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Washington state town wary of slow-moving landslide

Washington state town wary of slow-moving landslide UNION GAP, Wash. (AP) — A slow-moving landslide in a fertile farming region in Washington state has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable — the collapse of a ridge that sits above a few dozen homes and a key highway.


'Blood on His Hands.' Man Arrested After Dead Girlfriend's Body Found Wrapped in Plastic

'Blood on His Hands.' Man Arrested After Dead Girlfriend's Body Found Wrapped in Plastic A man has been arrested after his girlfriend's body was found wrapped in a sheet and plastic in a home southwest of Detroit.


The Trump Administration Is Appealing a Ruling That Blocked Its Plan to End DACA Protections

The Trump Administration Is Appealing a Ruling That Blocked Its Plan to End DACA Protections A judge temporarily blocked the decision to end protections for young immigrants


Dinosaur tail to be auctioned for Mexico quake reconstruction

Dinosaur tail to be auctioned for Mexico quake reconstruction By Diego Oré MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A fossilized dinosaur tail discovered in Morocco will be auctioned on Tuesday night in Mexico to raise funds for the reconstruction of thousands of schools damaged by two earthquakes that struck the Latin American nation in September. The 4-metre-(13-foot)-long, 180-kg (396-pound) tail will be offered at a reserve price of 1.8 million Mexican pesos ($95,805), according to organizer Morton's Auction House. Anything raised above the reserve price will be donated to the BBVA Bancomer Foundation to help finance the reconstruction of some 5,000 damaged schools.


Suffering from writer's block? A simple cup of tea gets the creative juices going, scientists say

Suffering from writer's block? A simple cup of tea gets the creative juices going, scientists say A simple cup of tea sparks an instant burst of brainpower and creativity, according to a new study - within minutes of drinking a brew. Volunteers in the study almost immediately scored better results in creative and cognition tests than those who had drunk a glass of water, researchers found. The findings suggest it could be the antidote to everything, from writer's block to artists looking for inspiration during brainstorming sessions. Although tea contains caffeine and theanine, both associated with increased attentiveness and alertness, these do not usually take effect instantly. Instead, researchers believe tea works to enhance and create a 'positive' mood which in turn sparks the brain's cognitive regions into life. In tests for the specialist journal Food Quality and Preference, Yan Huang of Peking University's School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences conducted two tests on up to 50 students, with an average age of 23. Perfect cup of tea As the students gave their name, age and other details to researchers, half were given a cup of black tea to drink and the other half a glass of water, before immediately going into one of two different tests. The first test saw them asked to make an "attractive and creative" design out of building blocks and in the second they were asked to come up with a "cool" name for a new noodle restaurant. Their results were judged by other, non-participating, students for creativity and design and marked on a scale by the researchers. In the block building test, the tea drinkers scored 6.54 points against 6.03 points for the water drinkers. In the name test, the tea drinkers scored 4.11 against 3.78. The results show that tea helped both divergent thinking - the process of coming up with a number of new ideas around a central theme and what most people would consider to define creativity. The report said: "This work contributes to understanding the function of tea on creativity and offers a new way to investigate the relationship between food and beverage consumption and the improvement of human cognition." They added: "Two biological ingredients, caffeine and theanine, have beneficial effects on attention, which is an indispensable part of cognitive function. "But the amount of tea ingredients our participants absorbed was relatively small. Also, theanine facilitates long-term sustained attentional processing rather than short-term moment-to-moment attentional processing." Instead, tea is a 'mood enhancer' and this may have been why it worked so well in the short term, it added.


EU parliament calls for ban on electric pulse fishing

EU parliament calls for ban on electric pulse fishing The European Parliament called Tuesday for a ban on electric pulse fishing in the European Union, defying Brussels which wants the experimental practice in the North Sea done on a larger scale. The parliament, the EU's only directly elected body, will now try to strike a compromise with the European Commission, the bloc's executive, and the European Council, which groups the 28 member states.


World's largest sea turtle could come off 'endangered' list

World's largest sea turtle could come off 'endangered' list Federal ocean managers say it might be time to move the East Coast population of the world's largest turtle from the United States' list of endangered animals.


