Jacob Murri

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Major scientific announcement could validate Einstein

<b>(CNN) —</b> It could be an announcement of the utmost gravity.<p>On Thursday, scientists are expected to declare they have detected gravitational waves. Not only will such a discovery support a prediction that's essential to Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, but it will also add to our …

Physics

It’s time to make traveling to the United States easier

<i>Arne M. Sorenson is president and chief executive of Marriott International.</i><p>Ever since I was a kid, people have been talking about how the world is getting smaller and more interconnected. Not so long ago, traveling to see world-famous sights and experience different cultures was an opportunity …

New evidence suggests a ninth planet lurking at the edge of the solar system

Astronomers at the California Institute of Technology announced Wednesday that they have found new evidence of a giant icy planet lurking in the darkness of our solar system far beyond the orbit of Pluto. They are calling it "Planet Nine."<p>Their paper, published in the Astronomical Journal, …

Stunning photos showcase national parks one whole day at a time

This cover of this month’s National Geographic features a unique way to look at U.S. national parks: a whole day at once. Shot by acclaimed …

National Parks

Freakishly mild weather is headed for U.S. and Canada this Christmas

If you live along the East Coast or in eastern Canada, you can put away your ugly Christmas sweater and throw on a T-shirt, because it's going to be …

Global Warming

Football player killed shielding girls from gunfire, police say

A high school football player was killed as he shielded three girls from gunfire as several men went on a shooting spree in Tennessee, police said Friday.<p>The shootings that killed Zaevion Dobson, 15, began Thursday night, said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch. The first person shot was Lisa …

Is facing BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl what Ute players wanted? The emotions are mixed

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah didn’t exactly hit the bowl jackpot after its most successful season in the Pac-12. The Utes (9-3, 6-3) are headed to the same …

College Sports

25 Things You Should Know About Salt Lake City

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges, the city of 191,000 is where your undecipherable handwriting is …

These small hunting cabins in the northernmost part of the US are inhabited by Eskimos and withstand freezing -30-degree temperatures

While photographer Eirik Johnson was on assignment near Barrow, documenting the clean-up process of a shuttered naval camp, he heard rumors of a nearby hunting camp from the locals. With long summer days — the sun can set as late at 1 a.m. in August — Johnson was left with plenty of time to work on …

Stephen Colbert got really nerdy about space with Neil deGrasse Tyson

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Middle East

People have all sorts of conspiracy theories about Denver's airport — here's why

To this day, the notoriously bizarre airport is shrouded in secrecy, riddled with weird statues and creepy art, and abounding in myths.<p>There are some crazy conspiracy theories surrounding the airport's true purpose, many of which stem from the airport's confusing origins.<p>To start with, people don't …

I went hands-free in Tesla's Model S on Autopilot, even though I wasn't supposed to

Just before Model S drivers receive software 7.0 over the air, upstart automaker Tesla invited me out to its Palo Alto, California headquarters to …

Don’t let the Nobel prize fool you. Economics is not a science

Business as usual. That will be the implicit message when the Sveriges Riksbank announces this year’s winner of the “Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel”, to give it its full title. Seven years ago this autumn, practically the entire mainstream economics profession was caught off …

Economics

How Utah Became the Next Silicon Valley

A couple of years ago, Mark Muro, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, noticed, along with some of his colleagues, that when politicians and businesspeople debated how the U.S. could be more economically competitive, the conversations tended to focus on promoting certain innovative industries. …

The Mormonizing of America

There are nearly seven million Mormons in America. This is the number the Mormons themselves use. It's not huge. Seven million is barely 2 percent of the country's population. It is the number of people who subscribe to Better Homes and Gardens magazine. London boasts seven million people. So does …

A Scientific Look at Bad Science

What recent research says about fraud, errors, and other dismaying academic problems<p>In May, the journal <i>Science</i> retracted a much-talked-about study suggesting that gay canvassers might cause same-sex marriage opponents to change their opinion, after an independent <b>statistical analysis</b> <b>revealed</b> …

Social Sciences

10 Ways America Is Winning

Pessimism outsells optimism in the media, but missing out on what goes right is a bigger risk than people realize.<p>Jeremy Grantham, a brilliant money …

A Winter Olympics in a City Without Snow

The IOC’s selection of Beijing as the host of its 2022 games is met with a lukewarm response.<p>When the International Olympic Committee selected Beijing on Friday as the host for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, the Chinese capital became the first city to have hosted both the Summer and Winter games. …

Human Rights

The Most Common Words in the English Language

If you've ever wondered what the most common word in the English language is, and then realized that you don't have a long enough lifespan—let alone …

Rhode Island

A new $4 billion LaGuardia Airport is coming

"New York had an aggressive, can-do approach to big infrastructure in the past — and today we're moving forward with that attitude once again," Cuomo said at a luncheon.<p>"We are transforming LaGuardia into a globally renowned, 21st-century airport that is worthy of the city and state of New York," …

Inside the Secret World of Russia’s Cold War Mapmakers | WIRED

A military helicopter was on the ground when Russell Guy arrived at the helipad near Tallinn, Estonia, with a briefcase filled with $250,000 in cash. …

Maps

U.S. and International Businesses Eye an Iranian 'Gold Mine' After Nuclear Deal

Even before the crowds on Tehran’s streets staggered home on Tuesday night from partying to celebrate the nuclear deal, Iranians and Americans were …

Firing Squad Synchronization, Computer Science's Most Macabre-Sounding Problem

The question, first formulated in the 1950s, was essential to automata theory, which became the foundation of computer science.<p>You'd think that the question of how to get everyone in a firing squad line to fire at the same time is best left to states desperate to keep capital punishment going …

Republicans hate the Iran nuclear deal because it means we won't bomb Iran

I'll vote for the Iran nuclear deal because I want peace, not war | Hank Johnson<p>Read more<p>As soon as President Obama announced the historic nuclear agreement between the US and Iran on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidates raced to see who could get out the most hyperbolic, …

South Asia