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Donald Trump retweets doctored pic with CNNs blood splattered on his shoe

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Five months after President Donald Trump tweeted a doctored video of himself beating up CNN in WWE-style, his latest attack on the network was a little more subtle. But only a little.

On Sunday morning, Trump retweeted this image in which he’s seated in a limo on his car phone with the word “WINNING” written across the top. But if you look closely at the bottom of his shoe, you’ll see the bloody insult.

That’s a blood-spattered CNN logo. In case you need a closer look…

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A few minutes later, Trump blasted what he calls “fake news” and “fake polls” (as Vox noted this week, he has the lowest-rated poll numbers of any first-year president in history).

But is Trump spending the morning of Christmas Eve watching the network he professes to hate? It’s possible.

It also appears Trump is not winning the battle when people are asked about who to trust more. In October, a poll showed that people were trusting the media more and trusting Trump less.

Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/donald-trump-cnn-blood-shoe/

Pregnant Maryland teacher reported missing after mail ‘troubling’ text message

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A police researched is underway for a pregnant Maryland school teacher who never pictured up for the first day of class Tuesday.

Laura Elizabeth Wallen, 31, was last discover from on Sunday, when she moved what police called a “troubling” text message to her family, is in accordance with FOX5DC. Police didn’t disclose what the word said, and Wallen’s family hasn’t been able to reach her since.

She is at least three months pregnant, FOX5DC reported.

Wallen’s father, Mark Wallen, told NBC4 he became alarmed when she didn’t been demonstrated for the first day of categories Tuesday at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md ., where she schools social contemplates and law.

BIPOLAR KINDERGARTEN TEACHER MISSING AFTER CAR CRASH

He then checked her condo in Olney, where police said she was last checked. Wallen said he suspects something malevolent happened to his daughter.

“You feel so helpless at that point because you don’t know where your child is, ” he said.

Brian Basset, a Howard County Public Schools spokesperson, said in an email to FOX5 that they are assisting police in any way they can, and have done resources available to support students and staff.

In a letter to the school community Wednesday, principal Rick Wilson said module made the word of Wallen’s disappearance to students’ notice, though many had already known through social media. He encouraged parents to discuss it with children and offered the school’s resources and support.

AUTHORITIES PLAN CASE UPDATE ON TEACHER MISSING SINCE 2005

“Let’s save Ms. Wallen, her family, and the entire Wilde Lake community in our thoughts and devotions during this time, ” Wilson wrote.

Wallen is described as 5 feet 5 inches towering, weighs 200 pounds and has blonde “hairs-breadth” and off-color sees. Officers said she could be driving a black 2011 Ford Escape with Maryland license plates.

Uber Loses EU Court Fight as Judges Take Aim at Gig Economy

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Uber Technologies Inc. will be regulated in European Union countries as a transport company after the bloc’s top court rejected its claim to be a digital service provider, a decision that could increase legal risks for other gig-economy companies including Airbnb.

While the EU Court of Justice’s ruling covered UberPop — which used drivers without taxi licenses and has already been shuttered in many countries due to the legal issues — it’s a real blow as the first definitive finding that Uber must be regulated by transport authorities.

The decision clarifies for the first time that connecting people via an app to non-professional drivers forms an integral part of a transport service. It rejects Uber’s view that such services are purely digital and could fuel further scrutiny of other gig-economy firms. Paris regulators are already clamping down on Airbnb, treating the home-rental service more like a hotel, and British food-delivery start-up Deliveroo is in the spotlight for its treatment of workers.

Read More: If Uber Is a Taxi Firm, Airbnb Looks a Lot Like a Hilton: Gadfly

In the EU judges’ view, “the most important part of Uber’s business is the supply of transport — connecting passengers to drivers by their smartphones is secondary,” said Rachel Farr, senior employment lawyer at law firm Taylor Wessing. “Without transport services, the business wouldn’t exist.”

Uber has argued that it’s a technology platform connecting passengers with independent drivers, not a transportation company subject to the same rules as taxi services. The case has been closely watched by the technology industry because of its precedent for regulating the gig economy, where freelancers make money by plying everything from spare rooms to fast-food deliveries via apps on smartphones and PCs.

“After today’s judgment innovators will increasingly be subject to divergent national and sectoral rules,” said Jakob Kucharczyk, of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which speaks for companies like Uber, Amazon.com Inc., Google and Facebook Inc. “This is a blow to the EU’s ambition of building an integrated digital single market.”

While the ruling is valid EU-wide, it remains limited to Uber’s services and won’t directly affect other disputes Uber is facing over how its drivers are treated. One such case is pending at the U.K. court of appeal.