Early Vikings Revealed Through Two Rare Artifacts Inscribed With Ancient Runic Texts

Early Vikings Revealed Through Two Rare Artifacts Inscribed With Ancient Runic Texts Two rare artifacts inscribed with ancient letters, or runes, could be the key to a mysterious era of Viking history when they suddenly abandoned their old alphabet and transitioned to a new one. Archaeologists discovered a comb and a small plate while excavating an ancient Viking marketplace in Ribe, the oldest town in Denmark today and a powerful hub during the early Viking Age, according to ScienceNordic. Runes are sets of symbols comprising an alphabet in which each character represents a specific sound.


Wreck of Dutch Warship Found Buried Beneath Coral

Wreck of Dutch Warship Found Buried Beneath Coral Divers in the blue waters around the Yucatán Peninsula have discovered three historic treasures: a sunken lighthouse and the remains of an 18th-century Dutch warship and a 19th-century British steamer, according to Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). The battered wrecks were found near the coastal town of Sisal, Mexico, a modern beach destination that was once a bustling port in the 18th and 19th centuries. The shipwrecks were laden with artifacts, including cannons, cutlery and porcelain, said archaeologist Helena Barba Meinecke, head of the INAH's underwater archaeology of the Yucatán Peninsula.


A Nose for Loot? Dogs Training to Sniff Out Stolen Artifacts

A Nose for Loot? Dogs Training to Sniff Out Stolen Artifacts A team of scientists will train dogs to see if the animals can sniff out looted artifacts from the Middle East that are being smuggled into the United States. Now, scientists are hoping the canines can also be trained to sniff out artifacts from Syria and Iraq, war-torn countries that have experienced widespread looting of archaeological sites. "Terrorists, organized crime and common criminals are destroying archaeological sites on an industrial scale to cash in on illegal profits … that is why we need to find out if we can train dogs to help," said Michael Danti, a consulting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, in a statement announcing the creation of the K-9 Artifact Finders research program.


Burn, Baby, Burn: Australian Birds Steal Fire to Smoke Out Prey

Burn, Baby, Burn: Australian Birds Steal Fire to Smoke Out Prey Grassland fires that are deadly and devastating events for many kinds of wildlife are a boon to certain types of birds known as fire foragers. But in Australia, some fire-foraging birds are also fire starters. Three species of raptors — predatory birds with sharp beaks and talons, and keen eyesight — are widely known not only for lurking on the fringes of fires but also for snatching up smoldering grasses or branches and using them to kindle fresh flames, to smoke out mammal and insect prey.


Massive oil spill spreads in East China Sea, could be world's largest in decades

Massive oil spill spreads in East China Sea, could be world's largest in decades What could be the largest oil spill since 1989's Exxon Valdez is unfolding in the East China Sea after a deadly and fiery collision between two vessels caused a tanker to sink. All 32 crew members are thought to have died aboard the Iranian vessel "Sanchi," which was carrying about 1 million barrels of condensate.  According to Bloomberg News, the ship was transporting hydrocarbon liquid that's a key ingredient for making petrochemicals, including jet fuel. It was headed to the port of Daesan, South Korea when it struck the transport ship "CF Crystal" off China's eastern coast.  SEE ALSO: This chatbot wants to cut through the noise on climate science The tanker and its associated oil slick had been on fire for days after the collision. While the fire likely killed all aboard the ship, it was seen by environmental experts as a way to minimize the broader impacts of the spill, since the flames burned off the lightweight condensate on the ocean surface.   However, the fire is now out, and the ship has sunk, raising the possibility that the harmful cargo is going directly into the sea.  The cargo is different than the crude oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez in 1989, but if all the condensate were to leak into the ocean, it would rank as the biggest spill in decades.  Much remains unknown about the fate of the cargo, and therefore similar can be said about what the environmental impacts will be. Reports in recent days are not encouraging, since there is word of a rapidly spreading oil slick on the surface of the ocean. Citing Chinese authorities, Bloomberg reported that the spill expanded from 3.9 square miles to 52 square miles between Sunday and Monday local time.   An oil spill in the heavily trafficked East China Sea could have significant environmental repercussions. Humpback whales travel through that area, and heavily fished species such as mackerel and bluefin also spend time in that area.  “It is virtually certain that much of the condensate went into the sea in solution, and that toxic underwater hydrocarbon plume will injure marine life exposed to it,” Richard Steiner, an oil spill specialist based in Alaska, told Bloomberg. “Even the burned fraction will leave a toxic residue on the water.” Ma Jun, a Chinese environmentalist, was quoted by CNN as saying the spill took place in one of the most productive fishing areas in the country, known as the Zhoushan fishing ground.  A handout photo made available by the Transport Ministry of China shows smoke rising from the fire on the Panama-registered tanker 'Sanchi' on Jan. 14, 2018.Image: TRANSPORT MINISTRY OF CHINA HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock"We still need to keep an eye on how these contaminants might be carried by the ocean flow to have the impact on the fishing ground," Jun told CNN.  According to Greenpeace International, it's not clear how large this environmental disaster will be, since the amount of condensate that leaked into the water is unknown.  "A major concern is that, now that the tanker has sunk, any condensate which did not yet burn off could continue to leak underwater, disperse and break down quite quickly, significantly complicating clean up operations," the environmental advocacy organization stated in a Jan. 15 fact sheet.  WATCH: 2017 is about to be one of the hottest years of all time


