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Novak Djokovic Says Pro Athletes Must 'Start Learning How to Deal With Pressure'
"No one is born with those abilities. Those abilities come with time," said the tennis star.
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Is ‘Jungle Cruise’ a Remake of ‘The African Queen’?
The relationship between the two films is stronger than you might think.
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China's New Nuclear Missile Silos Confirm U.S. Defense Officials' Fears
In July alone, researchers based in the United States have found what they believe are around 230 nuclear missile silos in the deserts of northwestern China.
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New York Times reporter on threat unvaccinated people pose to pandemic recovery
Refusals by people in parts of the U.S. to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are fueling the spread of the Delta strain. A New York Times report takes a closer look at the root causes of vaccine hesitancy and the threat it poses to ending the pandemic. Reporter Apoorva Mandavilli, who wrote that report, joined CBSN to discuss.
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'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf': Release Date, Cast, Trailer and Plot
Netflix's "The Witcher" prequel, which will be an anime movie, explores the origins of Geralt of Rivia's mentor Vesemir.
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Mariners players go ‘absolutely mad,’ torch GM after Kendall Graveman trade
Equipment was broken and smashed while one player “went absolutely mad” after lights-out closer Kendall Graveman was dealt to the rival Astros.
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Analysis: What's next for the Power 5 conferences after SEC expansion?
Like it or not, expansion is on the table. Here are options for each Power Five conference and what could be next for the Football Bowl Subdivision.       
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'Ghostbusters Afterlife': Will Rick Moranis Be in the New Ghostbusters?
Known for playing Louis Tully in the original Ghostbusters franchise, fans have been wondering if the actor will return for Jason Reitman's reboot.
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Why Olympians shouldn’t bite their medals
Olympic athletes should avoid chomping down on their medals -- which are made from recycled cell phones and other electronic devices, organizers for Tokyo 2020 recently said in a tweet.
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How breakdowns in oversight allowed Prince George’s to rack up a $26 million bill on a police lawsuit
The county council said it was given insufficient information. But some members acknowledged they should have asked more questions.
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A Very Scientific Reason to Swab a Cat’s Cheek
The genome of a mouse is, structurally speaking, a chaotic place. At some point in its evolutionary past, the mouse shuffled its ancestral genome like a deck of cards, futzing up the architecture that makes most other mammalian genomes look, well, mammalian. “I always consider it the greatest outlier,” Bill Murphy, a geneticist at Texas A&M University, told me. “It’s about as different from any other placental mammal genome as you can find, sort of like it’s the moon, compared to everything else being on the Earth.”Mouse genomes are still incredibly useful. Thanks to years of careful tinkering, meticulous mapping, and a bonkers amount of breeding, researchers have deciphered the murine genetic code so thoroughly that they can age the animals up or down or alter their susceptibility to cancer, findings that have big implications for humans. But the mouse’s genomic disarray makes it less suited to research that could help us understand how our own genetic codes are packaged and stored. Which is why some researchers have turned to other study subjects, just one step up the food chain.Cats, it turns out, harbor genomes that look and behave remarkably like ours. “Other than primates, the cat-human comparison is one of the closest you can get,” with respect to genome organization, Leslie Lyons, an expert in cat genetics at the University of Missouri, told me.Lyons and Murphy, two of the world’s foremost experts in feline genetics, have been on a longtime mission to build the ranks in their small field of research. In addition to genetic architecture, cats share our homes, our diets, our behaviors, many of our microscopic pests, and some of the chronic diseases—including diabetes and heart problems—that pervade Western life. “If we could start figuring out why those things happen in some cats, but not others,” Lyons told me, maybe humans and felines could share a few more health benefits as well.Feline genomes are now being mapped essentially end to end, “with a nearly perfect sequence,” Lyons said, a feat that researchers have only recently managed with people. Complete genomes create references—pristinely transcribed texts for scientists to scour, without blank pages or erasures to stymie them. Cats can’t tell us when they’re sick. But more investment in feline genomics could pave the way for precision medicine in cats, wherein vets assess genetic risk for different diseases and intervene as early as possible, giving them “a jump on diagnostics,” Elinor Karlsson, a vertebrate genomics expert at the Broad Institute, told me. Because humans and cats are bedeviled by some of the same diseases, identifying their genetic calling cards could be good for us too. Cats can develop, for instance, a neurological disorder that’s similar to Tay-Sachs disease, “a life-ending disease for children,” Emily Graff, a veterinarian and geneticist at Auburn University, told me. But gene therapy seems to work wonders against the condition in cats, and Graff’s colleagues plan to adapt a treatment for its analogs in kids.