Trump appointee at Defense Department resigns after CNN reveals birther postings

Trump appointee at Defense Department resigns after CNN reveals birther postings
(CNN)A political appointee at the Department of Defense has resigned after a CNN KFile inquiry about controversial postings he made on Facebook.Photos and videos posted online show Johnson has traveled extensively with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis overseas and posed in photos with Trump and at the Pentagon along with Mattis and former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. In September, Johnson warned friends on Facebook against posting or tagging him in articles about current events and politics."While I really appreciate you tagging me in and posting to my wall articles covering politics and current issues, I have to request that you please refrain from doing so any longer, due to the sensitive nature of my job. I don't mean to upset anyone, it's just what I have to do to protect myself and others in my position, and to comply with our policies," Johnson wrote.Before taking the Pentagon job, Johnson

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is stepping down after 8 years at the FCC

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is stepping down after 8 years at the FCC
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is stepping down from the FCC after eight years on the job. She broke the news at the Commission’s monthly open meeting, confirming the plans to move on that she has mentioned occasionally since the new administration took over. I realize I don’t sound like the impartial journalist that I should be when I say this, since I cover the FCC closely, but I will very much miss the presence of Commissioner Clyburn there. (And I’m not the only one; my inbox is filling up with groups and individuals issuing thank you statements. I’ll add some to this post later.) Regardless of what one’s position is on things like net neutrality, broadband access, media regulation and so on, Clyburn always brings a note of humanity and common sense to the discussion. Her commentary, though technically and legally sound, is rarely technical or legal in nature, instead

Homework assignment asks students to list positive aspects of slavery

Homework assignment asks students to list positive aspects of slavery
(CNN)A Texas charter school is apologizing after a teacher gave an assignment to an eighth grade American History class, asking students to list the positive aspects of slavery.When his mother picked Manu up, he showed her the assignment; she immediately sent a picture of it to her husband."What the hell is this revisionist history lesson trying to achieve here?!?" said Roberto Livar, Manu's father, who posted it to Facebook on Wednesday.Since then, the superintendent and headmaster of the K-12 public charter school, where approximately 800 students attend classes, have met the family and other concerned parents, and the teacher has been placed on leave."To be clear, there is no debate about slavery," Aaron Kindel, the superintendent of the Great Hearts academies in Texas, wrote Thursday on Facebook. "It is immoral and a crime against humanity."Kindel also said the assignment was given by only one teacher, and he apologized for

This bride’s cold feet had nothing to do with her fianc. It had to do with her feminism.

This bride’s cold feet had nothing to do with her fianc. It had to do with her feminism.
“What does it mean to be a feminist and a wife?” This question was on my mind a week before my wedding. For any woman who is a proud feminist, as I grew up, the decision to get married may not be an easy one. Although I dreamed of a fairy tale happy ending as a little girl, these days I was much more comfortable spending my days doing whatever I wanted — from traveling to Copenhagen on my own to working on my memoir to making strides in my career. For a long time, I was focused on bettering my life and pretty much only worrying about what I wanted to accomplish with it. Until I fell in love. Falling in love, getting engaged, and planning my elopement changed things for me. For the first time in my life, I was in a relationship that I felt was

Under Armour says MyFitnessPal data breach affected 150 million users

Under Armour says MyFitnessPal data breach affected 150 million users
Under Armour, the fitness company that owns MyFitnessPal, disclosed today a data breach that affected about 150 million users. MyFitnessPal, a food and nutrition application, earlier this week became aware of the breach, which took place late last month. The breached data did not include any Social Security numbers, driver license numbers or any other government-issued identifiers, according to Under Armour. The company also said payment card information was not collected. “The company quickly took steps to determine the nature and scope of the issue and to alert the MyFitnessPal community of the incident,” Under Armour wrote in a press release. Four days after Under Armour became aware of the issue, the company said it started to notify members of the MyFitnessPal community via email and in-app messaging. Under Armour recommends MyFitnessPal users change their passwords. “Under Armour is working with leading data security firms to assist in its investigation,

Climate Change Is Slowing Down The Atlantic Oceans Current, Two Studies Suggest

Climate Change Is Slowing Down The Atlantic Oceans Current, Two Studies Suggest
The ocean current responsible for weather patterns in North America and Europe is slowing down, likely due to climate change, according to two studies published this week. The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC for short) is a system of ocean currents in the North Atlantic that act as a conveyor belt to move water and air, thus creating weather systems and redistributing heat on our planet. Warm, salty water flows north in the upper layers of the Atlantic ocean, while colder water flows south in the deeper reaches. It transports heat from the Southern Hemisphere and Tropics to the north.  The constantly moving system of deep-water circulation sends warm, salty Gulf Stream water to the North Atlantic where it releases heat to the atmosphere and warms Western Europe. The cooler water then sinks to great depths and travels all the way to Antarctica and eventually circulates back up to the Gulf Stream. Intergovernmental

Do you need a blockchain?

