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Jordan’s need to diversify options, freedom will save Kenya, not being ostriches, National Payments Platform could change banking, demolition of a w
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In recent weeks, there has been much commentary in Jordan on the importance of taking a new approach to Jordan’s bilateral relations,” writes Amer Al Sabaileh. “Strategically, it is imperative that Jordan continues to diversify its options, but this must be done with a clear plan and idea rather than clichés and propaganda.
On MLK Day, Let’s Tell the Whole American Story
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Our public spaces must reflect all of our heritage
Canada Debt Survey: A Third Of Canadians Can't Make Their Monthly Payments
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
As Canadians prepare for a possible interest rate hike from the Bank of Canada this week, a new study is warning that the country's indebted consumers are increasingly struggling to keep up with their expenses. One-third of Canadians say they are no longer able to cover their monthly bills and debt payments, according to a survey carried out by Ipsos for insolvency consultancy MNP, up from 25 per cent in a survey three months earlier. "With interest rates on the rise, Canadians are more stretched financially than they have ever been before," MNP President Grant Bazian said in a statement.
Robots Can Now Read Better Than Humans, Putting Millions of Jobs at Risk
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An artificial intelligence algorithm has outperformed humans at a reading comprehension test for the first time, potentially putting millions of customer service jobs at risk of automation. The AI algorithm, developed by Chinese retail giant Alibaba, outscored humans in the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD)—a global reading test consisting of more than 100,000 questions. Using natural-language processing, the machine-learning model developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science of Technologies beat rival humans with a score of 82.44 compared to 82.305, the company said.
Jordan’s need to diversify options, freedom will save Kenya, not being ostriches, National Payments Platform could change banking, demolition of a w
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In recent weeks, there has been much commentary in Jordan on the importance of taking a new approach to Jordan’s bilateral relations,” writes Amer Al Sabaileh. “Strategically, it is imperative that Jordan continues to diversify its options, but this must be done with a clear plan and idea rather than clichés and propaganda.
How we created a mini 'gamma ray burst' in the lab for the first time
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
New research may help us to look for messages from alien civilisations.
NASA Has First Close Look at Distant Galaxy From Dawn of the Universe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA’s Hubble Telescope has captured a picture of the young SPT0615-JD galaxy, which existed more than 13 billion years ago. While astronomers have observed some galaxies at this distance, they have only appeared as tiny red pin pricks. A strange phenomenon called gravitational lensing has allowed astronomers to see this ancient galaxy bigger and brighter than any others from this distance.
This new virtual reality system is taking researchers inside microscopic images
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists have found a new way to study the incredibly detailed images captured by cutting-edge microscopes: Physically moving through the 3-dimensional scans in virtual reality. Developed by scientists from the Swiss nonprofit, Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering, and the University of Geneva, it will allow researchers to view brain structures and connections that have…
Chinese 'rainbow dinosaur' had iridescent feathers like hummingbirds
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists on Monday announced the discovery of a crow-sized, bird-like dinosaur with colorful feathers from northeastern China that lived 161 million years ago during the Jurassic Period. Microscopic structures in the exquisitely preserved, nearly complete fossil unearthed in Hebei Province indicated that it boasted iridescent feathers, particularly on its head, neck and chest, with colors that shimmered and shifted in the light, like those of hummingbirds. The discovery "suggests a more colorful Jurassic World than we previously imagined," said evolutionary biologist Chad Eliason of the Field Museum in Chicago, one of the researchers in the study published in the journal Nature Communications.
Google Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day With a Doodle Inspired By His 'I Have a Dream' Speech
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Doodle is inspired by the regular people who made up the Civil Rights Movement
Plane in Turkey Skids Off Runway and Dangles Over Cliff
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The plane dangled off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the sea
Corning’s glass is half full and rising
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
We delve into the history of Corning, size up its modern business, and talk future glass innovations in automotive, computing, and pharmaceuticals with Chief Strategy Officer Jeff Evenson.
Progressive eugenics is hardly history – the science and politics have just evolved
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It is not so clear that our own political and, increasingly, personal ambitions are so different from those of the original 'progressive eugenicists'.
