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How Scientists Simulated Jupiter's Wild Winds With a Giant Table and a Garbage Can
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
For a gaseous planet, Jupiter's weather has surprising depth.
Earliest Depiction of 'Fiery Serpent' Found in Medieval Painting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Italian researchers examining a medieval painting may have found the earliest visual depiction of dracunculiasis, a horrifying parasitic infection in which a worm up to 3 feet long creeps out of the skin. Currently endemic to areas in Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan, the disease is transmitted to people who drink water infested with water fleas that are in the Cyclops genus, and that contain larvae of the guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis). One year after the person ingests the contaminated water, a spaghetti-like worm 2 to 3 feet (0.6 to 1 meter) long erupts from a blistered area of the person's skin — usually in the lower part of the leg, according to he World Health Organization.
UK royals' sibling rivalry? Princess Anne says GMO crops have benefits
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Britain's Princess Anne may have sparked some royal sibling rivalry after saying genetically modified crops had real benefits to offer, putting her at odds with her older brother Charles who says they would be an environmental disaster. In an interview with BBC radio, Anne said she would grow GMO crops on her farming estates, adding she doubted that the technology had many downsides. "GM is one of those things that divides people," Anne, whose title is the Princess Royal, told the BBC's "Farming Today" program.
Students enjoy science at school, but most still don’t see it as a career option
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
New research shows programmes to widen STEM participation in students are failing.
Parts of Earth's Original Crust Exist Today in Canada
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Rocks from the eastern shore of the Hudson Bay in Canada contain elements of some of Earth's earliest crust, new research finds.
Arctic sea ice dips to record low for winter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
WASHINGTON (AP) — The frigid top of the Earth just set yet another record for low levels of sea ice in what scientists say is a signal of an overheating world.
Spending Money on Experiences Makes You a Better Person
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Thomas Gilovich, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Cornell University and co-author a new study on gratitude, discovered in recent study that spend more money on experiences, and less on material objects automatically infuses gratitude in one's life.
$100 Million in Artifacts Shipped from Egypt & Turkey to US in 2016
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
About $50 million worth of artifacts and antiques were shipped from both Egypt and Turkey to the United States in 2016 — the highest annual value from each of those countries in at least 20 years, according to U.S. Census Bureau documents. Most of the artifacts were shipped to New York City, where numerous antiquities dealers, auction houses and art galleries are based. It can be difficult to determine whether a shipment of artifacts was recently looted, law-enforcement officials told Live Science.
Elon Musk slams Donald Trump's NASA bill saying it does nothing to help mission to Mars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Elon Musk has hit back at claims that President Donald Trump’s new NASA bill will be good for his space exploration business.
White House all in before crucial health care vote: 'There is no Plan B'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
On what could be the eve of a crucial health care vote and with the reported numbers still seemingly unfavorable, the White House remained confident that the American Health Care Act would pass the House on Thursday. “Piece by piece, member by member, we’re getting there, and we’re getting much closer,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday of gathering the votes necessary to repeal Obamacare. The White House team did have some success on Wednesday, flipping Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., to a “yes” vote after assuring him that they supported his proposed amendment, which would deny health care credits to undocumented immigrants.
Billionaire raises questions about Putin critic’s mysterious fall
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A U.K.-based billionaire is raising pointed questions about the most recent in a series of mysterious accidents, illnesses and muggings to befall critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin: lawyer Nikolai Gorokhov’s fall from a window of his fourth-floor apartment near Moscow earlier this week. “People don’t just go falling out of their apartments,” Bill Browder, the American-born CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, told Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga Wednesday. Browder, whose net worth is estimated at around $4 billion, is the grandson of longtime American Communist Party leader Earl Browder, and a former ally turned vocal critic of Putin.
GOP Rep. Brooks bashes party’s health care bill ahead of key vote
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The American Health Care Act, embraced by Speaker Paul Ryan, is in danger of losing too many Republican votes to pass during Thursday’s vote in the House. Brooks’s Freedom Caucus, a group of staunchly conservative lawmakers, is opposing the bill in its current form, and there was speculation Wednesday that the vote may be delayed. “The best argument that the proponents of the legislation have right now is that it’s not as bad as Obamacare.
Senator Tim Kaine: Nunes intel disclosure a ‘distraction’ from Russia investigation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., said Wednesday that the announcement by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., stating that intelligence agencies had swept up incidental communications from the Trump campaign was intended to distract attention from the FBI’s investigation. “I think it’s an attempt to distract from something that clearly makes the administration — and many members of the GOP — very, very nervous: the ongoing investigation that the FBI has acknowledged into contacts between the Trump campaign — and possibly the transition and administration — and the Russian government,” Kaine, who ran as Hillary Clinton’s nominee for vice president against Trump in 2016, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric.
