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Best Grocers for Memorial Day Cookouts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. Before you toss the hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill this Memorial Day, think about where you should buy all your co...
In "Massive Fail," Dying Star Mysteriously Reborn as Black Hole
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A massive, dying star that astronomers thought would explode has instead quietly collapsed into a black hole. The event, which NASA calls a “massive fail,” could be a more common pattern for giant stars than astronomers previously suspected. Referred to as the “Fireworks Galaxy” for the frequent supernovae—explosions of stars—known to happen there, the star cluster has held NASA’s attention for several years.
'Shape
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Researchers at MIT have been playing with their food in the name of science, concocting a shape-shifting dining experience that could significantly reduce food shipping and packaging costs. The team from MIT’s Tangible Media Group created flat sheets of gelatin and starch that transform into 3D shapes, such as flowers and pasta forms, when submerged in water. “We did some simple calculations, such as for macaroni pasta, and even if you pack it perfectly, you still will end up with 67 percent of the volume as air,” said Wen Wang, a co-author of the research, set to be published in a paper this month at the Association for Computing Machinery’s 2017 Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
How Alcohol & Gut Fungus Team Up to Damage Your Liver
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Heavy drinking can lead to liver disease, but a new study suggests that it's not just the alcohol that damages the liver — fungi that commonly live in the human gut appear to contribute to the disease as well. The study, which involved experiments in both mice and a small number of people, found that consuming alcohol is linked with changes in the types of fungi living in the gut, and that the fungi that tend to be more common in people who drink also worsen the effects of alcohol on the liver. The study is the first to link fungi and liver disease, the researchers said.
New North Carolina restaurant deluged by $300,000 water bill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two brothers launching a new restaurant in North Carolina found themselves deluged by a $308,000 water bill. But now their water worries are over.
Sheriff: It's 'hard to hide' swan statue stolen by naked man
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Surveillance video shows a naked man driving away from a Florida storage center in a stolen pickup truck loaded with a large, black and white checkered swan.
'Bad neighbor' unplugs bounce house at girl's birthday party
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman wants to know why someone unplugged a bounce house, causing it to deflate with nearly a dozen young children inside during her daughter's first birthday party.
Scientists prove that our brains have a little bit of Jedi in them
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Have you ever wished you had Jedi powers? You might think you'll never reach the level of wisdom, power, and grace as those noble warriors from a galaxy far, far away, but a new study suggests that we all have at least one Jedi trait built right into our brains. A group of researchers from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands just published a paper proving that humans have the ability to predict the movement of objects thanks to high-speed visualization techniques that simulate the outcome in our own minds before the movement actually happens. Woah. The study, which was published in Nature Communications, used a simple test consisting of a white dot moving across a black screen. The team used an fMRI to track brain activity, painting a clear picture of the areas of the brain which were observing and learning the pattern. Then, after a short break, the more than two dozen volunteers were hooked back up and shown a similar animation, though this time only the first half of the dot's movement was displayed. However, fMRI data revealed that the brain was actually simulating the dot's full path, having learned it earlier, and it was processing that information twice as fast as when shown the full animation. In short, the brains of the test subjects were running their own visual simulation of what it expected to see, predicting the outcome as though it was watching it actually happen. Scientists believe it's this predictive cognition that aids us in both large and small aspects of everyday life, like catching a dropped set of keys out of midair or knowing exactly when and where a car will pass on the street. Essentially, our brains are predicting these things will happen before they happen, and we're reacting in sync with that prediction, rather than relying solely on our own concrete observation. If "seeing things before they happen" is indeed a Jedi trait, our brains are clearly big Star Wars fans.
In Chicago’s Back of the Yards, a new generation of immigrants fights the old turf wars, with deadlier weapons
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Ramiro Alvarez, a Chicago police officer and vice president of the Union Impact Center, welcomes kids and their families from Back of the Yards to celebrate the end of the winter soccer season. The center’s soccer program is just one of several community-based programs designed to deter the neighborhood’s youngest residents from getting sucked into the cycle of gang violence. On a recent Friday afternoon, the aroma of birria, a spicy Mexican stew, filled the basement of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.
