into contact with puppies sold at Petland because they recently bought a puppy at Petland, visited a Petland, or visited or lived in a home with a puppy sold through Petland, the CDC said.
Harvard Withdrew Chelsea Manning’s ‘Visiting Fellow’ Invitation. Here’s What to Know
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
“I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a Visiting Fellow was a mistake"
Video Shows Woman Walking Into Freezer Where Her Body Was Found
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Andrew Holmes says Rosemont police on Wednesday showed him surveillance video from the Crowne Plaza Hotel when he sought answers about the death of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins
The Vietnam War: The Pictures That Moved Them Most
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
TIME asked those who lived the war to select an image from the period that they found particularly significant. Here are their choices.
Get your Sagan on with 50 awe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Few things instill a sense of wonder quite like the final frontier. The best space photos show off the beauty of Earth, our solar system, and the far corners of the universe. Here are our current favorites.
Bayer joins in $100 mln investment bet on ag
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Germany's Bayer AG, one of the world's biggest agricultural chemical companies, is joining a $100 million bet that the next big breakthrough in crop fertilizers will be found inside a biological Petri dish. Its Bayer LifeScience Center division, along with biotech firm Ginkgo Bioworks, is forming a startup to focus on developing biological solutions to reduce the use of nitrogen-based fertilizer, or make farmers' use more efficient, company officials said this week. The venture will be backed via a Series A investment from the two companies and hedge fund Viking Global Investors LP.
How secure is iPhone X's Face ID feature?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
'The Cyber Guy' Kurt Knutsson has the details
President Trump Says He Won't Allow 'Chain Migration.' What's That?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Chain migration is the process by which one immigrant is admitted to the country, then he or she sponsors relatives back home to come to the U.S., who in turn could sponsor more relatives
Scientists will beam messages to alien planets next year
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The mysterious flash of high-energy burst, called FRB 150215, was detected in February 2015 using the Parkes radio telescope in Australia. A controversial project will send messages to stars with planets thought to be capable of sustaining life – with the first transmissions starting in 2018. Not everyone is enamoured of the idea – with experts such as Stephen Hawking warning that it might attract hostile attention from aliens (if they exist).
How One of Apple's Key Privacy Safeguards Falls Short
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Apple has boasted of its use of a cutting-edge data science known as "differential privacy." Researchers say they're doing it wrong.
New Theory Sheds Light On Dark Energy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A new theory has emerged which might pave way for a new model of the universe and it's expansion.
Cassini's finale: NASA's last photos from their 20
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
After a 20-year mission around Saturn, NASA released their final images captured by the Cassini spacecraft.
Listening to creationists can strengthen our understanding of evolution
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Rather than castigate those who deny evolution, it is more useful to consider their arguments to help science explain it better
German study casts doubt on 'plastic digesting' caterpillars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists in Germany on Friday cast doubt on the work of colleagues who claimed that plastic bag-eating caterpillars might hold the answer to the planet's growing synthetic waste problem. Polyethylene, ubiquitous in plastic bags and packaging, poses a major threat to the environment, including for animals that get entangled in it, if not properly recycled. Bertocchini and her team reported study results in April claiming to show that wax moth caterpillar intestines chemically biodegrade plastic.
Boeing Planes Could Fire Lasers From Their Noses to Spot Turbulence
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The lidar system could spot troublesome air pockets more than 10 miles ahead.
NASA's Kennedy Space Center Still Closed in Wake of Hurricane Irma
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Almost a full week after the passing of Hurricane Irma, this mecca for scientist and engineers, the astronaut clad rocket-launcher Space Center has no clean water.
Who and What Is Attacking U.S. Diplomats In Cuba?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Several U.S. diplomats have fallen victim to an attack that experts are saying goes against the laws of physics.
