NASA's InSight spacecraft successfully lands on Mars and sends back a picture of itself

NASA's Insight rover has sent back a 'selfie' of itself after successfully landing on the surface of Mars. The spacecraft took the snap of the Red planet using a camera fixed on its robotic arm. The rocky surface of Mars can be clearly seen with the Insight rover in the foreground.
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Facebook's Physical War Room Is Already Empty, But It Says 'War Room Tactics' Will Continue

Facebook’s so-called “War Room,” the office it set up with some monitors and staff to supposedly fight propaganda and disinformation during elections or at least fight the perception it wasn’t doing that, has been shuttered—in that form, anyhow.Read more...
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President Trump Holds Rally for Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi

President Donald Trump stumped in Mississippi on Monday for a Republican Senate appointee who wants voters to focus on her unwavering support for him.
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Reports about gene-edited babies give birth to investigations in China and U.S.

Multiple investigations are being sought in the wake of reports that a Chinese laboratory facilitated the birth of twin girls whose genes had been edited to protect them against the HIV virus that causes AIDS. The first-of-its-kind experiment, which took advantage of the CRISPR gene-editing technique, came to light in reports published late Sunday by MIT Technology Review and The Associated Press. The researcher in charge of the project, He Jiankui of the Southern University of Science and Techn...
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NASA’s InSight lander touches down on Mars and sends gloriously gritty pictures

REDMOND, Wash. — NASA’s Mars InSight lander touched down on a heavenly Martian plain Monday, marking the first successful landing on the Red Planet in more than six years. “Touchdown confirmed! InSight is on the surface of Mars,” mission commentator Christine Szalai declared just before noon PT at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Minutes later, the lander sent back its first image, showing a wide expanse of flat terrain as seen through a dirt-flecked lens cover. The touchdown...
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NASA's InSight Lander Sends Back Stunning Image of the Martian Horizon

NASA’s InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) probe successfully completed its soft landing on Mars on Monday after a six-month, 300 million mile journey. And it’s already sending back photos of the desolate Red Planet from its landing site on the Elysium Planitia,…Read more...
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In open letter, scientists in China say baby gene editing 'crazy'

More than 100 scientists, most of them in China, have condemned as "crazy" and unethical a geneticist's claim that he altered the genes of twin girls born this month to create the first gene-edited babies. In an open letter circulating online, the scientists said the use of CRISPR-Cas9 technology to edit the genes of human embryos was risky, unjustified and harmed the reputation and development of the biomedical community in China. In videos posted online, scientist He Jiankui defended what he...
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Shit a brick: doctors swallow Lego to allay parents' fears

Researchers from Australia and UK swallow Lego heads in the ‘noble tradition of self-experimentation’A team of doctors who swallowed Lego and timed how long it took to pass through their bowels say the results of their research should reassure concerned parents.In a paper published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, six researchers from Australia and the UK swallowed the head of a Lego figure – roughly 10mm by 10mm – in the “noble tradition of self-experimentation”. Continue reading...
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Mueller Says Manafort Manalied His Way Out Of Plea Agreement

Paul Manafort may have lied his way out of a plea deal. On Thursday night, prosecutors working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller said that Manafort had breached his plea agreement by lying repeatedly to them while supposedly “cooperating” with the investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 election.Read more...
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This Might Be the Perfect, Belated Holiday Present to Gift to That Child You Don't Like

Even before it became possessed by the spirit of a deranged serial killer, the Good Guy doll from Child’s Play was already unsettling. But that hasn’t stopped Orion Pictures from trying to capitalize on the franchise’s success in anticipation of the studio’s upcoming Child’s Play reboot...with an actual Chucky doll.…Read more...
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A Part of Detroit Was Destroyed in the 1980s So GM Could Build a Plant It Might Close Now

When General Motors announced today that it planned to cut up to 14,000 jobs and might close five U.S. plants, the scope of the restructuring plan caught practically everyone by surprise. It also reopened a particularly sore wound in Detroit, which actually helped destroy parts of the city in the 1980s to make way for…Read more...
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6 whales refloated after stranding on New Zealand beach

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Conservation workers and volunteers in New Zealand have managed to refloat six surviving stranded whales and are hoping they’ll soon swim away into deeper water. Ten pygmy killer whales were found stranded Sunday at Ninety Mile Beach on the North Island. Two whales later died there. On Monday evening, crews […]
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What next for France's 'yellow vest' protests?

France's angry "yellow vest" movement made headlines over the weekend when violent protests engulfed the Champs-Elysees, with tear gas and smoke from burning barricades. What are these protests about? The movement sprang up spontaneously last month against hikes in car fuel taxes, with supporters donning the luminous safety vests carried in all French vehicles.
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S.African MPs seek end of captive lion trophy hunting

South African lawmakers will seek to end the breeding of lions for trophy hunting and the trade in their bones, setting parliament on a collision course with a powerful industry. South Africa has as many as 8,000 lions in captivity being bred for hunting, the bone trade, tourism and academic research, according to estimates by wildlife groups. Trophy hunting is a $36-million industry, but parliamentarians have been emboldened by high-profile global campaigns to push for its demise.
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'Taking Nothing for Granted.' Why Republicans Are Watching Mississippi's Run-Off

Ahead of Tuesday’s run-off between Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and former Rep. Mike Espy, GOP officials were keeping a close eye on the state.
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Into the Dark's Pooka Is the Latest Sign of the Apocalypse

