Get ready for some ‘galactic context’ Almost 100 new exoplanets discovered

  The universe just got a little more crowded. Nearly 100 new exoplanets — planets outside of our solar system — have been discovered, scientists announced in a new study published Thursday. Using powerful telescopes, exoplanets can be detected as they orbit around their star, which causes a subtle dimming of …

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Study suggests link between consumption of ultra-processed foods and cancer

    You know those chicken nuggets with a sort of strange white stuff in the middle that doesn’t much resemble chicken? You might want to avoid them. That’s because a European study of what are called ultra-processed foods — basically, stuff made in factories with ingredients not usually found …

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Why the AR-15 keeps appearing at America’s deadliest mass shootings

  A Las Vegas concert. An Orlando night club. An elementary school in Newtown, Conn. A Texas church. And now a high school in Parkland, Fla. America’s most popular weapon was there for all of them. AR-15-style rifles have increasingly appeared in American mass shootings, including the deadliest high school shooting …

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NRA’s big spending pays off with clout and wins in Washington

    WASHINGTON — After a suspected gunman was accused of killing 17 people at a Florida school with a legally purchased AR-15 rifle, one of President Trump’s early tweets about the horrific event focused not on gun control, but on mental health. “So many signs that the Florida shooter was …

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Trump’s racism has gone from dog-whistle bigotry to megaphone prejudice

Trump also said he’d prefer more people from Norway, where the population is as white as it gets. (Sen. Dick Durbin, present at the meeting, contested Trump’s denial, saying, “He said these hate-filled things. And he said them repeatedly.”) If you think the President hasn’t exhausted the benefit of the …

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Melania Trump and the ‘Mulligan’

Mrs. Trump was scheduled to attend the event to show support for her husband. Her cancellation comes after The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter, reported that Donald Trump’s lawyer arranged a payout for pornography actress Stormy Daniels to ensure that she stayed quiet about an alleged sexual encounter …

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Blue Ivy had the best seat at the Grammys

The eldest daughter of JAY-Z and Beyoncé was photographed seated between her superstar parents during Sunday’s telecast, enjoying the show. As singer Camila Cabello introduced U2 to the stage, the 6-year-old appeared to shush her parents from clapping too loudly. Fans were thrilled at the rare sighting. “I have no …

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Cape Town cuts limit on water use by nearly half as ‘Day Zero’ looms

Residents are now being asked to curb the amount of municipal water they use each day to just 50 liters (a little over 13 gallons). Only a month ago, level six restrictions had placed residents on a daily allowance of 87 liters (about 23 gallons), illustrating the severity of the …

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All you need to know about the Cast of Grey’s Anatomy

  Since 2005, *Grey’s Anatomy* has taken a big part of our lives and hearts. The medical drama series focuses on a group of doctors at a hospital in Seattle, including several who began their careers at the facility as interns. Here are some of our favorite characters, and what …

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Learn to Understand Spoken Spanish in Minutes With This Little Known Technique

Like most of us who live or work abroad, Matt Brady struggled with the same issues for years before stumbling upon a solution that transformed his life. Three years ago, Matt and his wife Cheryl moved from Mesa, Arizona to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to begin what they hoped would be …

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