“This ruling will not change things in most EU countries where we already operate under transportation law,” Uber said in a statement. “However, millions of Europeans are still prevented from using apps like ours.”

Wednesday’s case centered around UberPop, an inexpensive ride-hailing service in several European cities that allowed drivers without a taxi license to use their own cars to pick up passengers. Legal challenges have forced Uber to shutter UberPop in most major European countries in favor of UberX, which requires drivers to get a license.

Read More: Big Tech’s Bad Week in Europe Signals More Problems in 2018

Europe is taking a stricter approach to regulating American tech giants. German regulators this week accused Facebook of violating antitrust laws by using data it collects on users, while France’s top privacy regulator told WhatsApp to stop sharing user data from the app with Facebook, which bought the messaging service in 2014. The European Commission has also targeted Google, Apple and Amazon over their business practices and tax affairs.

The ruling adds to the challenges facing Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who wants to take the company public by 2019. Since joining in August, Khosrowshahi has faced a boardroom battle with Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick, a headline-grabbing lawsuit alleging the company stole autonomous car technology from Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo, various government investigations, the threat of losing its taxi license in its biggest European market of London, and revamping a company culture considered unwelcoming for women, among other controversies.

Meanwhile, the company continues to lose money and faces a growing roster of well-funded rivals, from Lyft in the U.S., to China’s Didi Chuxing in Asia. 

The case is: C-434/15, Asociacion Profesional Elite Taxi.

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-20/uber-suffers-setback-at-top-eu-court-in-clash-with-cabbies

    Elon Musk really will launch a Tesla Roadster on the first Falcon Heavy rocket

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    Elon Musk shared images on his Instagram account today of the payload being loaded up on the first Falcon Heavy rocket that will ever launch – and it’s a red Tesla Roadster. The SpaceX CEO previously said that he’d be launching exactly that on the spaceship, but then suggested he was joking – before the whole thing was confirmed again by SpaceX, and now made really official via this post.

    Musk notes that rocket payloads for first test flights are generally just things that provide weight to simulate real cargo, like blocks of concrete or steel. He wanted to do something more interesting, so the Falcon Heavy set to launch early next year, which is currently at Cape Canaveral to undergo its final pre-launch tests, is being loaded up with a Tesla Roadster (original flavor, not the just-revealed updated edition).

    The Roadster will also be playing David Bowie’s Space Oddity, and is aiming to enter a “billion year elliptic Mars orbit,” should the launch go perfectly to plan. There’s at least a non-zero chance things won’t go smoothly, however – Musk himself has suggested that the first Falcon Heavy could end with a rocket explosion sometime shortly after takeoff.

    Either way, we now know that a Tesla vehicle will indeed be aboard the Falcon Heavy when it takes it inaugural flight – propelled by 27 Merlin engines, or essentially three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together.

    SpaceX is also still looking to launch one more rocket in 2017, for the Iridium-4 mission planned for liftoff at 5:27 PM PST, which you can watch live here.

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    Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/22/elon-musk-really-will-launch-a-tesla-roadster-on-the-first-falcon-heavy-rocket/

    Joe Jackson rushed to hospital after automobile coincidence in Las Vegas, says ‘I am fine’

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    Joe Jackson, the 88 -year-old father of late pop star Michael Jackson, was involved in a car accident near the Las Vegas strip on Friday morning.

    TMZ reported Jackson trod into a Panda Express near the accident and complained of chest pains. The fame information site included paramedics raced Jackson to University Medical Center for observation.

    Mr. Jackson was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling westbound on West Sahara Avenue east of Decatur Boulevard, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told Fox News. Another vehicle traveling eastbound on West Sahara attempted to make a left hand turn to enter a private drive at 4590 West Sahara Avenue.

    “The vehicle failed to relent the right of way and crashed with private vehicles Mr. Jackson was in. He was transported to University Medical Center for remark due to a complaint of trauma. The at-fault operator was cited for had failed to furnish right of way. There “werent any” signeds of impairment on the drivers implied. There will be no farther updates.

    Jackson subsequently announced he was fine on his website.

    Earlier today while in the car with my aide we got involved in an accident as they drove in front of us, he wrote. I get out of it without a scratch. My assistant, however, had to be taken to the emergency[ area] because the airbag in the car violated his thumb. We are leaving and going back out to enjoy our lunch at home. All is reservoir. Thank God.

