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Weekend Recipe: Peanut Butter Protein Balls That'll Help Fuel Your Workouts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
They make the perfect healthy snack!
How one group of Indonesians evolved to have bigger spleens
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
We humans are not a stagnant species.Take the Bajau (pronounced Bah-joe). They’re a group of about 5,000 people that have lived on one of Indonesia’s ‘s 17,500 islands for centuries. The Bajau they live close to the water and spend a lot of their time diving for food in the sea, a hydrophilic lifestyle that…
Are humans still evolving? Freediving people have evolved to stay underwater longer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
New research shows the Bajau Laut people of Southeast Asia have evolved bigger spleens to store more oxygen-rich blood.
Common British flowers can stay dormant underground for 20 years
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Gardeners puzzled by the sudden emergence of an unusual orchid or despairing that their annuals have vanished should take heart. Scientist have discovered that some British flowers can lie dormant under the ground for up to 20 years, emerging into bloom only when the conditions are just right. Native flowers which have the capability of sheltering underground include the lady’s slipper orchid, the dark-red helleborine, spring vetch, autumn’s lady’s tresses, the broad bucker fern and the bee orchid. Researchers at the University of Sussex found at least 114 plant species are capable of living dormant under the soil for up to two decades, enabling them to survive through difficult times. Orchids and ferns seem particularly adept at slumbering for years at a time, the authors discovered. Prof Michael Hutchings, Emeritus Professor in Ecology at the University of Sussex, said: “It would seem to be paradoxical that plants would evolve this behaviour because being underground means they cannot photosynthesise, flower or reproduce. “And yet this study has shown that many plants in a large number of species frequently exhibit prolonged dormancy.  Many of these species have found ways to overcome the loss of opportunities to photosynthesise during dormancy, especially by evolving mechanisms enabling them to obtain carbohydrates and nutrients from soil-based fungal associates.   “This allows them to survive and even thrive during dormant periods.” The research found that dormancy is triggered when the weather is poor, or there is a new threat from herbivores or competing plants. Sometimes winters are so mild that the plant does not realise that spring has begun. Dormancy in seeds has been widely known about and studied for decades but the phenomenon of dormancy within plants that have left the seed stage behind and embarked upon adult life is far less well-known and understood. The study, led by University of Tokyo associate professor Richard Shefferson, is the first detailed analysis of the causes. Dormancy appeared to be more common near the equator, where threats from factors such as disease, competition, herbivores and fire are more severe. Co-author Dr Eric Menges of Archbold Biological Station in Florida, USA, said: “In fire-prone areas, there appears to be an advantage to plants remaining dormant and then sprouting after fire when favourable conditions exist for growth and flowering”. Prof Hutchings added: “Dormancy has evolved and persisted numerous times throughout the evolutionary history of the land plants.   “This suggests not only that it has proved beneficial under many different ecological circumstances, but also that its evolution may be achievable through the occurrence of a small number of mutations at only a few genetic loci.” The research was published in the journal Biology Letters.
Waitresses talk about on
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"My Reality: A Hidden America": Waitressing is a first job for many in the workforce and these women say they have dealt with lewd comments, inappropriate touching and predatory situations at work.
Brooklyn Postal Worker Hoards 17,000 Pieces of Mail to Focus on 'Important' Deliveries
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He now faces federal charges
Arizona Teachers Vote for the First
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Arizona teachers voted to walk off the job to demand better school funding. The strike builds on a movement for higher pay in other states
‘Overdose Deaths Do Not Discriminate.’ Prosecutors Discuss Prince’s Death and Why They’re Not Filing Criminal Charges
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Prince thought he was taking Vicodin when he died of a fentanyl overdose in 2016
'I Wrapped My Arm Around Her.' Southwest Passenger Describes Helping Victim After Engine Explosion
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Hollie Mackey was seated in the aisle seat on the same row as Jennifer Riordan
Hubble's 28 years marked by shot of wild stellar nursery
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA marks Hubble Space Telescope's 28th launch anniversary with peek into a wild stellar nursery
Donald Trump’s NASA administrator has finally been confirmed by the Senate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Jim Bridenstine, perhaps the most politically controversial NASA administrator in history, was confirmed today (April 19) on a party-line vote in the Senate, giving the US space agency a permanent leader for the first time in 15 months. The 50-49 vote puts the Oklahoma congressman in charge of the sprawling space agency and its $20-billion…
Bajau people 'evolved bigger spleens' for free
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In an example of human natural selection, Asia's Bajau people have evolved bigger spleens for diving.