Ritz Carlton, a luxury Saudi prison, takes Feb. 14 bookings
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Ritz Carlton in Saudi Arabia's capital may be reopening its doors in times for Valentine's Day, after serving for several months as a prison for the country's elite caught up in what the government has described as a crackdown on corruption.
Jordan’s need to diversify options, freedom will save Kenya, not being ostriches, National Payments Platform could change banking, demolition of a w
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In recent weeks, there has been much commentary in Jordan on the importance of taking a new approach to Jordan’s bilateral relations,” writes Amer Al Sabaileh. “Strategically, it is imperative that Jordan continues to diversify its options, but this must be done with a clear plan and idea rather than clichés and propaganda.
This chatbot wants to cut through the noise on climate science
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Noise and misinformation, especially on climate, has long been a problem on social media. To counter this, Australian not-for-profit the Climate Council has created a Facebook Messenger chatbot to inform people about climate science. SEE ALSO: Facebook announces a big News Feed change — and just wants you to be happy Launched on its Facebook page last week, it's an effort to connect with younger people who are interested in issues like climate change, but aren't the most engaged with the organisation — largely due to broader information overload. "Young people are saturated on social media because they're the most active on it, we know that they care and that they've got the thirst for information," Nelli Huié, digital manager at the Climate Council, explained. "But because they've got the highest use of social media, they've got the most voices clamouring to reach them through the News Feed. It can be a real challenge for us to cut through that noise." The Climate Council's chatbot in action.Image: The climate councilThe Climate Council started working with digital agency AKQA on the chatbot project last year. They aim to distill the organisation's high-level science into the more colloquial way people speak on Messenger. "It's really important to us that information on climate science is available to everyone ... making sure we distill that information in a way that anyone can understand it, and anyone can access it," Huié added. The chatbot's first iteration is simple, featuring a script that encourages users to take action on climate and assist in lowering emissions. It starts by giving an update on how countries like Australia are tracking to meet the Paris Agreement and leads into more personal responsibility. Eventually, the goal is for the chatbot to become like a "choose your own adventure" book. "People can [choose] the subject they want more information on, say if it's coal or Great Barrier Reef bleaching, and they can follow along and get information right down to the nitty gritty," Huié said.  In an age where misinformation can swirl around social media unfettered, even by certain world leaders, the chatbot could be a handy tool to bust myths on say, the recent polar vortex in the U.S. "With this chatbot, once people are engaged with it, we are actually able to send them a message and say, 'Hey here's some facts on the polar vortex, and what's really happening.' I think that's a really cool development," Huié remarked. WATCH: This VR gym makes you work out by playing games
Hawaii Lacked Safeguards to Prevent False Missile Alert, FCC Head Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The false missile alert sent residents into a panic
I'm a Republican. What on Earth Is Wrong With My Party?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The MSNBC and TIME political analyst on her party, a GOP that has gone from compassion to Donald Trump cruelty, hitting new lows every day
The SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth Looking Like a Toasted Marshmallow
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A marshmallow filled with 4,100 pounds of stuff from the ISS, that is.
The Debate Is Hot: Do Lobsters Feel Pain?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Swiss seem to think so.
Jordan’s need to diversify options, freedom will save Kenya, not being ostriches, National Payments Platform could change banking, demolition of a w
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In recent weeks, there has been much commentary in Jordan on the importance of taking a new approach to Jordan’s bilateral relations,” writes Amer Al Sabaileh. “Strategically, it is imperative that Jordan continues to diversify its options, but this must be done with a clear plan and idea rather than clichés and propaganda.
'No Hope' of Survivors After Iranian Tanker Explodes and Sinks off Chinese Coast
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The tanker was carrying 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis
Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas Calls President Trump's Peace Plan 'the Slap of the Century'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Relations between Washington and the Palestinians have sunk to a new low
Jordan’s need to diversify options, freedom will save Kenya, not being ostriches, National Payments Platform could change banking, demolition of a w
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In recent weeks, there has been much commentary in Jordan on the importance of taking a new approach to Jordan’s bilateral relations,” writes Amer Al Sabaileh. “Strategically, it is imperative that Jordan continues to diversify its options, but this must be done with a clear plan and idea rather than clichés and propaganda.
