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Patrolling the border, where immigrants wait to be caught
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Photojournalist Sergio Flores recounts his day with U.S. Border Patrol near McAllen, Texas.
Theft of mammoth proportions: Agency seeks stolen tusk
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency in Alaska wants the public's help to solve a mammoth theft.
In Sierra Leone
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“When the police came they did not ask, they did not inform the people,” remembers Fadda Kargbo, a farmer whose village is tucked into the verdant Sula Mountains of northern Sierra Leone. On that day in November 2010, the brutal civil war had been over for eight years – ushering in a surge in foreign investment, from mining to industrial farms. Home to some of the world’s largest iron ore deposits, more than 200 square kilometers of Sierra Leone had been leased to African Minerals Limited (AML), a London-based multinational.
Cooperative communities keep Spanish seniors cared for
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Like most sons, Nemesio Rasillo Oliver loved his mother. Rasillo began dreaming of a similar setup near his home in northern Spain that would keep him out of a nursing home and free up his family. Dressed in a crisp button-down shirt, he pulls out the development plan of his brainchild, Brisa del Cantabrico, a cooperative senior community set in farmland between a mountain range and the Cantabrian Sea on Spain’s northern coast.
In immigrant detention, a role for children
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Just three years ago, many Americans were in moral outrage over a particular immigration policy of President Barack Obama. Faith leaders decried it. Hillary Clinton, then a presidential contender, considered it inhumane.
Sarepta shares rocket 55% on positive early results for DMD gene therapy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. shares rocketed 55.6% in extremely heavy Tuesday morning trade after the company reported positive early results from a phase 1/2a gene therapy clinical trial for three patients with the rare disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The three patients, the first ones enrolled in the study, showed "robust" expression of micro-dystrophin, a shortened version of the dystrophin gene used in gene therapy, Sarepta said. Individuals with DMD have a mutation on their dystrophin gene and thus cannot produce the protein dystrophin, which is critical for muscular development.
Try Not to Get Emotional About Emilia Clarke's Official Goodbye to Game of Thrones
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mother of Dragons out
Dinosaurs After ‘Jurassic Park’: Paleontologists on What’s Changed, 25 Years Later
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
25 years ago, on June 11, 1993, Jurassic Park premiered in theaters across the United States. Princess Diana attended the London premiere. Despite opening like a monster movie—an armored crate emerges from the fog, the mysterious monster inside screeching and snorting—Jurassic Park was conceived, from its origins as the latest in a long line of Michael Crichton technothrillers (“I was writing the most expensive movie ever made,” Crichton would jokingly tell people before Steven Spielberg bought the movie rights for $1.5 million), with scientific fidelity in mind.
The Brain Implant That Can Partially Reverse Paralysis
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Jun.19 -- It sounds like science fiction: a device that can reconnect a paralyzed person’s brain to his or her body. But that’s exactly what the experimental NeuroLife system does. Developed by Battelle and Ohio State University, NeuroLife uses a brain implant, an algorithm and an electrode sleeve to give paralysis patients back control of their limbs. For Ian Burkhart, NeuroLife’s first test subject, the implications could be life-changing. (video by Alan Jeffries)
Doctors Think a Woman's Tattoo May Have Been Causing Her Severe Leg Pain
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
She was taking drugs to suppress her immune system
Scientists are exploring a lost rainforest hidden in a Mozambique volcano for the first time
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It’s hard to miss Mount Lico, a relatively isolated cliff jutting out 700 meters (nearly 2,300 feet) above the plains of northern Mozambique. Yet for hundreds of years, people were unaware that inside the ancient volcano lay a hidden rainforest, protected by the volcano’s high walls. Discovered by conservation biologist Julian Bayliss in 2012, the…
Man 1, machine 1: landmark debate between AI and humans ends in draw
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
IBM’s Project Debater processes millions of news articles in an effort to make arguments in flowing prose. It was man 1, machine 1 in the first live, public debate between an artificial intelligence system developed by IBM and two human debaters. The AI, called Project Debater, appeared on stage in a packed conference room at IBM’s San Francisco office embodied in a 6ft tall black panel with a blue, animated “mouth”.
