Former Bush staffers begin to reappear in Trump administration

As President Trump fills out the remaining gaps in his administration, a theme is emerging: experienced members of former President George W. Bush’s team. Critics say this runs counter to his promise to shake things up in Washington.  Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 7:33 pm Support Us

South Korea fears continued weapons development from North Korea

South Korean intelligence agencies are keeping a close eye on their northern neighbor with suspicions that further missile tests by North Korea before year’s end are likely. Political analysis also shows an internal overhaul of military officials within Pyongyang’s government.  Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 7:18 pm Support Us

Temporary protected status ending for Haitians living in US

The Trump administration announced that in 2019 nearly 60,000 Haitians who have been living legally in the US with visas issued on humanitarian grounds must return to Haiti. TPS protections for Sudan and Nicaragua have also been terminated. Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 6:18 pm Support Us

Zimbabwe’s president may face impeachment

President Robert Mugabe has refused to resign. After a weekend of protests against the longstanding president, Zimbabwe’s parliament now looks to impeach Mr. Mugabe. Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 6:03 pm Support Us

How Fit Is Bitcoin?

A new analysis treats bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies as species in an evolutionary model—and finds bitcoin has no selective advantage. Christopher Intagliata reports. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Full Story Here Sciam November 21, 2017 6:02 pm Support Us

After a 37-year run, Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe’s president

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has resigned from power following the start of impeachment proceedings by his own party, ZANU-PF. Mr. Mugabe’s former vice president is now poised to take power. Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 5:33 pm Support Us

Kenya’s Supreme Court upholds election of Kenyatta

Despite protests from opposition, Kenya’s top court reaffirms election results. Opposition leaders now call for international intervention, saying the repeat election was not conducted fairly and court justices were intimidated into support of the results. Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 5:18 pm Support Us

True charity

Faith traditions have recognized that charity is more than simply the act of giving. It involves a deeper realization of the connections that bind us all. In giving, we receive. In loving without expectation of return, we learn what love is.  Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 5:04 pm Support Us

A steady forward march for captive elephants

As public awareness of the plight of zoo elephants grows, policies are shifting, although not always as fast as advocates would like. Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 4:47 pm Support Us

A Thanksgiving lesson for the #MeToo movement

In starting the holiday during the Civil War, Lincoln sought not only to encourage gratitude but a humility to repent. The current civil strife over sexual wrongdoing will require similar penitence. Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 4:33 pm Support Us

US to announce new sanctions on North Korea

The Trump administration will announce more sanctions to deprive Pyongyang of funds for its nuclear and missile programs after adding North Korea on the US terror blacklist.  Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 3:48 pm Support Us

How bats learn to ‘talk’

Research shows that bats are capable of vocal learning, a trait once thought unique to humans. Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 3:48 pm Support Us

With rents soaring after fires, can Santa Rosa make room for middle class?

The Tubbs fire destroyed 3,000 homes, sending rents as high as $13,000 a month. The disaster has pushed officials and advocates to consider rebuilding in a way that accounts for the challenges that faced the region before the fires. Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 3:34 pm Support Us

Non-fearful social withdrawal linked positively to creativity

Spending too much time alone can be unhealthy and there is growing evidence that the psychosocial effects of too much solitude can last a lifetime. But newly published research suggests that not all forms of social withdrawal are detrimental. In fact, the research findings suggest that one form of social withdrawal, referred to as unsociability,… Read More

Pixar’s Day-of-the-Dead film ‘Coco’ aims to shake up image of Mexico

The rich history of Día de los Muertos isn’t always understood in the US, despite increasing popularity. The filmmakers’ attention to detail has earned ‘Coco’ fans in Mexico, at a time when many say their country is reduced to stereotypes abroad. Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 3:18 pm Support Us

#RAKFriday17 and everyday acts of goodness

A Christian Science perspective: It’s in everyone’s nature to express, not just feel, God’s infinite love. Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 3:18 pm Support Us

A billionaire wages war on poverty in Oklahoma

In Tulsa, Okla., philanthropist George Kaiser is mounting one of the most ambitious efforts in the US to help the poor. Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 3:18 pm Support Us

