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Endangered orcas compete with seals, sea lions for salmon

Endangered orcas compete with seals, sea lions for salmonHarbor seals, sea lions and other marine mammals have been rebounding in recent decades and they're devouring more of the chinook salmon prized by endangered Puget Sound orcas


11/20/2017 10:05 AM
Zimbabwe Ruling Party Fires Robert Mugabe as Leader

Zimbabwe Ruling Party Fires Robert Mugabe as LeaderHe was set to discuss his expected exit


11/19/2017 01:50 PM
Squirrels could hold secret to preventing brain damage for stroke patients

Squirrels could hold secret to preventing brain damage for stroke patientsSquirrels could hold the key to helping stroke patients avoid brain damage, scientists believe. Researchers in the US have discovered that when squirrels hibernate a protective process occurs in their cells which allows their brain to function with reduced blood flow and oxygen. When they awaken the animals suffer no ill-effects despite being deprived of essential nutrients.   During an ischemic stroke the blood supply, containing sugar and oxygen, is cut off to the brain, causing cells to die, which often leads to paralysis and speech problems. Scientists from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) believe that creating a drug which could trigger the same cellular changes of hibernating squirrels could prevent that brain damage. "If we could only turn on the process hibernators appear to use to protect their brains, we could help protect the brain during a stroke and ultimately help people recover," said first author Joshua Bernstock, a graduate student at NINDS. Around 100,000 people have strokes each year in Britain, and 85 per cent will suffer ischemic strokes, with almost two thirds of the survivors leaving hospital with a disability. There 1.2 million people currently living in the UK with the after-effects from a stroke. Two thirds of people leave hospital after having a stroke with a disability  Credit: Peter DazeleyGetty Images Contributor Currently, the only way to minimize stroke-induced cell death is to remove the clot as soon as possible. But if a treatment could be quickly administered which helped the brain survive without blood and oxygen, outcomes for patients could be radically improved, experts believe. Researchers found that a cellular process called SUMOlyation goes into overdrive when squirrels hibernate, protecting their cells. They found that process could be boosted by the enzyme ebselen. When ebselen was injected into animal brain cells, they stayed alive, even when deprived of blood and oxygen. Further experiments also showed that ebselen boosted SUMOylation in the brains of healthy mice. "For decades scientists have been searching for an effective brain-protecting stroke therapy to no avail. said Dr Francesca Bosetti, program director at NINDS. “If the compound identified in this study successfully reduces tissue death and improves recovery in further experiments, it could lead to new approaches for preserving brain cells after an ischemic stroke." In numbers | Stroke Mr Bernstock said he hoped the research would encourage other scientists to look to nature to solve pressing medical problems. "As a physician-scientist, I really like to work on projects that have clear relevance for patients," he added. "I always want outcomes that can lend themselves to new therapeutics for people who are in need." The research was published in The FASEB Journal, the journal of the Foundation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.


11/19/2017 01:29 PM
Two months after Hurricane Maria, thousands march in Washington for Puerto Rico

