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Why opposites rarely attract
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Most of us tend to be attracted to people who are similar to ourselves. But there's an important exception to this rule.
Why Tesla CEO Elon Musk Is Among the World’s Greatest Leaders
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He's building the future.
The dinosaur family tree needs a big rewrite, say scientists
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The dinosaur family tree may need a big revision after 130 years
GOP short of votes on health care bill as deadline looms
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
House Republicans on Friday appeared to be short of the votes they need to pass a Donald Trump-pushed bill to overhaul the nation’s health care system mere hours before they were scheduled to vote on the package. The Associated Press reported early Friday afternoon that the bill had yet to obtain enough votes to pass, according to House lawmakers and staffers, with a vote scheduled for 3:30 p.m. that afternoon. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left the Capitol for the White House to brief Trump on his progress whipping votes for the American Health Care Act, which would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a Republican alternative that the House caucus’ conservative and moderate wings have objected to.
Are rape, incest God’s will? GOP lawmaker fumbles answer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Defending a controversial bill that would put extreme limitations on access to abortion, an Oklahoma state lawmaker reluctantly admitted he believes that rape and incest may represent the will of God. Rep. George Faught, a Republican from Oklahoma’s 14th District, is the author of House Bill 1549, or the “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2017.” The bill proposes to prohibit abortions on the basis of genetic anomalies, such as Down syndrome. The debate over the bill Tuesday got sidetracked into a discussion of the morality of abortion in cases of rape and incest.
White House on Obamacare vote: U.S. ‘not a dictatorship’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Bracing for the possible defeat of the Republican plan to repeal and replace parts of Obamacare, the White House emphasized Friday that President Trump had done everything he could to muscle the controversial bill to passage. Hours before a scheduled House of Representatives vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Spicer told reporters that “you can’t force someone to vote a certain way” but described Trump as having led an aggressive campaign on the measure’s behalf.
House GOP abruptly scraps health care vote
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
House Speaker Paul Ryan suddenly pulled the President Trump-backed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare in a last minute admission he was not able to whip the required 216 votes Friday afternoon. A House leadership aide told Yahoo News that Trump asked Ryan to drop the vote. The move also raises serious questions about how effective Ryan can be as speaker, and even arguably how long speakership is going to last.
Mindy Kaling's Newark joke leads to dinner with Cory Booker
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A joke about Newark, New Jersey, on "The Mindy Project" led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling.
Can judiciary recover from political battles over Supreme Court seat?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia over a year ago, the empty seat on the US Supreme Court has been one of the most contentious political footballs in Washington. The debate has only gained greater intensity and gravity as the months have worn on, featuring two nominees, record-breaking congressional obstruction by Republicans, talks of an unprecedented filibuster by Democrats, tens of millions of dollars from outside groups on both sides of the political spectrum, and a president casually attacking federal judges. The filibuster is looming, but most expect that Judge Neil Gorsuch – who was subject to 20 hours of questioning from the Senate Judiciary Committee this week – will eventually fill the vacancy and end the conflict.
Samantha Ponder to host 'Sunday NFL Countdown,' despite backlash from internet trolls
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
TV networks bringing on female sports reporters seems a natural progression considering the large numbers of women who are fans of various professional male sports leagues, with women making up 45 percent of National Football League fans, according to a recent statement by the league.
'Snooki' inspired bill could cap N.J. college speaker fees: How much is too much?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The reality show “Jersey Shore” hasn’t been on the air in nearly five years. A bill capping payments for guest speakers at the state's universities to $10,000 passed 74-0 in the Democrat-controlled Assembly on Thursday, after the state Senate also gave it a unanimous green light.
Hopeful combo: World economy grows, carbon emissions stay flat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Recommended: Climate change: Is your opinion informed by science? No sooner had the IEA trumpeted its latest findings on CO2 emissions last week than it came up with a new study warning that meeting the 2 degree target will take “an energy transition of exceptional depth, scope and speed” unlike anything we have ever seen. Flattening energy-related emissions (which make up two-thirds of all human-generated greenhouse gases) is “very, very good news,” says Laura Cozzi, an IEA official, because they have leveled out even as the world economy grew by 3.1 percent.
Can *Anything* Make Finding Mom Friends Easier?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
The creator of the new app Peanut is betting her idea will.
You Have to Watch This Moving Video About Breastfeeding Moms Being Shamed By Family Members
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
"No one ever asked me to miss out of life when I was formula feeding. Breastfeeding mothers deserve the same respect."
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: The best Android tablet, but it'll cost you
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 is a direct shot at Apple’s iPad Pro. Apple’s (AAPL) original iPad was the standard-bearer for tablets. Straight-up tablets are falling out of style, as consumers increasingly turn toward productivity laptop-tablet hybrid devices like, well… the $599 iPad Pro.
