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The former island paradise of Bikini Atoll is slowing blooming back to life, 70 years after the United States dropped 23 nuclear bombs on it, including a device in 1954 that was 1,100-times larger than the Hiroshima atom bomb.

The former island paradise of Bikini Atoll is slowing blooming back to life, 70 years after the U...

Making a show or miniseries based around the lives of the scientists and soldiers posted there would be so epic.

You have nuclear testing and its problems as the background, and u can explore the relationships between the people stuck on this island doing work for their country, which is half a world away.

Backstories can include WW2 flashbacks and other stuff along that vein.

Lost. The early years.

I get the feeling that nature will prevail as long as there are no humans around actively using resources or ruining the area.

I believe that's what is happening around Chernobyl. I remembering seeing a doc on animals taking back the city that was right next to it.

Trump donor 'kills himself' after revealing he tried to get Hillary Clinton's emails from Russian hackers

Trump donor 'kills himself' after revealing he tried to get Hillary Clinton's emails from Russian hackers
Trump donor 'kills himself' after revealing he tried to get Hillary Clinton's emails from Russian...

Why is "kills himself" in quotes? He actually killed himself.

[my favorite conspiracy theory in the replies so far is that I'm a Russian shill. All you boring people with your "Hillary did it!" or "Putin did it!" need to step up your game.]

Hypernormalization

Russia frames political assassinations as suicides fucking constantly. There have been 8 "suicides" in and around Russia and Russian ambassadors in the last fucking year. We have people who have survived said suicides testify that they were left for dead by hitmen.

I had hoped to god the US wouldn't get to this point, but I'm not surprised that we have, because in the past two months, not including the rest of Trump's presidency we've now seen that administration get away with so many fucking black-and-white crimes because the only people to prosecute them, are on their side. They're untouchable and our rage does nothing. This is the level we're at, now.

See, if you don't know about what happened to Russia, it wasn't always the fucking broken-down structurally decrepit hellscape it is now. Russia suffered complete and total cultural death, like a necrotic body part, because of something they called Hypernormalization: when crazy shit happens on the regualar so much, that nobody knows what news is true and what is exaggerated anymore, so they tune it out. They tune out killings, they tune out crime, they'll tune out a president threatening a 13 year old's family so she drops rape charges on him, ie, Trump's hearing in December of last year. They'll tune out him banning people from certain countries, for no justifiable reason. They'll tune out his administration being filled with outspoken neo-nazis and white supremacists. Because of hypernormalization, crazy shit is just... you can't absorb it all. I see people every day who say "dude I can't listen to the news anymore. I feel sick seeing such injustice every day. I can't do it, sorry." and that's how it works. Hypernormalization turned all of Russia in a self-interested sympathetically bereft dead zone where only the most recent generation that see the world with the internet have managed to avoid. What comes from Russia, now? What pride is there? The government is evil, the people die from suicide and alcoholism, there's zero social net, there's only rampant self-interest. Nobody fucking cares or trusts anyone else. That's what the US is becoming.

Seeing Russia "die" in a way, seeing Russia just kindof perpetuate itself, is horrifying. My family came from there. I'm seeing it happen to the US now. There's a documentary about everything that has happened to lead us to this point, and how Russia manged to do it and become an oligarchy through cultural death, that's called "", on youtube. Watch it. It's not sensationalized, it's just a history of exactly what Russia did and how it's happening here, now.

It's so hopeless feeling. It took Russia a generation to get to this point, and like the US, it just kinda... rolled over and accepted its fate, any major protests never really happened because people had to maintain jobs or die. I'm afraid it'll happen to the US. It already is. I'm sorry, you guys. I'm really sorry.

Because it's a quote from the Chicago Tribune where they took this story from. Putting it in quotes makes it clear that this is information from another source. I think this is a convention more common in British headlines, where you frequently see quotes used to literally highlight quotes, rather than to convey sarcasm or irony.

When the russians are involved straight up assassination can't be ignored as a real possibility.

Trump Tower Russia meeting: At least eight people in the room

Trump Tower Russia meeting: At least eight people in the room
Trump Tower Russia meeting: At least eight people in the room

9 if you count Obama's spy microwave.