Do you need a blockchain?
Christoffer O. Hernæs A potential switch involves rethinking everything, recoding most things and betting on a new technology that will need many years of work to become as mature as whichever database you’re currently using. To make things a bit more confusing, the term blockchain has become a bit diluted as the hype has continued to bloom. Terms like permissioned versus permissionless and private versus public blockchains are circulating; the term has become so widespread that it may lose some of its meaning. Permissioned blockchains are operated by known entities such as stakeholders of a given industry, whereas private blockchains are operated by one entity. These approaches have become particularly popular in the financial industry, as they focus on immutability and efficiency rather than anonymity and transparency. However, if we look closely at the inherent properties of a private or permissioned blockchain, they resemble a shared database, and critics argue that the term private blockchain is just

Global warming is killing the Great Barrier Reef, study says

Global warming is killing the Great Barrier Reef, study says
(CNN)Marine heat waves caused by global warming are killing off the corals of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef system, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The reef endured coral bleaching in 1998 and 2002, but the northern region sustained only minor damage then. Global heat and coral bleaching began to increase in 2014 and continued through 2017; this event meant that marine heat waves causing bleaching struck three-quarters of the world's coral reefs and that the heat waves that cause corals to die struck almost a third, the researchers said. Eakin said the increase in marine heat waves is clearly driven by rising temperatures from increasing carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere due to human activity. The 2016 event compromised 30% of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which includes 3,863 reefs spanning 1,429 miles of the Queensland coastline. Eakin

How babies learn and why robots cant compete

How babies learn and why robots cant compete
The long read: If we could understand how the infant mind develops, it might help every child reach their full potential. But seeing them as learning machines is not the answerDeb Roy and Rupal Patel pulled into their driveway on a fine July day in 2005 with the beaming smiles and sleep-deprived glow common to all first-time parents. Pausing in the hallway of their Boston home for Grandpa to snap a photo, they chattered happily over the precious newborn son swaddled between them. This normal-looking suburban couple werent exactly like other parents. Roy was an AI and robotics expert at MIT, Patel an eminent speech and language specialist at nearby Northeastern University. For years, they had been planning to amass the most extensive home-video collection ever. From the ceiling in the hallway blinked two discreet black dots, each the size of a coin. Further dots were located over the

James Comey takes aim at President Trump in ABC News interview

James Comey takes aim at President Trump in ABC News interview
(CNN)Former FBI Director James Comey warned that if President Donald Trump ever tries to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, then it would be the President's "most serious attack yet on the rule of law," and said that "it's possible" the Russians could have information on Trump that could be used to compromise him.Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia. Trump has repeatedly called the investigation a witch hunt and denied any collusion. Stephanopoulos also asked Comey if he thinks the President has been compromised by the Russians. "I think it's possible, I don't know," Comey said. "I wish I wasn't saying it, but it's the truth. It always struck me, and still strikes me, as unlikely, and I would have been able to say with high confidence about any other president I dealt with, but I can't,

11 Super Surprising Bits of Pop Culture Knowledge to Help You Crush Your Next Trivia Night

11 Super Surprising Bits of Pop Culture Knowledge to Help You Crush Your Next Trivia Night
We all know Vin Diesel for his work on franchises such as the Fast and Furious as well as XXX and Chronicles of Riddick, but did you know he is a talented voice actor as well? Advertisement 2. Those Game of Thrones Night's Watch cloaks are made from Ikea rugs Turns out those furs are actually made from $250 Ikea rugs which were shaved down and dyed. You too can have a Night’s Watch cape – Ikea helpfully provided instructions. Advertisement 3. Wonder Woman was originally the Justice Society's secretary There was only one problem though – Wonder Woman joined the Justice Society as their secretary, and it wouldn’t be until the 1950’s and 60’s that she began to join the rest of the heroes in fighting Nazis and other villains. Ain’t sexism grand? Advertisement Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft is iconic for many things, but one of them is her extremely exaggerated chest, which often

Photographer Tiptoes Through The Tulips To Shoot Harvest Mice, And The Result Will Make Your Day

