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How You Can Help Scientists Find Alien Life After Hurricane Maria
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The crown jewel of Abel Mendez's laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo was the art on the walls: scientists' portraits of distant worlds where they believe other types of life forms may be quietly mirroring our own daily habits. The art represents the heart of his lab's work—finding the best candidate planets for alien life. Mendez hasn't worked on the catalog since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in late September.
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter Calls Hope Solo Allegation 'Ridiculous'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Hope Solo says former FIFA President Sepp Blatter grabbed her rear shortly before the two were to appear on stage
Everything You Need to Know About Veterans Day
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Here's how and why the holiday began
Doggone: Your Best Friend Is Red
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If you're ever deciding between throwing a red ball or a green ball for your dog to fetch, know this: It doesn't matter to Fido because dogs are red-green colorblind, a new small study suggests. Researchers in Italy tested 16 dogs on their color vision and found the canids had red-green colorblindness, a condition known as deuteranopia that affects about 8 percent of men and 0.5 percent of women with Northern European ancestry, according to the National Eye Institute. The finding suggests that, "if you are planning to train your dog to fetch a ball that fell on the green grass of your garden, think of using a blue, and not red, ball," said study lead researcher Marcello Siniscalchi, a professor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bari, in Italy.
A Spot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
“STEM learning” may be a widely discussed topic within education and children’s media, but the discussion doesn’t necessarily make it easier to determine which products help teach STEM concepts.
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.
Parasite that turns ants into actual zombies is even more terrifying that scientists thought
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An incredibly powerful type of fungal parasite that is known to turn ants into actual zombies is actually even more devious than was first thought. The fungus, called Ophiocordyceps unilteralis, causes its hosts to behave in peculiar ways, including clamping down on vegetation and hanging precariously from the edges of leaves and twigs. It was long thought that the fungus alters the brain of the bug in some way, forcing the behavior, but new research reveals the truth is even stranger than that. The new work, which was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists, studied the behavior of the fungal infection in the host ant's body in a more detailed way than ever before and discovered that it's not actually the brain of the ant that is overwhelmed. Instead, the fungus actually takes complete control of the ant's body, spreading its cells to the insect's abdomen and legs, as well as the head, but leaving the brain of the bug untouched. The discovery sheds light on how the fungus can force the ant to behave in any way it chooses, as the insides of the host are transformed into fungal cells. "Fungal cells were found throughout the host body but not in the brain, implying that behavioral control of the animal body by this microbe occurs peripherally," the paper explains. "Additionally, fungal cells invaded host muscle fibers and joined together to form networks that encircled the muscles. These networks may represent a collective foraging behavior of this parasite, which may in turn facilitate host manipulation." "In essence, these manipulated animals were a fungus in ants' clothing," David Hughes, senior author of the work, says. "Normally in animals, behavior is controlled by the brain sending signals to the muscles, but our results suggest that the parasite is controlling host behavior peripherally. Almost like a puppeteer pulls the strings to make a marionette move, the fungus controls the ant's muscles to manipulate the host's legs and mandibles." Eventually, the host is immobilized and the fungus breaks free of its body, spreading its spores and potentially infecting other insects which then begin the cycle all over again. It's an incredibly interesting life cycle, and if you're an ant, it's also insanely scary.
‘The space industry is changing’ and NASA must evolve, lead administrator says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A new era is dawning in space and NASA, despite decades of tight budgets, is aiming to remain the industry's leader.
Daughter of Polygamous Sect Leader Says He Sexually Abused Her for Years
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Rachel Jeffs, now 33, said the abuse began when she was 8 and happened countless times
Researchers Discover a Way to Rejuvenate Aging Cells
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Researchers Discover a Way to Rejuvenate Aging Cells
Why is it nice to be nice? Solving Darwin’s puzzle of kindness
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The very existence of kindness and altruism seems to contradict Darwin’s theory of evolution. So how could kind behaviour have evolved?
