Melanie Espaillat

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Winter weather makes encore, sets records

It may be spring, but winter weather is making another appearance.<p>A cold front is forecast Tuesday from the Florida Panhandle to New England, and Accuweather senior meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski reports a storm that brought half a foot of snow to Nebraska and Wisconsin on Sunday and Monday will …

Weather

Asia Smog May Worsen U.S. Winters

A tetrad of lunar eclipses, next one October 8

Monday’s eclipse marks the beginning of a special eclipse series known as a tetrad – four total lunar eclipses in a row, with no partial eclipses in …

Astronomy

Miss the 'Blood Moon'? Here's Your Next Chance

If you were asleep when the "blood moon" graced the sky early today, you're in luck.<p>The moon will glow red three more times in the next 18 months, …

Lunar Eclipse

Roger Goodell: NFL considering proposals to eliminate extra points

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on Monday the league is looking at proposals to eliminate extra points, of which only five were missed during the …

Just four months until we can understand dogs! Dog-to-English translator to become a reality

Anxious to know what your dog is thinking? The wait could soon be over as a ‘dog-to-English’ translator is set to become a reality in just four …

What Separates A Healthy And Unhealthy Diet? Just $1.50 Per Day

If you want to eat a more healthful diet, you're going to have to shell out more cash, right? (After all, Whole Foods didn't get the nickname "Whole Paycheck" for nothing.)<p>But until recently, that widely held bit of conventional wisdom hadn't really been assessed in a rigorous, systematic way, says …

17 Rappers Who Had Surprising Past Lives

From Tin Man to turnt up.

Patriots stun Saints on Tom Brady's TD pass with 5 seconds left

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Too bad all those Patriots fans who left Gillette Stadium in disgust when their team was down didn't wait a minute.<p>Because …

NFL

Why your purring cat might not be as happy as it sounds

Scientists warn pet owners to avoid constantly touching their cats because it can make them stressed.<p>For cat lovers, little is more comforting than curling up on a sofa and hearing your beloved pet purr as you stroke it.<p>But your cat may not be as contented as you believe.<p>Scientists have warned pet …

Pets

22 Quotes From Kanye’s BBC Interview To Make You Think About Race, Culture, And Creativity

Here's why we should actually be talking about the interview. CC: Jimmy Kimmel, the world.<p>I'm gonna take music and I'm gonna to try to make it three-dimensional, like in Star Wars, and the hologram'll pop up out of R2-D2. I'ma try to make something that jumps up, and affects you, in a good or bad …

Stanford's new linear accelerator is just three millimeters long

Stanford researchers unveiled a new kind of linear accelerator in <i>Nature</i> today, both smaller and more powerful than its enormous predecessors. Instead of using microwaves like traditional accelerators, the new accelerator works by accelerating electrons to near light-speed through conventional …

Physics

Flesh-Eating Street Drug from Russia Hits the US

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Russia

Aaron Hernandez's fiancée, cousin indicted by grand jury

Additional charges were levied by a grand jury Friday in connection with the Aaron Hernandez case.<p>A Bristol County grand jury indicted Shayana Jenkins, Aaron Hernandez's fiancée, as well as his cousin Tanya Singleton on Friday, per a release from the district attorney's office. Jenkins was indicted …

New electric fish found in murky waters

Scientists have identified a new kind of eel-like electric fish, the Akawaio penak, in a remote region of Northern Guyana that is known for its …

Zoology

French climber finds $332,000 worth of jewels in metal box on Mont Blanc

A French climber scaling a glacier off Mont Blanc got more than satisfaction for his efforts when he stumbled across a treasure trove of emeralds, rubies and sapphires that had been buried for decades.<p>The jewels, estimated to be worth up to $332,000, lay hidden in a metal box that was on board an …

Utah High School Football Coach Suspends Entire Team Amid Reports Of Cyberbullying

This high school football coach does not tolerate bullying or attitude problems, and he recently showed players in a major way.<p>Utah outlet Deseret News reported that the town of Roosevelt's Union High School football coach Matt Labrum recently suspended all 80 players from the team due to reports …

The American dream has become a burden for most

As wages stagnate and costs rise, US workers recognise the guiding ideal of this nation for the delusional myth it is<p>The final chapter of America's Promise, a high-school textbook on American history, ends with a rallying cry to national mythology. "The history of the United States is one of …

Income Inequality

Hillary Clinton admits to 'wrestling' with run for president in 2016

Former secretary of state gives interview to New York Magazine and says: 'I'm both a pragmatist and realistic'<p>Hillary Clinton has acknowledged that she is "wrestling" with the idea of running for president again, but said that she remains "pragmatic and realistic" as she considers her prospects for …

Fights erupt at Apple iPhone launch in California

At least two arrests were made in Pasadena when a ploy to get homeless people to queue up for the new iPhones went spectacularly wrong.<p>An overnight campout for the new iPhone became chaotic when two men were arrested for fighting outside an Apple Store in California, and a man's plan to hire …

Homelessness

PCBs cause birds to sing a different tune

Low level exposures to PCBs cause neurological changes in birds that alter a critical behaviour: birdsong.<p>Songbirds living along the Hudson River in New York state are exposed to levels of PCBs that don't kill them but do disrupt the songs they sing, reports a team of researchers from Cornell …

Have Modern Scientists Made Any Advancements In Alchemy?

Ancient alchemists tried just about anything to turn lead into gold. But if they had just had a laser, they might have been able to make pseudo-platinum.<p>More than half of the world's platinum goes into cars' catalytic converters, where it helps neutralize the carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide in …

CDC: “We Will Soon Be In A Post-Antibiotic Era”

In a highly unusual new report, the Centers for Disease Control warned that America is threatened by a wave of new antibiotic-proof germs that could threaten public health, and that overuse of antibiotics in health care and industrial agriculture bears much of the blame.<p>The 112-page report on …

Waggling Phallic Scanner 3-D-Maps The Tower Of Pisa In 20 Minutes

The spring-mounted laser scanner does its work while sproinging around comically.<p>The Zebedee, created by Australia's national space agency, is a 3-D scanner, but it's not quite like any 3-D scanner we've ever seen before. But that might work in its favor: one person holding the Zebedee was able to …

In every whale's earwax is a record of its lifetime exposure to pollutants

Scientists have developed a new method for learning all sorts of interesting things about whales by studying their earwax<p>In addition to the amazing revelation that whales have earwax, we learn that a team of researchers in the US has published a paper detailing a new method that they developed for …

Oceans

Science Confirms The Obvious: Pharmaceutical Ads Are Misleading

Six out of 10 claims in TV drug ads exaggerate or omit information.<p>The U.S. is one of only two countries in the world* that allows pharmaceutical companies to market their products directly to consumers--in commercials like those cute little Zoloft ads and all those coy Viagra spots. Somewhat …

Tiger Genome Sequenced, Shows Big Cats Evolved to Kill

Gene map of endangered Amur tiger seen as aid to preserving big cats in the wild.<p><b>The first sequenced tiger genome shows that big cats evolved to kill.</b><p><b>Genes for strong muscle fibers and for meat-eating appear narrowly shared, researchers reported, among species as distinct as the African lion and</b> …

Wildlife