[Read: The human genome is—finally!—complete.]The cat genome could fuel more basic science pursuits as well, Lyons told me. Essentially all the cells in our bodies contain identical genomes, but have extraordinarily different developmental fates. Researchers have been trying for decades to untangle the mechanics of this process, which requires cells to force some of their genes into dormancy, while keeping others in frequent use. One of the most dramatic examples of this phenomenon is the silencing of one of the two X chromosomes in female cells. “We still don’t have a good sense of how genes get turned on and off,” Sud Pinglay, a geneticist at New York University, told me. “This is an entire chromosome.”X inactivation is what dapples the coats of calicos. These cats are almost exclusively female, and must be genetic mutts: One of their X chromosomes carries an orange-furred gene, and the other, a black. In any given cell, only one chromosome stays awake. That decision happens early in a cat’s development, and the cells that split off from these lineages stay faithful to the color their parent cells picked, creating big patches of color. “That helped us put together that the inactivated X chromosome was relatively stable, and kept stable for many rounds of cell division,” Sundeep Kalantry, an X-inactivation expert at the University of Michigan, told me. “That’s why the calico cat holds such an exalted place in X inactivation.”Genomes can be so stubborn about X inactivation that they will hold their ground even after being moved into other cells. The first cloned cat, named Carbon Copy, or CC for short, was genetically identical to a classically colored calico named Rainbow. But CC was born sporting only shades of brown and white: She had, apparently, been created out of a cell that had shut its orange X off, and had refused to reverse the process.Many of the vagaries of gene and chromosome silencing—their relative permanence or impermanence in different contexts, for instance—are still being worked out in different species by researchers including Kalantry, whose lab website features a fetching photo of a calico. But they have long known that the shape and structure of a genome, and the arrangement of the genes within, hold sway over how the contents are expressed. Most of our genome is thought to be annotations and embellishments that shape how the rest of it is read; snippets of DNA can even twist, bend, and cross great distances to punctuate one another. That’s one big area where cats can help us, Lyons told me: If their genes are organized like ours, maybe they’re regulated like ours too. “Maybe this is where the cats get to step in,” she said.[Read: A much-hyped COVID-19 drug is almost identical to a black-market cat cure]Some people might feel uneasy about the idea of studying felines in the lab. But Murphy notes that lots of genetic work can be done quite gently. His team has gotten very good at extracting gobs of DNA from cat cheek cells, using little wire brushes that they swivel into the animals’ mouths.There are also huge perks to working with popular pets: People in the community are often eager to contribute, either directly or through their vets. When cats get sick, researchers can sample them, and in many cases, help them get healthy again. “I’d say about 90 percent of studies on cats are done on naturally occurring disease models,” Murphy told me. And the cats who pass through Lyons’ lab in Missouri, she told me, get adopted after they’ve retired from their scientific careers.Mice are easy and cheap to breed and house in labs, and they’ve had a hell of a head start in scientific research already. Cats are unlikely to outpace them; they might not even surpass dogs, which are especially eager to work with humans, and have done so extensively, Gita Gnanadesikan, a canine researcher at the University of Arizona, told me. As research volunteers, cats tend to be more sullen and reserved. (Canines, too, come with drawbacks. We know a lot about their genomes, but dog breeds have been so genetically siloed that their populations “are not diverse, so they’re not as good a model for humans,” Karlsson told me.)But cats have their place, experts told me—as a member of an entire menagerie of animals that humans would benefit from understanding better. “In genetics, there’s this tension: Do you try to learn everything you can about a small number of organisms, or do you branch out and try to learn little bits about a larger number of species?” Gnanadesikan told me. “I think one of the answers to that is just … yes.”