White House says it’s ‘insane’ to suggest Trump knew campaign chairman worked on pro
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer sought to put additional distance between President Trump and his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Yahoo News asked Spicer about an Associated Press report that Manafort crafted a plan to advance Putin’s interests in 2005 for a billionaire client with ties to the Russian president.
Trump faces off against Washington Republicans used to saying no
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump, while trying to push a health care bill through Congress, is also trying to overcome a Republican political culture that for years has rewarded saying no to political leaders. For most of the last decade, many Republicans in Congress who wanted to raise money or their profile have followed an easy playbook. Outside groups such as Heritage Action, FreedomWorks and The Club for Growth — who are now opposing Trump’s health care replacement, saying it does not go far enough — followed this arc as well.
After fight, Indiana man receives 'ATHE1ST' license plate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A man who was initially denied an Indiana license plate reading "ATHE1ST" now has the personalized plate.
Calif. class action suit alleges 'unfair competition' with Ivanka Trump brand
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
A small, San Francisco boutique almost 3,000 miles away from Ivanka Trump’s office in the White House might not seem like a business that would find itself entangled with the first daughter’s multi-million dollar fashion brand. In a class action lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court last week, the 40-year-old, family-owned Modern Appealing Clothing argues that unethical promotion of the Ivanka Trump brand by the current administration has violated the US Constitution and a California statute protecting businesses against unfair competition.
In unanimous decision, Supreme Court raises bar for special education
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of two parents of an autistic son, finding that his Colorado school district had failed to provide him with a "free and appropriate public education."
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort received millions to promote Putin
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigned in August, amid swirling rumors of his connections to foreign governments, including Russia. A new Associated Press investigation uncovered ties between Mr. Manafort and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska dating back to 2005. In a confidential strategy plan, Manafort told Mr. Deripaska that he could influence politics, business, and media across the United States, Europe, and former Soviet states for the benefit of Russia.
What we know about Trump team Russia links – and why that matters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Paul Manafort was Donald Trump’s campaign manager for months in 2016. Mr. Manafort “played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday at his daily briefing. Ditto longtime Trump associate Roger Stone and former foreign policy adviser Carter Page.
‘Dare to be tender’: One year after attack, Belgian king urges kindness
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Brussels on Wednesday marked the first anniversary of suicide bombings that killed 32 people at the airport and subway, with ceremonies timed with the blasts and the dedication of a new memorial. Recommended: How much do you know about Islam and violence? "Above all, let us dare to be tender," he said, at the unveiling of a new monument to all the victims near the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels’ European Quarter.
After ISIS: For Iraqis, reconciliation in Mosul will be challenging, and vital
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The colonel is a quintessential Iraqi military man: shaved head, bushy black mustache, and very proud of how the Iraqi Army has rebuilt and “proved it is professional” in the fight to oust the Islamic State from Mosul. Like many in Iraq, the colonel is wary that the challenges of reconciliation and winning the peace in Mosul and across the complex ethnic mosaic of Nineveh Province will be harder than winning the war. Recommended: How much do you know about the Islamic State?
Can you tally up world progress?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
When the cold war ended a quarter century ago, and with it the division of the world into two “camps,” the United Nations decided to start measuring the progress of humanity as a whole. The hope behind such alternative indicators is that an attempt to measure something might help reveal what causes it or could push it along.
17 Outfits to Wear to the Beach This Summer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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The Number of Infants' Deaths Has Dropped, According to Report
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Good news for parents.
Here's What Jennifer Lopez Has to Say About Rekindling a Romance With Ex
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
"I'm always gonna be there for him, he's always gonna be there for me."
Peta Murgatroyd Opens Up About Losing the Baby Weight After Her Return to'Dancing With the Stars'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
"I think it's going to take another month or so probably to just fully be back into Peta mode."
North Korean missile launch 'fails'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The U.S. military says it's detected a failed North Korean missile launch attempt, with a rocket exploding within seconds of its launch. Graham Mackay reports.
Trump just signed a law that maps out NASA's long
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Trump has signed the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017. The new law calls for a...
Bill would bar discrimination toward climate change doubters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine laws protect people from discrimination based on factors such as race, disabilities and sexual orientation, and a Republican lawmaker wants to add a person's beliefs about climate change to that list.
Biden rallies Democrats against GOP health care bill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former Vice President Joe Biden rallied Democrats Wednesday against the Republican attempt to pass a health care bill that would replace former President Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment. Biden had been keeping a relatively low public profile since Trump’s January inauguration. “This is not going to pass,” Biden said on the steps of the Capitol, standing in front of a large group of House Democrats.
EMILY’s List: An unprecedented 10,000 women have told us they want to run for office, thanks to Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
EMILY’s List announced Wednesday that more than 10,000 women have reached out to the group since Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to say they want to run for office, a record number in such a short time for the group. “Over ten thousand women isn’t a ripple — it’s a wave,” said EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock in a statement.
