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'Pizzagate' gunman in DC sentenced to 4 years in prison
WASHINGTON (AP) ? An online conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate" ended Thursday with real-world consequences when a North Carolina man was sentenced to prison for arming himself with an assault rifle, traveling to the nation's capital and firing his weapon inside a neighborhood pizza restaurant.
British Schoolboys Wear Skirts During Heatwave in Uniform Protest
Exploding whipped cream dispenser kills fitness blogger
An Instagram star and well-known fitness blogger has died in a freak accident after a pressurised cannister used for dispensing whipped cream exploded, hitting her in the chest, her family has said. Rebecca Burger, who had a large following on the social media site, where she posted regular pictures of herself promoting fitness products, was killed in eastern France in what the family said was a domestic incident. "It is with great sadness we announce the death of Rebecca who died the June 18th, 2017 in an accident in the home," read a statement on Burger's Instagram account, signed "The grieving family".
NASA's Curiosity rover has a pet rock on Mars
Mars is probably a pretty lonely place. The red planet is littered with rusty red rocks and, as far as we know, devoid of any kind of life. But even so, rovers still roam the surface of the world on humanity's behalf, making their solitary treks along previously unexplored paths. And sometimes, they make friends. SEE ALSO: NASA photo captures the loneliness of the Mars Curiosity rover NASA's Curiosity rover ? which has been exploring the red planet's Gale Crater since 2012 ? appears to have a little pet rock caught in one of its wheels. The rock got stuck in the right front wheel at some point in the last couple weeks, but scientists aren't exactly sure when it started hitching a ride because the rover doesn't snap photos of its wheels every day. Sol 1729 and 1730 MAHLI images of the hitchhiker rock pic.twitter.com/m5SEYXyrep ? Lars (@LarsTheWanderer) June 19, 2017 This isn't the first time a rock has gotten caught in Curiosity's shoe, according to Emily Lakdawalla, a planetary scientist writing a book about the rover. Lakdawalla said that NASA and other interested folks back on Earth keep an eye on Curiosity's wheels and the rocks that might pop up in them as it roams the Martian surface. Scientists also spotted another rock, which appeared in that same right front wheel starting in January and disappearing by April, according to Ashwin Vasavada, a Curiosity project scientist. The current pet rock was seen in photos taken on Sol (Mars day) 1729 and 1730, which translates to June 17 and June 18 on Earth. "We don?t exactly know how the rocks get in the wheels, but it?s likely that they can hop in as the wheels (and heavy rover) break rocks and sink into the soil around loose rocks," Vasavada said via email. As for the rock's effect on Curiosity's wheels, it seems to be pretty benign. MARS FACT: All rocks on Mars are freeloading stowaways. pic.twitter.com/m8nSdVUXE4 ? SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) June 20, 2017 The rocks are small and relatively soft, Vasavada said, so they shouldn't pose too much of an issue to the long-running rover's movements. However, it's always possible that something unexpected could happen. "There are some bad scenarios, such as when a rock gets jammed and makes a larger hole in a wheel, or if a rock interferes with some cables that run to the wheel motors," Vasavada said. "But we don?t think those are credible problems with these small rocks." Scientists have Curiosity take these photos of its wheels to keep an eye on any holes that have developed in the rover's machinery. The holes in Curiosity's wheels are a sign of the wear and tear the rover has taken on during its years of work on the red planet, but for the moment, the worn wheels are still functioning well. And hey, at least Curiosity has a friend. WATCH:
More than half of Americans want stricter gun laws, Pew study finds
Among gun owners, the survey found clear differences in firearm usage based on partisan affiliation. More than half of Americans want stricter gun laws, while still preserving the rights of most people in most places to carry most types of guns, a Pew Research Center survey has found. While half of Americans see gun violence as a very big problem in their country, fewer than 10% of American adults said that ?almost no one? should be able to legally own a gun, and only 10% said that ?almost no types? of guns should be legally available to buy.
An asteroid is definitely going to hit the Earth, expert warns
Space is a dangerous place to be, and since the Earth is in space, every living thing on the planet is at risk of eventually feeling its wrath. Asteroids are the most clear and present threat that our Solar System poses to us, and you only need to look at the scars on the Earth, our moon, and other planets in our neighborhood to see exactly how real that danger is. Now, a Queen's University Belfast researcher is warning that the Earth is definitely going to be hit, it's just a matter of when.
The expert, Alan Fitzsimmons, points out that an event similar to that of the 1908 meteoroid explosion over the Tunguska region in Russia's Siberia ? which leveled a forest and damaged buildings but didn't result in any human deaths ? could happen again, and if it did happen over a major city, the results would be devastating.
"Astronomers find near-Earth asteroids every day and most are harmless," Fitzsimmons reportedly said. "But it is still possible the next Tunguska would take us by surprise, and although we are much better at finding larger asteroids, that does us no good if we are not prepared to do something about them."
It's a fitting warning as we approach June 30th, which is observed as Astroid Day. On June 30th, researchers and former astronauts will host a live stream to answer questions from the general public which are sourced from social media. You can bet there will be plenty of talk about the potential for collisions with near-Earth objects, so if such a thing interests you, it's a great time to get the facts straight from the experts.
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