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How Neanderthals Got Their Unusually Large Brains
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Neanderthals had larger brains than modern humans do, and a new study of a Neanderthal child's skeleton now suggests this is because their brains spent more time growing. Modern humans are known for having unusually large brains for their size. It takes a lot of energy to develop such large brains, and previous research suggested that the high cost of modern-human brain development was a key reason why human growth in general is slow compared with that of other primates.
Earthquake Detected in North Korea Near Nuclear Test Site
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
South Korea said a magnitude 3.0 earthquake was detected in North Korea
'Hallelujah.' Family of Holly Bobo Thanks God After Guilty Verdict in Murder Case
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"She's waiting on the other side"
NASA Spacecraft to Slingshot Around Earth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
How do you reach an asteroid? With a little help from a friend, of course.
Time for the world to step up on Rohingya issue, Aung San Suu Kyi’s astounding hypocrisy, Irma’s destruction in Britain’s Caribbean islands, The
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“It is high time the world made an all-out effort to stop the ongoing pogrom against Myanmar’s minority Rohingya...,” writes Mohammad Amjad Hossain. “The pogrom resembles those crimes perpetrated against Jews.... The military junta of Myanmar torches Rohingya villages, stops aid to Rohingya camps, and restricts Rohingyas’ movement.... [The United Nations] secretary-general ... must send peace-keeping forces to Rakhine State.... The Security Council should consider imposing economic sanctions on Myanmar’s government as well.... Further bloodshed must be stopped and this manmade crisis resolved. “The hypocrisy of Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is astounding,” states an editorial.
Babies Learn Perseverance by Watching You Sweat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Babies who had just witnessed an adult struggle with a different kind of task a few seconds earlier, such as removing a key chain from a carabiner, tried harder to overcome their own little challenge, compared with babies who didn't witness such a struggle. The findings, published today (Sept. 21) in the journal Science, suggest there is "potential value in letting children 'see you sweat,'" the researchers wrote in their paper. Previous studies have shown that school-age children who persevere through modestly complicated tasks tend to be more successful academically later in life.
Scientists finally discovered why languages don’t have the same number of terms for colors
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
People with standard vision can see millions of distinct colors. But human language categorizes these into a small set of words. In an industrialized culture, most people get by with 11 color words: black, white, red, green, yellow, blue, brown, orange, pink, purple, and gray. That’s what we have in American English. Maybe if you’re…
4 Signs Your Relationship Will Last
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
According to a relationship expert
Fly me to the Moon: For some, lunar village takes shape
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By 2040, a hundred people will live on the Moon, melting ice for water, 3D-printing homes and tools, eating plants grown in lunar soil, and competing in low-gravity, "flying" sports. To those who mock such talk as science fiction, experts such as Bernard Foing, ambassador of the European Space Agency-driven "Moon Village" scheme, reply the goal is not only reasonable but feasible too. At a European Planetary Science Congress in Riga this week, Foing spelt out how humanity could gain a permanent foothold on Earth's satellite, and then expand.
Will the World End Tomorrow? Life Is Hard to Wipe Out
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Doomsday predictors may think that the tomorrow, September 23, marks the beginning of the end, but scientists have other views.
U.S. Considers Limiting Military Ties to Myanmar Over Rohingya Crisis
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Trump Administration is considering limiting U.S. ties with Myanmar’s military in response to its recent violence against the country’s Rohingya Muslims.
Another mass extinction event is on its way, warns MIT scientist
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A geophysics professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claims he’s just run the math… and we’re on our way to what he refers to as a mass extinction event. Here's why.
Police: Stolen RV recovered with about 10 dogs still inside
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — Police in western Washington state say they've recovered a stolen motor home and reunited its owner with about 10 dogs that were inside.