Two months after Hurricane Maria, thousands march in Washington for Puerto RicoIt's been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving the island without power and causing the longest blackout in United States history. Thousands of protesters marched throughout Washington D.C. on Sunday in the "Unity March for Puerto Rico," a show of support for ongoing disaster relief efforts after the U.S. territory was decimated by Maria, a Category 4 storm. SEE ALSO: Trump says Puerto Rico hurricane response was a '10' but these numbers prove otherwise The march, attended by numerous politicians, as well as celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda and chef José Andres, led protesters from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. A sea of Puerto Rican flags outside the US Capitol this morning. I’ve never quite seen anything like it. Thousands here for the #unitymarchforpuertorico to call on the rest of America to help the island. pic.twitter.com/jOlo0qoVvy — Kellie Meyer (@KellieMeyerNews) November 19, 2017 Yuge crowd. Yuge. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/ueedKhD3Hq — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 19, 2017 We are in DC marching for Unity with Puerto Rico & equality for our fellow American citizens! #ChefsForPuertoRico @HispanicFed @Lin_Manuel @EvelynMejil pic.twitter.com/eRlB7mhQDg — José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) November 19, 2017 As of Nov. 19, two months after the storm made landfall, 50 percent of the island is still without power. Power lines that have been restored remain unstable, causing daily, widespread outages. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that 75 percent of the island will have power by the end of January.  According to their website, Unity March organizers are calling for more aid in rebuilding Puerto Rico, the permanent repeal of the Jones Act (which slows down recovery efforts), and the cancellation of Puerto Rico's more than $70 billion in debt. President Donald Trump has previously criticized Puerto Rico's debt, suggesting that it could limit the aid it receives. In fact, that criticism is one of the factors that prompted Sunday's march. Big crowd. “Puerto Rico se levanta,” they shout in unison. PR rises. #UnityMarchForPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/yZHQ3J6huR — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 Sunday in Puerto Rico60 days after Maria Status.pr reports:*49% power generation (power outages are occurring almost daily) *91% of ppl have water (boil advisory remains in effect)Today, Puerto Ricans are marching in Washigton DC using the hashtag #UnityMarchforPuertoRico — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) November 19, 2017 Something tells me this crowd hasn’t forgotten about that paper towel stunt. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/YdWtFJL8Db — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 This is the #UnityMarchforPuertoRico. Sea of Puerto Rican flags outside the Capitol. Want to change “unjust laws” stifling recovery. pic.twitter.com/uKsknN27GC — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 The Trump administration recently requested $44 billion in hurricane aid from Congress, though much of it would be dedicated to recovery in Florida and Texas. The White House's request falls billions short of the aid sought by both Texas (Governor Abbot asked for $61 billion in aid) and Puerto Rico (Governor Rosselló requested $94 billion).  According to the White House, Puerto Rico's damage assessment is still not completed, and more aid will be requested from Congress in the future. Puerto Ricans are Americans citizens who are still suffering after Hurricane Maria. Standing in solidarity with those attending the #UnityMarchforPuertoRico today. pic.twitter.com/ooO3R46lOd — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 19, 2017 The #UnityMarchforPuertoRico moves from the Capitol to the National Mall along Independence Avenue. pic.twitter.com/G5K6jPk98Z — NBC Latino (@NBCLatino) November 19, 2017 We march for a just recovery for PR, led by the people, and for the people of Puerto Rico. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico#Power4PuertoRico pic.twitter.com/xVon7Zxhqz — Hispanic Federation (@HispanicFed) November 19, 2017 Unfurled a huge flag outside the Lincoln Memorial. @Lin_Manuel was there, speaking about fundraising efforts. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/2ic1HGaQCI — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 And the march has taken us to the Lincoln Memorial #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/0hDfJn24Ph — Eric Waldo (@ewwaldo) November 19, 2017 Democratic and Republican lawmakers from areas affected by the Hurricane have called the White House's response "wholly inadequate." In response, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Friday, "I don’t think $44 billion is a low amount and my guess is if you asked any average citizen across this country they wouldn’t feel that it’s low either." WATCH: Puerto Rico is recovering cell service... with balloons


11/19/2017 10:30 PM
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Had No Idea 'Bond Villain' Photo With Money Would Go Viral

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Had No Idea 'Bond Villain' Photo With Money Would Go ViralOnline commentators were quick to draw comparisons to everyone from Bond villains to Cruella de Vil


11/20/2017 01:34 PM
UK budget aims for driverless cars by 2021

UK budget aims for driverless cars by 2021British finance minister Philip Hammond is to announce £75 million ($99 million, 84 million euros) funding for Artificial Intelligence and plans to put driverless cars on UK roads by 2021, in his budget speech on Wednesday. Hammond will announce regulation changes to allow Britain's driverless car industry, which the government estimates will be worth £28 billion by 2035, to get cars on the road within as little as three years, according to extracts of the budget released by his office on Sunday. "Some would say that is a bold move, but I believe we have to embrace these technologies if we want to see Britain leading the next industrial revolution," he told BBC's Andrew Marr Show.