Remember, Trump spoke about having dirt on the Clintons two days becore the meeting and the DNC leaks ended twoish weeks before the meeting.

Just remember that Trump Jr. said on Hannity that there was nothing else to say about the meeting.

He has also told at least three different versions of the events.

He's running scared.

Also, what strikes me as really suspect, is this Goldstone guy says, "Oh yeah, and this comes from the Russian government who is trying to get your father elected." and Junior just says,

"Yup. Awesome, sounds totally normal and okay to me. No surprises in that email"

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NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe just sent back breathtaking new images of the Great Red Spot

NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe just sent back breathtaking new images of the Great Red Spot
NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe just sent back breathtaking new images of the Great Red Spot

Holy shit, this gets me so pumped. I have nothing smart or valuable to say except how excited space travel make me!

That page was seriously slow for me. Here's a photo for anyone else.

Edit: this got a lot of attention so here are more!

Banana Earth for scale (although apparently inaccurate) USA for scale (although this feels even less accurate) Close up of the swirly Not sure how this one made it on there

More here.

Massive gravity.

No one is certain at this point but your question reminded me of this comment, still one of the coolest I've read on this site so far.

Setting foot on Jupiter by /u/wazoheat

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"Well, if you weren't wearing a space suit, no matter where you started you would die almost instantly because there is essentially no oxygen at any level of Jupiter's atmosphere.

But let's say you do have a space suit. What do you mean by "step foot on it"? Jupiter is, as you noted in your question, a gas giant, meaning it's made of gas. There is no solid surface. And just like Earth's atmosphere, the gas doesn't really have a "top", it just gets thinner and thinner as you get further and further from the planet, until at some point it is indistinguishable from interplanetary space (which, you may be interested to know, is not a true vacuum.

But let's say you just get dropped from some height way outside of Jupiter's visible atmosphere. Once you got within about 200,000 miles (about 300,000 km) of the planet's surface, you'd die fairly quickly from radiation poisoning.

But let's say your space suit has radiation-resisting superpowers. Well due to Jupiter's extreme mass, you'd quickly accelerate through the tenuous upper atmosphere at about 2.6 g, and burn up just like a meteor flying through Earth's upper atmosphere.

But let's say we dropped you in the middle of Jupiter's upper atmosphere, where the pressure were just about the same as Earth's surface pressure (1 bar). Now we're getting somewhere. You'd be falling, but since you're already in the thicker part of the atmosphere, your terminal velocity will be fairly low (taking Jupiter's higher gravity and the atmosphere's lower density into account (it is mostly hydrogen, so its density is about 10 times less than Earth's even though the pressure is similar), your terminal velocity would be about 3200 km/h (2000 mph)). This is probably slow enough that frictional heating and heating from supersonic compression would not burn you up. 

But hell, for shits and giggles, and in the name of keeping you alive as long as possible, let's give you a parachute, a little smaller than the one given to the Galileo probe, so that you fall at about the same velocity initially (~100 m/s, or about 360 km/h, 220 mph). Now we're cooking. Not literally though, because the temperature at this level is fairly comfortable: The temperature is just about 0 C (32 F), so you'd actually be pretty comfy. 

So okay, now you're in your radiation-proof spacesuit, with your handy parachute, falling through the atmosphere just at the top of the clouds. These clouds are made of ammonia, but let's just assume your spacesuit and parachute are okay with that. You'd actually be okay for quite a while; maybe a little bored, but hey, you're on motherfucking Jupiter.

After about 5 minutes, you've fallen to the 2-bar level (about twice the average surface pressure on Earth). You are now falling through different clouds, made of ammonium hydrosulfide and ammonium sulfide. They don't look much different than regular clouds, but they do have a brownish tint that gets browner the deeper you go. Some people may find this surprising, but you won't feel many ill effects, even as the pressure increases rapidly. The bends are only seen with rapid decompression; the only ill effects from rapid compression are if the compression is too rapid to allow your body cavities (such as inner ear, sinuses, etc) to equalize. So as long as your ears are clear of wax, you should be fine.

