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The Way You Make Hair Blonde May Also Have Started Life
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A staple of home medicine cabinets could have sparked the reactions that led to the very first life on the planet in the seafloor waters around small vents in Earth's crust, according to the pair of scientists behind a new paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. For the past few years, they've focused on trying to figure out whether the chemical hydrogen peroxide could have helped spur reactions leading to the very first lifelike compounds. The study is based around the analogy of a toy train by arguing that setting was key: In order for these reactions to play out, they had to take place in a string of pores and tunnels found in certain kinds of rock, like those located near the hydrothermal vents where many scientists today think the very first life may have come into being.
Delhi smog shortening lives, say doctors as hospitals fill up
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In the emergency ward of a Delhi hospital, men and women gasp for breath as they wait to be treated for symptoms triggered by the choking blanket of smog that descended on the Indian capital this week. Doctors at the government-run Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute say patient numbers have more than tripled since pollution levels spiked amid a change in weather conditions and the annual post-harvest burning of crop stubble in surrounding areas. Shopkeeper Manoj Khati said he initially dismissed his heaving cough but it grew gradually worse and he has now been diagnosed with chronic bronchitis.
Lebanon Prime Minister Says He Will Return to Country 'Very Soon'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In a TV interview, Saad Hariri said he resigned to protect Lebanon from imminent danger
Sean Hannity Fans Call for Boycotting Keurig After Sponsors Pull Ads From Fox News Show
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Ads were pulled after Hannity's remarks about Roy Moore
Frozen treats, other supplies rocketing toward space station
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A stash of ice cream and other supplies is headed to the International Space Station, this time from cold Virginia
Ready Or Not, Rockefeller Center's Christmas Tree Has Arrived
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas at New York City’s Rockefeller Center — but don’t worry, you still more than a month of shopping to go.
Not the time to apologize for the Balfour blunder, Burundi’s departure from the ICC might have a ripple effect, It is time to cut off aid to Burundi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“[The] Balfour Declaration ... reached its first centennial anniversary this week,” writes Hasan Abu Nimah. “The Israelis, along with many of their Western supporters, are celebrating the British foreign minister’s ‘promise’ of a Jewish national home in Palestine as a document that amounts to the birth certificate of the state of Israel.... The Palestinians remember it as an illegal ominous ‘promise’ by a colonial power to the Jewish people to establish for themselves a national home in a land that belonged neither to them nor to those who offered them the land.... There are voices calling for a British apology. “Burundi’s decision to quit the International Criminal Court is likely to resonate in other African states whose leaders have long complained that they are targeted for investigation by the UN institution...,” states an editorial.
New Process Makes Ethanol Sustainable
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A new breakthrough has shown that it is possible to produce ethanol from agricultural and industrial waste, making the process more sustainable
Google Doodle Honors Veterans With Silhouettes of Each Military Branch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It depicts members of the armed services
Biomedical engineers from across Africa are collaborating to build medical devices
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Biomedical engineering can save lives. It draws on and integrates knowledge from disciplines like engineering, computer science, biomedical sciences, and public health as well as clinical practice. This knowledge is combined to improve health—often through the design of medical devices for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Most of Africa’s medical equipment is imported. “Equipment graveyards” become…
John Kelly Says He Doesn't Follow President Trump's Tweets
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"I do not follow the tweets," he said after Trump lashed out on Twitter
The Number of Homeless Veterans Is Down 40% Since 2011
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
And three states have effectively ended veteran homelessness
Roy Moore Is a Predator Whose Candidacy Proves Our Moral Decline
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Republican candidate for one of Alabama's Senate seats has been accused of soliciting sex from a young girl, belying his stated values
Pollution spikes in Delhi amid warnings no relief in sight
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Air pollution in New Delhi worsened again Sunday and officials warned of little relief in sight from the smog, which has even caused one airline to cancel flights to the world's most polluted capital. The US embassy website Sunday showed levels of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants reached 676, about 27 times the World Health Organization's safe maximum, after falling slightly late last week. Delhi authorities have halted all construction, shut brick kilns and banned lorries from entering the city but pollution levels have remained stubbornly high, hovering around hazardous levels for six days in the city and other parts of north India.
Rural areas at risk as water levels drop in massive aquifer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
DENVER (AP) — The draining of a massive aquifer that underlies portions of eight states in the central U.S. is drying up steams, causing fish to disappear and threatening the livelihood of farmers who rely on it for their crops.
