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“If you don’t believe that deregulation is good and that pollution ought not to be checked and that billionaires ought to be able to pull strings secretly in government, this ought to be a pretty high priority.”

The Democrats have identified nine Koch-affiliated staff at the Department of the Interior, for example, which oversees more than 400m acres of federal public land that certain Koch operatives have long thought should be handed over to states and exploited.

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A hypervelocity star with a Magellanic origin

Using proper motion measurements from Gaia DR2, we probe the origin of 26 previously known hypervelocity stars (HVSs) around the Milky Way.

We find that a significant fraction of these stars have a high probability of originating close to the Milky Way centre, but there is one obvious outlier. HVS3 is highly likely to be coming almost from the centre of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC).

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8 Best Tools to Access Remote #Linux Desktop

https://www.tecmint.com/best-remote-linux-desktop-sharing-software/

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NFL Draft 2018: Jets make right call with Sam Darnold but must resist urge to rush him: The Jets selected Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. In an ideal world, they won't have to put him on the field immediately. http://dlvr.it/QQx6ky

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James Comey Goes On Fox News And Demolishes The Right-Wing Smear Campaign Against Him

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Astronomers have found a planet so dark it absorbs almost all light that hits it through a dense layer of haze. Its discoverers have compared it to charcoal, and it's one of the darkest planets ever discovered.

The planet in question, named WASP-104b, is a type of planet known as a hot Jupiter. Hot Jupiters are pretty strange. They're gas giants with masses in the range of Jupiter, but they're extremely close to their stars, usually orbiting in a period of less than 10 days.

Because of this proximity, these planets are also extremely hot. They're not a rarity, but they do have a set of characteristics that make them a bit of a mystery.

One of these is that hot Jupiters are relatively dark. Most of them reflect about 40 percent of the starlight that reaches them. But occasionally, astronomers will find one that's a lot darker - like WASP-12b, which last year was discovered to absorb at least 94 percent of the light that hits it.

WASP-104b is even darker. According to researchers at Keele University in the UK, it absorbs more than 97 to 99 percent of light.

"From all the dark planets I could find in the literature, this is top five-ish," lead researcher and astrophysicist Teo Mocnik told New Scientist. "I think top three."

The reason for this darkness probably has to do with the planet's close proximity to its star, a yellow dwarf around 466 light-years away from us, in the constellation Leo. Like most hot Jupiters, WASP-104b is tidally locked, meaning one side always faces its host star.

So WASP-104b has a permanent day side and permanent night side - and it's so close to the star, a distance of around 4.3 million kilometres (2.6 million miles), that it takes just 1.75 days to complete a full orbit.

This means that the day side is so hot clouds can't form, and clouds are typically very reflective, as Venus demonstrates. It's also too hot for ice - the kind of surface that makes the moon Enceladus so bright.

Instead, WASP-104b has a thick, hazy atmosphere, probably containing atomic sodium and potassium, which absorb light in the visible spectrum, making the planet very dark on the day side. On the night side, away from the starlight, clouds may form - but that side never sees daylight, so there's no light nearby for it to reflect.

Even though they're darker than normal, hot Jupiters are no harder to detect than normal planets. They're all too far away for us to detect their planetshine, or to distinguish from the much brighter stars they orbit. Instead, we detect them by observing a regular, periodic dimming of the star's normal light levels as the planet moves in front of them. This is called the transit method, and it's how NASA's planet hunter Kepler operates - so it's pretty effective.

But because they're so big and so close to their stars, hot Jupiters can also be detected using the radial velocity method. This is when a star wobbles ever so slightly, tugged into a small circular movement by the gravitational pull exerted by the body orbiting it. They're also not really matte black, like charcoal, pitch, or Vantablack - that comparison is for reflectiveness, not emitted light. Because of their extreme heat, they should glow - a deep, bruise-like purple or a dull molten red. Imagine an ember glowing in a firepit.

The darkest hot Jupiter that we know of to date is a planet called TrES-2b, which reflects as little as 0.1 percent of the light that hits it. But as investigations continue, it could be that WASP-104b has real potential to challenge for that title.

The team's research has been published in the pre-print resource arXiv, and is awaiting peer review.

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Once again trump's inability too keep hies stupid mouth shut exposes his irrationality, ignorance and unsuitability for any public office.

After months of denying that Michael Cohen was representing him when Cohen paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 for her silence (about their affair), during the election campaign, Trump has undermined the validity of claims that attorney-client privilege meant the seizure of documents from his offices was illegal..

Stormy Daniel's lawyer, Michael Avenatti had this to say about Trummp's reversal of his previous statements, proving once again, that truth is a concept with which Trump has only a passing familiarity..

Michael Avenatti ✔
@MichaelAvenatti

_Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen previously represented to the American people that Mr. Cohen acted on his own and Mr. Trump knew nothing about the agreement with my client, the $130k payment, etc. As I predicted, that has now been shown to be completely false. #basta
11:17 PM - Apr 26, 2018 _

From the article linked below:

Trump also said that Cohen is primarily a businessman, and only did a "tiny, tiny" bit of legal work for him, thereby undermining the argument that the documents seized from the FBI's raid of Cohen's office are covered under attorney-client privilege.

Prosecutors in New York are ALREADY arguing that in court, a mere hours after the TV insanity.

Link to the article which contains a video of Trump's rant.:

https://www.someecards.com/news/news/donald-trump-fox-and-friends-stormy-daniels-michael-cohen/

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Speaking of collusion...

Cohen, Davidson: Amid Trump’s legal troubles, two lawyers’ names surface again and again

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The New York Giants select Saquon Barkley with Pick #2!

#Sports #NFL

(Credit: NFL)

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Growing Wild

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"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
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Trump Called Fox & Friend to Yell About How Not Mad He Is http://ellemag.co/0IJ7Wgr

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Samsung breaks silence.

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Cultures all around the world have flood stories. Could there have been an #astronomical event that caused multiple deluges and other disruption around the planet?

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Google promises to bring iPhone X support for Inbox by Gmail soon - Using Inbox by Gmail on an iPhone X could prove to be quite a nightmare since the application does not feature support for Apple's newest flagship. Unfortunately, Google has been focusing its attention on other apps with larger audiences like Gmail and Calendar, so Inbox by Gmail hasn't been updated with iPhone X support. However, that's about to change if we are to believe the newest information provided by Wall Street Jou...

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Sam Darnold not backing down from challenge that awaits him https://nyp.st/2Fl9aQh

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#Melania_Trump's been the most mocked, vilified and humiliated woman on the planet – but now she's proven herself to be a terrific first lady who deserves all our praise. 'To America's absolutely incredible first lady,' said President Trump at last night's #White_House_state_dinner, 'thank you for making this an evening we will always cherish and remember. Thank you, #Melania.'
https://youtu.be/0NNPO5r6ojU

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This latest release of Aspose.Words for #Java 18.4 contains over 75 useful new features, enhancements and bug fixes, such as ability to work with #password #protected #ODT and #OTT file formats, Preserve #PaperTray information in #PCL, Implemented optimization of #metafile #rendering vector output, Improved rendering of MathAccentElement, The accent symbol is rendered in accordance with the letter’s height, Improved rendering of #PieChart, Improved computation of widths of ideographic space when combined with document grid, space inside footnotes, Improved #floating #table positioning for #RTL #tables in 2013 compatibility mode and many more and many more. View complete release notes here: https://goo.gl/ESLKYt

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Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Released, This is What’s New.
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