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Man who beat Atlantic Ocean poised to become 1st person to swim across the Pacific

Man who beat Atlantic Ocean poised to become 1st person to swim across the PacificA historic expedition is scheduled for next week when long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte begins a roughly 5,500-mile swim across the Pacific Ocean. Lecomte will start in Japan Tuesday and swim to San Francisco. Lecomte and his crew are collaborating with 27 institutions including NASA and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


05/25/2018 06:48 PM
Why Ireland Is More Likely than Ever Before to Vote to Change Abortion Laws

Why Ireland Is More Likely than Ever Before to Vote to Change Abortion LawsFor the first time, Irish women are speaking out about their own experiences


05/24/2018 09:37 PM
'20/20' says farewell to Elizabeth Vargas

'20/20' says farewell to Elizabeth VargasABC News' David Muir looks back on the career of his co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas at ABC News.


05/25/2018 03:09 PM
2 Women Seriously Injured After Hit-And-Run Driver Plows Into Portland Sidewalk

2 Women Seriously Injured After Hit-And-Run Driver Plows Into Portland SidewalkA suspect is in custody


05/25/2018 09:27 PM
Indian child dies from mother's 'snake bite' breast milk

Indian child dies from mother's 'snake bite' breast milkThe 35-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh state did not realise she had been bitten when she woke and breastfed her daughter. The three-year-old girl and the mother fell ill on Thursday and both died before they could reach hospital, police inspector Vijay Singh told AFP. India is home to some 300 snake species and 60 are highly venomous, including the Indian cobra, krait, Russell's viper and saw-scaled viper.


05/25/2018 08:27 AM
Armed Citizen Kills a Shooter Who Opened Fire in an Oklahoma Restaurant

Armed Citizen Kills a Shooter Who Opened Fire in an Oklahoma RestaurantA woman and a young girl were injured but expected to survive, police said


05/25/2018 03:42 AM
Elon Musk has a history of wild ideas — some of them have worked out

Elon Musk has a history of wild ideas — some of them have worked outHe's teased a food and beverage venture, sold out branded flamethrowers and challenged himself to a record build in under a 100 days.


05/24/2018 05:06 PM
'Everything Was Destroyed.' A Bombing at a Restaurant in Ontario Injures 15 People

'Everything Was Destroyed.' A Bombing at a Restaurant in Ontario Injures 15 People15 people were hurt, three sustaining "critical blast injuries," paramedics said


05/25/2018 07:06 AM
Google and Facebook Are Swaying Ireland’s Abortion Referendum Even When They Tried Not To

Google and Facebook Are Swaying Ireland’s Abortion Referendum Even When They Tried Not To"By the day before the vote, we had captured 1,300 referendum related ads on Facebook alone."


05/24/2018 04:29 PM
President Trump Told Naval Academy Grads He Got Them a 'Big Pay Increase' for the First Time in 10 Years. That's Wrong

President Trump Told Naval Academy Grads He Got Them a 'Big Pay Increase' for the First Time in 10 Years. That's WrongDonald Trump misrepresented what he's doing for members of the armed forces when he spoke to graduates of the United States Naval Academy.


05/25/2018 08:24 PM
Fashion Designer Convicted of Torturing 21-Year-Old Nanny and Burning Her Body

Fashion Designer Convicted of Torturing 21-Year-Old Nanny and Burning Her BodySophie Lionnet's emaciated body was stuffed into a suitcase and burned on a bonfire


05/24/2018 05:10 PM
Climate victims seek justice, in the courtroom and on the street

Climate victims seek justice, in the courtroom and on the streetPeople around the world beset by drought, heatwaves, rising seas and storm surges made worse by global warming are calling for "climate justice," and many are pleading their case in court. Families from eight nations joined their ranks Thursday when they collectively sued the European Union over the impact of rising temperatures on their livelihoods. Taking into account accumulated emissions since 1850, that share rises to a quarter, second only to the United States (27 percent).


05/24/2018 10:52 AM
In Moroccan desert, meteorite hunters seek to strike it rich

In Moroccan desert, meteorite hunters seek to strike it richEquipped with a "very strong" magnet and magnifying glass, retired physical education teacher Mohamed Bouzgarine says that discoveries "can be more valuable than gold". "Rocks coming from Mars are very expensive, sometimes as much as 10,000 dirhams (around $1,000, 900 euros) per gram," he says. Bouzgarine stops in front of a hollow, hoping it could be a crater formed "very long ago" by extraterrestrial matter.


