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The real losers in Trump's NASA budget are kids and the EarthOpen in a New Window

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We can't all be winners in Trump's America. 

President Donald Trump's proposed budget for NASA makes clear exactly who is likely to win and who to lose favor at the space agency in the coming years of his administration. 

Specifically, NASA's Earth scientists and, yes, even kids interested in space will probably be the losers if Congress approves this version of the budget. 

The NASA budget request calls for the cancellation of the space agency's office of education, a relatively small piece of the agency devoted to getting kids and underrepresented groups involved in space science research and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). In recent years, the U.S. has lagged behind many other nations in STEM education. Read more...

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Mark Zuckerberg awkwardly takes us inside his Harvard dorm room on Facebook LiveOpen in a New Window

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ICYMI, Mark Zuckerberg went to Harvard. 

The 33-year-old billionaire famously didn't graduate famously, but he did spend many days sitting at desk in an old Harvard dorm room. It's there in H-33 in Kirkland House that he coded thefacebook.com.

Zuckerberg on Tuesday graciously gifted the world with a tour inside that very room, sitting in that very chair, at that very desk (we assume), and streaming with Facebook Live. According to Zuckerberg, this was his first time being back since living there (disclosure: I lived in H-32 my senior year of college and can confirm that he was inside that very dorm room). Read more...

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Scientists kept mouse sperm in space for 9 months—then tried making babiesOpen in a New Window

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Mice sperm can survive the radiation exposure of space, according to a new study, something that could be useful to humans in the future.  

Back in 2013, mouse sperm was freeze-dried and sent to the International Space Station for nine months. Back on Earth, mice were then artificially inseminated with the preserved space sperm. Those birth rates were pretty similar to mice made from Earth-preserved sperm from the same mice. The offspring even grew up into normal mice and had normal fertility, according to findings published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences from Japanese scientists. Read more...

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Ariana Grande is back home in Florida, but her touring plans are still unclearOpen in a New Window

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Ariana Grande has arrived back at her Florida home after a terrorist attack killed 22 people at her Monday show in Manchester, and while the status of her remaining tour dates remains unclear, her movements could signal that the shattered singer may take some time off.

"As of right now, the tour is not canceled,” a "source close to the situation" told Entertainment Weekly in a Tuesday reportThe Daily Mail, meanwhile, reported without citing any sources Monday that her tour had been postponed indefinitely. 

A rep for the singer did not respond to Mashable's request for clarification. 

However, Tuesday afternoon, People reported Grande had arrived from Manchester to Boca Raton, Florida, to be with her family and boyfriend Mac Miller. Read more...

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Not even Ellen DeGeneres could handle this Jessica Simpson interviewOpen in a New Window

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It's not often that the queen of daytime talk is knocked off her A-game, but wow, Jessica Simpson has really done it.

The singer/business, woman/cultural enigma sat down with Ellen DeGeneres to talk about her billion-dollar business, potential new music, and maybe just to confuse people everywhere — namely Ellen herself.

After not knowing how many years she's been married, clumsily describing her husband's "sleeping" massages, and claiming she has "38" new songs she's written, the veteran talk show host had truly had it with Simpson — and was not trying to hide it from the cameras.

Watch Ellen's hilarious array of long sighs and perfect Jim Halpert-stares into the cameras above. Read more...

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Compare, then sigh: Trump's note for the Holocaust Memorial vs. Obama'sOpen in a New Window

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President Donald Trump paid a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust memorial on Tuesday, where he composed an upbeat and strangely optimistic note in the memorial's guestbook. 

“IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE WITH ALL OF MY FRIENDS — SO AMAZING & WILL NEVER FORGET!” Trump wrote in all caps.

Yes, he basically brought a happy birthday card to a funeral. 

Image: GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images

To make matters worse, some pointed out that the "never forget" part looks like it was added after the original message. The handwriting looks slightly different, and it's not centered like the rest of the message.  Read more...

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These worms may solve the plastic waste problemOpen in a New Window

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Paolo Bombelli and Chris Howe from the University of Cambridge, and Federica Bertocchini from CSIC discovered that wax worms (Galleria mellonella) are capable of degrading plastic. Read more...

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'Wonder Woman' is your most anticipated film of summerOpen in a New Window

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Wonder Woman is the most anticipated movie of summer 2017 — so much so, that it's outpacing where Captain America: Civil War was at this point last year, according to an annual survey by Fandango.