About 10 minutes later, you have reached the 4 bar pressure level, which is about 4 times the average atmospheric pressure at sea level, or about the pressure you'd experience under 30 meters (100 feet) of water. The temperature has actually gotten quite cold, and is now around -40 C (-40 F). But assuming all the capabilities your spacesuit already had, I'm sure it wouldn't be too much to ask for a small heater. You are now passing through clouds of water ice, just like you might see at high altitudes on Earth, but it is getting very dark. You are also being whisked along horizontally by winds reaching 200 m/s (450 mph, 720 km/h), but you barely notice as they are not very turbulent.

15 more minutes go by, and you are now at a pressure of 10 bar, or 10 times normal sea-level atmospheric pressure. At bit before this level you should have changed the mixture of air you are breathing; if you breathed normal air at a pressure of 10 bar or more, you would suffer from acute oxygen toxicity, which can be quickly fatal (oxygen is actually toxic at much lower pressures, but it would take much longer than our quick decent through jupiter). At the same time, you can suffer from nitrogen narcosis, which has similar symptoms to inhaling nitrous oxide initially, but can quickly progress to severe symptoms like coma or death. So as you dive deeper your magic space suit also changes the mixture of air you are breathing, so that the partial pressures of oxygen and nitrogen remain the same as you are used to breathing, with the rest filled with helium or neon, which are the only known gasses which don't exhibit a toxic effect at high pressures. But provided this is all taken care of, you are actually quite comfortable, as the temperature has risen back up to about 23 C (73 F).

Another 25 minutes pass, and you are starting to realize you're in trouble. You are in complete darkness now, and the temperature has been steadily increasing as you go further down: now over 100 C (212 F) and still rising fast. Your spacesuit's systems are starting to fail. Within a few minutes, the temperature is over 200 C (392 F), and you don't have much longer to survive. Not wanting to endure a miserable, burning death, you take your conveniently placed cyanide capsule and end your interplanetary adventure.

But your body keeps falling.

Down into interior regions where we have little ideas of the exact composition. Pressure and density are increasing drastically, slowing your descent to a crawl. The atmosphere of mostly hydrogen is actually a liquid now, and is now several thousand degrees, but with essentially no oxygen around your body turns into a charcoal-like substance. Your parachute cuts away, but your spacesuit remains intact because it is convenient to the story, and your compressed, dead chunk of bodily substance slowly sinks, beyond 1,000 bar, beyond 10,000 bar...

Until finally, at an insanely crushing pressure of 2,000,000 bar (and a temperature of 5,000 K, about the temperature of the surface of the sun!), you stop sinking. Because your super-spacesuit is conveniently still intact, your body is still mostly water, which is essentially incompressible, even at these incredible pressures. As such, at this level, where the density is about 1 g/cm3 or about 1000 kg/m3 (this is approximately the density of water) you and the surrounding atmosphere are the same density, so you will no longer sink! So there your carbonated corpse floats, for all eternity, until the heat death of the universe.

Sources (among some others linked above in-line): 


http://www.agu.org/journals/je/v103/iE10/98JE01766/98JE01766.pdf
http://lasp.colorado.edu/education/outerplanets/giantplanets_interiors.php
http://www.hq.nasa.gov/pao/History/conghand/fig15d3.gif
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_Highest_pressure_that_the_Human_body_can_withstand
http://thesciencepundit.blogspot.com/2010/04/air-friction-myths.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminal_velocity#Examples
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosphere_of_Jupiter#Vertical_structure


Hope you enjoyed reading!"

No one is certain at this point but your question reminded me of this comment, still one of the coolest I've read on this site so far.

Setting foot on Jupiter by /u/wazoheat

Perma-link

"Well, if you weren't wearing a space suit, no matter where you started you would die almost instantly because there is essentially no oxygen at any level of Jupiter's atmosphere.

But let's say you do have a space suit. What do you mean by "step foot on it"? Jupiter is, as you noted in your question, a gas giant, meaning it's made of gas. There is no solid surface. And just like Earth's atmosphere, the gas doesn't really have a "top", it just gets thinner and thinner as you get further and further from the planet, until at some point it is indistinguishable from interplanetary space (which, you may be interested to know, is not a true vacuum.