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US seizes $1.6 million ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ tablet from Hobby Lobby
A 3,500-year-old clay tablet that bears "Epic of Gilgamesh" and was purchased by Hobby Lobby for $1.6 million has been forfeited to the United States.
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Piers Morgan Was Humiliated When He Tried Playing His Favorite Sport
The British TV host hit out at Simone Biles this week, but does not appear to appreciate criticism of his own sporting failure.
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Lala Kent jokes that she ‘stole’ Kim Kardashian’s dress
"Yes, I stole Kim K’s dress- but Scheana stole her whole face," the "Vanderpump Rules" star hilariously captioned a photo with Scheana Shay.
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Florence Griffith Joyner's Records Could Be Broken in Tokyo, Her Husband Says
"I remember she once told me, 'I never want anybody to be like me. I want them to make bigger footsteps than me. That was always her dream," her husband told the Associated Press.
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Remington Offers 9 Families of Sandy Hook Victims $3.7 Million Each to Settle Lawsuit
The lawsuit said that Remington shouldn't have been selling the gun used in the shooting to the public.
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Youths vaccinate despite family doubts
At public schools in New York City, health officials want to make it as easy as possible for students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the school year starts. (July 28)      
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Sponsor Gap Backs Simone Biles’ Decision to Pull Out of Competition at Olympics
Gap's Athleta signed Biles to a long-term partnership earlier this year
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Burger King Employees Allegedly Walk Out During Shift: Police Called
The workers claim they had closed early because the restaurant was short-staffed and forgotten to lock up the store.
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Scientists Accidentally Find a 'Very Exciting' Unique Exoplanet Has More Water Than Earth
The unique planet orbits a sun-like star around 50 light years away from Earth, and has a mild atmospheric temperature.
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McAuliffe says election doubters ‘hurting our country,’ despite questioning Democrats’ loss in 2000
Democratic nominee for Virginia governor said people who question President Biden’s election win are "hurting our country," despite his own history of challenging presidential election results.
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Pfizer sold $7.8B in COVID vaccines in 2Q, predicts more Delta-driven demand
Pfizer sold a staggering $7.8 billion worth of coronavirus jabs during the second quarter — and predicted its profits will continue to explode as the Delta variant spurs fresh demand for booster shots.
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Rep. Crenshaw rips CNN's Chris Cuomo after vaccine monologue: 'Your brother ... encouraged public distrust'
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas blasted the left and the press for supposedly wishing viewers had amnesia now that they've been accused of doing an about-face on the COVID-19 vaccines, singling out Vice President Kamala Harris, CNN's Chris Cuomo, and his brother New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as among the worst culprits.
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Hero granny catches baby who dangled, fell 15 feet from window
She dropped her grocery bags and rushed to the window with her arms held out. "I thought, if I didn’t catch him, he would crash before my eyes," she said.
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Pennsylvania officer faces child luring charge after being busted by ‘concerned citizens'
A Pennsylvania police officer was busted in an underage sex sting conducted by a group of “concerned citizens” posing as children, police said.
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Here’s Adam Driver as a sexy centaur in Burberry’s new fragrance ad
"Pretending to be a horse so Adam Driver can ride me too," one thirsty fan tweeted of the sultry campaign.
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Hate Crimes Documented by Police Disproportionately List Black People as Attackers: Report
"These commonly discussed perceptions that the perpetrators of anti-Asian hate are mainly Black or African American are not accurate," Marita Etcubañez said.
newsweek.com
Clay Travis: Comedians must be leaders in battle against cancel culture
Outkick Founder Clay Travis said on Wednesday that comedians need to be at the front lines of battling cancel culture.
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Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson sidelined after positive COVID-19 test
The Baltimore Ravens find themselves opening training camp without the engine of their offense as Lamar Jackson lands on the COVID-19 list.      
