Finally — some good news. NASA has found what pretty much appears to be a backup solar system a mere 40 light-years away. And not a moment too soon.
Scientists discovered seven Earth-sized exoplanets circling a dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, and everyone on Earth is ready to sign up for a one-way ticket to the new system. (Using current technology, it would be nearly impossible for humans to get to the planetary system, however. #Thanks2017.)
Everyone also immediately made the scientific achievement about the 45th president. With seven new worlds suddenly available, the possibilities seemed endless. Earthlings could send Trump to the new system. He could mess up these exoplanets before destroying Earth. Or we could all flee to these new worlds and leave Trump behind. Read more...More about Nasa, Science, Space, Twitter, and Donald Trump
Peter Thiel is a man who enjoys both the having of cake and the putting of that cake into the largest hole in his face.
He's written that "A free press is vital for public debate," yet financed a lawsuit that bankrupted Gawker Media. He's buddy-buddy with "America First" President Donald Trump, but if his friend winds up ruining the United States, Thiel's got citizenship in New Zealand. And now, thanks to a report by The Intercept, it sounds like Thiel has worked to sharpen government surveillance while his company (and he) has claimed a fondness for privacy.Data, Surveillance, Donald Trump, New Zealand, and The Intercept
It's been a busy few weeks since President Donald Trump was inaugurated but that hasn't kept one of our favorite feuds, between Trump and Pope Francis, from rolling on.
Admittedly, it's been a one-sided affair since the two first traded barbs last February over Trump's plans to build a wall. "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," the pope said at the time. Trump called the pope "disgraceful" in response.
In recent times, the pope has continued to deliver shade at Trump's immigration policy in his tweets. Trump, so far, has not bitten back. Read more...More about Feud, Pope Francis, Donald Trump, Social Media, and Politics