Poorly understood Mars landing conditions led to probe’s demise: report
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Europe's Schiaparelli spacecraft came very close to a successful landing on Mars last year, but engineers failed to realize how jarring the probe's parachute descent could be, dooming the touchdown, a report released on Wednesday said. Schiaparelli flew to Mars with the Trace Gas Orbiter, which is studying gases in the planet’s atmosphere from orbit. Its parachute worked as designed, but atmospheric forces at supersonic speed were not well understood, the report, commissioned by the European Space Agency, said.
How the Media Has Failed
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Spotlight Top Pick InVitae Corp (NYSE:NVTA) has seen its stock decline and one culprit was a recently published article “How a cancer test maker started by former Twitter, Google execs hopes to change the world” that has caught the market off guard. Friends, what has happened with Invitae relative to this news story is a wonderful example of all of this. With its $249 test to screen for 30 genes linked to eight hereditary cancers, Color Genomics Inc. has pushed to detect cancer earlier but also take price away as a barrier.
Ancient Bizarre Sea Monster the Size of a Bus Discovered in Russia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The well-preserved 5 foot-long skull of an extinct reptile was first discovered on the bank of the Volga River in 2002, but until now had not been identified as a new species. The fossil belongs to a group of marine reptiles called plesiosaur.
Plasma Jet Engines: Is Flying At 20Km Per Second Possible?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Plasma engines have long been a staple of sci-fi movies, from Star Wars to The Space Between Us, but a recent breakthrough may soon make them a reality
Gianforte wins Montana special House election despite being charged with assault
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In this March 6, 2017 file photo, Greg Gianforte, right, receives congratulations from a supporter in Helena, Montana after winning the Republican nomination for Montana’s special election for U.S. House. As the May 25 special election nears, critics say he’s been hard to track on the stump because his schedule has not been well publicized by his campaign. Republican Greg Gianforte claimed a narrow victory in Montana’s closely watched special election for the state’s at-large congressional seat, defeating Democrat Rob Quist in a race that is likely to be mined for clues about how the voting electorate feels about the political turbulence of Donald Trump’s young presidency heading into next year’s midterm elections.
Scientists discover a star that exploded 970 million years ago
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Astronomy amateurs have helped Australian scientists find a star that exploded around 970 million years ago – long before the dinosaurs even roamed the Earth. Such exploding stars are known as supernovae. Although they burn only for a short amount of time, they can tell astronomers a lot about the universe.
These science emoji could appear on your keyboard soon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The tool section of the emoji keyboard boasts an array of knives, a syringe, a water gun, a beeper, a battery, and a bomb. But when it comes to objects you might find in a laboratory, the options are slim to none. Scientists are hoping to change that by proposing a slate of science-specific emoji. If approved, items such as lab goggles, a petri dish, a test tube, and a DNA double helix could join the ranks of things you text your friends. SEE ALSO: Your hairstyle may be getting its very own emoji soon Industrial giant GE and the American Chemical Society last month proposed 10 emoji to the Unicode Consortium, the organization that oversees the official list of these icons. Nine emoji were deemed candidates for the next selection process, meaning all or some of these could hit keyboards in summer 2018. Eight of nine proposed science emoji.Image: GE and american chemical societyNancy Briscoe, an audience development manager at GE, said the emoji were part of a broader effort to make STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields more culturally accepted. "Giving people the right tools to express scientific thought is important to keep the subject relevant and accessible in a fast-paced world," she said in an email. "We think it's important that we all be able to communicate about science more clearly, so why not create (emoji) to aid that process?" Efforts like these could influence more than just our texts. A mainstream cultural embrace of scientists and their work may have political ramifications, as well. In the U.S., the Trump administration has indicated that government-backed research is a low priority, while top officials have met mainstream scientific findings with hostility and skepticism. Just this week, the White House proposed cutting billions of dollars for basic and applied research funding. Image: American Association for the Advancement of ScienceTrump's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 