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Why don't elephants get cancer? New gene study aims to explain

Why don’t elephants get cancer?<p>A new genetic study shows they have genes with special powers to fix mutated DNA — and humans have slightly different versions of the same genes.<p>The report, published in the journal Cell Reports, could open the door to helping people fight cancer better in the …

“I was blaming myself and I was miserable”: Brendan Fraser’s #MeToo moment

The actor’s story is a reminder that men experience sexual misconduct, too.<p>The story is, sadly, a common one. A powerful man in the entertainment industry, a younger performer, an allegation of sexual misconduct.<p>In this case, however, the performer — the one who retreated from Hollywood after the …

Human Sperm Has a Surprising Tail Shape We've Never Noticed Before

Using 3-D imaging, researchers have discovered a helix structure. The find could help develop drugs for male infertility, or contraception.<p>Ah, the human sperm. A mature male germ cell, this microscopic vessel is crucial for sexual reproduction. It looks a lot like a tiny translucent tadpole, with a …

Oscars 2018: 8 nominated movies you can watch on Netflix now 🎬

Frankly, the best place to catch the bulk of the 2018 Oscar-nominated films will be in theaters. But if you want to check off a few viewings from your sofa, here's what Netflix has to offer. (Sadly, no, "Get Out" is not available on Netflix.)<p>'Mudbound'<p>Metacritic score: 85<p>Netflix picked up …

Discovery of alien life might not bring the response you'd expect

Study suggests E.T. wouldn't throw us for a loop.<p>“War of the Worlds. “Independence Day.” “Pacific Rim.” Hollywood is no stranger to tales of space aliens, and most seem to culminate in an epic fight to save the human race.<p>But let’s say we discover space aliens not on Main Street but on some distant …

Apple Employees Can’t Stop Walking into Glass Walls

For all Apple’s innovation, the company can’t seem to get a handle on a basic design flaw.<p>Last year, Apple finished construction on its new 175-acre campus, designed by the company’s design chief <b>Jony Ive</b> and British architectural firm Foster + Partners. The massive new office park, nicknamed “the …

Lost Artwork Found Under Famous Picasso Painting

The discovery offers new insight into the creative process of the innovative artist.<p><b>Genius: Picasso</b> <i>premieres April 24 at 9/8c on National Geographic.</i><p>In 1957, when Pablo Picasso was in his seventh decade, he mused that x-ray technology might one day reveal a lost work underneath one of his early …

These Electric Barges Are A Cleaner Cargo Solution Than Trucks

In the Netherlands, where transporting cargo on rivers is common, Port-Liner is working to make the barges all-electric. But the real opportunity may be in places like the U.S. where vastly more cargo could be shipped on our fresh waterways.<p>If you stand next to the Rhine River in Rotterdam and a …

Polar Bears Really Are Starving Because of Global Warming, Study Shows

New science sheds more light on recent controversy over how much the large carnivores are being impacted by melting sea ice.<p>Millions have seen the heart-wrenching video of a polar bear clinging to life, its white hair limply covering its thin, bony frame. Shot by Paul Nicklen and Cristina …

Global Warming

Bone-chilling cold grips wide swath of US, at least 2 deaths

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bitterly cold temperatures gripped much of the nation on Tuesday, testing the mettle of even winter-wise northerners and delivering a shock to those accustomed to far milder weather in the South.<p>The cold has been blamed for at least a dozen deaths, prompted officials to open …

Los Angeles man arrested in ‘swatting’ call that preceded fatal police shooting in Kansas

Los Angeles police arrested a 25-year-old man in a suspected "swatting" hoax 911 call in Kansas that ended in the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man.<p>The LAPD took Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles into custody in that city on Friday afternoon, on a fugitive warrant stemming from the Thursday …

Los Angeles

Yes, UFOs exist. But they're probably not what you think.

