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Pentagon report shows Flynn misled investigators about Russia trip
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Flynn told investigators he had had only “insubstantial contact” with foreign nationals, and failed mention he sat next to Vladimir Putin at an RT dinner.
As Iraqi forces close in on ISIS in Mosul, civilians are still caught in crossfire
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In the Tamuz district on the outskirts of western Mosul, Iraqi forces traded fire with remaining ISIS snipers. Iraqi soldiers built a barricade of destroyed cars carried to the front lines by construction trucks. The Iraqi government wants to complete the reconquest of Mosul before the start of Ramadan, the monthlong Muslim fast, on May 26.
With huge arms deal, US pivots back to Saudis. How does it affect the region?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The $110 billion arms deal President Trump signed with Saudi Arabia may ultimately be as destabilizing in the Middle East as it is good for business in the US. “Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity,” Mr. Trump told Sunni Arab leaders in Riyadh, as he called on them to crush Islamic State jihadists and to isolate Iran.
Trump has denied 'collusion' with Russia. But is that the real issue?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
If there’s a single word at the center of the FBI investigation into the Russian connection to the 2016 US election, it might be “collusion.” It means secret or illegal cooperation, especially to cheat or deceive others. “That is important stuff for the public to be aware of even if it absolves the campaign staff of ‘knowing collusion,’ ” says Julian Sanchez, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute who studies national security and intelligence surveillance, in an email interview.
6 Lower Ab Workouts That Will Strengthen Your Core — No Crunches Necessary
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Make better use of your gym time and see faster results with these effective exercises.
Jessica Simpson Says Her Fashion Line Is Successful Because She Caters to *Every* Body Type
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
She wants all women to feel included when shopping her clothes.
This Heartwarming Video of a Toddler Meeting His Baby Brother Will Make Your Day
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Happy tears all around!
How to Stay Hydrated
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
During summer’s heat, it’s easy to become dehydrated without realizing it. And dehydration, which occurs when you lose more water via sweat and urine than you’ve taken in, can be especially dange...
Homemade Fig Energy Bars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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Lonely penguin seeks mate through online dating site
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Spruce the penguin is young, single and looking for a girlfriend through online dating site Plenty of Fish.
Large study uncovers genes linked to intelligence
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Genetic study finds that the way the nervous system forms and develops might influence intelligence.
First Human Ancestor Came from Europe Not Africa, 7.2 Million
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The first hominin species, a line that eventually leads to humans, may have emerged in Europe 7.2 million years ago and not Africa—the most widely accepted starting point for our ancestors. An international team of scientists has presented two studies that suggest the divergence point between chimpanzees and humans took place in the Eastern Mediterranean rather than East Africa. Previously, scientists had thought hominins and chimps split between seven and five million years ago, with the first in the hominin line emerging in Africa.
Science Says: Medications prevent opioid addiction relapse
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
CHICAGO (AP) — Remarks by a top U.S. health official have reignited a quarrel in the world of addiction and recovery: Does treating opioid addiction with medication save lives? Or does it trade one addiction for another?
Breathtaking photography series showcases beauty of night sky in areas with no light pollution
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Two photographers have made a set of images exploring the magnificent night skies still found in North American and the grave threat of light pollution.
British Daredevil Aims to Break 4 World Records in Wingsuit Jumps
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A wingsuit pilot is hoping to break four world records in two death-defying jumps from an altitude higher than where commercial airliners fly. British daredevil Fraser Corsan is aiming to beat the current records for the highest altitude, highest speed, furthest distance and longest time flown in a wingsuit. Corsan will attempt his first jump from a high-altitude hot air balloon at 40,000 feet (12,100 meters) today (May 22), but the stunt will be subject to weather conditions and airspace clearance.
The Arctic “doomsday” seed vault is supposed to ensure our future. Its architects are worried about climate change.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Update, Monday 3:07 p.m.: It turns out that the flood at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway first reported Friday by The Guardian happened in October, not last week. A spokesperson for Statsbygg, the Norwegian operation that runs the seed vault, confirmed this to both CNN and Popular Science. “This fall—October 2016—we had extreme weather in Svalbard with high temperatures and a lot of rain—very unusual.
President Trump’s first trip abroad
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In contrast to George W. Bush and Obama, President Trump’s first overseas trip is a highly ambitious venture. As it gets underway, we have photos.
Father of Times Square car crash victim thanks New York in emotional letter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
At an impromptu memorial in Times Square, the father of the young woman who was killed there last week has placed a letter of thanks to the city.
