(CNN)In a few hours, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is due to be back on Earth.
Kelly has completed a nearly yearlong mission on the International Space Station, the longest any U.S. astronaut has been in space. He’s set to come home on Tuesday, riding back to Earth on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He’s scheduled to land in the Kazakhstan desert at 10:27 Wednesday morning (11:27 p.m. ET Tuesday).
The prolific social media user posted a photo of the sunrise on Tuesday — the last one he’ll watch from space.
Spending 340 days in space could affect a person’s vision and bones, but Kelly said last week that physically, he feels pretty good. “I could go for another 100 days or 100 years,” the astronaut said during his last briefing with reporters from orbit.
But the long stay has also been lonely. “The hardest part is being isolated from people on the ground who are important to you,” he said.
The space veteran said he has witnessed some of the most amazing scenes of Earth during his mission, like spotting the northern lights, passing over the Bahamas and watching huge storms like Hurricane Patricia.
He’s also gained perspective on Earth’s climate while he’s been orbiting the planet. “I feel more like an environmentalist since I’ve been up here,” he said. “There are parts of the Earth that are covered with pollution all the time. I saw weather that was unexpected. Storms bigger than we’ve seen in the past. This is a human effect. This is not a natural phenomenon.”
In a previous interview with CNN, Kelly said Earth’s atmosphere “looks very, very fragile” from the space station. But there are opportunities to solve the Earth’s environmental problems, Kelly said Thursday. “If we can dream it, we can make it so,” he said.
Once Kelly lands, he will be flown to Houston’s Ellington Field and go through a battery of physical and scientific tests. Afterward, he’s looking forward to jumping into his pool, he said.
Kelly isn’t bringing back any souvenirs — this is his fourth mission in space, after all — but he’s looking forward to returning some personal items when he lands.
One of his biggest hopes for the Year in Space mission’s legacy is that it helps NASA on its quest to take astronauts farther away from Earth on longer space flights — a necessity for traveling to Mars in the future. “The space station here is a magical place, and an incredible science facility. I hope more people have the opportunity to do this in the future,” he said.
He told CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta last week that it feels like he’s spent his whole life on the station and that leaving it is going to be tough.
“I’ll probably never see it again,” Kelly told Gupta. “I’ve flown in space four times now, so it’s going to be hard in that respect, but I certainly look forward to going back to Earth. I’ve been up here for a really long time and sometimes, when I think about it, I feel like I’ve lived my whole life up here.”
Kelly also promised to keep a personal journal of his experience on the space station and said that he might share it with us.
“I plan to be completely honest about it,” he said before launch, but — “who knows, maybe there are some crazy thoughts I’ll have at the end that I wouldn’t want to share.”
Kelly also did experiments. Lots and lots of experiments. He and his one-year crewmate, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, conducted studies to help NASA better understand what happens to the human body in space: The eyes, brain, bones, muscles — they all change in a weightless environment.
NASA needs to know a lot more about these changes to the body before it can send people to Mars or on any other long spaceflights.
Kelly began his mission to the space station on March 27, 2015, riding a Russian rocket that launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
He’ll come home much the same way. When his mission ends, Kelly will have spent 340 consecutive days on the space station and a total of 520 days in space counting his time from previous trips. Both are records for U.S. astronauts, but not for Russia. Between 1987 and 1995, four cosmonauts spent a year or more in space.
Kornienko also will come back Tuesday and cosmonaut Sergey Volkov will be on the flight too — though he did not spend a year on the space station.
After Kelly lands, he’ll be flown to Houston. But his mission doesn’t end there. NASA will spend years analyzing the tests he conducted on board.Continue reading
Another day, another study that might be true but more likely will turn into another instance of media reporting incomplete scientific information as fact. But well take the bait, since this time it involves our precious time on Facebook.
According to an analysis by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, greater social media use among young people is linked to a greater risk of developing an eating disorder. But lets unpack that a bit.
