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Gates Foundation Pulls Funding From Charity Chaired by Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi Killing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Gates Foundation is cutting ties with a charity chaired by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over Jamal Khashoggi's murder.
Protesters Demand Justice in Ukraine After Anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Hundreds of protesters congregated in the Ukrainian capital Sunday following the death of a prominent anti-corruption activist who was targeted in an acid attack this summer.
Scientists Do Too Much Research on the Old Instead of the New
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Typically, particle colliders are created to test theories — physicists’ math shows that undiscovered particles ought to exist, and experimentalists use colliders to see whether they really do. This was the case with the Large Hadron Collider, which was built in Europe with the express purpose of detecting the elusive Higgs boson. The Higgs discovery puts the capstone on the so-called standard model of particle physics.
Elon Musk: 'You're gonna go a little bonkers if you work 120 hours a week'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
For Elon Musk , the difference between a "manageable" work schedule and an "insane" one is somewhere between 80 and 120 hours of work per week. "You're gonna go a little bonkers if you work 120 hours a week," Musk told Recode's Kara Swisher in an interview on Wednesday at Tesla's Palo Alto, California headquarters . "There were times when, some weeks ... I haven't counted exactly, but I would just sort of sleep for a few hours, work, sleep for a few hours, work, seven days a week.
Gene study reveals secrets of parasitic worms, possible treatments
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The results point to potential de-worming treatments to help fight some of the most neglected tropical diseases - including river blindness, schistosomiasis and hookworm disease - which affect around a billion people worldwide. "Parasitic worms are some of our oldest foes and have evolved over millions of years to be expert manipulators of the human immune system," said Makedonka Mitreva of Washington University's McDonnell Genome Institute, who co-led the work with colleagues from Britain's Wellcome Sanger Institute and Edinburgh University.
Wait a second, was that weird interstellar object an alien spacecraft after all?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
One of the most bizarre pieces of space news that keeps popping up this year is the story of Oumuamua, a cigar-shaped object that sped through our Solar System so fast that scientists barely had time to glimpse it before it was already headed back out into space. It's the first interstellar object mankind has ever seen, and it's sparked a ton of debate over its origins and what exactly it was. Early on, the object was thought to be a comet, but observers later decided it was obviously an asteroid. The scientific community at large has changed its mind a few times since then, and at this point it's unclear what the majority of astronomers actually believe, but at least a couple of them are still entertaining the possibility that the object was actually an alien spacecraft. Yes, this is still a thing. After Oumuamua's shocking appearance in our system, researchers from the Breakthrough Listen project pointed mechanical ears at it to see if they could hear signals being sent too or from the object. If it were an alien ship, surely it would be communicating with its handlers and we might be able to hear those whispers, or at least that was the plan. Unfortunately, the team heard only silence, but that isn't stopping some researchers from imagining the possibility of Oumuamua being a spacecraft sent to survey our Solar System or even Earth, specifically. In a new paper, scientists from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics break down the case for the cigar-shaped object being of extraterrestrial origin. More to the point, they focus on the object's strange speed changes as it passed through and exited our system. Oumuamua sped up as it left, which is obviously very odd behavior for a rock, which led some scientists to assume it was a comet, spewing out gas and material as it cruised back out into interstellar space. This new paper suggests that it might be speeding up because it's equipped with what is known as a "light sail." A light sail is an advanced, but still theoretical, form of spacecraft propulsion that would use radiation pressure from a star to push an object along, like wind on a sailboat's sail. If solar particles slam into the sail, it causes the sail and whatever it's attached to to speed up. "Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment," the paper explains, noting the possibility that it might just be a piece of alien space junk that found its way to our system. However, the team follows up with an even more wild theory, saying "a more exotic scenario is that Oumuamua may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization." What this paper shows more than anything is that we still have no good explanation for what the object was, why it was here, or how it moved in the way that it did. There are plausible natural processes that might have done the trick, or maybe it really was aliens. We may never know for sure.
