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Donald Trump Jr. and Russia: What the Law Says

WASHINGTON — The revelation that President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., agreed to meet with a Kremlin-linked lawyer in June 2016 after being promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton has escalated discussion about whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia’s interference in …

Donald Trump

Clinton supporter George Clooney: Bernie Sanders is 'absolutely right' about money in politics

Clooney made the remarks in an interview with NBC News' "Meet The Press" the day after he and his wife, Amal, hosted a fundraiser on Democratic Party hopeful Clinton's behalf Friday night with a price tag of up to $353,400 per couple.<p>"We had some protesters last night when we pulled up in San …

Bernie Sanders

Sanders supporters shower Clinton motorcade with dollar bills

<b>(CNN) —</b> A group of around 100 Bernie Sanders supporters showered Hillary Clinton's motorcade in 1,000 single-dollar bills as the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate drove to a fundraiser with George and Amal Clooney on Saturday.<p>Howard Gold, who lives down the street from Clooney in Los Angeles' …

Middle-class

Bernie Sanders smashes the Israel status quo

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Bernie Sanders is taking a sledgehammer to the political status quo on Israel.<p>Sanders refused to back down Thursday night from his claim that Israel in 2014 used "disproportionate" force to respond to Hamas rocket fire from Gaza while calling for the United States to stop being …

Israel

Former TV 'Apprentices' denounce Trump White House bid | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of former contestants on Donald Trump’s reality television show “The Apprentice” put their old boss in the hot seat on Friday, saying the U.S. Republican front-runner has widened racial divisions and should not be president.<p>Former contestant on 'The Apprentice,' Dr. …

Donald Trump

Deep-Diving Robot Discovers Mysterious and Adorable Octopus Species

Would you just look at him? Sprung to life out of a Pixar movie, the ghostly little fella pictured above was discovered last month by <i>Deep Discoverer</i>, …

New Pluto Pictures Are Out Of This World

Today NASA released close-up images of Pluto that are as revelatory as they are beautiful.<p>"Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we've seen in the solar system," said New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, according to NASA. "If an …

Solar System

How to light up a tumour

In 2004, Dr Richard Ellenbogen prepared to operate on a 17-year-old girl. The operation, to remove a brain tumour, was particularly challenging because it was in the frontal lobe, close to important areas for movement, speech and learning. It lasted nearly 20 hours. Dr Ellenbogen ended up leaving a …

Cancer

Quick Photoshop Secret: How To Make a More Impactful Sunset or Sunrise

<i>Jimmy McIntyre is a world-renowned travel photographer, educator, and 500px ISO contributor. His photos have been published in local and national</i> …

Landscape Photography

Freddie Gray officer threatened to kill himself and ex-partner's husband, court document alleges

The Baltimore police lieutenant charged with the manslaughter of Freddie Gray allegedly threatened to kill himself and the husband of his ex-girlfriend, during incidents that led to him being disciplined and twice having his guns confiscated.<p>Brian Rice, who pursued and arrested Gray after the …

Justice

Mars astronauts could develop dementia on journey to Red Planet

Dangerous space radiation could mean astronauts develop dementia before ever setting foot on Mars<p>The technological challenge of getting to Mars may seem like a huge hurdle but it may be biology that holds humanity back from venturing to the Red Planet.<p>Astronauts could develop irreversible dementia …

Particles

Volunteer Stargazers Discover Five New Supernovas

More than 40,000 citizen stargazers have helped to classify more than 2 million celestial objects and identify five never-before-seen supernovas.<p>An amateur astronomy project of cosmic proportions, established by scientists at the Australian National University, asked volunteers to look through …

Universe

Spectral Readings Bring Alien Planet Into Sharper Focus

Astronomers have detected an exoplanet's visible-light spectrum directly for the first time ever, a milestone that could help bring many other alien worlds into clearer focus down the road.<p>The scientists used the HARPS instrument on the European Southern Observatory's 3.6-meter telescope at the La …

Universe

The Biggest Thing? Supervoid Spans a Billion Light-Years

BBC

Can you solve the maths question for Singapore schoolkids that went viral?