    How Dirt Could Save Humanity From an Infectious Apocalypse

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    Nobody scours Central Park looking for drugs quite the way Sean Brady does. On a sweltering Thursday, he hops out of a yellow cab, crosses Fifth Avenue, and scurries up a dirt path. Around us, the penetrating churn of a helicopter and the honk of car horns filter through the trees. Brady, a fast-talking chemist in his late 40s who sports a graying buzz cut and rimless glasses, has a wry, self-deprecating humor that belies the single-minded determination of his quest. He walks along restlessly. Near the lake, we head up a rock slope and into a secluded area. Brady bends over and picks up a pinch of dusty soil. “Out of that bit of soil,” he says, “you can get enough to do DNA analysis.” He holds it in his fingertips momentarily, and then tosses it. Bits of glassy silica glisten in the sunlight.

    Brady is creating drugs from dirt. He’s certain that the world’s topsoils contain incredible, practically inexhaustible reservoirs of undiscovered antibiotics, the chemical weapons bacteria use to fend off other microorganisms. He’s not alone in this thinking, but the problem is that the vast majority of bacteria cannot be grown in the lab—a necessary step in cultivating antibiotics.

    Brady has found a way around this roadblock, which opens the door to all those untapped bacteria that live in dirt. By cloning DNA out of a kind of bacteria-laden mud soup, and reinstalling these foreign gene sequences into microorganisms that can be grown in the lab, he’s devised a method for discovering antibiotics that could soon treat infectious diseases and fight drug-resistant superbugs. In early 2016, Brady launched a company called Lodo Therapeutics (lodo means mud in Spanish and Portuguese) to scale up production and ultimately help humanity outrun infectious diseases nipping at our heels. Some colleagues call his approach “a walk in the park.” Indeed, his lab recently dispatched two groups of student volunteers to collect bags full of dirt at 275 locations around New York City.

    Sean Brady is on a quest to revitalize antibiotic discovery.

    Tim Schutsky for WIRED

    We’re retracing their path back toward his lab, our shoes crunching down on potential cures for nearly any ailment imaginable. “It’s pretty amazing, right?” Brady says, drawing his words out. “Right here we can find all … the … drugs … in … the world. Pretty cool, I must say.”

    At exactly the same time Brady and I are walking around Central Park, a 70-year-old woman arrives at a hospital in Reno, Nevada, with an infection no doctor can treat. The woman had fallen during a trip to India, and a pocket of fluid developed near her hip. She flew back to the US, and then, two weeks later, she was dead. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the organism responsible for her death could evade 26 antibiotic drugs. The culprit, pan-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, is not the only superbug overpowering humanity’s defenses; it is part of a family known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. The carpabenems are drugs of last resort, and the CDC considers organisms that evade these antibiotics to be nightmare bacteria.

    One problem with antibiotic resistance is that, for most people, it remains abstract—right now its lethal impact is relatively small. Few of us have lost loved ones—yet. (The headline-grabbing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, kills 20,000 people a year in the US, compared to the 600,000 who succumb to cancer.) So it’s difficult to envision a future that resembles the pre-antibiotic past—an era of untreatable staph, strep, tuberculosis, leprosy, pneumonia, cholera, diphtheria, scarlet and puerperal fevers, dysentery, typhoid, meningitis, gas gangrene, and gonorrhea.

    But that’s the future we are headed for. The routine use of antibiotics and the reckless misuse in humans and animals accelerates resistance: We’re rewinding to a world where death begins in childbirth, where premature babies die, where newborns go blind from gonorrhea. Routine injuries become life-threatening infections. You could lose a limb, or your life, from a careless slip with a paring knife or an accidental fall in India. The risks of organ transplants and medical implants would outweigh any potential benefit. Go in for routine dental surgery and end up in a body bag. Explosive viral epidemics, such as the flu, prove especially lethal when they tag team with bacterial infections like strep. This is not the coming plague. It’s already upon us, and it spells the end of medicine as we know it. And that’s why Brady’s quest to revitalize antibiotic discovery is so crucial.

    As a result of his calls for people from all over to send him soil, Brady keeps an entire room filled with Ziplock bags of dirt.

    Tim Schutsky for WIRED

    Brady sometimes describes his work as a kind of archeological dig: He is examining the remnants of a microbial civilization.

    Tim Schutsky for WIRED

    Since 1939, when René Dubos, a researcher at Rockefeller University, smeared dirt across a Petri plate and isolated the antibiotic gramicidin, the search for antibiotics has largely been culture dependent: It’s limited to the finite percentage of bacteria and fungi that grow in the laboratory. If the chance of finding a new antibiotic in a random soil screen was once one in 20,000, by some estimates the odds have dwindled to less than one in a billion. All the easy ones have already been found.