Chuck Schumer Overheard on Hot Mic: President Trump 'Likes Me'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"He likes us. He likes me, anyway”
After Irma, Barbuda's 300
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Ambassador Ronald Sanders, the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda's ambassador to the United States, delivered a chilling report on the status of his country in the wake of Hurricane Irma. "The damage is complete," Sanders told PRI's The Takeaway. "For the first time in 300 years, there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda — a civilization that has existed on that island for over 300 years has now been extinguished." SEE ALSO: Jaw-dropping satellite images show historic Hurricane Irma swallowing Caribbean islands Hurricane Irma hit Barbuda on September 6 as a category 5 tropical cyclone. The 400 mile-across storm entirely swallowed the 62 square mile island, and laid waste to 95 percent of the island's structures.  The huge eye of Category 5 Hurricane #Irma completely engulfed the island of Barbuda last night, captured by the Suomi NPP #VIIRS overpass. pic.twitter.com/BKNFgx8r4V — UW-Madison CIMSS (@UWCIMSS) September 6, 2017 Codrington Port, Barbuda Codrington Port, BarbudaImage: DGI Imagery “This was a huge monster,” Sanders added. “The island and the people on the island had absolutely no chance.” Residents evacuated to neighboring Antigua where they are being housed in shelters. The only living creatures on the island are now pets and livestock. The organization World Animal Protection is attempting to feed and rescue the animals. Barbuda ‘barely habitable’ after Hurricane Irma: https://t.co/YoxBnK6sh7 via @YouTube — Al Jazeera Videos (@AJEVideos) September 7, 2017 Sanders told PRI he estimates that reconstruction could cost $300 million, and will take time. That's because rebuilding Barbuda won't be a simple matter of replacing what was once there. Instead, Barbuda must be reconstituted for a world in which another Irma might be possible. Hurricane Irma struck Barbuda as a ferociously intense Category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour.  The ambassador called upon the international community to provide aid, because Barbuda simply does not have the resources to rebuild. The GDP of Barbuda is $1.4 billion, compared to the United States' $18.57 trillion.  “We have declared a state of emergency in Barbuda because it is a complete disaster and uninhabitable,” he says. “We cannot cope with our own resources alone.” Before and After Images of Hurricane Irma's Destruction in Barbuda and the Virgin Islands. https://t.co/diSogP3ZRw #StormHour pic.twitter.com/NU9dJVxubi — #StormHour (@StormHour) September 12, 2017 He also explicitly linked the need for assistance to climate change. By raising sea levels and increasing ocean and air temperatures, global warming can increase the damage wrought by hurricanes. Irma, for example, was the most powerful storm on record to strike the northern Leeward Islands, and the most powerful ever observed in the Atlantic outside of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.  Because developed nations disproportionately contribute to global warming through their emissions of greenhouse gases, Sanders indicated that aid is an economic imperative. SEE ALSO: How Hurricane Irma became a monstrous, record-shattering storm, and stayed that way “We believe climate change is here to stay — it’s a reality, despite all of the naysayers,” he says.  “We know that these things have occurred as a result of the profligacy of the countries that are rich, and have abused the system. We, unfortunately, who contribute less than naught point naught percent of pollution of the world’s atmosphere, are the world’s greatest victims.” If you ant to help Barbuda rebuild, check out how to assist with Hurricane Irma recovery here. Mashable science editor Andrew Freedman contributed reporting.
Canoe unearthed by Hurricane Irma could be hundreds of years old
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A Florida photographer on an early-morning bike ride the day after Hurricane Irma ravaged the coast stumbled upon an exciting find: a dugout canoe that may be hundreds of years old, according to officials. “As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what it was,” Randy Lathrop, a self-proclaimed history buff, told ABC News of his unusual discovery. The canoe washed up from the Indian River, north of Cocoa, Florida, along what locals have dubbed Florida’s “Space Coast” for its proximity to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Fish tale: Fisherman gets up close view of humpback whale
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — A fisherman says he had a close encounter with a humpback whale near a New Hampshire beach.
Oh, man! Town might change Board of Selectmen to Selectwomen
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts town says it will consider changing the name of its governing body from the Board of Selectmen to the Board of Selectwomen.
Bayer, Halvorsen's Viking Make Record Wager on Farming Tech
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Bayer AG is joining with hedge-fund giant Viking Global Investors for a record wager in the burgeoning world of agricultural technology, the latest bet that farmers are going to need new tools to feed ...
