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20 Sweet Pumpkins That Are Actually Cakes

20 Sweet Pumpkins That Are Actually Cakes



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What a War between Iran and America Would Actually Look Like

What a War between Iran and America Would Actually Look LikeThis position is held in the United States by figures such as Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and by policymakers such as Sen. Tom Cotton. The desire for regime change is also shared by some in the Middle East, including significant elements of the Israeli and Saudi national security states.



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We Finally Know What This Hurricane Harvey Sea Creature Actually Is

We Finally Know What This Hurricane Harvey Sea Creature Actually IsThe identity of a mysterious sea creature that washed up on shore after Hurricane Harvey has finally been identified. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland).



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Jimmy Kimmel Nails Sean Spicer On What A Fact Actually Is

Jimmy Kimmel Nails Sean Spicer On What A Fact Actually IsSean Spicer got a lesson on what a fact is during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night.



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DNA Test Reveals Powerful Viking Warrior Was Actually A Woman

DNA Test Reveals Powerful Viking Warrior Was Actually A WomanA study of the skeletal remains of an influential Viking military leader ― who was long-assumed to be a man ― revealed that she is actually a woman.



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Car chase reveals 'driverless van' actually has driver disguised as front seat

Car chase reveals 'driverless van' actually has driver disguised as front seatA self-driving van that appeared completely unmanned has been revealed as under the control of a driver hiding dressed as a car seat following a chase with journalists. The Ford Transit was spotted on the streets of Arlington, Virginia, driving around the town with no visible driver. Although the state had authorised the testing of autonomous cars locals had not expected to see one, let alone a completely unmanned vehicle. The van was seen driving over the weekend and was hunted down by local journalists. Unlike most self-driving vehicles, it appeared to have no Lidar array for tracking its surrounding, which have been seen on test cars from Uber or Waymo, two of the leaders in autonomous vehicles. Any tests of self-driving vehicles are normally accompanied by a human driver, who sits in the driver's seat to control the car if it strays off course. Local journalists from ARL Now and NBC News 4 reporter Adam Tuss tracked the van, attempting to see how the vehicle was driving. Tuss and his team ultimately pulled up alongside at a red light, revealing hands and feet sticking out of the front seat controlling the wheel. "This is one of the strangest things I have ever seen," Tuss tweeted. "We have found the self-driving van in Arlington – and there's a guy hiding behind the seat." The "self-driving" van photographed in Virginia Credit: Adam Tuss/NBC After the reporter questioned the driver through the window, the driver sped off without a word to the reporter. The driverless car turned out to be a test by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute as part of a study into autonomous vehicles. The institute told NBC: "The driver's seating area is configured to make the driver less visible within the vehicle, while still allowing him or her the ability to safely monitor and respond to surroundings." The big players | Driverless cars There are still plenty of challenges ahead for driverless cars, such as learning to navigate potentially vandalised road signs and struggling to avoid Kangaroos. The crazy future of transport – in pictures



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Here’s what NASA’s new Planetary Protection Officer will actually do

Here’s what NASA’s new Planetary Protection Officer will actually do

You've probably already heard about NASA's newest job opening. It carries a pretty impressive title, and being the official "Planetary Protection Officer" for US space program must be one heck of a responsibility, right? But what in the world does such a person actually do, and why is it so important that NASA is willing to throw as much as $ 187,000 at the person who wins the gig? Well, as with most things NASA does, it's complicated…

While the title might imply that the person tasked with "planetary protection" would be doing everything in their power to prevent the utter destruction of Earth itself, the job actually requires a much broader focus. The officer, or PPO for short, is actually responsible for helping to prevent NASA from destroy other worlds just as much as they are responsible for protecting our own.

Contaminating other planets with organisms or organic material from Earth is an extremely serious concern. The worry of spreading organic matter outside of Earth was brought up as early as 1956, when members of the International Astronautical Federation suggested that we might inadvertently contaminate the moon or other planets as we explore space. The Office of Planetary Protection maintains the guidelines and quarantine procedures related to human exploration of space, and the PPO will be the individual tasked with ensuring that the rest of NASA is doing everything in its power to follow those rules.

The summary on the job listing offers a pretty good idea of why this is so important:

NASA maintains policies for planetary protection applicable to all space flight missions that may intentionally or unintentionally carry Earth organisms and organic constituents to the planets or other solar system bodies, and any mission employing spacecraft, which are intended to return to Earth and its biosphere with samples from extraterrestrial targets of exploration. This policy is based on federal requirements and international treaties and agreements.

Of course, Earth will also be a big concern for the PPO, and it's just as important that we prevent organic material from other worlds from mixing with our own, and for the same reasons. In short, we don't really know what's out there, and introducing materials or even organisms that originated on another planet, moon, or other objects to Earth without proper quarantine is obviously a terrible idea.

In addition to keeping NASA compliant with best practices regarding planetary protection, the PPO will also be the main point of contact for other agencies and organizations from around the world who are performing similar duties.

