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Official F1 game to include 2009 Brawn GP car

Classic F1 cars returned to the series in 2017, ranging from 1988's McLaren MP4/4 to 2010's Red Bull RB6.All of the cars included last year will return for the 2018 edition of the game, and Codemasters has announced the first two cars that will be added, wit

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Trump’s made-up immigrant murder rate doesn’t come close to deaths from gun violence and overdoses

Donald Trump has declared a national emergency for a fake crisis at our southern border. His No. 1 sticking point is that undocumented immigrants are coming into our country and committing crime. More specifically, they are committing heinous, gang-related a
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Trump’s made-up immigrant murder rate doesn’t come close to deaths from gun violence and overdoses

Donald Trump has declared a national emergency for a fake crisis at our southern border. His No. 1 sticking point is that undocumented immigrants are coming into our country and committing crime. More specifically, they are committing heinous, gang-related acts of murder, rape, and mayhem. The numbers and the data he cites in his speeches are not simply wrong: They do not exist. Even his own government and the agencies he claims to be getting his evidence from produce completely different facts than their bigot in chief. When Trump first began drumming up his fake border crisis months ago, he would throw around that “63,000 Americans have been killed since the 9/11 terrorist attacks by people who came to the U.S. illegally.”  Besides being a false statistic, it pales in comparison to the number of Americans killed by firearms—just last year. The New York Times reported in December that almost 40,000 Americans were killed by guns in 2017, a historic 50-year high. 2018 saw the worst year in school shootings that our country has on record. Just this February, The Trace and the Miami Herald released an accounting of children killed by guns since the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. Data collected by youth reporters found that almost 1,200 American children ages 0-18 were killed by guns in the last 12 months. In December, the CDC reported that more than 70,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017. That’s just one year. Trump’s fake 63,000 “Americans killed” number—WHICH IS A FAKE NUMBER—covers 17 years! There are reasons to declare a national emergency in order to give much-needed funds to American institutions, but those institutions should not build walls and imprison families. The American institiutions that need national support provide mental healthcare, education, training, and safety to some of our most desperate friends and loved ones. Whether it’s from gun violence, domestic violence, or addiction, we have real public health and safety issues in our country, and a make-believe wall isn’t simply racist and stupid, it’s a waste of much-needed resources.

Groups sue Trump admin over policy forcing vulnerable asylum seekers to return to Mexico

The Trump administration’s inhumane and illegal policy forcing asylum seekers to return to Mexico to wait out their cases will undoubtedly cost lives. Just weeks ago—and just days before the U.S. announced the “Migration Protection Protocols” policy
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Groups sue Trump admin over policy forcing vulnerable asylum seekers to return to Mexico

The Trump administration’s inhumane and illegal policy forcing asylum seekers to return to Mexico to wait out their cases will undoubtedly cost lives. Just weeks ago—and just days before the U.S. announced the “Migration Protection Protocols” policy—two Honduras teens who were a part of the so-called migrant caravan were murdered in Tijuana. Now, a coalition of leading groups is suing.  “This new policy severely undermines the very purpose of our asylum system,” said Blaine Bookey,  of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, “endangering rather than safeguarding the lives of our individual plaintiffs and others fleeing persecution.” The group, along with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of 11 asylum seekers who have been forced into Mexico. One plaintiff, a Honduran man identified as “Ian Doe” for his own safety, is a former police officer who worked undercover to stop drug trafficking. But when his identity was revealed, he fled for his life. Mistaking him for Ian, drug traffickers then killed his brother. Now, after being forcibly removed to Tijuana by the Trump administration, Ian continues to fear for his life. This comes as the administration has illegally blocked asylum seekers at U.S. ports of entry in a process called “metering,” where agents allow as few as 20 people a day to exercise their right to ask for asylum at the border. Thousands of others are then left to wait weeks, sometimes months for their turn. The only crisis at the border is the treatment of families by our government. The fact is that the administration’s “Migration Protection Protocol” is anything but protection. It’s a logistical nightmare that will put already vulnerable people in further danger. “This is no longer just a war on asylum seekers, it’s a war on our system of laws,” said Melissa Crow, an attorney in Innovation Law Lab v. Nielsen. “This misguided policy deprives vulnerable individuals of humanitarian protections that have been on the books for decades and puts their lives in jeopardy.”