05/25/2018 05:16 AM
Here’s What Every Detail in Meghan Markle’s New Coat of Arms Means

Here’s What Every Detail in Meghan Markle’s New Coat of Arms MeansIt's filled with symbolism


05/25/2018 07:16 PM
Logan Director James Mangold Will Helm a Star Wars Movie About Boba Fett

Logan Director James Mangold Will Helm a Star Wars Movie About Boba FettThe project has been backburnered by Lucasfilm for three years


05/25/2018 02:18 AM
Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson says he's 'neck and neck' with Bezos in the space race

Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson says he's 'neck and neck' with Bezos in the space race"I think we're both neck and neck as to who will put people into space first," Branson told the British broadcaster in an interview to be aired Monday. Richard Branson , the 67-year-old British entrepreneur, says he's in a closely-fought race with Amazon AMZN CEO Jeff Bezos to get the first fare-paying passengers into space.


05/26/2018 09:04 AM
Niall Horan Calls for Ireland to 'Do Right by the Great Women of Our Nation' in Abortion Referendum

Niall Horan Calls for Ireland to 'Do Right by the Great Women of Our Nation' in Abortion ReferendumIreland is headed to the polls today for a landmark abortion decision


05/25/2018 11:09 AM
Harvey Weinstein Could Face Even More Charges. Here Are All the Investigations Looking Into Sexual Assault Allegations

Harvey Weinstein Could Face Even More Charges. Here Are All the Investigations Looking Into Sexual Assault AllegationsTwo other cities opened probes into the producer


05/25/2018 04:32 PM
British government sparks new green revolution with £100m investment in 'super-crops'