Time for the world to step up on Rohingya issue, Aung San Suu Kyi’s astounding hypocrisy, Irma’s destruction in Britain’s Caribbean islands, The
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“It is high time the world made an all-out effort to stop the ongoing pogrom against Myanmar’s minority Rohingya...,” writes Mohammad Amjad Hossain. “The pogrom resembles those crimes perpetrated against Jews.... The military junta of Myanmar torches Rohingya villages, stops aid to Rohingya camps, and restricts Rohingyas’ movement.... [The United Nations] secretary-general ... must send peace-keeping forces to Rakhine State.... The Security Council should consider imposing economic sanctions on Myanmar’s government as well.... Further bloodshed must be stopped and this manmade crisis resolved. “The hypocrisy of Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is astounding,” states an editorial.
Who Is Frida Sofia? Mexico Shocked at the Truth Behind Girl 'Trapped' in Rubble
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Officials now say she never really existed
The Trump Administration Could Change How its Travel Ban Works
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Administration is considering replacing the travel ban with more narrowly tailored travel and screening restrictions.
A Federal Agency Just Put America's Solar Power Industry in Danger
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The ultimate decision will fall to President Trump
Fall 2017 Facts And Trivia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Sept. 22 marks the beginning of fall in the U.S. on the autumnal equinox.
The Search for Mexico's Earthquake Survivors Enters a Fourth Day
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Survivors are still being pulled from rubble in Mexico City
56% of Americans Prefer Obamacare to the New GOP Health Care Plan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A new poll finds that 56% of Americans prefer the Affordable Care Act
Lindsey Graham and John McCain Are Still Best Friends Even After His Health Care Decision
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"My friendship with @SenJohnMcCain is not based on how he votes"
Etching of German rifle ground off AK
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MOSCOW (AP) — Just days after a monument honoring AK-47 designer Mikhail Kalashnikov was unveiled in Moscow, workers have removed a part of it that showed a German weapon that many believe inspired the renowned assault rifle.
Time for the world to step up on Rohingya issue, Aung San Suu Kyi’s astounding hypocrisy, Irma’s destruction in Britain’s Caribbean islands, The
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“It is high time the world made an all-out effort to stop the ongoing pogrom against Myanmar’s minority Rohingya...,” writes Mohammad Amjad Hossain. “The pogrom resembles those crimes perpetrated against Jews.... The military junta of Myanmar torches Rohingya villages, stops aid to Rohingya camps, and restricts Rohingyas’ movement.... [The United Nations] secretary-general ... must send peace-keeping forces to Rakhine State.... The Security Council should consider imposing economic sanctions on Myanmar’s government as well.... Further bloodshed must be stopped and this manmade crisis resolved. “The hypocrisy of Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is astounding,” states an editorial.
Why Facebook Will Struggle to Regulate Political Ads
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Disclosure rules for funding political ads are murky. Now Facebook wants to regulate itself.
Here's the One Thing President Trump Did That Most Americans Agree With
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
More than 70% of people surveyed said they approved of this action
Students Chant 'Get Out' During James Comey's Speech at Howard University
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Footage from the scene shows Comey attempting to speak to the audience amid considerable shouting
Sorry Skeptics: The Earth Is Still Warming
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Despite a frenzy of articles in the conservative press, climate change is as real as ever.
Rand Paul: GOP's 'Fake Repeal' Health Bill Is Setting Up a 'Perpetual Food Fight'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Trump called out the bill's opponents on Twitter
Readers write: The work of downsizing, evidence of climate change, hopeful coverage on famine
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Regarding the Aug. 21 Monitor Daily story “Home prices, and a thought shift, give ‘small living’ a boost”: Interesting concept. My friend has done it, downsizing and living in a tiny apartment. Decluttering would be a two-month, full-time job, which I haven’t been willing to devote myself to at this point.
