• Calcium and reproduction go together

    Everyone’s heard of the birds and the bees. But that old expression leaves out the flowers that are being fertilized. The fertilization process for flowering plants is particularly complex and requires extensive communication between the...
  • Red Sox try to bounce back vs. Mariners

    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Boston Red Sox try to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss on Saturday when they play the middle test of a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. Boston’s slide...
  • Victory is not inevitable

    My blood is still boiling over the recent murder by beheading of an American citizen at the hands of the terrorist group ISIL, or ISIS, or whatever these murderous fools call themselves. Their real name...
  • Getting Back to School Sleep Schedules

    Getting Back to School Sleep Schedules

    SATURDAY, Aug. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — As the new school year begins, parents need to get their children and teens back on their normal sleep routines, an expert says. Try to prevent your children...
  • Obama’s vacations: Too many or not enough?

    Obama’s vacations: Too many or not enough?

    President Barack Obama, left, maneuvers his golf cart while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard,(AP Photo/Steven Senne) President Barack Obama has spent less time away...

Headline News

  • After shooting in Ferguson, life in the ‘relatively quiet’ suburb has been a daily battle


    In this photo made Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, Angelia Dickens, 55, poses for a photo on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Mo. The area has been the site of unrest since the Aug. 9 police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Dickens says she’s been unable to work her night job because of street closures and is ready for the chaos to “die down.” (AP Photo/Ryan J. Foley)The Associated Press In this photo made Aug. 20, 2014, Kris Holt, 24, poses for a photo near the site where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Holt says life has been a struggle since the shooting, with heavy police presence and protests making it hard to come home from work at night. (AP Photo/Ryan J. Foley)The Associated Press FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2014 file photo, people march to protest the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Residents who live …

    August 23, 2014 9:24 am
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Politics

  • Obama’s vacations: Too many or not enough?


    President Barack Obama, left, maneuvers his golf cart while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard,(AP Photo/Steven Senne) President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha’s Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises currently facing the United States. The criticism has the president’s aides confronting a question it faces whenever Obama gets away: Is there ever a good time for the commander in chief to take a few days off? Since becoming president, Obama has taken 20 vacations lasting two to 15 days. As of Friday, he has spent all or part of 138 days on “vacation.” By the same point in his second term, President George W. Bush spent 381 partial or complete days …

    August 23, 2014 9:24 am
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Stocks

  • ‘Secret’ app didn’t actually keep you anonymous


    The Secret app is supposed to keep you anonymous. But until last week, it was possible to trace posts directly to you. Secret is supposed to be the anonymous social network. But until this week, Secret allowed your friends to trace every one of your posts back to you. Hackers at Rhino Security Labs figured out a way to dupe Secret’s system. To join Secret’s community, the app imports your contacts. It then labels which posts are from your friends. To prevent you from tracking a particular person, Secret requires that seven of your contacts post to the network before it labels their posts. But here’s the hack: Fill your phone’s contact list with fake people and only one real contact — your target. If you control posts coming from these dummy Secret accounts, it’s easy to spot when your real “friend” is posting. “Poison the data on the outside, bring it in as trusted …

    August 23, 2014 4:21 am
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Sports

  • Red Sox try to bounce back vs. Mariners


    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Boston Red Sox try to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss on Saturday when they play the middle test of a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. Boston’s slide reached six games on Friday following a stunning 5-3 setback in the series opener. The hosts led 3-0 heading into the ninth and managed to post the first out of the frame when Kyle Seager fouled out. After Logan Morrison singled to left Mike Zunino struck out swinging, leaving Seattle down to its final out. The odds were still stacked against the Mariners, but somehow the squad put all the pieces together in order to post five runs in the frame as Austin Jackson and Dustin Ackley both knocked in a pair of runs. “It’s awesome,” said Ackley of the comeback. “To have that win right there against their closer, you can’t have more of a confidence booster than that.” …

    August 23, 2014 9:24 am
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World News

  • Chinese fighter jet ‘buzzed’ US patrol aircraft over Pacific, Pentagon says


    The US government has expressed its concern as it claimed that a Chinese fighter jet intercepted one of its patrol aircraft in international airspace. Pentagon officials said their aircraft was “buzzed” and told Chinese diplomats they saw the manoeuvre as “unsafe and unprofessional”. It was carried over the Pacific Ocean about 135 miles (217km) east of Hainan Island on 19 August, the American authorities claimed. “We have registered our strong concerns to the Chinese about the unsafe and unprofessional intercept, which posed a risk to the safety and the well-being of the aircrew, and was inconsistent with customary international law,” the US defence department’s press secretary, Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby said. He said that the Pentagon believed the Chinese jet made several passes and crossed under the aircraft in close proximity. “The Chinese jet … passed the nose of the P-8 at 90 degrees with its belly toward the P-8 Poseidon, we believe to make …

