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Florida shooting is the last thing Saudis want

Florida shooting is the last thing Saudis want

That it was Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and not his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who called President Trump speaks to how seriously the kingdom is treating Friday’s shooting at a US military base that involved a Saudi national. Compared to Saudi Arabia’s often glacial standards, the 83-year-old monarch moved with…

Friendly floating robot CIMON-2 headed for International Space Station

Friendly floating robot CIMON-2 headed for International Space Station

On Sunday, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule will dock at the International Space Station, bringing supplies, experiments including “mighty mice” — oh, and a friendly robot to keep the astronauts company for the next three years. CIMON-2 is the next generation of the Crew Interactive Mobile Companion. The robot was built by Airbus at the German Aerospace…

Christmas sweaters are adding to plastic pollution, environmental charity says

Christmas sweaters are adding to plastic pollution, environmental charity says

Most Christmas sweaters are made of plastic and are likely to contribute to plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, an environmental charity has warned. Hubbub, a UK charity, found that 95% of the 108 sweaters it analyzed — taken from 11 high-street and online retailers — were fully or partially made from plastic materials. Acrylic…

If you think Gen Z is entitled and lazy, you haven’t met these four kids

If you think Gen Z is entitled and lazy, you haven’t met these four kids

Kids today sometimes get a bad rap — they’re on their phones too much, they don’t respect their elders, they’re entitled. And just like many broad generalizations, these don’t always fit. The four young people below are disproving negative stereotypes about Generation Z. Their selfless work helping others will be featured on “Young Wonders: A…

Dozens of polar bears are ‘crowding’ a Russian village in search of food

Dozens of polar bears are ‘crowding’ a Russian village in search of food

Dozens of polar bears have “invaded” a village in Russia’s far north in search for food, prompting “bear patrols” around the village and halting public activities, officials said. Environmentalists say climate change might be to blame. The number of polar bears that have descended on Ryrkaypiy, in Russia’s Chukotka region, has grown over the last…

St. Nicholas: The story behind Santa Claus

St. Nicholas: The story behind Santa Claus

Don’t tell the kids, but we’ve got Santa Claus all wrong. Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who’s been naughty or nice, and he doles out presents or punishments accordingly. But historians say Santa Claus — aka St. Nicholas aka Kris Kringle — was originally…

A clash between two giants, each carving their name in history

A clash between two giants, each carving their name in history

At the center of the US impeachment imbroglio is a clash between two giants, each carving their name in history. On one end of Pennsylvania Avenue is the highest-ranking woman in the history of American politics: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, standing as the guardian of the US Constitution. At the other is the world’s most…

NASA mission catches nearby asteroid ejecting material into space

NASA mission catches nearby asteroid ejecting material into space

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission arrived at near-Earth asteroid Bennu a year ago, and the spinning top-shaped space rock has been full of surprises. The latest findings now classify it as an active asteroid with observable events happening on the surface. OSIRIS-REx and Bennu got to meet face-to-face on December 3 of last year. OSIRIS-REx has been…

Hermit crabs are confusing plastic for shells and it’s killing them

Hermit crabs are confusing plastic for shells and it’s killing them

More than half a million hermit crabs have been killed after becoming trapped by plastic pollution on two remote islands, a new study from the University of Tasmania found. Research teams estimated that about 508,000 of the crustaceans have been killed in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean and about 61,000 on Henderson…

Does the Constitution justify impeaching Trump?

Does the Constitution justify impeaching Trump?

For two tumultuous months, Washington has been fixated on what President Donald Trump did. Now it’s time to work out what should happen to him. Four renowned law professors showed up before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to conduct an intellectual and rigorous constitutional seminar — while ducking the partisan crossfire from Democratic and…

Scientists show how to make airplane emissions less harmful

Scientists show how to make airplane emissions less harmful

MIT scientists are putting wind beneath policy makers’ wings, suggesting ways to modify airplane emissions, which worsen air quality and contribute to thousands of deaths annually. As this week’s COP25 climate change conference gains momentum, their findings could provide lift to the effort to avoid the disastrous global impacts of heat-trapping gases forecast by the…

What this giant evaporating planet tells us about Earth’s future

What this giant evaporating planet tells us about Earth’s future

Stars live violent lives, and the planets around them don’t always survive their brutal phases. But for the first time, astronomers have found evidence of a planet that survived a star’s transition to death. In what researchers called “one of those chance discoveries,” they found an ice giant exoplanet — a planet outside of our…

NASA’s mission to touch the sun is unraveling our star’s mysteries

NASA’s mission to touch the sun is unraveling our star’s mysteries

Although the sun sits at the center of our solar system, mystery has surrounded the star and its behavior. In August 2018, NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe to draw closer to the sun than any satellite before. Now, the first data from the probe’s initial close passes of the sun have revealed some of…

A massive waterfall formed on Greenland’s ice sheet. Here’s why it matters

A massive waterfall formed on Greenland’s ice sheet. Here’s why it matters

What may have been the world’s tallest waterfall briefly formed on Greenland’s ice sheet last year, draining a meltwater lake of 5 million cubic meters of water — equivalent to 2,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools — in just five hours. Scientists from the University of Cambridge in the UK recorded the extraordinary phenomenon through the use…

Climate change could be making birds shrink in size, study finds

Climate change could be making birds shrink in size, study finds

A staggering 600 million birds die every year in the United States after colliding with tall buildings. And Chicago, with its skyscrapers and location on a major migration path, is perhaps the biggest killer. But for Dave Willard, a collections manager emeritus at the city’s Field Museum, the dead birds have been an unexpected scientific…

The new trend at NATO could mean trouble for Trump

The new trend at NATO could mean trouble for Trump

Donald Trump is doing what he does best: Transforming a serious trip into a rolling pageant of can’t believe-your-eyes, made-for-TV moments. The reality show host-turned US President ran through his full repertoire of flattery, threats and weapons-grade disinformation at a meeting of NATO leaders in London on Tuesday. In televised scenes lasting 52, 39 and…

This ultra-massive black hole just broke a record

This ultra-massive black hole just broke a record

Much like stars and planets, black holes also fall into different categories. Astronomers have now spotted a record-breaking heavyweight black hole at the center of a galaxy known as Holm 15A. The black hole weighs 40 billion times the mass of our sun. Holm 15A is a central elliptical galaxy within the Abell 85 cluster,…

Dog starts house fire by switching on microwave

Dog starts house fire by switching on microwave

Every now and again incredible stories emerge of heroic dogs saving their owners from house fires. This isn’t one of those stories. A husky has become the unlikely cause of a house fire after turning on a microwave with food inside it, according to fire services in England. The fire began on Monday afternoon at…