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Harvard 3D Printed A Soft Robot Octopus

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Autonomous soft robot octopus.


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It’s true—the closest star to the Sun harbors an Earth-sized planet

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After weeks of rumors and unconfirmed reports, European scientists have officially announced the discovery of an Earth-sized world around the closest star to the Sun, Proxima Centauri. Although the planet theoretically orbits its star in a region where water could exist as a liquid on its surface, no direct information can be gleaned about whether Proxima b has an atmosphere, water, or other characteristics that would increase its habitability. Nonetheless, it is tantalizing to imagine a habitable world so close to home.

The existence of a likely terrestrial world orbiting Proxima Centauri, which is 4.2 light years from the Sun and part of a three-star system that includes two distant members, Alpha Centauri A and B, has been speculated about for some time. That's because Guillem Anglada-Escudé, an astronomer at the Queen Mary University of London, and colleagues used spectrograph data from the European Southern Observatory in Chile during the 2000s to discern a wobble in the star’s movement.

Then, earlier this year, with a concerted observing program over 60 nights at the observatory, they gathered additional data to rule out other explanations for Proxima Centauri's wobbling, such as flares or other stellar activity. It had to be the gravitational effect of a nearby planet. “Statistically, there can be no doubt now,” Anglada-Escudé said during a telephone news briefing about the findings, published Wednesday in Nature.

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Mike Pence Got His Hair Cut At A Black Barbershop, And This Happened

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the GOP vice presidential nominee, gets his hair trimmed by barber Henry Jones in Norristown, Pa. Jim Melwert/KYW Newsradio hide caption

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the GOP vice presidential nominee, gets his hair trimmed by barber Henry Jones in Norristown, Pa.

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Mike Pence sat down in Henry Jones' barbershop in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, during a campaign swing — and the media came along for the ride.

CNN streamed 20 minutes of silence and small talk on Facebook Live, as Pence got trim. Watch it here:

Among the moments captured on camera:

Pence: You've been at this location since '92?

Jones: Yes

Pence: It's a good location

After looking in a mirror and proclaiming it a "great haircut — perfect," Pence applauded, then walked behind the chair to shake Jones' hand.

And this happened.

"Your name was—?" Jones asked.

Pence replied, "Mike Pence. I'm the governor of Indiana, and I'm running for Vice President of the United States."

This fact seemed to take Jones by surprise. "Go ahead man," he said. "Vice president? Oh boy."

"I'm running with Donald Trump. I'm his running mate," Pence said."

"OK. All right. Oh boy."

With Trump trying to reach out to the black community, the moment instantly set Twitter alight.

On Monday, Pence struggled when a Fox reporter asked him Monday about Trump's contention that, in 2020, he would win 95 percent of the African American vote. Pence laughs, the reporters asks why he's laughing.

"Well, that's Donald Trump," he said.

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"That's Donald Trump." America's new favorite sitcom!
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The TPP Deal Won’t Improve Our Security

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Gentleman attempts to hide from police using senior citizen makeup

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Police in Hyannis, Massachusetts were on the lookout for 31 year old Shaun Miller, who was wanted for drug trafficking. Officers went to a house were he was believed to be staying, and when they encountered an "elderly man" there, the "officers determined that the ‘elderly man’ was in fact Miller, and at that point, officers pulled off Miller’s realistic disguise and placed him under arrest," according to a statement issued by the US Attorney’s Office.

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"Hmm, this elderly grandfather is sure saying 'bruh' a lot..."
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Google will soon start punishing mobile sites that show hard-to-dismiss popups

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