Singapore usually comes top, or nearly top, of the international rankings in primary maths performance.<p>And when you read this question – you can see why. It’s an excellent logical puzzle, which will stump most adults.<p>To clear up any ambiguity, Cheryl tells Albert the month in which her birthday …

Mathematics

Top NASA Scientist: We’ll Find Signs of Alien Life ‘Within a Decade’

Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say.<p>"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday …

Astronomy

Woolly mammoth could roam again as extinct DNA merged with elephant

Harvard University spliced recreated genes from a woolly mammoth into the DNA of an elephant and found they functioned normally<p>A major step forward in bringing back the woolly mammoth has been taken by scientists at Harvard University who have inserted DNA from the extinct mammal into the genetic …

Genetics

Solar eclipse could be blocked out by French smog

Unusually high air pollution is likely to make urban areas such as London more misty than usual and could obscure the much anticipated eclipse<p>The solar eclipse could be blocked out by a combination of low cloud and air pollution crossing the English Channel from France, experts have warned.<p>Much of …

Pollution

Do your genes determine your entire life?

Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis were separated as one-month-olds, adopted by different families and reunited at age 39. When University of …

Genetics

Weatherwatch: The ‘eclipse wind’ – help solve the mystery

On Friday, those of us living in the UK are going to be treated to a rare near-total solar eclipse. From around 8.30am the moon will appear to slide across the sun, taking about an hour to obscure it almost completely. The further north and west you are the better the eclipse will be, ranging from …

Faroe Islands

A meandering tale: the truth about pi and rivers

Of the many weird and wonderful facts about pi, one of my favourites is a surprising connection between the number 3.14 and the world around us.<p>It’s about rivers. Or more precisely, the bendiness of rivers.<p>As you will know, some rivers are relatively straight while other rivers twist and turn …

Mathematics

Pluto Probe Sets a Distance Record for Course Correction

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has performed a record-setting maneuver to adjust its approach to Pluto ahead of this summer's historic flyby.<p>The New Horizons probe, which will zoom through the Pluto system on July 14, fired its engines for 93 seconds on Tuesday when it was about 3 billion miles …

Solar System

Satellites: a glimpse inside a secret world

Back in 1945, when science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke conjured up the idea of an Earth-orbiting broadcast satellite, he neglected to patent it: he couldn’t imagine one being built in his lifetime. He wasn’t the only one caught off guard when the Soviet Union sprung a satellite on the world just …

Space Exploration

He ate all the pi : Japanese man memorises π to 111,700 digits

People have enjoyed memorising the digits in pi since at least the beginning of the 19th century.<p>Back then only a few hundred digits were known, so it was barely more of a challenge than memorising a long poem.<p>But since then computers have calculated more digits of pi than could ever even be …

Mathematics

False memories implanted into the brains of sleeping mice

Neuroscientists in France have implanted false memories into the brains of sleeping mice. Using electrodes to directly stimulate and record the activity of nerve cells, they created artificial associative memories that persisted while the animals snoozed and then influenced their behaviour when …

The Brain

Look! Up in the sky! It's a meteor, says 81-year-old WA farmer

Journalists and astronomy buffs headed to a farm at Gidgegannup, 40km out of Perth in Western Australia, to search for a meteorite which a talkback radio caller says she saw fall over her property.<p>Angela Whife, 81, called ABC radio in Perth on Monday to say that she believed a meteor had winked out …

Western Australia

Dawn on Ceres: Nasa probe to enter dwarf planet's orbit

Nasa scientists are making final preparations for a spacecraft to begin the first orbits around a dwarf planet in the planetary rubble on the far side of Mars.<p>Almost eight years after blasting off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, and travelling 3bn miles (4.8bn km), the $450m (£290m) Dawn probe is …

Astronomy

The Night Sky in March 2015: Mice that spell doom for Earth

Impending collision of galaxies threatens mass extinctions in four billion years (so not before the solar eclipse)<p><i>The chart shows the sky at the beginning of March. The positions of the stars on other nights can be found from previous Night Sky charts</i> <i>for they rise two hours earlier each month.</i> …

Universe

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

Bee colonies collapse 'as stressed young workers grow up too fast'

Phenomenon may be a factor behind colony collapse disorder, which has seen bee populations plummet around the world<p>Stressed young bees that are forced to grow up too fast could be a leading factor in disastrous declines in populations of the insects around the world, research suggests.<p>Bees usually …