11/19/2017 11:43 AM
Pacific Hyperloop keeps chugging along amid interest in ultra-high-speed transit

Pacific Hyperloop keeps chugging along amid interest in ultra-high-speed transitPacific Hyperloop is moving ahead with its concept for tube travel between Seattle and Portland, in hopes of riding in the slipstream of the Pacific Northwest’s growing interest in ultra-high-speed transit. “If Seattle and Portland were just 20 minutes apart, what could we accomplish together?” Charlie Swan, a University of Washington senior who’s Pacific Hyperloop’s co-founder and regional engagement manager, said on Saturday during the TEDxSeattle 2017 conference. Swan said sending magnetically levitating pods between the two cities would help knit together the region, resulting in a “type of human interaction like the world has never seen before.” But turning… Read More


11/20/2017 12:38 AM
Neolithic House of the Dead: 6,000-Year-Old 'Cat's Brain' Monument Sheds Light on Early Civilization

Neolithic House of the Dead: 6,000-Year-Old 'Cat's Brain' Monument Sheds Light on Early CivilizationThis summer, the University of Reading Archaeology Field School, U.K., excavated one of the most extraordinary sites we have ever had the pleasure of investigating. The site is an Early Neolithic long barrow known as “Cat’s Brain” and is likely to date to around 3,800 BC. It lies in the heart of the lush Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, U.K., halfway between the iconic monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury. To illustrate this, our excavations at Cat’s Brain failed to find any human remains, and instead of a tomb they revealed a timber hall, suggesting that it was very much a “house for the living." This provides an interesting opportunity to rethink these famous monuments.


11/20/2017 02:27 PM
Aung San Suu Kyi Blames Illegal Immigration for the 'Spread of Terrorism'

Aung San Suu Kyi Blames Illegal Immigration for the 'Spread of Terrorism'Though military violence in Myanmar has sent more than half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing


11/20/2017 09:12 AM
These buses in London will be powered by coffee

These buses in London will be powered by coffeeEven these buses need their fill of caffeine. Waste coffee grounds will be powering some of London's buses from Monday on, according to tech firm bio-bean, and petrol giant Shell. SEE ALSO: This R2-D2 coffee press is out of this world The biofuel contains coffee oil, extracted from waste coffee grounds. This biofuel, which makes up 20 percent of the final fuel blend, will then be mixed with traditional diesel. According to bio-bean, the average Londoner drinks 2.3 cups of coffee a day, translating to over 200,000 tonnes of waste a year.  The company takes some of these used coffee grounds from high street chains and factories, drying and processing them before oil can be extracted. This is later processed into a blended B20 biofuel, which simply refers to biofuel which is mixed with petroleum diesel.  Buses can run on the fuel without any need for modification. Image: Dinendra Haria/REX/ShutterstockSo far, 6,000 litres of coffee oil have been produced, which according to the firm could power a bus for an entire year, if mixed with diesel. “It’s a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource," said bio-bean founder Arthur Kay in a press release.  "Thousands of litres of coffee-derived B20 biodiesel will help power London buses for the first time.” Bio-bean is a London-based startup that won an innovation award from Shell in 2013. WATCH: Tesla unveils their latest roadster and it's beautiful


11/20/2017 09:59 AM
Self-taught rocket scientist plans to launch over ghost town

Self-taught rocket scientist plans to launch over ghost townThe countdown to launch creeps closer and there's still plenty for self-taught rocket scientist Mad Mike Hughes to do: Last-second modifications to his vessel. Hughes is a 61-year-old limo driver who's spent the last few years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvage parts in his garage.


11/20/2017 08:40 AM
Scientists unearth fossils that reveal how Antarctica was once covered in forests

Scientists unearth fossils that reveal how Antarctica was once covered in forestsNew-found intricate fossils reveal how trees grew in the region.


