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John Glenn memorial plans abound on July birth date
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some plans to honor John Glenn didn't fly, but that hasn't stopped the late astronaut's devotees from pushing forward with other ideas.
Why Are There So Many Different Languages in the World?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Each time, I noticed that the language of the conversation would change from an indigenous language to something they knew I could understand, Bislama or English. Why is it that humans speak so many languages?
Missouri Woman Dies from Tick Bite: What Is Bourbon Virus?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A woman in Missouri recently died from a rare tick-borne illness called Bourbon virus disease, which was first identified only a few years ago. The woman, 58-year-old Tamela Wilson, began feeling unwell in late May, shortly after she'd spotted and removed two ticks from her body, CBS News reported. Soon, her health deteriorated further — she had severe headaches, pain and a light-red rash, and tests showed that she had a low white blood cell count.
The Senate GOP’s new Obamacare repeal plan is effectively dead
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A plan to cleanly repeal the Affordable Care Act appears to have failed in the Senate after three GOP lawmakers said they would not vote to proceed with the latest attempt to reform the health care system.
Trump disowns Obamacare again as GOP repeal plan effectively collapses
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president says that neither he nor Republicans are going to take the blame for problems related to America’s current health care law hours after the bill to repeal and replace it was rendered dead in the Senate.
Cheesemaker kicks up a stink over vanishing prize
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A British cheesemaker has offered a 500 pound ($652) reward for the recovery of 40 kilograms of prize-winning cheddar stolen from an agricultural show in south-west England. The award-winning cheddar and the reserve champion, each weighing 20 kilograms, were allegedly stolen on Saturday after being left in a marquee in Yeovil, not far from the village of Cheddar, after which the world-renowned cheese is named. The two blocks disappeared along with the certificates that prove their prize-winning quality which could raise their value.
Woman gives birth in Uber car on way to California hospital
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California mom says that when she prayed her fourth birth would be a fast one, she couldn't imagine it would happen in an Uber car on the way to the hospital.
Man kills raccoon with hammer after it bites him on head
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ARNOLD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man says he was attacked by a raccoon as he worked on his car outside his home, and killed the animal with the only weapon he had: a hammer.
Metamorphosis: Philadelphia street horrified as cockroaches invade
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Residents of a Philadelphia street were horrified when thousands of cockroaches emerged from a sewer drain, forming a swarm so big that it covered the street at one stage, according to city officials and local media on Tuesday. "There were thousands of them," resident Pat Wall told NBC10 television of the Sunday-night incident. "It was a horror story that I couldn't believe I was living." A small task force of city workers on Tuesday found the source of the infestation, a drain clogged with refuse, said John DiGiulio, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Water Department.
Shawarma – São Paulo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
On a Thursday morning in São Paulo, Ghazal Baranbo prepares for the lunch rush at her family’s restaurant. It looks like a well-choreographed dance, but four years ago Ms. Baranbo and Mr. Altinawi, refugees from Syria, could have never imagined they would own a successful Syrian restaurant in São Paulo, South America’s largest city. Recommended: How well do you know Brazil?
A toehold for peace in Syria
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
After six years of war, nearly 100,000 civilian casualties, and rising foreign intervention, Syria has a toehold on peace. A truce in southwest Syria, brokered on July 7 by Russia and the United States, has so far held up. While the silencing of guns may fail, it at least shows growing war fatigue and provides some hope for a reshaping of Syria by peaceful means.
What is stirring Russia's youth to rally around Alexei Navalny?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Mikhail Aralov is part of the biggest political surprise of the year in Russia. The 22-year-old student chef has been arrested twice in the past few months for taking part in unsanctioned protest rallies called by Russian opposition leader and aspiring presidential contender Alexei Navalny. Not only is Mr. Aralov unrepentant, he says he's ready to hit the streets again and again, until the Kremlin agrees to let Mr. Navalny run against Vladimir Putin in elections that are less than a year away.