    Historically, it’s a search riddled with accidental discoveries. The fungal strain that was used to manufacture penicillin turned up on a moldy cantaloupe; quinolones emerged from a bad batch of quinine; microbiologists first isolated bacitracin, a key ingredient in Neosporin ointment, from an infected wound of a girl who had been hit by a truck. Other antibiotics turned up in wild, far-flung corners of the globe: Cephalosporin came from a sewage pipe in Sardinia; erythromycin, the Philippines; vancomycin, Borneo; rifampicin, the French Riviera; rapamycin, Easter Island. By persuading the right microbes to grow under the right condition, we unearthed medicinal chemistry that beat back our own microscopic enemies. But despite technological advances in robotics and chemical synthesis, researchers kept rediscovering many of the same easy-to-isolate antibiotics, earning the old-school method a derisive nickname: “grind and find.”

    That’s why Brady and others turned to metagenomics—the study of all the genetic information extracted from a given environment. The technique originated in the late 1980s, when microbiologists began cloning DNA directly out of seawater and soil. Extracted and cut up into chunks, this environmental DNA could be maintained in the lab by inserting the foreign gene fragments into bacteria such as E. coli (thereby creating what’s known as an artificial chromosome). These clones contained libraries, a living repository for all the genomes of all the microbes found in a particular environment.

    Using high-throughput DNA sequencing, scientists then searched these libraries and their census turned up such astronomical biodiversity that they began adding new branches to the tree of life. By some estimates, the earth harbors more than a trillion individual microbe species. A single gram of soil alone can contain 3,000 bacterial species, each with an average of four million base-pairs of DNA spooled around a single circular chromosome. The next steps followed a simple logic: Find novel genetic diversity, and you’ll inevitably turn up new chemical diversity.

    At Lodo, chemists extract and purify organic molecules, looking for new chemical structures and, perhaps, that one perfect molecule which could save millions of lives.

    Tim Schutsky for WIRED

    In 1998, Brady was part of a team that laid out a straightforward strategy for isolating DNA from the dirt-dwelling bugs, by mixing mud with detergent, inserting gene fragments into E. coli, and, finally, plating clones into Petri dishes to see what molecules they produced. By the time Brady set up his own lab at Rockefeller University, in 2006, he’d created a handful of novel compounds. Some had anticancer properties; others acted as antibiotics. He had studied the DNA plucked out of a tank filled with bromeliads in Costa Rica and produced palmitoylputrescine, an antibiotic that was effective in vitro against a resistant form of B. subtilis bacteria. Brady came to realize that he did not need to trek to some pristine or remote ecosystem to explore the world’s biodiversity. The requisite material for building new drugs could be found much closer to home.

    All the while, Brady watched as the pace of antibiotic resistance eclipsed the faltering pace of discovery. Much of that has to do with the pharmaceutical industry’s bottom line. Taking a novel drug through clinical testing and human trials takes, on average, about 10 years and several billion dollars. At best one in five new drugs succeeds, and so the financial rewards are mismatched with the immense value antibiotics provide to society. Some of this comes down to the drug’s nature and activity: The more we use antibiotics, the less effective they become; the more selective pressures we apply, the more likely resistant strains will emerge.

    And so antibiotics used to treat the deadliest pathogens are kept as a last resort when all else fails, such as the carbapenems. Gravely ill patients taking last-line antibiotics can end up dead or they can end up cured; either way, they’re not repeat customers, which over the long term adds up to a negligible or negative return on investment. Waiting until the market for these life-saving antibiotics reaches critical mass for profitability is a recipe for catastrophe. As Richard Ebright, a researcher at Rutgers, explains, “Unfortunately, at that point, you will have 10 million people dying for the next decade while you’re rebooting the system.” By some estimates, antibiotic drugs make up less than 1.5 percent of compounds in development. According to the Pew Charitable Trust, fewer than half the drugs being developed address the high-priority pathogens, including drug-resistant forms of TB and staph. These are world’s deadliest diseases, and they are at the top of Brady’s list of targets.

    Bacteria proliferate in a liquid broth that often resembles the color of Yoo-hoo and gives off an earthy smell, like a freshly dug hole in the ground.

    Tim Schutsky for WIRED

    Lodo was founded with the goal of bringing life-saving medications to patients in the next 10 or 20 years.

    Tim Schutsky for WIRED

    Three years ago, Brady got a cold call from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On the line was Trevor Mundel, a former pharmaceutical executive who’s now the organization’s president of global health. The foundation wants to find drugs that treat TB, a disease that kills two million people a year, rivaling AIDS as the leading cause of death worldwide. TB used to be treatable with a triple-antibiotic cocktail that included rifampicin. Rif, as it’s known, was discovered almost 50 years ago, and over time the bacterium causing TB has developed a resistance. Intrigued by Brady’s “science fiction approach,” Mundel asked Brady if he could come up with a couple of new molecules that would be effective against TB.