What to Know About the U.S. Sanctions 'Snapping Back' on Iran
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The wide-ranging sanctions come back into force Monday, six months after the U.S. withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal
Scenes from the Texas Senate race
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
When Beto O’Rourke announced his longshot bid to unseat Texas Sen. Ted Cruz well over a year ago, no one would have predicted the race would emerge as one of the most closely watched elections in the country. In theory, the race is still Cruz’s to lose. Texas is a deeply red state that has moved further and further to the right since George W. Bush defeated Ann Richards, the sitting Democratic governor in a stunning upset that put Republicans firmly in control of the Lone Star state 24 years ago.
Cruz makes closing pitch in Dallas suburbs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Ted Cruz tries out different messages as his hard-to-predict, tighter-than-expected Senate race against Beto O’Rourke comes down to the wire.
U.S. Reimposes Sanctions on Iran
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Trump administration on Friday announced the reimposition of all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, ramping up economic pressure on the Islamic Republic.
More protection: UN says Earth's ozone layer is healing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth's protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, a new United Nations report said.
U.S. and South Korea Resume Military Drills Ahead of Denuclearization Talks With North Korea
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The maritime drills come as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepares for talks with North Korea
Has the U.S. Done Enough to Stop Foreign Election Meddling?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Trump Administration has confidence in its plan
Jack Ma Says Trade War Is the 'Most Stupid Thing' as U.S.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Ma, whose online commerce empire is China’s largest corporation, has been a vocal opponent of tit-for-tat tariffs
End to the daffodil colour lottery in sight as scientists map the plant's genetic code
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Gardeners will be able to predict the colour of their daffodils before the bulbs are planted after scientists successfully mapped the flower’s genetic code. When sold as dry bulbs, the 1,766 potential variations are currently impossible to tell apart, meaning they can grow to be anything from yellow, pink, green, or even trumpeted or double-headed. Now, experts at the Royal Horticultural Society and Reading University say their work should enable bulbs to be accurately labelled in garden centres, allowing gardeners to plan the perfect flower bed. The work should also enable prediction of the colours of other bulbous plants such as snowdrops, crocus and hyacinths, they predict. Researchers began by extracting DNA from the leaf material of a pheasant’s eye daffodil grown at RHS Garden Wisley. They then focused on the 2 per cent of the species’ genome responsible for chloroplasts, the part of the plant which converts the sun’s light energy into the sugars that fuel cells. The data will now allow scientists to identify the variations in the genome that could serve as genetic markers and be effective in distinguishing between different varieties. John David, Head of Horticultural Taxonomy, at the Royal Horticultural Society said: “This is an exciting first step in identifying daffodil varieties at the point they are most popularly bought but when there is nothing to tell them apart. “With so many bulbs due to be planted this autumn it is a huge industry and we hope our work might avoid disappointment for professionals who plant en masse and gardeners who will often seek out their tried and tested favourites.” The researchers said that thanks to the pace of technological innovation, the means to determine the colour of a daffodil before it is planted should be commonly available and affordable within 10 years. The genetic insights could also be used to engineer new breeds and colours of daffodils. As a keen gardener I have sometimes been disappointed to find special bulbs I’ve planted in the autumn have turned out to be less good varieties when they come in to flower in the spring,” said Alastair Culham, Associate Professor of Botany at Reading University. “Better management of the supply chain and the ability to authenticate dormant bulbs should stop such mistakes in the future.”
Austrian labs key to future of Iran nuclear deal
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
As US President Donald Trump reimposes sweeping sanctions on Iran on Monday, all eyes are again on the precarious future of a landmark international deal meant to curb Tehran's nuclear programme. One place that could feel the ramifications of Trump's decision is an unassuming lab complex near the Austrian town of Seibersdorf -- at first sight a world away from geopolitical manoeuvering over Tehran's nuclear programme.
