Are standing desks really doing us any good? That question has divided workplaces since sitting started going out of fashion about five years ago. Our sedentary lifestyles were killing us, so standing, the thinking went, was the logical antidote. Sitting too long has been associated with diabetes, hypertension, some forms of cancer, anxiety and a generally greater probability of early death. However, a few years and hundreds of studies later, the naysayers began arguing that the benefits of standing had been exaggerated.
A 14-year-old killer whale in France has successfully imitated human speech, according to researchers who got her to squeak out convincing versions of words, including "hello," "Amy" and "bye, bye." The vocal feats put Wikie, an orca at the Marineland aquarium in the city of Antibes, in rare company. While birds such as parrots and mynas are known to be able to mimic human sounds, only a few mammals, including a zoo elephant in South Korea, have been documented doing so.
Susan Bro stepped onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards thinking of the final promise she had made to her daughter. She told the millions watching that her daughter died protesting racism and that she wanted others to be inspired by her courage. The audience cheered upon hearing Heather Heyer's name.
The mayor of Nashville apologized on Wednesday for having an affair with the head of her security detail, a police officer. Megan Barry, 54, a Democrat who was elected mayor of Tennessee's bustling capital in 2015, disclosed the affair to the media.
WASHINGTON - The long-simmering feud between President Donald Trump and the Justice Department erupted into open conflict Wednesday when the FBI publicly challenged the president's expected release of a contentious and classified memo related to the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
One person was killed when an Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers to an annual party conference in West Virginia collided Wednesday with a truck near Crozet, Virginia. The White House confirmed the fatality. One person was seriously injured. "The President has been fully briefed on the situation in Virginia and is receiving regular updates," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. "There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff."
LONDON, Ontario - American curling champion Tabitha Peterson has heard it all: Anyone can curl. My grandmother can curl. The Swiffer sport. Housekeeping comes to the Winter Games. "Everyone thinks they can go to the Olympics in curling because they think it's so easy," she says, shaking her ponytail. She's sitting in a nearly empty banquet room in a western Ontario ice arena, dressed in gym clothes, which would be curling attire.
Apple late Tuesday, Jan. 30, said government officials have questioned the tech giant about a software update that slowed down older iPhones, escalating a problem that has already damaged Apple's reputation with consumers. "We have received questions from some government agencies and we are responding to them," Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller said in a statement. Apple's statement does not reference any specific agency.
Cargill Inc. is backing an Irish startup that uses facial recognition software to help increase the productivity of dairy cows, the latest move by the largest closely held U.S. company to bolster its agricultural-technology efforts. Cargill has taken a minority stake in Cainthus, which harnesses machine-learning and imaging techniques to identify cows and glean information on everything from their behavior to appetite, David Hunt, president and co-founder of Cainthus, said in a telephone interview Wednesday. Details of the investment weren't disclosed.
Last year, the Australian government announced the results of a competition to pick the names of six new ferries that would enter into use in Sydney. Five of the names picked were of prominent Australians, including doctors and indigenous leaders, but when it came to naming the final ferry, things went another direction - and the boat ended up with the name "Ferry McFerryface." Justifying the decision, New South Wales Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance admitted that it was an odd choice but said it was what the people had wanted.