But let's say you just get dropped from some height way outside of Jupiter's visible atmosphere. Once you got within about 200,000 miles (about 300,000 km) of the planet's surface, you'd die fairly quickly from radiation poisoning.

But let's say your space suit has radiation-resisting superpowers. Well due to Jupiter's extreme mass, you'd quickly accelerate through the tenuous upper atmosphere at about 2.6 g, and burn up just like a meteor flying through Earth's upper atmosphere.

But let's say we dropped you in the middle of Jupiter's upper atmosphere, where the pressure were just about the same as Earth's surface pressure (1 bar). Now we're getting somewhere. You'd be falling, but since you're already in the thicker part of the atmosphere, your terminal velocity will be fairly low (taking Jupiter's higher gravity and the atmosphere's lower density into account (it is mostly hydrogen, so its density is about 10 times less than Earth's even though the pressure is similar), your terminal velocity would be about 3200 km/h (2000 mph)). This is probably slow enough that frictional heating and heating from supersonic compression would not burn you up.

But hell, for shits and giggles, and in the name of keeping you alive as long as possible, let's give you a parachute, a little smaller than the one given to the Galileo probe, so that you fall at about the same velocity initially (~100 m/s, or about 360 km/h, 220 mph). Now we're cooking. Not literally though, because the temperature at this level is fairly comfortable: The temperature is just about 0 C (32 F), so you'd actually be pretty comfy.

So okay, now you're in your radiation-proof spacesuit, with your handy parachute, falling through the atmosphere just at the top of the clouds. These clouds are made of ammonia, but let's just assume your spacesuit and parachute are okay with that. You'd actually be okay for quite a while; maybe a little bored, but hey, you're on motherfucking Jupiter.

After about 5 minutes, you've fallen to the 2-bar level (about twice the average surface pressure on Earth). You are now falling through different clouds, made of ammonium hydrosulfide and ammonium sulfide. They don't look much different than regular clouds, but they do have a brownish tint that gets browner the deeper you go. Some people may find this surprising, but you won't feel many ill effects, even as the pressure increases rapidly. The bends are only seen with rapid decompression; the only ill effects from rapid compression are if the compression is too rapid to allow your body cavities (such as inner ear, sinuses, etc) to equalize. So as long as your ears are clear of wax, you should be fine.

About 10 minutes later, you have reached the 4 bar pressure level, which is about 4 times the average atmospheric pressure at sea level, or about the pressure you'd experience under 30 meters (100 feet) of water. The temperature has actually gotten quite cold, and is now around -40 C (-40 F). But assuming all the capabilities your spacesuit already had, I'm sure it wouldn't be too much to ask for a small heater. You are now passing through clouds of water ice, just like you might see at high altitudes on Earth, but it is getting very dark. You are also being whisked along horizontally by winds reaching 200 m/s (450 mph, 720 km/h), but you barely notice as they are not very turbulent.

15 more minutes go by, and you are now at a pressure of 10 bar, or 10 times normal sea-level atmospheric pressure. At bit before this level you should have changed the mixture of air you are breathing; if you breathed normal air at a pressure of 10 bar or more, you would suffer from acute oxygen toxicity, which can be quickly fatal (oxygen is actually toxic at much lower pressures, but it would take much longer than our quick decent through jupiter). At the same time, you can suffer from nitrogen narcosis, which has similar symptoms to inhaling nitrous oxide initially, but can quickly progress to severe symptoms like coma or death. So as you dive deeper your magic space suit also changes the mixture of air you are breathing, so that the partial pressures of oxygen and nitrogen remain the same as you are used to breathing, with the rest filled with helium or neon, which are the only known gasses which don't exhibit a toxic effect at high pressures. But provided this is all taken care of, you are actually quite comfortable, as the temperature has risen back up to about 23 C (73 F).

