Watch Live Tonight as NASA Makes Colorful Fake Clouds

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Stargazers on the East Coast of the US will get a special spectral treat tonight as NASA prepares its sixth attempt at a rocket launch. Later this evening, the space agency will create artificial, colorful clouds as a way to study auroras and the ionosphere.

According to NASA, the most recent attempt on June 11th was scrapped due to “boats in the launch range hazard area.” This time, the launch will occur between 9:04 and 9:19 pm EDT—folks from New York to North Carolina should be able to see some red and blue clouds.

“Canisters will deploy between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch releasing blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds,” NASA said in a statement. “These clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space.”


Those on the West Coast and/or locked in a dungeon can check out the live stream here, beginning at around 8:30 EDT. Hopefully it won’t get cancelled—again.


from Gizmodo

The ‘COVFEFE Act’ Is Necessary Legislation With a Name That Makes Us All Want to Die

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According to the White House website, the role of the Office of Communications is to “craft the message” President Trump delivers to the world. But that’s obviously total crap. Trump crafts his own message and delivers it himself to the world every day via Twitter. The role of his entirely superfluous communications staff at this point is to spin whatever Trump says into something less factually inaccurate or offensive on the taxpayer’s dime.

However, there are special rules that apply to the official Twitter account of the president of the United States (@POTUS) that do not currently apply to his personal account (@realDonaldTrump). The rules are described under the Presidential Records Act, which states that certain records generated by the White House do not belong to the US president, but are instead a matter of public record.


A new bill introduced in Congress this week is looking to enforce those rules with regard to Trump’s personal account since he often uses it to make announcements altering US policy, both foreign and domestic—even though there’s a zero chance in hell anything Trump tweets will ever disappear from the internet.

It’s called the “Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement” Act—yes, it’s the goddamn COVFEFE Act, in case you thought that joke was dead—and it was introduced by Rep. Mike Quigley, the Illinois Democrat who in March brought us the MAR-A-LAGO Act, which would require the publication of White House visitor logs. (The Trump White House has decided to keep the logs secret, reversing an Obama administration policy of publishing them automatically.)

“In order to maintain public trust in government, elected officials must answer for what they do and say; this includes 140-character tweets,” said Quigley in a press release Monday. “President Trump’s frequent, unfiltered use of his personal Twitter account as a means of official communication is unprecedented. If the President is going to take to social media to make sudden public policy proclamations, we must ensure that these statements are documented and preserved for future reference. Tweets are powerful, and the President must be held accountable for every post.”

Honestly, despite all the groaning its name will induce, the premise of Quigley’s COVFEFE bill seems legit. Last week, Trump went off on a tirade about Qatar supporting terrorism, shocking everyone. The Defense Department was then forced to release a statement praising the Middle East country for its “enduring commitment to regional security,” because Trump was apparently unaware Qatar hosts a US airbase—arguably the most vital in the region—from which more than 11,000 US-led coalition forces operate.


Trump’s tweet slamming the tiny country had rippling effects felt from Washington DC to the Persian Gulf. It didn’t matter that the message was sent from Trump’s personal account. The world perceives those messages as Trump speaking on behalf of the United States in his capacity as its chief executive. In other words, it’s not really his account anymore, and thus, anything he tweets from it should be cataloged for historical purposes.

In that regard, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer perhaps put it best. Asked about tweets from Trump’s personal account, he said: “The president is president of the United States so they are considered official statements by the president of the United States.”

from Gizmodo

Trump’s Walk of Fame star just got covered with ‘resist’ stickers


Donald Trump’s Walk of Fame star got into a sticky situation on Sunday. 

L.A. Pride Resist Marchers made a statement by covering his Hollywood star with a bunch of “resist” stickers, bearing the phrases “resist transphobia,” “resist misogyny,” “resist racism,” and “dissent don’t relent,” among others. 

Attendees of the march tweeted out pictures of the new and improved star: 

At one point during the day the star bore a striking rainbow flag too.

This is not the first time Trump’s Walk of Fame star has been targeted by an angry public.

In July, a small wall topped with razor wire was built around it as a message against Trump’s plan for a U.S./Mexican border wall. Last October, meanwhile, a man was arrested after taking a sledgehammer to the star in a bold act of defiance. The man was later arrested for felony vandalism.

