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New Army bullets: Bigger, bolder and harder hitting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Defense specialist Allison Barrie shares information on a new bullet that is bigger, bolder and harder hitting than current rounds. This new generation of bullet will help make U.S. soldiers even more unstoppable by allowing them to shoot farther – with accuracy – than any known military rifle on earth.
Can You Solve the Brainteaser Elon Musk Asked in Job Interviews?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
We admit, this question definitely stumped us.
The Starbucks Holiday Cups Are Here, So Get Seasonal Immediately
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The new Starbucks holiday cup designs have been revealed. Here's how they decided on the designs.
Emmett Till’s Death Could Easily Have Been Forgotten. Here’s How It Became a Civil Rights Turning Point Instead
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"The civil rights leader Aaron Henry once remarked that the most surprising thing about the Till story was not its horror but the fact that white people even noticed."
NRA Election Spending Drops as Gun
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's the first time under current campaign finance laws that the NRA might be outspent by gun control groups
Georgia on her mind, Oprah heads to state to endorse Stacey Abrams
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The former talk show host gives a forceful endorsement of the Democratic woman hoping to make history in the state of Georgia.
Peace waves in East Africa
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Abiy Ahmed, the new prime minister of Ethiopia with a PhD in conflict resolution, certainly believes so. In the six months since he took office as Africa’s youngest leader, Dr. Abiy has not only transformed the often-violent ethnic tensions of his own country with an approach he calls “love can win hearts,” he has also become a whirlwind diplomat in East Africa with an olive-branch touch. “There is a wind of hope blowing in the Horn of Africa,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in September.
In Tennessee Senate race, a clear test of centrism vs. ideology
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
To watch Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen deliver a stump speech before a lunchtime Tennessee crowd, is to wonder whether one is looking at a future where US senators rediscover congeniality and bipartisanship – or at the past, at a throwback politician who is out of step with today’s take-no-prisoners, tribal approach to governing. In this competitive contest in a red state, Democrats have in Mr. Bredesen a self-made health care executive who went on to become a respected politician with a history of coalition building – first as mayor of Nashville, and then as a popular two-term governor. It is the clearest test of centrism vs. ideology among the competitive Senate races, say analysts.
First Mexican analogous simulated mission to Mars to be held in December
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mexico, Oct. 31 (Notimex).- A group of young Mexicans will perform for the first time a analogous mission to the "red planet" at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah, United States. The group of the Exploration Mission-1 (MEx-1), made up by six crew members, will carry out scientific experiments in the American desert that will simulate the environment on Mars from December 15 to 30 this year. To make the test experience more real, the astronauts will have a support and support team "on Earth", from Mexico. The members of the historical mission are Tania Robles, who will be the commander of the group; Juan Carlos Mariscal, executive officer; César Serrano, engineer; Genaro Grajeda, health and safety officer; Federico Martínez, astronomer; and Walter Calles, scientist. Exploration Mission - 1 (MEx-1) is a team made of young and professional Mexican students, the National Polytechnic Institute, the Technological Institute and Higher Education of Monterrey and the Autonomous University of Baja California. "The analogous missions serve to validate or make an environment as close as a mission to space would be. They can be simulations of the journey or stay in some other planet or celestial body, "said Carlos Mariscal. For 15 days, the six Mexicans will live almost isolated, since they will only maintain contact with mission control in Mexico, where they will be informed of the mission's status, the climate and the activities to be carried out during the day. "The simulation is in the middle of the desert. It is as if a camp were set up on Mars, we will be living inside a habitat that has an astronomical observatory, greenhouse, common areas of research and coexistence of the crew, "he said. In an interview with Notimex, Mariscal stressed that to carry out the experiments in the desert, they must also use space suits, go through all the protocols as if they were on the "red planet". Since part of the mission will be carried out at Christmas, the technical support team on the "Earth", in particular, members of the Faculty of Psychology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish) will measure the impact that isolation will have on the crew during the holiday season. Juan Carlos Mariscal commented that his intention is to consolidate MEX-1, as a long-term project, in order to take advantage of the experience of this first crew to transmit the knowledge acquired to a possible second generation. "So far we have contemplated attending only this first analogous mission, our idea is to lay the foundations for there to be a MEX-2, which are integrated if possible by new people," he said. Mariscal, who was part of the UNAM Space student team, explained that these type of groups are a hotbed of talent, from which future members of MEx-1 can emanate, where they can validate the technology they develop for the competitions. NTX/ICB/LCH/ASTRO16/JCG
Brazil Joins the League of Strongmen Nations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
When Donald Trump was first elected U.S. President, there were few like-minded elected leaders in other countries. Seated next to unapologetic globalists like Germany's Chancellor…
Soyuz launch failed due to assembly problem: Russia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Russia said on Thursday the launch of a Soyuz rocket failed last month because of a sensor that was damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome but insisted that the spacecraft remains reliable. Russia, the only country able to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, suspended all launches after a Soviet-designed Soyuz rocket failed on October 11 just minutes after blast-off -- the first such incident in the history of post-Soviet space travel. Oleg Skorobogatov, the head of the commission that probed the accident, said the flight was aborted because part of a sensor that indicates the separation of the stages of the rocket was damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Where couple says man convicted of murdering wife played poker the night of the crime
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Greg and Lucky Miller, who hosted a weekly poker game in their home, showed 20/20's Deborah Roberts where they say Thomas Clayton played poker the night his wife was found dead.
