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September 9, 2019

Transitioning ThinkProgress

Many years ago, we embarked on a new experiment: moving ThinkProgress from an organizational blog to a progressive news site, powered by reporters and editorially independent. We are proud that ThinkProgress helped shape the conversation in this country—exposing the companies that were supporting the NRA, uncovering sexual abuse within religious organizations, documenting voter suppression, and […]
September 5, 2019

CNN’s planning a 2020 LGBTQ forum. Here are some issues advocates say the candidates should address.

A prominent LGBTQ rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced Thursday that it will host a presidential town hall on LGBTQ issues next month. The event will air on CNN. LGBTQ advocacy groups told ThinkProgress that they know exactly what ideas they want to hear discussed at the town hall set for Oct. 10, […]
September 5, 2019

It wasn’t a debate, but CNN’s 7-hour climate forum laid bare key differences among Democrats

CNN’s seven-hour town hall on the climate crisis wasn’t the debate many activists have spent months calling for. But Wednesday night’s marathon event teased out notable differences among Democratic presidential contenders, giving voters a taste of how each candidate might approach climate policy if elected. Two of the main issues where candidates staked out wildly […]
September 4, 2019

Kristen Stewart’s experience is emblematic of LGBTQ people’s struggles in Hollywood

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, actor Kristen Stewart, who has been romantically linked to model Stella Maxwell since 2017, said, “I have fully been told, ‘If you just like do yourself a favor, and don’t go out holding your girlfriend’s hand in public, you might get a Marvel movie.’ I don’t want to work with people […]
September 4, 2019

Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans have been derailed, thanks to members of his own party

Before Tuesday, it was unlikely that too many people outside his constituency of Bracknell in Berkshire, England, would have heard of Member of Parliament (MP) Phillip Lee. But, on yet another day of high Parliament drama over the seemingly-endless saga of Brexit, the Conservative (Tory) MP thrust himself into the spotlight by publicly defecting to […]
September 4, 2019

Republican leaders silent as Alabama governor insists she won’t resign over blackface scandal

Gov. Kay Ivey (R-AL) adamantly vowed on Tuesday that she would not resign her office, despite revelations last week that she once appeared in blackface in a college Baptist Student Union skit while she was a student at Auburn University. The national Republican leaders who demanded a Democratic governor resign for a very similar scandal […]

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November 20, 2019

Reddit author confesses to being stoned at work ‘all day every day’

A Reddit user who confessed to being stoned at work “all day every day” is going viral.
November 20, 2019

Liverpool girl’s Christmas wish for ‘home and food’ granted

The girl, seven, is said to be "really excited" her family are staying at a hotel over Christmas.
November 20, 2019

Hibernation chambers might make space exploration a reality

We've all seen it in sci-fi space movies: Deep-space travelers cruising to a new location and sleeping for weeks, months, or even years to pass the time. In fiction, hibernation pods are a convenient plot device, but would they work here in reality? A new research effort by the European Space Agency suggests that if we can get the technology working as intended, placing astronauts into a state of suspended animation might actually be the best way to explore the cosmos. The benefits would be many, including the option to use a much smaller spacecraft for long-haul crewed missions. There are many hurdles we still need to overcome before we could even think about sending humans to other planets, let alone other systems. Even if we figured out how to overcome things like space radiation and the toll of long-term low gravity on the human body, we're still left with one major problem: Humans need living space and a lot of it. When engineers dream up concepts for crewed spacecraft that could travel to distant locations they're typically quite large. That's because we need space to move around, exercise, and live our lives, regardless of whether or not we're flying through space in a big metal cylinder. Sleeping astronauts require far less room to stretch their legs, so to speak, and that means a much smaller ship. "We looked at how an astronaut team could be best put into hibernation, what to do in case of emergencies, how to handle human safety and even what impact hibernation would have on the psychology of the team," Robin Biesbroek of ESA's Concurrent Design Facility explains. "Finally we created an initial sketch of the habitat architecture and created a roadmap to achieve a validated approach to hibernate humans to Mars within 20 years." The team came up with a design that reduces the mass of a deep-space crew module by a third. This is largely thanks to the removal of crew living space that would no longer be needed, as well as a reduction in the supplies that would need to be carried along for the journey. The design assumes a lot of technological advancements that, put simply, just don't exist yet. That includes the ability to safely place a human into a state of hibernation and slow down their metabolism by as much as 75%. This comes naturally to animals who hibernate, but humans aren't one of them. Additionally, the crew would need time to recover after waking up, and that could mean spending weeks in cramped quarters of a shrunken ship. We still have some time to figure it all out, of course, but it's incredibly interesting that a concept dreamt up by science fiction writers decades ago may end up being the best solution to exploring other worlds.
November 20, 2019

