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Tainted Food Fear Spurs New Breed of Chinese Farmer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Organic farms and startups transform the rural landscape after decades of urban migrants abandoning the land
Jaxon Identifies High Conductivity Anomaly Under High
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - May 24, 2017) - Jaxon Minerals Inc. (TSXV: JAX) (FSE: 0U3) ("Jaxon" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has purchased and received data from the 2012 Geotech VTEM resistivity/conductivity and magnetics airborne survey (464 line kilometre) flown at the company's Hazelton VMS target, 50 kms northwest of Smithers, British Columbia. Previous operators at the property had commissioned the survey but failed to complete final payment. Jaxon has ...
Electric vehicles are now the cleanest cars in America
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Electric vehicles have been billed as the sustainable alternative to gas-guzzling cars. But that hasn't always been the case, particularly when coal-fired electricity is used to recharge the battery. Yet with solar and wind power booming in the U.S., and natural gas supplanting coal, the low-carbon EV dream is finally becoming a reality, a new analysis says. Automakers are also unveiling new and better electric car models, making it easier to ditch gasoline-fueled cars. Electric vehicles are now "unequivocally" the cleanest cars in the country, based on a national average, the research and journalism group Climate Central reported on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: Tesla plans to double its charging network by the end of the year That's an improvement over the group's previous analysis, which found that a fully gas-powered hybrid car was better for the environment than an electric car, based on the national average, over 100,000 miles of driving. "In more and more of the country, new electric cars are becoming the greenest option on the market, even when you consider the source of the electricity they use," Eric Larson, an energy systems analyst at Climate Central and the report's lead author, said in a press release. Image: climate central"More electric car choices are coming online, and the country has been gradually reducing the carbon intensity of electrical grids in recent years," he said. "That means Americans now have many more options if they want to drive cleaner cars." The analysis updates previous reports and is posted on a new interactive website, Climate-Friendly Cars. Visitors can search by U.S. state to see how all-electric, plug-in hybrids, and conventional battery hybrids compare from an environmental standpoint. The climate-friendliness of a particular model varies from state to state, since the best types of car are still determined by the local electric grid. In 37 states, an all-electric car emits fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to the most fuel-efficient gas-powered car, over the first 100,000 miles driven. But in 13 fossil fuel-dependent states, a gas-powered car is still the cleanest choice for car owners, the Climate Central analysis found. The climate-friendliest cars in New York, for the current model year only.Image: Climate centralEV drivers aren't limited to the Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model X, two early popular models of all-electric cars. For instance, in a state like New York, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, BMW i3 BEV 60 ah, Fiat 500e and VW e-Golf also rank among the climate-friendliest options. Thanks to the growing variety, at least five all-electric car models are more climate friendly in 28 states compared to the "greenest" gas-powered car in that state, the report found. Within 24 states, plug-in hybrids, which can run on either gasoline or an electric charge, are also among the top environmentally friendly options. States where electric cars are by far the best option for the climate include California, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington. Among the states where gas-powered cars are still the lowest-emissions options, thanks to their big base of coal-fired power plants, are Indiana, Kentucky, North Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia.  WATCH: Watch a Tesla Model X drive itself to the office
U.S. farm groups oppose Trump's cuts to ag spending
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
U.S. farm groups on Tuesday pushed back against President Donald Trump's proposal to slash agriculture spending, viewing it as a fresh threat to a struggling farm economy. U.S. Agriculture Department Secretary Sonny Perdue said there was no "sugarcoating" the budget proposal, which could lead to the elimination of 5,263 jobs at the department if implemented, or about 5 percent of its workforce. Farmers in the U.S. agricultural heartland overwhelmingly supported Trump last November and are struggling with low crop prices that are hurting incomes.
Trump's Fiscal Plans for NASA
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
While the space agency would see cuts across most of its programs, it has been spared the worst compared to the government’s other research agencies.
DeVos grilled by Democrats on public school cuts, private school discrimination
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Democratic legislators pressed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in her first public testimony since a contentious confirmation process. DeVos was answering questions on the White House budget proposal in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. The budget proposal has been criticized by some for making deep cuts to public education to fund school choice voucher programs such as those that DeVos promoted in her home state of Michigan.
CBO: 23 million more Americans would be uninsured under House bill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
After the Congressional Budget Office released its estimate of the AHCA's costs, senators kept grappling with the challenges of crafting an alternative.
Flynn should respond to subpoenas, Republican Senator says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., finds it troubling that President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn hasn’t been more cooperative with the Senate investigation into Russia’s interference with the U.S. election. “There’s so much we don’t know about Michael Flynn but it looks really, really troubling and obviously Michael Flynn should be responding to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s subpoenas,” Sasse said in Wednesday interview with Yahoo News anchor Bianna Golodryga.