South Carolina debuts a new model for bridging racial divides
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
In this rural outpost, a pair of statues collectively called “Reconciliation” celebrate two natives and their heritage, Jewish financier and presidential adviser Bernard Baruch and African-American baseball legend Larry Doby. The South’s stubborn, persistent history of racial prejudice is usually not so brazenly on display. In the wake of the mass shooting, he helped set up the South Carolina Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation at the University of South Carolina (USC), an initiative designed to encourage communities to address racism by building stronger alliances and friendships across racial lines.
Prevent Chafing, Blisters, and Other Summer Skin Troubles
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
When you’re exercising outside in the heat of midsummer, skin troubles like blisters and chafed thighs can be more than just a small annoyance. They can interfere with summer exercise and can som...
Senate ACA Replacement Plan Dead; Trump, McConnell Ask for Straight Repeal
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
In the weirdness that is the state of American politics in 2017, Congress is developing a flair for late night high drama. Last night, enough Senators spoke out against the Senate’s plan to repea...
Bavaria juggles support for diesel and clean city air
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
German regional economic powerhouse Bavaria agreed a slew of measures Tuesday designed to reduce harmful air pollution in cities without pulling diesel vehicles off its roads. Action by the conservative-ruled southern state, home to pillars of Germany's auto industry like BMW and Audi, comes as national politicians grapple with the fallout from schemes to cheat regulatory emissions tests. "We're leading the way in Germany with our measures for cleaner air," state premier Horst Seehofer said, vowing to achieve safe levels of nitrogen oxide in city air "as soon as possible".
Human Remains Found On Sunken WWII Bomber
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The underwater mission is a part of an effort by multiple agencies to make sure remains of missing airmen in past conflicts are sent back to their families.
Brown, lawmakers celebrate bipartisan cap
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's signature initiative to fight global warming will get another decade of life after lawmakers from both parties joined Gov. Jerry Brown in extending the law credited with reducing the state's carbon footprint.
Court orders Russia to pay Dutch 5.4 mln euros for Greenpeace ship
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Russia must pay 5.4 million euros ($6.25 million) in damages to the Netherlands for the 2013 seizure of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship during an oil drilling protest, international judges revealed Tuesday. The sums include 1.69 million euros for damage to the Dutch-flagged Arctic Sunrise, and 2.46 million euros for "the material damage" suffered by 30 Greenpeace activists and journalists detained by the Russian authorities.
WSJ torches Trump and Don Jr.: ‘They have created the appearance of a conspiracy’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board published a scathing assessment of President Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr.’s conduct in the wake of the fallout caused by the latter’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign.
Coulter won’t back down, sit down or pipe down on Delta seat mishap
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter is demanding answers after receiving sassy tweets from Delta Airlines in response to her complaints about having her seat reassigned on a flight from New York Laguardia to West Palm Beach, Florida, Saturday.
Pence turns up the heat on health care after Senate stalls
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Vice President Mike Pence delivered an energetic endorsement Tuesday of the Senate Republicans’ new approach to the Affordable Care Act: Repeal it now and figure out a replacement later.
Kamala Harris: The Democratic message is ‘telling the American public we see them’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said Democrats have a message “much bigger” than opposing President Trump and that the party is focused on telling Americans “we see them.”
New Senate proposal to repeal Obamacare is already on the brink of defeat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
After the implosion of the Senate Republicans’ plan for health care reform, top lawmakers are vowing to vote soon on a clean repeal of the Affordable Care Act, despite opposition from their own party.
Police: Man threatens to pull gun over wrong taco order
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he threatened to pull a gun on a taco shop employee for giving him the wrong order.
Police officer with stun gun sets naked man on fire
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Police say an officer using a stun gun to restrain a naked man accidentally set the man's chest hair and beard on fire.
Police helicopter crew recorded couple having sex, British court told
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
The crew of a police helicopter filmed people sunbathing in the nude, naturists at a campsite and even a couple having sex, a court in Britain was told on Tuesday, the BBC reported. South Yorkshire police officers Matthew Lucas, 42, and Lee Walls, 47, and pilots Matthew Loosemore, 45, and Malcolm Reeves, 64, each denied charges of misconduct in public office when they went on trial in Sheffield in the north of England.