Close call: UK fisherman saved from aggressive seals
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LONDON (AP) — A British fisherman had to be rescued from a cliff face after fleeing an aggressive colony of more than 50 gray seals and their young pups, the coast guard said Monday.
The U.S. Is Warning Its Citizens Over Tanzania's Anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
LGBT people have faced rising legal threats in the East African country
Scientists plan to build new quantum computing facility in Brighton 
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists from the University of Sussex are planning to launch a new quantum computing facility in Brighton after Chancellor Philip Hammond announced new funding for the technology this week. The Chancellor announced plans for a further £1.6bn in R&D funding for artificial intelligence, nuclear fusion and quantum computing in this week's Budget. This project would be latest push from the UK in the race to produce the first commercial computer capable of making complex calculations in hours that would take normal computers billions of years to complete. The European Union announced €1bn (£877.7) of investment in the technology earlier this week, while China is thought to have invested $10bn in the technology so far. University of Sussex scientists are planning to create a quantum computing company to run the facility in Brighton if they receive Government funding.  The team at the University of Sussex hopes the quantum computers could help with solving some of humanity's greatest problems like finding new cures for diseases such as dementia, creating new pharmaceuticals and more efficient fertilisers, as well as helping to create powerful tools for the financial sector. Quantum technologies | What are they? The University of Sussex achieved a major breakthrough this week after discovering a way of insulating quantum computers, which have to be cooled at almost absolute zero to function, without using a specialised refrigerator. A team led by Professor Winfried Hensinger and Dr Florian Mintert used quantum physics and microwave technology to insulate the computer. The university's Ion Quantum Technology Group was also the first to launch a blueprint for a large-scale quantum computer last year. Prof Hensinger's group is now using the new technique to work with a powerful quantum computer prototype that is currently in its laboratory at the University of Sussex. He said: “It’s now time to translate academic achievements into the construction of practical machines. We’re in a fantastic position to do this at Sussex and my team is working round the clock to make large-scale quantum computing a future reality.”
Accountability Alone Will Not Solve Myanmar's Rohingya Crisis
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson says the West must lead with a holistic strategy placing rights at its core
Tanzania Official Praises Response to Crackdown Against Homosexuals
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Tanzania regional commissioner has announced the creation of a team dedicated to tracking down and detaining gay people.
Rihanna to President Trump: Please Do Stop My Music at Campaign Rally
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Trump's use of popular music has landed him in hot water again
President Donald Trump Holds MAGA Rally in Chattanooga
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Donald Trump Holds MAGA Rally in Chattanooga
1 day until the midterm elections: Where things stand
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
(Countdown above in EDT) Key races checkup
'You Don't Want Just a Yes Man.' Barack Obama Rallies for Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Former President Barack Obama praised Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly on Sunday for being willing to break with his party, telling a roaring crowd at a rally in the state that “you don’t want just a yes man.”
Trump rally in Georgia aims to prevent Democratic miracle in Deep South
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
MACON, Ga.  — President Trump has focused his final week of campaigning before the midterm elections on helping the GOP in key Senate races, but on Sunday afternoon he made a detour to Georgia to help prevent what would be a massive upset for Democrats in the state’s contest for governor. Trump appeared with Republican Brian Kemp, who is locked in a dead heat with Democrat Stacey Abrams, a notable show of strength for the Democrats in a state long known for its conservative politics. If Abrams, an African-American woman, were to win, it would be the second major victory for Democrats in the Deep South in a year, following on the heels of Doug Jones’s victory a year ago, when he become the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama in 26 years.