Ice shapes the landslide landscape on Mars

How good is your Martian geography? Scientists now explain the extent to which ice may have been an important medium of lubrication for landslides on Mars. Full Story Here Science Daily November 21, 2017 3:14 pm Support Us

Imaging technique unlocks the secrets of 17th century artists

The secrets of 17th century artists can now be revealed, thanks to 21st century signal processing. Using modern high-speed scanners and the advanced signal processing techniques, researchers are peering through layers of pigment to see how painters prepared their canvasses, applied undercoats, and built up layer upon layer of paint to produce their masterpieces. Full… Read More

Insurers face new challenges after long series of natural disasters

Following a season of hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes around the world, customers and governments are facing rising insurance rates.  Experts suggest that insurance companies should re-evaluate their repricing strategies as disasters become more common.  Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 3:03 pm Support Us

Europe ponders prospect of life after Merkel

For more than a decade, Europe has been accustomed to relying on German leader Angela Merkel for strength and stability. But with her bid to form a new government in tatters, the continent may have to look elsewhere for leadership. Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 3:03 pm Support Us

How do the Pilgrims relate to immigrants today?

‘However clichéd,’ says The Mayflower’ author Rebecca Fraser, ‘there is a good deal of truth in the Mayflower legend!’ Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 2:48 pm Support Us

New details on aged brain, Alzheimer’s and dementia

In a comprehensive analysis of samples from 107 aged human brains, researchers have discovered details that will help researchers better understand the biological bases for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in older populations. Full Story Here Science Daily November 21, 2017 2:44 pm Support Us

New malaria parasites identified in wild bonobos

Malaria parasites, although widespread among wild chimpanzees and gorillas, have not been detected in bonobos, a chimp cousin. Although the researchers saw evidence of a new malaria species in bonobos, it was limited to one small area of their range. This work helps the hunt for biological loopholes to potentially exploit the life history of… Read More

After German coalition talks fail, Merkel looks for a way forward

Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to form a three-part coalition and now faces an uncertain future for German politics. Political pathways could include a renewed effort to form a coalition between former political partners or a parliamentary vote for chancellor. Full Story Here CS Monitor November 21, 2017 2:33 pm Support Us

Tempting your taste buds: Food cues entice consumers to overeat

The mouth-watering aroma of juicy burgers and crispy fries, and the eye-catching menu signs with delicious food pictures can tempt many hungry patrons to stop at fast-food restaurants. Full Story Here Science Daily November 21, 2017 2:26 pm Support Us

Refining pesticides to kill pests, not bees

Scientists have unlocked a key to maintain the insecticide’s effectiveness in eliminating pests without killing beneficial bugs, such as bees. The study shows that molecular tweaks can make the difference. Full Story Here Science Daily November 21, 2017 1:54 pm Support Us

The evolution of climate change activism studied by researcher

Climate change is a topic that is debated, doubted and covered by news outlets across the world. Now an academic is researching the evolution of climate change activism and how advocacy groups use digital platforms to mobilize. Full Story Here Science Daily November 21, 2017 1:54 pm Support Us

New device boosts road time for Tesla, Leaf drivers

Nissan Leafs, which go about 107 miles on a charge, sometimes end up relegated to commuter cars due to battery-range worries. The mass-market, standard Tesla Model 3 can go double that but still can be disconcerting on long road trips. Both batteries could work up to 50 percent longer with a new device. It reconfigures… Read More

Quantum dots amplify light with electrical pumping

In a breakthrough development, scientists have shown that they can successfully amplify light using electrically excited films of the chemically synthesized semiconductor nanocrystals known as quantum dots. Full Story Here Science Daily November 21, 2017 1:44 pm Support Us

Physicists design $100 handheld cosmic ray muon detector

Physicists have designed a pocket-sized cosmic ray muon detector to track these ghostly particles. The detector can be made with common electrical parts, and when turned on, it lights up and counts each time a muon passes through. The relatively simple device costs just $100 to build, making it the most affordable muon detector available… Read More

For adults younger than 78, risk for heart disease linked to risk for problems walking

A team of researchers examined the factors that put older adults at higher risk for developing physical limitations as they age. Findings suggest that reducing heart disease risk factors with appropriate treatments might help ‘younger’ older adults maintain their physical function. Full Story Here Science Daily November 21, 2017 1:44 pm Support Us

