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NASA Just Proved It Can Navigate Space Using Pulsars. Where to Now?

Half a century ago, astronomers observed their first pulsar: a dead, distant, ludicrously dense star that emitted pulses of radiation with remarkable regularity. So consistent was the object's signal that astronomers jokingly nicknamed it LGM-1, short for "little green men." It wasn't long before scientists detected more signals like LGM-1. That decreased the odds that these pulses of radiation were the work of intelligent extraterrestrials. But the identification of other pulsars presented another possibility: Perhaps objects like LGM-1 could be used to navigate future missions to deep space. With the…

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Pastor Receives Standing Ovation After Admitting to Sexual Assault of High School Student

ShareTweet Since the surfacing of sexual assault scandals by big names like Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer, the #MeToo movement has empowered many women to speak out about their own stories. In fact, seeing Lauer’s termination on the cover of USA Today is what made Jules Woodson decide to come forward about a “sexual incident” that occurred with Memphis megachurch pastor Andy Savage 20 years ago. Ironically enough, Savage took to Twitter the day of Lauer’s dismissal writing, “So saddened to hear of another high-profile person in the midst of sexual misconduct…

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North, South Korea to march together under one flag at Winter Olympics

Seoul (CNN)North and South Korean athletes will march together at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony under a unified flag, the South said Wednesday, in a diplomatic breakthrough following days of talks between the two countries. North Korea will also send around 230 supporters to cheer on its athletes. A smaller delegation of North Korean athletes and supporters will attend the Paralympics, the ministry said. The Korean Unification Flag features a blue silhouette of the peninsula and outlying islands. The two countries have marched under the flag before, in rare shows…

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Edward Snowdens new app turns any Android phone into a surveillance system

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden is among the backers of a new surveillance app that helps guard against computer hijackings. Haven is an open source app that will run on any Android phone, particularly inexpensive and older devices. It operates like a surveillance system, using the device’s camera, audio recording capability and even accelerometer to detect movement and notify a user. The idea is that, even with the best encryption in the world, a device is vulnerability to physical, in-person tampering — also known as “evil maid” because literally a hotel maid…

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First Known Video Footage of Rare Snow White Giraffe Captured in Kenya

Photograph by Hirola Conservation Programme Rangers from the Hirola Conservation Programme were left stunned after the discovery of an extremely rare, snow white (leucistic) giraffe and her calf. Leucism is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in multiple types of pigment, not just melanin. [source] Rumours had circulated of a white giraffe and her baby in…

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Health service ‘haemorrhaging’ nurses

We can reveal: More than 10% of the nursing workforce have left NHS employment in each of the past three years The number of leavers would be enough to staff more than 20 average-sized hospital trusts More than half of those who walked away in the last year were under the age of 40 Leavers outnumbered joiners by 3,000 last year, the biggest gap over the five-year period examined by the BBC Brexit may have had an impact. Since the referendum the NHS has gone from EU joiners outnumbering leavers…

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This Teenager Just Won $250,000 For Her Beautifully Simple Way Of Explaining Relativity

Kids really are the best scientists. Their sense of unflappable curiosity hasn’t been eroded away by the expectations of being an adult in an increasingly rat race-like world. They often ask the most cutting-edge, pertinent questions – and, as demonstrated by a young wunderkind, they often tell the most memorable stories. An 18-year-old from the Philippines by the name of Hillary Diane Andales recently explained part of Einstein’s theories of relativity in a short video clip. For her efforts, she’s won the highly-coveted 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge; consequently bagging $400,000…

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European leaders, facing growing public unease, toughen up on immigration

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has built a border fence and asked the E.U. to pay for half of it.  (AP) “If you take masses of non-registered immigrants from the Middle East into your country, you are importing terrorism, crime, anti-Semitism, and homophobia,” he said in a follow up interview this week. Orban also made reference to the mass sexual assaults on New Years’ Eve 2015 in Cologne, Germany, as well as other problems attributed to the wave of migration from Africa and the Middle East. “[In Hungary] there are…

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Yelp reviewers found the perfect word to describe Trump hotels

Since The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump allegedly asked lawmakers, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” during a White House discussion on America’s immigration deal, the president has been getting dragged. Trump’s offensive words struck a chord with people from El Salvador, Haiti, and countries in Africa, along with many others, and unfortunately for him, some of those disappointed people have Yelp accounts. Now, angry Yelp users are flooding the comments of Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., with one-star reviews, labelling Trump’s establishment…

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The Astrophysicist Who Wants to Help Solve Baltimore’s Urban Blight

Vacant buildings have their own sort of gravitational pull. When a home gets boarded up on one block, you can almost bet another will follow nearby. Often, they pull whole neighborhoods into their orbit, driving down the local housing market in ever-expanding clusters. Which at least begins to explain why Baltimore has tapped Tamás Budavári, an astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins University, to study their patterns. Budavári has spent most of his career modeling the universe, studying galaxies and how they tend to cluster. He contributed research to the Sloan Digital…

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