Supreme Court says these young climate activists can sue the federal government
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The young people have prevailed.  After a back-and-forth battle with the Trump administration, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Friday that a group of 21 11- to 22-year-old climate change activists can sue the government for harming their futures with a national energy system that produces dangerous amounts of greenhouse gases. SEE ALSO: Why the Trump administration is terrified of these children The highest court in the U.S. had previously halted the trial after the Donald Trump administration's Department of Justice requested to hold off on hearing the group's arguments against the country's climate change policies. The trial was supposed to start last week in Juliana v. United States. But just days before, the Supreme Court effectively said "hold up" in response to the DOJ request. The government said the trial would bring "irreparable harm" to the country. Then, on Friday, the Supreme Court denied the stay — meaning the trial can go forward. The suit is filed in a U.S. district court in Oregon. Now the trial could start this month, according to NPR.  The 22-year-old plaintiff named in the case, Kelsey Juliana, retweeted a post about the SCOTUS trial news Friday evening. BREAKING: United States Supreme Court Denies Trump Administration’s Request for Stay - ​​Juliana v. United States​​ Moves Forward, Again. Read full press release: https://t.co/KJ8WKF4N3l #youthvgov #TrialoftheCentury #LetTheYouthBeHeard pic.twitter.com/EyEg7QMuWj — Our Children's Trust (@youthvgov) November 3, 2018 The nonprofit group Our Children's Trust celebrated the news and, in a statement, Juliana said, "...these defendants are treating this case, our democracy, and the security of mine and future generations like it’s a game. I’m tired of playing this game." "These defendants" is the U.S. government. The climate fight moves forward. WATCH: Meet the man biking on water to save the planet — Mashable Originals
Obama stumps for senator who supports Trump’s wall
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former President Barack Obama campaigned for Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana on Sunday — despite some significant ideological differences.
Feast your eyes on the first 8K video shot in space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Depending on how serious you are about your home entertainment, you might not even own a 4K TV yet. If that's the case, you can hardly be blamed, as the vast majority of television programming hasn't adopted the format yet either, but that's not stopping NASA from pushing the envelope with a video so high-res that you probably don't own a screen that can display it at its full resolution. In a new post, NASA shows off what it says is the very first 8K video footage shot in space. At over three minutes long, there's a whole lot to see here, but don't expect to fully appreciate the stunning detail without a seriously high-res display at your disposal. "Science gets scaled up with the first 8K ultra high definition (UHD) video from the International Space Station," NASA writes. "Get closer to the in-space experience and see how the international partnership-powered human spaceflight is improving lives on Earth, while enabling humanity to explore the universe." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k2uKb9vCOI That short description really under-sells how awesome the video is. You get to see super high-def footage from inside the International Space Station as well as many sights that pass by the outside. There's several shots of various experiments being conducted, as well as daily life aboard the spacecraft. It's a very cool glimpse into the lives of the astronauts who spend their days orbiting Earth for months on end in the pursuit of science. “This new footage showcases the story of human spaceflight in more vivid detail than ever before,” Dylan Mathis, comms manager for the ISS, said in a statement . “The world of camera technology continues to progress, and seeing our planet in high fidelity is always welcome. We're excited to see what imagery comes down in the future.” The camera used to shoot the footage was actually delivered to the space station way back in April, but NASA finally got around to actually turning the video into a nice montage in honor of the anniversaries of the ISS launch and human habitation of the spacecraft, both of which come around every November.
A Crucial Senate Race in Tennessee Is Coming Down to the Wire
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"Bredesen is absolutely the best candidate they could have gotten"
Photos: the “awesomeness” of the International Space Station
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
American 18-year-olds voting for the first time on Nov. 6 will not have spent a day in their life without humans orbiting the Earth in space. The International Space Station’s first crew arrived in November 2000, and people have been there ever since. “I don’t think the public realizes how cool ISS is,” Elon Musk,…
The 10 moments that made the midterms
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
From the Women’s March to the Kavanaugh confirmation drama, here are the events that have shaped the 2018 midterm elections — and how they will reverberate in key races on election night.
Bracing for Bannon: Europe isn't sure it wants to be remade in Trump's image
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Steve Bannon, now alienated from Trump, with his plans to remake the Republican Party a dismal failure, is focused on abetting the rising tide of nationalism in Europe. But most right-wing European parties are reluctant to align with him.
