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What Is Epsom Salt and Should You Be Bathing In It?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Epsom salt bath benefits include relief of muscle soreness, migraines, and more.
The Best Ab Exercises You’re Not Doing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
These calorie-burning moves need to be part of your core routine.
EpiPen Maker Mylan Sued State That Gave Preferred Status to Cheaper Alternative
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
As the price for the EpiPen emergency allergy treatment soared by some 600%, Medicaid regulators in one state tried to de-prioritize the drug in favor of a less-expensive alternative. EpiPen’s pa...
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10 Celebrity Couples Who Look Eerily Alike
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Those Kids Who Interrupted Their Dad's BBC Interview Have Inspired a New Animated Series
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Their disruptive cuteness will live on in cartoon form.
This Toddler Attempting to Fit Into An Old Pair of Skinny Jeans Is All of Us
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
The "skinny jeans dance" is a familiar sight.
Your Heart Will Melt When You Read the Rock's List of "Goals" for His Toddler Daughter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
His "Dadstagrams" are always a hit, but this is on another level.
What It's Really Like to Be An Abortion Doula
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
"There's no one-size-fits-all emotion attached to terminating a pregnancy."
These Raw Photos Show the Side of Breastfeeding You Don't Typically See
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
The series is called "In the Age of Mechanical Reproduction."
Celine Dion Reveals She Shares a Bed With Her 6
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
She says it helps her family cope with René Angélil's death.
Genetic factors could be to blame for zombie drug Spice's worse side
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A team of scientists is on a quest to identify those most at risk of suffering from the worst side-effects of synthetic cannabinoids, commonly known as 'Spice' or 'k2'. The researchers want to understand how the body processes these man-made drugs and whether our genes play a role in their metabolism. Synthetic cannabinoids are mind-altering chemicals related to those found in the marijuana plant and intended to mimic its psychoactive effects.
2 Key Things Cassini Discovered On Mission To Saturn
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Cassini will end on Sept. 15 with the probe plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere, where it will burn up.
A bigger Silicon Valley Comic Con searches for Planet B
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
With a wall of March for Science signs outside, techies and sci-fi fans were asking: What can we do?
Fossils may be earliest known multicellular life: study
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Fossils accidentally discovered in South Africa are probably the oldest fungi ever found by a margin of 1.2 billion years, rewriting the evolutionary story of these organisms which are neither flora nor fauna, researchers said Monday. If verified as both fungal and multicellular, the 2.4 billion-year-old microscopic creatures -- whose slender filaments are bundled together like brooms -- could also be the earliest known specimens of the branch of life to which humans belong, they reported in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. Earth itself is about 4.6 billion years old.
NASA planning trip around Mars in 2033?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Space.com Managing Editor Tariq Malik on NASA's efforts to send astronauts on a journey around Mars.
Hundreds of Meltwater Streams Found Flowing Across Antarctica
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Huge swaths of Antarctica are awash in draining meltwater during the summer months, the first-ever continent-wide survey of meltwater shows. Although past studies revealed that portions of Antarctica's Western Peninsula were melting at an alarming rate, most scientists believed the rest of the continent did not face extensive melting during Antarctica's ephemeral summer months. "This is not in the future — this is widespread now, and has been for decades," lead author Jonathan Kingslake, a glaciologist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, said in a statement.
How's Your Peripheral Vision?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Try these tests to find out!
Skip Your Run Today? Science Says You Can (Partly) Blame Your Friends
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Researchers analyzed information from more than 1 million people worldwide who tracked their exercise sessions with fitness trackers for more than five years, and shared their activity with friends over a social network. The researchers found that every extra 10 minutes that a person's friends ran on a given day caused that person to run for an extra 3 minutes that day. What's more, every additional kilometer run by a person's friends influenced that person to run an additional 0.3 kilometers.
‘Flying car’ takes flight, cleared for sale and rec use
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kitty Hawk unveils its ‘flying car’ aircraft, cleared by FAA and to be made available to public by end of the year. Project backed by Google co-founder Larry Page
Obama makes first public remarks since leaving office
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Leading a panel discussion at the University of Chicago, the former president said that he is hoping to inspire young leaders and “help them take a crack at changing the world.”
Physicist and ex
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Rush Holt Jr., the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, talks to Yahoo News about what science supporters can do now that the March for Science is over.
How Trump's Syria strike could affect North Korea, Egypt attacks must not divide Christians and Muslims, Improving protection of older people'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
"The bombing of one of Bashar al-Assad’s airfields must have sent premonitions through the minds of Kim Jong-un and his generals: they could be next," states an editorial. "The deployment of significant American naval assets to the South China Sea must also represent evidence to the North Korean leadership that Donald Trump wants to send a message to all of his nation’s enemies in the world: don’t mess with America.... The more the North Koreans believe he might [bomb North Korea], the more circumspect they ought to be.
