Andi Wolfe

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NASA Launches Daring Solar Probe Mission to Kiss the Sun

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A historic and audacious mission to probe some of the sun's deepest secrets is underway.<p>NASA's Parker Solar Probe lifted off …

Astronomy

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 Peaks Tonight! How to Watch Online

The summer's best meteor shower – the Perseids – peaks overnight tonight (Aug. 12), but you'll need good weather to see it. If your night sky is …

Perseids

A Running List of How President Trump Is Changing Environmental Policy

EnvironmentExplainer<p>The Trump administration has promised vast changes to U.S. science and environmental policy—and we’re tracking them here as they happen.<p>The Trump administration’s tumultuous presidency has brought a flurry of changes—both realized and anticipated—to U.S. environmental policy. …

Trump Administration

‘Not the enemy of the people’: 70 news organizations will blast Trump’s attack on the media

For most of the past 19 months, President Trump’s war of words with American news organizations has been more of a one-sided barrage — at least according to the Boston Globe’s editorial board.<p>Trump labeled the news media “the enemy of the American people” a month after taking the oath of office. In …

Donald Trump

Don’t fall for Trump’s latest whataboutism

PRESIDENT TRUMP tweets it repeatedly: Yes, there was collusion with Russia — except the real colluders were Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. The president was back at it again Thursday, quoting a conservative cable host’s assertion that “Hillary Clinton & the Democrats colluded with the …

Donald Trump

Are Trump’s mob connections a coincidence? Fuhgeddaboudit.

Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas titled their classic group portrait of Harry S. Truman’s foreign policy team, “The Wise Men.” A book about Donald Trump’s associations might be called “The Wise Guys.”<p>Mario Puzo would’ve been just the man to write it. Martin Scorsese could option the movie rights.<p>And …

Donald Trump

The mystery of Jupiter's coloured bands is finally solved! Deep jet streams move clouds of ammonia across the planet to form its white, red, and orange stripes

The mystery underlying Jupiter's characteristic coloured bands has been solved thanks to data from Nasa's probe orbiting around the gas giant.<p>Several …

Astronomy

The Corn of the Future Is Hundreds of Years Old and Makes Its Own Mucus

In the 1980s, Howard-Yana Shapiro, now chief agricultural officer at Mars, Incorporated, was looking for new kinds of corn. He was in the Mixes …

Farming

The mysterious Pilostyles is a plant within a plant

In 1946, forestry officer Charles Hamilton found something unusual on a shrubby native pea plant growing in Mundaring, near Perth. The pea had …

Plants

Dinosaurs loved smelling flowers long before humans

You don’t normally think of dinosaurs doing the kinds of things that modern animals might do — like taking a nap in a grassy field or playing with …

The world’s most beautiful botanical gardens

1: Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil<p>Lying at the foot of Corcovado Mountain, under the watchful eye of Christ the Redeemer, the 140-hectare …

Botanical Gardens

Your everyday Republican has some galling views

The views of rank-and-file Republicans, captured in voter surveys, are nothing less than galling.<p>Let’s lead with a poll conducted by the global marketing firm Ipsos and reported by the Daily Beast. It found that 43 percent of self-identified Republicans said that they believed “the president should …

Donald Trump

What happens when the government stops doing its job?

It took almost two years for two dozen officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to pull together a case against Golden Valley Lending. The online lender was making small short-term loans at interest rates as high as 950 percent, violating laws in at least 17 states that cap interest …

Trump Administration

‘I won’t go in:’ Frightening video captures teenage girl shoved off bridge, plunging 60 feet into river below

<i>Warning: This video is frightening.</i><p>The bridge at Moulton Falls, a scenic, forested park in Washington state about 40 miles north of Portland, Ore., looms 60 feet above the water. Large rocks jut out along the river’s shore. A sign says that diving from the bridge is prohibited.<p>But that doesn’t stop …

Washington State

The entire W.Va. Supreme Court faces impeachment for alleged corruption: Gas money, restaurant lunches, an antique desk

The desks went missing in the Mountain State.<p>Not just any desks. These were state heirlooms named for Cass Gilbert, the prominent American architect who designed the state capitol in Charleston, W.Va., selecting the walnut workstations for the chambers of the state Supreme Court almost a century …

Corruption

Judge halts mother-daughter deportation, threatens to hold Sessions in contempt

A federal judge in Washington halted a deportation in progress Thursday and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt after learning that the Trump administration started to remove a woman and her daughter while a court hearing appealing their deportations was underway.<p>“This is …

Immigration

Three reasons Trump’s new immigration rule should make your blood boil

Once again, the Trump administration is looking to punish immigrants. And once again, innocent children are getting hurt in the process.<p>This time, however, many of those innocent children are likely to be U.S. citizens.<p>On Tuesday, NBC News reported that the Trump administration is readying a new …

Immigration

Something Digs Intricate Tunnels in Garnets. Is It Alive?

