As the gift-giving holidays creep up at the end of the year, so do the lists of “the best,” “the hottest” and “the must-have” toys that “will be on every kid’s list.” But according to whom? Turns out, no method is the same ― there’s no “hottest” toy committee ― when it comes to choosing the toys that will bring the most holiday cheer. Read below to learn how four companies come up with their annual holiday toy lists.
Egypt says archaeologists have discovered three sunken shipwrecks dating back more than 2,000 years to Roman times off the coast of the city of Alexandria. Tuesday's statement from Mostafa Waziri, the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the discovery was made in collaboration with the European Institute of Underwater Archaeology. Waziri says the archeologists also uncovered a head sculpture carved in crystal and three gold coins dating back to Rome's first emperor, Augustus. Parts of large wooden planks and archaeological remains of pottery vessels were also found, which could have been part of the ships' cargo. The discoveries were made in Alexandria's Abu Qir Bay. Separately from
“My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire for a smooth, non-violent transfer of power,” said Mugabe in his letter which was read out in parliament, sparking cheers and dancing. Cars began honking horns and people cheered in the streets, as the news spread like wildfire across the capital, Harare. Mugabe, who had been the world’s oldest head of state at 93, said that proper procedures should be followed to install new leadership.
After the Fall of Saigon and coming to the U.S., Lien Pham's journey included a full-time job sewing while she went to trade school one night a week. These days, she can be found at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she's worked for
If you thought Black Friday was reserved for laptop deals, discount Apple products and clothing sales, think again.Subscription boxes are gifts that (literally) keep on giving, so make the holidays easier on yourself by putting the planning, curating
When astronomers using the Pan-STARRS1 telescope in Hawaii spotted a mysterious object dashing through our solar system on Oct. 19, they immediately knew it was something special. Traveling at high speed and originating from interstellar space, this object was originally thought to be an ancient comet, but observations revealed it was, in fact, an asteroid from another star system. "For decades we’ve theorized that such interstellar objects are out there, and now — for the first time — we have direct evidence they exist," Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C., said in a statement. [Solar System Explained
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The EU's top court on Monday warned Poland's rightwing government to "immediately" stop logging in one of Europe's last primeval forests or face fines of up to 100,000 euros ($118,000) a day. The case is the latest in a string of issues causing tension between Warsaw and Brussels, which has watched the Polish administration's recent judicial reforms with alarm. "Poland must immediately cease its active forest management operations in the Bialowieza Forest, except in exceptional cases where they are strictly necessary to ensure public safety," said the European Court of Justice.
Producer Brian Grazer said Carrey's makeup, which special effects makeup artist Rick Baker worked on, became to excruciating at one point that Carrey almost wanted to quit.
There is little that is undisputed about the Kate Steinle case, beyond the crucial fact that she was killed on July 1, 2015, by a bullet that struck her on a picturesque San Francisco pier. On Monday, lawyers started making their closing arguments in a murder case that became a flash point in the 2016 election, because the man accused of killing 32-year-old Steinle, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, is an undocumented immigrant.
Harbor seals, sea lions and some fish-eating killer whales have been rebounding along the Northeast Pacific Ocean in recent decades. But that boom has come with a trade-off: They're devouring more of the salmon prized by a unique but fragile population of endangered orcas. Competition with other marine mammals for the same food may be a bigger problem than fishing, at least in recent years, for southern resident killer whales that spend time in Washington state's Puget Sound, a new study suggests. Researchers used models to estimate that from 1975 to 2015, marine mammals along the U.S. West Coast ate dramatically more chinook salmon - from 6,100 metric tons to 15,200 metric tons, according to
Ever since the New York Times report nearly two months ago that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein had amassed decades of sexual harassment allegations, multiple people — mostly women — have come forward to share their own stories. In the weeks since the story broke, both the Republican and Democratic party have been rocked by allegations of harassment as women detail their treatment from prominent politicians. The Alabama Senate race that once seemed like a lock for Republicans is now up in the air, and Congress has mandated sexual harassment training.
The red planet might not actually have liquid water on its surface as scientists previously reported.