Strange Quarks at Large Hadron Collider Shed Light on Universe's 'Primordial Soup' Just After the Big Bang
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By observing collisions at the Large Hadron Collider, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)—one of the world’s largest scientific research organizations—are learning more about the “primordial soup” that existed just after the Big Bang . In experiments, scientists have now shown proton collisions can produce a large number of strange particles—the first time this has been observed in collisions with anything other than heavy nuclei. A few billionths of a second after the Big Bang—currently the most widely accepted theory of how the universe was formed—elementary particles, including protons and neutrons, did not exist.
Aaron Hernandez's Brain Will Be Studied for CTE
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The brain of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez will be donated to an academic center that studies a brain disorder linked to playing football, according to Massachusetts officials. Hernandez, who was 27 and serving a life sentence in prison for murder, was found dead in his prison cell shortly after 3 a.m. on Wednesday (April 19), according to a statement from Joseph D. Early Jr., the district attorney of Worcester County in Massachusetts, who aided in the investigation of Hernandez's death. Although Hernandez's body was released on Wednesday, officials withheld some of his tissues, including his brain, until the cause of his death could be determined.
Deep sea mining could help develop mass solar energy – is it worth the risk?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists investigating an underwater mountain have found lots of tellurium, a mineral used in some solar panels.
The ESA’s dramatic video shows why space junk is such a big problem
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In this video, the European Space Agency takes us from outer space to Earth, depicting the exponentially worsening space debris problem along the way. Without a solution, humanity may soon find space travel impossible.
How Bright Lights May Help Wake Patients from a Coma
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Could shining bright lights on comatose patients to encourage their natural circadian rhythms help them awaken? A small study from Austria says yes. The body's ability to awaken from a coma after severe brain injury is tied to its maintenance of its natural circadian rhythms, according to the study, which included 18 patients in various unconscious states.
Tour London's Natural History Museum in VR with David Attenborough
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
You'll soon be able to take a hands-on tour of London's Natural History Museum with famed naturalist Sir David Attenborough, right from the comfort of your couch. The new project combines interactive virtual-reality (VR) technology with a TV documentary, in which a hologram of Attenborough takes viewers "behind the glass" at the museum. According to Sky, the European entertainment company behind the VR experience, the interactive technology will allow users to hold, tilt and peer inside the museum's collection of objects.
'Better you than me,' Trump tells record
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
US President Donald Trump congratulated NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson for setting a new space record on Monday, but expressed disdain for a particular rigor of space life -- drinking recycled urine. Whitson, 57, marked 534 days in orbit and counting on Monday, beating NASA's previous record-holder Jeff Williams, but remains still far short of the world title, which belongs to Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka with his 879 days. "This is a very special day in the glorious history of American spaceflight," Trump said in a phone call to space, broadcast live on NASA television.
Liberty University opens a 'digital detox center'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Jerry Falwell Jr. explains on 'Fox & Friends' how the university is helping people get over tech addiction
Wooden Figurines 'Weave' at Tiny Looms Placed in Ancient Grave
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Tiny wooden figurines have stood upright "weaving" at appropriately sized looms for more than 2,100 years in a Chinese tomb containing the remains of a middle-age woman, a new study finds. The discovery of the miniature scene astonished archaeologists, who were surveying an area slated for subway construction in Chengdu, a city in China's southwestern Sichuan province, in 2013. The looms may be small — the largest is about the size of a child's toy piano — but they're the earliest evidence on record of looms that could be used to weave patterns, the researchers said.
A devastating eruption made thick, silvery 'Venus' hair' grow all over an underwater volcano
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Wavy-haired mats of bacteria cover the ocean floor for kilometres around the Tagoro volcano near the Canary Islands, whose summit lies about 130 metres under the sea surface. This silvery hair-like material turned out to be made of bacteria, according to a paper in Nature Ecology and Evolution. The researchers named it Thiolava veneris, Latin for Venus' hair.
What Has 1,800 Teeth and a Suction Cup? A New Clingfish Species
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Nettorhamphos radula is a brand-new species found in a specimen jar from the 1970s in the collection of the Western Australian Museum in Welshpool, Australia. "It's the teeth that really gave away the fact that this is a new species," fish taxonomist Kevin Conway, one of the discoverers of the new fish and a professor at Texas A&M University, said in a statement. Clingfish are known for the suction-cup-like disk on their bellies, an appendage that lets them stick to surfaces in the face of forces of up to 150 times their own body weight.