For reasons that cannot be explained, many things that are, in theory, meant to be entertaining to children (like Furbies or that damn Elf on the Shelf) are actually fucking terrifying when you step back and really look at them for what they are.Read more...
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Nasa Mission: InSight successfully lands on Mars

The probe has already taken its first picture from the surface of the red planet.
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NASA's InSight lander touches down on Mars after daring maneuver

NASA's InSight spacecraft landed on Mars Monday afternoon, finishing one journey -- through space -- and now launching on another: to go deeper into Mars. It was celebratory with every new information we received," NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said on a NASA livestream.
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Bank Says Keep the Money After ATM Mistakenly Spits Out $100 Bills

There’s no such thing as easy money—unless you’re one of the lucky few who happened upon an incorrectly loaded ATM on the side of an interstate near Houston, Texas on Sunday night.Read more...
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Google Wants a Refund for Its $5,000 Donation to That Senator Who Sure Seems Super Racist

Tech giant Google is on the long list of firms caught donating to a Mississippi senator who has praised the Confederacy, expressed excitement at the prospect of attending a public hanging, and has been called a white supremacist. It seems the company has now, at its own sluggish pace, gone to the trouble of asking if…Read more...
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Supreme Court Appears to Lean Heavily Against Apple's Defense of Its Walled Garden

On Monday, Apple finally had its highly anticipated hearing before the United States Supreme Court. Since 2011, the tech giant has been fighting antitrust litigation that claims its App Store policies amount to an unfair monopoly. Those who were present at today’s hearing say the case’s outcome isn’t looking great for…Read more...
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Trump dismisses climate change study by his own government: 'I don't believe it'

Donald Trump has dismissed a damning climate change study produced by his own government, simply telling reporters, "I don't believe it." The U.S. president rejected the findings of the report, which was produced by over 300 prominent climate scientists and 13 federal agencies and departments. SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert doesn't think much of Trump's 'natural instinct for science' The Congress-commissioned report, of which Trump told reporters, "I've read some of it,"...
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China orders inquiry into 'world's first gene-edited babies'

As experts cast doubt on supposed breakthrough, China’s National Health Commission orders an ‘immediate investigation’Beijing has ordered an investigation into claims by a Chinese scientist to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies, a move that would be a ground-breaking medical first but which has generated a barrage of criticism.A video posted on YouTube by university professor He Jiankui said the twin girls, born a few weeks ago, had had their DNA altered to prevent them fro...
Tags: Health, Science, China, Society, World news, Genetics, Beijing, Asia Pacific, National Health Commission, He Jiankui

FDA says some romaine lettuce can be eaten again, including recent harvests from Imperial Valley

It’s OK to eat some romaine lettuce again, U.S. health officials said. Just check the label. The Food and Drug Administration narrowed its blanket warning from last week, when it said people shouldn’t eat any type of romaine because of an E. coli outbreak. The agency said Monday that romaine recently harvested in Arizona, Florida, Mexico and California’s Imperial Valley is OK to eat. It says romaine from those places wasn’t yet shipping when the illnesses began. It says the tainted romaine appea...
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NASA's InSight lands on Mars to peer into planet's deep interior

Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Los Angeles burst into cheers, applause and hugs as they received signals confirming InSight's arrival on Martian soil - a vast, barren plain near the planet's equator - shortly before 3 p.m. EST. Minutes later, JPL controllers received a fuzzy "selfie" photograph of the probe's new surroundings on the Red Planet, showing the edge of one lander leg beside a rock. Watch parties for NASA's live television coverage of the event were held at mu...
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Deadspin Seriously, How The Fuck Did Anyone Let Chuck Liddell Fight On Saturday Night?

Deadspin  | Jezebel ‘You Can’t Have This Conversation Without Having a Conversation About Economics’: A Chat With a Pregnant Sex Worker | The A.V. Club FEC declares Kid Rock couldn’t have run for senate as “Kid Rock,” thus clearing him of…
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This Cyber Monday KitchenAid Deal Came Just In Time For Holiday Baking

We’re entering peak KitchenAid season, and if you don’t already have one on your counter, grab this Artisan (in a lovely shade of “Blue Willow” for an all-time low $200, complete with a pouring shield. In addition to beating eggs and mixing doughs, you can use this with a whole array of KitchenAid accessories to make…Read more...
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Horrific Scene as 145 Stranded Whales Die on New Zealand Beach

At least 145 pilot whales are dead following a mass stranding at a remote beach in southern New Zealand. The two pods of pilot whales beached themselves over the weekend, their carcasses now littering the picturesque beach.Read more...
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A Look Inside Hellboy's Latest Historical Adventure in Hellboy and the BPRD: 1956

While Hellboy himself drifts off into, well, hell, the comics universe of Mike Mignola’s iconic creation has been kept alive by frequent dips back into Hellboy’s days as an agent of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. We’re getting you ready for a dip back in time with a look inside the first issue of the…Read more...
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No, Scientists Didn’t Just Suggest We ‘Dim the Sun’ to Stop Climate Change

Reports last week of a new paper from researchers at Yale and Harvard proposing “sun-dimming” to mitigate climate change sure sounded alarming. Trouble is, those reports misconstrued the cited research, which made no suggestion that we actually engage in so-called solar geoengineering.Read more...
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