Citizenship, the Census and Obama

Quick Take Memes circulating online claim that former President Barack Obama removed the citizenship question from the 2010 census. He didn’t. The citizenship question in 2010 was handled the same way it had been since 1970.  Full Story The Trump administration’s fight to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census was lost in […]

A dramatic view of Tropical Storm Barry unlike any you may have seen before

An animation of GOES-16 satellite imagery acquired in the infrared reveals the evolution of Tropical Storm Barry on Friday, July 12, 2019. The crackling white and blue areas are indicative of lightning activity. (Source: RAMMB/CIRA GOES-16/17 Loop of the Day) