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NASA just gave $44 million to 6 private companies — including Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin — to develop 'tipping point' space technologies

NASA is doling out a total of $44 million in awards among six private companies, including Jeff Bezos' secretive rocket company, Blue Origin.<p>The new contracts are part of the agency's third "Tipping Point" competition and an ongoing push to commercialize space. The goal of the awards is to help …

Jeff Bezos

Containers of Hurricane Donations Found Rotting in Puerto Rico Parking Lot

SAN JUAN, P.R. — At least 10 trailers full of food, water and baby supplies donated for victims of Hurricane Maria were left to rot at a state elections office in Puerto Rico, where they broke open and became infested by rats.<p>Radio Isla, a local radio station, posted a video Friday showing cases of …

Puerto Rico

Scientists Present New Theory Explaining Why We're the Only Humans on Earth

"So, we thought, why not turn to the most glaring fact of all?"<p>It’s easy to forget that we’re a single species within the genus <i>Homo</i> because everyone …

Population

Two Earth-like exoplanets now even better spots to look for life

Kepler 186f ignited the imaginations of space nerds everywhere four years ago when NASA announced it as the first potentially habitable, Earth-size planet confirmed beyond our solar system. A new study indicates the exoplanet 500 light-years away may also have seasons and a climate similar to our …

Dog 'saves' officer with CPR

A police dog in Madrid named Poncho "performed" CPR on an officer during a mock demonstration.

Demonstration

Science Has Good News for Dads Who Ditch Stereotypes

'Fathers continue to navigate changing social expectations.'<p>While the workload between heterosexual parents is not spread evenly, polling shows that …

Atheists Are Sometimes More Religious Than Christians

A new study shows how poorly we understand the beliefs of people who identify as atheist, agnostic, or nothing in particular.<p>Americans are deeply religious people—and atheists are no exception. Western Europeans are deeply secular people—and Christians are no exception.<p>These twin statements are …

Religion

How to protect your router and Wi-Fi from Russian hackers

A few weeks ago, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued an alert about state-supported Russian hackers carrying out attacks against a large number of home routers in the U.S. These hackers are organized, motivated and well-funded.<p>They’re not a bunch of misanthropic …

Wi-Fi

Why teachers are walking out of the classroom

Teachers in Oklahoma are planning to walk out of the classroom next week to demand a salary increase, part of a wave of teacher activism across the …

The Great Lie of Conservatism

The philosophical foundation of conservatism is a template for exploitation, argues Drew Magary, and it's time to stop treating it as half our country's guiding principles.<p>They’re all dead now. All the unofficial fathers of modern conservatism: William F. Buckley, Russell Kirk, Milton Friedman, …

Google’s Project Fi is the best cellphone plan you’re not using

Google has a solution for everyone who is tired of seeing astronomical cell phone bills at the end of each month. Launched in 2015, Project Fi is an …

The next revolution in dental care is about to begin

New high-tech treatments may be able to repair cavities without fillings and even regrow entire teeth.<p>From fluoride toothpaste to dental sealants, science has brought all sorts of tools for fighting tooth decay — and yet 91% of Americans between 20 and 64 years of age are affected by dental …

Dental Care

It's Possible For a Person to Have Two Different Sets of DNA - Here's How It Happens

Human chimeras are more common than you might expect.<p>In Greek mythology, a chimera was a fire-breathing creature with physical traits of a lion, …

Is the Electoral College Doomed?

There’s a campaign to kill off the antique institution, and it’s further along than you think.<p><b>The Electoral College is under fresh</b> <b>assault on</b> the heels of Donald Trump’s victory last November—the second time in five presidential races the popularly elected candidate lost the election—but it’s not …

Government

The bionic lens could push eyesight beyond 20/20 vision

Beyond Perfect Eyesight<p>In just a few short years, we’ll be able to improve our eyesight to levels we’ve only dreamed of. At first, it’ll be …

I’ve had social anxiety disorder – and know you don’t have to live with it | Kamran Ahmed

Research showing popular kids become more socially anxious adults may illuminate the condition’s origins. But what sufferers actually need is help<p>• Kamran Ahmed is a psychiatrist and film-maker<p>A fascinating study from the University of Virginia has shed new light on the much-ignored problem of …

Mental Health

Why the Democratic Socialists of America is experiencing a boom | Douglas Williams

Bernie Sanders revived a political current that seemed dead in the US. But working-class Americans’ isolation from mainstream politics helped, too<p>For the Democratic Socialists of America, there has been a silver lining in this dark year dominated by Trump. Thanks to a post-election membership boom, …

Middle-class

The Charlottesville protests are white fragility in action

Here’s why white men are acting like the victims in Charlottesville.<p>A lot of white men are marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend, chanting slogans like “white lives matter” and “you will not replace us.” The rally suggests that white men are the real victims of the American political …

China and India may be on a path to war

In mid-June, a remote area called the Dolam plateau in the Himalayas where the boundaries of China, India and Bhutan meet made headlines when Indian and Chinese troops began a standoff over a road construction project. China conducted a live-fire exercise in the area, and there have been false …

India

Democrats seek to unify under a new economic agenda

<b>(CNN) —</b> Democrats will soon unveil an economic agenda that leaders hope will bring progressives and moderate Democrats who voted for President Donald Trump together, creating a united front ahead of next year's midterm elections.<p>The plan is a three-pronged approach that focuses on improving wages, …

If There Was No Collusion, It Wasn’t for Lack of Trying

Donald Trump Jr. made clear he was willing to receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer in a June 2016 meeting.<p>Since his presidential campaign was first alleged by critics to have colluded with the Russian government to undermine Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has been …

Donald Trump

Elon Musk wants to link computers to our brains to prevent an existential threat to humanity

Elon Musk is a busy guy.<p>He's developing electric vehicles, self-driving cars, tunnel-boring infrastructure technology, and re-usable rockets (with the goal of getting humans to Mars).<p>Given Musk's ambitiousness, it's not totally surprising that he is also launching a company that will look into ways …

Singularity

N.J. favorites to succeed Christie head for November showdown

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey's Republican lieutenant governor and a former investment banker running as a Democrat will head to a November face-off to succeed two-term Republican Governor Chris Christie, primary election results showed on Tuesday.<p>The front-runner in the Democratic primary, …

Donald Trump is exploiting the fatal flaw of the two-party system

Republicans are stuck with Trump. If he goes down, they go down with him.<p>Last week, I wrote a piece that asked, “Will Republicans impeach Trump?” The short answer: unlikely.<p>In this piece, I want to explore how much this “unlikely” conclusion flows from the zero-sum logic of our two-party system. …

Ray Kurzweil's Most Exciting Predictions About the Future of Humanity

The Futurist<p><i>Motherboard</i> has called Ray Kurzweil “a prophet of both techno-doom and techno-salvation.” With a little wiggle room given to the …

North Carolina's General Assembly Districts Are Unconstitutional Gerrymanders, Too

The Supreme Court struck down the 2011 state legislative maps, but also blocked a court order to hold special elections.<p>North Carolina Republicans haven’t had much luck in the U.S. Supreme Court recently. Just a few weeks after the nation’s highest court denied them a chance to appeal a lower …

Judiciary

Total solar eclipse: Things to know

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Monday, the sun will disappear -- for a short time -- across America.<p>For a brief moment, day will turn to night. Animals big and small will go into their nighttime routines. Stars and planets will be visible, and streetlights will turn on in the middle of the day.<p>Here are some of the …

Dems, Tell Hillary to Go Back to the Woods

Before puts more miles on her comeback tour, Democrats should let her know she’s done enough damage and it’s time to pack it in. That won’t stop her, …

From Living Inside Asteroids to Solar Arks, a Scientist Designs the Space Colonies of the Future

The next several decades are likely to be revolutionary in humanity’s relationship with space. Instead of just the select few astronauts, a much …

Meet the man who may end gerrymandering: A retired Wisconsin law professor’s Supreme Court case could save democracy

<b>(Shutterstock/Wikimedia/Salon)</b><p>Bill Whitford and his friends met in a Madison tea room to talk politics. Now his case could shape history<p>David Daley<p>March 26, 2017 1:00pm (UTC)<p>Gerrymandering, the process of drawing distorted legislative districts to undermine democracy, is as old as our republic …