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 …

Serial thrillers: the science behind our box set addiction

Hour after hour, were glued to the TV as the latest series unfolds. It feels like a thoroughly modern phenomenon. But, as Will Storr reveals, what keeps us gripped goes right to the heart of what it is to be human Not long ago, I was bingeing on the second series of Jill Soloways award-winning television series The Domesticated Brain, has left us with brains that are exquisitely engineered to interact with other brains. Wed become brilliantly expert at controlling an environment of other human minds. And thats who we are today. If dogs live principally in a world of smell, and moles in a world of touch, then the human realm is that of other minds. In order to …

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 …

George Clooney made a hilarious PSA about anti-science dumb-#$%^;*

Hello, friend! Are you ready for your weekly reminder that the world is going up in flames? Well, I’m sorry to be the one to break the news to you (again), but aren’t you glad that at least you’re hearing it from someone who already considers you a pal/confidante? The UN has reported that we are in the middle of the fastest extinction cycle this big ol’ rock we call home has ever seen. Animals are disappearing at alarming rate, in fact, there are hundreds upon hundreds of animals that we won’t ever get to see again. “You mean like from the dinosaur era?” you ask. No, like from 1500 on. Things are grim. But there’s something that might make …

‘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 …

How a viral image of breasts exposes science’s obsession with the male body | Jill Filipovic

An image of female anatomy has highlighted the far-reaching effects of treating the male of the species as the default It has taken a viral Artist formerly known as Byeonce (@lemonadead) I just realized I never saw a photo of a female muscle system. This is NOT what I imagined milk ducts to look like. April 21, 2019 Just think about the images of skeletal, nervous and muscular systems youve seen before. Without skin (and a face) its not immediately obvious that youre looking at a man. And yet its also clear that the default is a man. Even without milk ducts, the scientific images of human bodies that we typically see have male builds and musculature. Troublingly, we dont …

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 …

Why did last nights Game of Thrones look so bad? Here comes the science!

Last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones” was a wild ride and inarguably one of an epic show’s more epic moments — if you could see it through the dark and the blotchy video. It turns out even one of the most expensive and meticulously produced shows in history can fall prey to the scourge of low quality streaming and bad TV settings. The good news is this episode is going to look amazing on Blu-ray or potentially in future, better streams and downloads. The bad news is that millions of people already had to see it in a way its creators surely lament. You deserve to know why this was the case. I’ll be simplifying a bit here because …

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 …