The study participants filled out two questionnaires, one about their social media use, and one that assessed their eating disorder risk. The results from this study indicate a strong and consistent association between social media use and eating concerns in a nationally representative sample of young adults aged 19 to 32 years, says the abstract of the study, which sampled 1,765 U.S. adults in the aforementioned age range.
According to lead researcher Jamie E. Sidani, its common knowledge that exposure to media like fashion magazines and television can result in the development of eating disorders, and that social media combines many of the visual aspects of traditional media with the opportunity for social media users to interact and propagate stereotypes that can lead to eating and body image concerns.”
Participants who spent more time on social media, whether that was more visits per week or longer visits per session, had 2.2 times the risk of reporting eating and body image concerns. But its not as simple as Facebook causes anorexia.
Time spent looking at photos of other bodies could certainly trigger disordered eatingbutthose who have body image issues could also be drawn to a site where they could compare themselves to other bodies. Dr. Brian A. Primack, senior author of the study, said the analysis could not determine which came first, the disordered eating or the social media use.
Still, its not hard to see how looking at heavily edited photos of celebrities, fitspo stars, and that one friend of yours who is always on vacation and looks great in a bikini could make you at least more aware of how your body measures up. So, as a helpful reminder, the thigh gap is a total lie.
Modern day technology certainly gets a hard press, but whilst there are many negatives to smartphones and social media, there are also a lot of advantages to the devices that we take for granted.
For example, the body camera may feel like an unnecessary gadget for most. But for those in fields of work which require constant contact with people, especially people who are suspected of criminal offenses, they’re vital.
To provide proof of this, you need look no further than the case of Brunswick County Police Department and a woman by the name of Dawn H.W.
On April 27, Dawn was pulled over in Virginia by an officer of Brunswick County Police Department after she was caught doing 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.
Dawn, who was traveling back home to Greenville, South Carolina, believed that the officer who pulled her over was racially motivated and instantly took to Facebook Live to explain what had just happened to her.
Watch her explain every detail of the “traumatic incident” here…
Dawn claims to have “been threatened” by the police officer in her emotional explanation of the incident.
“We shouldn’t be afraid to drive,” Dawn says through tears whilst addressing “all African-Americans and people of color.”
“I just want to show you what area that I’m in. This is the area I’m in, in the middle of this kind of stuff,” Dawn then continues to say, turning her camera around to show the green fields to the side of the Interstate in Virginia. “This is where I am, so it’s not like I am not afraid because this is where we got lynched.”
“I was literally afraid that he was going to pull me out, impound my car and I’d be Sandra Bland,” Dawn continues, referencing the 2015 death of 28-year-old Sandra Bland who died in a Texas prison three days after being pulled over for a traffic violation.
“Now, do any of my white friends ever feel like that when they get pulled over? Are they afraid that they’re never going to come home to see anybody else?” Dawn continues. “Why do only African-Americans and people of color know what I am going through right now?”
Dawn’s video instantly went viral, which left Bushwick County Police Department with no option but to review their officer’s bodycam to inspect if Dawn’s “traumatic experience” was as she described it.
Here is what they found when they reviewed the footage. Clearly, something doesn’t add up…
As you can see, Dawn’s story is very different to what truly happened that day.
Thankfully the bodycam footage was able to prove exactly what happened and leave everyone in no doubt that the police officer was simply just doing his job.
Speaking of the incident, Brunswick County Sheriff Brian Roberts said: “I don’t know what she has been through and I don’t know her life history, what I worry about is this kind of thing will inflame situations where you see cops in other states have been executed while they were just eating lunch.”
It is certainly a compelling case, although it would appear that most people are unanimously in favor of the officer.
Whose side do you take? Watch both videos to ensure you have the full story on the incident.Continue reading
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The principal of a high school in northern Taiwan has resigned following widespread criticism over an event staged by students that featured Nazi-themed costumes and swastika banners.
Taiwan’s official Central News Agency reported this week that Cheng Hsiao-ming, principal of Kuang Fu High School in the city of Hsinchu, apologized for the incident as he announced his resignation.
The event on Friday drew public attention after images were posted on social media of the students hoisting swastika banners in a parade behind a tank fashioned from cardboard.