The most important skill nobody taught you
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Before dying at the age of 39, Blaise Pascal made huge contributions to both physics and mathematics, notably in fluids, geometry, and probability. This work, however, would influence more than just the realm of the natural sciences. Many fields that we now classify under the heading of social science did, in fact, also grow out…
Why President Trump Is Standing by His Family Separation Policy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Tthe Trump Administration remained unapologetic, doubling down on its policy of separating parents and children apprehended at the border.
NASA Mars Rover captures incredible selfie as dust storm sweeps Red Planet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A huge dust storm has swept Mars
Why Republican Lawmakers Aren't Backing Trump on Family Separations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Many Republicans on Monday declined to follow Trump’s cues on a policy of separating parents and children apprehended crossing the border.
He was once a leading Trump supporter. Now this Mexican
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Jake Monty, a former member of Donald Trump's National Hispanic Advisory Council, said it’s troubling to see the Trump administration let the fate of undocumented immigrants be determined by a political agenda.
In Turkish election, democracy itself is at stake
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Turkey is holding snap elections on June 24, and in the run-up, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s stump speeches have grown more and more Trumpian. Like the American president, Erdoğan fashions himself as populist representative of the common man facing down an array of corrupt elites. The stakes are high for him as a victory would solidify one-man rule in Turkey — a NATO ally of 80 million people.
Young Nigerians choose to fight Boko Haram with books
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
In Gwoza, the gunmen arrived just after 10 a.m., skidding to a halt outside the school on motorcycles and surrounding the Nigerian students who huddled in small groups around the courtyard, frittering away the short break between their classes. In Damasak, they came as a teacher was placing an exam paper facedown on the table in front of one of her students. In Bama, it was still too early for school when Boko Haram appeared.
People Are Convinced This Grandma Is Responsible for Mexico's Stunning World Cup Win Over Germany
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
World Cup 2018 is already full of surprises
Senator Ted Cruz Promises a Bill to Deal With the Family Separation Crisis at the Border
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He says he's introducing emergency legislation to keep migrant families together
Americans Own 46% of the World's 1 Billion Guns, Says U.N. Report
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
There are over 1 billion firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands
Trump orders creation of space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By Makini Brice and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he was ordering the creation of a sixth branch of the military to focus on space, a move critics said could harm the Air Force. "We are going to have the Air Force and we're going to have the 'Space Force.' Separate but equal. The idea of a Space Force has been raised before, by Trump and previous administrations, with proponents saying it would make the Pentagon more efficient.
Google AI predicts when a patient will die
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in on the technology.
Indiana trooper wins praise for stopping too slow driver
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana State Police trooper who tweeted a photo of a vehicle he stopped for driving too slowly in the left lane says he's overwhelmed by the widespread praise he's receiving online.
Spraying snake with gas leads to house blaze in Finland
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HELSINKI (AP) — An improvised method of getting rid of a snake in a garden by spraying it with gasoline kicked off a chain reaction that ended up with a house on fire in southern Finland.
Here Are the Facts About President Trump's Family Separation Policy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Donald Trump continues to falsely blame Democrats for his administration's family separation policy. Here are the facts.
Medusae Fossae: Scientists Have Finally Figured Out How These Mysterious Martian Rock Formations Were Made
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A mysterious rock formation on Mars, which has perplexed scientists for decades, was likely formed as a result of a series of explosive volcanic eruptions more than 3 billion years ago. The Medusae Fossae Formation is a vast, unusual deposit of soft rock comprising hills and valleys, which extends for more than 3,100 miles across Mars’s equator. Scientists first spotted the formation in the 1960s in images captured by one of NASA’s Mariner spacecraft, but the process of how it was produced has remained unclear.
Mars, Venus and the Perseid Meteor Shower: Everything You Need to Know About the Summer Sky
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Summer traditionally marks a time for us to gather with our loved ones and look up at the night sky. From spotting our two closest heavenly neighbors to watching the best meteor shower of the year, this summer sky will be anything but boring in the upcoming weeks. Not all the celestial events are during the evening.
