A Large Asteroid Just Whizzed By Earth How Could We Deflect It If We Needed To?

An asteroid estimated to be as long as the Brooklyn Bridge is tall made its closest approach to Earth today. The space rock, dubbed 2013 MD8, measured around 38 to 86 meters (126 to 282 feet) and dashed by Earth at 15.1 lunar distances, traveling at 13.6 kilometers per second (30,418 miles per hour), according to a statement released by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. Though large, this particular asteroid wasn’t expected to cause any harm to our home planet – but what would we have done if it were on a path towards Earth? Firstly, most asteroids and smaller meteorites burn up once they pass through our atmosphere, but pieces of space debris do occasionally collide with Earth without consequence, often going …

Woman Rescues A Kitty With A Rare Vitiligo Condition And Her Coat Turns Into Beautiful Snowflake-Like Markings

A German woman named Nicole always dreamed of having a cat, but she never thought that one day fate would bring her two at the same time! During her visit to a local farm, she accidentally spotted two little kittens hiding in the corner of a barn. At that time, they were only four-months-old. They were in bad shape and Nicole knew that they desperately needed medical attention. She was certain that without her help the kitties wouldn’t last long. Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Elli Since then, her appearance started to change as more patches continued to form all over her coat. Unsure and scared about Elli’s condition, Nicole took her to the vet to find out what …

‘Vanderpump Rules Recap’: Krazy Kristen Is Back Betches

We open back up at SUR with Guillermo’s meeting, which we already saw last week. I’ll just copy and paste my account from last week’s recap: Guillermo is like, “I don’t need a DJ, I need a bus boy, but James keeps f*cking it up.” YIKES. Mans is SALTY. Get him some tequila and lime. Before getting up from the table he’s like “oh yeah and BTW I’m still looking for a DJ.” What about DJ Mickey? You mean Mickey isn’t killing it on the 1s and 2s during Spicy Tequila Tuesdays? James bursts into tears and Peter is just like “kill me this is so awkward get me tf outta here.” RT, Peter. So James is DJing at Pump…so basically …

This family is the face of Venezuela’s historic humanitarian crisis.

Luis and Jude Vivas, with their son, Luis Jr. Editor’s note: If you want to help the Vivas family, you can contribute directly to their GoFundMe campaign here. The campaign has been verified by the GoFundMe team, with 100% of the proceeds going toward immediate food, medical and housing needs for the family. When I connect with Jude and Luis Vivas, the couple is resting inside a tiny motel room in  Cúcuta, Colombia. The width of the room barely holds a small, twin sized bed that is covered in the six backpacks they carried across the Venezuelan border with their young son, Luis Jr. “We are very tired,” Jude says, translating the words of her husband into English. “Tired of …

The US Has Decided Not to Take Action Against Tribe For Death of Missionary

There was plenty of media coverage when John Allen Chau, a 26-year-old American Christian missionary, died in a shower of arrows after stepping foot onto the island of a remote tribe, the Sentinelese, in November 2018. Among the many questions hanging over this unlikely situation, some people wondered whether the tribe could face murder charges for their actions.  The US State Department has now stated it is not looking to take any further action against the Sentinelese, calling it a “tragic situation”. Samuel D Brownback, the US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, said in a press briefing on February 7 that the US has not pushed the Indian government to take any legal action against the tribe, nor are they pursuing any …

Vereit: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

PHOENIX – PHOENIX (AP) _ Vereit Inc. (VER) on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The results matched Wall Street expectations. The Phoenix-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $172.5 million, or 17 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 17 cents per share. Trending in US Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

MAGA-hat wearing teen claims California high school wouldn’t permit her to wear hat

Her request to wear a different hat that bore school colors and supported the president was also reportedly rejected. Mueller claimed that the school’s decision goes against her First Amendment rights, KCBS-TV reported. She questioned how “being a patriot in trying to show pride in your country” could be considered “inappropriate.” VANS EMPLOYEE FIRED FOR ALLEGEDLY CURSING AT MAGA HAT-WEARING TEEN The school’s decision pertained to the fact that the request specifically concerned a hat, a spokesperson for the Clovis Unified School District told Fox News in a statement Thursday. “It’s unfortunate that our dress code is being misrepresented as specifically singling out a MAGA hat as that is not what the policy says,” Chief Communication Officer Kelly Avants said. …

The Supreme Court just unanimously voted to stop the police from stealing your stuff for no reason.

via Wikimedia Commons In a landmark unanimous decision issued Wednesday, February 20, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled civil asset forfeiture unconstitutional because it violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against excessive fines and fees. Civil asset forfeiture allows local law enforcement agencies to seize people’s cars, cash, homes, and pretty much anything else that is suspected of being used to commit a crime. To get their property back, citizens have to prove it wasn’t obtained illegally, even in situations where no indictment was filed. A few examples of ridiculous government overreach provided by Harvard Law Review: Mary and Leon Adams resided in their West Philadelphia house for forty-six years when the police told them to vacate and initiated a civil …

Science being ‘debunked:’ Why are some countries making a vaccine U-turn?

