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 …

We Face A Crisis Bigger Than Climate Change, But We’re Not Talking About It

The last year has seen a slew of terrifying warnings about the threat climate change poses to life. Far less talked about but just as dangerous, if not more so, is the rapid decline of the natural world. The felling of forests, the over-exploitation of seas and soils, and the pollution of air and water are together driving the living world to the brink, according to a huge three-year, The study from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform On Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), expected to run to over 8,000 pages, is being compiled by more than 500 experts in 50 countries. It is the greatest attempt yet to assess the state of life on Earth and will show how Getty Images …

When a poet can’t answer standardized test questions about her own poems, kids are screwed.

This poet’s struggle with test questions analyzing her work verifies what many of us have long suspected. For the record, I enjoy literary analysis. In fact, I loved studying literature and poetry in school so much that I became an English teacher myself. However, there are elements of such studies that have never sat well with me. Most of us learned to dissect poems and pick apart novels to find hidden meanings, process metaphors, and search for an author’s intent and purpose in their work. And at some point, most of us have probably questioned whether or not those authors would agree with our overwrought assessments. Even I—someone who enjoys such analyses and have taught kids to do them—have wondered …

Shrimp in London are pumped full of cocaine. It’s even worse than it sounds.

Listen, the world is dark and full of unexpected environmental terrors. Climate change is real, coral is being destroyed at a rate so alarming that I now care about coral, and if it weren’t for these polyamorous birds living their best lives, I sometimes feel like I might lose it in the middle of the supermarket. And don’t even get me started on the people out there who think that the world is flat and that the earth isn’t getting dangerously warmer because the eastern states “sure do get a lot of snow.” Now we’ve got to bring shrimp snorting (read: being polluted with)  cocaine into the equation of why our planet is on a really messed up trajectory towards …

Should school nurses be able to send unvaccinated kids home? Many parents say ‘yes.’

In Philadelphia, PA, nurses used to have the right to keep an unvaccinated child out of school — until now. Lincoln High School nurse Peg Devine explained to the Philadelphia Inquirer that, in her experience, exclusion — preventing a child from attending school until they are up to date on required vaccinations — “proved powerful.” In her 26 years on the job she kept only 15 students out of school and none of them ended up missing more than two days before proving immunization. However, now her right to intervene has been taken away by the school district, which she finds especially concerning due to the local outbreak of mumps (so far, over 100 Temple University students have contracted the …

Mind the green gap: access to nature shouldn’t be a luxury | Arwa Mahdawi

Arwa Mahdawi: Living in New York means getting used to seeing the citys population of mutant squirrels. No wonder I need to escape One of my favourite things to do in New York is to go on long nature walks around the city. Sometimes I see a baby rat frolicking among the trash cans; sometimes I see a pigeon; sometimes I see soot-black squirrels, which have a genetic condition called melanism. Inbreeding has also caused a group of brownish-orange squirrels to proliferate. For squirrels, cinnamon is now the new black, the New York Times in 2001. OK, thats enough squirrel facts. My point here is that while Manhattan is full of natural delights, they are of a limited variety. I …

Netflix Amps Up Its Sound, an Asteroid Task Force, and More News

Netflix releases some subtle but significant sound improvements, a science squad gets ready to take on aggro-asteroids, and there's a big sale to nerd out over. Here's the news you need to know in two minutes or less. Your Netflix binges are about to sound better Netflix already employs machine learning to recognize the strength of your internet connection and adjust the video quality accordingly. But now the streaming giant says they will apply that to audio too, starting today. Get ready for your binges to sound a whole lot better. The plan to save us from killer asteroids So we all know the dinosaurs were wiped out by a devastating meteor that rudely hurled onto the planet, but does …

White House Rolls Back Regulations Meant To Avoid The Next Deepwater Horizon

Trump administration said Thursday it would roll back several major regulations meant to safeguard offshore drilling rigs, ending a bevy of safety measures put in place after the 2010 The Interior Department announced the newly revised Well Control Rule as part of President Donald Trump’s effort to expand offshore drilling and U.S. “ “Today’s final rule puts safety first, both public and environmental safety, in a common sense way,” newly confirmed Interior Secretary David Bernhard said in a statement Thursday. “Incorporating the best available science, best practices and technological innovations of the past decade, the rule eliminates unnecessary regulatory burdens while maintaining safety and environmental protection offshore.” Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist who faced a tough confirmation battle over his …

Mom Slams Anti-Vaxxers After Her 5-Month-Old Baby Gets Measles During Outbreak

The first time you can get the MMR vaccine is at 12-15 months old. Children under that age and people who are unable to get vaccines for medical reasons (eg they are allergic to the vaccine or have a weakened immune system) rely on herd immunity to not get sick. If enough people are vaccinated against a contagious disease (in the case of measles, 95 percent of the population) they create protection for the unvaccinated. This 6-second gif gives a pretty good explanation of how herd immunity works. theotheredmund via Reddit Protection of the young and the vulnerable relies on others who can get vaccinated doing so. Unfortunately, as several mothers have found out over the last few months, the levels of vaccinations …

Five tricks of the senses

Why using a white spoon can be preferable to a black one when eating yoghurt Tongues can smell Researchers in Philadelphia revealed last week that have an effect on how we determine flavour, suggesting that the brain makes judgments on food even before it goes in our mouths. Yoghurt, for example, tastes sweeter on a white spoon than it does on a black spoon. Music on the menu Various experiments show a crossover in human perception between smell and sound. University of Oxford researchers found consistencies when participants were asked to pair certain smells to musical instruments and pitches: a piano smelled fruity, while brass had a musky odour. This phenomenon is thought to be caused by an area of …

WATCH: Brilliant Flash of Light at Moment of Conception Proves Life Begins When Sperm Fertilizes Egg

ShareTweetPinterest While abortion advocates have long defended their ‘pro-choice’ stance by arguing that nobody knows the defining moment when life begins, a vivid scientific discovery is proving otherwise — in bright, living color. In 2016, researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago were able to capture the miraculous moment that a sperm fertilizes an egg at the microscopic level. Their discovery was nothing short of a breathtaking display of our Creator’s hand at work. The video they released reveals what appears to be a fluorescent display of fireworks taking place at the moment of conception. The ‘flash of light’ is created when zinc is released and binds to tiny molecules that “emit a fluorescence,” only viewable by microscopes. While the zinc spark …