British government sparks new green revolution with £100m investment in 'super-crops'Britain is helping breed a new generation of “super-crops” not only resistant to climate change, pests and disease but also fortified with vital vitamins and minerals. The initiative could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children who die each year from poor nutrition in developing countries as well as supplementing diets in the west. The Department for International Development (Dfid) has quietly invested more than £100m into breeding the new generation of super-crops which now stand poised to create what experts are calling a “second green revolution”. The crops include iron-rich beans that can withstand a 4 degree Celsius jump in temperature, “scuba” rice that comes back to life after two weeks underwater in flooded fields and drought-tolerant maize rich in vitamin A. The first green revolution reached at least 1bn people and was a huge success. If we can reach our target of 1bn, then potentially it is the next biggest thingHowarth Bouis, a US economist Importantly, they have been created through traditional breeding techniques rather than being genetically modified which means they can be planted without waiting for regulatory approval. “The first green revolution reached at least one billion people and was a huge success. If we can reach our target of one billion, then potentially it is the next biggest thing,” said Howarth Bouis, a US economist whose organisation HarvestPlus has received £87.4m from Dfid to breed and distribute crop varieties fortified with Vitamin A, Iron and Zinc. About 30 million people – around six million households – have so far benefited from the new crops, primarily in Africa, but the aim is to reach one billion by 2030. A further six million farmers in Asia are using scuba rice but the aim is 18 million by 2028. Scientists believe that if they achieve the one billion target they will effectively halve the world’s estimated two billion suffering from what is known as “hidden hunger” or micronutrient malnutrition. The first green revolution, which occurred in the early to mid 1900s, won its instigator Norman Borlaug a Nobel Peace Prize and spawned disease-resistant, high-yielding wheat strains which are credited with saving 250 million lives worldwide. Agricultural breakthroughs trump medical innovations such as antibiotics and vaccinations for lives saved historically because food is so central to life. It is estimated one million children a year die from micronutrient malnutrition which leaves them prone to stunted growth, poor vision and illnesses and diseases that have the potential to become worldwide epidemics. Agronomist Norman Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 in recognition of his contributions to world peace through increasing food supply Credit: Micheline Pelletier/Sygma via Getty Images The new super-crops not only replicate the traits of the first green revolution in having higher yields but also have been – or are being – cross-bred further to incorporate genes that protect from disease, pests, floods, drought and heat. “Our centres are developing climate adaptive crops. Farmers like them not only because they are climate tolerant but also high yielding. We just need to get them into mainstream markets and piggy back on them with our vitamin strains,” said Bouis. For the “heat-beater” beans, a staple in Rwanda where the fortified varieties provide up to half a person’s recommended daily intake of iron, scientists in Colombia trawled a gene bank of 36,000 samples to find a Mexican strain capable of withstanding temperature rises expected over the next century due to climate change. Biofortification | Super-crops heralding the next green revolution It will not only safeguard the 50 per cent of land that would have been lost to farmers due to higher temperatures but could also open up new markets in tropical areas for the beans. “Even if they can only handle a three-degree rise, that would still limit the land lost to climate change to about 5 per cent,” said Steve Beebe, head of bean breeding for the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture. Scuba rice was created after scientists tracked down an Indian rice variety with a gene, SUB1A, which was activated when the plant was submerged. It was crossed with India’s top-selling, high-yielding Swarni rice to counter the annual loss of 4m tonnes of rice to flooding in India and Bangladesh, enough to feed 30m people. Dr Uma Shankar Singh, a director of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), said: “Sustaining productivity is the most important factor and we now have six million farmers cultivating 3 million hectares. At minimum it is adding 3 million tonnes of rice. We have also developed SUB1 varieties with salt, drought and stagnant flooding tolerance.” Biofortified beans in Rwanda Credit: HarvestPlus Dfid is now the biggest funder of HarvestPlus, whose work into fortified crops was started in 2003. Nottingham University professor Martin Broadley, a research fellow with Dfid, said the genesis of the programme came from research showing how expensive and inefficient it was to deliver supplements or fortified processed foods like bread to rural areas. “Upfront investment in breeding iron, vitamin A and zinc dense crops is the most cost-effective way to improve nutrition compared with other approaches,” he said. According to the World Health Organization, every $10-$15 invested in, for example, the vitamin A rich orange sweet potato produces one extra year of good quality life per individual. Upfront investment in breeding iron, vitamin A and zinc dense crops is the most cost-effective way to improve nutrition compared with other approachesProfessor Martin Broadley, Nottingham University HarvestPlus deliberately spurned genetic modification in favour of natural methods. “If we’d invested our money in GM, they could have been left sitting on the shelf. Conventional breeding is not as powerful a science but at least we can do a lot of good with it without the blockages you have with transgenics,” said Bouis. Government agriculture centres and NGOs are supporting the distribution of the seeds. As it seeks to reach 1 billion, Dfid has put in an extra £4 million to get private seed producers to take up the “super-crops” and achieve the necessary increase in uptake. The roll-out of the seeds has been supported by promotions including a radio soap opera, My Children, in Uganda to advance the orange sweet potato, a rap song by Rwandan musicians to encourage use of iron-rich beans and Yellow Cassava, a Nollywood (Nigerian Hollywood) film highlighting the nutritional benefits of the vitamin A rich crop. Women clear wet mud alongside the bank of the river in Satkhira, Bangladesh. Bangladesh is one of the continental countries most vulnerable to climate change. Credit: Zakir/Hossain Chowdhury/Barcroft  At least 14 studies are being carried out to establish whether eating the fortified crops improve the health of the communities consuming them. The early results are encouraging. In Uganda, the orange sweet potato, taken up by 60 per cent of farms in the area studied, saw a significant increase in vitamin A uptake among families, a 9 per cent fall in those with low vitamin A and a drop of up to 19 per cent in diarrhoea among children. Children eating orange maize in Zambia saw improvements in their sight through increased vitamin A. Women given fortified beans in Rwanda reversed their iron deficiency, reducing anaemia. College students in Rwanda aged 17 to 25 who ate the beans scored significantly better in cognitive tests of memory and speed after just 18 weeks. Studies into whether eating fortified crops improves the health of the communities have yielded promising results Credit: HOWARD BURDITT /Reuters A Dfid spokesman said: “Biofortification is highly cost-effective as it provides a single intervention which benefits both this generation and future generations to come. By providing farmers with seeds and planting material, they and their households can grow, sell and consume foods that are already vitamin-rich, with no need for additional supplements. “The crops remain high yielding and vitamin rich for future harvests. This compares with supplements which need to be repeated, or fortification which needs to be continuously added to food products.” More controversially, Dfid is backing one of a potential new generation of GM crops now closing in on market readiness. It is funding work on modifying plants’ photosynthetic efficiency so their water use is cut by 25 per cent by changing the expression of a single gene. Micronutrient malnutrition | The global scale A potential breakthrough has also emerged in Mozambique’s field trials of more water-efficient GM maize (WEMA). Early results suggest it is not only resistant to drought but also the devastating stem borer and fall army worm pests. Ohio State University scientists are working to create a GM “golden potato”, which would provide 42 per cent of a child’s daily vitamin A. By providing farmers with seeds and planting material, they and their households can grow, sell and consume foods that are vitamin-rich Credit: Bloomberg Uganda is trialling a “golden banana” high in vitamin A created by Australia’s Queensland University of Technology by inserting a gene from a Papua New Guinea banana into the commercially-successful Cavendish banana. It is named after William Cavendish, the sixth Duke of Devonshire, a passionate horticulturalist who developed it on his Derbyshire estate in the 19th century. Public and political scepticism, however, remains a major hurdle for GM. The salutary lesson on this is “golden rice”, a GM strain engineered to boost vitamin A. More than a decade after it was hailed as a potential game-changer, its progress to farmers’ fields has stalled in a blizzard of regulation and public opposition. If the next green revolution is to come, harnessing nature rather than genetically modifying it may prove to be quickest and most efficient route.   In-depth | Global Health Security Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security 