Climate target too low and progress too slow: top scientist
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The world must sharply draw down greenhouse gas emissions and suck billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air if today's youth are to be spared climate cataclysm, a top scientist has warned. "This reality is being ignored by governments around the world," said James Hansen, who famously announced to the US Congress 30 years ago that global warming was underway. Head of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies until 2013, Hansen and his 18-year-old granddaughter -- who is suing the US government for contributing to the problem -- delivered that message this week at UN climate negotiations in Bonn.
'I Have to See.' President Trump Deflects Questions About Roy Moore Dropping Out of Race
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Trump said he hasn't had time to catch up on news coverage about Moore
Bugs in Your House: Why Insects Like Living Rooms and Basements Most
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Research published in the journal Scientific Reports explains what kinds of housing arthropods (like insects and arachnids) like the best. This shouldn’t surprise anyone: Who wants to climb a flight of stairs when you’re less than a centimeter tall? Also, if there are more doors and windows, that means it’s easier for them to get in.
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.
Police: Dine
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A man authorities say is the dine-and-dash "sushi bandit" has been cited in eastern Idaho for suspicion of petit theft.
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.
'Misogyny Is a Cancer': Parks and Recreation Creator Apologizes for Louis C.K.'s Guest Spot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
C.K. played Dave Sanderson, an early love interest of Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope, on Parks
Thousands of People Became American Citizens on the First Official Veterans Day
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The first official Veterans Day was marked in the U.S. on Nov. 11, 1954. On that day, thousands of people became citizens
The Most Shocking U.S. Government Conspiracies That Are Actually True
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Just because some conspiracy theories are crazy doesn't mean the government isn't out to get you. Here are the most shocking U.S. government conspiracies that are actually true.
What's Really in Marijuana Extracts? These Products Are Often Mislabeled
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Marijuana extracts containing the potentially beneficial compound cannabidiol are available to purchase online, but a new study finds that buyers of these products often don't get what they pay for: The products frequently contain higher or lower doses of cannabidiol than what's listed on the label. What's more, the study found that some cannabidiol products also contained tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana that gets people high, even though THC wasn't listed on the label. The findings are worrisome because mislabeled cannabidiol products could potentially harm consumers, the researchers said.
The 2017 Elections Should Give All Americans Hope
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The diverse victories demonstrate that strong candidates can overcome tribalism, biases and even divisive election tactics
Air Force general says China is advancing in space five times as quickly as the US
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Air Force lieutenant general Steve Kwast says the U.S. still leads every other country in space but China is progressing much faster.
'I Told Him No.' Colorado State Representative Accused of Sexual Harassment
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Colorado House Speaker has urged him to resign
Prehistoric, Dinosaur
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The rare frilled shark is considered a “living fossil,” as its makeup has remained unchanged for 80 million years. This summer, researchers found one alive and thriving off the coast of Portugal, adding evidence regarding the resilience of this ancient sea creature. The frilled shark has remained the same, both inside and out, since the time of the dinosaurs, with scientists dating it back to the Cretaceous Period, a time when the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops still roamed the planet.
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.
'Morally Bankrupt.' The GOP Tax Bill Repeals a Credit for Teachers Who Buy School Supplies
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Teachers spend an average of $485 per year to buy school supplies
Dinosaurs Might Have Survived the Asteroid, Had It Hit Almost Anywhere Else
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The age of dinosaurs met an unlikely end — because had the cosmic impact that doomed it hit just about anywhere else on the planet, the "terrible lizards" might still roam the Earth, a new study finds. The impact of an asteroid about 6 miles (10 kilometers) wide about 66 million years ago created a crater more than 110 miles (180 km) across near what is now the town of Chicxulub (CHEEK-sheh-loob) in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. Prior work suggested the Chicxulub impact would have lofted huge amounts of ash, soot and dust into the atmosphere, choking off the amount of sunlight reaching Earth's surface by as much as 80 percent.