    Brady is focused on finding analogs, which are slight tweaks or modifications to the chemical structure of drugs that already exist. (Think of it as a variation on a familiar theme—a riff on rif.) Searching through metagenomic libraries Brady created from soils, he could see the different ways nature evolved to make rif. He looked for a familiar pattern: the gene clusters that created something similar to the original rif molecule, only with a chemical bond in a slightly different place, or an additional atom.

    Find these analogs, and we’d once again be able to outwit Mycobacterium tuberculosis and effectively treat TB. Within six months, Brady convincingly demonstrated that he could find rif analogs as well as variants of the antibiotics vancomycin and daptomycin, which have also become increasingly ineffective because of bacterial resistance. The foundation set up a lunch meeting for him with Bill Gates, and the following January, with $17 million in venture capital from the Gates Foundation and Seattle life sciences investment outfit Accelerator, Brady founded his company.

    On a bright clear day in September, Brady brings me up to Lodo’s office on the eighth floor of a glass-fronted tower at the Alexandria Center for Life Science. We pass a small room with a freezer and two shaker incubators the size of pizza ovens that warm flasks filled with bacteria, and he leads me into a pristine lab overlooking Bellevue Hospital. Ten people work at Lodo. Eleven if you count the robot. The automated Perkin-Elmer workstation, large enough to crawl inside, speeds up the discovery process by searching metagenomic libraries and plucking out the clones containing a target sequence, almost like a precision mechanical claw. Work that once took technicians and post-docs six months to a year to complete can now be accomplished in a week. That speed is already paying off. A chart on the wall lists at least 30 potential antibiotics Lodo is in the process of generating and characterizing this week alone. Brady recently identified one that cured MRSA in mice.

    Brady circles the robot, hands in his pockets. The machine has been acting up. Its arms stand motionless. The process begins with soil, which arrives from donors and volunteers. Brady’s team then reduces dirt to its constituent DNA and clones the gene fragments from unculturable organisms into bacteria, which are stored in rectangular well plates the size of a brick—the so-called libraries. The challenging part is searching for a target, since all the genetic fragments are jumbled up, almost as if someone’s haphazardly tossed thousands of jigsaw pieces into a box. “So we have this very big mixture,” Brady says, “and it starts with 10 million clones and we divide it into a subset of pools.”

    A single gram of soil alone can contain 3,000 bacterial species.

    Tim Schutsky for WIRED

    Lodo’s bioinformatics team uses algorithms to predict which fragments in which libraries are likely to synthesize which molecules, so that, in the end, the robot recovers the ones with the gene clusters needed to create antibiotic molecules. A smile forms at the corners of Brady’s mouth. “There are many other steps downstream for engineering those things,” he says, “but that’s the real novelty of what we do here.”

    Brady sometimes describes this search as a kind of archeological dig: He is examining the remnants of a microbial civilization, poring over their genetic instruction manual to figure out how to build a specific aspect of the society. “If you’re doing drug discovery,” he says, “you don’t have to know what’s going on in the rest of society—how they built their huts or their canoes—if we’re going to say that antibiotics are weapons, you just need to figure out that information, which ones encode antibiotics, and then you have to go one step further and build that antibiotic.”

    To do so, Lodo’s team of molecular biologists manipulate DNA and grow the clones in heated Erlenmeyer flasks. The bacteria proliferate in a liquid broth that often resembles the color of Yoo-hoo and gives off an earthy smell, like a freshly dug hole in the ground. In an adjacent room, chemists extract and purify the resulting organic molecules, looking for new chemical structures and, perhaps, that one perfect molecule which could save millions of lives.

    In recent years, researchers have been trying to reinvigorate antibiotic discovery in several ways. A team from Northeastern University developed a specialized plastic chip that allowed them to culture a broader diversity of bacteria in the field, which led to the discovery of teixobactin from a meadow in Maine. Nearly everyone acknowledges that the promise of metagenomic mining has yet to materialize. As Jill Banfield, a biochemist at UC Berkeley, explains, the applications thus far have been “fairly limited.”

    Warp Drive Bio, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of the few companies that employs similar techniques; Brady once sat on its scientific advisory board. Greg Verdine, a company cofounder and chemist at Harvard, is confident that a DNA-directed “genomic search engine” will turn up antibiotics. “If you brought me the flower pot,” he says, “I guarantee that I could find novel antibiotics there.” Verdine has focused more narrowly on existing culturable bacteria. He argues that, by cloning DNA out of uncultured bacteria, Brady may be making an already difficult task “unnecessarily complicated.”