would cut total research funding by 16.8 percent, or $12.6 billion, below the 2017 omnibus spending bill. No administration appears to have proposed research cuts this deep in more than 40 years, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) said in a preliminary analysis. Scientists say they're worried about losing their jobs or running out of funding to conduct crucial research. In April, thousands of people in the U.S. and worldwide joined the March for Science to urge officials and the public to support fact and reason. A handful of science-themed emoji won't change this. But they could at least begin to demystify and destigmatize science in popular culture. Image: ge and american chemical society  Image: ge and american chemical society"Science is definitely having a moment right now, whether it's ensuring access to proper science education, funding of grants, or advancing certain fields like engineering and aeronautics," Briscoe said. "Because of this, the [emoji] proposal covers a wide range of accessible science objects." The nine proposed emoji aren't the only science-themed icons up for consideration. At the first-ever Emojicon in San Francisco last fall, science enthusiasts and designers submitted formal proposals to Unicode for other planets in our solar system besides Earth, including the not-to-be-forgotten dwarf planet Pluto.  Craig Cummings, vice-chair of Unicode's technical committee, said in November that the planet emoji proposal could be fast-tracked for inclusion in the 2017 summer update, Nature reported. The path for other science emoji is a bit longer. If approved, those icons could be included in the 2018 summer update. WATCH: This adorable emoji python will cure your fear of snakes
Failed computer replaced during U.S. astronauts' spacewalk
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Two U.S. astronauts completed a hastily planned spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Tuesday to replace a computer that failed on Saturday, NASA said. Station commander Peggy Whitson assembled a new computer from spare parts aboard the station and installed it during a 2.5-hour spacewalk as the orbiting outpost sailed 250 miles (400 km) over Earth. The 50-pound (23-kg) computer, which is about the size of a microwave oven, is one of two that control equipment, including solar power panels, cooling loops, radiators and robotics gear, on the U.S. side of the station.
Saturn’s stunning north pole actually changed colors
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA's Cassini orbiter was the first to deliver a really clear look at the eye-catching, hexagonal storm swirling on Saturn's north pole, so it's only fitting that the craft has now delivered a photo of the peculiar phenomenon that adds a new layer of awe. As part of Cassini's recent photo sweep, the orbiter took a nice long look at Saturn's northernmost point once more and discovered that it has almost completely changed color. How's that for a surprise? Saturn's seasons are really, really long. A single trip around the sun — what we think of as a year here on Earth — takes nearly thirty times as long for Saturn. Like many planets, Saturn's surface undergoes changes as seasons progress and change, and since Cassini has been orbiting the planet since way back in 2004, the craft has had the opportunity to observe a full season, and all the dramatic changes that came with it. http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/News/BGR_News/pia21611_figa_main.gif?itok=eBkkfjGB One of those changes was the increase in what NASA refers to as "springtime hazes." That haze is what makes the planet look a giant ball of blurry clouds, and an increase in haze at the north pole has caused the bluish-green hue of the massive hexagon to transition into a mix of dull brown and tan, with just a hint of green remaining in the very center of its eye. It's a fantastic observation, and a great example of the kind of amazing material we'll be missing out on when Cassini ends its mission later this year.
Cops put parking lot crack cocaine in 'lost and found'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Police in northeastern Pennsylvania say they've put about $1,600 worth of crack cocaine in their "lost and found box" in hopes of reuniting the drug with its rightful owner.
How to Treat a Burn From Grilling and Cooking
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Grilling season can also be “burn season.” Maybe the fat on your rib-eye steak caught on fire, singeing your hand, or you touched the grill cover to see whether it was hot—only to discover that, ...
Acute Hepatitis from Energy Drinks?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
The Doctors investigate! A recent report in the British Medical Journal looked into the case of a man who went to the emergency room complaining of nausea, vomiting and stomach pain thinking he simply had the flu. After ruling out changes in his diet, alcohol intake or drug use, they discovered that the acute hepatitis was linked to his consumption of energy drinks, which consisted for 4 to 5 energy drinks during a 3-week period.