Israel’s representative office in Taipei condemned the event, calling it “deplorable and shocking.”
The school’s administrators could not immediately be reached by phone for comment Tuesday.
Speaking for the company, which is accused of stealing code from Id Software, Zuckerberg said: Its common that people claim they own some part of the deal
Facebooks chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, appeared in court to testify on behalf of the social media giants virtual reality company Oculus Rift on Tuesday, as it was accused of stealing trade secrets from Id Software, maker of the Doom and Quake games.
Im here because I believe theyre false, Zuckerberg said of the charges, and its important to testify to that. He characterized the plaintiffs as opportunists: Its pretty common when you announce a big deal that people just come out of the woodwork and claim they own some part of the deal.
Were disappointed that another company is using wasteful litigation to attempt to take credit for technology that it did not have the vision, expertise or patience to build, an Oculus spokesperson told the Guardian. Representatives from Zenimax media, owner of Id and chief plaintiff, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Zenimax alleges that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey and Id co-founder John Carmack now chief technical officer at Oculus tweaked the software that operates the Oculus while Carmack was still under contract at Id and then destroyed evidence of the collaboration. Luckey is also accused of using Zenimax games to promote the Rift during its Kickstarter campaign without permission. Oculus was acquired by Facebook in 2014 at a cost of $2bn.
Attorneys grilled Zuckerberg about whether or not his company had done the necessary due diligence before the sale. The court heard that Amin Zoufonoun, Facebooks head of corporate development, warned Zuckerberg that Oculus Rifts team had told Facebook things that were simply not true.
Demos of the headset impressed enough reporters and tech executives that Oculuss 2012 Kickstarter campaign raised $2.4m, after which Zenimax demanded compensation from Oculus, including an equity stake. The subsequent discussions ended in stalemate: Oculus refusing to give Zenimax equity without payment, Zenimax refusing to pay cash. Several Zenimax employees left the company for Oculus, including Carmack.
Carmacks gifts are central to the suit: in one exhibit, the company has included a tweet from the venerable developer reading, When you are in a hurry, and you know you wrote the exact needed code (well!) at a previous job, reimplementation grates.
Carmack was associated with the Rift from the headsets earliest days; during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2013, the company held private briefings for press and other interested parties in a suite at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, where Luckey demonstrated what was not much more than a Galaxy Note 2 duct-taped to a plastic headset with what he called some hacky driver fixes in [Microsoft rendering software] DirectX at the time. Zuckerberg said in court that there was no shared code [from Carmacks contract work with Zenimax] in what we do.
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With $40,000 and the first points for the 2016 Hearthstone Championship Tour up for grabs, players came to Sweden from countries all over the world, including the U.S., Korea, China, the U.K., and Australia.
Frederik “Hoej” Nielsen of Na`Vi posted a perfect 9-0 match score across the initial Swiss rounds before beating World Championship finalist Hakjun “Kranich” Baek 3-0 in the round of 16. With 31 game wins and just one loss, Nielsen looks practically unstoppable. He will face double major winner Jon “Orange” Westberg in the quarterfinals tomorrow.
The sole non-European player in the top eight is another World Championship finalist, Ryan “Purple” Murphy-Root. The GamersOrigin ace had a disappointing performance in the World Championship, where he was considered a favorite by some. He will clash with SK Gaming‘s Esteban “AKAWonder” Serrano in the quarterfinals tomorrow.
DreamHack Valencia champion James “Greensheep” Luo also fought his way to the top eight where he will face unknown German “Borss.” Ersee and Torlk will meet in the final quarterfinal, with the winner going on to a semifinal against either Nielsen or Westberg.
The winner will take home the lion’s share of $40,000, and 30 Championship Tour points.
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President Donald Trump lit into former FBI Director James Comey on Monday, saying he drafted his exoneration of Hillary Clinton based on political polls that showed her winning the 2016 election, in the latest swap of allegations between the two.