    Several of the biotech firms that first attempted to use metagenomics to discover new drugs failed. “The big idea was in the air,” says Jon Clardy, who served as Brady’s doctoral advisor and is now at Harvard. “But I think that Sean was first person to reduce it into practice in a useful, robust way.” Clardy says one remaining challenge is to systematically predict what genes encode for molecules with a particular function. Put another way, no one knows exactly where to find nature’s instruction manual for disarming deadly infectious organisms. “That is a huge bottleneck,” he says. “Sean has ideas about how to do that, but that’s very different than the problems he solved.”

    Brady takes a seat in a conference room overlooking the East River. He admits that he never imagined setting up a company on prime real estate in Manhattan. The Alexandria Center, a “big fancy building,” has a beer bar and a restaurant run by a celebrity chef. Brady sees himself as a do-gooder, an obsessively humble guy whose pipe dream involves setting up drug discovery pipelines in every country. He wonders about a time when resistant strains escape hospitals and start disrupting public transit—a scenario that is already playing out with TB. Lodo was founded on the idea that another future is possible, and that means bringing life-saving medications to patients in the next 10 or 20 years. Brady recently made his feelings clear at a company-wide meeting: “The purpose of being here is not anything besides saving people’s lives.”

    An email blast went out from Lodo in September. “We need your dirt,” it said. Brady keeps an entire room filled with the rainbow of bags that resulted—dull gray, reddish, dark brown. A few summers ago, he hired a rock climber to ship him bags of dirt. Hundreds of additional volunteers have since scooped up a gallon Ziplock’s worth of soil. “We’re not panning for gold in the stream in your backyard,” Brady says. “We’re taking out a little bit of soil that otherwise you’re never going to use.” In other words, humanity’s next best hope could come from a pinch of something that turns out to be priceless—and as common as dirt.

    Peter Andrey Smith (@petersm_th) is a writer based in New York.

    Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/how-dirt-could-save-humanity-from-an-infectious-apocalypse/

    Kelsea Ballerini Will Make You Holler With The Music Video For Her Ballad Legends! Are watching!

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    While Kelsea stars in it — clearly — the main focus is certainly on the love story of a beautiful duet been struck by tragedy.

    Legit, have some tissues on hand.

    Watch it HERE, and tell us know what U think of the 23 -year-old’s recent project!

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    Caitlyn Jenner brushings off Ricky Gervais’s Golden Globes joke

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    The TV personality says that she should host the bestows present next year while at the same time addressing that she is not a spokesperson for the transgender community

    Caitlyn Jenner has slyly is a response to Ricky Gervaiss opening sermon at the Golden Globes on Sunday, during which the comedian poked fun at the former Olympic athlete grew transgender icon.

    Speaking at the Television Critics Association on Thursday, Jenner said: Im going to call the Golden Globes and see if they need a emcee for next year well solve that problem.

    In his speech, Gervais said: Im going to be nice tonight. Ive changed not as much as Bruce Jenner. Undoubtedly. Now Caitlyn Jenner, of course. What a year shes had! She became a role model for trans people everywhere, picturing enormous courage in breaking down obstacles and destroying stereotypes. She didnt do a lot for women motorists. But you cant got everything, can ya? Not at the same season.( A auto accident involving Jenner last-place February left one girl dead; no charges were laid against Jenner .)

    Gervais also took aim at Jeffrey Tambor, who plays a trans girl on Transparent. The president of the Hollywood Foreign Press said if I say anything offensive, or crass, or resort to insinuation, hes going to personally come out here and pull me off, Gervais said. So thats an volunteer I couldnt refuse. Yes, yes, that is the level an old boy plucking me off. Again. At least Jeffrey Tambor did it in a dress.

    Following criticism that his parodies were transphobic, Gervais reacted on Twitter: Advocating a joke about Caitlin[ sic] Jenner is automatically transphobic is like showing a parody about Bill Cosby is automatically racist.

    After addressing the Gervais incident, Jenner persisted: Yes, theres analysi out there. Im not a spokesperson for[ the trans] parish I am not. The media throws me in that post. I am only a spokesperson for me and my story. I have so much better to be informed about trans issues and womanhood.

    Asked how she has handled the spotlight since came to see you publicly as a transgender maiden in April, Jenner stressed that she had never consciously endeavoured out reputation, despite her occupation as an athlete, her ties to the Kardashian lineage, and her actuality depict I Am Cait.

    That is just not me, Jenner said. The only act Ive contended my whole life with is noting inner conciliation. I have found that.

    The platform is not for me it is for this community, to be able to tell our story. If my personality are contributing to doing that and manufacturing it better for the next community of trans parties coming in, baby Im all in. I see nothing but love.

