Next week, the Obamas are moving out of The White House, and the Trumps are moving in. And, just like any big move, it involved saying goodbye to some old stuff. The Trumps told the former first family that they didn’t want to keep the family’s playground on the grounds, so the Obamas donated it to a homeless shelter.
Noor Salman, the widow of Pulse Nightclub shooter, Omar Mateen, was arrested yesterday on federal charges of aiding and abetting by providing material support to a terrorist and obstruction of justice. She was formally charged today in court.
In November, Salman was the subject of a New York Times article where she reiterated that she knew nothing of her husband's plans.
"I was unaware of everything. I don't condone what he has done. I am very sorry for what has happened. He has hurt a lot of people."
Salman's attorney told NPR the same thing following her client's arrest:
Noor Salman had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night. Noor has told her story of abuse at his hands. We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person.
According to a report done by an NPR reporter, there have been some inconsistencies in Salman's story:
For example, she said she didn't know that the attack was coming, but she also told authorities that she tried to talk him out of the attack. She was with him when he bought ammunition last week. She actually joined him at the Pulse nightclub before the attack, although it's possible she didn't know that he was there to case the place. So a grand jury is looking at all of this. It's not clear if they'll bring charges, but they're certainly considering that.
It was always our goal, and we said from the beginning, we were going to look at every aspect of this case, every aspect of this shooter's life, to determine not just why did he take these actions, but who else knew about them, was anyone else involved, is there any other accountability that needs to be had here in this case.
Salman and Mateen were both native to California and Salman moved to California after the shooting.
Salman faces life in prison as a maximum sentence if convicted. Discuss
You know how the old saying goes, “If you can’t keep your phone from blowing up, recreate it with a built-in fire extinguisher.” OK, so maybe we made that up, but that doesn’t mean researchers aren’t trying to construct batteries with built-in fire extinguishers.
You may remember last year when Samsung had to recall an entire line of phones because the lithium-ion batteries were causing them to blow up. Batteries are designed to store a lot of energy and release it over time. But with the Samsung phones, something would malfunction and that energy would release all at once and turn the once seemingly harmless phone into a miniature bomb.
Luckily, a group of researchers at Stanford may have found a solution. Instead of developing a battery that won’t explode, these researchers have found a way to assemble the phone with a fire extinguisher built into the device. But, how?
According to the BBC, “Flame retardant triphenyl phosphate (TPP) sits inside a shell within the electrolyte fluid. The shell melts when the temperature reaches 150C (302F), releasing the chemical compound. In tests, battery fires were extinguished in 0.4 seconds.”
There you have it. Exploding batteries now have the ability to put out their own fires and we are officially in the future. Discuss
This week's upcoming Women's March on Washington has been met with a lot of questions and some mild controversy.
The latest stems from the decision to remove pro-life group New Wave Feminists from the list of official partners—a list that includes Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
The march is scheduled for the day after President-elect Trump's inauguration and is expected to command an attendance of more than 200,000 people protesting for women's and human rights.
Among the march's unity principles of mitigating domestic violence against women, an end to police brutality and racial profiling, the group lists reproductive freedom.
We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education. We understand that we can only have reproductive justice when reproductive health care is accessible to all people regardless of income, location or education.
New Wave Feminists lists itself as a group that is "here to take feminism back from those who have corrupted it."
The Women's March's platform is pro-choice and that has been our stance from day one. We want to assure all of our partners, as well as participants, that we are pro-choice as clearly stated in our Unity Principles. We look forward to marching on behalf of individuals who share the view that women deserve the right to make their own reproductive decisions.
The anti-choice organization in question is not a partner of the Women's March on Washington. We apologize for this error.
March organizers have said that everyone is welcome to join the march, regardless of sponsorship ties.
Some members of pro-life groups have intentions of sitting the march out because of its reproductive stances, according to The Atlantic. But many women plan to march regardless.
"We’re not just pro-lifers who are also feminists. We’re feminists first and foremost," Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, the president of New Wave Feminists told The Atlantic. “Optics-wise, it looks terrible that any pro-life group would go out and protest women.” Discuss
Emma Watson has settled the score once and for all: Belle is a better Disney princess than Cinderella. There is no one more qualified to make this call than the Harry Potter star, who apparently was also offered the role of Cinderella but turned it down.
She explained to Total Film magazine, "I didn't know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella, but when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did.”
There's this kind of outsider quality that Belle had, and the fact she had this really empowering defiance of what was expected of her. In a strange way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring. She manages to keep her integrity and have a completely independent point of view. She's not easily swayed by other people's perspective—not swayed by fear-mongering or scapegoating.
Well said, Watson. Belle is clearly an all-star and we can’t wait to see her on the big screen in the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast when it hits theaters March 17th. Discuss
It looks like Jurassic World is a real place called Lakeland, Florida. If you’ve seen the video of a mammoth sized alligator floating around the internet you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, let us break it down for you.
Everyone knows alligators live in Florida. The University of Florida’s mascot is a gator and the Sunshine State is even the home of an amusement park called Gator Land. The fact that an alligator was spotted on camera at one of Florida’s nature reserves doesn’t sound like it’d be the type of hard-hitting footage to go viral.
That is until you see that this reptile looks less like an alligator and more like something out of Jurassic Park. Don’t believe us, see for yourself:
Did this dinosaur survive the ice age? Is it evidence of something prehistoric? Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, this thing is huge and roaming around Florida and we wouldn’t blame you for canceling that Disney trip you had planned. Discuss