Trump to establish Space Force as 6th military branch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports on President Trump's call to create a Space Force to militarize outer space.
Ecstasy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
South Carolina firefighter Ed Thompson says his life was saved after undergoing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD from his job. Researchers are starting phase three clinical trials this summer to get FDA approval for the legal prescription of MDMA for inpatient therapy.
Woodchucks to blame for missing veterans' flags
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say furry critters, not vandals, are likely to blame for American flags that disappeared from veterans' graves in Massachusetts.
Mars Is About to Be the Closest it's Been to Earth in 15 Years. Here’s How and When to See it
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
You won't even need a telescope to get a good view of the Red Planet
House Democrats Are Unveiling a Bill to Keep Immigrant Families Together
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Rep. Jerrold Nadler is introducing the Keep Families Together Act on Tuesday
President Trump Is Threatening China With New Tariffs on $200 Billion Worth of Imports
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The 10% tariff would be the latest round in an escalating trade dispute with China
Four Dead, Hundreds Injured by Earthquake in Western Japan's Osaka
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
One victim was a 9-year-old girl who was knocked down by a concrete wall
Pentagon Suspends August Military Drills with South Korea Following the Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Pentagon on Monday suspended a military exercise planned for August with South Korea, a move stemming from the Trump-Kim summit
Ted Cruz Defeats Jimmy Kimmel in 'Blobfish' Charity Basketball Game
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Cruz came out on top at 11-9
Rapper XXXTentacion Shot Dead in Florida
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The 20-year-old rising star, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was pronounced dead Monday evening
Here Are All the Republicans Who Criticized the Trump Administration’s Family Separation Policy This Weekend
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
From Melania Trump to Anthony Scaramucci
Massachusetts and New York Will Not Send National Guard Troops to the U.S.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Both governors called the separation of families "inhumane"
Racial imbalance? Admissions policies at Harvard and Stuyvesant HS under scrutiny
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Harvard University, because it is accused of admitting too few Asian-American students, and New York’s most selective public schools, because the city’s mayor thinks it is admitting too many. As admissions at the nation’s most competitive schools become evermore competitive — Harvard admitted 4.59 percent of applicants this year, while the acceptance rate at New York’s Stuyvesant High School has been estimated at 17 percent — the controversies are a reminder that every change in the admissions equation that increases the chances of members of one group inevitably disadvantage others. Both situations also reflect the fact that Asian-American students tend to excel academically, particularly on standardized achievement tests.
Nielsen: Separating families isn't a 'policy,' it's just something we do
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters Monday that it was “offensive” to imply that the administration had a “policy” of separating parents from children at the border — even though it was the stated purpose of the controversial change in enforcement procedures put in place by the Trump administration.
Senate FBI hearing takes twists and turns, including a 'wangdoodle' reference
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
It was not, perhaps, the most somber moment in the history of the U.S. Senate. In the midst of reciting a list of complaints about FBI agents allegedly swayed by their own anti-Trump animus, Sen. John Kennedy R-La., stopped speaking and looked up.
The Ultimate 4th of July Barbecue Menu
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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Your iPhone Will Soon Send Your Exact Location to First Responders When You Call 911
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Thanks to a new partnership between Apple and an emergency services startup
The Robot Farm Is Here
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
As rich countries welcome autonomous cars, trucks and boats onto their roads and waterways, the developing world is grappling with a humbler revolution: automated farming. China, home to 1.4 billion appetites, is embracing this technology earlier and more vigorously than its peers — and will consequently have to face up to its challenges, too. This month, China is launching a seven-year autonomous agriculture pilot program in Jiangsu Province.
Family Separation Is Being Compared to Japanese Internment. It Took Decades for the U.S. to Admit That Policy Was Wrong
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"At the time of the internment, almost nobody opposed it," says historian Mae Ngai
A Texas Sheriff's Deputy Sexually Assaulted a 4
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Investigators arrested the 47-year-old on suspicion of super aggravated sexual assault of a child