Silicon Valley Would Rather Cure Death Than Make Life Worth Living
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
While Silicon Valley titans are drunk on the transhumanist promise to cure death, people are dying of curable problems that technologists ignore. The post Silicon Valley Would Rather Cure Death Than Make Life Worth Living appeared first on WIRED.
The sound of SID: 35 years of chiptune's influence on electronic music
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
From niche player to chart hit, the characteristic sound of videogames has had a considerable influence on music.
How the brains of blind people are rewired to boost their other senses
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The brain of blind people goes through anatomical and functional changes to compensate for the absence of vision, scientists have said. Many studies have suggested that blindness from birth or early childhood is associated with a rewiring of the brain, but there has been some degree of inconsistency in the findings.
This sensory wearable is designed for flirting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
With people more likely to be locking eyes with their smartphone screens these days when they’re hanging around in public, the London-based designers behind this feathery wearable are worried that the chances for exchanging flirtatious glances with passing strangers is being engineered out of daily life. Or, let’s be honest, translated...
The March for Science is forcing science to reckon with its diversity problem
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The March for Science, planned for April 22 on the National Mall in Washington, DC, has a lot of momentum in its favor. President Donald Trump’s blueprint budget proposal released last week contains cuts that would “cripple” science funding as we know it. The movement has received endorsement from the country’s major science interest organizations, which are powerful nonpartisan sources of science advocacy.
Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new parking spot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Spacewalking astronauts are prepping the International Space Station for a new parking spot
Earth’s newest cloud is terrifying
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In 2014, I spoke with Gavin Pretor-Pinney, the founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society, about his quixotic mission: to get recognition for a new category of cloud called the “undulatus asperatus.” For years, individuals from across the world had been sending him pictures of the unusual formations, trying to figure out what they were. But they had no official name. ...
Donald Trump is ‘delighted’ about NASA bill — Elon Musk is not
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
“Somewhere, Elon Musk is smiling,” mused Recode’s Kara Swisher, referring to President Donald Trump’s announced $19.5-billion NASA funding. But smiling he wasn't.
Correction: Dinos on Move story
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Correction: Dinos on Move story
Coulter, Breitbart, Drudge torch health care bill backed by Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
With the vote on the American Health Care Act looming, conservative media personalities and outlets that were backers of President Trump throughout the campaign are attacking the Obamacare replacement bill the White House supports. Ann Coulter, right-wing provocateur and an avid supporter of the Trump campaign, has been attacking the bill as “Obamacare Lite” since its text became public, hammering House Speaker Paul Ryan along the way. “Could some investigative reporter write a piece explaining why Ryan is so hellbent on this deeply unpopular healthcare bill?” she wrote earlier this week, before criticizing Trump and Ryan for making tax cuts next on their legislative agenda instead of trade and immigration.
As deadline looms on GOP health care bill, lawmakers uncertain about its fate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
House Republicans on Friday appeared to have no idea whether they had the votes to pass a Donald Trump-pushed bill to overhaul the nation’s health care system mere hours before they were scheduled to vote on the package. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left the Capitol for the White House to brief Trump on his progress whipping votes for the American Health Care Act, which would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a Republican alternative that the House caucus’ conservative and moderate wings have objected to. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said he believed the vote would be a “cliffhanger.” The vote was scheduled for 5 p.m., sources said.
GOP lawmaker calls rape and incest will of God in defense of anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Defending a controversial bill that would put extreme limitations on access to abortion, an Oklahoma lawmaker reluctantly admitted he believes that rape and incest may represent the will of God. Rep. George Faught, a Republican from Oklahoma’s 14th District, is the author of House Bill 1549, or the “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2017.” The bill proposes to prohibit abortions on the basis of genetic anomalies, such as Down syndrome. The debate over the bill Tuesday got sidetracked into a discussion of the morality of abortion in cases of rape and incest.
Troopers: National Guard Humvee stolen from Ohio armory
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
STOW, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio are still on the hunt for a Humvee swiped from an Ohio National Guard Armory.
California Guard helps Sierra town remove huge snowpack
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) — The Eastern Sierra town of Mammoth Lakes got so much snow this winter that it had to get removal help from the California National Guard.
Hawaii’s Beth Fukumoto is quitting the GOP. Whose defection is it?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
A few years ago, a rattled Republican party was convinced it had to remake itself in the image of younger, ethnically diverse voters, and Beth Fukumoto, a representative in Hawaii’s House, emerged as a rising star in the party. The state’s youngest-ever House minority leader – having ascended to the position before she’d hit 30 – the Republican National Committee tapped Representative Fukumoto to help recruit female candidates. National media hailed her as a centrist, new-American antidote to the GOP’s diversity problem.
