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Turkeys Are Dropped From Planes in Arkansas

No matter how busy the holiday travel season, you're pretty much guaranteed to have a smoother flight than the unfortunate turkeys involved in Arkansas' Turkey Trot. The annual October festival in Yellville sees turkeys hurled from buildings and a plane flying 500 feet above the ground. Disturbed? You're not alone....

Darkness Is Endangered Almost Everywhere

The world's nights are getting alarmingly brighter—bad news for all sorts of creatures, humans included. A German-led team of researchers says light pollution is threatening darkness almost everywhere, the AP reports. Satellite observations during five Octobers show Earth's artificially lit outdoor area grew by 2% a year from 2012...

How to Set the Right Mood With Alcohol

The desired mood of your Thanksgiving meal should determine what type of alcohol you serve: red wine for a sleepy, relaxed atmosphere or spirits for a sexy, confident air. That's the conclusion of a new survey analyzing how different types of alcohol make people feel. The reasons behind the feelings...

JFK Had Intense Back Pain. It May Have Helped Kill Him

Per the currently accepted narrative, the first bullet to hit John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, wasn't the one that fatally injured him. It was Lee Harvey Oswald's second shot to the head that ended the president's life, and some are now saying a medical problem Kennedy suffered from...

Paper Claims Sugar Industry Quashed Unfavorable Research

Just as the tobacco industry aimed to quash evidence of health risks linked to smoking, a new paper claims the Sugar Research Foundation decades ago suppressed research on the sugar's negative effects. The assertion comes via University of California at San Francisco researchers who reviewed internal sugar industry documents, per...

As Russia Confirms Radioactivity, Some Suggest a Cover-Up

In the country's first acknowledgement of a radioactive cloud over Europe, Russia's meteorological service has confirmed "extremely high" concentrations of ruthenium 106 in the country last month. Rosgidromet said Monday that the radioactive isotope formed in nuclear reactors was detected at monitoring stations in Argayash and Novogorny between Sept. 25...

Meet 'Oumuamua, Our First Guest From Another Solar System

Houston, we have a visitor—and astronomers think there could be 10,000 more just like it "lurking" in wait, as the Guardian puts it. Meet 1I/2017 U1, or 'Oumuamua (Hawaiian for "messenger" or "scout"), which scientists say is an asteroid from another solar system—a cosmic first for observers...

$50K Prize for the Best Way to Identify Icebergs

Crowdsourcing has been used to help make everything from movies to music recordings, and now it just might help figure out how best to avoid icebergs. The Centre for Cold Ocean Research Engineering and Norwegian energy company Statoil recently kicked off the Iceberg Classifier Challenge to find an "algorithm that...

The ER Doctors Train on Live Pigs, Then Kill Them

The University of Missouri says it will continue to use live pigs to train emergency room doctors, despite protests. Last week, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine organized a rally outside University Hospital to advocate ending the use of swine in physician training. The demonstration came after the university's Animal...

Geologists Spot a Pattern, Predict Big Quakes in 2018

Two geologists may have spotted a surprisingly simple correlation that can help predict earthquakes—and if they're correct, the Earth is on track for an uptick in major quakes next year. The pair pored over a century's worth of a data on earthquakes and detected a pattern: When the Earth's...

He Ran Out of Cauterizing Oil, and It Changed Medicine

We have the Civil War to thank in part for America's embrace of embalming—the practice gained popularity as it was the only viable way to preserve the bodies of fallen Northern soldiers for the long journey home. At STAT, Leah Samuel echoes that idea: that the battlefield has served...

Want Your Human to Live Longer? Good Dog!

If you were looking for an excuse to amble down to your local animal shelter and bring home a furry pal, you are now scientifically justified in ignoring the cat section: Swedish researchers in a massive study of 3.4 million people found that those with dogs had a significantly...

Trump Applies the Brakes Day After Elephant Trophy News

President Trump said Friday he's delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review "all conservation facts." The US Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it would allow such importation from Zimbabwe and Zambia, arguing that encouraging wealthy...

Docs Behind '1st Fatal Marijuana Overdose' Report Say Chill

The Colorado doctors behind those reports of the first documented fatal marijuana overdose would like everyone to please chill out. Dr. Thomas Nappe tells the Washington Post they "are absolutely not saying that marijuana killed" an 11-month-old child two years ago. Nappe says he's disappointed news reports have mischaracterized the...

World's First Head Transplant on Corpse a Success, Doc Says

The first step in what USA Today says would be an "audacious" therapy reportedly took place in China Friday: the world's first human head transplant, achieved with two corpses. And Sergio Canavero—the Italian doctor behind the alleged procedure, says he plans to do the same thing next on two...

Missing for 85 Years, Last Piece of Lost Painting Found

"It is the end of a great adventure," says Samir Al-Haddad at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Belgian researchers say they've found the fourth and final piece of a surrealist master's missing work, ending a search that's lasted more than 80 years, NPR reports. According to the...

Green Scum Coated the Lake—and Could Have Killed Him

Competing in a bass fishing tournament two years ago, Todd Steele cast his rod from his 21-foot motorboat—unaware that he was being poisoned. A thick, green scum coated western Lake Erie. And Steele, a semipro angler, was sickened by it. Driving home to Port Huron, Michigan, he felt lightheaded,...

'Zuma' Will Launch Today, and We Have No Idea What It Is

As far as secrets go, "Zuma" is a juicy one. That's the name given to the payload SpaceX is scheduled to blast into low earth orbit from Cape Canaveral sometime between 8pm and 10pm local time Thursday, and as CNET puts it, "just about all that is known about Zuma...

Trump to Reverse Obama's Ban on Import of Elephant Trophies

If you happened to shoot an elephant in Zimbabwe on or after Jan. 21, 2016, you'll be able to import its remains into the US, reports the Washington Post. This after confirmation from a Fish and Wildlife Service official that the Trump administration intends to once again allow the import...

Denver Residents Can No Longer Declaw Their Cats

Declawing cats is now prohibited in Denver. A bill banning the practice passed unanimously at a Denver City Council meeting Monday, KUSA reports. The procedure, formally known as an onychectomy, surgically removes all or most of the last bone on each of a cat's 10 front toes, severing tendons, nerves,...

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