A Presidents Day Without a Real President

Monday is Presidents Day. It will be the second consecutive such holiday without an American president. Sure, Donald Trump sits in the Oval Office, when hes not golfing. He lives in the White House, at least in theory with his family. But he is not the president of the United States. When Trump addressed the nation in the wake of the Parkland massacre, my team and I looked at the…

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Meet Abigail Brady, The Trans Techie Who Has Already Won an Academy Award

The transgender talent, citing Oscar nominations for Strong Island director Yance Ford and the Chilean film A Fantastic Woman, which already won an Academy Award this awards season, as Academy press release notes. Indeed, if you have seen a movie this century, youve already benefited from Bradys work on an digital compositing application known as Nuke. Nuke is a piece of software nearly universally used for compositingbringing footage from different…

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Trump Still Hasnt Chosen A Science Adviser — After 390 Days In Office

This is longest that the science office  ― which is currently operating with a “skeleton staff” ― has gone without a director since at least 1976, when Congress codified the role. A former presidential science adviser called the lag “mind-boggling.” Trump has demonstrated a disdain for science that some say may be complicating his search. In a scorching New York Times op-ed published in January, physicists Neal Lane, a science…

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This dog went viral after holding a raw egg in her mouth

Can a golden retriever hold an egg in its mouth without cracking it? The topic has been discussed among dog owners on the internet for a while, and over the last several years, people have posted videos and photos to prove that the golden retriever’s “soft mouth” can protect an egg. But a viral video has made the egg experiment popular again. Haley Bowers, who goes by the name “elizabeth gillies fan account”…

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How Is Big Business Using the Trump Tax Cut? What We Know So Far

President Donald Trump’s corporate tax cuts are already having a big impact. The main takeaway at the halfway point of earnings season is that corporations are going to make more money — lots more — as their statutory tax rate gets axed to 21 percent from 35 percent. Corporate chiefs already are making plans for the windfall, with some detailing specific investments in infrastructure or technology along with their one-time…

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White House Plans To Withdraw ‘Conspiracy Theorist And Anti-Science Extremist Pick

struggled with basic sciencesent her nomination backre-nominated her early failed to gather momentum even as some of the administration’s other senior environmental policy picks had won approval, with some Senate Republicans raising questions about her expertise.” The White House confirmed the plans to HuffPost.  Democrats and environmentalists, who vehemently opposed her nomination, hailed victory late Saturday.  said in 2011 Fossil fuels dissolved the economic justification for slavery. Kathleen Hartnett-White She…

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‘Black Panther’ moviegoers are all shook by M’Baku, leader of the Jabari Tribe

Image:  Aurora Rose / Contributor / Getty images Excited for Black Panther? So are we. Which is why we’re rolling out obsessive coverage with Black Panther Week.  It takes something extra to stand out in a Black Panther cast filled with achingly beautiful humans. Whatever it is, Winston Duke has got it. The actor behind M’Baku, leader of the movie’s Jabari Tribe, steals just about every scene he appears in….

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Land Stripped From Utah National Monuments Opens To Mining Claims Friday

Trump signed a pair of proclamations to dismantle the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument and the 1.87 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in December. The move is the largest reduction of national monuments in history. “We’re working on getting information and new monument maps ready for people interested in claims,” Utah Bureau of Land Management spokesman Michael Richardson told Reuters. After a monthlong administrative review, Trump gutted the two Utah national monuments. The boundary…

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L’il astronauts can look forward to Christa McAuliffe’s legacy experiments

More than 30 years after the space shuttle Challenger disaster resulted in the death of seven astronauts, Christa McAuliffe, the high school teacher aboard the mission who was the first American civilian selected to go into space, will finally be able to reach millions of students with her lessons and experiments. NASA and the Challenger Center have teamed up to conduct several of McAuliffe’s lessons, which will be filmed aboard…

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14 Ways To Celebrate Valentines Day When Youre Single

Cezanne Ali / Unsplash It’s that time of year again. Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. I don’t know about you, but as much as V-Day is known as a romantic holiday, I think it’s time to make Valentine’s Day more inclusive. These are some ideas of how to turn it up on Valentine’s Day when you are single. Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you have to feel left out…

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Elon Musk Sends Electric Car Into Space Aboard World’s Most Powerful Rocket

The initial test launch of what is now the world’s most powerful operational rocket marks the latest milestone in billionaire Elon Musk’s quest to send humans to Mars and eventually colonize the red planet.  “This is a test mission,” Musk told The New York Times ahead of liftoff. “There is so much that can go wrong.” The payload on the inaugural test flight was, rather appropriately, a product of Musk’s other brainchild, Tesla. The electric…

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A body temperature expert explains why some people are always freezing.

You wear extra chunky sweaters. You’ve never met a mitten you didn’t like. You may even keep a lap blanket at work. You’re one of those people who is always cold. And you are not alone. Sick of people mocking me about wearing a coat inside, at the office. Yes, I wear a coat. Yes, I’m cold. Yes, I’m always cold. Yes, I know it’s hot outside but the air…

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The Latest Anti-Vaxxer Fad Is A New Low, Even For Them

The age of misinformation and ridiculous fads might have spat out its strangest love child yet: anti-vaxxers for dogs. Yup, misleading theories from the anti-vaccination movement has spread to pet owners (kind of like a nasty infectious disease). Vets are warning about the growing trend of people not vaccinating their dogs out of fears that they can cause all kinds of illnesses – including “pet autism,” according to reports in the Brooklyn Paper and Psychology Today. “We do…

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Veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan could be deported

(CNN)Miguel Perez Jr. discovered that two tours of duty in Afghanistan with the US Army and an accompanying case of PTSD are no shield from US immigration laws. The substance-abuse and mental-health counseling he desperately needs would not be readily available in Mexico, he said. He also predicts that drug cartels would recruit him because of his combat experience and murder him if he didn’t cooperate. So he started a…

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