Mom Uses Controversial Word with Down Syndrome Son
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
A mom is defending the use of the controversial word “retard” around her 8-year-old who has Down syndrome, as she believes it will help him laugh at himself later in life. “This is your child, this is bullying,” Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon adds.
Jesse Ventura's Fight to Legalize Marijuana
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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Drs. Exclusive: Black Eyed Peas Member Taboo Fights Cancer with New Song
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Black Eyed Peas member Taboo, revealed in a Doctors exclusive that he’s now cancer-free following a just-revealed testicular cancer battle, is now using his celebrity to help others. The proceeds from his new song, “The Fight,” will go to the American Cancer Society, which works to end the disease through numerous research programs and initiatives. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says that the American Cancer Society is currently helping to fund over 800 researchers who are fighting cancer.
Woman with Concave Chest Defect Update
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Angela previously came to The Doctors seeking help for her rare birth defect that caused her chest to cave in and made breathing difficult. The Doctors note that pectus excavatum only occurs in one per every 300 to 400 births and is much more common for boys.
Can Ozone Therapy Turn Back the Hands of Time?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Is the secret to looking and feeling your best ozone therapy? The Doctors are joined by actress and director Alison Eastwood, who is the daughter of Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood, who recently underwent the therapy. After undergoing treatments at AMA Skincare with Dr. Alice Pien and Dr. Asher Milgrom, Alison says she felt improvements with her vision and with that morning fog feeling.
What Your Acne Says About Your Health
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
A viral Internet message claims that breakouts in different areas on the face may indicate different underlying problems – the forehead is due to poor diet, for example, while chin pimples come from kidney disease, and the cheeks break out from allergies and stress.
Simple Swaps to Shed the Pounds
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Reader’s Digest Editor-in-Chief Liz Vaccariello shares ways to make your favorite meals a little leaner, without giving up taste.
The new Samsung Galaxy does 27 things the iPhone doesn't
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
David Pogue has created master list of features that the Samsung Galaxy S8 has and the iPhone 7 doesn’t—along with an assessment of which ones are actually useful.
Zuckerberg to Harvard grads: 'You have to create a sense of purpose for others'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard University to give the class of 2017's commencement speech.
Mark Zuckerberg: The most important thing I built at Harvard
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the accomplishment he's most proud of from his days at Harvard University is his relationship with wife and fellow Harvard alum Priscilla Chan.
Will This Miracle Material End All Energy Storage Problems?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
When graphene was first isolated, the researchers responsible won The Nobel Prize in physics, and now it is a central candidate for solving global energy storage issues
Biggest exhibit of human
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By Ed Stoddard THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND, South Africa (Reuters) - An exhibit of the largest collection of fossils of close human relatives ever to go on public display opened on Thursday in South Africa, not far from the caves where they were unearthed. Launched on "Africa Day" in an area named "The Cradle of Humankind," the exhibit coincides with the publication of a controversial paper that questions the widely-held view that humanity's evolutionary roots lay in Africa.
Time Travel and Parallel Universes: a Scientist vs a Literature Professor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Literature professor Simon John James and physicist Richard Bower were both involved in the curating the exhibition, Time Machines–the past, the future, and how stories take us there. Simon John James: Richard, what does the term “time travel” mean for a physical scientist? Richard Bower: Time travel is the basis of modern physics, and, for anyone that looks up at the night sky, an everyday experience.
Correction: Snowy Plover Chick story
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In a story May 24 about the Western snowy plover, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Oregon requires dogs to be kept on leash in snowy plover nesting areas. The state bans dogs from all active nesting areas.
How Regular Exercise May Make Your Body 'Younger'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Getting regular exercise may help slow the aging of your body's cells, a new study finds. Compared with the people in the study who didn't exercise at all, the highly active people had a "biological age" that was about nine years younger, said study author Larry Tucker, a professor of exercise science at Brigham Young University in Utah. To reap these benefits of exercise, you'd need to spend 30 to 40 minutes running, five days a week, according to the study.
Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget plan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
PALOMINO VALLEY, Nev. (AP) — President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the U.S. West without the requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won't be resold for slaughter.
First results from Juno mission show surprisingly strong magnetic field and huge polar cyclones
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The first scientific results from NASA's mission to Jupiter are already stunning scientists.
‘A big reach’: Rumsfeld dismisses comparisons between Russia investigation and Watergate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“I don’t see any there there,” Rumsfeld, who served in multiple Republican administrations, added in an interview with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga. Rumsfeld, as the chief of staff for President Gerald Ford, was privy to the tumult wrought by and in the immediate aftermath of the Watergate scandal and Richard Nixon’s resignation. Trump sparked a storm of comparisons to Nixon when he abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this month.
Sen. Portman lauds new Netflix sex
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Rob Portman spoke to Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric about his ongoing efforts to combat online sex trafficking ahead of this week’s premiere of the documentary on child sex trafficking.
Brewing company creates beer in honor of baby hippo Fiona
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo's prematurely born hippo named Fiona is getting a new beer in her honor.
All in the family? NATO newcomers Trump and Macron a study in contrasts.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The “family photo” of leaders attending the NATO meeting in the Belgian capital Thursday included an unusually large number of first-timers to the transatlantic alliance’s premier stage. Among the newcomers pictured in the traditional summit souvenir was the president of tiny Montenegro, whose country only acceded to NATO membership in April. Recommended: How much do you know about NATO?
US patrol sends signal to Beijing's claims in South China Sea – but how strong?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Fifteen years ago, when China and the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations committed to establishing a code of conduct to govern actions in the South China Sea, the Paracel Islands were little more than a collection of rocks 138 miles off the coast of Vietnam. Last year, Beijing deployed anti-aircraft missiles to the archipelago. China’s militarization of the South China Sea, a vast waterway through which more than $5 trillion in trade passes each year, faced sharp criticism from the Obama administration, which regularly ordered freedom-of-navigation patrols to challenge Beijing’s territorial claims in the area.
Paradise found
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
It was 6 in the morning, and the only sound I could hear was the rhythmic dip ... dip ... dip of the heart-shaped paddle of our guide, Lasa, into the murky waters of Dal Lake in Kashmir. As a journalist, I was here to learn and write about that conflict.
When hostility to media becomes assault
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Lots of politicians aren’t happy to see reporters. Lots of politicians have demeaned reporters for partisan purposes over the years. It’s been almost five decades since Vice President Spiro Agnew roused GOP voters by calling the media “nattering nabobs of negativism” (words penned, perhaps ironically, by future New York Times columnist William Safire).
Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun!
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Save your skin with the right sunscreen applied the right way. Dermatologist Sonia Batra explains how to soak up the rays without endangering your health!
Learn How to Give an All
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Celebrity massage therapist Brit shares her tips for a massage fit for a star!
Learn How the Wrong Peanut Butter Can Kill Your Pet!
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Dogs love peanut butter and pet-lovers know it’s an easy way to get pups to take medication. Veterinarian Courtney Campbell explains that one ingredient in some peanut butters can be fatal to Fido. “Peanut butter by itself is totally safe,” explains Dr. Campbell.
Take These Steps for Safe Swimming
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. Swimming can be a great way to cool off during the summer. And it’s a healthy, low-impact aerobic exercise. Yet beyond t...
Less Than 1 Drink Per Day May Raise Your Breast Cancer Risk
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Women who can't wait to have their glass of wine at the end of the day, take note: A new report concludes that even one small drink daily can raise a woman's risk of breast cancer. The report includes data gathered from more than 12 million women worldwide — 260,000 of whom had breast cancer — during nearly 120 studies. In the report, which was published today (May 23), researchers cut through the clutter of breast cancer studies, and offer a clear set of recommendations to help women reduce their risk of the disease.