New video of a 2004 encounter between the U.S. Air Force and an unidentified flying object has the internet asking about aliens.<p>On a dark and otherwise serene night back in the 1960s, my grandpa, a doctor and recreational pilot, was ferrying two lawyers to a deposition. As they bisected the state …

Paranormal

Elon Musk has revealed new photos of the world's most powerful rocket — but he says it may explode

Elon Musk is gearing up for the launch of Falcon Heavy, the biggest rocket system ever built by SpaceX, his aerospace company.<p>SpaceX says Falcon Heavy is the most powerful in the world today — and to whet the appetite of fans around the world, Musk posted three photos of the 230-foot-tall rocket on …

Space Travel

Memphis finds legal loophole to remove Confederate statues

The city of Memphis, Tennessee, took down Confederate statues that stood in two public parks on Wednesday — after selling the spaces to a nonprofit …

Abortion Law Could Block Thousands Of Women In Arkansas From Safe Procedure, Planned Parenthood Says

An Arkansas law that would leave just one abortion provider in the entire state—and effectively ban abortion for roughly a quarter of its …

Atheist cries he’s being ‘assaulted’ by Christmas banner

EUGENE, Ore. — A man has threatened to sue city officials in Eugene, Oregon, because of a Christmas banner that he believes is a violation of the …

'Oumuamua: Invader From Beyond the Solar System

It's not often that an interstellar visitor shaped like a cigar whizzes through the inner solar system. But that's exactly what happened in mid-2017 …

Scientists Have Developed Glass That Heals Itself When You Press It Together

This could be the last time your phone looks like this.<p>If you're like most of our readers, you're probably reading this right now on your mobile, …

A Federal Ban on Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted

Federal officials on Tuesday ended a moratorium imposed three years ago on funding research that alters germs to make them more lethal.<p>Such work can now proceed, said Dr. Francis S. Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, but only if a scientific panel decides that the benefits …

Public Health

The BBC is making a feature-length Harvey Weinstein documentary

The day before the explosive <i>New York Times</i> report on the harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein came out, the formerly influential movie …

‘The Office’ Is Eyeing A 2018 Revival That Will Head Back To Dunder-Mifflin’s Scranton Branch

TVLine is warming the hearts of millions of fans of awkward cubicle relationships with the exclusive news that NBC is looking to revive <i>The Office</i> for the 2018-2019 season. Steve Carell reportedly won’t be back for the revival, but the series will once again be focusing on the worker bees of …

The 10 highest-grossing movies of 2017 that ruled the box office

Regardless, though, there were some major performers, including three <i>very</i> different kinds of movies crossing the $1 billion worldwide mark — and a Stephen King adaptation performing beyond anyone's expectations.<p>Thanks to Marvel hits ("Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," "Thor: Ragnarok") and a …

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

With only a week left until Christmas, lighted displays, colorful markets, and Santa's helpers are out in force. From Europe to the Americas and Asia, gathered here as an early gift to you is a collection of holiday cheer and light wrapped up in 35 photographs.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is being review-bombed on Rotten Tomatoes (update)

Let’s dig into this<p><i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> is one of the top-rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes, according to critics, but scroll down the movie’s page a little further and audience testimonies tell a different story.<p>There’s a gaping disparity between what critics thought of the movie (certified …

Ian McKellen Warns Of ‘Wrongful’ Sexual Misconduct Accusations And Claims That Women Have Traded Sex For Roles

While speaking at Oxford Union, Ian McKellen shared his views on the current trend of sexual harassment accusations and possibly caused some controversy in the process. According to The Daily Mail — claiming McKellen said “women are partly to blame” for sexual harassment and “some actresses tell …

White House supports FCC’s move on net neutrality

The Trump administration backs the Federal Communication Commission’s move to repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations, the White House said on …

Net Neutrality

Trump: FBI handling of Clinton probe 'disgraceful'

QUANTICO, Va. (AP) — Taking aim at the credibility of the FBI, President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on the bureau's leadership even as he praised state and local police officers as a bulwark against rising violence and crime.<p>Trump denounced the bureau for its handling of the Hillary …

George Lucas Has One Minor Criticism Of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

George Lucas was initially hesitant with praise for <i>The Force Awakens</i> (he compared Disney to “white slavers” and grumbled the <i>Star Wars</i> brain trust wasn’t “keen to have me involved anyway”), but he later relented, saying, “Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the …

Disney Officially Acquires Most Of Fox In $66.1 Billion Buyout. Here’s What They Got

The Walt Disney Company has announced — along with some pretty big news from Disney CEO Bob Iger — their official acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox, a deal that has been long rumored and much discussed. The $66.1 billion buyout — paid with $52.4 billion in Disney stock and assumption of all …

The Race to Erase Kevin Spacey

LOS ANGELES — The sun was setting on Nov. 7, when Christopher Plummer arrived at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan for a secret, hastily arranged meeting.<p>He had intended to be resting in Connecticut after a whirlwind month. But Ridley Scott had flown in from London with an urgent plea: Would Mr. …

Fine Art