Another 25 minutes pass, and you are starting to realize you're in trouble. You are in complete darkness now, and the temperature has been steadily increasing as you go further down: now over 100 C (212 F) and still rising fast. Your spacesuit's systems are starting to fail. Within a few minutes, the temperature is over 200 C (392 F), and you don't have much longer to survive. Not wanting to endure a miserable, burning death, you take your conveniently placed cyanide capsule and end your interplanetary adventure.

But your body keeps falling.

Down into interior regions where we have little ideas of the exact composition. Pressure and density are increasing drastically, slowing your descent to a crawl. The atmosphere of mostly hydrogen is actually a liquid now, and is now several thousand degrees, but with essentially no oxygen around your body turns into a charcoal-like substance. Your parachute cuts away, but your spacesuit remains intact because it is convenient to the story, and your compressed, dead chunk of bodily substance slowly sinks, beyond 1,000 bar, beyond 10,000 bar...

Until finally, at an insanely crushing pressure of 2,000,000 bar (and a temperature of 5,000 K, about the temperature of the surface of the sun!), you stop sinking. Because your super-spacesuit is conveniently still intact, your body is still mostly water, which is essentially incompressible, even at these incredible pressures. As such, at this level, where the density is about 1 g/cm3 or about 1000 kg/m3 (this is approximately the density of water) you and the surrounding atmosphere are the same density, so you will no longer sink! So there your carbonated corpse floats, for all eternity, until the heat death of the universe.

Sources (among some others linked above in-line):

http://www.agu.org/journals/je/v103/iE10/98JE01766/98JE01766.pdf http://lasp.colorado.edu/education/outerplanets/giantplanets_interiors.php http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_Highest_pressure_that_the_Human_body_can_withstand http://thesciencepundit.blogspot.com/2010/04/air-friction-myths.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminal_velocity#Examples http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosphere_of_Jupiter#Vertical_structure

Hope you enjoyed reading!"

A former Soviet counterintelligence officer was in the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer in June 2016, in which Trump Jr. was promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton

A former Soviet counterintelligence officer was in the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer in June 2016, in which Trump Jr. was promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton
A former Soviet counterintelligence officer was in the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and a Russia...

The count is now 6 in the meeting. Junior was lying over, and over. He said about adoption. It was not. He said not a lawyer connected to Russian government. His email specifically states government lawyer.

He went to get oppo research from a foreign country, one that we are not friendly with. He was guilty of illegal acts. He did not state the meeting on clearance forms. When will you people quit defending these low grade crooks?

When Gore was presented an opportunity like this, he called the FBI in . The Trumps don't do that. They cover up like Nixon.

See, the lawyer herself never did/said anything bad, exactly as she stated before. She just didn't mention the FSB guy who was leading the show

Edit: Ok, ex-KGB, even better

"There is no such thing as a former KGB man" ~Vladimir Putin

I think Colbert said it best:

"I'm used to the left/right divide between moral issues like abortion, state powers, gay marriage, and so on... but apparently 'foreign powers interfering in our democratic process' is now a left/right issue?"

Russian lobbyist admits meeting Donald Trump Jr in 2016

Russian lobbyist admits meeting Donald Trump Jr in 2016
Russian lobbyist admits meeting Donald Trump Jr in 2016

Mr Akhmetshin said their conversation was "not substantive" and he "actually expected more serious" discussion.

Well... duh

Except that Kushner and Manafort were both also in attendance. Say what you want about Don Jr. But I don't think either Kushner or Manafort are stupid men.

What I do think is that this is exactly what you would say if you don't want to talk about what was actually discussed in the meeting.

'I got an email from a hitman who said he could take care of my political oponent.

'And sure, I met with the hitman, and my political opponent was assassinated soon after, but I had absolutely nothing to do with that. Go ahead and ask the hitman.''

Rinat Akhmetshin, named in US Senate documents as a former "Soviet counterintelligence officer", confirmed his participation at the same meeting Mr Trump Jr had with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

He said the discussion was billed as part of a Russian government effort to help the Republican during last year's presidential election campaign.

So, this was the quid-pro-quo. "We, the Russian government will help you, but then you have to help us with various things. Let's start by setting up a meeting with the lobbyists to lift the Magintsky sanctions and who are also lobbying to halt a money laundering case against one of the the Russian oligarchs."