For anyone unfamiliar, here’s the deal: An open relationship is one in which both partners agree to a non-monogamous arrangement. In my case, [being in an open relationship] strengthened my relationship because I felt like I could talk to Han about anything.
A NASA astronaut's wristwatch worn aboard the first Apollo mission in 1968 has been returned to the Smithsonian, nearly three decades after it was stolen from a museum in Ecuador. The Omega Speedmaster Professional chronograph, which astronaut Donn Eisele was issued to wear on board the Apollo 7 mission into Earth orbit, is now back in the custody of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. The watch was recovered with the help of space history enthusiasts, who provided the authorities with information about the chronograph's status and location. Disclosure: As detailed below, collectSPACE editor Robert Pearlman was among the individuals who provided information that led to the watch
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"Probes of radioactive aerosols from monitoring stations Argayash and Novogorny were found to contain radioisotope Ru-106" between September 25 and October 1, the Rosgidromet service said. The highest concentration was registered at the station in Argayash, a village in the Chelyabinsk region in the southern Urals, which had "extremely high pollution" of Ru-106, exceeding natural background pollution by 986 times, the service said. The isotope was then detected in Tatarstan and then in southern Russia, eventually reaching "all European countries starting in Italy and toward the north of Europe" from September 29, Rosgidromet said.
U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick rejected the administration’s argument that the executive order applies only to a relatively small pot of money and said Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress. The judge had previously made the same arguments in a ruling that put a temporary hold on the executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities. The Trump administration has appealed that decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Citing a 2015 lawsuit that charges the school’s affirmative action policies discriminate against Asian-American applicants, the federal government in a letter set a Dec. 1 deadline for Harvard to hand over documents on its admission policies. The Justice Department is probing the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based school’s compliance with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, according to the letter, dated Friday and seen by Reuters on Tuesday. “The Department is left with no choice but to conclude that Harvard is out of compliance with its Title VI access obligations,” the letter reads.
Is there a giant iceberg heading for the coast of Newfoundland right now? Cargo ships, oil tankers, and cruise ships enter and leave the island’s ports every day, and at any moment an iceberg from Greenland can drift into the same waters. Being able to predict when those icebergs will appear is so valuable that the Centre for Cold Ocean Resource Engineering (C-CORE) and Norwegian energy company Statoil are offering a $50,000 prize to anyone who can invent a better way to spot them in satellite images.
Speed cameras have been the focus of motorists’ anger and frustration for years, although we are told repeatedly that they are an effective means of reducing death and injury on the roads. Many other factors are at play that might make cameras appear to be more effective than they really are. Since around 2000, there has been a boom in the use of speed cameras in the UK.
More powerful earthquakes could rock the globe in 2018 because of infinitesimal changes in the speed of the Earth’s rotation, scientists warn. Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado and Rebecca Bendick of the University of Montana say that historical data since 1900 clearly reveal a “strong” link between major global earthquake activity and a slight slowing of the Earth’s rotation for five or six years. That has occurred approximately every 32 years. If that pattern continues, the number of powerful quakes in the coming year could triple, according to the researchers.
Megyn Kelly shared her own story about Charlie Rose on her show Tuesday morning, a day after eight women came forward with allegations that the veteran broadcaster had been sexually inappropriate with them. “I have known Charlie for years,” she said on Megyn Kelly TODAY. CBS fired Rose, 75, on Tuesday afternoon after the Washington Post published its lengthy investigation into his alleged misconduct.
This summer, the University of Reading Archaeology Field School, U.K., excavated one of the most extraordinary sites we have ever had the pleasure of investigating. The site is an Early Neolithic long barrow known as “Cat’s Brain” and is likely to date to around 3,800 BC. It lies in the heart of the lush Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, U.K., halfway between the iconic monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury. To illustrate this, our excavations at Cat’s Brain failed to find any human remains, and instead of a tomb they revealed a timber hall, suggesting that it was very much a “house for the living." This provides an interesting opportunity to rethink these famous monuments.
Waste coffee grounds will be powering some of London's buses from Monday on, according to tech firm bio-bean, and petrol giant Shell. The biofuel contains coffee oil, extracted from waste coffee grounds. The company takes some of these used coffee grounds from high street chains and factories, drying and processing them before oil can be extracted.