Mass Graves Found in Iraq Could Contain 400 Bodies
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The graves are in an area recently retaken from the Islamic State group
Fidget spinners with harmful lead counts for kids sold at Target
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Parents, according to a recent report, should watch what fidget spinners their kids are using.  Two types of metal fidget spinners, called the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal, are sold at Target and were found to contain far beyond the legal amount of lead designated safe for products aimed at kids.  SEE ALSO: India overtakes the U.S. to become world's second largest smartphone market According to a report put out by the United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, the "brass" fidget spinner contains 33,000 parts per million of lead at its center, which is, shall we say, a bit more than the 100 parts per million legal limit for lead found in toys marketed to kids. The "metal" fidget spinner had 1,300 parts per million of lead at its core.  Both of these fidget spinners, according to the research group, are available at Target.  A Target spokesperson responded to the story by writing in an email to PIRG that the fidget spinners in question are marketed to anyone age 14 or older. “As a result," the spokesperson wrote, "the fidget spinners identified are not regulated as toys or children’s products and are not required to meet children’s product standards.” The Target page for Fidget Wild Spinner Premium Brass does indeed say it's for people 14 and older, though The Washington Post reported that the fidget spinner's manufacturer labeled them for anyone at least six years old. That recommendation was reportedly taken down on Thursday as the report went out to the world. Target also appears to have made the "brass" fidget spinner unavailable online, though they were apparently still on store shelves as of Friday. Timothy Nolan, president of the company that supplies these fidget spinners, Bulls-I Toy, wrote in response to the report that the fidget spinners in question are "general use products" and therefore "are not in violation of any mandated federal regulations." But PIRG says Target often markets these fidget spinners to kids by placing them in aisles alongside toys, and has scoffed at the notion that kids won't use a particular fidget spinner just because the packaging said 14-plus.  “All fidget spinners have play value as children’s toys regardless of age labeling,” said Kara Cook-Schultz, the toxics director at U.S. PIRG Education Fund, according to a press release that went along with the release of the report. "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys — and yes, these are toys.” WATCH: The octopuses are invading! Well, kinda...
White House official: Roy Moore has 'more explaining' to do
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said on Sunday that if the allegations against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore are true, there’s a “special place in hell” for him — but cautioned against a rush to judgment.
#MeAt14: Women tweet photos of when they were age Roy Moore's accuser was
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Women are reacting to the allegations that Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore had attempted sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 by posting to Twitter images of themselves when they were 14.
Police search for woman seen mailing stolen art to museum
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says it wants to question a woman caught on video mailing stolen art back to the Museum of Modern Art.
Police search for wedding ring lost in Halloween candy bag
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont trick-or-treater may have picked up more than candy on Halloween this year.
Not the time to apologize for the Balfour blunder, Burundi’s departure from the ICC might have a ripple effect, It is time to cut off aid to Burundi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“[The] Balfour Declaration ... reached its first centennial anniversary this week,” writes Hasan Abu Nimah. “The Israelis, along with many of their Western supporters, are celebrating the British foreign minister’s ‘promise’ of a Jewish national home in Palestine as a document that amounts to the birth certificate of the state of Israel.... The Palestinians remember it as an illegal ominous ‘promise’ by a colonial power to the Jewish people to establish for themselves a national home in a land that belonged neither to them nor to those who offered them the land.... There are voices calling for a British apology. “Burundi’s decision to quit the International Criminal Court is likely to resonate in other African states whose leaders have long complained that they are targeted for investigation by the UN institution...,” states an editorial.
'Make Her Realize She's Gay.' Read Ellen Page's Emotional Story Accusing Brett Rattner of Outing Her
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"We are all entitled to come into an awareness of our sexual orientation privately"
George Takei Denies Accusations That He Groped Model in 1981
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The "Star Trek" actor said that the allegations "simply did not occur"
Chiefs' Roy Miller Arrested on Domestic Battery Charge
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Miller was jailed shortly before 5 a.m. by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Finding Ms. Veteran America
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Photographer Peter Van Agtmael goes behind the scenes of the 2017 Ms. Veteran America competition, a beauty pageant for female veterans.
A Neural Network Invented These Extremely Strange Fish Names
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Have you ever enjoyed a Vermillion assfin? How about a Horse-eye grunt?
60,000 Join Far
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Nationalists marched in a demonstration organized by far-right groups
Don’t sweat it: Scientists propose perspiration
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A research team from the University at Albany has proposed a novel use for sweat -- as a biomarker to better secure our mobile devices. All a user needs to do is make a sweat profile.
Bible Scholars Disagree With the 'Jesus, Mary and Joseph' Defense of Roy Moore
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"Christians don't use Joseph and Mary to explain child molesting accusations"
US cities, states defy Trump, still back Paris climate deal
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
BONN, Germany (AP) — A group of U.S. states, cities, businesses and universities said Saturday they are still committed to curbing global warming even as U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is walking away from the Paris climate accord.
Supply run to space station delayed by stray plane
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed a day because of a stray plane.
Not the time to apologize for the Balfour blunder, Burundi’s departure from the ICC might have a ripple effect, It is time to cut off aid to Burundi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“[The] Balfour Declaration ... reached its first centennial anniversary this week,” writes Hasan Abu Nimah. “The Israelis, along with many of their Western supporters, are celebrating the British foreign minister’s ‘promise’ of a Jewish national home in Palestine as a document that amounts to the birth certificate of the state of Israel.... The Palestinians remember it as an illegal ominous ‘promise’ by a colonial power to the Jewish people to establish for themselves a national home in a land that belonged neither to them nor to those who offered them the land.... There are voices calling for a British apology. “Burundi’s decision to quit the International Criminal Court is likely to resonate in other African states whose leaders have long complained that they are targeted for investigation by the UN institution...,” states an editorial.
