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Commercial Supersonic Aircraft Could Return to the Skies

Don’t call it a comeback. Aero Icarus/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Flying faster than the speed of sound still sounds futuristic for regular people, more than 15 years after the last commercial supersonic flights ended. The planes that made those journeys, the 14 aircraft collectively known as the Concorde, flew from 1976 to 2003. It traveled three times faster than regular passenger aircraft, but the airlines that flew it couldn’t make a profit on its trips. The reason the Concorde was unprofitable was, in fact, a side effect of its speed. When the...
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Commercial Supersonic Aircraft Could Return to the Skies

Don’t call it a comeback. Aero Icarus/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Flying faster than the speed of sound still sounds futuristic for regular people, more than 15 years after the last commercial supersonic flights ended. The planes that made those journeys, the 14 aircraft collectively known as the Concorde, flew from 1976 to 2003. It traveled three times faster than regular passenger aircraft, but the airlines that flew it couldn’t make a profit on its trips. The reason the Concorde was unprofitable was, in fact, a side effect of its speed. When the...
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Trump Administration Axes Federal Funding for HIV Treatment Testing Research

The Trump administration has just killed a multi-million dollar contract with a California research lab that was testing new HIV treatments. The Washington Post calls it “a significant tightening of federal support for biomedical science that relies on material collected from elective abortions.” The lab uses fetal tissue. The Trump administration and Republicans across the country are waging war on abortion. Also axed is all funding at the National Institutes of Health that involves the use of fetal tissue. The number of programs affected has not yet been disclosed. This is...
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Storm Chaser Proposes to Boyfriend Alongside Kansas Tornado

Joey Krastel, a meteorologist and risk analyst for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, proposed to his boyfriend Chris Scott in Kansas as a tornado loomed in the distance. The photo of the proposal is quickly going viral. The 2 loves of my life pic.twitter.com/Cv4eviechZ— Joey Krastel (@NimbusStorms) May 29, 2019 NBC News reports that the couple met on Instagram, thanks to their shared love of extreme weather: ‘On Tuesday, Krastel, Scott and two of their mutual friends set out to catch a tornado in Kansas, a tornado that inspired the...
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Watch: Head of Trump’s Climate Change Panel Uses Holocaust to Liken ‘Demonization’ of Carbon Dioxide to ‘Jews Under Hitler’

A video of the climate change denier who now heads President Donald Trump’s climate change study group comparing the “demonization” of carbon dioxide to the “demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler” has resurfaced after a New York Times article on Monday included his disturbing remarks. “However, the goal of political appointees in the Trump administration is not just to change the climate assessment’s methodology, which has broad scientific consensus, but also to question its conclusions by creating a new climate review panel,” The New York Times reports. “That effort...
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‘The Big Bang Theory’ Finale: Sheldon and Amy’s Fictional Physics Parallels Real Science

The cast made it through 279 episodes. CBS After 12 successful seasons, “The Big Bang Theory” has finally come to a fulfilling end, concluding its reign as the longest running multicamera sitcom on TV. If you’re one of the few who haven’t seen the show, this CBS series centers around a group of young scientists defined by essentially every possible stereotype about nerds and geeks. The main character, Sheldon (Jim Parsons), is a theoretical physicist. He is exceptionally intelligent, but also socially unconventional, egocentric, envious and ultra-competitive. His best friend, Leonard...
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‘Only the Lord God Almighty Is in Control’: Texas Lawmaker Attacks Noted Pediatrician, Calls Vaccines ‘Sorcery’

An anti-vaccine Texas Republican state lawmaker attacked a distinguished medical doctor, the dean and chief of pediatric medicine at Baylor College of Medicine National School of Tropical Medicine, over vaccines this week. State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (photo) made a wide variety of remarks on Twitter, at one point telling Dr. Peter Hotez, the noted global health and vaccinology expert, to “mind your own business” as he exploded into his anti-vaxx rant, which The Houston Chronicle reported. Stickland, who describes himself on Facebook as a “Conservative Christian Republican,” also insisted that vaccines are...
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Why the Great Plains Has Such Epic Weather

Blizzard conditions cover the Central and Northern Plains on March 13, 2019. NASA Earth Observatory From 78 degrees on Tuesday to snow on Wednesday? Swings like this aren’t unusual in the central United States, where weather can quickly shift from one extreme to another. That’s especially true in the springtime, when conditions turn into a roller coaster, with balmy spring days followed by abrupt returns to winter. These wild swings have been on full display this spring, with a record-setting cyclone on March 13-14 and a second system this month bringing...
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