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Melania Trump Is 'Well Aware' of the Criticism Over Her Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 18:00

'I am well aware that people are skeptical of me discussing the topic,' said the First Lady

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Biology Explains Why Your Teen Seems 'Crazy'

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:57

Biology Explains Why Your Teen Seems 'Crazy'

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San Francisco Becomes the Largest U.S. City to Ban Fur Sales

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:38

It joins West Hollywood and Berkeley as the latest city to stop the sale of fur

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Delta Mistakenly Flies Puppy Bound for Boise to Detroit, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City Instead

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:34

The routing error is the latest in a string of mishaps with pets and planes

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Last call for the Humanity Star satellite!

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 15:02

Humanity Star, we hardly knew ye. When Rocket Lab revealed in January that it sent a disco-ball satellite called “the Humanity Star” into orbit, as one of the payloads aboard its low-cost Electron rocket, the company said it could stay up shining in the night sky for nine months or so. But now Satview’s projection of the roughly 3-foot-wide, 20-pound satellite’s orbital decay indicates it will descend to a fiery doom on Thursday. Jonathan McDowell, a satellite watcher who works at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told The Atlantic that Rocket Lab may not have taken full account of how… Read More

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How to Test if a Kid Will Believe Conspiracy Theories

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:55

When your son comes home from school mumbling about lizard people and your daughter swears the moon landing was a con, you may be raising a conspiracy theorists. And, yes, that sounds crazy. But it’s shockingly common. Think, for just a moment, about the dumb things that kids are willing to believe. Anyone who buys... View Article The post How to Test if a Kid Will Believe Conspiracy Theories appeared first on Fatherly.

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An Elementary School Teacher Left a 4-Year-Old Alone So She Could Buy Marijuana, Police Say

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:43

She was arrested and charged with child neglect and marijuana possession

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Scientists Are Studying Rotting Animal Carcasses to Understand Why Complete Dinosaur Fossils Are So Rare

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:36

Paleontologists rarely find a complete skeleton from a prehistoric beast. New research from the University of Leicester and the University College Cork published in the journal Paleontology will help paleontologists understand the environmental factors that affected dinosaur carcasses before they left the fossils that scientists see and study today. Since you can’t watch a dead nonbird dinosaur decompose anymore, the researchers observed the next best thing—modern animal carcasses.

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Hawking's remains to be buried at abbey near Newton, Darwin

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:16

Stephen Hawking's ashes will be buried near the graves of fellow British scientists Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin at Westminster Abbey, it was announced Tuesday. The remains of the legendary physicist and icon, who died last week, will be laid in the church during a thanksgiving service later this year, the abbey said. Hawking died aged 76 on March 14 after a cosmic career in which his mental genius transcended his physical disability.

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Children more likely than before to draw scientists as women, study shows

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:08

Children are more likely than decades ago to draw scientists as women, study finds.

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Police Officer Who Shot and Killed Justine Damond Charged With Murder

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:05

Officer Mohamed Noor turned himself in Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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How the Man Who Brought the Cherry Blossoms to Washington Narrowly Avoided a Diplomatic Crisis

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:00

The story behind the trees is far more fraught and dramatic than bright blooms on a sunny day. And they came close to not arriving at all

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Mark Zuckerberg Asked to Testify as Cambridge Analytica Suspends CEO

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:44

The firm is accused of using info from millions of Facebook accounts to help Donald Trump

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McConnell Says Trump Should Allow Mueller to Finish Russia Probe

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:28

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Special Counsel Robert Mueller and said he “should be allowed to finish his job”

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How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Plane, According to Science

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:36

The secret is picking the right seat

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Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica Controversy Could Be Big Trouble for the Social Network. Here’s What to Know

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:34

50 million Facebook users had their data harvested without their consent

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This Is What the Spring Equinox Looks Like From Space

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:11

The moment before the first day of spring was captured from space and shared by the National Weather Service.

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Ivanka Trump's Latest Photo Op Became a Meme Because Of Course It Did

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:46

All Ivanka Trump had to do was tour an education facility for the viral Ivanka Trump scientist meme to be born.

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People Won't Let Avengers: Infinity War Outshine These Other Crossovers

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:20

Can these existing crossovers possibly be outdone?

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Scientists think they know where that bizarre ‘alien probe’ asteroid was born

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:01

Late last year scientists spotted a totally unexpected visitor speeding its way through our Solar System. A long, cigar-shaped object had flown through our little celestial neighborhood at a breakneck pace and flung itself around the sun before heading back out into deep space. Eventually determined to be an asteroid, the object was named Oumuamua which means "scout," and some in the scientific community wondered if it might actually be an alien probe surveying our Solar System in search of life.

The alien theory was eventually brushed off after researchers listening to the object found it was dead silent, but many questions about its origins still remained. Now, after a few months of crunching the data, scientists believe they may have an idea of where the asteroid was born, and it's a whole lot different than what we're used to.

In a paper published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, researchers led by Dr Alan Jackson of the Centre for Planetary Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough suggest that Oumuamua is the product of a binary star system. Unlike our local star system, a binary star system features a pair of stars which orbit around a central point, constantly pulling on each other as they rotate.

The actual origin of Oumuamua is still totally unknown, but the team believes a binary star system is responsible for its creation due to simulations that demonstrate how effective that type of star system is at ejecting rocks at high speeds.

"It's remarkable that we've now seen for the first time a physical object from outside our Solar System," Jackson says. "It's really odd that the first object we would see from outside our system would be an asteroid, because a comet would be a lot easier to spot and the Solar System ejects many more comets than asteroids."

There was plenty of early speculation as to what type of body Oumuamua actually is, especially in the hours and days immediately following its detection. It was declared to be an asteroid, then a comet, and then an asteroid once again, but scientists seem to now have settled on it being a rocky body. Because of that, and because binary star systems would produce lots and lots of asteroids of varying shapes, chances are it was born in the grip of two stars, or at least that's the best guess thus far.

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