05/25/2018 04:51 PM
How a Former Guerrilla Leader’s U.S. Extradition Threatens Colombia’s Fragile Peace

How a Former Guerrilla Leader’s U.S. Extradition Threatens Colombia’s Fragile PeaceColombia’s presidential elections on Sunday are the first since the end of the war


05/25/2018 02:41 PM
NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Is Drilling Rock Samples Again after Fix from 60 Million Miles Away

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Is Drilling Rock Samples Again after Fix from 60 Million Miles AwayIt's hard to tackle even the most basic odd jobs when your tools break and the nearest hardware store is 60 million miles away. NASA engineers spent the next year and a half figuring out a workaround that would let the rover keep doing its geology despite the busted part—and on Sunday, Curiosity successfully drilled its first new hole. Scientists decided it was worth the effort because the area, called Vera Rubin Ridge, seems to be made of clay-rich material.


05/24/2018 02:01 PM
President Trump Canceled the North Korea Summit to Get the Upper Hand

President Trump Canceled the North Korea Summit to Get the Upper Hand"The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it," he once wrote


05/24/2018 07:19 PM
Young Michael Jackson on performing: 'I'm two different people, on and off-stage'

Young Michael Jackson on performing: 'I'm two different people, on and off-stage'Michael Jackson spoke about his childhood and music career in a 1979 interview with ABC News Correspondent Sylvia Chase.


05/24/2018 05:00 PM
Europe's New Privacy Law Takes Effect Today. Here's How the World Is Handling Digital Rights

Europe's New Privacy Law Takes Effect Today. Here's How the World Is Handling Digital RightsThe European Union's much-vaunted General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force this week.


05/25/2018 02:54 PM
Lots of Places Claim to Be the Birthplace of Memorial Day. Here's the Truth, According to an Expert

Lots of Places Claim to Be the Birthplace of Memorial Day. Here's the Truth, According to an ExpertExperts dug up 19th century newspaper clips revealing the real birthplace


05/25/2018 04:42 PM
Texas Governor Greg Abbott Meets With Students and Shooting Survivors

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Meets With Students and Shooting SurvivorsMost of the ideas centered on monitoring student mental health and security measures


05/25/2018 01:46 AM
Mario Batali's Las Vegas Restaurants Are Closing Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Mario Batali's Las Vegas Restaurants Are Closing Amid Sexual Misconduct AllegationsMultiple women have accused the celebrity chef of sexual misconduct


05/25/2018 09:48 PM
Hottest backyard BBQ tech

Hottest backyard BBQ techJust in time for summer, Adam Housley showcases the Italia Artisan Pizza Oven, the Monument 4 Burner Propane Gas Grill, the Grillbot and the Kool Kombi '66 Beverage Cooler.


05/24/2018 09:28 PM
‘They’re Really on Their Own.’ Santa Fe Reveals the Danger of Being a Substitute Teacher in Era of School Shootings

‘They’re Really on Their Own.’ Santa Fe Reveals the Danger of Being a Substitute Teacher in Era of School Shootings"They're really on their own"


05/24/2018 07:18 PM
Why Child Soldiers Rarely Stay Free for Long in the Central African Republic

Why Child Soldiers Rarely Stay Free for Long in the Central African RepublicEighteen years since the ratification of OPAC, the international child soldier treaty, the world still struggles to protect children.


05/25/2018 11:16 AM
Ryan Reynolds Would Abandon His Notoriously Delightful Marriage for Only One Man

Ryan Reynolds Would Abandon His Notoriously Delightful Marriage for Only One ManHe has something of a comedian crush


05/24/2018 04:27 PM
Chrissy Teigen Is Supposed to Be With a Different Famous 'John' According to a Quiz She Took

Chrissy Teigen Is Supposed to Be With a Different Famous 'John' According to a Quiz She TookIs John Legend not the one for Teigen after all?


05/24/2018 03:42 PM