Scientists Create Next-Generation Plastic That Can Be Recycled Over And Over Again

Plastics are turning up in all the wrong places, from the deepest depths of the ocean to the “pristine” air of the Pyrenees Mountains to even the food we fork into our mouths. It is undeniably a global issue – the world is in need of something more sustainable. Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory believe they have made such a state-of-the-art plastic capable of being recycled over and over again with no loss to quality. “Most plastics were never made to be recycled,” said lead author Peter Christensen, a postdoctoral researcher at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry, in a statement. “But we have discovered a new way to assemble plastics that takes recycling into consideration from a molecular perspective.” …

The Obsessive, Tumultuous Lives of SpaceX Rocket Chasers

A few hours before dawn in January 2015, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket departed from a launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a mission to the International Space Station. It was the company’s fifth cargo resupply mission and the first time it attempted to land a booster on an autonomous drone ship. Rocket launches always inspire awe, but for Ryan Chylinski, this one was life changing. A part-time photographer, Chylinski had signed up for NASA Social, a program that grants media credentials to unaffiliated writers and photographers. It was his first time photographing a launch up close. “It was addictive,” Chylinski says. “I just kept thinking about it.” He returned to his IT job and spent …

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ director promises design changes after fan backlash

Sonic games, in the past few years, have been universally acknowledged as not good. They’re notorious for ridiculously confusing plotlines, poorly-rendered, buggy cutscenes, and dialogue so corny it would make an after-school special shudder. It’s a wonder how the legacy of a little blue dude who runs speedily has managed to stay intact this long.  But sometimes you gotta dig in to the cringe to pull out anything of quality. Like a chaos emerald in the rough, a project emerged that would breathe some much-needed life into a franchise dying from lack of self-awareness.   Penny Parker, a voice actress and video producer, is known for her gaming YouTube channel SnapCube, dedicated to Let’s Plays and general uplifting gaming content. …

Jeff Bezos Unveils Blue Origin’s Prototype of a Lunar Lander

When Robert Heinlein wrote his masterpiece of space age realism, The Man Who Sold the Moon, he had no way of knowing how prescient it would be. Published in 1950, it tells the tale of Delos D. Harriman, the “last of the robber barons,” who is hell-bent on being the first man on the moon. Harriman drives himself to the brink of bankruptcy and madness chasing his lunar ambitions, which he feels can’t be left to the bumbling government bureaucracy to handle. At the dawn of the new space race, it feels more relevant than ever. These days, billionaires with their own space programs are in abundant supply—Elon Musk, Paul Allen, Richard Branson, Robert Bigelow. But towering above them all …

School District Backpedals On Jelly Sandwich-Only Policy For Students With Lunch Debt

backpedaled on a decision to only serve sunflower seed butter and jelly sandwiches to students with unpaid bills. furious comments on social media — after announcing Monday that the cold sandwiches would be provided as the only lunch option to children whose school lunch accounts were in arrears. The backlash, however, was swift and furious. “Just give the kids lunch,” another wrote. “We already lost a janitor, science teacher, don’t have air conditioning, we can’t spring for a chicken patty for a hungry kid? What if this is their only meal of the day?” According to the  “We have sent out letters and certified letters to every family,” Warwick School Committee chairwoman Karen Bachus Bachus said the policy was not …

‘Avengers: Endgame’ is the most tweeted-about movie ever

We ship it!Image: marvel After 11 years, 22 films, and several strides toward more diversity on screen, the Marvel Cinematic Universe still feels decades behind on queer representation. But that hasn’t stopped Marvel’s actors, comic writers, and fans from doing the lord’s work of queering the MCU anyway. To the surprise of no one, it turns out that queer stories and relationships make for some of the best superhero narratives. Let Okoye find true love! Image: hbo “People tend to find common ground between queerness and superhero narratives because oftentimes when you’re marginalized you are hoping for a better world where you are accepted and where you are seen,” said Roxane Gay, seminal writer of Bad Feminist and the recent …

Climate Change Deniers Are Not Putting Their Money Where Their Mouths Are

Whenever an article on the science of climate change gets any prominence, and often when it doesn’t, the comments section is flooded with people denying climate change is happening or that humans are involved. However, few, if any, of those people believe what they are saying enough to be willing to bet money on it – even though if they’re right they could easily get very rich. Every now and then climate scientists do make bets (some doing remarkably well) with those seeking to discredit their work as to average global temperatures over the next few years. Most prominent opponents of climate action dodge offers of these bets – like the member of a prominent climate skeptic think tank who refused two $20,000 bets …