The online ticket-seller says it counted more than 10,000 online votes from April 27 to May 19, the largest response in its 17 years of conducting the survey. Fans are asked to pick the one movie they were most looking forward to seeing, and it was Wonder Woman in a rout.

Fandango doesn't release the raw numbers, but here's how this year's crop ranked: Read more...

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Forget fidget spinners, these mini rollers are the new fidget toys on the blockOpen in a New Window

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'The Jammer' is a mini roller that can roll and flip on surfaces. It could be the next fidget spinner. It's a simple toy that you can do many tricks with, comes in two colors, and costs $10. Read more...

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Unexpected video game horses, rankedOpen in a New Window

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Red Dead Redemption 2 may have been delayed until spring 2018, but we’re not prepared to give up thinking about horse adventures just yet. Sure, the new screenshots that Rockstar Games released were a consolation, but they were also severely lacking in one of the best parts of the game: the horses.

Video game horses have galloped through our imaginations for endless hours. Not just regular old horses, either. We’ve enjoyed unique, bizarre, unexpected horses — horses that would never make it to the cover of the Horse & Rider magazine.

That ain’t right. These horses deserve a moment in the spotlight. So we’re giving them that moment. Read more...

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Canadian police officer goes to house party to break up jam sesh, plays drums insteadOpen in a New Window

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Members of Toronto-based rock band Vinyl Ambush feared their private gig would be shut down after police showed up to a party they were playing on Saturday. But much to their surprise, the Peel Regional Police officers didn't break up the jam sesh, they joined in.

According to a local report from Canada's City News, after receiving a noise complaint, cops showed up to the party and came to an agreement that the band would turn down the noise and stop playing by 9:30 p.m. That seemed pretty chill, but when the police returned later that night, the teen rockers were sure they were in trouble. Read more...

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Kid helps his class evade colds one dab at a timeOpen in a New Window

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If you thought the dab was dead, please scroll below and witness its resurrection. 

Paul Ryan and Prince Harry killed the dab with their haphazard attempts to be hip, but one little boy single-handily saved the dictionary defined dance move with his health conscious effort that will hopefully usher in a very different second coming of the dab.

This is what my son is doing at schoolpic.twitter.com/4dNqbae0Q9

— Just Joe With It (@IsThisShitOn) May 22, 2017

In a viral tweet, @IsThisShitOn shared a printed image of his son dabbing. It's cute, until you realize the photograph has been repurposed for his fellow classmates to learn a bit more about cleanliness. It's more than cute. It's perfect. Read more...

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7-million-year-old teeth from Europe add new layer to human origin storyOpen in a New Window

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Ancient tooth fossils found in Europe may represent a new chapter in the human origin story.

The fossils, which date back more than 7 million years, belonged to an ape-like creature named Graecopithecus freybergi, researchers hypothesized in two new papers. A lower jaw bone and upper premolar were found in Greece and Bulgaria, respectively.

The findings suggest that humans split off from great apes several hundred thousand years earlier than previously thought, according to research published this week in the journal PLOS ONE. 

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'Battlefield 1' is getting female soldiersOpen in a New Window

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EA's promise to bring monthly updates to Battlefield 1 just got interesting. We knew that the upcoming DLC, In The Name Of The Tsar, would feature the Russian army in the World War I storyline. Now, EA has confirmed, you'll be seeing female soldiers in the game's update, too.

In the real world's 1917, special forces of female fighters formed to inspire the male soldiers fighting out of Russia. That historical Women's Battalion will be represented in Battlefield 1's next update. The DLC pack will come with the usual set of new maps and weapons, too, of course. 

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Google rolls out a lightning-fast new type of online adOpen in a New Window

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As clunky, slow-loading ads drive people to ad blockers, some of Google's search ads are about to get a welcome speed boost.

The company said Tuesday that it's expanding its fast-loading Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) format to brands that advertise among its search results. The product was previously limited to news articles.

That means that were you to tap on a search ad from a company that opted into the new format, the landing page would load significantly faster than other results in a window within Google's site.  Read more...

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The NFL just did something awesome and unexpected, really, we're not kiddingOpen in a New Window

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The NFL's extremely uptight attitude toward touchdown celebrations has long been a source of both frustration and mockery for football players and fans alike. 

But Tuesday brought good news for those who feel NFL football should include human emotion: The league has opened up its restrictions on the cheeky celebrations that light up social media but used to bring big fines. 

(One of our favorite touchdown dances, however, remains illegal — but more on that in a minute.)

This is the button-down, corporatized NFL though — so even league commissioner Roger Goodell's notice announcing the new guidelines read like something composed by a robot with good-but-not-great artificial intelligence.  Read more...

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Oculus founder thinks this wild anime film is the likely future of AROpen in a New Window

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Facebook's Oculus virtual reality unit has moved on from its founder, Palmer Luckey, but that doesn't mean that the guy who literally kickstarted the modern VR space is done thinking about the future of VR. 

In an interview with Japan's MoguraVR, translated and surfaced by Road to VR, Luckey talks about the current state of VR and augmented reality (AR) at length. But things get really interesting when he mentions what he thinks is the best cinematic representation of AR currently available. 

"The best portrayal of AR can be found in [the movie] Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale," said Luckey. "At the moment most AR devices are just about displaying HUD. On the other hand, the AR technology that appears in the theatrical version of SAO is closer to MR [mixed reality], and builds a virtual world based on reality."  Read more...

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'Game of Thrones' cast says you're not prepared for how fast Season 7 movesOpen in a New Window

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Game of Thrones Season 7 is breaking the rules in every way. It's long since departed from George R.R. Martin's books, not least because there are no more books to draw from (write The Winds of Winter, GRRM), and it's releasing in summer instead of spring (we're going insane!!!). 

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, several key cast members said that Season 7 will break from tradition as the show builds momentum for the Season 8 conclusion — and that it's going to shock fans around the world.

“I feel like I’d been lulled into a different pace,” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau told EW of reading the Season 7 scripts. “Everything happened quicker than I’m used to…a lot of things that normally take a season now take one episode.” Read more...

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Instagram's new feature helps you clean up your profile without deletingOpen in a New Window

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Any dedicated Instagrammer knows that a carefully curated profile is extremely important. Sometimes, that means you may have to delete old photos that you no longer like or that don't mesh with the rest of your profile.

Soon, though, you may have some middle ground between keeping a pic you don't like and deleting it forever.

That's because Instagram may soon offer a third choice: archive. The company is currently testing a feature which lets you hide photos from your profile without deleting the post entirely.  Read more...

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'The Bachelorette' season we deserve doesn't include 'whaboom' guyOpen in a New Window

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If the tickle monster, a strange doll, and acoustic guitars during the first episode of Rachel Lindsay's historic season is an indication of what is to come, well, it's going to be a long 10 weeks.

The male contestants on this season of The Bachelorette, and their incredibly lackluster gimmicks, have already started to wear down viewers, who frankly don't need that sort of producer-polished hoopla to stay tuned in week to week. Lindsay, and her seemingly well-intentioned search for The One, is enough for us all.  

The first black bachelorette is a delight to watch this season, even during cheesy staged courtroom scenes and sweat-free basketball b-roll shots. She understands the corny elements of the show but embraces it with expert levels of charisma, acutely aware of the ridiculous premise — but also knows anyone watching would risk it all for love, too.  Read more...

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How Facebook's leaked guidelines could make a big difference in preventing suicideOpen in a New Window

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Until just a few days ago, only Facebook staff and insiders knew the details of the company's controversial moderation policies. 

Now, whether Facebook likes it or not, those guidelines have been thrust into the spotlight by the Guardian, which leaked internal documents advising moderators on how to handle troubling content of all stripes. That includes one of the most sensitive kinds of content: livestreamed self-harm or suicide. 

In general, criticism of its moderator guidelines focus on the fact that Facebook has little business incentive to remove offensive content because perceived censorship makes its platform less attractive to users. That conflict of interest is a valid concern when it comes to hate speech. It doesn't work the same way, however, when applied to the problem of people livestreaming suicidal thoughts or behavior.  Read more...

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Uber underpaid its New York City drivers and probably owes them $45 millionOpen in a New Window

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Another day, another Uber scandal: Uber underpaid its New York City drivers for two-and-a-half years and probably owes them "tens of millions," according to a report in the Wall Street Journal

The ride-hailing giant took a higher cut of drivers' earnings than it was supposed to after a November 2014 nationwide driver agreement. The company had agreed to take a commission of about 25 percent from drivers, calculated without including taxes and fees as part of drivers' earnings. Uber instead determined its own commission from full fares, including sales tax and a local injury compensation fund fee, taking more money from drivers than it was supposed to.  Read more...

