Christopher Jackson

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Physicists just discovered a different type of particle that will spawn an entirely new field of research

On July 14 a team working with the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, announced that they had discovered an entirely new type of particle that's unlike anything they've seen before: the pentaquark.<p>"The pentaquark is not just any new particle," the LHCb …

Physics

In Oklahoma, protesters greet Obama with Confederate flags

OKLAHOMA CITY — Confederate battle flags greeted President Barack Obama as he arrived here for an overnight stay on Wednesday.<p>Across the street from his hotel in downtown Oklahoma City, as many as 10 people waved the flags as his motorcade arrived. The group stood among a larger group of …

Demonstration

New Horizons probe sends revealing new images of Pluto's surface

Remarkable new images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are drastically rewriting scientists' understanding of Pluto and its large moon Charon and bolstering the case for the exploration of a host of other small worlds that lie at the shadowy edge of the solar system.<p>The images, beamed to Earth …

Scientists: Sun's irregular 'heartbeat' could mean future freeze

<b>(CNN) —</b> Scientists have made a discovery about the sun's "heartbeat" that they say indicates that Earth's Northern Hemisphere could experience a deep freeze in 15 years.<p>The sun has a "solar heartbeat," or cycle of activity, that produces energy that causes sunspots and solar flares. Scientists at …

Ice Age

Pentagon may lift ban on transgender people

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Pentagon could in the coming months lift the ban on transgender people openly serving in the U.S. military, after Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Monday a plan to study "readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly."<p>Carter made the announcement in a …

LGBTQI

Natural gas surpasses coal as biggest US electricity source

Natural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time ever earlier this spring, a milestone that has been …

Fossil Fuels

How the Internet flipped the #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter hashtag on itself

The #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter hashtag has sparked a considerable amount of Twitter backlash over the past week. No suprise there.<p>At first, the hashtag …

President Obama commutes sentence of Demaryius Thomas' mother

The sentences of nonviolent drug offenders were commuted because "their punishments didn't fit the crime," according to the President.<p>Katina Smith, …

Crime

No-till agriculture offers vast sustainability benefits. So why do many organic farmers reject it?

11 mind-blowing facts about NASA's nuclear-powered mission to Pluto

New Horizons is the first spacecraft ever designed to reach Pluto, and the scientific information it gathers on Tuesday will eventually rewrite the textbook on this tiny icy world of which we know so little.<p>The New Horizons mission is unique in many ways and even has a few secrets on board.<p>Here are …

Why Reducing Meat Consumption Is the Easiest Step Everyone Can Take to Fix Our Broken Food System - One Green Planet

As the debate over how to mitigate the most devastating impacts of climate change swirl, one potential solution remains largely ignored. Unlike calls …

Civil rights icon Atticus Finch from 'To Kill A Mockingbird' turns out to be a racist in Harper Lee’s follow-up novel

Lee has stayed away from talking to the media for decades, but the book's publisher, Harper Collins, did release a statement on the matter:<p>Following the success of "To Kill A Mockingbird," the manuscript for "Watchman" was considered lost until Lee's lawyer found it in 2014.<p>The book is reportedly …

Harper Lee

Unsupported Rendition

Galaxies are killed through strangulation, new research shows

Astronomers may have solved the decades-long cosmic murder mystery of what kills most galaxies in the universe: They are strangled to death, so they …

Louisiana Supreme Court Justice: Same-Sex Adoption Puts Kids At Risk For Sexual Assault

We’ve seen a lot of ignorant and downright stupid reactions from state officials in the wake of the federal Supreme Court declaring marriage equality …

Space Station Crosses Moon's Face in Stunning New Photo

An amazing new photograph shows the International Space Station (ISS) crossing in front of the bright and seemingly enormous moon.<p>We're used to …

Space Exploration

Conservatives regroup after gay marriage defeat

“It seems like the oppressor is now taking on the mentality of the oppressed.”<p>The Supreme Court’s recent same-sex marriage ruling left many conservative Christians steamed, with some calling for new constitutional amendments and others urging resistance against America’s new legal reality.<p>But many …

LGBTQI

Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman escapes

<b>(CNN) —</b> After Mexico's most notorious drug lord stepped into a shower and slipped into a tunnel to escape from a maximum-security prison, authorities vowed it wouldn't be long before the Sinaloa cartel chief was behind bars again.<p>Prison security cameras last recorded images of Joaquin "El Chapo" …

Mexico

The solution to feeding the world's growing population doesn't require any sunlight or soil

According to Philips, the answer may be indoor farms that grow plants with LEDs. The company has recently opened its GrowWise City indoor farm in the Netherlands, and the facility has the potential to revolutionize the way we cultivate food, and maybe even solve world hunger issues.<p>At the …

The 5 worst Congresses in American history

The current Congress is approaching a single-digit approval rating. Believe it or not, there have been worse<p>America is caught in the throes of the 114th Congress. May the world take pity on us. They are so gridlocked they can’t even agree that sex trafficking is a bad thing. It is certain, even …

CIA director: Iran general 'destabilizing' efforts in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leader of Iran's elite Quds Force is contributing to instability in Iraq and complicating the U.S. mission against terrorism …

Middle East

Obama 'embarrassed' for GOP senators who signed Iran letter

President Barack Obama said he’s “embarrassed” for the 47 Republican senators who signed a letter to Iranian leaders earlier this week.<p>“I’m embarrassed for them. For them to address a letter to the ayatollah who they claim is our mortal enemy, and their basic argument to them is ‘don’t deal with …

Barack Obama

In Historic Turn, CO2 Emissions Flatline in 2014, Even as Global Economy Grows

A key stumbling block in the effort to combat global warming has been the intimate link between greenhouse gas emissions and economic growth. When times are good and industries are thriving, global energy use traditionally increases and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions also go up. Only when …

Fossil Fuels