Accused Killer Claims Missing UPenn Student Was Trying to Hit on Him

Accused Killer Claims Missing UPenn Student Was Trying to Hit on Him Blaze Bernstein was stabbed more than 20 times


Ancient Egyptian Mummies from 4,000 Years Ago Shared a Mommy, DNA from Teeth Reveals

Ancient Egyptian Mummies from 4,000 Years Ago Shared a Mommy, DNA from Teeth Reveals Two millennia-old Egyptian mummies long believed to be brothers are actually half siblings, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. The researchers argue the two men shared a mother but had different fathers, which may in turn suggest that the civilization valued a mother's influence more than scholars had realized.


Video Shows Firefighter Catching Child Tossed From Burning Building

Video Shows Firefighter Catching Child Tossed From Burning Building “We were catching babies like a football"


Philippine volcano 'fireworks' draw tourists as residents flee

Philippine volcano 'fireworks' draw tourists as residents flee Spectacular lava "fireworks" shooting from its crater are drawing tourists to the Philippines' most active volcano, authorities said Tuesday as scientists warned of a potential dangerous eruption within days. Lava spurting from Mayon volcano lit up the sky overnight Monday in what scientists said was a sign of increasing activity that prompted official calls for evacuation of areas under threat from a major eruption.


Kensho's Space index

Kensho's Space index Here's how Kensho's Space index fared in 2017.


'Hanging On to Life.' 4 Police Officers Shot Responding to Domestic Disturbance Call

'Hanging On to Life.' 4 Police Officers Shot Responding to Domestic Disturbance Call The suspect was also wounded


The Real Meaning of the Separation of Church and State

The Real Meaning of the Separation of Church and State It is too important a concept to be misused


Britannia, Druids and the surprisingly modern origins of myths

Britannia, Druids and the surprisingly modern origins of myths We think of the Druids as being embedded in British culture from the mists of ancient times. But what we think we know about Druids is of surprisingly modern provenance.


Humans frozen by cryogenics ‘could be brought back to life in 10 years’

Humans frozen by cryogenics ‘could be brought back to life in 10 years’ Could this lead to immortality?


Australia offers cash for Great Barrier Reef rescue ideas

Australia offers cash for Great Barrier Reef rescue ideas Australia is calling on the world's top scientific minds to help save the Great Barrier Reef, offering hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund research into protecting the world's largest living structure. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed reef is reeling from significant coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change.


Protesters Converge on Times Square to Denounce Racism and President Trump

Protesters Converge on Times Square to Denounce Racism and President Trump Politicians including Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the demonstration


Palestinian Leaders are Calling on President Mahmoud Abbas to Withdraw Recognition of Israel

Palestinian Leaders are Calling on President Mahmoud Abbas to Withdraw Recognition of Israel The Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council declared it should no longer be bound by the 1993 Oslo peace accords


This unbelievable image of Jupiter’s cloud belts makes me want to move there

This unbelievable image of Jupiter’s cloud belts makes me want to move there

Jupiter is, scientifically speaking, not great for humans. The gravitational pull is about 2.4 times that of Earth, and its atmosphere is mostly hydrogen and helium. Even within our own Solar System, there are much better candidates for sustaining life, even including some of Jupiter's own moons.

But from space, it's far harder to see Jupiter's hostility to life forms. In fact, this color-enhanced image of Jupiter's cloud belts, taken by the Juno spacecraft, makes the planet look positively inviting.