    In recent months, Jenner has been criticized for supporting the Republican party, despite its stances on numerous LBGT problems. The upcoming second season of I Am Cait examines the dispute, with Jenner and her trans friends considering their views at several qualities.

    Asked to comment on her political thoughts, Jenner said: I dont want to heavily get into politics we certainly have enough politics going on in the US right now.

    She relinquished Democrats have been better on LGBT editions. But isnt it good the Republicans have an ally?

    The second season of I Am Cait premieres 6 March 2016 on E!

    8 Times Tim The Tool Man Taylor Proudly Cheated On His Wife On Home Improvement

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    Here are eight times the Tool Man had no shame in cheating on his wife, Jill, on the ’90s sitcom staple.

    1. The time he came home late for dinner with his arm around the Tool Time girl, high-fived Brad, and exclaimed, “Just cheated on mom!” After he strutted into the house with his arm around the Tool Time girl, who could forget when Tim marched up to his eldest son, Brad, put his hand up for a high-five, and told the whole family that he had just cheated on Jill! He then boasted to everyone at the dinner table that if they didn’t believe him, they should “smell the sweet smell of marital infidelity on my fingers,” because really, he couldn’t be prouder!

    2. The time he invited his mistress to Jill’s birthday party: In the season four episode “Over The Jill,” Jill flat out refused to have a birthday party because she didn’t want people to know her age. Tim, however, decided to throw her a big surprise party anyway, and not only did he invite everyone they knew, but he also brought his beautiful young mistress to the party and cheerfully announced that he was sleeping with her to everyone there multiple times. Yep, he sure loved to cheat!

    3. The time his sons put a dent in the hot rod but he was too busy having blatant public affairs to notice: Ah, the infamous season four episode “Hot Rod Trouble.” Tim’s sons were terrified that their dad would find out that they’d accidentally dented his hot rod while wrestling in the garage, but Tim was too distracted by having near-constant affairs to discover the damage. In the end, the boys were able to call up Al and have him repair the car, all while Tim had an affair on their front porch and waved to every car that drove by.

    4. The time he sprinted to the fence in his backyard to tell Wilson he was in the middle of cheating on Jill and then ran back into the house to keep doing it: Tim made it perfectly clear that he was proud of cheating on his wife when he ran outside, screamed that he was “cheating on my wife at this very moment, in her own bed, and I couldn’t be happier about it!” to his neighbor Wilson, and proceeded to immediately run back inside to continue having sex!

    5. The time he had extramarital sex on the counter of the hardware store and boasted about it to anyone who walked by: Tim got extra bold in this early episode of the series when he had loud, public intercourse with a woman who wasn’t his wife on the counter of the local hardware store. When customers, including Tim’s neighbors and family members, discovered them, Tim enthusiastically shouted out, “This isn’t my wife, and I do this all the time!”

    6. The time he finally finished the hot rod and invited the whole neighborhood over to watch him sleep with Wilson’s grown niece in the back seat: True Tool Time fans remember when Tim finally finished his hot rod and invited the whole neighborhood over to check it out while he made tender love to his neighbor’s niece in the back seat. Yep, Tim had sunk tens of thousands of dollars and countless hours into that car, but he was clearly most proud of the fact that he was able to have sex with someone who wasn’t his wife in the back seat, which he had modified to comfortably have affairs in.

    7. The time Randy’s math teacher gave him an F, so Tim had an affair with the teacher’s wife, recorded it, and showed the entire 93-minute tape to Randy with a big smile on his face: The whole time he was playing it back to his son, Tim smiled and said over and over that he would have cheated whether Randy flunked his class or not!

    8. The time he made love to Al during a live taping of Tool Time while looking into the camera and pointing to himself the entire time: Lastly, during a very special taping of an episode of the Tool Man’s show-within-a-show, Tool Time, Tim took a short break from explaining how to use a drill press and proceeded to make passionate love to his cohost, Al, while gazing into the camera and mouthing the words, “I’m married.” Make no mistake, Tim Taylor was a man who loved to cheat on his wife, and we were so there for it!

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    Buckingham Palace Says Prince Philip Will Stop Carrying Out Bookings

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    London( AP) — For decades, he has put loyally at the side of Queen Elizabeth II and reached thousands of solo impressions as well. He calls himself the world& apos; s most experienced unveiler of plaques.

    He has been eligible for benefits both governments pension since June 10, 1986, yet still soldiered on.

    Now, at age 95, Prince Philip says he is adjourning from royal duties.

    The queen& apos; s husband said Thursday he will carry out scheduled engagements for the next few months but prevailed& apos; t take on brand-new ones starting in the fall.

