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This cyborg locust sniffs out bombs

A team of engineers from Washington University in St. Louis is looking to capitalize on the sense of smell in locusts to create new biorobotic sensing systems that could be used in homeland security applications like sniffing out bombs.

FDA Updates List Of Potentially Dangerous Hand…

The FDA says ingesting "substantial" amounts of methanol can cause issues including nausea, headaches, blindness and even death.

Odds Are Out on New Redskins Names

As fans wait to hear what Washington will call its NFL team, people who don't own the franchise have placed their bets on possible names. The current favorite of online oddsmakers is a tweak: "Redtails." At 3/1, that name has a 25% chance of being the winner, Casino.org reports,...

ShowBiz Minute: Rivera, Gray, Pop Smoke

Tributes have been paid to Naya Rivera, who was found dead Monday in a Southern California lake; “Empire” actor Bryshere Gray arrested in Arizona on accusations of abusing his wife; Two men and two teens have been charged in the death of rising rapper Pop Smoke. (July 14)

As COVID Grows, California Shuts Down Again

California’s governor on Monday clamped new restrictions on businesses, reports HuffPost. The rules also include the state’s two largest school districts, Los Angeles and San Diego. He stated children would not return to class as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations soared. Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, ordered another round of shutdowns. “It’s incumbent upon all of us to recognize soberly that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, until there is a vaccine and/or an effective therapy. Newsom All bars and restaurants, movie theaters, zoos and museums statewide must cease indoor operations.

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Defense: Alleged Timbuktu jihadi may be unfit for…

Defense lawyers for an alleged Islamic extremist have told International Criminal Court judges that he is suffering post traumatic stress and could be unfit to stand trial

It May Be Time to Cancel Those Summer Vacation…

It May Be Time to Cancel Those Summer Vacation Plans With travel to Europe off-limits and U.S. attractions closing over COVID-19, holding off any planned trips through the air and ground may seem like a good idea. According to a survey from Azurite Consulting, 36 percent of people will not fly out of the U.S. until a vaccine is available. 30 percent won't fly domestically and around 25 percent plan to avoid hotels. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Jaimie Meyer adds that even a spontaneous road trip is a bad idea. If you must travel, the Yale School of Medicine associate professor says to take "careful planning" into consideration. Christopher Elliott writes in 'USA Today' that the biggest problem is uncertainty. Possible situations include coronavirus spiking in the area you're visiting and keeping you from leaving. As an alternative, take virtual tours of museums and plan your next trip when things start going back to normal.

Case Of Missing Toddler Madeleine McCann Springs…

13 years ago, British toddler Madeleine McCann disappeared from her family's holiday villa in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Despite intensive searches and numerous investigations, the case went cold. But recently, German prosecutors said they have evidence that may link a man there to the case. It was the first major movement in the long-running and prominent case after years of little progress. Now, CNN reports witnesses say Portuguese authorities have conducted searches in three wells. The Portuguese Judicial Police, officers from the National Guard, and at least one diver from the fire department were involved.

Airline Gets Involved After Ted Cruz Takes Off…

After a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee operative aboard the same American Airlines flight as Ted Cruz Sunday tweeted a picture of the senator apparently relaxing on the plane, sans mask, the airline said it would reach out to Cruz. American requires all passengers to wear face coverings during their flights,...

Roads flood in Northern Massachusetts

Heavy downpours on July 13 caused roads to flood on Plum Island, Massachusetts. Cars could be seen trying to drive through flooded roads.

WHO Chief Says Lack of Unity Is a Bigger Threat…

WHO Chief Says Lack of Unity Is a Bigger Threat Than COVID-19 WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave a passionate speech at a COVID-19 briefing in Geneva on Thursday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Ghebreyesus added that divided countries and people give way to the spread of COVID-19. He also spoke about a lack of leadership just two days after President Trump began the formal process of withdrawing the U.S. from the World Health Organization (WHO). Trump has repeatedly accused the WHO of withholding information and having an inappropriately close relationship with China. Ghebreyesus continues to implore countries and governments to work together to stop the spread of the virus. According to Johns Hopkins University, COVID-19 has killed over 550,000 people worldwide, and reported cases have passed the 12 million mark. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Huawei posts 13.1% revenue growth amid pandemic…

Telecom gear maker Huawei Technologies has reported its revenue grew 13.1% in the first half of this year compared with a year earlier, even as it faced sanctions from the U

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Here's the latest for Tuesday July 14th: Texas holds primary runoff as coronavirus rates surge; Navy ship fire in San Diego prompts new worries; 5 shot in NYC; Body of Naya Rivera found.