11/20/2017 11:57 AM
A Texas Border Patrol Agent Was Fatally Injured. President Trump Renewed the Call for a Wall

A Texas Border Patrol Agent Was Fatally Injured. President Trump Renewed the Call for a WallThe exact cause of the injuries has not been disclosed


11/20/2017 07:31 AM
Swiss nuclear plant finds defective tubes from France's Areva

Swiss nuclear plant finds defective tubes from France's ArevaTubes supplied by French nuclear energy giant Areva to a plant in northern Switzerland are defective and will be replaced, Swiss nuclear safety inspectors and the company said Monday. "The nuclear power plant in Leibstadt informed the Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (IFSN) a few days ago that some of its fuel production components did not meet specifications", the agency said in a statement. Areva said the problem was linked to the "sporadic dysfunction of the control system" in zirconium tubes, which are used to encase fuel rods at nuclear plants.


11/20/2017 05:30 PM
What Causes Mental Illness? Scientists Hope Lab-Grown Mini Brains Will Help Them Find Out

What Causes Mental Illness? Scientists Hope Lab-Grown Mini Brains Will Help Them Find OutPsychiatric research is full of complex problems and the appeal of new technologies to untangle them is high. A new study in Translational Psychiatry aimed to do just that: By growing cerebral organoids, or mini brains, derived from the cells of a group of patients with schizophrenia, Michal Stachowiak’s group from the University at Buffalo claimed to be one step closer to understanding the cause of this chronic and severe mental disorder. Schizophrenia is typically understood as an illness that starts in the brain at a very early stage of development. Stachowiak’s researchers sought to test this older hypothesis using the latest technology—growing miniature organs that mimic the real brain at the earliest stages of fetal development.


11/19/2017 11:01 AM
LaToya Cantrell to Become New Orleans' First Female Mayor

LaToya Cantrell to Become New Orleans' First Female MayorCantrell gained a political following for her work after Hurricane Katrina


11/19/2017 04:34 PM
Contest Awards $50K For New Way to Spot Icebergs

Contest Awards $50K For New Way to Spot IcebergsCan you simplify the process of identifying risky icebergs using satellite images?


11/20/2017 06:01 PM
50 Years Ago This Week: Britain's Money Crisis

50 Years Ago This Week: Britain's Money CrisisAlso in this issue: Vietnam and population growth


11/20/2017 02:00 PM
This Australian Politician Was Asked About Same-Sex Marriage and Quickly Changed the Topic to Crocodile Attacks

This Australian Politician Was Asked About Same-Sex Marriage and Quickly Changed the Topic to Crocodile Attacks"Every three months, a person is torn to pieces by a crocodile in north Queensland”


11/20/2017 12:16 PM
Our Ancient Neanderthal Relatives Went Extinct Much Later Than We Thought

Our Ancient Neanderthal Relatives Went Extinct Much Later Than We ThoughtThe research—which is published in the journal Heliyon—found that after Neanderthals died in most regions of the world, some lived in what’s now Spain for an additional 3,000 years. The findings come from more than ten years of work conducted by researchers from around the globe, who shoveled new sites in Spain. “In three new excavation sites, we found Neanderthal artifacts dated to thousands of years later than anywhere else in Western Europe,” João Zilhão, lead author of the study, said in a statement.


11/20/2017 10:00 AM
Do speed cameras really save lives?

Do speed cameras really save lives?Conventional approaches to assessing the impact of cameras on collisions may be overoptimistic.


11/20/2017 03:35 PM
The Newest Group of American Rhodes Scholars Is More Diverse Than Ever

The Newest Group of American Rhodes Scholars Is More Diverse Than EverThe class includes 10 African Americans and a transgender man


11/20/2017 05:06 AM
The Most Shocking U.S. Government Conspiracies That Are Actually True

The Most Shocking U.S. Government Conspiracies That Are Actually TrueJust because some conspiracy theories are crazy doesn't mean the government isn't out to get you. Here are the most shocking U.S. government conspiracies that are actually true.


11/21/2017 12:28 AM
Tiny Space Winter Decor

Tiny Space Winter DecorMeg Allan Cole shares small space winter decor ideas that pack a big impact.


