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Blocked Twitter Users Sue President Trump Alleging First Amendment Violation

Trump Twitter

Twitter users who have been blocked on the service by President Trump are suing him, claiming that their First Amendment rights have been violated.

States Resist Giving Data To Trump’s ‘Voter Integrity’ Commission

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More than twenty states are resisting requests for data from a ‘voter integrity’ Commission built on President Trump’s lie that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Barring Social Media Use By Sex Offenders

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The Supreme Court rules that states cannot bar convicted felons from using social media sites.

President Trump Thinks The Media Hates His Twitter Habit. He Couldn’t Be More Wrong.

Trump Twitter

Donald Trump thinks the media doesn’t like his Twitter habit. In reality, they love it.

Twitter Users Blocked By @RealDonaldTrump Claim First Amendment Violation

Trump Twitter

If Donald Trump blocks you on Twitter does that constitute a First Amendment violation? Two Twitter users say yes, but their argument is very weak.

Supreme Court Accepts Fourth Amendment Case Involving Location Tracking Of Your Smartphone

Smartphones

Yesterday, the Supreme Court accepted a case that will determine whether the Fourth Amendment allows law enforcement to obtain location data without a search warrant.

Majority Of Americans Oppose Trump’s Decision To Back Out Of Paris Climate Accord

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Only 28% of Americans support President Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris Accord, but it’s not clear that this will harm him politically.

What does MIT Know?

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Via Boston Magazine:  MIT to Trump: Stop Citing Our Climate Research If You Don’t Understand It.

Withdrawal From The Paris Accords: Much Ado About Nothing?

Climate Change Word Cloud

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords was neither the big win his supporters claim nor the disaster his critics fear.

Trump Reportedly Ready To Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Accord

Climate Change Word Cloud

Reports indicate that President Trump is preparing to fulfill a campaign promise and withdraw the U.S. from the accord on climate change reached in Paris in 2015.

SpaceX Successfully Launches Payload Using Recycled Rocket

SpaceX Launch

Another SpaceX success.

NWS Revised Forecasts to Smaller Snowstorm But Didn’t Tell Public

Snow and ice cover early blooms on trees near the US Capitol in Washington, DC March 14, 2017
Winter Storm Stella dumped snow and sleet Tuesday across the northeastern United States where thousands of flights were canceled and schools closed, but appeared less severe than initially forecast. After daybreak the National Weather Service (NWS) revised down its predicted snow accumulation, saying that the storm had moved across the coast.
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The National Weather Service didn’t want to confuse the public by changing the forecast at the last minute.

Viewership For Live Televised Events Down Across The Board

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Fewer people are watching live television events such as the Super Bowl and Academy Awards.

SpaceX Wants To Send Civilians To Orbit The Moon, By The End Of 2018

Falcon Haavy

An ambitious plan to return men to the Moon in less than two years.

Supreme Court Considers Whether There Is A Right To Access Twitter And Facebook

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The Supreme Court will now consider a case regarding whether or not a state can bar a former felon from accessing social media sites.

Scientists Have Discovered An Entire System Of Earth-Like Exoplanets

Trappist-1 Exoplanets

A major announcement from NASA in the search for possible life outside the Solar System.

The Rise Of The Robots And The Decline Of The Middle Class

Robot Assembly Line

Technology continues to make more and more jobs unnecessary and irrelevant. And the consequences are going to be widespread.

More on Megaprojects

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Megaprojects are not a partisan thing. Megaprojects are large projects typically costing more than $1 billion and often tens of billions of dollars and impacting the lives of tens of thousands of people if not millions.

Global Temperatures Set Another Record In 2016

Climate Change Word Cloud

The reality of global climate change made itself evident again in 2016.

Eugene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies At 82

Gene Cernan

One of the few members of a small fraternity of heroes has passed away.

Norway Begins Getting Rid Of FM Radio

Radio Dial

Norway is switching from FM Radio to digital broadcasting. A similar transition in the United States seems unlikely for the time being.

New Ebola Vaccine Is 100% Effective

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

Big news in the war against a horrible virus.

Families Of Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims Sue Facebook, Twitter, And Google

Gavel And Scales Of Justice

Survivors and family members of the Pulse Nightclub attack have filed what amounts to a frivolous lawsuit.

John Glenn, First American To Orbit Earth, Dies At 95

John Glenn

Godspeed, John Glenn.

Buzz Aldrin Safely Evacuated From South Pole After Medical Emergency

Buzz Aldrin

Yesterday, Buzz Aldrin was evacuated during what was supposed to be a week-long visit to the South Pole due to unspecified medical issues: Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was evacuated from the South Pole on Thursday after falling ill during a visit with a tour group. The 86-year-old Aldrin arrived at a hospital in Christchurch, New […]

The Coal Industry Is Dying, And It Isn’t Coming Back

Coal Industry Facing Downturn With New EPA Rules And Alpha Natural Resources Bankruptcy

Canada is phasing out coal as a source of electricity production by 2030. The same thing will happen in the United States no matter how much politicians try to stop it.