Convicted Murderer's Execution Delayed Over Paralytic Drug That Might Mask Suffering
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The lethal injection included the powerful opioid fentanyl
A conflict
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Given the lack of gravity, personal space, or guarantee of surviving any given day, one would think space stations would rank among the more stressful, conflict-ridden workplaces. But according to retired US astronaut Scott Kelly—who spent 520 days in space over four different missions and was commander of the International Space Station during his final,…
Rep. Mike Honda: The California GOP Works for Trump, Not Voters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
They have voted with him 97% of the time
Space station getting delivery from Virginia for a change
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
International Space Station is getting a delivery shipped from Virginia for a change
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.
The Ways a Nuclear Blast Would Affect Your Health
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
We know you've had this thought once or twice -- how would a nuclear blast affect you? Here's what you need to know, and some tips on how to stay safe.
Future Humans Will Live Underwater and Erase Bad Memories: Tech Experts' Most Insane Predictions
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Web Summit at Lisbon is known for being a bit of a spectacle, with attitudes and declarations that draw criticism for the tech world. “Are we going to see an aspect of society moving into the oceans in future?
Here's Who Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Purged to Pave the Way to Power
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The young Crown Prince targeted five centers of influence in his purge of rivals
IBM says it's reached milestone in quantum computing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
IBM has announced a milestone in its race against Google and other big tech firms to build a powerful quantum computer
Ward family ripped apart by the Texas church massacre: 'She lived for those kids'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Lorenzo Flores, left, and Terrie Smith weep in remembrance of those killed in the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 9, 2017. SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — It was Joann Ward’s sixth wedding anniversary, and she already had the perfect day in mind. A mother of four, Ward had the afternoon off from Theresa’s Kitchen, the tiny restaurant inside the Valero gas station where she worked a few hours a week.
Readers write: Rewilding of Europe, guide to Puerto Rico’s challenges, encouragement for students, hope for the future
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test? Regarding the Oct. 9 OneWeek article “Puerto Rico: Out of the shadows?”: Having previously lived in Puerto Rico for more than 12 years, I thought this was an excellent article that would give someone with little knowledge of Puerto Rico a very balanced perspective of what challenges people are facing there.
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.
Stunning Photos Show Aurora's Northern Lights Over U.S.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Lucky Americans, particularly across the northern Midwest, have been treated this week to a brilliant lightshow: the Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis. It's an unpredictable phenomenon, but experts believe the current streak may continue through the next couple of evenings.
FBI can't unlock Texas shooter's iPhone
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The 'Cyber Guy' Kurt Knutsson weighs in.
7 Problems With the GOP’s ‘If True, Roy Moore Should Step Aside’ Stance
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
7 reasons why it's problematic that many Republicans reacted to the Roy Moore sexual abuse allegations with "if true, he should step aside."
Baillie Gibson becomes one of the best discus, shot put athletes in the country: Part 1
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Gibson signed on to attend University of Arizona in 2010, with a full scholarship and trained under her coach Craig Carter.
President Trump Still Hasn't Spoken to His Top General in Afghanistan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The lack of contact between the commander-in-chief and the top military official in Afghanistan is unusual
How Robert Mueller Works a Case
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
I worked with the former FBI director for 12 years. Here's what to know about how he'll approach the Donald Trump and Russia investigation
Climate activists stage protest at German coal
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Environmental activists protested at a German coal-fired power plant on Friday — the same day that Italy became the latest country to announce a deadline for ending its use of the heavily polluting fossil ...
Is the Sun Getting Brighter? How NASA Scientists Are Tracking Solar Activity to Look for Weird Behavior
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The sun had been making headlines recently. In September, NASA announced it had released its biggest solar flare for 12 years. This was pretty unusual considering it is supposedly heading into a period of quiet, where activity on its surface becomes muted—also known as the solar minimum.
99% of Student Loan Fraud Complaints Come from For
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Most complaints came from former students of the now-shuttered Corinthian schools and ITT Technical Institute