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These Cities Are Reviving Mask Mandates With New CDC Guidance, Delta Surge
CDC data shows that the weekly average number of daily cases has continued to increase over the past week. As of Monday, the U.S. was averaging at least 53,772 daily new COVID-19 cases.
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Robinhood CEO's credentials investigated by regulators
Regulators are investigating the fact that Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev is not licensed by FINRA. CNN's Matt Egan reports.
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CDC's new mask guidelines, Simone Biles discusses putting mental health first: 5 Things podcast
On today's 5 Things podcast, we make sense of the CDC's new mask guidelines. Plus, hear how Simone Biles is focusing on her mental health.       
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California Wildfire Map, Update As Blazes Scorch Over 500 Square Miles
At least 79 large wildfires are currently active across 12 states and have burned more than 1.5 million acres of land.
newsweek.com
Soda Served in Bucket at KFC Dubbed the 'Most American' Thing Ever
Along with the original recipe, hot wings and popcorn chicken, now your drink comes in a bucket at KFC as well.
newsweek.com
The Porsche dynasty is taking on Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in space
Porsche SE, the family holding company that controls Volkswagen Group, is the latest big investor to bet on space's crucial role in developing future technologies.
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Chuck Amato 'got my chance to say goodbye' to Florida State legend Bobby Bowden
Former longtime FSU assistant Chuck Amato talked to legendary coach Bobby Bowden, who has terminal pancreatic cancer, for nearly an hour by phone.       
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Simone Biles retweets message of support from gymnastics coach
Simone Biles retweeted a lengthy message of support from a gymnastics coach on Wednesday as it was revealed the superstar U.S. gymnast would not compete in the individual all-around event at the Tokyo Olympics.
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NBA nears record with new Black coaching hires: 'The last few weeks have been really cool'
Of the eight open head coaching jobs after the regular season, seven Black coaches were hired. There will be 13 Black coaches to start the new season.       
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McCormick, Frank's RedHot Seasoning Products Recalled Following Possible Salmonella Contamination
The potential risk of salmonella contamination in the food seasoning items was highlighted by the FDA during routine testing.
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Kelly Clarkson to pay Brandon Blackstock $200K in monthly support
He's becoming a full-time rancher in Montana.
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We tried the new Keurig K-Supreme Plus Smart brewer and it's the highlight of our morning
Unfortunately, my dream of the perfect autopilot coffee experience has always been missing something — that is, until I tried the new Keurig K-Supreme Plus Smart Brewer. I can confidently say it requires nothing more than picking a pod from a box to get a delicious, quick cup of joe.
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Lucy Liu details clash with Bill Murray on 'Charlie's Angels' set: 'I don't regret it'
Lucy Liu opened up about the encounter during an episode of the "Asian Enough" podcast, saying it allowed her to "stand up" for herself.       
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A Court In Ecuador Has Stripped Julian Assange Of His Citizenship
Assange spent seven years in Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault. He's currently in a London prison for a separate legal matter.
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Team USA ends backstroke gold medal streak after loss to Russian Olympic Committee
Team USA took another hit on Tuesday after the Russian Olympic Committee's (ROC) Evgeny Rylov defeated defending Olympic champ Ryan Murphy in the men’s 100 meter-backstroke.
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In Her Words: What Simone Biles Said After Her Withdrawal
Simone Biles' decision to exit the women's team final has prompted comments from around the world. Here's the transcript of what the gymnast said about her exit.
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Hearing cicadas again? It's not Brood X. What to know about the bigger, annual cicadas
A familiar buzzing sound may lead you to believe Brood X is back, but a new breed of annual cicadas are emerging.       
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The Dutch surfer turning the tide on plastic
This biologist-turned-surfer builds boards made out of plastic waste and uses them for expeditions that highlight global issues around plastic pollution.
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Zach Wilson a no-show for Jets training camp as contract battle lingers
The contract negotiations holdup is believed to be over offset language in Wilson’s contract.
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