(CNN)More than a century before Facebook, anti-vaccination campaigners had another method for spreading their message — an eye-catching march through town with tiny children’s coffins emblazoned with the words: “Another victim of vaccination.” British parents in the 19th century didn’t take kindly to government-mandated smallpox vaccinations although the gruesome process — a series of deep cuts in the arms of the child — was a world away from today’s sterile practices. But the anti-vaxxers of the time were also joined by libertarians, who believed the compulsory vaccinations violated their personal freedoms. Today, that anti-government control sentiment “continues to be a thread in the anti-vaccine movement — particularly in this era of mistrust in government,” Professor Heidi Larson, director of the …

People Are Explaining Why Female Only Parking Spaces Exist After This Guy Points Out Its Not Equal

AS 1979 User AspiringProducer19 describes himself as an “approx 22.5 year old man” who had recently received a great job as a corporate level administrator. Two months into his job, the employee stated he had no complaints until one day he came across a sign in the parking lot that read “female employee parking space only!” The user then prefaced his question by stating: “let me clarify I am not “Irate” or “fuming” about it, but I dont really buy into the whole chivalry, white knighting culture that the men of previous generations upheld fedora intensifies.” “So theres not too much to say, I guess I’m more curious in others opinions on this. I am an approx 22.5 year old …

Alesha murder accused told ‘pack of lies’

‘Extraordinarily important’ He said the case would provoke “revulsion”, but said these emotions could “play no part in the process”. He said the court was dealing with an “extraordinarily important matter”. During the trial, the court heard Alesha suffered 117 injuries and that she had been “brutalised”. Her naked remains were discovered in the grounds of the former Kyles Hydro Hotel on Bute on 2 July. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Toni McLachlan denied accusations that she killed Alesha MacPhail The advocate depute said no-one else had come up with that suggestion. He added: “He introduced that into evidence. It was his comment, his word.” The advocate depute claimed that what the boy had suggested was “preposterous”. In her …

This Chinese model is getting publicly shamed for her freckles in a new untouched Zara ad.

It’s becoming more normal for fashion brands to come under fire for retouching their models, but Zara has received backlash for not retouching a women’s face in their recent campaign. A recent makeup ad for Zara features a fresh-faced and freckled Li Jing Wen, who is known professionally as Jing Wen. Now, Zara has been accused of “uglifying China” by presenting the model’s natural freckles. Image via Zara Social media site Weibo saw insults spread with the hashtag “Insult to China.” “After seeing this ad I have decided I will not buy any products from Zara, not because I think the model is ugly, but because you are discriminating Asians’ view of beauty,” wrote Weibo user Moshiwuchang. It’s rare for …

Dozens of Tories ‘could rebel over no-deal’

But the government has repeatedly refused to rule out the possibility of the UK leaving without a formal deal, in the event that Mrs May cannot get MPs to approve the deal she negotiated with Brussels in time. Threat of no-deal Brexit ‘focusing minds’ May reaches out to Remainer rebels A lonely PM nears the Brexit endgame Many MPs fear that scenario would be damaging to business and cause chaos at ports. However, Brexiteers in the European Research Group (ERG) of Conservative MPs insist the “no-deal” option must be preserved as negotiating leverage in Brussels. Mr Percy told the BBC members of his group were becoming “tired” of the ERG’s refusal to back the prime minister. In a letter to …

Sainsbury’s-Asda merger in jeopardy

Stuart McIntosh, chair of the CMA’s independent inquiry group, said it had found “very significant competition concerns in a number of areas – they are to do with grocery shopping in supermarkets, grocery shopping online and the companies’ petrol stations”. “However, if one recognises that the competition concerns are quite broadly based… putting together a package of measures which addresses those concerns is likely to be complex and quite challenging,” he said. Asda sales slow amid ‘challenging’ trade Supermarket mega-merger faces crunch decision Sainsbury’s-Asda deal in nine charts Business Live: Sainsbury’s-Asda reaction But Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe described the CMA’s analysis as “fundamentally flawed” and said the firm would be making “very strong representations” to it about its “inaccuracy …

Ill Ozzy Osbourne cancels tour dates

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne announced that No More Tours 2 would be the singer’s final full world tour last February Osbourne called off the UK and European legs of his tour in January, after coming down with the flu and bronchitis. Related Topics Birmingham Music Concerts Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Did Banksy paint rat on charity shop wall?

He based his opinion on the photographs he had seen, and the claim that the graffiti was said to be at least a decade old, which is when “Banksy rats” appeared in industrial towns. “I’m happy to go with 50-50 for now that it’s a Banksy,” Mr Brandler said. Llanelli artist and photographer Roz Moreton, 53, is more convinced. She said she recognised the work when she moved back to the area a decade ago. “I studied in Bristol and lived in London and I’ve been exposed to a lot of Banksy including his rats on Westminster Bridge,” she said. Graffiti: Is it culture or vandalism? Banksy artwork sold for ‘six-figure sum’ Port Talbot in new graffiti surprise Related Topics …