9 People Contract Legionnaire's Disease After Visiting Disneyland
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The park shut down two bacteria-laden water cooling towers
Having trouble keeping your tweets brief? You're in luck
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Fox on Tech: After extensive testing, Twitter doubles the character limit of your tweets from 140 to 280.
Why FX Cutting Ties With Louis C.K. Is a Big Deal
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He helped FX's creative renaissance
'Fake News.' Roy Moore Again Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"This article is a prime example of fake news"
2 Senators Withdraw Roy Moore Endorsement After Report He Initiated Sexual Contact With Teen
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Moore still has the endorsement of three Senators
Not the time to apologize for the Balfour blunder, Burundi’s departure from the ICC might have a ripple effect, It is time to cut off aid to Burundi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“[The] Balfour Declaration ... reached its first centennial anniversary this week,” writes Hasan Abu Nimah. “The Israelis, along with many of their Western supporters, are celebrating the British foreign minister’s ‘promise’ of a Jewish national home in Palestine as a document that amounts to the birth certificate of the state of Israel.... The Palestinians remember it as an illegal ominous ‘promise’ by a colonial power to the Jewish people to establish for themselves a national home in a land that belonged neither to them nor to those who offered them the land.... There are voices calling for a British apology. “Burundi’s decision to quit the International Criminal Court is likely to resonate in other African states whose leaders have long complained that they are targeted for investigation by the UN institution...,” states an editorial.
Texas Church Shooter's Ex
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
She describes how Kelley threatened her with a gun over speeding ticket
Not the time to apologize for the Balfour blunder, Burundi’s departure from the ICC might have a ripple effect, It is time to cut off aid to Burundi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“[The] Balfour Declaration ... reached its first centennial anniversary this week,” writes Hasan Abu Nimah. “The Israelis, along with many of their Western supporters, are celebrating the British foreign minister’s ‘promise’ of a Jewish national home in Palestine as a document that amounts to the birth certificate of the state of Israel.... The Palestinians remember it as an illegal ominous ‘promise’ by a colonial power to the Jewish people to establish for themselves a national home in a land that belonged neither to them nor to those who offered them the land.... There are voices calling for a British apology. “Burundi’s decision to quit the International Criminal Court is likely to resonate in other African states whose leaders have long complained that they are targeted for investigation by the UN institution...,” states an editorial.
'Didn't Even Blink.' Texas Church Shooter Had Been Acting Strangely, Witnesses Say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Devin Patrick Kelley showed up at a festival and made people suspicious
The Latest: Merkel calls for all to fight climate change
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Latest on the global climate change conference in Bonn, Germany (all times local): ___ 3:50 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says every country needs to pitch in to keep global temperatures from ...
Not the time to apologize for the Balfour blunder, Burundi’s departure from the ICC might have a ripple effect, It is time to cut off aid to Burundi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“[The] Balfour Declaration ... reached its first centennial anniversary this week,” writes Hasan Abu Nimah. “The Israelis, along with many of their Western supporters, are celebrating the British foreign minister’s ‘promise’ of a Jewish national home in Palestine as a document that amounts to the birth certificate of the state of Israel.... The Palestinians remember it as an illegal ominous ‘promise’ by a colonial power to the Jewish people to establish for themselves a national home in a land that belonged neither to them nor to those who offered them the land.... There are voices calling for a British apology. “Burundi’s decision to quit the International Criminal Court is likely to resonate in other African states whose leaders have long complained that they are targeted for investigation by the UN institution...,” states an editorial.
Writer Accuses Richard Dreyfuss of Exposing Himself
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A Los Angeles-based writer says actor Richard Dreyfuss made lewd comments to her over the course of several years
Donald Trump: Vladimir Putin 'Absolutely Did Not Meddle in Our Election'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election," Trump said of Putin
Why Some People Age Faster Than Others
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Ever wonder what it is about some people that makes them able to run marathons into their 70s? For the first time, scientists have identified a genetic pathway that may regulate the rate at which we age. Building on their research is expected to improve our understanding of how to keep our bodies healthy even as they grow older.
'Are You Still Muslim?' Marine Drill Instructor Gets 10 Years in Prison for Tormenting Recruits
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Sgt. Joseph Felix tormented young recruits, including one who later killed himself
Trend? College football players pop the question on
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Carlos Correa seems to have started something.
Not the time to apologize for the Balfour blunder, Burundi’s departure from the ICC might have a ripple effect, It is time to cut off aid to Burundi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“[The] Balfour Declaration ... reached its first centennial anniversary this week,” writes Hasan Abu Nimah. “The Israelis, along with many of their Western supporters, are celebrating the British foreign minister’s ‘promise’ of a Jewish national home in Palestine as a document that amounts to the birth certificate of the state of Israel.... The Palestinians remember it as an illegal ominous ‘promise’ by a colonial power to the Jewish people to establish for themselves a national home in a land that belonged neither to them nor to those who offered them the land.... There are voices calling for a British apology. “Burundi’s decision to quit the International Criminal Court is likely to resonate in other African states whose leaders have long complained that they are targeted for investigation by the UN institution...,” states an editorial.