SpaceX and Boeing Slated for Manned Space Missions By Year's End
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
SpaceX and Boeing Slated for Manned Space Missions By Year's End
A look at past false alarms that put the world on edge
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kurt the 'CyberGuy' discusses how these mistakes could be prevented.
President Trump Says DACA Program is 'Probably Dead'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Trump tweeted that the "Democrats don't really want it"
Jordan’s need to diversify options, freedom will save Kenya, not being ostriches, National Payments Platform could change banking, demolition of a w
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In recent weeks, there has been much commentary in Jordan on the importance of taking a new approach to Jordan’s bilateral relations,” writes Amer Al Sabaileh. “Strategically, it is imperative that Jordan continues to diversify its options, but this must be done with a clear plan and idea rather than clichés and propaganda.
'I Had No Idea.' Katie Couric Breaks Her Silence About Matt Lauer's Firing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Courie broke her silence on allegations against her former co-host
Oprah Interviewed Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera and Other Stars About Time's Up
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Winfrey spoke to them for CBS Sunday Morning
'No Hope' Sailors Alive After Iranian Tanker Collision
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The burning tanker sank off the coast of China
A Car Somehow Crashed Into the Second Story of a California Building
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Officials said the driver was driving at a high speed when the crash occurred
Jordan’s need to diversify options, freedom will save Kenya, not being ostriches, National Payments Platform could change banking, demolition of a w
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In recent weeks, there has been much commentary in Jordan on the importance of taking a new approach to Jordan’s bilateral relations,” writes Amer Al Sabaileh. “Strategically, it is imperative that Jordan continues to diversify its options, but this must be done with a clear plan and idea rather than clichés and propaganda.
NASA’s new X
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA wants to use X-ray navigation to guide robotic ships through outer space. In a first, the agency demonstrated its breakthrough technology in November of last year, paving the way for autonomous spacecraft in deep space.
‘Cosmos’ will return to television in 2019, countering alternative facts with science
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Like hope, “Cosmos” springs eternal. That’s the message Ann Druyan is delivering with the news that “Cosmos,” the science-minded TV show pioneered by her late husband, world-renowned physicist Carl Sagan, is returning to Fox and National Geographic in the spring of 2019. “I would love for this show to be a kind of initiation experience for as many people around the world as possible, into the awesome power of science as a way to keep us from lying to each other, and lying to ourselves,” she told reporters today during a teleconference. “We are primates, and we lie,” said Druyan,… Read More
Lunar lava tubes may provide access to vast polar ice reservoirs on the moon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
New image analysis by researchers at SETI indicate that there may be subterranean lava tubes in the polar region of the moon leading to massive underground glaciers, which could provide fuel for a long-term lunar base.
Is This Science Hacker a Heroine or a Villain?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Alexandra Elbakyan is turning the multimillion dollar science publishing industry upside down.
Lactalis CEO breaks silence over salmonella
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The chief executive of France's Lactalis group on Sunday vowed compensation for victims of salmonella-tainted baby milk, as he revealed that recalls were now under way in 83 countries. Emmanuel Besnier, giving his first interview in nearly 20 years as head of the family-controlled company, told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that the recall involved more than 12 million packages of Picot, Milumel, Celia and other brands of powdered baby milk. "We are going to draw the lessons from this crisis and set out an even stricter hygiene framework, in collaboration with the authorities," he said.
Philippines' Mayon volcano alert raised as eruption feared
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Philippines raised the alert level for the country's most active volcano twice in 24 hours Sunday, meaning that a hazardous eruption is possible within days. A bright glow from Mayon volcano's summit crater indicated the start of lava flow, while steam and ash plumes were produced by three steam-driven eruptions, according to the country's volcanology institute. "This means that Mayon is exhibiting relatively high unrest and that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days," the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in a statement.
Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Trump and Kim should talk after false alarm
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should enter negotiations before another mistake leads to accidental nuclear war.
Martin Luther King Jr.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
King was a Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and civil rights leader who practiced peaceful, nonviolent civil disobedience to protest racial inequality. In 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.