A Woman Is Suing Disneyland After Getting Seriously Burned At A Restaurant
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
This dessert should probably be taken off the menu.
2 Senators Come Out Against ACA Replacement, Possibly Dooming Bill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Two Republican senators have added their names to the list of GOP lawmakers opposing the latest version of the bill to repeal and replace much of the Affordable Care Act. That means the bill will...
Fire ants can build complex towers to get out of trouble
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Some of the biggest scientific discoveries happen by accident. Velcro, X-rays, pace makers, vulcanized rubber—all were discovered by chance. Some of the smallest discoveries happen by accident too. Ant-sized ones. Scientists at Georgia Tech were trying to figure out how ants built themselves into towers to escape confinement or danger. They put a small pole…
Size key to top speed in animals: study
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It’s not quite E=mc2, but scientists unveiled Monday a simple, powerful formula that explains why some animals run, fly and swim faster than all others. Call it the "speed rule": strength alone does not determine top velocity because land mammals, birds and fish can only accelerate for as long as they can draw from available energy stored in muscle tissue. An intermediate body size -- think cheetah, falcon or marlin -- is optimal for hitting that sweet spot between brawn and energy burst, the researchers discovered.
Trump says GOP won’t give up on health care: ‘We will return!’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president is blaming the failure of the Senate bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on Democrats and “a few Republicans,” and vowing lawmakers will “come together” despite a bitter battle over the legislation.
Officials try to figure out why roaches swarmed from manhole
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Water Department is trying to figure out what caused thousands of cockroaches to emerge from a manhole and swarm a neighborhood.
Dog pulls baby deer from water to save it from drowning
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. (AP) — A dog that saw a baby deer in danger of drowning in New York jumped in and dragged it to shore.
Flood destroys entire cash contents of Wisconsin bank vault
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Flooding last week destroyed all the cash in the vault of a southeastern Wisconsin bank.
'Game of Thrones' crashes HBO Go servers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Fans took to social media in order to voice their complaints when HBO Go and HBO Now servers crashed during the live stream of the season 7 'Game of Thrones' premier
Why Are There So Many Languages Around The World?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
People currently speak 7,000 languages around the globe.
NASA Footage Shows Ultra High Definition View Of Europe From Space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Newly released footage from NASA shows an ultra high definition view of Europe as the International Space Station orbited 250 miles above the Earth.
New Mexico professor seeks to save moon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A New Mexico State University anthropology professor is on a mission to save moon-landing sites
US YouTube star in Thailand finds coin stunt falls flat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BANGKOK (AP) — An American expat in Thailand who is a YouTube star with 3.29 million subscribers is in hot water for posting a video of an age-old practice among kids: flattening coins on railroad tracks.
Congress toes a cautious line on support for commercial space partnerships
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of Congress spoke to space industry leaders on Capitol Hill last week to show their support for the private sector, but both sides expressed frustrations as well. At the sixth annual Future Space conference, U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, the Texas Republican who chairs the House Subcommittee on Space, spoke highly of private partnerships in space. He referred to the promise of asteroid mining twice during his talk, which is good news for Planetary Resources, a space startup based in Redmond, Wash. But Babin also told the gathering of more than 100 space industry professionals that the federal government… Read More
World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Bleaching has damaged the world's northernmost coral reef in Japan, a researcher said Tuesday, the latest example of a global phenomenon scientists have attributed to high ocean temperatures. Healthy coral reefs protect shores from storms and offer habitats for fish and other marine life, including ecologically and economically important species. About 30 percent of the coral reef off the coast of Tsushima island in Japan, which lies in the temperate zone some 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) southwest of Tokyo, suffered bleaching when Hiroya Yamano's research team observed the area last December.