Rouhani's election victory in Iran was dramatic, but how deep did it go?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Dancing in the streets to the powerful beats from car sound systems – on virtually the one day every four years that such spontaneous public parties are tolerated – Iranians joyously celebrated the reelection of their hero, President Hassan Rouhani. Mr. Rouhani has promised greater freedoms and vowed to reconnect Iran to the world, and as voters celebrated, they chanted for the release of opposition leaders. Recommended: How much do you know about Iran?
FYI, Jessica Simpson Is Definitely Not Pregnant or Having Another Baby
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
And she's got the IUD to prove it.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Take Their Kids On a Totally Normal Family Trip to Disneyland
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
It's the first time the reality star and her husband have been spotted together in a month.
This Woman's Viral Post About Being a "Bad Mom" Is So Relatable
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
And what Constance Hall learned from a therapist is something every mom should keep in mind.
19 People Reveal the Exact Moment When They Knew They Were In Love
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
From bird poop to curse words and class time in calculus, it's pretty shocking what actually makes sparks fly these days.
This App Lets You Turn Your Baby Bump Into a Work of Art
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Now you're a bonafide Picasso.
Health Benefits of Wine: What It Can (and Can't) Do for You
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. In case you hadn’t already marked your calendar, Thursday, May 25, is National Wine Day. Before you get too carried away...
How the Microsoft Surface Pro compares to Apple's best
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The new Microsoft Surface Pro laptop-tablet hybrid is an impressive-looking device that should have Apple looking over its shoulder.
Siberia: Ancient grave reveals 'dancing' skeleton tied up after death in ritual burial
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In the Russian Far East, in the province of Primorsky Krai, archaeologists have unearthed a strange-looking skeleton, that of a man in his thirties. The team of archaeologists had been working at the site conducting emergency excavations after serious flooding occurred in 2013.
Five surprising ways holograms are revolutionising the world
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
From military mapping to brain imaging, holograms are no longer relegated to your bank card.
You Can Buy a Replica of Carl Sagan's Famous Pioneer Plaque
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A piece of human history explaining humans worth celebrating.
Whales Weren’t Always The Giants We Know Them To Be
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Until as recently as 4.5 million years ago, the marine mammals were no longer than about 33 feet, a third the size of the biggest whales today.
World's Largest Aircraft Completes Successful Test Flight
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A massive airship dubbed the Airlander 10 recently completed a successful test flight, bringing the helium-filled behemoth one step closer to commercial use. It is designed to stay aloft at altitudes of up to 20,000 feet (6,100 meters) for up to five days when manned, according to Hybrid Air Vehicles, the company that built the aircraft. On May 10, the Airlander 10 flew for a total of 180 minutes to test the aircraft's handling, improved landing technology and more, according to Hybrid Air Vehicles.
The best way to get children to understand evolution is to teach genetics first, finds study
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Researchers find striking results from a large study of secondary school students.
Alaska aquiver: State hosts plate tectonics research effort
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the other 49 states combined, and America's shakiest state is about to have its ground examined like never before. A federal agency that supports basic science research is completing installation in Alaska of an array of seismometers as part of its quest to map the Earth's upper crust beneath North America. When the magnitude 9.2 Great Alaska Earthquake ripped through the state in 1964, there were two seismometers in Alaska.
Russia's Gigantic New Submarine Has Enormous "Wings"
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The submarine will be twice as long as a jumbo jet.