For US visa hopefuls, screening hurdles grow. Shades of 'extreme vetting'?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has issued four cables to US diplomatic posts abroad over the past two weeks that recommend additional steps consular officers should take when vetting visa applicants, in the first glimpse of the “extreme vetting” promised by President Trump on the campaign trail. "What this language effectively does is give the consular posts permission to step away from the focused factors they have spent years developing and revising, and instead broaden the search to large groups based on gross factors such as nationality and religion," he added.
What does ‘multispeed’ Europe really mean?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The Treaty of Rome, which gave rise to the European Union, is marking its 60th anniversary. One idea to boost the postwar project is the notion of a “multispeed” Europe.Q: What is a multispeed Europe? This idea, which is not new, got new life ahead of an EU summit in Rome March 25, where leaders were expected to sign a declaration on the future of Europe post-“Brexit.” In a white paper ahead of the summit, multispeed Europe was one of five scenarios proposed by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
Estonia's lessons for fighting Russian disinformation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
This fall, a few weeks after Donald Trump won the election, news surfaced on Russian websites that the newly elected president lashed out at the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, telling them to "shut up" and slammed down the telephone in outrage. An online Russian news portal 4esnok that initially published the story cited a CNN interview about the phone call with President Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway, but links within the article to the original source revealed nothing about the irate exchange.
Fly over the red planet with this stunning video built from actual Mars images
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
This Finland native would love to see landscape photos of Mars, but since that won't happen anytime soon, he created his own variation. Using images from NASA's HiRISE and 3D mapping techniques, he created an incredible fly-over video of Mars.
Marijuana Chemical Could Help Fight Anxiety
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A compound in marijuana called cannabidiol could help treat people who have anxiety disorders, a new review of previous research suggests. Cannabidiol could be used in addition to talk therapy to treat anxiety disorders such as phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the review concluded. A key part of anxiety is fear, and the few human studies that have been conducted on cannabidiol have suggested that the compound dampens people's fear by changing the activity of certain brain regions, said Carl Stevenson, a co-author of the new review and a neuroscientist at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.
VR system can help treat people with social anxiety and speech disorders
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
24-year-old Product Design student Gareth Walkom has developed VR software designed to help individuals work through social anxieties and speech disorders by confronting a range of virtual scenarios.
How the Diving Bell Opened the Ocean's Depths
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Imagine sitting on a narrow bench inside a dark room. Your feet are dangling into a floor of water. You’re vaguely aware of the room moving. Your ears start ringing. If you move too much, you feel the room sway, which could bring the floor rushing in to fill it. You take a breath and dive down, swim outside the room, groping the water, looking for its bottom, reaching for something valuable enough to take back with you.
Underwater laser
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Currently being employed in the North Sea fjords in Norway, a smart underwater drone has been deployed to fire highly targeted laser blasts to help deal with the problem of salmon-munching sea lice.
Indonesia survey shows massive coral death from cruise ship
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia says nearly 19,000 square meters (204,000 square feet) of coral reef was damaged by a foreign cruise ship that ran aground in the pristine waters of Raja Ampat in West Papua province earlier this month.
Richard Branson
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A new supersonic jet known as ‘Baby Boom’, backed by Sir Richard Branson, will be faster than Concorde – and will take its first test flight this year. Boom Supersonic says that the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator will take off on a test flight earlier this year – and planes could carry passengers by the early 2020s. ‘I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights,’ Sir Richard Branson said.
U.S. Spying on the World? Brazil Fights Back with New Satellite
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Brazil was scheduled to launch its first domestic defense and communications satellite Thursday as officials pledged to boost the country's space program and secure its information from foreign eavesdropping. The roughly 6.4-ton Geostationary Satellite Defense and Strategic Communications Satellite was made in France and its launch, delayed from Tuesday, would signal the first such project led by Brazil's private sector. Brazil has never before sent its own satellite into space and has instead leased eight foreign satellites, according to ZDNet.
Trump turns up heat on House GOP before health care vote
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump put pressure on the House of Representatives to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) Friday morning as its prospects looked bleaker.
Suspect in Massachusetts liquor store robbery found sleeping
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts didn't have to look far for a suspect in the knifepoint robbery of a Pittsfield liquor store.
'Town That Garbage Built' for sale in Pennsylvania for $1.5M
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
REDUCTION, Pa. (AP) — "The Town That Garbage Built" is up for sale.
Jerzeez Diner owners admit setting fire for insurance money
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEWTON, N.J. (AP) — The owners of a New Jersey diner have admitted burning it down to collect insurance.
Exotic African hybrid cat roaming New Jersey streets caught
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey say they captured a large exotic cat that was wandering Paterson streets.
Zoo plan for baby hippo: More independence, nix lap naps
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo says its premature baby hippo, Fiona, is getting more independent and now tops 100 pounds (45.36 kilograms), meaning her days of napping on her human caretakers' laps are dwindling.
Where the World’s Happiest and Healthiest Are Living: Five Things We Learned This Week
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Norway and Italy come out on top, while an America further down the list is experiencing “deaths of despair.”