The image was taken by Juno on December 16th, during the probe's tenth-closest flyby of the gaseous giant. Although the image looks close, that's mostly because Jupiter is huge. At the time of capture, Juno was 8,453 miles from Jupiter.

A spokesperson for Nasa said: “The dark region in the far left is called the South Temperate Belt. Intersecting the belt is a ghost-like feature of slithering white clouds. This is the largest feature in Jupiter's low latitudes that's a cyclone (rotating with clockwise motion).”

In the same pass, Juno also captured a far more abstract photo of Jupiter's clouds. The image above was captured 8,292 miles from Jupiter's atmosphere on the same day, and it shows the turbulence with far greater detail. The second image was color-enhanced by Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran using publicly available data from Juno's sensors, while the first image was processed by Kevin M. Gill. The publicly available feed of images from Juno has proved fertile ground for citizen scientists to try their hand at image processing.

 


Martin Luther King Jr.’s Children on President Trump: ‘Work on This Man’s Heart’

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Children on President Trump: ‘Work on This Man’s Heart’ On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the activist's children spoke out about President Trump's policies and recent comments


Biologists sniff out another method that microbes use to make methane

Biologists sniff out another method that microbes use to make methane News brief: Every year, microbes produce hundreds of millions of tons of methane, a greenhouse gas that’s more potent than carbon dioxide. Scientists had thought the job was done exclusively through methanogenesis. But in the journal Nature Microbiology, a research team led by the University of Washington’s Caroline Harwood lays out an alternate method that makes use of a backup enzyme called iron-only nitrogenase. “Our findings are significant because they give scientists a second target to chase in understanding biological methane formation and rising methane emissions,” Utah State University’s Lee Seefeldt said in a news release. “In addition, the discovery could drive… Read More


Pope Francis Warns We're at 'the Very Limit' of Nuclear War

Pope Francis Warns We're at 'the Very Limit' of Nuclear War His comment comes after Hawaii sent out a false missile alert


China Winning Artificial Intelligence War Against U.S.

China Winning Artificial Intelligence War Against U.S. Chinese artificial intelligence is now capable of outperforming humans in reading comprehension. A neural network model created by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba beat its flesh-and-blood competition on a 100,000-question Stanford University test that's considered the world’s top measure of machine reading. The model, developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science of Technologies, scored 82.44, while humans scored a 82.304.


Cape Town Is 90 Days Away From Running Out of Water

Cape Town Is 90 Days Away From Running Out of Water "Day zero" is forecast to be April 22


NASA raises safety concerns over Boeing, SpaceX spacecraft

NASA raises safety concerns over Boeing, SpaceX spacecraft Space.com Managing Editor Tariq Malik on NASA's warning about Boeing and SpaceX spacecraft.


Salt Is Not Just Bad for Your Heart, It is Also Bad for Your Brain

Salt Is Not Just Bad for Your Heart, It is Also Bad for Your Brain Discussions about the effects of salt on our bodies are typically focused on heart health. A new study suggests eating too many salty foods could create an inflammatory response that impacts your brain health. In 2015, researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, found that too much salt appeared to reprogram the brains of lab rats.


CAIR Exec: What American Muslims Can Do Today With Dr. King’s Lessons

CAIR Exec: What American Muslims Can Do Today With Dr. King’s Lessons Coordination is key


Woman Charged With Murder in Death of Second Infant in 5 Years

Woman Charged With Murder in Death of Second Infant in 5 Years She was previously convicted of second-degree manslaughter in 2011


Canada Debt Survey: A Third Of Canadians Can't Make Their Monthly Payments

Canada Debt Survey: A Third Of Canadians Can't Make Their Monthly Payments As Canadians prepare for a possible interest rate hike from the Bank of Canada this week, a new study is warning that the country's indebted consumers are increasingly struggling to keep up with their expenses. One-third of Canadians say they are no longer able to cover their monthly bills and debt payments, according to a survey carried out by Ipsos for insolvency consultancy MNP, up from 25 per cent in a survey three months earlier. "With interest rates on the rise, Canadians are more stretched financially than they have ever been before," MNP President Grant Bazian said in a statement.


Progressive eugenics is hardly history – the science and politics have just evolved

Progressive eugenics is hardly history – the science and politics have just evolved From a certain perspective, we're already on the road to practicing a 'progressive eugenics' not a million miles away from what was imagined historically.