Colorful photos show auroras dancing in skies around the world this weekend
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Green and purple curtains of light danced in the skies around the world this weekend.  The strong aurora showing was sparked by a mass of hot plasma burped from the sun and sent on a crash-course with Earth.  SEE ALSO: Beautiful timelapse of the southern lights is the most soothing thing you'll see all day While the auroras weren't particularly strong in New England and some other parts of the U.S., the curtains of light did put on a good show for people in the high latitudes of the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. Faint #aurora captured early this morning in Southampton, Ontario on Lake Huron during a brief break in the heavy cloud cover. July 17, 2017 pic.twitter.com/VEbAbwaN93 — Scott Rock (@scottrockphoto) July 17, 2017 Gorgeous aurora display south of Edmonton, Alberta tonight. @FOX23 @WeatherNation pic.twitter.com/nOZ2Gy2zcm — Greg McLaughlin (@tornadoGregMc) July 17, 2017 #Aurora time lapse from 7/16. @SleepingBearNPS @MidwestNPS @TamithaSkov @TweetAurora @AuroraNorthWI #FindYourPark @NatlParkService pic.twitter.com/fPdyx3AuwK — Scott S (@qtrocub) July 17, 2017 WOW! Northern Lights seen early this morning from Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota. Photo credit: John Cory Andrew. #Aurora #NorthernLights pic.twitter.com/pKMpXUZpui — Mark Tarello (@mark_tarello) July 17, 2017 Northern lights, cameras and little action: Clouds mar rare appearance for Aurora Borealis https://t.co/F08KQELzcl pic.twitter.com/hZSfoE2k0Z — CTV News (@CTVNews) July 17, 2017 Scientists in Antarctica even caught sight of the southern lights this weekend. Full moon illuminates Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station with Aurora Australis above https://t.co/neJWFznb1D @NSF @uw_icecube pic.twitter.com/IXuhNCkcFR — The Antarctic Report (@AntarcticReport) July 16, 2017 Auroras occur when streams of charged particles are sent out from the sun into the rest of the solar system. Those particles can impact Earth's magnetic field and get drawn down into the planet's upper atmosphere. Once in the atmosphere, those solar particles can interact with neutral particles, creating the glowing lights we call the auroras.  Most of the time, the auroras can only be seen in a relatively small part of the world because the bits of solar plasma are drawn down along magnetic field lines. But sometimes, when solar storms are more intense, the oval of the aurora can become larger, bathing other parts of the world in green, purple, and red light. Video: Dustin Dilworth/Storyful WATCH: Sleep right under the Northern Lights in this futuristic glass igloo
Why one guy can take rocks from the Grand Canyon but other people can't
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Geologist Andrew Snelling is hunting for evidence of Noah’s great flood. In his suit, Snelling quoted President Donald Trump’s executive order expanding freedom of religion, arguing that it was unconstitutional to forbid him from collecting rocks from the land. For most people, taking anything from a national park is prohibited.
California lawmakers extend landmark climate change law
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers voted Monday to extend a climate change initiative that Gov. Jerry Brown holds up as a model for states and nations looking to lower carbon emissions.
Social media genie won't go back in the bottle, so we must teach youngsters to use it wisely
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If children and teenagers are comfortable with social media, we should use it as a means to reach them and ensure they understand the do's and dont's.
20 million bacteria
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Verily, the life sciences branch of Alphabet (Google's parent company), has started releasing...
Elon, Forget Killer Robots. Focus on the Real AI Problems
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Elon Musk’s Fixation on Killer AI Distracts from Much More Immediate Problems with Smart Machines
Maryam Mirzakhani, Only Woman To Win The Fields Medal In Mathematics, Dead At 40
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Stanford University professor who was the first and only woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics, Maryam Mirzakhani, has died. Mirzakhani, who battled breast cancer, died on Saturday, the university announced. In 2014, Mirzakhani was one of four winners of the Fields Medal, which is presented every four years and is considered the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
California climate law touted as global model clears hurdle
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers moved closer Monday to renewing a climate initiative that Gov. Jerry Brown holds up as a model for confronting global warming to be replicated around the world.