As Gorsuch is testifying, Supreme Court undermines his decision in school disabilities case
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Senate Democrats seized on a Supreme Court ruling handed down Wednesday morning — less than an hour into the third day of the confirmation hearing for nominee Neil Gorsuch — to question the judgment of President Trump’s choice to fill the empty seat on the high court. The unanimous decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District expanded the obligations of public-school districts to provide an adequate education to disabled students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts rejected a standard that Gorsuch had used to decide a similar case in 2008, Thompson School District v. Luke P.
Cat stuck in peanut butter jar gives birth to kittens, dies
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A stray cat found earlier this week with its head stuck in a peanut butter jar has been euthanized, but not before giving birth to a litter of kittens.
Gorsuch hearings: Should agencies – or courts – decide the law?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
There are several elephants in the room where senators are grilling Judge Neil Gorsuch this week. One of those proverbial pachyderms was present courtesy of the aspiring Supreme Court justice. “There’s an elephant in the room with us today,” Judge Gorsuch wrote in a 2016 concurrence that featured prominently in 11 hours of questioning Tuesday from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
US infant mortality rate declines, but disparities remain
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The rate of infant deaths in the United States has improved, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a study released on Tuesday. The infant mortality rate dropped 15 percent over the past decade, from a record high 6.86 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 5.82 in 2014, data show. While the new report indicates a promising development in the country’s public health, commentators say the United States has a long way to go to catch up peer nations. "I think there was a public health push in the past decade to figure out ways to lower this rate, and it has made an impact," report author T.J. Mathews, a demographer at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, told CNN on Tuesday.
Germany set to deport native
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
In a move without precedent in German history, the country will soon deport two German-born men accused of having discussed terrorist activity. On Tuesday, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig threw out a case saying that the men, one an Algerian national and the other a Nigerian citizen, should not be deported because there was no proof they had committed a serious offense. In so doing, it cleared the way for deportations that the state government of Lower Saxony ordered last month, when it described the pair as a threat to national security.
What is known so far about terrorist attack outside London's Parliament
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
At least 20 people were injured and at least four people killed in what officials are saying was a terrorist attack that took place near the British Parliament building in London Wednesday afternoon. Others reported that a vehicle was seen on the nearby Westminster Bridge running over several pedestrians. A woman was also reportedly taken out of the river near the Westminster bridge, injured but alive.
Supreme Court tightens restrictions on presidential appointments
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
When the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that SW General, Inc. had violated federal labor law, the Scottsdale, Ariz., ambulance firm questioned whether the NLRB’s acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, had authority to handle the case. On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court sided with SW General, ruling 6-2 that Mr. Solomon’s 2011 nomination by then-President Barack Obama violated the 1998 Federal Vacancies Reform Act, rendering Solomon’s actions against SW General null and void. Legal analysts agree that this ruling could narrow the president’s nominating authority.
Data didn't change tech's frat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
An engineer at Lever – a recruitment software startup in San Francisco – her role includes reaching out to co-workers about life in the tech industry. Now, firms like Lever are turning to anecdotes and personal exchanges as bases for developing empathy – and building inclusive cultures from the ground up.
Apple surprises with release of new iPhone
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Four4Four Tech: Apple releases the Product Red version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus; US bans electronics on inbound flights from some countries; Revolutionary new password protections; Beijing to wipe out toilet paper theft?
Five maps that will change how you see the world
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Nothing is where you think it is.
Forensic science in Hindi pulp fiction blockbusters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientific crime scene analysis is more popular in India's pulp fiction than in real life investigations.
Here's all the animals and plants that have been named after Sir David Attenborough
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Sir David Attenborough has cemented his national treasure status even further – by having an ancient fossil named after him. The 430-million-year-old fossil, which was found ‘frozen in time’, has been named Cascolus Ravitis – with Cascolus being the Latin equivalent to the Old English word for Attenborough.
Follow live: Gorsuch Supreme Court confirmation hearings
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, continue Wednesday, with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioning the federal judge from Colorado for the second straight day. Yahoo News Senior National Affairs Reporter Liz Goodwin is in Washington, D.C., covering the hearings on Capitol Hill. Follow her instant analysis in the liveblog below.
WSJ: Trump clings to wiretap claim ‘like a drunk to an empty gin bottle,’ damaging his credibility
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Trump hugs a U.S. flag at a rally in Tampa in October. President Trump is clinging to his wiretapping claim “like a drunk to an empty gin bottle,” the Wall Street Journal said in a scathing editorial published Tuesday night. “If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him?
Religious TV station in Senegal accidentally airs porn
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An Islamic television station in Senegal says it has filed a formal complaint against unknown saboteur "X'' for taking over the network and airing pornography instead of its regularly scheduled religious programming.