"Comey drafted the Crooked Hillary exoneration long before he talked to her,” Trump said in a posting on Twitter Monday, “then based his decisions on her poll numbers.” Trump also accused Comey of lying to Congress, and along with others in the FBI having “committed many crimes!”
The president’s outburst followed the highly anticipated broadcast of Comey’s first television interview to promote his book Sunday in which he called Trump “morally unfit” for office and said he couldn’t rule out the possibility that the Russian government has incriminating information about Trump.
“I think it’s possible. I don’t know,” Comey said in an interview with ABC News’s Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, when asked whether Trump has been “compromised” by the Russians. “These are more words I never thought I’d utter about a president of the United States, but it’s possible.”
Comey said that he had concluded during the presidential campaign that Trump was dishonest. Americans should be united, he said, in the idea that “our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. The most important being truth.”
“This president is not able to do that. He is morally unfit to be president.”
The comments were made in Comey’s first interview since writing his book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” which is scheduled for release Tuesday. Excerpts have already been widely reported, prompting President Donald Trump and his conservative allies to launch a furious attack on Comey.
“Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!” Trump said on Twitter early Sunday.
Speaking on Fox Business Network early Monday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said "the fix was in" against Trump and questioned why Comey waited two months after the election to conduct the briefing if he was so concerned about Russian influence on the campaign.
"This man’s trying to sell books not save the country," Conway said. "You’re not under oath when you give TV interviews" or write books.
Trump fired Comey in May, leading to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election is reviewing whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey, and through other actions.
Comey said the FBI opened its counterintelligence investigation into potential Russian election interference in July 2016, triggered by discussions that George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign adviser, had in London. The FBI was also interested in Carter Page, another adviser. Comey said an unverified dossier assembled by former British spy Christopher Steele had no impact on triggering the investigation.
Of Trump’s practice of not criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin, Comey said, “I don’t know what’s behind that.”
Portions of the roughly five-hour interview were aired Sunday night in a one-hour special on ABC.
Comey described a meeting with Trump where the president asked him to “let it go” when it came to the FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. He told ABC that he maybe should have said something to Trump at the time to indicate the request was inappropriate.
He said Trump’s request “possibly” amounted to obstruction of justice.
“I mean, it’s certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice. It would depend, and I’m just a witness in this case, not the investigator or prosecutor. It would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent,” Comey said.
Comey, who ran the Federal Bureau of Investigation for almost four years, portrays the president in his book as a liar, dumb and rude, and he compares elements of Trump’s behavior to that of a Mafia boss.
Encounters with the president, Comey wrote, gave him “flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the mob. The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth.”
Comey also said that he doesn’t know if some salacious accusations in the controversial dossier on Trump are true. He said Trump repeatedly asked about its unverified allegation that Russians had video footage of a 2013 encounter with prostitutes in Moscow.
The thought of having dinner alone with Trump at the White House made Comey “deeply uncomfortable,” he wrote, because he feared that the president wanted to compromise the FBI’s integrity and independence and was waging “an effort to establish a patronage relationship” with him.
Comey also said in the ABC interview that he knew from the start that the Hillary Clinton email investigation was “a no-win situation" given the country’s polarization.
“One half of the partisan divide is going to be angry at us no matter what we do,” he said. He recalled telling his deputy director, “Nobody gets out alive.”
“If you know you’re totally screwed and you know that people are going to be angry at you no matter what you do, you can’t do anything about it," he said. “And you let the facts and the law decide what you should do.”
Comey said that in his view, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch “could not credibly announce" the result of the inquiry.
“I actually thought, as bad as this’ll be for me personally, this is my obligation, to protect the F.B.I. and the Justice Department,” he said. For Lynch to do it “would do corrosive damage to the institutions of justice.”
But Comey expressed regret over how he phrased his remarks about Clinton’s email practices when he announced the case was being closed. At the time, he said she was “extremely careless” in her handling of her email, which sounded close to the “grossly negligent” standard for criminal charges.
"I should’ve worked harder to find a way to convey that it’s more than just the ordinary mistake, but it’s not criminal behavior, and find different words to describe that," Comey said.
