Benjamin Mantz

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The Risky Business of Speaking for President Trump

It was getting late on a Wednesday, and by 2018 standards the evening’s news cycle felt almost serene. The only “breaking news” of the moment was about Dr. Harold Bornstein, Donald Trump’s doctor of 35 years, who had told NBC that the president’s bodyguard led a “raid” on his office and hauled away …

Donald Trump

Full text: Trump’s letter canceling North Korea summit

May 24, 2018<br>His Excellency<br>Kim Jong Un<br>Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea<br>Pyongyang<p>Dear Mr. Chairman:<p>We greatly appreciate your time, patience, and effort with respect to our recent negotiations and discussions relative to a summit long sought by both …

North Korea

Trump says U.S. military 'ready if necessary' after cancellation of North Korea summit

President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled the planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which was set to take place June 12 in Singapore, and said the American military is prepared to act if there's any fallout.<p>Trump said the military "is ready if necessary" to respond to any …

North Korea

Dem, GOP leaders get classified briefings on Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers huddled Thursday in classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on Donald …

Donald Trump

Trump's torch-it-all strategy

We might be numb to so many attacks on so many groups so often that it obscures how President Trump has torched virtually every institution that …

Donald Trump

Evolution’s Worst Mistake? How About External Testicles?

Of course there’s an explanation (sperm like to develop at lower temperatures). But really: What intelligent designer could have come up with …

Sinusitis

Hubble's Latest Batch of Space Porn Is Some of the Best We've Ever Seen

Space is mind-bogglingly vast, and it’s practically impossible for our puny brains to comprehend just how huge it really is. Using the Hubble Space …

Universe

Lasers Shooting From the Ant Nebula Reveal It's Hiding Something Huge

Astronomers have spotted an arthropod-shaped nebula shooting off strange lasers, which could only mean there’s more to this nebula’s story than we …

Universe

Congressman thinks the seas are rising because of rocks. He's wrong.

There are a lot of theories and counter-theories passed around by climate change deniers in government in an attempt to explain away the inconvenient …

Climate Change

Why Arrogant People Are Getting Everything You Want (and How to Fix It)

Their egotistical overconfidence offers three huge advantages that let them steal power.<p>Generally speaking, the advice goes that, if you're kind and respectful to others, your positive behavior will pay off and you'll find success. But as life already might have shown you, arrogant people are …

Self-improvement

Consumer DNA tests can’t tell you much, but they sure can get your relatives arrested

It's time to think about who has your data.<p>The suspected Golden State Killer’s apprehension last week caught a lot of people off guard. Prior to the big reveal that detectives were able to trace the alleged serial rapist and killer through his DNA, many hadn’t seriously considered the ramifications …

Genetics

The Known Unknown: Tales of the Yucca Man

<i>Ken Layne |</i> Desert Oracle <i>| Winter 2015 | 11 minutes (2,903 words)</i>The story you’ll hear most often goes like this: There’s a young Marine on guard …

California

Judge tosses Manafort civil suit challenging special counsel

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Washington on Friday threw out a civil lawsuit brought by President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman that sought to challenge the authority of the special counsel in the Russia investigation.<p>The decision was a blow to Paul Manafort's defense against …

Donald Trump

House Intelligence Committee Republicans release final Russia report

House Intelligence Committee Republicans on Friday released a redacted version of their final report from a year-long probe of Russia’s “multifaceted” influence operation, generally clearing President Trump and his associates of wrongdoing while accusing the intelligence community and the FBI of …

Donald Trump

North and South Korea Set Bold Goals: A Final Peace and No Nuclear Arms

SEOUL, South Korea — The leaders of North and South Korea agreed on Friday to work to remove all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula and, within the year, pursue talks with the United States to declare an official end to the Korean War, which ravaged the peninsula from 1950 to 1953.<p>At a …

North Korea

The European Space Agency’s new Mars orbiter just snapped its very first photo, and it’s gorgeous

The European Space Agency’s fancy new Mars orbiter only arrived at the Red Planet a few weeks ago, but it’s already delivering some really fantastic …