Equifax Could Have Fixed the Software Flaw That Led to Massive Data Theft
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Security experts said Equifax had more than enough opportunity to block intruders
This Caribbean Island Was Evacuated After Irma. Now, the Pets Left Behind Are Going Feral
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Hungry packs of dogs are roaming the storm-stricken Caribbean island after their owners were forced to flee
How Atlanta Expanded the Limits of Storytelling
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Donald Glover's Emmy-nominated show never sacrifices the impact of the joke or the grace of the message.
LSU Student's Death After Frat House Visit Being Investigated as Possible Hazing Incident
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The student was 18 years old
Smartphones destroying generation?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
One professor argues that while post-millennials are physically safer than adolescents, they are more comfortable online than with real people - and are the verge of a mental breakdown
Cats are liquid not solids, award
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Cats are liquid and solid
Man to Be Kicked Out of Marines After Unfurling White Supremacist Banner
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The banner reportedly read "YWNRU," an acronym for "You will not replace us"
Mars research subjects to emerge after 8 months of isolation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
After eight months of living in isolation on a remote Hawaii volcano, six NASA-backed research subjects will emerge from their Mars-like habitat
Here's Everything President Trump Has Ever Said About DACA
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He thinks he's "fairly close" to getting a deal done
How ESPN became a political punching bag in the Trump era
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
After President Donald Trump tweeted about ESPN, the ongoing narrative about ESPN's politics has gone mainstream. But it's been brewing on social media for months. Here's how ESPN got here.
Too close for comfort: How social media changed how we talk to (and about) each other in America
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Humans evolved in a world where most speech was intimate, casual and ephemeral. Facebook and Twitter have redefined it as public, formal and permanent. Jokes and gaffes that once would have gone no further than the water cooler—or Trump’s infamous “locker room”—now have a potentially worldwide audience. Society is still grappling with the change.
Trump surprises 11
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president got what you might call a grassroots display of support at the White House, welcoming an 11-year-old Virginia boy who offered to help cut the lawn.
Trump abruptly attacks 'chain migration,' a term that worries immigration advocates
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump warned lawmakers that he would not sign any immigration bill that would allow for more "chain migration."
Trump to (rhetorically) slap and hug 'the right people' at U.N. meeting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump will make his first appearance at the annual meeting and give a speech to his largest-ever audience of presidents and prime ministers.
Dirty money? Wads of cut
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GENEVA (AP) — Talk about flush with cash.
Man who sent Hannibal Lecter photo to judge to go on trial
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MONESSEN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been ordered to stand trial on charges he threatened a judge by sending her a letter including a picture of movie cannibal Hannibal Lecter.
Bridging the racial divide: One step forward or two steps back?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Like many in the African-American community, Senators Booker and Scott were both deeply offended by Mr. Trump’s statements casting blame on both sides for the tragic events that led to the death of one woman, and appearing to put white supremacists on an equal moral footing with those who oppose them.
Who are the Rohingya? What you should know about Myanmar's deepening crisis
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar (Burma) have endured decades of persecution. Some 370,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. An estimated 1 million to 1.2 million live in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, where they make up about a third of the population.
What to think of North Korea on Peace Day
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
A common predictor of war is whether enough people expect one. A new Gallup poll, for example, finds 58 percent of Americans support military action against North Korea if economic and diplomatic efforts fail to end its nuclear threat. That figure is up from 47 percent in 2003. Such polling, however, is enlightening for two reasons. It presumes the public might have a say on whether a conflict breaks out. And it focuses more on the possibility of warmaking than on peacemaking.
Deal or No Deal?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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Researchers Built a Microscopic Robot Out of DNA
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The robot can move around, pick up objects, and sort them.
DARPA's new smart sensor is powered by the infrared it's designed to detect
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Researchers at Northeastern University have developed a smart sensor for DARPA that is capable of identifying infrared wavelengths -- without having to have its own always-present power source.
Suspected Washington School Shooter Wanted to 'Teach Everyone a Lesson' About Bullying
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Records say Caleb Sharpe had been seeing a counselor for suicidal thoughts
Giant Exoplanet Found to Be Almost Completely Black
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A lack of reflective clouds keeps the enormous planet plunged in darkness.
North Korea Just Fired a Another Missile
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It was fired from an area near Pyongyang's airport
Soldier Killed During a Training Exercise Involving Demolitions at Fort Bragg
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Seven others were injured