In the ABC interview, Comey said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein acted “dishonorably” by writing a memo that the president relied upon in part to justify the decision to fire him.
Comey said he regarded Rosenstein as part of Trump’s Mafia family and that he couldn’t trust the deputy attorney general. That was a driving reason he decided to leak a memo that triggered the appointment of Mueller as special counsel.
“The deputy attorney general, in my view, had acted dishonorably by putting out this pretext about why I was fired. So I thought, ‘Well he’s ‘amica nostra.’ Right? He’s part of the family now. I can’t trust him.’ And so what can I do? I can do something now,” he said.
Even before Comey’s ABC interview, the Republican National Committee started an effort to discredit the former FBI director on social media, in digital advertising and through a website, lyincomey.com.
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, said on Fox News Channel on Sunday that Comey was “out for revenge” against Trump.
But House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday that Comey was a man of integrity “as far as I know.”
“I don’t know the guy,” he added.
Asked whether Comey is someone he would describe as a “slime ball” — a term Trump has used twice in tweets — Ryan said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “I don’t speak like that. I don’t use words like that.”Continue reading
The host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee criticized Donald Trumps performance and the reaction from his party and the media
Samantha Bee has criticized Donald Trumps performance in the final debate, referring to him as a dick-waving Berlusconi knock-off.
In this weeks episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, the host discussed the Republican candidates poor performance last week, claiming that his policy positions were decided by dumping out Risk on to the floor and reading the pieces like tea leaves.
She also discussed the inaccurate way in which he spoke about abortion after he claimed that they could be conducted one day before the due date. Removing a baby from a womans womb in the ninth month isnt an abortion, its a birth, she said.
She went on to praise Hillary Clintons defense of women who deserve the right to take control over their own bodies.
Men, if you dont get why its important to have a woman as a major party nominee, check your social media feed, she said. Actually, log in as your wife. Youll see that all week, women have been sharing deeply personal stories of pregnancies that went wrong.
Bee also brought up the party response to Trump refusing to confirm whether he would accept the results of the election. Looking at the results of a democratic election and saying fuck that has been official Republican policy for at least eight years now, she said.
She also placed the blame for the accusations of a rigged election on John McCain, illustrating his use of similar terms during his candidacy.
Spare us the handwringing, GOP, she said. If you leave loaded guns lying around the house, its only a matter of time before a four-year-old picks one up and pulls the trigger.
She also found time to criticize the media for praising Trumps less flustered portion of the debate. Our media is so punch-drunk from the 16-month Hindenburg explosion of Trumps candidacy, they no longer notice how awful he is unless he hulks out on stage or grabs the foundational principles of our republic by the pussy, she said.Continue reading
Channel 4 is facing criticism for dressing a white woman as a Pakistani Muslim for a new documentary.
My Week as a Muslim sees her integrated into a Manchester family after May’s terrorist attack in the city.
Katie Freeman, an NHS healthcare assistant with professed anti-Muslim views, is made-over with prosthetics, brown skin and a hijab.
Fozia Khan, the show’s producer, said it was designed to show what it’s like to be a Muslim in Britain.
“The programme allowed Katie to meaningfully walk in the shoes of someone from a different background,” she said.
According to Khan, it enabled Freeman “to experience what it is like to be part of the British Pakistani Muslim community rather than observe it as an outsider.”
My Week as a Muslim has yet to be broadcast, but a trailer was released this week.
Freeman spent the week with the family of British-Pakistani Saima Alvi, a teacher and mother of five.
It shows the Manchester family dealing with everyday life immediately after the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena, in which 22 people were killed.
Social media users have criticised it for using ‘brownface’ and have asked why the documentary couldn’t show a Muslim family without involving a white woman.
The Muslim Council of Britain told the BBC that they would “not have advised” the use of ‘brownface’ and said it was not surprising it had “caused deep offence amongst some communities”.
Yet the organisation did appreciate the show’s broader aims “to better understand the reality of Islamophobia which has become socially accepted across broader society.”Continue reading