Corning’s glass is half full and rising

Corning’s glass is half full and rising We delve into the history of Corning, size up its modern business, and talk future glass innovations in automotive, computing, and pharmaceuticals with Chief Strategy Officer Jeff Evenson.


A Floor Collapsed Inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange, Injuring More Than 50

A Floor Collapsed Inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange, Injuring More Than 50 Most of the injured were college students visiting the stock exchange on a tour


A Double Suicide Bombing in Baghdad has Killed at Least 38 People

A Double Suicide Bombing in Baghdad has Killed at Least 38 People The explosions also wounded at least 105 people


Dozens of People Have Escaped a Florida Casino Shuttle Boat After it Burst into Flames

Dozens of People Have Escaped a Florida Casino Shuttle Boat After it Burst into Flames All 50 passengers and the crew reached land safely


L.L. Bean rebuffs boycott over granddaughter’s big Trump donation

L.L. Bean rebuffs boycott over granddaughter’s big Trump donation A man wipes off the headlights of the L.L. Bean Bootmobile in the parking lot at the facility where the famous outdoor boot is made. L.L. Bean is pushing back against a boycott led by a group urging consumers not to shop at retailers that support President-elect Donald Trump after it was revealed that Linda Bean, heir of the Maine-based company’s founder, had donated to a political action committee that helped elect Trump. “We are deeply troubled by the portrayal of L.L. Bean as a supporter of any political agenda,” Shawn Gorman, L.L. Bean’s executive chairman, said in a statement posted to Facebook late Sunday.


Union leader who says Trump lied about Carrier deal refuses to back down

Union leader who says Trump lied about Carrier deal refuses to back down Trump tours a Carrier factory in Indianapolis, Dec. 1, 2016. Chuck Jones, the union leader who claims President-elect Donald Trump lied to Carrier employees while touting a deal to keep jobs in the U.S., says he started receiving harassing phone calls a half hour after Trump slammed him on Twitter. “I’ve been doing this job for 30 years,” Jones, president of the United Steelworkers Local 1999, told CNN on Thursday morning.


Working, eating and sleeping at the office

Working, eating and sleeping at the office The sight of workers sleeping on the job is common in China, where a surplus of cheap labor can lead to downtime and employees at startup companies work long hours.


Obama seeks ‘irreversible’ opening to Cuba

Obama seeks ‘irreversible’ opening to Cuba This story is part of a weeklong Yahoo series marking one year since the opening of relations between the United States and Cuba.


The Last Days Of Streit's, New York's Jewish Willy Wonka Factory

Photographer Joseph O. Holmes photographs the last days of the 90-year-old Manhattan matzo factory. Located on Rivington Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Streit's Matzo Factory has been pumping out as much as 900 pounds of matzo an hour to feed New York's Jewish community for almost a century. After 90 years, though, Streit's is closing-up shop, shutting down its Manhattan factory and ...

Propeller kills factory worker

A 26-year-old factory worker was killed when he was hit by a propeller when the machine he was cleaning reportedly got switched on unintentionally.

Union might postpone vote seeking to organize Boeing's South Carolina plant

By Alwyn Scott NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Labor union officials say they could postpone a vote seeking to organize 3,000 workers at Boeing Co's factory here in South Carolina if their campaign fails to gain enough traction against fierce opposition from the company and local politicians. Organizers for the International Association of Machinists (IAM) are going door-to-door ...

Union might postpone vote seeking to organise Boeing's South Carolina plant

Labour union officials say they could postpone a vote seeking to organise 3,000 workers at Boeing Co's factory here in South Carolina if their campaign fails to gain enough traction against fierce opposition from the company and local politicians.     Organizers for the International Association of Machinists (IAM) are going door-to-door this week to gauge backing for the April 22 vote, and to ...

Film industry hopes Wednesday rally makes government ‘rethink’ tax credit cut

A film industry rep is expecting one of the biggest rallies in the province’s history Wednesday as talks between the industry and government on the film tax credit continue. Screen Nova Scotia chair, Marc Almon, and other industry members met … Continue Reading

Nova Scotia film industry hopeful about tax credit after meeting with government

Nova Scotia's film industry maintained pressure Tuesday on the provincial government over a change to its film tax credit, although the sides emerged from a meeting with different interpretations over a potential compromise. Key industry players expressed some optimism, describing a two-hour meeting with Finance Minister Diana Whalen and her officials as productive. Screen Nova Scotia chairman ...