At least global warming may get Americans off the couch more
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Global warming's milder winters will likely nudge Americans off the couch more in the future, a rare, small benefit of climate change, a new study finds. With less chilly winters, Americans will be more ...
Treasure trove of bronze and copper reveals incredible speed of flash Inca invasion
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Around 1450 CE, the Incas attacked so fast that many of the Colla people of the hill fort of Ayawiri in Peru didn't have time to take their valuables with them as they abandoned their homes. Putting a number on how quickly people abandoned settlements hundreds of years ago is tricky using methods like radiocarbon dating, which are not very precise on those time scales.
Taking the Leap: Archerfish Snag More Prey with Amazing Jumps
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Archerfish launch well-aimed water jets to stun their insect prey — but that's not the only trick in their hunting arsenal. Recently, scientists captured high-speed video of the leaping fish, documenting the fin and tail techniques that propel the fish upward. Analysis of the archerfish's body movements offered insights into how they could jump so high — more than twice their own body length — to reach their prey.
Beloved 600
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
BERNARDS, N.J. (AP) — A white oak tree that has watched over a New Jersey community and a church for hundreds of years began its final bow Monday as crews began its removal and residents fondly remembered the go-to spot for formal photos, landmark for driving directions and the remarkable piece of natural history.
Pelosi, Schumer urge Trump to butt out of budget negotiations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Chuck Schumer says President Trump’s insistence on border wall funding is a “monkey wrench” that’s bungling a bipartisan spending agreement.
‘Better you than me’: Trump commends astronauts for converting urine into drinking water
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump held a video conference with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station on Monday, in part to congratulate Commander Peggy Whitson on her record-setting 535th day in space.
Civil War
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Dozens of Civil War-era cannonballs unearthed at a Pittsburgh construction site will be removed by a Maryland firm. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2oEtKnf ) reports Ordnance Holdings Inc., ...
How Trump's Syria strike could affect North Korea, Egypt attacks must not divide Christians and Muslims, Improving protection of older people'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
"The bombing of one of Bashar al-Assad’s airfields must have sent premonitions through the minds of Kim Jong-un and his generals: they could be next," states an editorial. "The deployment of significant American naval assets to the South China Sea must also represent evidence to the North Korean leadership that Donald Trump wants to send a message to all of his nation’s enemies in the world: don’t mess with America.... The more the North Koreans believe he might [bomb North Korea], the more circumspect they ought to be.
Now on the threshold of the French presidency, who is Marine Le Pen?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
When Marine Le Pen was a child growing up in Paris, her friends never slept over – their parents wouldn’t allow it. Ms. Le Pen describes in her autobiography, “A Contre Flots,” or “Against the Current,” a childhood that was full of insults, suffering, and injustice – all simply because of her family name. Recommended: More than Bastille, Bonaparte, and brie: Test your knowledge of France with our quiz!
This Dingo Has the World's Most Interesting Genome
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The wild-born, pure Australian desert dingo recently took first place in the World's Most Interesting Genome competition, and will have her DNA decoded thanks to the Pacific Biosciences SMRT Grant Program. Sandy's DNA could offer researchers insight into the process of domestication, according to project leader Bill Ballard, an evolutionary biologist at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). As a rare, wild-born pure dingo, she provides a unique case study," Ballard, who submitted the bid to sequence Sandy's DNA, said in a statement.
LSD microdoses make people feel sharper, and scientists want to know how
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
William Joel / The Verge
Facebook's killer problem
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Can violent video be policed?
Tomb Full of Mummies Unearthed at Luxor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Several mummies and more than 1,000 figurines have been discovered at an ancient cemetery located at Luxor in Egypt, archaeologists reported. A team of archaeologists with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities uncovered the funerary complex during the ministry's ongoing excavations at the site. The funerary complex contains multiple tombs that were originally built for a man named Userhat, who was a judge in Luxor sometime during what modern-day archaeologists call Egypt's New Kingdom (1550–1070 B.C.) period, the ministry said in a statement.
Geeks v government
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The technology which underpins the internet's security has always been disputed.
Hash browns recalled due to 'golf ball materials'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Commentary: McCain Foods announces that Harris Teeter and Roundy's frozen hash browns might have been contaminated with Titleists.
Weird clouds may have inspired 'The Scream': scientists
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The psychedelic clouds in Edvard Munch's iconic "The Scream" have alternatively been interpreted as a metaphor for mental anguish or a literal depiction of volcanic fallout. On Monday, scientists hypothesised that the Norwegian painter's inspiration may in fact have been rare clouds which form in cold places at high altitude. The first version of "The Scream" was released in 1893.