How the Zika virus stealthily swept the Americas
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Nearly a year since the Zika virus outbreak arrived in Miami, scientists say they've learned new details about how the mosquito-born virus emerged and spread throughout the Americas. Researchers sequenced nearly 200 Zika virus genomes to see how the virus mutated and traveled over time. These genetic blueprints shed new light on a poorly understood epidemic that's affected thousands of people in recent years. "We used [genomes] to investigate the timing and path of how Zika spread in a way that had not yet been possible, until now," Browyn Macinnis, an associate director at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, said this week on a press call. SEE ALSO: This frog's slime can destroy flu viruses Macinnis is the lead author of one of three Zika-related papers published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. All studies found the virus spread unnoticed for many months before transmission was detected. Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen through a microscope in Recife, Brazil.Image: mario tama/Getty ImagesZika is an RNA virus that mutates and evolves at a fairly high rate, which makes its genetic data like a trail of bread crumbs that scientists can follow. For the studies, researchers collected Zika virus genomes from infected patients and Aedes aegypti mosquitos in 10 countries.  The studies detailed where the Zika outbreak began and how it moved across the region. The virus likely began circulating in northeast Brazil around late 2013 or early 2014 – months before it was detected and an outbreak established. Soon, local mosquitos began transmitting the virus to Brazilians, including pregnant women. That likely spurred a rise in newborns with microcephaly, or an unusually small skull. From northeast Brazil, Zika traveled south to major population centers, including São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and spread throughout South America, Central America, and Caribbean countries. The Caribbean was Zika's main pathway to the continental United States, where the virus also circulated undetected for several months. A woman hugs her 5-month-old son, who has microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil.Image: mario tama/Getty ImagesZika likely arrived in Florida in the spring of 2016, though the first cases of local mosquito-born transmission weren't reported until July, said Kristian Andersen, a lead author on one of the Nature studies and an assistant professor at the Scripps Research Institute.  The leap from Caribbean to continental U.S. likely happened around 30 to 40 times, meaning it wasn't a lone mosquito that sparked the outbreak. "It's not a one-off event. This is something that keeps happening over and over again," Andersen said on the press call. In Florida, 218 cases of Zika were acquired through local mosquito-born transmission last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Six additional cases were acquired locally in Brownsville, Texas. Another 4,830 cases were reported across the U.S. last year, but all of those were travel-related infections, meaning people acquired the virus while visiting another country, the CDC reported. Forty-six more cases were acquired through sexual transmission. A Dec. 2, 2016, map of South Florida.Image: CDCAndersen said the Miami and Brownsville areas face the highest risk of a Zika outbreak, while remaining swaths of the continental U.S. are unlikely to see a significant outbreak. That's because southern Florida and parts of southern Texas have a year-round population of Aedes aegypti mosquitos, the main species that transmits Zika and other viruses like dengue and chikungunya. In the rest of the country, the mosquitos only appear during certain months, giving them fewer opportunities to spread the virus. Miami is also a major destination for people living in Caribbean countries, where the Zika virus thrived. Local officials in the U.S. and throughout the Americas have since taken drastic steps to limit the Zika outbreak, including by spraying insecticides and issuing travel warnings for pregnant women in affected areas. Scientists are still working to develop a vaccine for the Zika virus, although the new genome sequences reported on Wednesday may help advance that research. The sequences reveal parts of the virus likely to mutate and resist the vaccine, Andersen said. "We need to know what the virus looks like so we can target the vaccine against that," he told reporters. "Sequencing gives you the blueprint of the virus." WATCH: These worms may solve the plastic waste problem
Pope Francis just threw some serious papal shade at Donald Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's well known that Pope Francis and President Donald Trump don't exactly see eye-to-eye on global climate change.  The pope recognizes the issue as a moral and religious challenge that must be addressed in order to make progress in alleviating poverty and other global goals.  And Trump, well, he doesn't think global warming exists in the first place.  SEE ALSO: Pope Francis convenes world's mayors to discuss global warming In other words, there is a chasm between them on this issue. If anything, the differences sharpened in the days leading up to Trump's visit to the Vatican on Wednesday, with Trump still dithering on whether to keep the U.S. within the Paris Climate Agreement, which Francis supports.  In addition, Trump proposed a budget on Tuesday that would decimate climate science research across the federal government, making it harder for scientists to keep tabs on the changing planet.  It's against this backdrop that Pope Francis handed Trump a copy of his 2015 climate change letter, "Laudato Si: On the Care of the Common Home." This was as awkward as it looks.Image: Pool/AGF/REX/ShutterstockFrancis also gave Trump copies of his other official writings, and signed a message of peace that he had issued. "Well I'll be reading them," the president said, according to a White House pool report. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who spoke to reporters aboard Air Force One as it flew from Rome to Brussels, said it's unclear if climate change came up during Trump's audience with the pope.  However, it did come up in a meeting between Trump and the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. “I don’t know in the meeting with the pope, but it did come up with Cardinal Parolin," Tillerson said. "We did have a good exchange on the climate change issue.”  “The cardinal was expressing their view that they think it's an important issue. I think they were encouraging continued participation in the Paris accord," Tillerson said.  "But we had a good exchange [about] the difficulty of balancing addressing climate change, responses to climate change, and ensuring that you still have a thriving economy and you can still offer people jobs so they can feed their families and have a prosperous economy. And that’s a difficult balancing act to take, and so I think we had a good exchange there, and we look forward to having further talks with them on climate policy.”  WATCH: NASA timelapse shows just how quickly our Arctic sea ice is disappearing
Spacewalking astronauts pull off urgent station repairs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Spacewalking astronauts have successfully completed urgent repairs at the International Space Station
Trump budget chief faces sharp questions during House hearing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In testimony before the House Budget Committee Wednesday, the president’s budget director faced pointed questions from members of both parties.
NATO chief wants allies to ‘step up’ in fight against ISIS after Manchester bombing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The head of NATO cited the Manchester bombing as evidence that member states of the international coalition are not doing enough to fight ISIS and other terrorist groups.