Prosecutors Investigating Prince's Death to Announce Possible Criminal Charges
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Prosecutors in Minnesota will announce a decision on criminal charges following a probe into Prince's death from an accidental overdose
Smallville Actress Arrested for Role in Alleged Sex Cult that Branded and Enslaved Women
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Prosecutors say she helped recruit sex slaves for leader Keith Raniere
Researchers say humans are responsible for mammals being so small today
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Have you ever wondered why land animals are so small today? Fossils have shown us that many dinosaurs were absolutely massive beasts, evolving over millions and millions of years to become huge, intimidating creature that could crush small animals under their mighty feet, and modern day mammals, by contrast, are tiny. Sure, elephants are big, but that seems to be a rare exception rather than the rule. As it turns out, the plight of many modern elephant species tells us everything we need to know about why mammals are so small: humans keep killing all the big ones. A new study from a team of researchers from several American universities points to humans being the main reason why modern day animals are so tiny compared to the past. The research was published in Science. This is why we can't have nice things. “We used to have animals on the Earth that weighed over 10 tons,” Felisa Smith, a paleoecologist at the University of New Mexico and co-author of the research, told Seeker. “Now the biggest thing is an elephant that on average is only about three and a half-ish, and if they go extinct, then we’re talking about things no bigger than 900 kilos (2,000 pounds). And that’s maximum size. If you look at mean size, it’s much, much different.” The work focuses on what life roamed the earth in the post-dinosaur world, with creatures like the the wooly rhinoceros, mastodon, and the giant sloth which was as large as an elephant. These examples of "megafauna" began to disappear right around the time human ancestors pushed their way out of Africa. The scientists have drawn a pretty damning link between large-scale extinction of huge mammals and the arrival of human ancestors with insatiable appetites. Even more unsettling than what our family tree has done to the animal kingdom may be what lies ahead. Smith and her fellow researchers suggest that, based on the trends humans have set in motion, such as climate change, larger modern animals face a similar fate as the ones we've already pushed to extinction. "If we don’t cope with it, we actually are going to end up with an Earth where there is nothing bigger than a cow," Smith says. "And that’s a depressing thought for me personally.”
Journey into the ravishing Lagoon Nebula with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A Hubble Space Telescope snapshot shows the star Herschel 36 as it emits "powerful ultraviolet radiation and hurricane-like stellar winds."
How 'Hero' Southwest Pilot Pushed to 'Break into the Club' of Elite Navy Fighter Pilots
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Tammie Jo Shults was one of the first female fighter-pilots in the U.S. Navy
What It's Like to Study at the Strictest School in Britain
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Students at Michaela Community School can get a detention for slouching or forgetting a pen. But they seem happy, and they're getting good grades...
Justice Department Sends Confidential Comey Memos to Congress
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Comey wrote the memos after conversations with President Trump, who later fired him
How Asia's Super Divers Evolved for a Life At Sea
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Bajau people of Southeast Asia are among the most accomplished divers in the world. In the summer of 2015, Melissa Ilardo got to see how good they are firsthand. She remembers diving with Pai Bayubu, who had already gone fairly deep when he saw a giant clam, 30 to 50 feet below him. “He just dropped down,” Ilardo recalls. “He pointed at it, and then he was there. Underwater, the Bajau are as comfortable as most people are on land. They walk on the seafloor. They have complete control of their breath and body. They spear fish, no problem, first try.”
Meet Daisy: Apple’s 200
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Say hello to Daisy, Apple’s latest iPhone recycling robot. Equipped to dissemble 200 iPhones every hour, Daisy allows the company to access parts traditional recyclers cannot.
Rudy Giuliani Wants to End Robert Mueller's Investigation Soon. Trump's Allies Think He Can Do It
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"If anyone can do that, it would be Rudy"
SpaceX rocket launched carrying planet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A SpaceX rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Wednesday evening carrying NASA’s latest planet-hunting telescope. Known as TESS, the satellite will look for planets capable of supporting life over a two-year mission.
Rudy Giuliani Joins President Trump's Legal Team in the Russia Probe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining the legal team defending Donald Trump in the special counsel's Russia investigation.
If it’s free online, you are the product
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Facebook is not just in the business of providing you with a service. It is also in the business of farming your data.
Doctor Who Illegally Prescribed Prince Painkillers Before Overdose Pays $30,000 Settlement
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg is not the target of criminal investigations
'The Glue That Held Us Together.' Jenna Bush Hager Shares Tribute to Grandmother Barbara Bush
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
She gave an update on President George H.W. Bush: "Because he loves so fiercely in his old age, he's trying to be the one to make the jokes"
Miguel Diaz
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Fidel Castro's brother Raul, 86, remains head of the party
Chuck Schumer to Unveil Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana at the Federal Level
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"Ultimately, it's the right thing to do"
Minnesota Woman Suspected of Killing Her Husband and Another Woman Has Been Captured in Texas
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A Minnesota woman suspected of killing her husband and another woman in southwest Florida was captured Thursday at a South Texas resort
Deep Sea Mystery: How Do These Sea Nomads Free
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The freediving Bajau people of Southeast Asia, however, are not your average people. Scientists have discovered the group of “sea nomads” may have developed genetic adaptations that allow them to free dive to depths of up to 230 ft. Bajau members report lasting up to thirteen minutes underwater in a single dive. For more than 1,000 years the Bajau have lived off of the seas in Southeast Asia.
