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Why Scooter Libby Didn't Get a Presidential Pardon Until Just Now
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
George W. Bush refused to pardon Libby, a former aide to Dick Cheney
Ecuador's President Says Kidnapped Journalists Were Likely Killed
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He gave their captors 12 hours to prove otherwise or face a military strike
Readers write: Author Steve Coll’s work, US and world relations, connections across cultures, the comfort of books
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The Feb. 7 CSMonitor.com book review of Steve Coll’s “Directorate S” was excellent. A previous book written by Coll, “Ghost Wars,” was one of the finest ever written. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?
Time for an tax overhaul for digital multinationals, Why China and the West diverge sharply on privacy, Understanding Pakistan’s anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“As the recent scandal over Facebook and the company Cambridge Analytica has shown, many companies operating in the new ‘digital economy’ are, essentially, extractive industries,” write Eva Joly and Sorley McCaughey.
President Trump Attacks 'Slime Ball' James Comey as Details Emerge From Fired FBI Director's Book
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
'He is a weak and untruthful slime ball'
Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me. Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an astrophysicist, I’d begun researching global warming from an “astrobiological perspective.” That meant asking whether any industrial civilization that rises on any planet will, through their own activity, trigger their own version of a climate shift. I was visiting GISS that day hoping to gain some climate science insights and, perhaps, collaborators. That’s how I ended up in Gavin’s office.
'Poker face' stripped away by new
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Dolby Laboratories chief scientist Poppy Crum tells of a fast-coming time when technology will see right through people no matter how hard they try to hide their feelings. Sensors combined with artificial intelligence can reveal whether someone is lying, infatuated, or poised for violence, Crum detailed at a big ideas TED Conference. "It is the end of the poker face," Crum said.
Bitcoin is a bubble and a perfect example of ‘faddish human behavior,’ says Robert Shiller
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Bitcoin is coming off one of its best one-day performances of the year, but one noted economist sees the cryptocurrency as more of a psychological experiment than a serious investment.
This Is the Woman President Trump Wants to Be the First Female African
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Women currently make up just 8 per cent of the Marine Corps
Jennifer Hart Was Drunk When She Drove Her Family of 8 Off a California Cliff
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Her wife and two of her adopted children also had Benadryl in their system
Oklahoma Teachers' Union Calls For End to Strike
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The strike lasted a total of nine days
President Trump Is Expected to Pardon Dick Cheney Aide Scooter Libby
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff, was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice
Security Has Always Been Facebook's Fatal Flaw. Can It Really Change?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Since the company's founding, Mark Zuckerberg has disregarded the problem that led it to crisis today
National Guard Troops Have Already Begun Patrolling the U.S.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The deployment marks a swift realization of the president's call for a border presence until his border wall is constructed
James Comey Compares Donald Trump to a Mob Boss in Critical New Book
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Comey reveals new details about his interactions with Trump in the book
George R.R. Martin Is Still Stuck on This One Major 'Game of Thrones' Change
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The author seems to still be dwelling on this departure from his books
Dartmouth College's Resident Bear Returns With 4 Cubs After Governor Spared Her Life
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Officials wanted to euthanize the bear last May
White House makes statement about Syria
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
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Celebrity Couples Who Look Eerily Alike
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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President Trump Is Exploring Rejoining Trans
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Trump pulled out last year as part of his 'America First' agenda
FYI, You Can Watch Astronauts Read Popular Kids Books From Space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If you're looking for a way to take story time up a notch with the kids in
White House spokeswoman throws Michael Cohen under the taxi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Michael who?
Mueller probe: As Trump mulls retaliation, where do Republicans draw the line?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The drumbeat on the right is getting louder: President Trump should fire a key figure in the Russia investigation – not special counsel Robert Mueller, but his supervisor, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Trump allies say. The latest example of an expanded mandate – the FBI raid Monday on the hotel room and office of Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer – infuriated the president, and boosted the argument for firing Rosenstein.