Comey friend: Here’s what the fired FBI director will — and won’t — reveal in Senate hearing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
With ousted FBI Director James Comey set to testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee, his friend, Lawfare editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes, shed some insight on how he expects Comey will conduct himself in his first open forum since being unceremoniously fired by President Trump. Acknowledging “there are certain things on which he is not unbound,” Wittes predicted Monday that Comey would not answer any questions related to the ongoing FBI investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the election.
Will North Korea bring the US and ASEAN together?, Chibok girls freed but concerns remain, What did Erdoğan get out of talks with Putin?, Venezuelan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
"Diplomatic relations between the US and countries in this region have often been hampered by different standards and interpretations of political integrity...," states an editorial. "At least on the black-and-white threat posed by an armed and boisterous North Korea, America and Southeast Asia can sing the same tune. It’s the grey issues that have rendered our ties tenuous.... White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has said Washington wants to be ‘on the same page’ with [the Association of Southeast Asian Nations] regarding North Korea, and that takes precedence over allegations of rights abuses hampering democratic progress in the region.
Trump’s fresh approach to the Middle East
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
By example as much as by words, President Trump has used his maiden trip abroad to demonstrate a fresh direction for the Middle East, one that could be called ecumenical diplomacy. First he visited Islam’s birthplace, Saudi Arabia. Then he was off to Israel, the center of Judaism.
Hottest lava for billions of years discovered, and it could resurface at supervolcanoes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Pockets of mantle that have retained their heat for billions of years have been discovered, and they are still capable of causing extremely hot eruptions today. The Earth's mantle has been cooling down for billions of years. Extremely hot material rises up from this boundary all the way to the surface, where it erupts in the form of magma through volcanoes.
Inherited Intelligence: Scientists Discover Over 50 New Intelligence Genes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists have discovered over 50 new genes relating to intelligence—a finding that gives us a far better insight into the “genetic architecture of intelligence” and how this relates to IQ. While the exact percentage is widely debated, scientists generally agree that a large proportion of intelligence is inherited—and therefore based on genetic factors. A team of scientists has now uncovered over 50 genes relating to intelligence using a sample of almost 80,000 people.
Einstein's biggest blunder turned out to explain one of the greatest scientific revelations of the 20th century
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Brian Greene, Columbia University physicist and co-founder of the World Science Festival...
New telescope has already found 3 rare mystery signals
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder is poised to make history if it helps solve the origin of fast radio bursts.
'Crypto' Parasite Top Culprit for Pool
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If you got sick from swimming in a pool last summer, there's a good chance it was due to a tiny parasite called Cryptosporidium. The parasite, which causes cryptosporidiosis, or "crypto" for short, is the leading cause of recreational water-associated outbreaks, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of cases of crypto in the U.S. have about tripled since 2004, according to the report, which was published today (May 18) as a part of the CDC's "Healthy and Safe Swimming Week." Crypto outbreaks are particularly associated with aquatic facilities that have one or more pools.
This space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
And grow your herbs more quickly in the process.
The ‘alien megastructure’ star is acting weird, again, and it’s exactly what astronomers have been waiting for
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Tabby's Star — officially known as KIC 8462852 — is acting weird, again. Recent reports...
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is on a White House tightrope
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sanders’ meteoric rise within the Trump administration has, paradoxically, put her in one of the most precarious positions in a wildly unstable White House.
The speech, the deal and the orb: Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The most celebrated image featured Trump, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi King Salman with their hands on a glowing white orb.
Mississippi lawmaker calls for lynching in response to removing Confederate statues
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Pushback against the removal of Confederate monuments flared up again when a state representative spoke out harshly against those responsible.
Trump on sharing intelligence with Russians: I never said ‘Israel’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump seemed to confirm during an appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he had given some Israeli intelligence to top Russian diplomats.
Used clothing store gets surprise donation of marijuana
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — Someone apparently inadvertently donated more than 100 grams of marijuana when they dropped off some used children's clothes at a suburban Minneapolis shop.
Will North Korea bring the US and ASEAN together?, Chibok girls freed but concerns remain, What did Erdoğan get out of talks with Putin?, Venezuelan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
"Diplomatic relations between the US and countries in this region have often been hampered by different standards and interpretations of political integrity...," states an editorial. "At least on the black-and-white threat posed by an armed and boisterous North Korea, America and Southeast Asia can sing the same tune. It’s the grey issues that have rendered our ties tenuous.... White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has said Washington wants to be ‘on the same page’ with [the Association of Southeast Asian Nations] regarding North Korea, and that takes precedence over allegations of rights abuses hampering democratic progress in the region.
One West Virginia city's pioneering approach to opioid crisis
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Within a minute of the siren sounding in Station 4, three firefighters are barreling through a red light.
Why Amazon let 4,000 dogs into its Seattle headquarters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Amazon has 4,000 registered canines — 500 of which on average come to the offices everyday with their employee owners.
How taking care of your gut bacteria could improve your anxiety
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In the past 30 years, there has been a massive decline in the development of strategies to treat anxiety and mood disorders. Focusing less narrowly on the brain itself and more on gut bacteria could redefine the way we approach mental health. The stall in conventional treatments has happened despite tremendous advances in neuroscience, genetics and brain imaging technologies.
Star’s Mysterious Flickering Sign Of An Alien Megastructure?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
KIC 8462852, the star observed by American astronomer Tabetha S. Boyajian in 2015 to have a unique light characteristic, has dimmed by a fifth in the last few days.
Meet the 'Cyclops Kid': One
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A goat with one large eye in the middle of its forehead — a rare birth defect known as cyclopia — was born in a village in Assam, India, on May 10. Cyclopia is a severe form of a disorder called holoprosencephaly, which emerges during fetal development when the brain doesn't divide into two distinct hemispheres. A fetus with cyclopia fails to develop two eye cavities, instead forming a single central eye cavity that can contain one oversize eye or two partially fused eyeballs.
Towering Rock Once Hidden Beneath Earth Seen from Space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's no wonder this abrupt landform is the center of a Navajo legend involving a giant bird that turned to stone — it's impossible to look at the sheer cliffs without wondering what created them. A new view of Shiprock from space offers a few hints. Leading toward the rugged rock formation in San Juan County is a dark dike, a part of the volcano that created the 1,969-foot-tall (600 meters) cliff formation.
What is MILAMOS? Work begins on international rule book for future space warfare
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An international committee is embarking on a three-year effort to establish globally-recognised ground rules for space warfare, in anticipation of a future in which battles are not only fought on Earth, but above it. A coalition of scientists, lawyers, academics and government representatives from around the world will come together to draft a document that will outline the legal parameters for military operations in space and its governance during war time. The Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space – or MILAMOS – seeks to determine the rules of engagement during space combat and whether current treaties regarding warfare could be applied to conflicts taking place miles above the Earth.
Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Carving Found in Looting Hole
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Egyptian authorities say they caught looters digging up an ancient stone block carved with an image of a pharaoh. In the city of Abydos, antiquities authorities say they were inspecting an old two-story, mud-brick house when they found that the owner had excavated a hole in the floor. The block was at the bottom of the hole, about 13 feet (4 meters) below the floor, according to an announcement from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
Nepal torches valuable wildlife parts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Nepal destroyed thousands of valuable animal skins and other parts seized from poachers on a giant bonfire Monday in a symbolic gesture against the illegal wildlife trade. More than 4,000 animal parts, including endangered tiger skins and rhino hides, were burned in a large pyre at Chitwan National Park, the nation's most important conservation area. "As a country committed to conservation of wildlife and biodiversity, Nepal has destroyed animal parts stored over 20 years," Maheswor Dhakal from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation told AFP.
Video: Watch Amazon’s Jeff Bezos talk with kids about Apollo’s space legacy – and share life lessons
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos came to Seattle’s Museum of Flight today to talk with students about the decades-old rocket engines he rescued from the sea – but he stayed to share some down-to-earth lessons for life on this planet. “Be proud, not of your gifts, but of your hard work and your choices,” the billionaire told more than 100 kids and grown-ups who crammed themselves into the central gallery for “Apollo,” the museum’s new exhibit focusing on the 1960s space race. The highlight of the show is a display of components from the mighty F-1 engines that powered Apollo astronauts on the first leg of… Read More
Drowned City: Jordan to Search for Ancient Site's Underwater Remains
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
This July, archaeologists in Jordan will begin an underwater search for remains of an early Islamic city. Located at the northern tip of the Red Sea, modern-day Aqaba is Jordan's only port. In the Middle Ages, the city was known as Ayla.
China says no mining in its immediate plans for Antarctica
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
BEIJING (AP) — China plans to expand its scientific research in Antarctica in coming years amid worries over the area's susceptibility to climate change, but has no immediate plans to mine or develop natural resources that could be exposed as the ice cap shrinks, government officials said Monday.
NASA orders up urgent spacewalking repairs at space station
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA has ordered up urgent spacewalking repairs at the International Space Station
The speech, the deal and the orb: Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, third left, welcomes President Trump to dance with a sword during a welcome ceremony at Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. President Trump embarked Friday on his first trip abroad since taking the oath of office, a lengthy week-plus trip that began in Saudi Arabia. Here are the highlights from Trump’s weekend in Saudi Arabia.