Stacey Abrams, Yale Law graduate, calls Trump’s attacks on her qualifications 'vapid'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams defended herself against President Trump’s claim that she is unqualified to be governor on Sunday.
Freddie Mercury Didn't Want to Be a 'Poster Boy' for AIDS — But He and Other Celebrities Played a Key Role in Its History
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In the late '80s and early '90s, stars like Freddie Mercury made a big difference in promoting AIDS awareness
India minister turns on own party over killing of man
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An Indian cabinet minister accused a party colleague Sunday of ordering the "ghastly murder" of a tiger and vowed legal action after the man-eating animal was shot in the country's west. The big cat blamed for killing more than a dozen people was shot dead Friday night after a months-long search, capping one of India's most high-profile tiger hunts in decades. Maneka Gandhi, a staunch animal activist and part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet, accused the state forest minister of hiring a "trigger-happy shooter" to slay the tiger.
Sir David Attenborough Finds The Marlon Brando Of Chimpanzees In Landmark BBC Wildlife Series ‘Dynasties’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Casting for A-list stars is usually reserved for high-end premium dramas but it was also a challenge for Sir David Attenborough's latest big-budget wildlife series Dynasties. In the case of the BBC series, they were searching for the right animals to showcase in the five-part series. For the first episode, they found their own Marlon Brando, a chimpanzee called David. He is an alpha-male, the king of his patch with a slew of female admirers but also a raft of male…
Scientists find psilocybin microdosing can boost cognitive creativity
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists are all about psychedelics right now. Recent research on LSD indicates the drug has potential to treat mental disorders and improve our understanding of human consciousness. Meanwhile, studies in recent years have explored the effects of psilocybin—the psychoactive compound occuring naturally in magic mushrooms—on quitting smoking; lowering violent crime; treating depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic…
NASA Receives the Key Part That Will Power Its Manned Missions of Tomorrow
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA's future manned missions depend on the European Service Module.
One American Killed, Another Wounded, in Afghanistan After Fifth Insider Attack in Four Months
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Neither service member has been identified, and details of the attack have yet to be released
A group of young women in Kyrgyzstan is crowdfunding the country’s first satellite launch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Of the world’s 195 countries, 72 have official space agencies, including Nigeria, Bangladesh, Peru, and Bolivia. Kyrgyzstan does not. So a group of young women decided to start their own. Kyrgyzstan is not an easy place to be female; it was described last year by Reuters as “a nation rife with domestic violence, child marriage…
Trump Keeps Using Fear. But Is It Helping Republicans?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Throughout his political career, Donald Trump has often used fear to motivate his supporters. But is it working this time?
A short history of toilets at 35,000 feet – what really happens when you flush a plane loo?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Unless you’ve flown first class, or in a private jet, aircraft loos are windowless, cramped affairs that usually reek of cheap sanitizer. But they have come a long way – and rarely get the recognition they deserve. The first flight (made by Orville Wright, although some conspiracy theorists think otherwise – more on that here), explains Aviation Global News, lasted just 12 seconds – “hardly long enough to get worked up from a bladder perspective, although one may surmise that a number two might have been on his mind”. But before long, planes were flying for much longer. “It is obvious that someone, somewhere, was the first person to relieve themselves in an aircraft. Who was this urinary pioneer? – history does not record,” laments the website. Some interesting facts have been recorded, however. Second World War pilots, for example, couldn’t stand the “slop bucket” loos – or “Elsans” – found on board Lancaster bombers. They often overflowed in turbulent conditions, or were tricky to use. One unidentified airman described his hatred for the contraptions: “While we were flying in rough air, this devil’s convenience often shared its contents with the floor of the aircraft, the walls, the ceiling, and sometimes a bit remained in the container itself. Hello darkness, my old friend Credit: istock “It doesn't take much imagination to picture what it was like trying to