Hawking's signed thesis, wheelchair auctioned in London
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A copy of Stephen Hawking's doctorate thesis signed in a shaky hand was unveiled Tuesday as the highlight of a new auction of the British physicist's personal items in London. One of Hawking's wheelchairs, an early edition of his bestselling book "A Brief History of Time" marked with a thumbprint, and a script from one of his appearances on the television series "The Simpsons" are also among the 22 lots on sale at Christie's auction house. The collection highlights the brilliance, determination and sense of humour of Hawking, who died in March aged 76 after a lifetime spent trying to unlock the secrets of the universe.
Farewell, Kepler: NASA’s planet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting telescope now belongs to the ages, with its fuel completely spent and its instruments shut down — but the planet quest continues, thanks to a treasure trove of downloaded data as well as a new generation of robotic planet-hunters. Space agency officials declared the end of spacecraft operations today, nine and a half years after the car-sized probe was launched. The hydrazine fuel ran out about two weeks ago, signaled by a sharp drop in pressure readings for the propulsion system. “In the end, we didn’t have a drop of fuel left over for anything else,” Charlie Sobeck, project… Read More
Murder victim's sister recalls rushing to crime scene where she was found dead
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"I remember my husband saying to me, 'Something is very wrong here,'" Kim Bourgeois said she expected to see her sister Kelley Clayton with paramedics when she arrived to her home.
Google Staffers Are Planning a Worldwide Walk Out to Protest Handling of Sexual Misconduct
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Hundreds of Google staffers are expected to walk off the job Thursday to protest the company's handling of sexual misconduct
Body cam video shows what officer saw in home where mom was bludgeoned to death
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Deputy Dean Swan tells ABC News' "20/20" about what he discovered after first arriving at the scene where Kelley Clayton had been murdered while at home with her two kids.
Republican Candidate Kris Kobach Echoes Trump on the Birthright Citizenship Issue
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Legal experts see the issue as long-settled under the Constitution's 14th Amendment
In Arizona, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema runs hard to the middle, defying most of her party. Will it work?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., goes over the rules in a television studio prior to a televised debate with U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Oct. 15, 2018, in Phoenix. When Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema announced last September that she would be running for Republican Jeff Flake’s Senate seat, Washington Democrats rejoiced. Elected in 2012 by a mere 10,000 votes to represent Arizona’s Ninth Congressional District, which curves around central Phoenix to the north, east and south, Sinema, a self-styled moderate, went on to win reelection by widening margins: 13 percentage points in 2014, 22 percentage points two years later.
Google walkout marks new direction for #MeToo, #TimesUp
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In the past year, a growing outcry against harassment and abuse has toppled dozens of men from power, but less attention has been paid to the institutional scaffolding that allowed those men to gain and keep power in the first place.
Texas, beware! The caravan of criminals is coming — in ad backing Ted Cruz
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A super-PAC funded by Sen. Ted Cruz's supporters has released a new attack ad against his opponent, Beto O’Rourke, charging that he is “cheering on” the caravan of Central American migrants heading toward the U.S.
Between migrants and US border, an information gap of many miles
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Carlos Palacio, a lanky mechanic in his early 20s, sits on a piece of cardboard on the edge of this Oaxacan town square, hiding from the sun. “Schools are easy recruitment centers for gangs,” he says of his main drive for leaving the mountainous capital, Tegucigalpa.
China's Internet Censorship Is Influencing Digital Repression Around the World, Report Warns
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The annual report recorded declining internet freedoms for the eighth consecutive year
Thailand Mulls Becoming the First Country in Asia to Legalize Medical Marijuana
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The country would be the first in Asia to legalize cannabis for medical uses
Scientists launch plan to map genes of all complex life on earth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The EBP is expected to cost $4.7 billion and "will ultimately create a new foundation for biology to drive solutions for preserving biodiversity and sustaining human societies," said Harris Lewin, a professor at the University of California in the United States and chair of the EBP. "Having the roadmap, the blueprints ... will be a tremendous resource for new discoveries, understanding the rules of life, how evolution works, new approaches for the conservation of rare and endangered species, and ... new resources for researchers in agricultural and medical fields," he told a briefing in London. This plan will draw in major research efforts from across the world, including a U.S.-led project aiming to sequence the genetic code of all 66,000 vertebrates, a Chinese project to sequence 10,000 plant genomes, and the Global Ant Genomes Alliance, which aims to sequence around 200 ant genomes.
Hidden ramp ‘may explain secret of how Great Pyramid was built’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Could this be how they did it?
Bare buns: Half
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a half-naked woman fell twice through a restaurant's ceiling and landed in its kitchen.