Oh, and surprise surprise the legal case was essentially dropped soon after Trump took office (IIRC, after Trump fired the prosecutor).

Virtually all automakers (except for Tesla) are asking China to slow down electric car mandate

Virtually all automakers (except for Tesla) are asking China to slow down electric car mandate

Kiss your market share goodbye. Should have sided with the future a couple years back.

Sucks to be them.

China has apocalyptic air quality issues and they need to remedy them any way they can.

"Son, clean up your rom before dinner" "Okay Dad." [Keeps playing WoW] "Son! Dinner's ready in 2 minutes. Is your room clean?" "Aww, Daaaaaaaaaad! Can't I just shove the mess under the bed until after dinner?"

Chevy seems to be the only one who seriously tried at all.

Trump travel ban - Judge expands definition of 'close relative': Grandparents and other relatives of people living in the US cannot be barred from entering under Trump's travel ban, a judge has ruled.

Trump travel ban - Judge expands definition of 'close relative': Grandparents and other relatives of people living in the US cannot be barred from entering under Trump's travel ban, a judge has ruled.
Trump travel ban - Judge expands definition of 'close relative': Grandparents and other relatives...

How about they actually include countries that produce the most terrorists such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the UAE, not countries like Iran. I genuinely don't think I have ever heard of an ethnic Iranian committing acts of terror.

This is a good point. I generally see the Iranian government as being pretty fucked up, but the people kind of seem like innocent bystanders in the mess.

It's a PR tool...

Although I am more conservative than Liberal, I still see this travel ban as futile, what does it hope to achieve? Its only for 90 days (120 for refugees), also, other area's e.g. Saudis are not banned, so it cannot really achieve its goal of keeping terrorists out, even if it was a permanent ban.

edit : nvm Malaysia and Indonesia are not heavily terrorist states as first mentioned

UK NHS has been judged the best, safest and most affordable healthcare system out of 11 countries analysed and ranked by experts from the influential Commonwealth Fund health thinktank.

UK NHS has been judged the best, safest and most affordable healthcare system out of 11 countries...

Hold my beer

-Jeremy Hunt

BUMS AND WILLIES!

FUCK TRUMP!

Intensive care nurse in the NHS for 7 years here, things have got pretty crappy for staff recently but we strive to never let it affect patient care, sometimes it's does and the consequences are literally life and death when it does but we learn from it.

My unit recently was awarded the best ITU in Europe and second in the world and me and my team couldn't be prouder of the work we do every day to save life's and treat people.

Tl;dr shit happens at least we're not America

but you end up paying more for the same less health care.

ftfy

EDIT: The guy i replied to edited his comment.

China has pushed back against a wave of international censure over the death of democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo, telling the world to stay out of its “domestic affairs” and labelling the 2010 decision to award the late activist a Nobel peace prize “a blasphemy”.

China has pushed back against a wave of international censure over the death of democracy advocat...

It's amusing that an anti-theist state is using the word blasphemy.

Which is currently in crisis because all Catholic bishops in China have to be approved by a government board in order to do their thing, at which point the Vatican excommunicates them.

Fun fact: Religion is actually growing in China, and the government has their own state-sanctioned version of Christianity.

They're trying to warm up to the Vatican, because the Vatican is the only European holdout that hasn't had diplomatic relations with the PRC yet.

Why? Because during Mao's era a lot of Christians were persecuted in China and Catholicism had to exist as an underground religion. Things generally got better, of course, but during that era of bad blood the Vatican warmed up more towards the Republic of China (aka Taiwan). So, Taiwan has actual diplomatic relations with the Vatican, while China does not.

What's interesting is that the Vatican is also the only European ally Taiwan has. No other country acknowledges Taiwan; the only valid Taiwanese embassy in Europe belongs to the Vatican. Since the Vatican's embassies are all located in Rome (the Italian part, therefore outside of Vatican soil), that means that there's an embassy in Italy for a country that Italy doesn't have diplomatic relations to.

While this is great news for the millions of Catholics in China, it's just another step for China it further isolate Taiwan from the international community.

Try one of these subthreads