Mourning 'Marielle,' Brazilian women push to carry on slain activist's legacy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
When Rio de Janeiro’s city councilwoman and human rights activist Marielle Franco was assassinated after a political event last month, Carla Duarte, a university student and aspiring politician here, felt whiplashed. Recommended: How well do you know Brazil? Franco described herself as a “woman, black mother, lesbian, and child of the Maré favela [slum],” and for many she was a symbol of hope: Someone carving out a passionate career focused on giving voice to Brazil’s silenced.
Mark Zuckerberg Survived Congress. Now Facebook Has to Survive the FTC
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook's handling of the Cambridge Analytica crisis, and the potential fines could be hefty.
The Facebook Defect
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Since the company's founding, Mark Zuckerberg has disregarded the problem that led it to crisis today
This Is the Marine President Trump Wants to Be the First Female African
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Women currently make up just 8 per cent of the Marine Corps
4 reasons Trump may have pardoned Libby
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
As reports broke Friday that President Trump had issued a pardon of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, the immediate questions for many Americans were: Why Libby and why now?
After visiting a nursing home, he began pairing older Americans and newcomers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Rey Castuciano didn’t plan to become his father’s primary caregiver, but when Mr. Castuciano spent six weeks in a nursing home with him after he had a stroke, it led to an aha! moment that changed Castuciano’s life for the better. “I befriended a lot of the nursing home residents,” Castuciano says. During one of his stops in the nursing home’s cafe, he watched a video about seniors in the United States helping Brazilian students improve their English through Skype sessions.
War in Syria. Gloom over Iran. Can Iraq provide hope?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
As Western leaders debate when to strike Syria over its use of chemical weapons and wonder if Iran deserves more sanctions against its nuclear threat, they may be missing a peaceful counternarrative in the Middle East – one that still needs support. Oddly enough, Iraq, the country that lies between Iran and Syria, is about to hold free national elections on May 12.
A Baby Was Born in China 4 Years After His Parents Died
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He was born to a surrogate after his grandparents won the right to frozen embryos
Cape Cod Police Officer Shot and Killed While Serving a Warrant to Dangerous Suspect
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
His K9 unit police dog was also shot and seriously wounded
Yellow cabs and apartment houses: FBI is taking a broad look at Michael Cohen's business
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
: Agents who raided the office and home of President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen weren’t only interested in hush-money payoffs to women, but a broad range of his business dealings, including a taxi empire, New York City real estate and an aborted project to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Beneath the Glitz of a Ford Automobile Launch in China, Fears of a Trade War Remain
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Trump's bluster may do more harm than good
Futuristic Navy stealth attack boat headed to Washington DC
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Fox Firepower: Allison Barrie takes us inside the Navy's futuristic looking M80 Stiletto stealth attack boat currently making its way to the nation's capital.
New VW boss vows reform, 'not revolution' to overcome diesel scandal
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Volkswagen's new chief vowed Friday to push on with reform and cultural change to steer the German auto giant out of the cloud of the "dieselgate" scandal and into a future of electric cars and sustainable mobility. "It's about continued development, not a revolution," said Herbert Diess, the 59-year-old Austrian who took over late Thursday from Matthias Mueller, 64, as CEO of one of the world's largest automobile groups. "We will emphatically address the special challenges that lie ahead of us, especially in electromobility, digitisation and new mobility services," he told a press conference at the group's Wolfsburg headquarters.
Puerto Rico Is Recovering From Another Blackout Caused by a Fallen Tree
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
About 840,000 people were initially left without power
Trump responds to Comey's book by calling him an 'untruthful slime ball'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump tore into James Comey on Friday in a pair of tweets aimed at discrediting his former FBI director’s explosive new book that details Comey’s interactions with the president before his firing last year.
Comedian Randy Credico says Trump adviser Roger Stone threatened his dog
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
New York City comic and ex-radio host Randy Credico says that longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone sent him “scary,” obscenity-filled emails after he went public disputing Stone’s claim that Credico was his “backchannel” to WikiLeaks.
Florida man's own dashboard camera lands him in jail
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man ended up in jail after his dashboard camera showed police more than he intended.