Oops: Dell Offers $33 Laptops in Mexico

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Via the BBC:  Dell error hands Mexicans $33 laptop bargain Mexican officials have ordered Dell Computers to honour the sale of laptops that had been mistakenly advertised online for just 679 pesos (£27; $33). The computers normally sell for up to 50,000 pesos (£1,990; $2,500). But because of an apparent software malfunction, only the shipping […]

Google Account Hell

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I’m about to lose access to the primary email account I’ve had for more than a dozen years.

I Always Feel Like Someone is Watching me

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Via The Atlantic: All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You: A system called “WiKey” presented at a conference last year could tell what keys a user was pressing on a keyboard by monitoring minute finger movements. Once trained, WiKey could recognize a sentence as it was typed with 93.5 percent accuracy—all using nothing but […]

D.A. Henderson, Leader Of Effort To Eradicate Smallpox, Dies At 87

D.A. Henderson

A true, albeit largely anonymous, hero of humanity has passed away.

NASA’s Juno Probe Enters Orbit Of Jupiter

NASA Juno Probe

NASA’s latest probe has begun a two year mission to study the Solar System’s biggest planet.

Clinton Email Scandal and The ‘Powell Did it Too’ Defense

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Yes, Colin Powell used private email too. No, it’s not the same thing. No, it’s not because he was a Republican.

SpaceX Successfully Launches Cargo To ISS, Returns First Stage To Drone Ship At Sea

Space X Landing At Sea

Another historic launch and return by SpaceX.

Andrew Grove, Intel Chairman Who Helped Develop The Semiconductor Revolution, Dead At 79

Andrew Grove

One of the pioneers of the technology revolution of the past four decades has passed away.

Astronaut Scott Kelly Returns To Earth After A Year In Space

Scott Kelly ISS

American Astronaut Scott Kelly is back home after a year in orbit.

Federal Judge Denies Request To Force Apple To Extract Data From iPhones In Drug Case

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A Federal Judge in New York has denied an F.B.I. request to force Apple to extract data from iPhones involved in a Federal drug case.

Hottest January on Record

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Via the DMN:  Phil Plait: Last month was the hottest January on record — by a lot. January 2016 was the hottest January globally since records began in 1880. And it didn’t just edge out the previous record holder for January, it destroyed it.

JPL’s “Visions of the Future”

Quite cool:  click.

Edgar Mitchell, Sixth Man On The Moon, Dies At 85

Edgar Mitchell

Edgar Mitchell, the Commander of Apollo XIV and the sixth man to walk on the Moon, has died at the age of 85: Edgar D. Mitchell, who became the sixth man to walk on the moon as a member of NASA’s first lunar mission devoted exclusively to scientific research, died Thursday at a hospice in […]

The Challenger Disaster, Thirty Years Later

Challenger Launch

Thirty years ago this week, tragedy struck America’s Space Program.

Will Autonomous Vehicles Lead To A Ban On Human-Operated Cars And Trucks?

Google Self Driving Car

As autonomous vehicles near the point where they’ll become a presence on American roads, are we approaching a day when it will largely be illegal for people to drive their own car?

SpaceX Pulls Off Historic Launch And Return Of Rocket After Delivering Satellites Into Orbit

SpaceX Launch And Landing

Last night, SpaceX successfully launched a rocket to the edge of space, deployed cargo, and returned to Earth. A huge and potentially revolutionary accomplishment.

Paris Climate Change Agreement Mostly Hype, With A Lot Of Hope

Climate Change Word Cloud

Representatives from 195 nations reached an agreement supposedly devoted to addressing global climate change, but it’s really more hype than anything else.

Federal Judge Rules N.S.A. Mass Data Collection Unconstitutional

National Security Agency

A Federal Judge has ruled that the N.S.A. metadata collection program is unconstitutional, but it’s unclear if the ruling will have much of an impact.

Carson and Mannatech

Republican Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson at National Press Club

Semantics aside, Carson has a clear relationship with a company whose products are nothing but junk science.

Nurse Kaci Hickcox Sues Chris Christie For Civil Liberties Violations During Ebola Quarantine

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The nurse who was detained by New Jersey officials in a quarantine despite not displaying any symptoms of Ebola is suing Chris Christie and others for civil liberties violations.

NASA Reports Finding Signs Of Liquid Water On Mars

Mars Curiosity

NASA had a potentially significant announcement today.

Ebola Vaccine Proves To Be Very Effective

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

A vaccine to fight Ebola is showing very promising success: In a development that could change the way the deadly Ebola disease is fought, researchers have announced promising results of a new vaccine’s trial in Guinea, one of several countries affected by a historic outbreak in West Africa. “The estimated vaccine efficacy was 100 percent,” […]

New Horizons Flies By Pluto

Pluto Image 14 July

New Horizons got within just a few thousand miles of Pluto’s surface today, and the data it sends back promises to be amazing.

Smell-O-Vision 2015?

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Via the NYT:  Scent Received, With a Tap of a Smartphone. A)  Who wants this? B)  The technology is inevitably going to lead to teenage boys texting farts to their friends.

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