Euromillions £105m jackpot won by UK ticket-holder

The National Lottery's senior winners' adviser urged players to check their tickets.
November 20, 2019

U.S. Fed approves merger between BB&T, SunTrust Banks

The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Tuesday it approved a merger between BB&T Corp and SunTrust Banks Inc, sealing the biggest tie-up of banks since the 2007-2009 global financial crisis.
November 20, 2019

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to pay states’ lawyers, urged to help victims

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP got court approval on Tuesday to reimburse millions of dollars in legal fees for states that back its proposed $10 billion settlement of opioid lawsuits, but with a condition meant to help victims of the addiction crisi...
November 20, 2019

Election debate: Conservatives defend ‘factcheckUK’ Twitter profile

The Tory press office was rebranded as "factcheckUK" for Tuesday's live TV debate.
November 20, 2019

Johnson v Corbyn: The head-to-head in three minutes

The two leaders locked horns over the NHS, Brexit and the Royal Family in a live TV debate.
November 20, 2019

Woman’s edits of Instagram photos with ex-boyfriends go viral: ‘I can do better’

A young woman who edited the captions of her Instagram posts with her ex-boyfriends is being hailed a hero online.
November 20, 2019

GameStop’s early Black Friday deals include big discounts on games and console bundles

Good news, Black Friday shoppers in the market for some great deals on games: GameStop doesn't want you to actually have to wait until Black Friday rolls around to start splurging. The video game chain has gone ahead and rolled out a collection of pre-Black Friday deals that include everything from a cool $100 off a PlayStation 4 console, as much as $150 off an Xbox One, and at least $10 off hot PS4 games, among other savings. Full details on GameStop's Black Friday promotions can be found here, but some of the early deals you'll be able to take advantage of starting this Sunday, November 24 include:
  • A PS4 1TB system with a game bundle that includes God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition, and The Last of Us, for $199.99 (savings of $100)
  • DualShock 4 wireless controllers for $38.99 (savings of up to $26)
  • A year's subscription to PlayStation Plus for $44.99 (discounted by $15)
  • and a PS4 Pro 1TB glacier white system for $299.99 (savings of $100)
Here's the 2-page ad scan showing GameStop's early Black Friday deals. Note: This is apparently separate from GameStop's full Black Friday collection of deals, so you can either hit both if you want or skip this weekend's early promotions if you're wanting to hold out for the good stuff. For an example of why we say there's no reason to rush yet, you can get a better version of that offer for a year's subscription to PlayStation Plus here for $40, instead of $45. Meanwhile, if you do want to get started this weekend, other deals you can score include a limited edition Xbox One X 1TB console that comes with an NBA 2K20 bundle for $349.99, which would be a savings of $150. On the subscription front, an Xbox Live Gold 3-month subscription is available for $14.99, while an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate 3-month subscription would set you back $26.99 (a savings of $10 and 40%, respectively). Lastly, we'd also point to the Xbox One S 1TB All-Digital Edition 3-game console bundle, which includes Fortnite Battle Royale, Minecraft, and Sea of Thieves, that's available for only $149.99 ($100 off).
November 20, 2019

Health secretary to make statement on crisis-hit Glasgow NHS board

The health secretary is facing calls to put the Glasgow health board into "special measures".
November 20, 2019

Dear Evan Hansen: Musical about teen suicide comes to West End

The creators of the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen reveal why they decided to make a musical centred around teen suicide.
November 20, 2019

The Papers: ‘Survival’ and ‘floundering’ in election debate

The papers review the televised head-to-head between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.
November 19, 2019

General election 2019: Lib Dems promise 20,000 more teachers

They party proposes an extra £10bn a year for schools in England, taken from a £50bn "Remain bonus".