Japanese engineer builds giant robot to realize 'Gundam' dream
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By Megumi Lim SHINTO, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese engineer Masaaki Nagumo had always dreamed of suiting up as a robot from "Mobile Suit Gundam", his favorite animation series growing up. Developed at Sakakibara Kikai, a maker of farming machinery, LW-Mononofu is an 8.5-meter (28-feet) tall, two-legged robot weighing in at more than 7 tonnes. "I think this can be turned into a business opportunity," Nagumo, 44, told Reuters, noting the popularity of the iconic series that has spawned movies, manga, video games and more.
Fly above Jupiter's terrifying north pole in new NASA video
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Jupiter's north pole is unsettling, at best. It's comprised of one giant storm encircled by eight spinning cyclones — all of which have larger diameters than the moon.  Fortunately, this nightmarish place orbits as far as 600 million miles away from Earth. But for those willing, NASA scientists have made a 3D tour through the tempestuous clouds.   SEE ALSO: NASA's TESS is going to be your new favorite space mission Unveiled Wednesday at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, the 1 minute and 20-second plunge through what appears to be hell's inferno is composed of images taken by a camera aboard the Juno spacecraft, which is currently orbiting the planet.  Describing Jupiter's north pole (or atmosphere generally) as hell, however, is misleading, as it's quite cold. The bright yellow clouds are around 9 degrees Fahrenheit, while the dark red clouds plummet down to minus-181 degrees Fahrenheit, according to NASA. Juno caught these images of Jupiter's north pole during its during its fourth close pass by the planet. The camera used, JIRAM, is an infrared camera, so it can capture clouds 45 miles down from the cloud tops during either day or night (infrared is a non-visible form of light).  Prior to Juno's arrival at Jupiter in 2016, Jupiter largely remained a mystery.  An artist's conception of the Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter.Image: Nasa"Before Juno, we could only guess what Jupiter’s poles would look like,” Alberto Adriani, Juno co-investigator from the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology in Rome, said in a statement.  “Now, with Juno flying over the poles at a close distance it permits the collection of infrared imagery on Jupiter’s polar weather patterns and its massive cyclones in unprecedented spatial resolution.” So far, Juno has mapped about a third of the planet, having travelled some 122 million miles during 11 close passes by Jupiter's roiling clouds. Juno will dive in for its twelfth (terrifying) pass on May 24.  WATCH: Scientists found a weird galaxy without dark matter
The FBI Has Announced a $20 Million Reward for a Fugitive Mexican Drug Lord
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Rafael Caro Quintero faces charges of drug trafficking and conspiring to murder a DEA agent
Trump looms large in Arizona Senate race to replace Jeff Flake
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
It may be 2018’s marquee Senate race.
DOJ tinkers with immigration courts to speed deportations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The sequence of events that lead to immigration court vary from case to case, especially now, as even broader categories of people — ranging from convicted criminals to recent border crossers seeking asylum, longtime residents and even a few U.S. citizens — are getting caught up in the Trump administration’s sweeping enforcement dragnet.
A Few Cruise Missiles Won’t Be Enough to Halt Assad’s Brutality
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In 2017, the U.S. launched missiles in Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack—but the regime wasn't deterred
MapLab: Airports In Abstraction
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Welcome to MapLab. Sign up to receive this newsletter in your inbox here. Orient yourself: The art and science of urban structures Cities are the frequent subject of scientific research in biology, health, environment, and lots of other mainstream fields. But the science of cities themselves—as holistic systems and networks, as “organisms” that function in particular ways—has always been a little more fringe. Also, mind-bending.
What Makes A Species Go Extinct? Sex Differences Could Be Crucial
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Many animals go to extreme lengths to reproduce, developing sex differences — great and small — to woo members of the opposite sex and compete with rivals. Researchers studying the fossils of tiny shelled crustaceans have honed in on a link between sex differences and extinction risk. The larger the difference between the sexes, they argue, the more likely a species is on its way out.
SpaceX’s President is Thinking Even Bigger Than Elon Musk
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Gwynne Shotwell tells the TED conference that plans to take humans to Mars are "risk reduction for the human species."