Mars Orbiter

Scientists discover 14 galaxies about to collide with each other

WASHINGTON – Astronomers have detected the early stages of a colossal cosmic collision, observing a pile-up of 14 galaxies 90 percent of the way …

Universe

NASA Mars Mission Faces Setback After Heat Shield Cracks Under Pressure

A critical part of NASA's next $2 billion rover mission to Mars broke during testing earlier this month.<p>The Mars 2020 mission's heat shield was undergoing stress-testing when it developed a crack that appeared around its entire circumference. The shield is designed to protect the rover as it enters …

Space Science

Absolute precision needed to construct Earth's largest telescopes

The Giant Magellan Telescope, currently being constructed in Chile, is expected to be operational by 2026. Currently, the project is in a critical …

Universe

NASA Sets Sights on May 5 Launch of InSight Mars Mission

NASA’s next mission to Mars, Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight), is scheduled to launch …

Mars Mission

NASA X-Plane

The first experimental jet built by NASA in more than a decade, the X-Plane aims to break the sound barrier without the loud thunderclap that has …

Supersonic Travel

Allison Mack, Smallville actress, charged over Nxivm sex trafficking

<b>Allison Mack, a US actress known for the TV show Smallville, has appeared in court on charges of aiding a sex trafficking operation disguised as a mentoring group.</b><p>Keith Raniere, the leader of the so-called self-help group, was arrested by the FBI in Mexico in March.<p>Ms Mack is accused of helping him …

Crime

'Extremely rare' shark seen for first time in a decade at fish market

A shark that hasn't been seen in more than a decade was found in an unusual location: an Indian fish market. Conservationists spotted the critically endangered Ganges river shark in photographs taken for a study that was recently published in the Journal of Fish Biology.<p>The February 2016 study, …

New species of 'exploding ants' discovered in Southeast Asia

Fifteen new species of “exploding ants” – including one entirely new to science – have been discovered in Southeast Asia, Gizmodo reported, citing the results of a survey published Thursday in the science journal ZooKeys.<p>These new species, dubbed “Colobopsis explodens” are capable of rupturing …

It's The Hubble Space Telescope's Birthday. Enjoy Amazing Images Of The Lagoon Nebula

This month marks the Hubble Space Telescope's 28th anniversary, and as a gift to us earthlings, NASA and the European Space Agency are celebrating with a batch of stunning photos of the Lagoon Nebula, in all of its swirling, explosive beauty.<p>The Hubble "has offered a new view of the universe and …

Universe

Nikki Haley Talks Trump, #MeToo, and Running for President

Ambassador Nikki Haley has the tricky job of being the diplomatic face of an administration whose foreign policy is often set in motion by a president who tweets his thoughts to the world before most of us have even had our morning coffee. Suffice it to say, any given day can be quite a wild …

Nikki Haley

Citizen Zuck: The making of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

<i>"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up." <br>-Pablo Picasso</i><br>(Listed on Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook profile under "Favorite Quotes")<p><b>There's a story</b> about Mark Zuckerberg visiting his hometown of Dobbs Ferry, New York: A few years ago<b>,</b> he and his wife, Priscilla …

Silicon Valley

Elon Musk is raising half a billion in cash for SpaceX — and there are 3 epic projects he may spend it on

Elon Musk's rocket company, SpaceX, is raising about $500 million in new funding.<p>The cash investment would be a boon to SpaceX, which is chasing three incredibly ambitious projects in the coming decade, including a global satellite-internet network, a spaceship to explore and colonize Mars, and the …

Elon Musk

There’s a huge hole on Mars and European Space Agency scientists can’t fully explain why it’s there

The European Space Agency has admitted it can’t fully explain why there’s a gigantic crater on Mars that’s almost 50 miles wide.<p>It has just released …

European Space Agency

Failed 'Utopias' Throughout History

An illustrated account of both evil and righteous attempts to create a "perfect" society. They were all fantastically unsuccessful.<p><b>This story appears in VICE magazine's Dystopia and Utopia Issue. Click HERE to subscribe.</b><p><i>(1625–1630)</i><p>The United States might be a very different place today if Thomas …

Red Sea