DeVos grilled by Democrats on public school cuts, private
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Democratic legislators pressed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in her first public testimony since a contentious confirmation process.
Dog stuck on 400
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MOUNT MORRIS, N.Y. (AP) — A dog stuck about half-way down a 400-foot cliff in a western New York gorge has been rescued by a police officer who had to use ropes to reach the stranded canine.
No Joke: Unconscious man rode on car's trunk for miles
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When police pulled over a Tennessee couple and told them a body was lying on the trunk of their car, they thought it was a joke — until they got out to look.
Manchester’s lesson about fragile states
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
One connection between Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber in Manchester, England, and most of his victims was their youthful fragility. According to British authorities, he was recently in Libya, home to a branch of Islamic State (ISIS). Much of the world’s struggle against terrorism involves either protecting or preventing fragility – and not only in people.
Adam Schiff: Why Congress needs to go forward with own Russia investigations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
In one way, the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Russia investigation could greatly hamper parallel investigations in Congress. Witnesses may well resist appearing before congressional committees for fear of incriminating themselves, knowing that Mr. Mueller, the former FBI director appointed by the Department of Justice, is on the hunt for criminal wrongdoing.
How a forlorn playground became one of America’s most innovative public spaces
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Day after day in this heavily Latino and African-American neighborhood, she’d come to this sorry spot ridden with hypodermic needles and gin bottles, its swings shredded by pit bulls trained to improve their jaw strength by hanging from the seats. “I’d be thinking, ‘What’s that white lady think she’s going to do in this neighborhood?” Ms. Cerda, who is Native American, recalls. Ms. Maher, whose rubber gardening boots complement the yellow rubber bands fastened around the pigtails she still wears in her mid-50s, is an urban visionary – a playground-whisperer who stubbornly believes that the most beautiful and enlightened public spaces, especially playgrounds, not only belong in the most disadvantaged communities but also can be designed, built, managed, and programmed by the people who live there.
How to Marinate Meat Safely
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, many Americans will be firing up their backyard grills for the first ...
10 Fun Piña Colada
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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Beekeepers think AI that targets mites can save us from the ‘beepocalypse’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A concerned team of beekeepers from Sweden has proposed a plan to save bees. They want to develop an AI-powered app called BeeScanning, which would analyze images of beehives to spot harmful mites.
Nasa 2018 budget highlights: Human spaceflight takes priority as education misses out
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Nasa's budget proposal for 2018 has been released by the space agency revealing what's in store for future missions and what projects could be stalled. In terms of its missions, Nasa has chosen to prioritise human spaceflight and exploration of the solar system over Earth sciences and educational outreach programmes. In simple terms, Nasa is pushing for an aggressive space outreach programme where it wants a successful manned mission to anything beyond what humankind has achieved as soon as possible.
In jest, Pope Francis asks Melania Trump if she feeds pastries to the president
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In a nod to the first lady’s native country, the pope asked Melania Trump if she gives the president a food called potica.
Obama should have confronted Russians on hacking, Democratic House intel leader says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Adam Schiff’s surprisingly sharp critique of the Obama administration came during a breakfast meeting with reporters in which he signaled that the House committee — like its Senate counterpart — plans to subpoena documents from Michael Flynn and his businesses. The former Trump White House national security adviser has refused requests for the documents, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Paul Ryan says James Comey is no ‘nut job’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
House Speaker Paul Ryan said that former FBI Director James Comey is not a “nut job” during an on-stage conversation at the Axios News Shapers event in Washington.
Large inflatable obstacle course stolen in Phoenix burglary
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police are investigating the theft of a large multicolored inflatable obstacle course.
Bear trying to get doughnuts tears off Colorado car bumper
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A bear trying to get doughnuts has ripped off the bumper of a car used to deliver doughnuts in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
As crisis intensifies, Venezuelans look beyond Chavísmo's sharp divides
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Emerlinda sits in the Caracas home where she’s lived for nearly five years, reflecting on how things have changed since 2013: the year Hugo Chávez died and his hand-picked successor Nicolás Maduro was elected. Like many of Venezuela’s poor, the domestic worker adored Mr. Chávez, the country’s self-professed messiah: He made it possible for her, a native Colombian, to gain Venezuelan citizenship, and his social policies put a roof over her head, and guaranteed her access to health care and an education. It was only logical, she says, to put her faith in President Maduro.
What Bio
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In 1Q17, Bio-Rad Laboratories’ (BIO) Life Science segment reported revenues of ~$174.3 million, which represents a YoY rise of ~5.1%.
China urges balance on environment, economy in Antarctica
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese leader on Tuesday urged international representatives to strike a "proper balance" between environmental and economic interests in Antarctica, as the frozen continent's vulnerability to climate change raises worries that some nations could seek to exploit its natural resources.