Mueller's office says the law indicates Paul Manafort, 69, deserves a sentence of 19.5 to 24.5 years

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said in a memo Friday night that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort deserves 19.5 years to 24.5 years in prison for his conviction for eight financial crimes. It also noted that calculations under penalty g
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Mueller's office says the law indicates Paul Manafort, 69, deserves a sentence of 19.5 to 24.5 years

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said in a memo Friday night that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort deserves 19.5 years to 24.5 years in prison for his conviction for eight financial crimes. It also noted that calculations under penalty guidelines suggest a fine range of $50,000 to $24,371,497.74, a term of supervised release of up to five years, restitution in the amount of $24,815,108.74, and forfeiture in the amount of $4,412,500. You can read the entire 120-page sentencing memo at this link: Manafort was the lead perpetrator and a direct beneficiary of each offense. And while some of these offenses are commonly prosecuted, there was nothing ordinary about the millions of dollars involved in the defendant’s crimes, the duration of his criminal conduct, or the sophistication of his schemes. His criminal decisions were not momentary or limited in time; they were routine. And Manafort’s repeated misrepresentations to financial institutions were brazen, at least some of which were made at a time when he was the subject of significant national attention. Neither the Probation Department nor the government is aware of any mitigating factors. Manafort did not commit these crimes out of necessity or hardship. He was well educated, professionally successful, and financially well off. He nonetheless cheated the United States Treasury and the public out of more than $6 million in taxes at a time when he had substantial resources. Manafort committed bank fraud to supplement his liquidity because his lavish spending exhausted his substantial cash resources when his overseas income dwindled. Now the question is whether Donald Trump will decide to cut that sentence to half an hour.

ICE is jailing asylum-seekers at an isolated Mississippi private prison miles from any legal help

Due to overcrowding in detention facilities elsewhere, immigration officials are jailing a significant number of vulnerable asylum-seekers in a private prison run by CoreCivic, a company that has had such a long history of abuses that it changed its name as p
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ICE is jailing asylum-seekers at an isolated Mississippi private prison miles from any legal help

Due to overcrowding in detention facilities elsewhere, immigration officials are jailing a significant number of vulnerable asylum-seekers in a private prison run by CoreCivic, a company that has had such a long history of abuses that it changed its name as part of a PR makeover. But this Mississippi prison is so secretive that it’s unknown exactly how many Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees are even there. “Congress required ICE in 2018 to publish basic information about the jails and detention centers it uses,” Mother Jones reports, “but the agency has kept Tallahatchie off that list.”  Since Mississippi does not have a history of immigration detention, access to legal counsel at Tallahatchie is severely limited; the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s website lists no immigration attorneys within 50 miles of the prison. Lawyers who have worked at the facility say there are not enough Spanish-speaking staff members at the prison, let alone those who speak the native languages of asylum-seekers from Africa and South Asia.  A Southern Poverty Law Center attorney said that “if someone wanted to build a jail where asylum-seekers lose otherwise winnable cases because of lack of access to the outside world, that jail would probably look a lot like Tallahatchie does now.” Last year, the group sued the private-prison profiteers running Tallahatchie, accusing CoreCivic of forcing immigrants jailed in Georgia “to work for as little as $1 a day to clean, cook, and maintain the detention center in a scheme to maximize profits.” Conditions at Tallahatchie are also dire. Last weekend, a Wyoming man detained at Tallahatchie died by apparent suicide. One month ago, a Cameroonian immigrant who tried to hang himself with a bedsheet was saved by a fellow detainee, who was a paramedic in Nicaragua. Isaac Molina had fled after being shot by police, after he had assisted demonstrators who were injured in an anti-government political protest. Once he arrived in the U.S., Molina passed his initial asylum interview. He has U.S. family he can be released to, but ICE continues to keep him detained. “As soon as I left my country, I knew I wasn’t going back,” he said. “Maybe when my papers are in completely in order, I can go back to having a normal life. That’s what I want the most: to have a normal life.”