Deep red garnets are found all over the world, from Thailand and Sri Lanka to the Adirondacks. They’re even the state gem of New York.<p>The stones that make their way into rings and necklaces must have a flawless interior. But sometimes garnets are marred with intricate traceries of microscopic …

Sri Lanka

That Newfound Mineral Isn't Harder Than Diamond — But It Is from Space

Gold hunters in southern Russia might have been disappointed to learn that the speckled, yellow rock they uncovered was not a sizeable pebble of …

Meteorites

Scientists successfully transplant lab-grown lungs into pigs

Pigs implanted with lab-grown lungs recovered from surgery with no breathing problems.

Cell Biology

Bullets flew at a Florida ‘Peace in the City’ event for kids. An armed bystander was ready.

It was a Saturday afternoon in the park, the Florida sunshine barreling down out of a cloudless sky. More than 150 kids flew around the grass, pinballing between two bounce houses and a pavilion. Organizers dubbed the occasion “Peace in the City,” an anti-violence back-to-school event in …

Florida

‘We lost our naivete’: A year later, Charlottesville remains a wounded city

CHARLOTTESVILLE — There are no visible scars on Charlottesville. It remains a beautiful, leafy town of 50,000 residents with a thriving core, great restaurants, a bustling nightlife, and the cultural and intellectual amenities of being home to the state’s signature university and a major …

Rights & Freedoms

Who is responsible for ‘permanently orphaned children’? A federal judge knows.

AS ONE strolls the stately streets of Washington, D.C., taking in the breathtaking scale and august architecture of the federal government’s multifarious departments, agencies and commissions — more than 430 of them, by some estimates — one can only stand in awe of the sheer size, resources and …

Immigration

Only one other president has ever acted this desperate

<i>William D. Ruckelshaus served as acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as deputy attorney general in 1973. He was also administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1970 to 1973 and 1983 to 1985.</i><p>President Trump is acting with a desperation I’ve seen only once before …

Donald Trump

What Are Lectins and Are They Bad for Me?

A book, The Plant Paradox, claims that lectins are a molecule hiding in healthy foods making you sick—is it true?<p>Recently, before having a friend over for dinner, I asked him if there were any foods he couldn’t eat.<p>I’m someone with a longer-than-most list of dietary restrictions. I’m vegan with a …

Holistic Medicine

Judge Shuts Down Multimillion-Dollar Loophole In Election Law

<b>Updated at 9:30 p.m. ET</b><p>A widely used loophole for funneling secret "dark money" into political ads closed quietly last weekend, as a federal judge concluded it thwarted Congress' intent to have broad disclosure of political money.<p>Chief Judge Beryl Howell, of the U.S. District Court for the District …

Judiciary

The NRA claims actions by New York state are harming its finances. Governor Cuomo's response: 'Too bad'

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state of New York, the National Rifle Association says it will have to close its headquarters, shut down its online media presence and stop holding rallies and conventions if it is stymied by the state from doing business with banks and …

New York State

The horticulture industry’s age problem is bigger than you think

HERSHEY, Pa. — Nora Palmer is a gardener who toils happily in breezy Hershey Gardens, a playground of roses, herbs, old trees and leafy spaces that welcomes, among others, field-tripping grade-schoolers.<p>“I’ve just finished weeding and mulching here,” she says as she walks through a children’s …

Horticulture

BBC World Service - CrowdScience, Do Plants Talk about Sex?, How trees secretly talk to each other

Trees are talking and sharing resources right under your feet, using a fungal network nicknamed the Wood Wide Web. CrowdScience presenter Marnie Chesterton reveals how plants use the system to support their offspring, while others hijack the network to sabotage their rivals.<p>(Image: Illustration of …

Trump Has No Idea What His Tariffs Have Unleashed for Farmers

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Today President Trump is visiting Dubuque, Iowa, where every year at harvest time, millions of tons of grain come via rail and truck to be loaded onto barges on the Mississippi River and shipped to Mexico, China and much of the rest of the world. Harvest puts coin into the hands …

Iowa