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Researchers have mapped out how plants sense our world

Mapping Senses<p>Plants may lack our facial features, but the fact that they don’t have eyes, ears, or noses has not stopped them from developing ways …

280-Million-Year-Old Fossil Forest Discovered in … Antarctica

Antarctica wasn't always a land of ice. Millions of years ago, when the continent was still part of a huge Southern Hemisphere landmass called …

Tokyo condemns ‘absolutely unacceptable’ provocation, as Pyongyang reacts to imposition of new UN sanctions following missile tests<p>North Korea has threatened to sink Japan and said the US should be “beaten to death like a rabid dog” after the two countries spearheaded fresh UN security council …

North Korea

Russia summons American diplomat as its US outposts are ordered to close

<b>(CNN) —</b> Russia handed a senior US diplomat in Moscow a strongly worded note of protest Saturday, the same day US officials had vowed to shutter three Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States amid escalating tensions.<p>The US deputy chief of mission in Moscow was summoned to the Russian …

Elon Musk’s Neuralink Gets $27 Million to Build Brain Computers

Neuralink Corp., the startup co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has taken steps to sell as much as $100 million in stock to fund the development of …

First Water, Then Red Ink: The Cost of Recovery When Most Are Uninsured

First water, then red ink: The nightmare of Hurricane Harvey’s deluge of Houston could be exacerbated by the cost of recovery.<p>Experts say the unique nature of Harvey’s devastation means affected residents — and FEMA’s already-broke flood insurance plan — will be the ones reaching into their pockets …

Extreme Weather

KKK leader threatens to ‘burn’ Latina journalist, the first black person on his property

Christopher Barker, a leader of a Ku Klux Klan chapter in North Carolina, agreed to meet for an interview at his home late last month with Ilia Calderón, a Colombian news anchor for Univision based in Miami. He was told the interview would be conducted by a Hispanic “woman of color.”<p>But when Barker …

North Korea warns of 'merciless strike' ahead of US-South Korea drills

<b>(CNN) —</b> Joint US-South Korean military drills are underway Monday despite warnings from North Korea a day earlier that they could lead to a "uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war."<p>The 10-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercises are conducted annually and touted by South Korea and the United …

After criticism, White House says Trump condemns KKK, neo-Nazis | Reuters

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s remarks condemning violence at a white nationalist rally were meant to include the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups, the White House said on Sunday, a day after he was criticized across the political spectrum for not explicitly denouncing …

Trump doubles down on 'fire and fury' vow as wargames near

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Not backing down, President Donald Trump warned Kim Jong Un's government on Thursday to "get their act together" or face …

Tillerson dials back rhetoric after Trump's North Korea 'fire and fury' threats

<b>(CNN) —</b> US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has sought to allay fears of a military confrontation with North Korea after President Donald Trump warned he could unleash "fire and fury" on the pariah state.<p>Tillerson defended Trump's comments but said there was no sign that the threat level from North …

North Korea

Americans Say Civility Has Worsened Under Trump; Trust In Institutions Down

As Americans prepare to celebrate the country's 241st birthday, they believe the overall tone and level of civility between Democrats and Republicans in the nation's capital has gotten worse since the election of President Trump last year, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds. The same survey …

Republicans

The Universe Itself May Be Unnatural

When it comes to the physical Universe, we fully expect things obeying the same fundamental laws to unfold in similar fashions, and to be comparable to one another today. By the same token, if they obey vastly different rules, we expect them to be different from one another today. If aspects of the …

Physics

New Calculation Could Spell Trouble For a Popular Theory of the Universe's Origin

The universe began. But what did it begin from? What did it begin into? We know it began by expanding rather quickly, and ended up with lots of big …

Physics

Just One Drink Raises the Risk of Breast Cancer

Bottom’s down: A new report finds that drinking even one glass of alcohol a day increases the risk of developing breast cancer.<p>The type of alcohol doesn’t matter—wine, beer and hard liquor all pose the same risk.<p>The report, a joint effort of the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World …

Source: Comey to testify publicly about Trump confrontations

<b>(CNN) —</b> Fired FBI director James Comey plans to testify publicly in the Senate as early as next week to confirm bombshell accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into a top Trump aide's ties to Russia, a source close to the issue said Wednesday.<p>Final details …

Trump expected to withdraw from Paris climate deal

The upcoming decision could be a victory for the nationalist wing of Trump’s White House.<p>President Donald Trump is planning to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement, a White House official said Wednesday morning — only to have Trump himself revive the suspense less than …

Associated Press News

Top Trump aide exiting: First shoe to drop in wider shuffle?

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top communications aide to President Donald Trump is exiting the White House as the embattled president considers a broader …

Japan vows to take action with US after North Korea missile test

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to take action against North Korea after Pyongyang's missile test on Sunday ended in the Sea of Japan.<p>Abe addressed the situation in a brief televised address on Monday: "As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the …

We knew Jupiter was weird. Now we're finding out HOW weird.

5Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system, but in many ways we still don't understand it. The Juno spacecraft is providing answers, but not …

Astronomy

Following Trump’s trip, Merkel says Europe can’t rely on ‘others.’ She means the U.S.

LONDON — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Trump last week, saying that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.”<p>It was the toughest review yet of Trump’s trip to Europe, which inflamed …

Geopolitics

Trump accuses 'fake news' media of making up sources

President Donald Trump on Sunday morning accused news outlets of fabricating stories and making up sources.<p>In a series of tweets, the president said he believed the leaks coming from his administration are actually "fabricated lies."<p>"It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White …

Donald Trump

Merkel: G7 climate talks with Trump 'very unsatisfying'

The G7 declaration will give US President Donald Trump time to decide whether to keep the US in the Paris climate agreement. German Chancellor Angela …

Michael Caputo, who worked for the president during the primary campaign, invited for voluntary interview<p>A former Trump campaign adviser has been asked to testify before the House intelligence committee over accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.<p>The Guardian has confirmed that …

Donald Trump

Trump tells Middle East to 'drive out' Islamist extremists | Reuters

RIYADH (Reuters) - President Donald Trump urged Arab and Islamic leaders on Sunday to unite and do their share to defeat Islamist extremists, making an impassioned plea to “drive out” terrorists while toning down his own harsh rhetoric about Muslims.<p>Trump singled out Iran as a key source of funding …

If the president says it, is it no longer classified?

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> If President Donald Trump did indeed reveal highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and Russian ambassador, many lawmakers said his actions are irresponsible and potentially dangerous.<p>But were they illegal?<p>"This (what Trump did) is worse than criminal," Alan …

Donald Trump