Joe Biden Has to Do More Than Name-Drop Obama to Win Black Voters

Former Vice President Joe Bidens initial pitch to Democratic voters was systematic voter suppression. Folks, its just absolutely wrong. By highlighting the importance of expanding voter access, as well as his long relationship with President Barack Obamain his speech, Biden referred to Obama as my buddy and my friend multiple times before joking that I shouldnt be so casualBiden pitched himself as a candidate with a broader coalition of supporters beyond the white working class. But the former vice presidents history as an architect of the modern criminal justice system has activists and academics concerned that Biden hasnt sufficiently addressed the legacy of mass incarceration in marginalized communities. Biden, who served in the U.S. Senate for three decades, was a …

Venezuelas Mess Could Benefit Trump in 2020

Theres a theory that supporting calls for an uprising in solidarity with opposition leader Juan Guaids bid to foment an internal rebellion. No president since 1960 has been elected without Florida (except for Bill Clinton in 1992). Given that, its not hard to see how the turmoil in Venezuela could very well impact the 2020 presidential election. According to a 2018 University of Miami study, Donald Trump won Florida by fewer than 113,000 votes in 2016, you begin to see how this issue could prove vital for Trumps reelection possibilities. The path back to the White House for the president runs through Florida, Brad Harold, who managed Ron DeSantis gubernatorial campaign, told me over the phone this week. And [President …

Compulsory vaccination ‘not being ruled out’

And in England, the proportion of children receiving both doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) jab by their fifth birthday has fallen over the last four years to 87.2%. This is below the 95% said by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be the level necessary to protect a population from a disease. The UK was declared free of the highly contagious measles disease for the first time by the WHO in 2017. But in 2018, it experienced small outbreaks, and in March this year there was a sharp increase of cases across Greater Manchester. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC investigated in 2018 why there’s been a measles outbreak in Europe ‘The science …

British bluebells ‘have genetic advantage’

“The greater fertility of the native British bluebell coupled with the huge numbers of individuals that exist in the wild means that it’s got considerable resilience against any threat from these introduced plants,” said Prof Pete Hollingsworth, director of science at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). The British bluebell is one of the nation’s best-loved plants, with 50% of the world’s population found in the UK. What is a bluebell? The native bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, also goes by the name common bluebell, wood bell, fairy flower and wild hyacinth. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Spanish (left) and British bluebells (right) Spanish bluebells have broad leaves, pale blue conical-bell flowers, with spreading and open tips, and flowers are found …

North Carolinas Youngest State Senator Wants Asian Americans ‘To Write Our Own Narrative

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, HuffPost’s #UpNext Series will highlight Asian Americans who are on the rise in public service. This is part one. Not every elected official jokes about disappointing their parents “because I ended up becoming a lawyer” or shares what they’ve learned from “Asian uncles,” but North Carolina state Sen. Mujtaba Mohammed does. “Every Asian uncle talks about how they came with, like, $20 in their wallet,” the Democratic lawmaker told HuffPost, referring to how children of immigrants often grow up hearing their parents and family friends recount the hardships of adapting to the U.S. “My dad has that same stereotypical story that most Asian parents always tell their kids.” At 33, Mohammed is North Carolina’s youngest …

Hey, quick question: What color is this !@#$ shoe?

Welcome, friends, to the depths of spring! The time of year where our fancies turn us away from all the work we have to do and towards a question of utmost importance: WHAT COLOR IS THIS BLEEPING SHOE? Before I show you the shoe — it’s imperative I remind you that it joins a proud tradition of family/friendship destroyers that include The Dress, The Jacket, and, most recently, the monstrosity that was Laurel and Yanny.  So be forewarned: it might totally ruin your day. And also your latest relationship. And your sense of right and wrong. And now: Is this shoe pink and white or grey and green? Image via Twitter. Of course, the internet (or at least several thousand …

WTF Is Red Light Therapy & Should You Try It? Betches

It’s no secret by now that I’m a fan of high-tech beauty hacks. So when I was offered the chance to write about red light therapy, I dove in—despite having absolutely no idea what it was. 48 hours later, I’m semi-seriously considering taking out a loan to buy a Joovv Elite and converting a wall of my (tiny) apartment into a red light therapy studio. (Don’t worry, I’ll explain what a Joovv is, my uninitiated friends.) But first, a rundown of WTF red light therapy actually is, how it works, and What Is Red Light Therapy? Red light therapy is, in the end, very much what it sounds like: a form of therapy for your body using red light. To …