Jordan’s need to diversify options, freedom will save Kenya, not being ostriches, National Payments Platform could change banking, demolition of a w
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In recent weeks, there has been much commentary in Jordan on the importance of taking a new approach to Jordan’s bilateral relations,” writes Amer Al Sabaileh. “Strategically, it is imperative that Jordan continues to diversify its options, but this must be done with a clear plan and idea rather than clichés and propaganda.
A massive underwater volcano erupted and scientists almost missed it
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Generally speaking, it's pretty easy to tell when something is going on with a volcano. When a large volcano is about to blow its top it typically shows signs of unrest many days, months, or even years ahead of time. Add to that the fact that many volcanos are constantly monitored and are popular with sightseers and you can understand why the vast majority of volcanic activity is easy to observe and study. When the Havre volcano produced a massive eruption several years back scientist not only didn't predict it, they actually almost missed it entirely. In a new paper published in Science Advances, researchers explain how they first spotted the eruption and discuss the incredible challenges associated with studying a volcano that is erupting on the bottom of the ocean. As you can probably imagine, studying anything deep underwater is inherently more challenging that studying something on dry land. Not only is visibility much lower from a distance, but you can't exactly just walk right up to an underwater volcano to get a better view. https://vimeo.com/250185868 In fact, scientists only knew that something was going on when they spotted a massive trail of debris floating on the ocean surface. The material had created what researchers call a "raft," which is another way of saying it was a whole bunch of buoyant rock that had collected far above the eruption. With so much material already gathering on the surface, researchers expected to see an incredibly violent sight when they sent their observation equipment below, but they were in for a surprise. As the paper explains, the volcano was actually kind of chill about the whole thing. Sure, it was spewing out molten rock, creating a large cone of cooled rock around the site of the eruption, but despite the incredible amount of material it was producing it was far less violent than what you might expect from a large eruption. The researchers explain that this was indeed a surprise, but only because underwater volcanoes have so poorly understood for so long. Science hasn't done a great job of studying them (for the reasons mentioned earlier), and they could still hold some incredibly vital clues for scientists hoping to paint a more detailed picture of how our planet functions.
Legendary Musician Eric Clapton Reveals He Is Going Deaf
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"It's amazing to myself that I'm still here"
At Least 1 Dead in Peru After 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The powerful earthquake struck off Peru's coast
Greece set to allow medical cannabis use
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Greece's parliament is expected to approve the medical use of cannabis in the coming weeks, a deputy minister said Sunday, adding that the change would attract investment to the country. "In a few weeks' time, an amendment will be brought to parliament to define the legislative framework for the cultivation and manufacturing of pharmaceutical products based on medical cannabis, which will open the way for Greek and foreign investments," deputy agricultural development minister Yannis Tsironis told AFP. Tsironis said the legalisation of medical cannabis could attract investments of 1.5 to 2 billion euros ( $1.8 t0 2.4 billion), with Greek, Israeli and Canadian companies already expressing interest.
Iran Releases Hundreds of Anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
At least 25 people have reportedly been killed during the recent unrest
Embattled French dairy chief breaks silence over salmonella scare
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The chief executive of France's Lactalis group on Sunday vowed compensation for victims of salmonella-tainted baby milk, as he revealed that recalls were now under way in 83 countries. Emmanuel Besnier, giving his first interview in nearly 20 years as head of the family-controlled company, told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that the recall involved more than 12 million packages of Picot, Milumel, Celia and other brands of powdered baby milk. A total of 37 babies have fallen ill in France as a result of the contamination, health authorities said late Friday, along with a case in Spain and a suspected case in Greece, but Besnier said no new cases had been reported since December 8, a week after the recall was announced.
Georgia senator now says Trump 'did not use that word'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said that President Trump never used crass language referring to Haiti and African nations during a closed-door meeting earlier this week.
Jordan’s need to diversify options, freedom will save Kenya, not being ostriches, National Payments Platform could change banking, demolition of a w
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“In recent weeks, there has been much commentary in Jordan on the importance of taking a new approach to Jordan’s bilateral relations,” writes Amer Al Sabaileh. “Strategically, it is imperative that Jordan continues to diversify its options, but this must be done with a clear plan and idea rather than clichés and propaganda.