4 Charged in Slaying of Rapper Pop Smoke

Four people have been charged with murdering rapper Pop Smoke during a Los Angeles home invasion in February, BuzzFeed News reports. Corey Walker, 20, and Keandre Rodgers, 18, were charged Monday with murder during a robbery, a crime eligible for the death penalty, though prosecutors have not yet said whether...

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Pakistan to resume polio campaign as COVID-19…

Pakistan says it will resume a nationwide anti-polio campaign next week, months after the drive against this crippling children's disease was halted because the coronavirus overwhelmed the country

The Paris-sized impact crater hiding in Greenland

An international team of researchers, including a NASA glaciologist, discovered a large meteorite impact crater hiding beneath more than a half-mile of ice in northwest Greenland. The crater — the first of any size found under the Greenland ice sheet — is one of the 25 largest impact craters on Earth, measuring roughly 1,000 feet deep and more than 19 miles in diameter, an area slightly larger than that inside Washington’s Capital Beltway.

Calif. Governor Bans Some Indoor Business; Some…

The Los Angeles and San Diego unified school districts announced all classes will be online at the start of the school year in August.

Here's What Tucker Carlson Has to Say About…

Tucker Carlson weighed in on his former top writer three days after he resigned over secret racist online posts . Fox News on Saturday said it "strongly condemns" Blake Neff's posts, which it referred to as "abhorrent," "horrific," "racist, misogynistic and homophobic," Mediaite reports. Then, at the end of Monday night's...

Barbican offers escape into art and nature

In London, the Barbican's Gallery and Conservatory space reopen with new social distancing measures in place. (July 14)

Study: Immunity To COVID-19 May Only Last A Few…

British researchers say that after people are infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19, their natural immunity to it could decline within months. According to CNN, a new paper suggests that antibody responses may start to decline 20 to 30 days after COVID-19 symptoms appear. However, the paper has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. Antibodies are the proteins the body makes to fight infection. The findings may have implications for the development of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. Any vaccine will either need to generate stronger and longer-lasting protection against the virus, or it may need to be given regularly. As of Monday, the World Health Organization said there are 23 COVID-19 candidate vaccines in clinical evaluation globally.

UAE's Mars orbiter launch from Japan delayed by…

The liftoff of the United Arab Emirates’ Mars orbiter has been postponed until Friday due to bad weather at the Japanese launch site

Cardi B Slammed for Using Racial Slur to Describe…

Cardi B Slammed for Using Racial Slur to Describe Sister's Eyes Cardi B took to social media to share a picture of what her daughter, Kulture, might look like as an adult. A fan commented that the photo looked like a combination of Offset and her sister, Hennessy Carolina. Cardi's response drew backlash. Cardi B, via Twitter The 27-year-old rapper later claimed she was unaware that the term was an Asian slur. Cardi B, via Twitter

Twitch Restores Trump's Account

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MythBusters Co-Host Dead at 49

Grant Imahara, a MythBusters co-host from 2005 to 2014, died suddenly at age 49 on Monday, Deadline reports. Per the Hollywood Reporter , the cause of death was a brain aneurysm. "I’m at a loss. No words," former fellow MythBusters co-host Adam Savage tweeted . "I’ve been part of two big families...

Elephant Butte Fire prompts evacuations

As the Elephant Butte Fire grew on Monday afternoon, July 13, the Sheriff's Office in Jefferson County, Colorado, placed an evacuation order for 700 homes.

Trump Calls CDC School Reopening Guidelines…

Trump Calls CDC School Reopening Guidelines 'Expensive' and 'Very Tough' President Donald Trump tweeted his sentiments about the guidelines presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday. Donald Trump, via CNN The CDC guidelines include staggered schedules, the use of masks, social distancing, barriers, hand-washing and staying home when necessary. On Tuesday, Trump threatened that he "may cut off funding" to schools that don't reopen in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. surpassed three million cases of the virus on Wednesday. Hours after Trump's tweet, Vice President Mike Pence stated that the CDC would be reissuing school guidelines next week. Education administrators have called on the federal government to provide funding to assist in making new safety guidelines a possibility.