Category Archives: CNN – World

Video captures the sound of joy when a baby’s hearing aid is turned on

Video captures the sound of joy when a baby’s hearing aid is turned on

When the video starts, 4-month-old Georgina silently stares at the camera. Then her mother says, “OK, so we’ve just turned your hearing on. Can you say hello to everybody?” Georgina’s response is immediate — and heart-melting. She enthusiastically squeals a long, high-pitched “hi” of her own. When she turns her head, you can see the…MORE

Scientists discovered 71 new species this year. Here are some of their favorites

Scientists discovered 71 new species this year. Here are some of their favorites

The quest for the unknown revealed exciting new discoveries this year. California Academy of Sciences researchers discovered 71 new animal and plant species in 2019. The list includes flowers, fish, corals, spiders, sea slugs, ants and lizards, among others. They were found across three oceans and five continents in caves, forests and even the greatest…MORE

Florida shooting is the last thing Saudis want

Florida shooting is the last thing Saudis want

That it was Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and not his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who called President Trump speaks to how seriously the kingdom is treating Friday’s shooting at a US military base that involved a Saudi national. Compared to Saudi Arabia’s often glacial standards, the 83-year-old monarch moved with…MORE

Christmas sweaters are adding to plastic pollution, environmental charity says

Christmas sweaters are adding to plastic pollution, environmental charity says

Most Christmas sweaters are made of plastic and are likely to contribute to plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, an environmental charity has warned. Hubbub, a UK charity, found that 95% of the 108 sweaters it analyzed — taken from 11 high-street and online retailers — were fully or partially made from plastic materials. Acrylic…MORE

If you think Gen Z is entitled and lazy, you haven’t met these four kids

If you think Gen Z is entitled and lazy, you haven’t met these four kids

Kids today sometimes get a bad rap — they’re on their phones too much, they don’t respect their elders, they’re entitled. And just like many broad generalizations, these don’t always fit. The four young people below are disproving negative stereotypes about Generation Z. Their selfless work helping others will be featured on “Young Wonders: A…MORE

What we now know (and still don’t) about life on Mars

What we now know (and still don’t) about life on Mars

For decades, space was the final frontier. But as space exploration advanced, scientists increasingly set their sights on a new frontier: Mars. The first lander to reach Mars was launched nearly 50 years ago, but much about the red planet remains a mystery. Scientists are still attempting to bring samples of Mars’ red soil back…MORE

Dozens of polar bears are ‘crowding’ a Russian village in search of food

Dozens of polar bears are ‘crowding’ a Russian village in search of food

Dozens of polar bears have “invaded” a village in Russia’s far north in search for food, prompting “bear patrols” around the village and halting public activities, officials said. Environmentalists say climate change might be to blame. The number of polar bears that have descended on Ryrkaypiy, in Russia’s Chukotka region, has grown over the last…MORE

St. Nicholas: The story behind Santa Claus

St. Nicholas: The story behind Santa Claus

Don’t tell the kids, but we’ve got Santa Claus all wrong. Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who’s been naughty or nice, and he doles out presents or punishments accordingly. But historians say Santa Claus — aka St. Nicholas aka Kris Kringle — was originally…MORE

A clash between two giants, each carving their name in history

A clash between two giants, each carving their name in history

At the center of the US impeachment imbroglio is a clash between two giants, each carving their name in history. On one end of Pennsylvania Avenue is the highest-ranking woman in the history of American politics: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, standing as the guardian of the US Constitution. At the other is the world’s most…MORE

Blogs

When the “Victims” Strike Back

A lot of terms were used to describe the man that opened fire on Republicans members of Congress at their baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday.  “Bernie Sanders supporter”, “left wing extremist”, “disturbed”, and “troubled” were the most common used by those investigating the matter, those who were among the targets and those who…

Less Than Compelling

Usually us curmudgeons like to go on and on about how sports, music and movies were better in “our day”.  I think that you can add Congressional hearings to that list as well.  That’s what I was thinking during both the James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions testimony the last couple of weeks.  While…

Un-settling the Science

While James Comey was sucking up all the oxygen in the room, there was a pretty major science announcement last week.  It turns out that the human species might be much older than we originally thought.  Fossils found in Morocco place our earliest ancestors on the planet as far back as 350-thousand years ago.  Until…

Open Week

Welcome to US Open week here in Wisconsin.  Many of you will be venturing down to Erin (or Hartford or Richfield–I’ve seen all three used to describe the location of the course in stories) for practice rounds the next three days–or for the competitive rounds Thursday through Sunday (and possibly Monday–more on that later).  Here…