Proposed cuts to US Malaria Initiative could mean millions more malaria cases

Cutting the budget of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) by 44 percent, as the US Congress has proposed, would lead to an estimated 67 million additional cases of malaria over the next four years, according to a mathematical model. Full Story Here Science Daily November 21, 2017 1:44 pm Support Us

A chicken-flavored electrolyte drink could help sniffer dogs stay hydrated

The first comparison of plain water, electrolyte injections and a chicken-flavored electrolyte drink as techniques for keeping sniffer dogs hydrated when working in hot weather finds that while all are safe and effective, dogs drink more and are more hydrated when given a chicken-flavored electrolyte drink. Full Story Here Science Daily November 21, 2017 1:38… Read More

Autoimmune disease discovery could spark new treatments

Researchers have discovered a potent, drug-like compound that could someday revolutionize treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. Full Story Here Science Daily November 21, 2017 1:38 pm Support Us

Children with Alagille Syndrome have malformed bile ducts

Serious liver and heart problems can affect children with Alagille Syndrome early in life. While there is as yet no cure, researchers have discovered that the liver disease part of the syndrome is caused by specific malformations of the bile ducts. The results were discovered with the aid of a new mouse model that can… Read More

New simple test could help cystic fibrosis patients find best treatment

While new CF drugs are life-changing for some patients, they don’t work for everyone. Now, researchers present a simple test that aims to predict which treatment is most likely to work for each patient, an approach known as personalized or precision medicine. Full Story Here Science Daily November 21, 2017 1:24 pm Support Us

Cinnamon turns up the heat on fat cells

New research has determined how a common holiday spice — cinnamon — might be enlisted in the fight against obesity. Full Story Here Science Daily November 21, 2017 1:24 pm Support Us

Corn genetics research exposes mechanism behind traits becoming silent

For more than a century, plant geneticists have been studying maize as a model system to understand the rules governing the inheritance of traits, and a team of researchers recently unveiled a previously unknown mechanism that triggers gene silencing in corn. Full Story Here Science Daily November 21, 2017 1:24 pm Support Us

Male triathletes may be putting their heart health at risk

Competitive male triathletes face a higher risk of a potentially harmful heart condition called myocardial fibrosis, according to new research. The increased risk, which was not evident in female triathletes, was directly associated with the athletes’ amount of exercise. Full Story Here Science Daily November 21, 2017 1:24 pm Support Us

Ancient barley took high road to China

First domesticated 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East, wheat and barley took vastly different routes to China, with barley switching from a winter to both a winter and summer crop during a thousand-year detour along the southern Tibetan Plateau, suggests new research. Full Story Here Science Daily November 21, 2017… Read More

Atopic eczema: One size does not fit all

Five distinct subgroups of eczema have been identified by researchers, a finding that helps explain how the condition can affect people at different stages of their lives. Full Story Here Science Daily November 21, 2017 1:24 pm Support Us

Exoplanet Hunters Rethink Search for Alien Life

Astronomers expand ideas of how chemistry and geology could affect chances for life on other worlds — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Full Story Here Sciam November 21, 2017 10:02 am Support Us

How to Fight Format Rot

The Library of Congress has your back — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Full Story Here Sciam November 21, 2017 9:47 am Support Us

Amazing Animals

Species from giraffes to elephants to dolphins exhibit mourning behavior over the loss of loved ones. The humble chicken displays Machiavellian-level communication skills for personal gain. A certain… — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Full Story Here Sciam November 21, 2017 9:18 am Support Us

Science Lights the Way

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Europe Sets Priorities for Hunting Cosmic Particles

Club of physics funding agencies pushes for projects including a neutrino observatory in the Mediterranean Sea — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Full Story Here Sciam November 21, 2017 6:02 am Support Us

How to Get Children with Autism to Sleep

Poor-quality sleep may heighten behaviors including hyperactivity, compulsions and aggressiveness — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Full Story Here Sciam November 21, 2017 5:48 am Support Us

When to Worry about a Sore Throat

It’s winter time, and infection is certainly a cause of a sore throat. But what else can cause throat discomfort? What signs and symptoms should you be worried about? And when should you see your… — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Full Story Here Sciam November 21, 2017 5:17 am Support Us