So, no, the Planetary Protection Officer won't be manning a laser turret to defend Earth from hostile invaders, but they will be keeping watch over NASA's exploration missions and ensuring that something much small — but potentially just as catastrophic — doesn't slip by undetected.



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Here’s What Russia’s Decision to Reduce Diplomatic Staff Will Actually Mean

Here’s What Russia’s Decision to Reduce Diplomatic Staff Will Actually MeanIt’s likely Russian staff will feel it the most.



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Actually Jeff Bezos, I'm the world's wealthiest man if you count how rich I am in love and also my drug empire

Actually Jeff Bezos, I'm the world's wealthiest man if you count how rich I am in love and also my drug empireWell Jeff Bezos, you've been named the new world's wealthiest person, so I suppose congratulations are in order. That is, they would be, if not for one simple fact: you are not the world's wealthiest person. I am. That's right, Mr. Bezos, all of your billions ($ 90.6 of them, according to
Forbes) pale in comparison to MY wealth. You see, Jeff, I am rich in love for my family, and the profundity of that love far surpasses your bank accounts.  Also, I run a global criminal drug empire worth more than $ 300 billion. SEE ALSO: In the gig economy, I'm a doer. And you can be one too Sorry, Jeff! Your spot at the top of the world's wealthiest list is unfortunately meaningless! Even with all your money, profit and influence, you'll never match how truly rich I feel each and every day of my life when I walk into my home and am greeted by my sweet young daughter Alise, my beautiful wife Shannon, and my 75 personal bodyguards armed to the teeth to protect me and all of my drugs 24/7. Of course, I'm sure you're feeling good today, thinking about where you started and how far you've come along on your journey to becoming the world's wealthiest man. Your passion for your business is very admirable. But mark my words, Mr. Bezos: some day soon you will look around and know that your $ 90.6 billion is chump change — a hollow, meager number meaning nothing — when stacked up against the swell of love in my heart when my daughter says, "Goodnight Daddy, I love you," or my right hand, Jürgen, tells me, "We have defeated the cartel. You now control all of North America's major drug routes." I wouldn't trade a second with my incredible family for all the money in your bank account, sir. I also wouldn't trade it for my own bank account, which has much more money than that in it (because of the drugs). This beautiful moment is worth more than your entire net worth. Literally. I keep $ 92 billion in the lining of the couch I am sitting on. The money is from drugs.Image: Shutterstock / Dragon ImagesIf you're interested in being
truly wealthy, Mr. Bezos, I do have some advice for you: Make time for family dinners. Don't put work first. Don't force everything into a schedule. Be spontaneous. Take a break! Kill your competitors using paid assassins, and then kill those assassins to cover your tracks. Invent a really bad drug and sell it for a lot of money. Taking a walk with your family is the best investment you can make, Jeff. Besides paying off police forces so you can run drugs between countries without profit loss, that is.Image: Shutterstock / Dragon ImagesRemember: being wealthy on paper is less of a blessing than it is a curse, my friend. Be careful it doesn't make you lose sight of what really matters: your incredible family. Also it is bad for me because the IRS will see my drug money and I will go to jail for a long time, possibly forever.
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Sorry, Jurassic Park fans: New research says the T. rex actually couldn't run

Sorry, Jurassic Park fans: New research says the T. rex actually couldn't runIt turns out those Tyrannosaurus Rex chase scenes in
Jurassic Park may not be so realistic after all.  We hate to break it to you but: the famed dinosaur couldn't run, according to new research from Manchester University. In other words, everything you thought you knew about the T. rex chasing down its prey could be wrong.  The study, which used multi-body dynamic analysis and skeletal stress analysis — two bio-mechanical techniques — found that the T. rex's legs wouldn't have been able to handle running. Evidence shows that the T. rex was actually limited to walking, and wouldn't have been able to run due to its body mass. SEE ALSO: T. rex might not have been fluffy, after all Instead of the hyper-fast speeds we see in the movies, the study initially found that the T. rex could travel at a maximum speed of roughly 19 MPH (30 km/H). This was eventually lowered to 12 MPH (20 km/H) once researchers tested skeletal strength, according to the
BBC.  The study, headed by Professor William Sellers at Manchester's School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, claims that the models used for the study "are currently the most anatomically complete reconstructions ever attempted." Sellers told the
BBC that based on the study's "highly realistic computer models," running would have been impossible for the T. rex, because it's skeleton would have been too weak.  "That means that
T. rex was actually quite slow and therefore not a pursuit predator," he said. Another study, separately published by
Nature Ecology & Evolution, seems to back up Manchester's findings, as it concludes that the largest animals generally cannot accelerate as fast as smaller animals can.  That said, the study out of Manchester notes that people should be cautious about the researcher's findings.  "These results improve on those obtained by previous biomechanical work by excluding some of the previously plausible values and thereby reducing the range of uncertainty but many of the previous caveats still apply," the study said.  WATCH: The work behind the T-Rex chase in 'Jurassic Park' is mind-boggling



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