George J. Robinson

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A discovery of ‘Titan’ic proportions

The 20-year journey of the Cassini-Huygens mission, which came to an end in September 2017, has provided us with a trove of data from which we’ll …

Astronomy

Gassy Cows Warm The Planet. Scientists Think They Know How To Squelch Those Belches

Cattle pass a lot of gas, and the methane from their flatulence and especially, their belches, is an expanding burden on the planet. The greenhouse gas has a warming potential 25 times that of carbon dioxide.<p>Livestock account for 14.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, with over half of that …

Genetics

Here's What Stocks You Want to Own in the Event of a War With North Korea

North Korea has fired off its latest threat to the U.S.<p>In light of theis development (and many others of late), the below piece from TheStreet's …

Kim Jong-un

Is it safe to give your genetic data to 23andMe?

CEO Anne Wojcicki explains the DNA testing company’s privacy protections on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.<p>23andMe has been around for more than 11 years, but it’s just now getting to “critical mass,” CEO Anne Wojcicki says, thanks in part to a recent $200 million funding round.<p>But as the …

Genetics

A direct hit from a large asteroid wouldn't be pretty

A major asteroid safely passed us this week. Whew! Had it made impact it could have been just as bad as in a Hollywood movie.<p>A big, peanut-shaped asteroid about 2,000 feet (610 meters) across slipped by Earth at a comfortable distance on Wednesday. But, had such a large space rock hit us, you …

Cedar Rapids

Bastille Day terror attack: French president François Hollande extends state of emergency for a further three months

François Hollande, the French president, warned his country that it had been targeted by Islamic terrorists as he extended a state of emergency by another three months.<p>“A fresh atrocity has has just been inflicted on France,” he said in a televised address. “It is the whole of France which is under …