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Friday, Nov 30


Desperate Indian farmers march on parliament


More than 300,000 Indian farmers have killed themselves in the last two decades mainly because of poor irrigation, failed crops and being unable to pay back loans. Participants marched through central Delhi chanting slogans and holding…

51 pilot whales die in another mass stranding in New Zealand


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fifty-one pilot whales died Friday in a mass stranding in New Zealand, less than a week after 145 pilot whales and nine pygmy killer whales perished in two other unrelated strandings.


Fear that uproar over gene-edited babies could block science


WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists working on the frontiers of medicine fear the uproar over the reported births of gene-edited babies in China could jeopardize promising research into how to alter heredity to fend off a variety of disorders.


Aussie kids skip school for mass climate protest


Thousands of Australian students skipped school Friday to join nationwide protests demanding government action on climate change. The demonstrations were held as more than a hundred bushfires blazed in scorching temperatures in the…

Indonesian island clean-up nets 40 tons of rubbish daily


Residents on a string of coral-fringed islands off Jakarta's coast are battling a tidal wave of trash, with more than 40 tons of rubbish collected daily over the past week, an official said. Indonesian authorities have deployed an army of…


Chinese President Xi Jinping Arrives in Argentina for G20 Summit


Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Buenos Aires on Thursday evening to attend the G20 summit.


Only 500 of This Artist's Space Kit Candle Are up for Grabs—and They're Totally Worth the Hype


Exoplanet, Arsham's latest art object, features the same custom fig fragrance used to scent his exhibitions around the globe—but the inspiration looks beyond the solar system.


S. Koreans go to North for railway reconnection survey


A train carrying South Korean engineers and officials crossed into the North on Friday to begin a landmark joint survey to reconnect railway tracks between the two Koreas. It is the first time since 2007 a train from the South has entered…


Helicopter Crew Rescues Man in Water During Flash Floods in Los Angeles


A helicopter crew from the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) lifted a man to safety from fast moving waters in the rain swollen Los Angeles River Thursday morning.

Scientists are scrambling to repudiate researcher’s claims of editing the genes of human embryos


The Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, taking place this week in Hong Kong, was supposed to be a gathering of researchers and medical professionals for the purpose of furthering the scientific and ethical standards of…

The Gene-Edited Babies And CRISPR-Cas9 Controversy, Explained


Outrage continues to grow over the news that Chinese scientist He Jiankui


Michael Cohen Just Undermined One of Donald Trump's Key Russia Arguments


The President has long claimed that he has no business dealings with Russia

Cave Paintings Suggest Ancient Humans Undersood the Stars Much Better Than We Thought


Ancient humans appear to have understood far more than typically given credit.

Thursday, Nov 29


NASA Announces Its Commercial Partners to Deliver Small Objects to the Moon


NASA Announces Its Commercial Partners to Deliver Small Objects to the Moon


Correction: Missing Hawaii Humpbacks story


HONOLULU (AP) — In a story Nov. 26 about a decline in Hawaii humpback whale sightings in Hawaii, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a researcher published data about the latest decline in whale sightings. The researcher has…

NASA’s will live stream the landing its is OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe


The Mars InSight lander only just touched down on the Red Planet, but NASA is already gearing up for the landing of another incredibly interesting mission. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith…

This Novel Asks What to Do When Your Sister Keeps Killing Her Boyfriends


Oyinkan Braithwaite’s buzzy and darkly comedic debut novel updates downright Dostoyevskian ideas for the social-media set

Turns Out Mitochondria Don't Work Like We Thought They Did


They may be the powerhouse of the cell, but mitochondria may not be the powerhouse of genetic ancestry that scientists believed.

Next US moon landing will be by private companies, not NASA


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — America's next moon landing will be made by private companies — not NASA.


NASA chooses nine companies to bid on flying to Moon


The US space agency on Thursday announced nine private companies, mostly start-ups, that will bid on $2.6 billion in contacts to build spacecraft to carry payloads to the Moon as early as 2019. The move is part of NASA's goal of sending…

Daughter speaks out about mom's murder conviction for repeatedly stabbing dad


"I know that she did not do this," Sandra Melgar's daughter Elizabeth "Lizz" Rose Melgar told '20/20.' "I'm going to continue to fight until we can prove that."

NASA selects nine U.S. companies to vie for moon program funding


The companies, some which will develop small launch vehicles and robotic rovers over the next 10 years, will vie for a chunk of the $2.6 billion under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Commercial Lunar Payload Services…

NASA picks nine commercial teams for moon deliveries – including dark horses


NASA says it’s partnering on lunar delivery services with nine commercial teams, headed by companies that run the gamut from the space industry’s heavyweights to startups. The lineup, announced today by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine…

South Carolina Inmates Created a 'Sextortion Ring' to Bilk $560,000 From U.S. Troops


A number of male inmates in a South Carolina prison have been accused of using contraband cell phones to set up an online “sextortion ring.”

The Migrant Caravan Isn’t Causing the Border Crisis. Trump Is


'This is the crisis designed by the Trump Administration,' writes Jorge Ramos

Woman Who Popped Open Some Pringles Before Paying Will Be Jailed the Day the Fun Stops


Kathleen McDonagh was sentenced to two months in prisons

Teen Rescued After Getting Trapped in Old Bank Vault With No Money at All


The 17-year-old was stuck inside the vault for nearly four hours