Angela Merkel's Departure Means Europe is Losing Its Greatest Bulwark Against Nativism
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Europe's most enduring politician is entering the twilight of her career
Drunk baggage handler falls asleep in hold, flies to Chicago
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a baggage handler told them he was drunk when he fell asleep in a cargo hold and flew from Kansas City to Chicago.
Nurse Fired After Dressing Up as Beyoncé in Blackface for Halloween
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Blackface is never an appropriate costume
Scientists Want to Build a Telescope the Size of Nebraska
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The giant radio telescope, spread out over 200,000 antennas, will help astronomers find some of the most energetic particles in the universe.
The Beto Effect: How O'Rourke's Campaign For Senate Could Help Other Texas Democrats
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Even if his campaign comes up short, O’Rourke's coattails could help carry Democrats in the eight Texas House districts in play
Apple's Cost of Entry Keeps Going Up
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's increasingly wise to hang on to your tech for longer before upgrading
Halloween Hero Pulls Off the Ultimate Costume to Frighten Office Workers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
With sound effects included
Coloured bird, dinosaur eggs in same evolutionary basket
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Birds have more in common with dinosaurs than previously thought as new research showed Wednesday they inherited coloured eggs directly from their scaly ancestors. The evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds has been recognised for centuries but ornithologists long believed that birds evolved their coloured eggs several times over history, mimicking local hues to help their eggs blend in. Birds are the only creatures known today to lay coloured eggs, and do so using only two pigments -- red and blue.
How Vietnam's New Leader Could Strengthen Ties to China
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Balancing U.S. ties with a rising China is not an easy task for a country with a history of self-reliance
Neuroscientists draw up a ‘parts list’ covering 133 different types of brain cells
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
How many different kinds of cells are there in the brain? At least 133 kinds, including two types of neurons not recognized before, according to a pair of studies featured on the cover of this week’s issue of the journal Nature. The “parts list” builds on 15 years of work at Seattle’s Allen Institute, focused on analyzing genetic activity in nearly 24,000 of the 100 million brain cells in the mouse cortex. Each cell type exhibited a different combination of genes that were turned on or off. “This is by far the most comprehensive, most in-depth analysis of any regions… Read More
Germans to vent VW fury in mass 'dieselgate' suit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Volkswagen will on Thursday get a taste of the anger felt by duped German diesel drivers when consumer groups file the country's first class-action suit over an emissions cheating scandal. "Volkswagen will remember this day as the moment the kid gloves of the politicians were replaced by the boxing gloves of consumer advocates," Klaus Mueller of Germany's VZBV consumer federation told DPA news agency. Justice Minister Katarina Barley said "an estimated two million" VW owners could benefit from the new law, although the suit will start on a smaller scale.
What the Constitution Really Says About Birthright Citizenship
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"The Citizenship Clause is one of the richest single sentences in the entire Constitution"
NASA's Kepler Space Telescope Retires After Nine Years of Planet Discovery
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The spacecraft identified more than 2,600 planets outside our solar system
Political satire was on parade at Halloween in NYC
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Election 2018 was clearly the unofficial theme at the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade in New York City, as thousands of costumed revelers made their way up Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue Wednesday night.
5 days until the midterm elections: Where things stand
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former Clinton administration Secretary Donna Shalala clings to a small lead in Florida, while Iowa Republican Steve King gets some bad news.
Foreign Election Influence Is Still a Huge Problem in America. Here’s How We Can Stop It.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A cyber law expert and former U.S. Attorney on threats to the 2018 midterm elections, and how we can prevent future attacks.
What This Is Us Gets Right and Wrong About the Vietnam War, According to an Expert
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Through patriarch Jack Pearson's eyes, the horrific war is revisited
Police: Men arrested in pumpkin smashing crime spree
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Police in the southern Oregon town of Grants Pass have arrested two men suspected in a pumpkin-powered crime spree, ending weeks of incidents of smashed gourds and broken car windows.
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe just made the fastest and closest
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It lights our sky day after day, so the sun feels familiar to us. But there’s a lot we still don’t know about it. That’s why NASA launched its Parker Solar Probe—to learn more about how the sun works. This week, the spacecraft broke two records: It flew closer to the sun than any other…
Galaxy 'mega
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Milky Way's signature halo is mostly stellar rubble from a cosmic collision 10 billion years ago with another galaxy a quarter of its size, scientists stunned by their own discovery reported Wednesday. The slow-motion crash with Gaia-Enceladus -- named after the giant of Greek mythology born of Earth and Sky -- not only provided the halo's raw material, equivalent to 600 million Suns, it also filled out our galaxy's distinctive disk, they reported in the journal Nature. "We have basically unravelled the formation of the Milky Way," lead author Amina Helmi, an astronomer at the University of Groningen's Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, told AFP.
'It's the Tone at the Top.' Major Jewish Donor Who Left GOP Discusses Synagogue Shooting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"I think it's more than coincidence"
Want to Protect Elections? Then You Need to Take Voter Fraud Seriously
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Voter fraud is a problem as old as the republic, but the 21st century has compounded it with fast-paced technology.