Joseph Shepherd

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The 3 Trump-Russia scandals, explained

President Trump’s Russia problem is getting even worse.<p>Late Wednesday night, the Washington Post reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had met with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak <i>twice</i> during the 2016 campaign, when he was serving as a Trump advisor. This is despite the fact that Sessions …

The case against Donald Trump

Donald Trump would be an absolute disaster of a president — so bad it's almost impossible to grasp.<p>But allow me to try.<p><b>First, this birther business.</b> …

A massive solar storm could wipe out almost all of our modern technology — and we'd have just hours to prepare

In 1859, an invisible wave crashed into the Earth.<p>Electrons, swept up like so much detritus in the magnetic current, coursed along telegraph wires. When they met an obstacle, like the hand of a telegraph operator, they crashed through it — delivering a sharp shock.<p>Papers in telegraph offices caught …

Solar Cycle

Finally! Waze won't tell you to make those awful left turns

Drivers of Los Angeles, your prayers have been answered.<p>You love Waze. How else would you get from Venice to Atwater Village on a Friday afternoon? …

The African Union is introducing a single passport to make travel on the continent easier for Africans

When heads of state from across Africa arrive in Kigali, Rwanda next month for the African Union (AU) Summit, they will be among the first Africans issued the new electronic African Union passport. The passport is meant to make travel on the continent much easier for Africans.<p>“The scene seems to be …

Africa

How much will it cost you to buy a home in Santa Monica?

What's not to like about walkable oceanfront living? Fewer than 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica is a coveted Southern California locale known for its amusement and restaurant pier and homes cut into hills overlooking the Pacific. But with a median home listing price of $1.6 million …

Real Estate

Dark Matter + Black Hole = Wormhole?

Maybe.<p>According to a paper posted to the arXiv pre-print server last week, the difference between an everyday supermassive black hole and a space-time tunneling wormhole may be a lacing of dark matter. While it sounds like crank fodder of the sort that not infrequently winds up on arXiv, the idea …

Rising H-1B visa costs are stifling innovation and hurting the success of US companies

As an academic researcher, I have long been fond of John Adams’s famous maxim on the dogged persistence of facts. “Facts are stubborn things,” he wrote. “Whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”<p>This wisdom is …

Weird Things All Guys Do When Women Aren’t Around

<b>Ladies, this might come as a shock, but guys can get up to some pretty weird stuff when you’re not around. Here are just a few of the bizarre things</b> …

The History of the Universe Is Written on the Ocean Floor

Sediments from the bottom of the sea preserve a record of exploding stars—including some that may have changed Earth’s climate, and led to the rise of humans.<p>About 2 million years ago, a star roughly 325 light years away from our sun—pretty close, as cosmic things go—gave up the ghost. Its fuel …

Supernovae

NASA wants to reach the edge of our solar system with a 25 mile electrostatic solar sail

A consortium of scientists, academics, and government agencies have determined that advanced propulsion is the main technical obstacle standing …

Who Will Protect Us From Space Pirates?

It may sound like sci-fi, but millions and millions of dollars are pouring in to mine asteroids and the moon. And with a space gold rush comes space …

The Netherlands Will Ban New Gasoline-Powered Vehicles By 2025

There is dissent from the political opposition over this plan, but it’s surprisingly low-key, given what–in bureaucratic terms–is an incredibly short …

CERN Is Seeking Secrets of the Universe, or Maybe Opening the Portals of Hell

Operators of Large Hadron Collider gear up to battle conspiracy theories<p>GENEVA—The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, is gearing up for another run at smashing particles together to unlock the secrets of the universe.<p>That means anticipating a new round of conspiracy theories that …

Physics

Does mental illness enhance creativity?

