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How Will We Live on the Moon? Just Ask ‘The Martian’ Author (8 photos)
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
For author Andy Weir, colonizing the moon isn’t a question of if, but when. In his 2011 science fiction novel, The Martian, which became a blockbuster movie starring Matt Damon, Weir geeked out on the possibility of exploring the red planet. His new novel, Artemis, out Nov....
Mystery Blocked Passage Discovered Near Mayan Temple Could Unlock Secrets of Ancient Civilization
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Archaeologists believe they have found a new passage into the never-before-seen bowels of a Mayan temple, from a nearby burial room, Mexican newspaper El Universal reports. The passageway begins in the ossuary—a ruined pyramid hiding a macabre bone vault—within the buildings of the historic Chichén Itzá complex in the Yucatán Peninsula. The route has been mysteriously sealed, and the team of the Great Mayan Aquifer Project that has been studying the ruins for months not only believes the Mayans closed the passage deliberately but also that it leads to the underground of Chichén Itzá’s centerpiece—the large Kukulcán Temple pyramid.
Rumors of a Coup Are Circling Around Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe. Here's What We Know
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A power struggle over who will succeed the 93-year-old Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe spilled out on the country's streets on Tuesday
NASA Forced to Cancel Launch of JPSS
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA cancelled this morning’s launch of the Delta 2 rocket that was meant to propel the satellite JPSS-1 into space. Liftoff for the $1.6 billion dollar mission of the Joint Polar Satellite System Program was scheduled for early Tuesday morning at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The delay was due to the detection of boats within the safety zone of the launch at the last minute, as well as a “bad reading” on one of the rockets to which the satellite was attached with “insufficient time to fully coordinate a resolution” according to Space.com and NASA.
3 Senators Suggested Expelling Roy Moore If He Wins. Here's How That Would Work
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If Roy Moore was elected as an Alabama Senator, they could expel him. But it's only been done 15 times in U.S. Senate history.
A Man Beat His 4
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Her vital organs were severely damaged
U.S. approves digital pill that tracks when patients take it
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
(Reuters) - U.S. regulators have approved the first digital pill with an embedded sensor to track if patients are taking their medication properly, marking a significant step forward in the convergence of healthcare and technology. The medicine is a version of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd's established drug Abilify for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression, containing a tracking device developed by Proteus Digital Health. Shares in Otsuka rose 2.5 percent on Tuesday after news of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late on Monday.
NASA took the 1st, astonishing aerial photos of the giant new Antarctic iceberg
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Each Antarctic spring and summer, NASA flies special aircraft over the continent to keep tabs on how global warming is altering the landscape. The agency does the same in the Arctic each summer, for a project known as Operation IceBridge.  Just a few days ago, a NASA P-3 Orion aircraft flew from Ushuaia, Argentina, out over the Larsen C Ice Shelf, including the new, Delaware-sized iceberg that the shelf gave birth to sometime between July 10 and July 12 of this year. The iceberg, named A-68, was one of the largest ever observed on Earth, and though it has shed some small sections since then, it remains a behemoth.  SEE ALSO: Major federal climate report rebuts everything Trump administration has said about climate change The NASA images, posted to the agency's social media accounts, constitute the first time we've seen this iceberg up close with the human eye. Until now, all the views of it have been with the aid of remote sensing, primarily using satellites that could pierce the Antarctic winter darkness using specially-designed instruments.  Sea ice seen with the Larsen C iceberg in the distance.Image: nasa/nathan kurtzOn September 16, the space agency provided us with the first sunlit images of the iceberg, which still has not yet drifted totally out of sight from the ice shelf it came from. The iceberg itself does not pose a danger, except to ships in the area. It won't immediately add to sea level rise, since it has already been floating in the water like an ice cube in a glass. But there is a chance that by breaking off the Larsen C ice shelf, which is located in a rapidly warming part of Antarctica, it may hasten the ice shelf's demise. That could, in turn, speed up the flow of inland ice into the sea, which would add to sea level rise. From yesterday's #IceBridge flight: The edge of Larsen C Ice Shelf with the western edge of iceberg A68 in the distance pic.twitter.com/lN4lHanIfY — NASA ICE (@NASA_ICE) November 1, 2017 Nearby ice shelves, including the Larsen B Ice Shelf, have already disintegrated, and recent research has shown that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet as well as the East Antarctic Ice Sheet are more vulnerable to melting than previously thought as air and sea temperatures increase.  