Time for the world to step up on Rohingya issue, Aung San Suu Kyi’s astounding hypocrisy, Irma’s destruction in Britain’s Caribbean islands, The
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“It is high time the world made an all-out effort to stop the ongoing pogrom against Myanmar’s minority Rohingya...,” writes Mohammad Amjad Hossain. “The pogrom resembles those crimes perpetrated against Jews.... The military junta of Myanmar torches Rohingya villages, stops aid to Rohingya camps, and restricts Rohingyas’ movement.... [The United Nations] secretary-general ... must send peace-keeping forces to Rakhine State.... The Security Council should consider imposing economic sanctions on Myanmar’s government as well.... Further bloodshed must be stopped and this manmade crisis resolved. “The hypocrisy of Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is astounding,” states an editorial.
Florida Public Employees Lost Their Jobs Because They Didn't Come to Work During Hurricane Irma
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"It was like a sledgehammer hit me right between the eyes"
'Game Plan to Survive.' Teen Gets Locked in Cave for 60 Hours With No Cellphone Signal
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Fellow spelunking club members didn't realize Lukas Cavar was still inside
The Republican Health Bill Is Targeting Votes From These Two States
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The bill is stuffed with language making some states winners and others losers
Autumn Equinox 2017: Why Friday Is the First Day of Fall
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
That means upcoming shorter days and longer nights
Trump Said China Told Banks to Stop Dealing With North Korea. China Says That's Not True
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea's foreign trade
Woman, her boyfriend were involved in alleged murder
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Valerie McDaniel and Leon Jacob, prosecutors say, were both involved in an alleged murder-for-hire plot to have both of their exes killed.
Archaeologists: More protections needed for Chaco region
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Archaeologists, professors and other researchers on Friday called for more protections of an expansive area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park, saying increased oil and gas development has the potential to destroy parts of the landscape that could provide a better understanding of the ancient civilization that once inhabited the region.
Ben Carson Breaks With President Trump and Endorses Roy Moore in Alabama Senate Race
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Trump endorsed Roy Moore's opponent, Sen. Luther Strange
NASA Is Providing Mexico With Aerial Data Of The Earthquake Site To Aid In Recovery
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA created an aerial map of the damage caused by the earthquake in Mexico to help with recovery work.
A look at troubling past of man whose girlfriend committed suicide: Part 2
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Leon Jacob was fired from a residency program and has been charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend Meghan.
What Would a Deal with North Korea Look Like?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Morning Must Reads: September 22
President Trump Says the Russian Facebook Ads Are Just Part of the Fake News 'Hoax'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Facebook has acknowledged Russian actors bought ads to influence the election
BYU Now Sells Caffeinated Soda On Campus and People Are Freaking Out
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The predominantly Mormon school decided not to sell soda back in the 1950s
NASA reveals what will happen when 'Planet X hits Earth' on September 23
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
High numbers of earthquakes and hurricanes a sign the Armageddon planet Nibiru will collide with our own this weekend, according to one Christian numerologist.
'Mentally Deranged.' Read Kim Jong Un's Entire Response to Donald Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In his statement, Kim calls Trump a 'dotard' and describes him as 'mentally deranged'
'We Could Do Better.' John McCain Says He Won't Back Republican Obamacare Repeal Bill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal"
What We Can Learn From The Ghostly Myths Behind The Northern Lights
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Aside from, say, a total solar eclipse, the celestial event that most easily sparks the human imagination is the aurora borealis, or the northern lights. As we kick off autumn (and, according to NASA, aurora season), we're exploring the role that the northern lights have played in people's lives throughout history. Given the brilliance of the northern lights, just about every group of ancient people who encountered them found the sight astounding and sought to ascribe it meaning.
After Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s Murder, His Widow Battles Deportation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
How one tech worker's story illuminates the plight of H-1B holders.
Hurricane topples 'Moon Tree' that was on Apollo mission
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Winds from Hurricane Irma have toppled a tiny tree that orbited the moon and later grew at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida
5 Lottery Winners Who Got in Trouble With the Law
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Including a Georgia lottery winner who used his jackpot to buy meth to sell