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Pete Souza shares adorable, perfectly-timed photo of the ObamasOpen in a New Window

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A picture is worth 1,000 words, unless Pete Souza is posting it ... then it's worth 1,000 words, a flood of beautiful nostalgia, some laughter, a few tears of joy, and a glorious heap of shade.

Obama's former White House photographer has become something of an icon on Instagram, frequently posting throwback photos of Obama in office that coincidentally (JK they are totally planned) seem to coincide with whatever Trump and his administration are up to at the moment.

On Tuesday morning Souza blessed his followers with an adorable memory of Barack and Michelle defining #RelationshipGoals (as they always do). And with a two word caption it seems he once again managed to sub-Insta Trump in the process. Read more...

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Dude creates a how-to for an Ed Sheeran album, totally nails itOpen in a New Window

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If you want to know how to write an Ed Sheeran album, this dude's got your back.

YouTube user John Fassold hilariously roasted the singer/songwriter with a dead-on how-to of a Sheeran album.

From a mathematic album title in the vein of Sheeran's "+," "Divide," and "x," to a "childhood song but about being rebellious," this guy kind of has the "Castle on the Hill" singer down to a T.

Check out "The Quadratic Formula" above. Read more...

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Perfectly extra 5-year-old designs show-stopping graduation dressOpen in a New Window

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Great minds are great minds, no matter the age.

Twitter user Ash Leon shared some amazing pictures of her 5-year-old cousin putting her early genius to use by designing her own dress for her pre-K graduation. Where some designers would have gone subtle for the event, this queen-in-training went extra in the very best way.

Look at her absolutely slay her graduation look.

my 5 year old cousin insisted on designing her own dress for her pre-k graduation. i’m so proud of her levels of EXTRApic.twitter.com/qDLumVxSfT

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George R.R. Martin pays tribute to wolf-dog rescue GhostOpen in a New Window

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Ghost, a wolf-dog named after Jon Snow's albino direwolf in Game of Thrones, died this week.

GoT author George R.R. Martin posted Tuesday about the animal's death at New Mexico's Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary.

In loving memory of the real life Ghost from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. He passed this week & he will be missed. R.I.P pic.twitter.com/FHGRpagEiC

— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) May 23, 2017

The sanctuary posted a touching tribute to Ghost, part of their Westeros Pack of 10 rescued wolf-dogs named for direwolves and other characters from the fantasy series. Martin and his wife helped name the pack and raised money for the rescue center. Read more...

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Dude attempts to do a backflip at graduation and fails miserablyOpen in a New Window

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Ellen grills Nicki Minaj on Nas dating rumors, and Nicki can't dealOpen in a New Window

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Ellen has a magical way of getting her celebrity guests to reveal their deep, dark secrets, especially about who they're dating.

Rumors have been swirling about Nicki Minaj and rapper Nas secretly dating ever since Nicki posted a photo of the two looking cozy on her Instagram a week ago.

Only KINGS recognize QUEENS. @sweetchicklife has the best food 👅 congrats @nas 😜

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So, of course, Ellen being Ellen just couldn't resist bringing up the potential coupling. And Nicki being Nicki had a pretty interesting response. Read more...

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Fox News retracts Seth Rich story — but continues to push the conspiracy theoryOpen in a New Window

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The far right has been collectively fixated on one conspiracy theory for the past two weeks: that a Democratic National Committee staffer was murdered on the orders of Hillary Clinton (or something along those lines). 

Now, even Fox News — which helped kickstart the recent revival of the conspiracy — is distancing itself from the story. 

Fox News on Tuesday announced a retraction of the story it published on May 16 about the staffer. In that post, Fox News claimed that a "federal investigator" had seen evidence that Seth Rich had been a source for WikiLeaks. That fed conspiracy theorists who believed this caused Democrats/Hillary Clinton to have Rich murdered.  Read more...

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How the soccer world mourned the Manchester attackOpen in a New Window

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Manchester typically enjoys a reputation as one of the world's top soccer cities — it is, after all, home to two of the planet's most prominent club teams. 

But when an explosion believed to be terrorism killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday night, the city mourned. 

Among those to express support and condolences on social media were past and present stars from Manchester United and Manchester City, two Premier League clubs that are usually the fiercest of rivals. 

Here's how Manchester's soccer royalty expressed its grief.  Read more...

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