combat fear and airsickness while struggling to remove enough gear in cramped quarters and at the same time trying to use the bloody Elsan… This loathsome creation invariably overflowed on long trips and in turbulence was always prone to bathe the nether regions of the user. It was one of the true reminders to me that war is hell.” Airmen sometimes preferred to urinate or defecate into containers, before simply hurling their business out of a window. Some reputedly jettisoned full Elsan toilets on German targets along with their bombs – an early example of biological warfare. James Kemper’s modern vacuum toilet wasn’t patented until the Seventies, with the first one installed by Boeing in 1982. Before that, plane loos were unwieldy boxes that utilised large quantities of blue liquid known as “Skykem” and were prone to leaking. So next time you’re queuing to use the facilities at 35,000 feet, count yourself lucky. Kemper’s nifty device uses a little liquid, but relies on non-stick coating and vacuum suction to wash away the nastiness. The video below shows just how efficiently the vacuum works. “The person in this video is just stupid, immature, inconsiderate, and has no life,” comments one YouTube user, beneath the clip. “I am definitely doing this on my next flight.” Quite. Since then, there have not really been any dramatic advances in aircraft toilet technology – if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The only noteworthy item is that the toilets on Boeing's 787 Dreamliners have automatically closing lids. Oh, and some toilets are getting smaller to really cram in those paying customers. So what does happen to all that waste? Is it jettisoned into the sky? To all those fliers who make a point of holding it in until the plane reaches European soil, prepare to be sorely disappointed. secrets of air travel “There is no way to jettison the contents of the lavatories during a flight,” explains Patrick Smith, a pilot and author of Cockpit Confidential, a book about air travel. “At the end of a flight, the blue fluid, along with your contributions to it, are vacuumed into a tank on the back of a truck. (The truck driver’s job is even lousier than the co-pilot’s, but it pays better.) “The driver then wheels around to the back of the airport and furtively offloads the waste in a ditch behind a parking lot... Just kidding. In truth I don’t know what he does with it. Time to start a new urban legend.” There is one caveat, however. It is impossible to empty passengers' waste from an aircraft intentionally, but not by mistake. “A man in California once won a lawsuit after pieces of blue ice fell from a plane and came crashing through the skylight of his sailboat,” added Captain Smith. “A leak, extending from a toilet’s exterior nozzle fitting, caused runoff to freeze, build, and then drop like a neon ice bomb. If you think that’s bad, a 727 once suffered an engine separation after ingesting a frozen chunk of its own leaked toilet waste, inspiring the line ‘when the s*** hits the turbofan.’”
San Francisco 49ers Cheerleader Takes a Knee During National Anthem
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An NFL cheerleader kneeled during the National Anthem before the San Francisco 49ers beat the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night.
Alec Baldwin Arrested in New York After Allegedly Punching Man Over a Parking Spot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Actor Alec Baldwin has been arrested after allegedly punching a man after arguing about a parking spot, according to the NYPD.
Ending the Qatar blockade might be the price Saudi Arabia pays for Khashoggi's murder
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Just one month after Jamal Khashoggi's death, and with his body still missing, his murder looks set to transform regional politics.
2 days until the midterm elections: Where things stand
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A scorecard on where the two parties stand as the campaign draws to a close for the elections Tuesday.
Mr. Rogers' Widow Offered A Message of 'Love' After Anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"I want to tell you how wonderful you are"
To the Moon and beyond
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Europe's Airbus (AIR.PA) on Friday delivered the "powerhouse" for NASA's new Orion Spaceship that will take astronauts to the Moon and beyond in coming years, hitting a key milestone that should lead to hundreds of millions of euros in future orders. Engineers at the Airbus plant in Bremen, Germany on Thursday carefully packed the spacecraft into a special container that will fly aboard a huge Antonov cargo plane to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a first step on its way to deep space. In Florida, the module will be joined with the Orion crew module built by Lockheed Martin (LMT.N), followed by over a year of intensive testing before the first three-week mission orbiting the Moon is launched in 2020, albeit without people.