What happens to Antarctica's massive ice sheets is of huge importance to the rest of the world, since coastal megacities are extremely vulnerable to a rapid rise in sea level.  From yesterday's #IceBridge flight: The western edge of iceberg A68, which calved in July; new edge of Larsen C Ice Shelf in the distance pic.twitter.com/DsCoSLWDbU — NASA ICE (@NASA_ICE) November 1, 2017 One study, published in the journal Nature in 2016, projected more than a meter, or 3.4 feet, of sea level rise from West Antarctica by the year 2100. The real amount of sea level rise experienced by any given location worldwide would be far higher, though, considering this estimate excludes the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet as well.  The study projected a calamitous 15 meters, or 50 feet, of sea level rise by the year 2500, which would sink much of Florida, Louisiana, Bangladesh, Southeast Asia, and other populated coastal regions.  So, while the iceberg itself is a natural marvel to look at, it serves as a reminder of the need for scientists to race to understand how stable our planet's ice sheets are before time runs out.  WATCH: An iceberg the size of Delaware broke off Antarctica
A Man Was Charged With Killing His Wife and Staging Her Death as a Suicide in 1983
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Carl Rodgers was arrested in the death of his wife, Debra Rodgers, who was 23 when her body was found in a state forest
The $40 Gadget That'll Help You Cook The Biggest Meal You've Ever Made
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Any good hostess knows that a well-fed crowd is a happy crowd.
Sad farewell as Malaysia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Two-year-old Nuan Nuan, whose name means "warmth", was born in Malaysia's national zoo in August 2015 a year after her parents Feng Yi and Fu Wa arrived in the country on a 10-year loan from China. In the wild, giant pandas can only be found in China's mountainous central regions where their favourite food, bamboo, grows in abundance.
The U.N. Raises the Alarm Over the Rohingya Crisis While Myanmar's Military Exonerates Itself
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Rohingya crisis could destabilize the region, the U.N. secretary-general warns
UFO in NASA Moon Image? Here Are the Most Ridiculous ‘Sightings’ of the Last Month
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
From Roswell to War of the Worlds, the prospect of making first contact is thrilling, terrifying, and a surefire way to grab public attention. Just last month, there were since deleted reports of a “giant glowing ball” of light near the Arctic in Siberia possibly believed to be a UFO.
Hidden passageway discovered under ancient Mayan temple
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Archaeologists believe they have found a hidden passageway beneath a 1,000-year-old Mayan temple. The experts discovered the tunnel under the Kulkulcan pyramid, which is part of the Chichen Itza archaeological site in Yucatan, Mexico. Some of them are thought to have been used by the ancient Mayans for human sacrifices.
British Prime Minister Theresa May Accuses Russia of Sowing Discord in the West
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Her unequivocal rebuke of Putin stands in marked contrast to U.S. President Donald Trump's soft positions
'A Special Kind of Evil.' Veteran Shot Dead on Veteran’s Day While Trying to Help Stranger
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
“It takes a special kind of evil to gun down a stranger who is only trying to help"
How China Could Shape the Future of Energy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The country will install a third of the globe's new solar and wind power in the coming decades
Trump Won’t Meet With U.S. Nobel Prize Winners. They’re Pretty O.K. With That.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Trump Won’t Meet With U.S. Nobel Prize Winners. They’re Pretty O.K. With That.
Climate negotiators look to leaders to boost talks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
BONN, Germany (AP) — Diplomats began wrapping up negotiations on advancing the Paris climate accord Tuesday at a global conference in Germany, setting the stage for political leaders to fly in and provide a final shot of momentum.
China maintains reign over world supercomputer rankings: survey
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
China now has more high-performance supercomputers than ever before, again besting the United States in global rankings, a supercomputer tracking organisation said. The standing corresponds with China's growing reputation as the global leader in supercomputers, as the Asian power prepares to launch in June 2018 a prototype exascale computing machine -- a "super supercomputer". Some 202 of the world's fastest supercomputers are in China -- compared with 143 in the US -- according to Top500, a site that has tracked supercomputer development for more than two decades.