Sunday’s L.A. Resist March took the place of the city’s annual pride march.

“We simply felt that in 2017 we need to return to our roots and protest so that those who would roll back our hard-won human rights are put on notice that we will not stand idly by,” L.A. Pride organizers said on the event’s website.

Keep resisting people.

from Mashable!

The ‘Covfefe Act’ is now a thing that exists, because of course it does


Today in “things we really wish didn’t need to happen,” Democratic Representative Mike Quigley has introduced the Covfefe Act. 

No, we’re not kidding.

The Illinois congressman shared a statement on his website on Monday morning explaining that the Presidential Records Act has been expanded to include any social media posts shared by the President of the United States, not just posts shared from the official @POTUS accounts.

According to Quigley, the “COVFEFE” Act stands for “Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement.” (Niiiiiiiiiiiiice. Very well done, guys. Super clever.)

The name of the act is clearly a reference to the infamous Trump tweet, in which the president shared the non-existent term “covfefe” with his millions of followers, deleted it, and then had his press secretary announce that “the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.”

The letters, which are likely just a meaningless misspelling of the word “coverage,” sparked a trove of conspiracy theories, and were even added to the Words with Friends dictionary, so it only makes sense that they would now literally inspire a congressman to take action.

Essentially, the bill alters the existing Presidential Records Act to ensure anything that falls under the term “social media” will now be eligible to be documented and archived. 

Though the official @POTUS and White House Twitter accounts have been archived in the past, Trump often tweets from his personal account, which was not previously referenced in the Presidential Records Act.

Now, thanks to the Covfefe Act, all those Trump Twitter rants and misspellings will be preserved, regardless of whether or not they’re deleted.

“In order to maintain public trust in government, elected officials must answer for what they do and say; this includes 140-character tweets,” Quigley said in a statement. “President Trump’s frequent, unfiltered use of his personal Twitter account as a means of official communication is unprecedented. If the President is going to take to social media to make sudden public policy proclamations, we must ensure that these statements are documented and preserved for future reference. Tweets are powerful, and the President must be held accountable for every post.”  

That said, back in April, David S. Ferriero — head of the National Archives and Records Administration — sent a letter to Democratic senators Tom Carper (DE) and Claire McCaskill (MO) explaining in very little detail that the White House is archiving all of Trump’s tweets, including the deleted ones.

With the newly implemented Covfefe Act, deleting the president’s tweets, no matter where they are posted, will now be a violation of the Presidential Records Act, one that’s “subject to disciplinary action.”

With the new act at play, POTUS is definitely going to want to be a bit less hasty when sending out his 140-character statements. Might we suggest getting a grammar workbook or turning on your phone’s spellcheck feature? And definitely no more tweeting before bed … that’s far too dangerous.

Back in March, Quigley also introduced the “Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness” Act — or “MAR-A-LAGO” Act — as a nod to Trump’s Florida property. The bill requires White House visitor logs (and logs where Trump regularly conducts official business) to be published, so the congressman doesn’t seem to be backing down.

from Mashable!

11 fitness myths that are doing more harm than good


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Whether you want to tone up, slim down, or boost your mood, you’ve likely taken a stab at tweaking your fitness routine.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of fitness advice out there that won’t help you meet your goals and could actually do more harm than good.

Here’s an overview of some of the most enduring workout myths and misconceptions, as well as the real science that can help you meet your fitness goals in a healthy way.

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Myth: To stay in shape, you only need to work out once or twice a week.

Truth: Once or twice a week won’t cut it for sustained health benefits.

"A minimum of three days per week for a structured exercise program" is best, Shawn Arent, an exercise scientist at Rutgers University, recently told Business Insider. "Technically, you should do something every day, and by something I mean physical activity — just move. Because we’re finding more and more that the act of sitting counteracts any of the activity you do."

Myth: The best time to work out is first thing in the morning.

Truth: The best time for a workout is whatever time allows you to exercise most consistently. Ideally, you want to make physical fitness a daily habit, so if late-night trips to the gym are your thing, stick with it. If you prefer a morning run, do that instead. 

Don’t have a preference? Some research suggests that working out first thing in the morning might help speed weight loss by priming the body to burn more fat throughout the day.