    His retirement announcement followed a darknes of frenzied gues caused by news reports about an “emergency” palace meeting Thursday.

    Buckingham Palace said Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, shaped the decision to withdraw with the full assistance of the queen.

    Tall, craggy-faced and ever elegantly garmented, Philip is as far-famed for his occasional off-color gaffe and one-liners as he is for his devotion to the ruler, and he joked about his retirement at an Prescribe of Merit reception at St. James& apos; s Palace.

    “I& apos; m sorry to hear you& apos; re sitting down, ” said 88 -year-old mathematician Michael Atiyah said, expending the British look for retirement.

    “Well, I can& apos; t stand up long long, ” Philip replied. He walked with his head hampered high, despite his self-deprecating claim.

    Harvey Oyer, a Florida attorney who was invited to a Buckingham Palace lunch reception, told The Associated Press that Philip looked remarkably well.

    “The big-hearted takeaway is there was no indication that this was a departure, ” Oyer said. “He did not appear undesirable in any way. He was as spry and humorous and engaging as he has always been.”

    Philip has realise earlier franchises to age, announcing where reference is grew 90 in 2011 that he was “winding down” his official duties. He said at the time that he felt he had “done my bit.”

    Since then, he& apos; s had some serious health topics, including a blocked mettle route, and has been hospitalized several times.

    There were no indicates that Philip suffers from any brand-new health problems. The affirmation marked Philip will carry out previously planned involvements between now and August.

    Few would begrudge him a chance to take it easy after more than 22,000 solo royal dates since Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952.

    He immediately discovered he had no defined constitutional capacity and had to carve his own direction, reaching it his top priority to support his wife in her considerable public endeavors.

    While few were surprised that Philip is stepping back, tourists outside the foisting barriers of Buckingham Palace carried unhappiness about the news.

    “He& apos; s been an icon for so long, and I& apos; ve certainly admired him, and it grieves me in a manner that is, ” said Grace Marie, who nonetheless said she understood his decision.

    She said it was time for a very young royals to step into the spotlight.

    There was praise for Philip from other regions of the Commonwealth. In Australia, where the queen is recognized as head of state, bureaucrats praised Philip& apos; s tenacity.

    “It says something about private individuals that they get to the age of 95 before they decide to officially withdraw, ” Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce told reporters. “It& apos; s something to aim for.”

    Philip, a member of the Greek royal family in expatriate, sacrificed a successful naval job to aid Elizabeth when she grew queen.

    He grew the longest-serving spouse in British biography in 2009 — much as Elizabeth has become the country& apos; s longest reigning monarch.

    Philip is known for having a sometimes-offensive sense of humor — and for gaffes that accompanied his numerous tours. Among his most notorious was in 1986, while calling Beijing, where he told a group of British students: “If you stay here much longer you& apos; ll all be slitty-eyed.”

    Officials said the queen, who altered 91 last-place month, will carry on her royal bookings with the support of the royal family. She has indicated that she does not is our intention to retire, saying it her duty to serve for life.

    Elizabeth has, however, shortened her workload considerably in recent years as her children and grandchildren have moved to the front. She has stopped realise long-haul air flights to other Commonwealth countries and cut back on travel to continental Europe.

    Attention has been increasingly focused on her son Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, and on her grandson Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

    Prince Harry has also commanded significant attention, very recently by talking openly about emotional troubles he dealt with for 20 times after his mother, Princess Diana, died in a vehicle gate-crash in Paris.

    Philip may find the autocracy is in good hands, with the line of sequence extending to William and Kate& apos; s children, Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, who simply turned 2.

    The palace said Philip will continue his persona with more than 780 charitable makings but will not regularly accompany engagements.

    He is not expected to disappear altogether from the public theatre; the palace said he may still take part in some occurrences from time to time.

    The queen is commonly quite reserved about her private life, but she smashed with institution in a 1997 discussion marking their 50 years of marriage.

    “He is someone who doesn& apos; t take readily to kudoes, ” she said. “He has, quite simply, been my persuasivenes and stay all these years, and I, and his whole kinfolk, and this and many other countries, owe him a indebtednes higher than he would ever pretension or we shall ever know.”

    Earlier Thursday, a report by Britain& apos; s Daily Mail about an unique session of royal household faculty prior to the retirement proclamation activated a worldwide brandish of internet supposition about the health of Elizabeth and Philip, including incorrect was pointed out that the flag atop Buckingham Palace had been lowered to half-staff.

    Britain& apos; s Sun tabloid briefly reported on its website that Philip had died. The faulty report was quickly dropped.

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    Associated Press writers Danica Kirka and Kevin Scott in London, Kristen Gelineau in Sydney and Adriana Gomez Licon in Miami contributed.