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Alien aurorae spotted on Uranus by Hubble



This is a composite image of Uranus by Voyager 2 and two different observations made by Hubble — one for the ring and one for the auroras.

Ever since Voyager 2 beamed home spectacular images of the planets in the 1980s, planet-lovers have been hooked on auroras on other planets. Auroras are caused by streams of charged particles like electrons that come from various origins such as solar winds, the planetary ionosphere, and moon volcanism. They become caught in powerful magnetic fields and are channeled into the upper atmosphere, where their interactions with gas particles, such as oxygen or nitrogen, set off spectacular bursts of light.

The auroras on Jupiter and Saturn are well-studied, but not much is known about the auroras of the giant ice planet Uranus. In 2011, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope became the first Earth-based telescope to snap an image of the auroras on Uranus. In 2012 and 2014 a team led by an astronomer from Paris Observatory took a second look at the auroras using the ultraviolet capabilities of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) installed on Hubble.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/33570800220/in/photostream/

Amateurs!

United Airlines confirms that beatings will continue until volunteering improves (satire)

United Airlines have confirmed that they are no longer troubled by overbooked flights in what they have renamed ‘Club Class’.

Instead, a spokesman told us this morning that tickets for the airline will double as a raffle entry for the 2017 Hunger Games, with lucky passengers being asked to fight for available seats.

Speaking over footage of a passenger screaming as he was punched in the face for asking for the service he’d paid for, a spokesman for United confirmed that the airline would shortly be rebranding as an adventure destination for danger-seekers.


A spokesman for United said that they were mystified by the response to the video of a bloodied passenger being by dragged off by staff, and stressed that offering $400, then $800, and then violently assaulting someone at random is perfectly normal in the airline business.

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http://newsthump.com/2017/04/11/united-airlines-confirms-that-beatings-will-continue-until-volunteering-improves/

Anne Frank Center calls for Spicer to be fired

The Anne Frank Center on Tuesday called for White House press secretary Sean Spicer to be fired after his comments claiming Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World War II.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the center's executive director blasted Spicer, saying the press secretary "lacks the integrity" to serve in his post.

"On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death," Steven Goldstein said in a statement.

"Spicer's statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary."

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http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/328320-anne-frank-center-calls-for-spicer-to-be-fired

Trumps Justice Department wont use outside experts to improve forensics

The Trump Justice Department will no longer work with a panel of independent scientists, judges, and attorneys to improve the country’s forensic-science practices, attorney general Jeff Sessions said Monday (April 10).

It’s the latest step of away from an Obama administration legacy in criminal justice reform.

Sessions said in a memo that he will not renew the term for the National Commission on Forensic Science, a body formed under Obama in 2013, the Washington Post reports. The move comes after the Justice Department announced it would reconsider its consent-decree agreements with police departments across the country, a reform initiative spearheaded by the Obama administration, and after a decision to rescind a directive to phase out the use of private prisons for federal prisoners.

The attorney general acted shortly after a group of the nation’s top criminologists wrote an open letter asking him to prioritize science in criminal-justice policies, and to draw on the knowledge of experts. Another letter from six researchers on April 6 urged the department to renew the commission’s two-year term.

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https://qz.com/954391/the-sessions-justice-department-is-nixing-the-national-commission-on-forensic-science/

Poll: Christie is most unpopular governor in US

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is the most unpopular governor in the U.S., a new poll finds.

Seventy-one percent of New Jersey votes disapprove of Christie while just 25 percent approve, according to the Morning Consult poll released Tuesday.

Christie edged out Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) as the nation's least popular. Brownback had a 66 percent disapproval to 27 percent approval, the poll found.

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http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/328225-poll-christie-is-most-unpopular-governor

Tuesday Toon Roundup 3: The Rest


Kushner




Billo





Golf




Trumpers



Ivanka


Wells Fargo



Tesla

Pepsi




Vouchers



Environment

Tuesday Toon Roundup 2: Trump and Syria































Tuesday Toon Roundup 1: Flying the Unfriendly Skies























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Trump Has Already Spent Almost Double Obamas Annual Travel Budget

This denoted the seventh end of the week that President Trump spent at what he has come to call the “Winter White House” since taking office on Jan. 20. It is evaluated that each of the president’s treks to Mar-a-Lago costs citizens around $3 million. Implying that since taking office, Trump has effectively spent around $21 million in citizen money for his end of the week voyages, which additionally twofold as awesome ads for his Trump-marked properties.

Conversely, President Obama’s travel was assessed to have taken a toll citizens somewhere close to $85 million and $96 million, as per Public Citizen, a dynamic support aggregate. Considering the most noteworthy gauge, that would convert into $12 million every year.

In the event that Trump keeps up the present pace of treks, he could burn through $60 million in citizen money exclusively to visit Mar-a-Lago this year. Also, obviously, that doesn’t verge on evaluating the full cost of securing the president and his family. The most evident extra cost includes first woman Melania Trump and child Barron, who are remaining in New York in any event until September. The New York Police Department has said it costs as much as $146,000 every day to secure the main family.

Trump has gone by a Trump-marked property on 28 of the days he has been president, “implying that he visits a property that is a piece of his private business realm more than 33% of the days he’s been in office, or once every 2.8 days,” takes note of the Washington Post. Numerous morals specialists have raised warnings about the way Trump is ensuring his properties have a key say in the history books. “President Donald Trump is decreasing the workplace of the administration by transforming himself into a mobile promotion for his worldwide resort properties,” notes Public Citizen.

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http://techgeekzpk.com/trump-already-spent-almost-double-obamas-annual-travel-budget/
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