Photographer Tiptoes Through The Tulips To Shoot Harvest Mice, And The Result Will Make Your Day
These super cute photos were taken by Miles Herbert, a British photographer who runs Captivelight, holding workshops and photography tuition for people who are interested in capturing “birds of prey, reptiles, frogs and other beasties.” “Nearly all the animals we photograph are captive bred, the mice are bred to release into the wild at a local nature reserve – we prefer to use captive bred animals rather then disturbing wild populations, and captive bred animals are more sustainable.” The photographs are beautifully taken, vividly colorful and are sure to put a smile on your face, even on a bad day. Scroll down to check out the cuteness overload for yourself, and let us know what you the comments below! Image credits: Miles Herbert/Caters News Image credits: Miles Herbert/Caters News Image credits: Miles Herbert/Caters News Image credits: Miles Herbert/Caters News Image credits: Miles Herbert/Caters News Image credits: Miles Herbert/Caters News

New Brain Maps With Unmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience

New Brain Maps With Unmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience
Sitting at the desk in his lower-campus office at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the neuroscientist Tony Zador turned his computer monitor toward me to show off a complicated matrix-style graph. Imagine something that looks like a spreadsheet but instead of numbers it’s filled with colors of varying hues and gradations. Casually, he said: “When I tell people I figured out the connectivity of tens of thousands of neurons and show them this, they just go ‘huh?’ But when I show this to people …” He clicked a button onscreen and a transparent 3-D model of the brain popped up, spinning on its axis, filled with nodes and lines too numerous to count. “They go ‘What the _____!’”Tony Zador, a neurophysiologist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, realized that genome sequencing techniques could scale up to tame the astronomical numbers of neurons and interconnections in the brain.The current state of the

Woman Sick Of How Fake Everything On Instagram Is Reveals The Truth In The Most Epic Way

Woman Sick Of How Fake Everything On Instagram Is Reveals The Truth In The Most Epic Way
Popular Instagram blogger Chessie King recognizes this and uses her platform to promote body-positivity, showing the ‘true’ side to each ‘perfect’ photo by highlighting the incredible difference that certain poses make. “THIS IS ME. THIS IS MY BODY. No flattering angles, no flattering lighting, just me and my body feeling on top of the world,” she wrote on one post. “A few years ago I would never have posted this, all I cared about back then was being the leanest I could, going to the gym as many times as I could a week and counting every calorie I ate.” The trolls did indeed come out of the woodwork, making cruel “suggestions” of how she could improve her body. In response, Chessie made a shocking photoshopped video of herself, which took their suggestions into account. “If we changed our body for every troll, listened to every cyber bully, we

A Month’s Worth of Rain Will Hit California This Weekend

A Month’s Worth of Rain Will Hit California This Weekend
You can see it on satellite imagery—a chaotic blur of wind and water shaped like a giant alien starfish over Australia, extending a tentacle diagonally across the Pacific and right into the Golden Gate. It’s called an atmospheric river, over a thousand miles of water and wind.This weekend is going to be as wet as an entire typical April. On the official scale, the storm will probably top out at “strong”—it might have enough water vapor transport to rate as “extreme,” but probably won’t reach “exceptional,” the real freak-out level of flood danger. That means several inches of rain. This is how California gets most of its disastrous floods, but also most of its drinking water. It’s a crazy way to do business, but understanding these atmospheric rivers might be the key to making sure the human race doesn’t die of thirst.Atmospheric rivers come ashore on nearly every west-facing

10 Drop Dead Gorgeous Side-By-Side Photos of Models With and Without Makeup

10 Drop Dead Gorgeous Side-By-Side Photos of Models With and Without Makeup
Genetics is a funny thing, isn’t it. Famed supermodel Cindy Crawford’s looks shine through in her daughter, model-of-the-moment, Kaia Gerber. Advertisement LOVE 19 coming soon A post shared by Kaia (@kaiagerber) on Jan 22, 2018 at 4:39am PST 2. Cindy Crawford First day at 50. Thank you for all of the birthday wishes yesterday! 💋• A post shared by Cindy Crawford (@cindycrawford) on Feb 21, 2016 at 7:01am PST Of course she would look perfect without any makeup on, was that even a question? Also, the first picture is of her on her fiftieth birthday. FIFTY. Advertisement 3. Ashley Graham organic A post shared by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@theashleygraham) on Apr 2, 2018 at 12:23pm PDT And wouldn’t you know she’s absolutely stunning without makeup? Of course, she’s also stunning with makeup, so either way, you can’t go wrong. Advertisement