«Lorena» confronts the truth about the Bobbitts — and how America failed her

Amazon's new docu-series about the infamous «malicious wounding» case tears down old myths about both Bobbitts
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«Lorena» confronts the truth about the Bobbitts — and how America failed her

Amazon's new docu-series about the infamous «malicious wounding» case tears down old myths about both Bobbitts

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Twitter hides tweet that appears to be from Iran's supreme leader - CNET

Twitter said the tweet violated its rules against making threats of violence or wishing for the death of a person.
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Twitter hides tweet that appears to be from Iran's supreme leader - CNET

Twitter said the tweet violated its rules against making threats of violence or wishing for the death of a person.

Fortnite season 7 challenges: Every map you need to complete the whole season - CNET

There are only two weeks left to play catch-up on season 7 challenges, so here's all the info you need to get it done.
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Fortnite season 7 challenges: Every map you need to complete the whole season - CNET

There are only two weeks left to play catch-up on season 7 challenges, so here's all the info you need to get it done.

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Steve Jurvetson tells all: about his new $200 million fund, his new partner, his new shopping list, and more

Steve Jurvetson is staging a comeback, disclosing today that his new San Francisco-based, early-stage venture firm Future Ventures, has raised $200 million for its debut fund. “It’s good to be back in the saddle again,” says Jurvetson, whos
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Steve Jurvetson tells all: about his new $200 million fund, his new partner, his new shopping list, and more

Steve Jurvetson is staging a comeback, disclosing today that his new San Francisco-based, early-stage venture firm Future Ventures, has raised $200 million for its debut fund. “It’s good to be back in the saddle again,” says Jurvetson, whose career was somewhat famously derailed in the fall of 2017 when a former girlfriend wrote a Facebook […]

Graphene-based wearables for health monitoring, food inspection and night vision

Scientists have developed dozens of new graphene-based prototypes. These technologies aim to turn mobile phones into life saving devices.
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Graphene-based wearables for health monitoring, food inspection and night vision

Scientists have developed dozens of new graphene-based prototypes. These technologies aim to turn mobile phones into life saving devices.

The prospects of American strawberries

Researchers have embarked on an academic journey designed to generate an effective guideline essential for research, policy, and marketing strategies for the strawberry industry across the country, and to enable the development of general and region-specific
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The prospects of American strawberries

Researchers have embarked on an academic journey designed to generate an effective guideline essential for research, policy, and marketing strategies for the strawberry industry across the country, and to enable the development of general and region-specific educational and production tools.

Hope for fighting disease known as Ebola of frogs

Despite widespread infection, some frog populations are surviving a deadly disease that is the equivalent of humankind's Ebola virus. The reason -- genetic diversity.
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Hope for fighting disease known as Ebola of frogs

Despite widespread infection, some frog populations are surviving a deadly disease that is the equivalent of humankind's Ebola virus. The reason -- genetic diversity.

Open-science model for drug discovery expands to neurodegenerative diseases

Parkinson's disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis are the newest frontiers for open science drug discovery, a global movement led by academic scientists that puts knowledge sharing and medication affordability ahead of patents and profits.
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Open-science model for drug discovery expands to neurodegenerative diseases

Parkinson's disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis are the newest frontiers for open science drug discovery, a global movement led by academic scientists that puts knowledge sharing and medication affordability ahead of patents and profits.

Drug to rejuvenate muscle cells

Researchers have developed a promising drug that has proven to significantly increase muscle size, strength and metabolic state in aged mice, according to a new study.
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Drug to rejuvenate muscle cells

Researchers have developed a promising drug that has proven to significantly increase muscle size, strength and metabolic state in aged mice, according to a new study.

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J.J. Abrams Posts Heartwarming Photo From ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Set

Fans will have to wait until Dec. 20 to watch Star Wars: Episode IX, but director J.J. Abrams just shared a new heartwarming photo from the movie’s last photography day. On Friday afternoon, […] The post J.J. Abrams Posts Heartwarming Photo From &
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J.J. Abrams Posts Heartwarming Photo From ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Set

Fans will have to wait until Dec. 20 to watch Star Wars: Episode IX, but director J.J. Abrams just shared a new heartwarming photo from the movie’s last photography day. On Friday afternoon, […] The post J.J. Abrams Posts Heartwarming Photo From ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Set appeared first on Geek.com.