11/20/2017 05:00 AM
Want to See Santa This Year? Better Make a Reservation First

Want to See Santa This Year? Better Make a Reservation First"Santa's a popular guy"


11/20/2017 01:14 PM
Melinda Gates: 'Me Too, Me Too, Me Too' Is Changing the World

Melinda Gates: 'Me Too, Me Too, Me Too' Is Changing the WorldThe philanthropist writes about the 'Me too' movement that has swept the globe and forced institutions to usher in change


11/20/2017 12:00 PM
Russia Wants Its Gun-Toting Robot to Pilot a Shuttle to the International Space Station

Russia Wants Its Gun-Toting Robot to Pilot a Shuttle to the International Space StationRussia wants to send its most high-tech robot into a space as a pilot on a voyage to the International Space Station. Fedor—which stands for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, as well as being a common Russian name—has been earmarked for greatness by Russian engineers and astrophysicists. Russia’s state space agency Roscosmos announced in March that it has selected Fedor to pilot the agency’s new spacecraft Federatsiya into orbit in 2021—a flight he may undertake solo.


11/20/2017 01:25 PM
How Hollywood techniques and VR are changing the field of neuroscience

How Hollywood techniques and VR are changing the field of neuroscienceBig-budget CGI and virtual reality are mostly confined to the entertainment industries, but researchers have taken advantage of those techniques to help them more easily study the human brain.


11/19/2017 11:17 PM
Forget the Turkey. Try These Thanksgiving Main Courses Instead

Forget the Turkey. Try These Thanksgiving Main Courses InsteadTop chefs suggest turkey alternatives for everyone from meat eaters to vegetarians


11/20/2017 02:00 PM
Neuroscientists have identified how exactly a deep breath changes your mind

Neuroscientists have identified how exactly a deep breath changes your mindBreathing is traditionally thought of as an automatic process driven by the brainstem—the part of the brain controlling such life-sustaining functions as heartbeat and sleeping patterns. But new and unique research, involving recordings made directly from within the brains of humans undergoing neurosurgery, shows that breathing can also change your brain. Simply put, changes in…


11/19/2017 12:00 PM
Jeffrey Tambor Says He Will Not Return to Transparent After Harassment Allegations

Jeffrey Tambor Says He Will Not Return to Transparent After Harassment AllegationsTwo members of the set have accused Tambor of sexual harassment


11/20/2017 03:51 AM
Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's 37-Year-Old Leader, Rolls Up Her Sleeves

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's 37-Year-Old Leader, Rolls Up Her SleevesTIME talks to New Zealand's new prime minister, and those that know her personally, about what drives her


11/20/2017 09:45 AM
Dead Sea Scrolls: Ancient Skeletons Discovered in West Bank Cave May Solve 2,000-Year-Old Biblical Mystery

Dead Sea Scrolls: Ancient Skeletons Discovered in West Bank Cave May Solve 2,000-Year-Old Biblical MysteryDozens of skeletons discovered in the Judean Desert may finally reveal who wrote the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, a mystery that scientists and historians have been trying to solve for more than 50 years. The 33 human skeletons were found buried at Qumran, near the caves where the scrolls were originally discovered (they’re alternately known as the Qumran Caves Scrolls). Yossi Nagar, an anthropologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority who helped the researchers analyze the skeletons, presented the findings November 16 at an annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.


11/20/2017 10:00 AM
IBM and MIT are working together to make sure A.I. isn’t our downfall

IBM and MIT are working together to make sure A.I. isn’t our downfallA.I. has almost unlimited potential, but it could be a danger to the human race. IBM and MIT have teamed up to make sure it’s only used for good.


11/20/2017 01:15 AM
Here Are the Best and Worst Days for Christmas Tree Shopping, According to Square

Here Are the Best and Worst Days for Christmas Tree Shopping, According to SquareAn analysis of seller data shows how prices and crowds fluctuate throughout the season


11/20/2017 02:00 PM