It’s widely held that it does – but what does the evidence say?<p>Everyone can cite famous people from Vincent Van Gogh and Virginia Woolf to Tony Hancock and Robin Williams, who were exceptionally creative and experienced mental health problems. There are so many examples that it seems obvious that …

Mental Health

Using general relativity to magnify the cosmos

One of the most powerful known magnifying lenses isn’t found on Earth. The lens is built from stars, gas and dark matter and lies about 4 billion …

Universe

Penguin Swims 2,000 Miles Every Year To Hang Out With Man Who Saved His Life

In 2011, a Brazilian man found a Magellanic penguin dripping with oil and starving by his home on an island near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After …

Testimony: LIGO has “cracked open” a new window to the universe - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

LIGO’s recent detection of gravitational waves marks the beginning of a new era for astrophysics, and further insights into black holes, neutron …

Photonic Propulsion Could Send a Spacecraft to Mars in As Little As 3 Days

If the technology can actually be scaled enough to use on space probes, it might be the key to visiting worlds outside our solar system.<p>There's no argument in the astronomical community—rocket-propelled spacecraft can take us only so far. The SLS will likely take us to Mars, and future rockets …

Putin Threatens World War Again, This Time Over Syria: Will Turks And Saudis Call His Bluff?

Everywhere, the danger of a world war is being openly mooted. Last week, Russian PM Dmitri Medvedev specifically advised all sides to negotiate to avoid “sparking a world war.” Of course, in his ventriloquist’s voicing of Vladimir Putin’s opinions, we are all to understand Medvedev’s underlying …

Middle East

Proof of Einstein's theory of ripples arrives in a chirp

Stephen Hawking says detection of gravitational waves has potential to 'revolutionise astronomy'<p>More than one billion years ago a colossal storm raged in the universe as two huge black holes collided and merged.<p>The impact was so powerful that it shook not only space but also time, sending a ripple …

Syria ceasefire: Tentative accord unlikely to herald peace

John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov steer clear of hyperbolic expectations - and with good reason<p>After a murderous war that has lasted nearly half-a-decade, killed 250,000 people and sent 4.4 million refugees fleeing for safety, it is tempting to cloak the merest hint of progress in euphoric terms.<p>Yet the …

Scientist breaks down 'resting bitch face'

The phenomenon known as "resting bitch face" is real, according to scientists. Better yet, there's research available that could explain why some people are "throwing shade."

Turner Broadcasting

Five Things Self-Respecting Job-Seekers Won't Tolerate Anymore

We are moving out of the state where employers could take their time filling job openings, and invite job candidates for four, five or six interviews before making a decision. It is a job-seeker’s market now.<p>If that is not your experience as a job-seeker, and please take this advice in the loving …

Gay Men and Slut Shaming

Desperate Instagrammers, bar trolls, and Grindr sluts easily conjure up images that'll have any kween's eyes rolling for days. Though there's deeper context to a lot of sexual behavior, why does it so easily illicit such a visceral reaction in our own community? Check out my latest video on "Slut …

Great white sharks attacked an underwater drone recording their behavior — and it helped biologists learn remarkable new information

In the 13 hours of footage, the sharks cruise low above the sand, swim up to the robotic vehicle and inspect it from all sides, bump it curiously, and burst out of the blue to seize the drone in their jaws. In research published on Monday in the Journal of Fish Biology, the scientists described the …

Deep Blue

We've never seen an El Niño quite like this before

Call it what you will: Godzilla El Niño, Darth Niño, or — in honor of the late comedian Chris Farley — The Niño. Regardless of its nickname, the …

Arctic outbreak barreling toward U.S. may be Storm Frank's revenge

For most of the U.S., the weather of early-to-mid January will be the polar opposite of what it was in December.<p>The East, which roasted like …

My weekend with Pepper, the world's first humanoid robot with emotions

An ambitious first step towards a new generation of household robots, Pepper talks, dances and feels. Danielle Demetriou took him home for a stay with her family<p>My house guest is not happy. This may be because my three-year-old is looping purple plastic necklaces around his neck while ordering him …

Robotics

A powerful cyclone has pushed the North Pole 50 degrees above normal to melting point

From Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning, a mind-boggling pressure drop was recorded in Iceland: 54 millibars in just 18 hours. This triples the criteria for "bomb" cyclogenesis, which meteorologists use to describe a rapidly intensifying mid-latitude storm. A "bomb" cyclone is defined as dropping …

Weather