Myth: Weight lifting turns fat into muscle.

Truth: You can’t turn fat into muscle. Physiologically speaking, they’re two different tissues. Adipose (fatty) tissue is found under the skin, sandwiched between muscles, and around internal organs like the heart. Muscle tissue — which can be further broken down into three main types — is found throughout the body. 

What weight training really does is help build up the muscle tissue in and around any fat tissue. The best way to reduce fat tissue is to eat a healthy diet that incorporates vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and — somewhat paradoxically — healthy fats like olive oil and fish.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

from SAI

Tweets will be official presidential records if the Covfefe Act passes


America’s 45th president has a habit of writing and then deleting his social media posts and US Representative Mike Quigley wants him to stop. As such, Quigley on Monday introduced legislation to force the National Archives to include "social media" as part of the Presidential Records Act and he’s calling it the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement, or "Covfefe" Act.

"President Trump’s frequent, unfiltered use of his personal Twitter account as a means of official communication is unprecedented," Quigley stated. "If the President is going to take to social media to make sudden public policy proclamations, we must ensure that these statements are documented and preserved for future reference. Tweets are powerful, and the President must be held accountable for every post." It should be noted, however, that there is still a question as to whether Trump’s personal twitter account will be treated the same way as the official @POTUS account.

The National Archives, which is charged with maintaining a comprehensive set of the President and Vice President’s official records, argued in January that social media posts should be included as part of the Records Act. However, that requirement is not specifically mentioned in the existing law. Since then the White House has stated that the President’s tweets should be taken as official statements by the executive branch. "The president is president of the United States so they are considered official statements by the president of the United States," White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters last week.

This isn’t the first time that Rep. Quigley has taken shots at the president through pun-filled legislation. He recently also introduced the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act, which would force the administration to turn over the visitor logs from Trump’s Florida country club as well as the White House itself.

Via: The Hill

Source: The Office of US Rep Mike Quigley

from Engadget

Legendary car designer Henrik Fisker unveils his Tesla rival


Henrik Fisker, the automotive designer behind iconic cars like the BMW Z8 and the Aston Martin DB9, unveiled his long-range, electric sedan on Saturday.

Fisker has made bold claims about the car. Last October, Fisker said the vehicle would have a range surpassing 400 miles and will be able to charge in just 9 minutes thanks to new battery technology.

Fisker previously told Business Insider that he will use graphene supercapacitors instead of traditional lithium-ion batteries to power the sedan. The technology is being developed by a team of UCLA researchers, but it’s still patent pending.

The car will have autonomous capabilities, but Fisker hasn’t specified whether it will be fully self-driving. A trapezoid frame on the front of the car will hold lidar, a key sensor that uses lasers to detect obstacles.

The sedan will be built by Detroit-based VLF Automotive, an auto company Fisker joined in January that is producing his supercar, the Force 1

The electric car will fall in the same price range as a Tesla Model S, Fisker previously told Business Insider.

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Fisker has a controversial and complicated past. 

Fisker was involved in the initial design phase of the Tesla Model S, but later left Tesla to create the Fisker Karma — a $100,000 luxury hybrid sedan.

But the Karma had a host of battery issues before the company behind the car, Fisker Automotive, ultimately went bankrupt.

Fisker said he is gunning for Tesla with his new electric car.

"I think it’s pretty clear when you look at the market, when you look at the premium market, there’s really only one company that is out there, and it’s Tesla," he previously told Business Insider.

SEE ALSO: Henrik Fisker is using a revolutionary new battery to power his Tesla killer

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from SAI

Genius Hacks to Organize Your Refrigerator — Kitchn


If you’re anything like me, your fridge is almost always in a constant state of disarray. Try as I may, I can’t seem to find an organizational strategy that will stick. Leftovers kept to one shelf? Tried that. Condiments on the door? Tried that. Lucky for me (and probably you) the internet is an untapped well of ideas from other people who happen to be much better at organizing.

Here are some of the most ingenious storage solutions you should steal.

1. Keep raw meats in a separate bin.

Even if you’re not typically squeamish or germaphobic, it probably still grosses you out a bit when a package of uncooked meat leaks onto your fridge shelves. To prevent cross-contamination between raw meats and, well, everything else, try this tip we previously wrote about and keep those packages in a separate bin.