Meet the Spiders That Completely Defy What We Know as Jet Lag

A serendipitous discovery turns up creatures able to reset instantly their biological clocks by six hours, a feat unmatched in the animal world — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Full Story Here Sciam November 21, 2017 4:48 am Support Us

Salmon Sex Changes Entire Landscape

Salmon excavate streambed holes in which to lay eggs, setting off a chain of events that has surprisingly large geographical effects.   — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Full Story Here Sciam November 20, 2017 5:03 pm Support Us

Arecibo Telescope Wins Reprieve from U.S. Government

National Science Foundation will look for partners to provide extra financial support for Puerto Rico facility — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Full Story Here Sciam November 20, 2017 3:49 pm Support Us

The Inconvenient Truth about Smart Cities

Plans for more wired, networked, connected urban areas face challenges if they fail to account for existing, local, non-digital elements such as government and socioeconomic conditions — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Full Story Here Sciam November 20, 2017 11:18 am Support Us

Snap, Crackle, Whop–How to Win the Wishbone

Don’t crack under pressure! Explore the scientific—and sometimes sleazy—secrets to win a wish at this year’s Thanksgiving wishbone pull. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Full Story Here Sciam November 20, 2017 11:02 am Support Us

Natural selection shaped the rise and fall of passenger pigeon genomic diversity

The extinct passenger pigeon was once the most abundant bird in North America, and possibly the world. Although theory predicts that large populations will be more genetically diverse, passenger pigeon genetic diversity was surprisingly low. To investigate this disconnect, we analyzed 41 mitochondrial and 4 nuclear genomes from passenger pigeons and 2 genomes from band-tailed… Read More

Small vulnerable sets determine large network cascades in power grids

The understanding of cascading failures in complex systems has been hindered by the lack of realistic large-scale modeling and analysis that can account for variable system conditions. Using the North American power grid, we identified, quantified, and analyzed the set of network components that are vulnerable to cascading failures under any out of multiple conditions.… Read More

Self-assembling peptide semiconductors

Semiconductors are central to the modern electronics and optics industries. Conventional semiconductive materials bear inherent limitations, especially in emerging fields such as interfacing with biological systems and bottom-up fabrication. A promising candidate for bioinspired and durable nanoscale semiconductors is the family of self-assembled nanostructures comprising short peptides. The highly ordered and directional intermolecular – interactions… Read More

Response to Comment on “The extent of forest in dryland biomes”

Griffith et al. do not question the quality of our analysis, but they question our results with respect to the definition of forest we employed. In our response, we explain why the differences we report result from a difference of technique and not of definition, and how anyone can adapt—as we did—our data set to… Read More

Extended gamma-ray sources around pulsars constrain the origin of the positron flux at Earth

The unexpectedly high flux of cosmic-ray positrons detected at Earth may originate from nearby astrophysical sources, dark matter, or unknown processes of cosmic-ray secondary production. We report the detection, using the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory (HAWC), of extended tera–electron volt gamma-ray emission coincident with the locations of two nearby middle-aged pulsars (Geminga and PSR B0656+14).… Read More

Be honest

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Photoionization in the time and frequency domain

Ultrafast processes in matter, such as the electron emission after light absorption, can now be studied using ultrashort light pulses of attosecond duration (10–18 seconds) in the extreme ultraviolet spectral range. The lack of spectral resolution due to the use of short light pulses has raised issues in the interpretation of the experimental results and… Read More

Full momentum- and energy-resolved spectral function of a 2D electronic system

The single-particle spectral function measures the density of electronic states in a material as a function of both momentum and energy, providing central insights into strongly correlated electron phenomena. Here we demonstrate a high-resolution method for measuring the full momentum- and energy-resolved electronic spectral function of a two-dimensional (2D) electronic system embedded in a semiconductor.… Read More

Tunable excitons in bilayer graphene

Excitons, the bound states of an electron and a hole in a solid material, play a key role in the optical properties of insulators and semiconductors. Here, we report the observation of excitons in bilayer graphene (BLG) using photocurrent spectroscopy of high-quality BLG encapsulated in hexagonal boron nitride. We observed two prominent excitonic resonances with… Read More