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Congress Prepares Empty Assault On Government Porn

If you thought Congress would fend off a government shutdown without implementing three meaningless riders targeting government porn, well: You thought wrong.<p>The so-called cromnibus, which will fund most of the federal government's operations through next year, includes a host of provisions that …

U.S. Economy Added 214,000 Jobs in October; Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.8%

Declining in older adults, colorectal cancer jumps in the young

New diagnoses of colorectal cancers, which have been on the decline for years among those over 50, are increasing "exponentially" among those between the ages of 20 and 49, new research has found.<p>By the year 2030, the rate of new diagnoses among the under-50 set can be expected to nearly double, …

Cancer

Hole-punch clouds are made by jets

Sometimes people report them as UFOs, but they’re called hole-punch clouds and they’re made by jets. The connection between hole-punch clouds, jets …

Are CT scans for lung cancer worth the cost? - Futurity

Using CT scans to screen older smokers for lung cancer may be more cost-effective than doing nothing at all. But only if certain assumptions prove …

Google made a 'Google Drive for genomes,' and it wants hospitals and universities to sign on

Storing and analyzing patients' genomes in the cloud<p>Google wants to help university labs and hospitals store their clients’ genomes in the cloud, and they’re calling the effort "Google Genomics."<p>Google Genomics was actually launched last March, but a number of other announcements caused it to go …

Study shows direct brain interface between humans

If the brain-to-brain interface was successful, the receiver's hand would twitch, pressing the touchpad and firing the cannon that was displayed on …

How to make a diamond from scratch - with peanut butter

Understanding the way diamonds are formed deep in the Earth could explain how life evolved on our planet. So a team in Germany are attempting to forge the gemstones themselves, from carbon dioxide – and peanut butter. David Robson reports.<p>Every so often, Dan Frost hears a dull thud and his office …

Universe

Why Orion Capsule’s Test Flight Is a ‘Big (Freakin’) Deal’ for NASA

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is the last person you'd expect to drop the F-bomb in public, but when it comes to next month's test flight of the space agency's Orion deep-space capsule, he's willing to come perilously close.<p>"That's a big deal," Bolden told a luncheon audience last week at the …

Space Exploration

You Can Gas Up Your Car With Garbage, If It's The 2015 Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel

With the 2015 Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, drivers can top off their tank with waste byproducts, almost like Dr. Emmett Brown — aka “Doc” — did with his time-traveling DeLorean in the movie "Back to the Future."<p>But instead of dumping banana peels and backwash from a beer can directly into the …

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Plastic fish are coming to save salmon

New 'sensor fish' measure forces exerted by dam turbines more accurately<p>Hydroelectric energy sources might be friendlier to the environment at large than coal or gas fired plants can be, but the huge dams needed for the generation of electricity from water sources can cause problems for fish forced …

Inflatable Incubator Could Save Premature Babies

But we're not sure why it's shaped like a toaster oven<p>Over a million children die each year due to complications of preterm birth, according to the World Health Organization. Developing nations are plagued with high infant mortality rates, where much of the population does not have access to …

How A Tilt Toward Safety Stopped A Scientist's Virus Research

As cases of a worrisome respiratory virus continue to pop up in the Middle East, scientists who study it in the U.S. are struggling to understand how they'll be affected by a government moratorium on certain kinds of experiments.<p>One of those researchers is Ralph Baric, a virologist at the …

Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On Mars

More than 200,000 aspiring space explorers volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Are they insane?<p><i>Editor's note: Mars One recently narrowed its pool of candidates to 100 people--many of whom we featured in the November 2014 issue (part of which exists here). We've reposted this story for your</i> …

Facing Rising Sea Levels, Boston Ponders Canals

Just how much do you love that dirty water?<p>With the specter of rising sea levels threatening many metropolises worldwide, cities are starting to rethink what their future might look like. And in Boston, that future might look a little bit like Venice, canals and all.<p>A nonprofit research group, the …

Melting Arctic sea ice doubles the chances of harsh winters in other parts of the world

A new study published in Nature Geoscience indicates the increased melting of Arctic sea ice is linked to colder winters in parts of Europe, Asia and North America.<p>The study looked at a key region of Arctic ice melt in the Barents-Kara Sea, north of Scandinavia and west of Russia. It found that …

Geoengineering could prevent climate effects caused by giant volcanic eruptions

Shooting huge amounts of non-ozone-harming greenhouse gases into the atmosphere could counteract vast volcanic sulphur clouds that cause perpetual winters, new research suggests<p>The perpetual winters that follow giant volcanic eruptions could be avoided by shooting greenhouse gases into the …

As many as half of all stars reside outside of galaxies, study finds

Even stars can get lost in space.<p>Scientists who shot a rocket up beyond Earth’s atmosphere for a matter of minutes have made a remarkable discovery about the diffuse background light that permeates the universe: As many as half of all stars may have been stripped from their home galaxies and flung …

Astrophysics

Can Hillary Clinton Save the Democrats?

When the week began, one of the biggest challenges Hillary Clinton faced was how to separate herself from an unpopular Democratic president. Now she …

Frustration with Nancy Pelosi simmers among Democrats

No Democrat is gearing up to challenge Nancy Pelosi in public, but behind the scenes some Democrats are saying it’s time for new blood at the leadership table ahead of 2016.<p>Senior aides said they hope the party’s big losses Tuesday would encourage the minority leader to expand her network of allies …

Why GOP won: Shifting white votes hurt Democrats

Why Mitch McConnell Plans To Troll Elizabeth Warren

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), looking forward to a GOP Senate majority, laid out the Republicans' 2015 financial policy platform: trolling Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).<p>"The [Senate] Banking Committee is certainly going to be taking a look at Dodd-Frank," said McConnell, who is …

Caller drops N-word on C-SPAN

A viewer who called in to C-SPAN on Thursday morning referred to President Barack Obama using the N-word before being kicked off the air.<p>The caller identified himself as a Republican from California and started with comments about how he thinks the GOP should not overreach and become too extreme …

Obama writes Iran's supreme leader about militants

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare outreach to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Barack Obama has written a letter about the fight against Islamic State militants, a common enemy in Syria and Iraq, according to diplomatic sources.<p>The U.S. and Iran are each engaged in military efforts …

Congressional Leaders To Be Briefed On Fight Against ISIS

President Obama is meeting with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday. The general overseeing the campaign against militants from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, will brief them.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>Now that the U.S. is striking ISIS and other groups, the president …

FBI says it impersonated AP reporter in 2007 case

SEATTLE (AP) — The FBI's creation of a fake news story and impersonation of an Associated Press reporter during a criminal investigation undermine media credibility, blur the lines between law enforcement and the press and raise questions about whether the agency followed its own guidelines, free …

Immigration activists hope they don't get burned by Obama

House Speaker John Boehner said President Barack Obama could get "burned" if he uses executive action to help undocumented immigrants.<p>There are a good number of immigration activists who feel burned that he hasn't done it already.<p>While they were pleased to hear Obama renew his vow Wednesday that …