Paul Manafort Had a Suspected Role as 'Back Channel' Between Russia and Trump Campaign, DOJ Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mueller’s interest in Manafort stemmed from his suspected role as a “back channel” for the Russians
The Origin Story of Mars' Moons Has Taken Unexpected Turn
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Somehow weirder than we thought.
Justice Department Files Criminal Referral About Fired FBI Deputy Chief Andrew McCabe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Prosecutors could decide to charge him with a crime if they conclude he intentionally lied
Kushner Companies Has Been Subpoenaed as Part of a Probe Into False Housing Paperwork
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
AP reported the company routinely filed false paperwork about its buildings with New York City
NASA’s Lunar Space Station Is Almost Here
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The first contract to build components of the “Gateway” will be awarded next year.
What technologies are used to avoid major airline disasters?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Delta and Southwest airline accidents open the door to safety concerns. The 'CyberGuy' Kurt Knutsson reacts on 'Fox & Friends First.'
President Trump Says He'll Pull the Plug on the North Korea Summit if He Feels it Won't be 'Fruitful'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Donald Trump said he'll pull out of a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if he feels it’s “not going to be fruitful”
A Militant Linked to the 9/11 Attacks Has Been Captured by U.S.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, was captured by U.S.-backed forces
Origin of diamonds found in meteorite have been traced to a long
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mankind has managed to learn a lot about our Solar System and the planets that reside in it simply by gazing into the night sky, but finding evidence of planets that no longer exist is obviously a much more difficult challenge. A team of scientists now believes they've done just that thanks to the shattered remains of a rock that fell to Earth back in 2008. The Almahata Sitta meteorite broke up in Earth's atmosphere and drifted down to the sands of Sudan's Nubian Desert, and the precious gems found inside of its rocky chunks may reveal the existence of a planet that not longer exists. The strength of diamonds gives them the unique ability to act like a record of the past, and the diamonds found in the remains of this particular meteorite appear to have come from a still-forming "protoplanet." The researchers know this because of the materials found in the meteorite, which could only have formed in a massive rocky body. The only two possible explanations are a colossal asteroid or a young planet. After analyzing the meteorites and diamonds hidden within them, the researchers determined that they could only have formed under incredible pressure, and perhaps even within a young planet as large as Mars. Their work was published this week in Nature Communications. "We discovered chromite, phosphate, and (Fe,Ni)-sulfide inclusions embedded in diamond," the researchers write. "The composition and morphology of the inclusions can only be explained if the formation pressure was higher than 20 GPa. Such pressures suggest that the ureilite parent body was a Mercury- to Mars-sized planetary embryo." The scientists believe that whatever planet it may have come from is completely gone, which would have happened very early in the Solar System's life. They believe that large Mars-size worlds were common in the early days of our system, and that many of them collided with each other and broke down into smaller bodies that were then absorbed by other planets. The chunk of space rock that dropped in the desert in 2008 is considered the first evidence of the existence of these early planets which no longer exist.
Queen Elizabeth Publicly Supports Prince Charles for the First Time to Succeed Her as Leader of the Commonwealth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Saying Charles would "carry on the important work" of leading the Commonwealth
The Deadly Southwest Engine Explosion Is a Dangerous Warning Sign for Thousands of Planes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
This has happened once before
Columbine Students Won't be Participating in the National 4/20 Walkout. They’re Doing This Instead
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The walkout is meant to pay tribute to the shooting at their school
Trump's divisive pick to run NASA wins narrow confirmation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Senate narrowly confirmed President Donald Trump's choice of a tea party congressman to run NASA
Cow may be biggest mammal if humans keep up extinctions
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - The spread of humans around the world from Africa thousands of years ago wiped out big mammals in a shrinking trend that could make the cow the biggest mammal on Earth in a few centuries' time, a scientific study said on Thursday. The spread of hominims - early humans and relatives such as Neanderthals - from Africa coincided with the extinction of mammals such as the mammoths, sabre-toothed tiger and glyptodon, an armadillo-like creature the size of a car. "There is a very clear pattern of size-biased extinction that follows the migration of hominims out of Africa," lead author Felisa Smith of the University of New Mexico told Reuters of the study published in the journal Science.
Space telescope launches on quest for planets that could support life
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A NASA satellite has embarked on a quest for planets where life might exist. Propelled by a Falcon 9 rocket supplied by private firm SpaceX, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) hurtled off of a launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida and into its search for so-called “exoplanets”, or worlds capable of potentially supporting life. TESS will watch for flickers of starlight emitted when planets pass in front of stars they orbit as scientists hope to catalogue thousands of new planets.
'Dog Yoga' Helps People and Their Pets Unwind Together
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Yoga classes meant to be taken with your dog are becoming a practice available in cities around the world.
Mammals Have Been Shrinking for Thousands of Years and It's All Humans' Fault
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Humans can be challenging neighbors: We build cities, we turn forests into fields and we enjoy eating a host of other species. It finds a stark correlation between the arrival of humans or our lost relatives like Neanderthals on a new continent and the subsequent extinction of larger mammals that leaves behind smaller survivors. In short, mammals on average have been shrinking for more than 100,000 years, and it's all humans' fault.