7 Life Science Stocks to Buy Today
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Biotech and life sciences stocks have had a great run-up so far in 2017. Through the end of October, the S&P Biotechnology Select Sector Industry Index (SPSIBI) is up 52%. That makes the life science stocks some of best performers around. And what’s not to like?
Rescuers Are Searching Through the Rubble of the Iran
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Iran sits on many major fault lines and is prone to near-daily quakes
The hero rats of Africa sniff out land mines — and TB infections
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
In Tanzania, a nonprofit trains African giant pouched rats to save lives by detecting land mines and tuberculosis.
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JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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33 Unbelievably Good Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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The Latest: US delegation to climate talks gets new leader
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
BONN, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the global climate talks taking place in Germany (all times local):
Alabama Residents Say Roy Moore's Pursuit of Teenage Girls Was 'Common Knowledge'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"These stories have been going around this town for 30 years"
Another Body Found Amid Serial Killer Fears in Florida Neighborhood
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Police searched the Seminole Heights neighborhood after another killing
California Is Adopting LGBT
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
After much wrangling over details, state officials have voted to approve the first revised K-8 textbooks to include the mandated material
5 Dead, Including Gunman, in Series of Northern California Shootings
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The shootings took place at multiple locations, including an elementary school
Sessions angrily rejects Dems' perjury charges
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Attorney General Jeff Sessions angrily rebutted House Democrats’ suggestion that he had perjured himself in congressional testimony and on an application form for security clearance on Tuesday.
Why Shiite pilgrimage to Karbala had special meaning this year
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
For Iraq, guaranteeing the safety of millions of Shiite faithful on their annual ​pilgrimage to the shrine of a revered saint in Karbala has always been a monumental challenge. The march, the largest annual religious pilgrimage on earth, ​is in defiance of Iraq’s chronic insecurity and the frequent attempts by Sunni militants – including, recently, Islamic State (ISIS) fighters – to derail this event with violence. ​This year, the pilgrimage ​to the shrine of Imam Hussein ​held special resonance, as ISIS in Iraq has been all but defeated in recent months by Iraqi security forces – supported by Iran-backed Shiite militias and a US-led bombing campaign.
A petrostate’s path back from the debt brink
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The country with the world’s largest proven oil reserves was declared to be in a debt default by Standard & Poor’s this week. Like many petrostates, once-rich Venezuela has squandered its natural wealth, mainly by a poverty of democracy. To fix the debt crisis will now require that its socialist dictator, President Nicolás Maduro, return the country to democratic ideals, starting with a presidential election slated for next year.
The deeper meaning of the Roy Moore saga
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Few stories illustrate the zeitgeist of American politics and culture more clearly right now than that of the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, Roy Moore, who is battling accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls. “I don't see how this ends well for Mr. Moore,” says Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina, who is one of a growing chorus of senators calling on Moore to drop out of the Dec. 12 special election. What should be a safe seat for Republicans is clearly in jeopardy, with the latest state polling showing Moore now slightly behind Democrat Doug Jones, although within the margin of error.
The hero rats of Africa sniff out landmines—and TB infections
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
The grass is still damp with dew as the sun begins to glint over the Uluguru Mountains. It’s only 7 a.m. in Morogoro, Tanzania, but Oprah and Malala and Taylor Swift and the others are already hard at work. They are heroes in the region, literal saviors to thousands of Tanzanians and those in the international community, as well. It is on this large swath of land that the Giant African Pouched Rats, often named by their handlers after celebrities or loved ones, are meticulously trained for nine months to sniff out land mines. ...
Samsung Chip Factory Worker Killed by Brain Tumor Wins in Court
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
She was exposed to dangerous chemicals while on the job
CNBC goes to Space Camp
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
We went to Space Camp and learned what it actually takes to go to space.
NASA Just Sent Lasers, E. Coli and Pizza to the ISS on the Orbital ATK’s Cygnus Spacecraft
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The devliery included scientific samples, supplies and some goodies to keep the six astronauts on board the ISS cheerful as Thanksgiving and Christmas approach. This includes a mission to test the effect of microgravity on the antibiotic resistance properties of the bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli). The bacteria—which usually finds its way into humans through contaminated food or from other infected people—commonly causes diarrhea, vomiting and can lead to urinary tract infections.
