Snoopy spurs kids to shoot for the moon

Astronaut training starts early. The rigors of the college astro-courses require a solid foundation in STEM built from an early age. So NASA has enlisted Snoopy to inspire children to reach for the stars. Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 7:56 am Support Us

Why Trump’s summit performance rocked Capitol Hill

Never before, in living memory, had an American president stood on foreign soil and sided with a rival foreign leader and against his own government. Even after reversing himself, President Trump will face fallout for some time. Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 7:41 am Support Us

How humpback whales made a global comeback

As international whaling ramped up around the turn of the 20th century so did efforts by governments, activists, and the public to stop the practice. By 2016, more than half of the species’ 14 population segments were no longer considered endangered. Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 7:41 am Support Us

Out of the depths of depression

For today’s contributor, who at one point attempted suicide, the idea that God not only exists but is good and always present became so powerful to him that he was freed from mental darkness. Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 7:41 am Support Us

Mobile food banks roll through rural US transforming food deserts

Traveling to distant grocery stores and paying for groceries can be extremely difficult for the disabled, aging, and poor living in isolated areas. Mobile pantries play an essential role in combatting food insecurity in rural counties – providing both food and hope.  Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 7:25 am Support Us

FCC says Sinclair-Tribune deal may violate the law

In a surprise move, the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai raised concerns about Sinclair’s proposed $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media, saying it would lead to massive TV station consolidation.  Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 7:25 am Support Us

Lights slowly come on for Puerto Ricans in rural areas

Almost a year after two hurricanes ravaged the US territory, repair crews are working to energize the more than 950 homes and businesses that remain without power in hard-to-reach areas. Puerto Ricans remain fearful that their newly returned normality could be short lived.  Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 7:25 am Support Us

Les Bleus are a mini-UN of soccer talent

France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia propelled the team to the nation’s second-ever World Cup championship. About two-thirds of Les Bleus’s roster included players with immigrant backgrounds.  Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 7:25 am Support Us

How US stance on Iran could raise price of peace in Lebanon

For any country, what does achieving domestic tranquility cost? In Lebanon, the triumph of Hezbollah has brought relative calm but pushed the country further into the US-Iran line of fire. Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 7:11 am Support Us

California GOP looks for inroads by taking down a gas tax

Where car is king, a gas tax hike pits concern for the poorest versus the need for transportation funding. It’s also a bellwether for the Democrats’ grip on the state Legislature and in Congress.   Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 7:11 am Support Us

Three rescued Thai boys and coach live in stateless limbo

Three of the Thai soccer players and their young coach who were rescued from a cave in northern Thailand are stateless, shedding new light on an issue that affects up to 3.5 million people in the country.  Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 7:11 am Support Us

Angels that keep us safe

Today’s contributor shares how a new way of thinking about angels has brought her comfort and calm even during troubling situations. Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 7:11 am Support Us

Bond between players and coach may have saved Thai boy’s lives

Encouraging words of wisdom from soccer coach Ekapol Chanthawong and his experience in meditation as a Thai monk may have played a large role in keeping the 12 Thai boys alive inside the flooded cave until they were rescued this week.  Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 6:55 am Support Us

Why this World Cup final is like no other

Despite a small population, Croatia goes up against France – and against its own history of war and struggle. Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 6:26 am Support Us

What new Mueller indictments say about his direction

On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller’s team indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers for allegedly hacking into the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign. Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 6:10 am Support Us

US states change up suspect lineup policies to improve accuracy

Half of all US states have adopted new policies to prevent eyewitnesses from being swayed by police or other influences. Eyewitness misidentifications were a factor in 71 percent of the more than 350 wrongful convictions overturned by post-conviction DNA, according to The Innocence Project.  Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 5:41 am Support Us

In tactical shift, US open to direct talks with Taliban

The US had previously only been open to talks with the Taliban if they included the Afghan government. The goal of any future discussion would be to encourage negotiations between the Afghan government and the militant group, US officials said.  Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 5:11 am Support Us

Record number of Muslim Americans make bids for elected office

Around 90 Muslim Americans launched campaigns for national or statewide offices this election cycle, a number that Muslim groups and political observers say is unprecedented in the post-9/11 era. Many, however, have faced anti-Muslim backlash.  Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 4:41 am Support Us

A peace in Africa cemented in forgiveness

Ethiopia and Eritrea ended a two-decade conflict with a deal that their two leaders say was based on forgiving each other for past offenses. Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 4:26 am Support Us

Puppy love, it’s not

A Labrador retriever provides a couple with a lesson in listening and love. Full Story Here CS Monitor July 18, 2018 4:26 am Support Us

New Products

Full Story Here Science Mag July 12, 2018 12:11 pm Support Us

Assessment of methane emissions from the U.S. oil and gas supply chain

Methane emissions from the U.S. oil and natural gas supply chain were estimated by using ground-based, facility-scale measurements and validated with aircraft observations in areas accounting for ~30% of U.S. gas production. When scaled up nationally, our facility-based estimate of 2015 supply chain emissions is 13 ± 2 teragrams per year, equivalent to 2.3% of… Read More

Sensitivity to “sunk costs” in mice, rats, and humans

Sunk costs are irrecoverable investments that should not influence decisions, because decisions should be made on the basis of expected future consequences. Both human and nonhuman animals can show sensitivity to sunk costs, but reports from across species are inconsistent. In a temporal context, a sensitivity to sunk costs arises when an individual resists ending… Read More

Deconstructive fluorination of cyclic amines by carbon-carbon cleavage

Deconstructive functionalizations involving scission of carbon-carbon double bonds are well established. In contrast, unstrained C(sp3)–C(sp3) bond cleavage and functionalization have less precedent. Here we report the use of deconstructive fluorination to access mono- and difluorinated amine derivatives by C(sp3)–C(sp3) bond cleavage in saturated nitrogen heterocycles such as piperidines and pyrrolidines. Silver-mediated ring-opening fluorination using Selectfluor… Read More

Phase transitions in a programmable quantum spin glass simulator

Understanding magnetic phases in quantum mechanical systems is one of the essential goals in condensed matter physics, and the advent of prototype quantum simulation hardware has provided new tools for experimentally probing such systems. We report on the experimental realization of a quantum simulation of interacting Ising spins on three-dimensional cubic lattices up to dimensions… Read More

Metal-free three-dimensional perovskite ferroelectrics

Inorganic perovskite ferroelectrics are widely used in nonvolatile memory elements, capacitors, and sensors because of their excellent ferroelectric and other properties. Organic ferroelectrics are desirable for their mechanical flexibility, low weight, environmentally friendly processing, and low processing temperatures. Although almost a century has passed since the first ferroelectric, Rochelle salt, was discovered, examples of highly… Read More

A leaky endeavor

Full Story Here Science Mag July 12, 2018 12:10 pm Support Us

Ethylene-gibberellin signaling underlies adaptation of rice to periodic flooding

Most plants do poorly when flooded. Certain rice varieties, known as deepwater rice, survive periodic flooding and consequent oxygen deficiency by activating internode growth of stems to keep above the water. Here, we identify the gibberellin biosynthesis gene, SD1 (SEMIDWARF1), whose loss-of-function allele catapulted the rice Green Revolution, as being responsible for submergence-induced internode elongation.… Read More