    August 23, 2014 9:24 am
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Technology

  • Two goldfish duke it out playing Street Fighter on Twitch


    Goldfish are tough competitors. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET It all started innocently enough when a pet fish’s owner decided to rig up an aquarium to let the swimming creature trigger Pokemon game commands. Throw in a live feed over popular gaming site Twitch, and it created a minor phenomenon. Inspired by Fish Plays Pokemon, Andrew Hill has drafted his two pet goldfish to take each other on in an unending stream of Street Fighter II Turbo rounds. Naturally, the feed is called FishPlayStreetFighter on Twitch. Hill rigged up his tank in a similar way to Fish Plays Pokemon by segmenting the tank into nine parts. When a fish wanders into one of the parts, a camera captures it and translates its movements into a key press. The Twitch stream includes video of the fish swimming around, along with corresponding video of the Street Fighter II actions they trigger. Due to the random nature of …

    August 23, 2014 9:24 am
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Science

  • Calcium and reproduction go together


    Everyone’s heard of the birds and the bees. But that old expression leaves out the flowers that are being fertilized. The fertilization process for flowering plants is particularly complex and requires extensive communication between the male and female reproductive cells. New research from an international team from Stanford, Regensburg, Heidelberg, and Munich, and including Carnegie’s Wolf Frommer, David Ehrhardt, and Guido Grossmann reports discoveries in the chemical signaling process that guides flowering plant fertilization. It is published in Nature Communications. Flowering plants have a double fertilization system. Grains of pollen carry the male reproductive cells. When pollen grains land on the flower’s female reproductive organ, they germinate and grow towards the deeply embedded ovules via a pollen tube. After fertilization, ovules develop into seeds. What makes the process unique is that the pollen tube releases two sperm cells, one of which fuses with an egg in a process like that in animals. The other fuses …

    August 23, 2014 9:45 am
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Health

  • Getting Back to School Sleep Schedules


    SATURDAY, Aug. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — As the new school year begins, parents need to get their children and teens back on their normal sleep routines, an expert says. Try to prevent your children from taking naps until they’ve adjusted to their earlier sleep and wake schedule. This will help them fall asleep more easily and sleep better through the night, Dr. Sanjeev Kothare, director of NYU Langone Medical Center’s Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program, advised. It’s also a good idea to limit youngster’s caffeine consumption in the afternoon, especially after 3 p.m., Kothare said. He noted that caffeine can stay in the body for eight to 10 hours. Limit your children’s use of electronic devices a few hours before bedtime. The blue light emitted by televisions, computer screens, smartphones and video games keeps brain activity high, which can make it difficult to fall asleep. Unwinding before bed will help put youngsters in a relaxed …

    August 23, 2014 9:24 am
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Entertainment

  • JWoww is all about Botox


    JWoww on Jersey Shore Massacre: “[It] reminds me of my roommates, only they all get killed” The Snooki and JWoww star has had a busy summer with the birth of her daughter, Meilani Alexandra, last month and executive-producing the upcoming horror-spoof comedy Jersey Shore Massacre. She’s still finding time to take care of herself, though, Farley told People, which may include a little nip and tuck below the neckline. “I’m going a little blonder, obviously dieting — I want to get rid of all my jiggly-ness — and my girlfriends from The Real Housewives of New Jersey introduced me to their doctor,” Farley says. “He’s really good at doing microderms and skin tightening.” JWoww’s having a break from sex, for a year or two Looking better after a baby is a priority for Farley — “I would do anything if it makes me feel good,” she says — but with one major exception. “I don’t like touching …

    August 23, 2014 9:03 am
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Editorial

  • Victory is not inevitable


    My blood is still boiling over the recent murder by beheading of an American citizen at the hands of the terrorist group ISIL, or ISIS, or whatever these murderous fools call themselves. Their real name is EVIL.   I listened to the president last week as he appropriately conveyed Americans’ revulsion at this savage act and our grief at the Foley family’s loss. As usual, the president’s words were very eloquent. To his credit, the president was unequivocal regarding the evil of this terrorist group, and he took the time to list some of their crimes against humanity. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But there is a major problem with the president’s remarks. While he does a nice job of explaining our horror, his remarks on what America will do about it are insufficient, naïve, and just plain weak.   The president said that when people harm Americans, “we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done …

    August 23, 2014 9:24 am
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Odd News

  • It’s ‘bone-appétit’ for California pooches under new law


    (Reuters) – California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier. ““I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law’s author. “Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.” The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards. The rule has caused confusion because some local governments choose to enforce the law, while others turned a blind eye. In counties where local officials were more lax about enforcement, restaurant owners who encouraged their guests to bring …

    August 22, 2014 1:19 am
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