‘They Left Him to Die Alone.’ Penn State Hazing Victim's Dad Says Fraternity Members Must Be Held Accountable
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Prosecutors filed charges against 12 more frat brothers in Tim Piazza's death
Jeff Sessions Considers Justice Department Investigation of Clinton Foundation, Russian Uranium Deal
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation and an Obama-era uranium deal, the Justice Department has told Congress
These are the university subjects most at risk due to Brexit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Economics and modern languages will be particularly badly hit
Jeff Sessions gets smoked on his ridiculous ideas about weed
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has never been a fan of marijuana legalization. We know that. But on Tuesday, Rep. Steve Cohen sought the nature of Sessions's opposition.  Sessions sat before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, largely to answer questions about whether he misled Congress in earlier testimony about the Russian government's contacts with the campaign of President Donald Trump. Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, wanted to touch on marijuana.  SEE ALSO: Like a fast food drive-thru, but for weed Last year, as a senator representing Alabama, Sessions said that the leaders of the United States government should send a "message with clarity that good people don't smoke marijuana." Cohen wanted to know what Sessions meant by "good people," so he rattled off the names of prominent Republicans who've smoked weed, and asked, "which of those are not good people?" Good on Steve Cohen to remind Sessions of his "good people don't smoke marijuana" quote by mentioning W Bush, Pataki, Kasich, Clarence Thomas smoked it too pic.twitter.com/Q0TewwCMWQ — Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) November 14, 2017 Sessions, as you might have guessed, didn't answer the question. He made the "good people" comment during a Senate hearing on drugs. Sessions called weed "a very real danger," and blasted former President Barack Obama for being "lax" when talking about the drug, which is legal for recreational use in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, D.C., Maine, Massachusetts, California, and Alaska.
Shuttle
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Sierra Nevada Corp says its Dream Chaser spacecraft had a successful free-flight drop test in the Mojave Desert during the weekend
Fresh Allegations Against Roy Moore Are Threatening to Swing the Senate Race
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for the Alabama Republican to step aside
Women's anger transformed the 2017 elections. Get ready for 2018.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Voters weren’t just voting against Donald Trump, they were taking action on years’ worth of accumulated grievances that had no outlet in districts where the only candidates running were Republicans. Take the case of Virginia’s 73rd House of Delegates district, outside of Richmond. In 2012, a proposed transvaginal ultrasound law in Virginia became a major issue in the presidential race and part of that year’s War on Women narrative.
Paid leave to care for pets? For more Italians, the answer is 'sì!'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
In a rundown park in the shadow of Rome’s Colosseum, Eleonora Venturelli takes her dog Maya for a walk after finishing a day at nursing school. Recommended: How well do you know your dog breeds? The place of pets in the family hierarchy is on Italian minds – after a university employee was granted a paid sick day by her employer to care for her English Setter earlier this fall.
What’s the real story behind Hillary Clinton, Russia, and uranium?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
President Trump calls it the “real Russia story”: allegations that as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton approved the sale of 20 percent of US uranium supplies to Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear company. The sale was greased by $145 million in contributions to the Clinton Foundation from Canadian executives who benefited from the sale, according to these allegations. Prosecutors at the Justice Department are now reportedly considering the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into the transaction.
Donald Trump Jr. Communicated With WikiLeaks During and After the 2016 Campaign
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Trump Jr. is attempting to downplay the exchanges, which he released hours after the Atlantic reported on them
Democrats Will Question Jeff Sessions on the Trump Campaign's Russia Meetings
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The U.S. Attorney General has repeatedly denied misleading Congress
Archaeologists find Greco
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A Russian archaeological team has discovered a well-preserved mummy from the Greco-Roman period in a wooden coffin south of Cairo, Egypt's antiquities ministry said Tuesday. The discovery was made near New Fayoum city, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the Egyptian capital, the ministry said in a statement. While mummification is mostly associated with ancient Egypt, the practice continued into the Greco-Roman era.