Add a Universal Heads-Up Display (HUD) to Your Car for Just $32

Use your smartphone as a dash-mounted GPS? Though convenient, this setup is also dangerous. You can improve safety with the HUDWAY, now price dropped to $39.95. Plus you can save a further 15% […] The post Add a Universal Heads-Up Display (HUD) to Your
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Add a Universal Heads-Up Display (HUD) to Your Car for Just $32

Use your smartphone as a dash-mounted GPS? Though convenient, this setup is also dangerous. You can improve safety with the HUDWAY, now price dropped to $39.95. Plus you can save a further 15% […] The post Add a Universal Heads-Up Display (HUD) to Your Car for Just $32 appeared first on Geek.com.

Amazon Teases ‘Middle-earth Map’ for Its New ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series

There aren’t many details available on Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series. However, Amazon just teased a Middle-earth map on Twitter, and it might give some clues about the show. On Wednesday, […] The post Amazon Teases ‘Middle
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Amazon Teases ‘Middle-earth Map’ for Its New ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series

There aren’t many details available on Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series. However, Amazon just teased a Middle-earth map on Twitter, and it might give some clues about the show. On Wednesday, […] The post Amazon Teases ‘Middle-earth Map’ for Its New ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series appeared first on Geek.com.

Jason Momoa Joins Cast of ‘Dune’ Sci-Fi Reboot

Aquaman’s Jason Momoa is joining the cast of Denis Villenueve’s Dune, a sci-fi reboot movie that’s based on the novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. Momoa, who will play swordmaster Duncan Idaho, […] The post Jason Momoa Joins Cast o
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Jason Momoa Joins Cast of ‘Dune’ Sci-Fi Reboot

Aquaman’s Jason Momoa is joining the cast of Denis Villenueve’s Dune, a sci-fi reboot movie that’s based on the novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. Momoa, who will play swordmaster Duncan Idaho, […] The post Jason Momoa Joins Cast of ‘Dune’ Sci-Fi Reboot appeared first on Geek.com.

Rare ‘Firefall’ Returns to Yosemite for Two Weeks This February

For a couple of weeks every year, thousands of nature lovers and photographers flock to Yosemite National Park in California to spot (and capture on film) a spectacular phenomenon that looks like a […] The post Rare ‘Firefall’ Returns to Yos
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Rare ‘Firefall’ Returns to Yosemite for Two Weeks This February

For a couple of weeks every year, thousands of nature lovers and photographers flock to Yosemite National Park in California to spot (and capture on film) a spectacular phenomenon that looks like a […] The post Rare ‘Firefall’ Returns to Yosemite for Two Weeks This February appeared first on Geek.com.

Historical Paintings Get a Pixelated Update

Greek artist and art director Dimitris Ladopoulos (previously) continues to use the Houdini algorithm, referred to as treemapping, to interpret paintings from the art history canon. The program calculates the density of information in a user-provided image a
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Historical Paintings Get a Pixelated Update

Greek artist and art director Dimitris Ladopoulos (previously) continues to use the Houdini algorithm, referred to as treemapping, to interpret paintings from the art history canon. The program calculates the density of information in a user-provided image and then divides it based on selected parameters, creating a pixelated effect that forms distinct color tiles of varying heights. In a statement about the project, Ladopoulos draws a comparison between treemapping and the original painter’s use of varied brushstrokes to bring fine detail, color variation, and texture to select areas of the canvas. More

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Florida State trio combines for no-hitter in opener

Drew Parrish and relievers Conor Grady and Chase Haney combined for Florida State's 10th no-hitter in the Seminoles' 11-0 season-opening victory over Maine
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Florida State trio combines for no-hitter in opener

Drew Parrish and relievers Conor Grady and Chase Haney combined for Florida State's 10th no-hitter in the Seminoles' 11-0 season-opening victory over Maine

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