2. Put condiments on a lazy Susan.

For easy access to everyday essentials like mustard, mayo, ketchup, and more, keep your go-to condiments on a lazy Susan. Not only will the system encourage you to properly return the items once you’re done using them, but the easy (and fun!) spinning motion lets you get what you need, exactly when you need it. No more reaching to the back of the fridge and knocking down dozens of bottles along the way.

Check out more ideas: Kitchen Organizers at Martha Stewart

3. Take advantage of the walls with magnetic tins.

This ingenious solution, dreamed up by Ursula Carmona, the blogger behind Home Made by Carmona, utilizes the untapped wall space in your fridge. Simply attach magnetic disks to the bottom of smaller storage canisters and fill them with bitsy fridge-friendly items like olives, walnuts, and crumbled feta.

See the whole post: How To Make Custom DIY Magnet Tins at Tatertots and Jello

4. Steal file boxes from your office.

We love finding ideas that capitalize on new ways to use stuff you probably have already in another part of your home. In this instance, it’s your office! Megan, the blogger behind The Homes I Have Made, put file holders from Target to work in her fridge to corral everything from herbs to snack packs.

See what else she likes to use: My 7 Favorite Baskets for Organizing Your Home at The Homes I Have Made

5. And grab a binder clip.

If your fridge has wire shelves and you have a bunch of bottled water or other drinks, you might want to grab a binder clip while you’re in your office. This idea comes from Flickr user Matthew Perry: Just slip the clip through some of the wires on the shelf and it’ll act as a wedge to hold stacked bottles in place.

6. Reuse egg cartons to organize the fridge door.

Another condiment hack! We’ve already discussed how annoying all those pesky bottles can be, but that increases tenfold when you’re trying to store them upside down to eek out every last drop. But pro chef and Food Network star Alton Brown has found a solution in an unlikely place: egg cartons! When you’re done with a carton, separate the top and bottom and use one to line the bottom of the shelf on your fridge’s door, then store condiments mouth-side down.

7. Label e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

Unless you live alone, chances are you’re not the only one going in and out of your fridge. Help everyone from your partner to your kiddos to guests find the proper place to return items with organized (and pretty!) labels. We love these downloadable designs from the blog Clean & Scentsible.

Steal the designs: Free Printable Fridge Labels from Clean & Scentscible

8. Create a snack stack.

If you (or your family?) happen to be a big snacker, then this idea is one you should steal. Keep those snacks (think: cheese sticks, baby carrots, small containers of hummus, etc.) from floating around all willy-nilly by placing a small set of storage drawers in your fridge, like Kristen at Pinning with Purpose did. Typically used for things like jewelry or toiletries, a small drawer set is actually the perfect size to house mini snacks without being too tall to fit between shelves.

See the whole post: Refrigerator Snack Box from Pinning with Purpose

9. Try out an “eat me first” box.

It’s a sad day when you clean out your fridge, only to realize how many forgotten items have expired and gone to waste. Avoid that scenario with this clever solution from Yuka Yoneda at Closettee — a fridge “triage” area. Fill a shoe box with any items that are on their last legs and convince everyone in your house to reach for those things before anything else in the fridge.

10. Hang all those baggies.

Instead of keeping bags of shredded cheese and leftovers in a sad, unorganized pile, why not install a pull-out unit designed to hang those items concisely and neatly? We love this version, which easily mounts onto the underside of an above shelf with industrial-strength adhesive and can hang up to 19 bags.

11. And all those bottles of beer!

First launched on Kickstarter, BottleLoft is another brilliant product that hangs things and frees up limited shelf space. Made with industrial-strength magnets (each one is capable of holding 3.6 pounds!), you simply attach the strip to the bottom of a shelf or the fridge’s ceiling, then hang any bottle with a magnetic cap.

Buy: BottleLoft, $38 for two strips at Uncommon Goods

12. Pick up some drawer dividers.

They’re not just for your silverware drawer: Turns out, those expandable dividers are great for the produce drawer, too. Wendy over at Enjoy This Beautiful Day had an aha moment and restored order in her once-chaotic crisper.

Read more: New Year’s Organizing at Enjoy This Beautiful Day

What are your brilliant hacks for organizing your fridge?

from Apartment Therapy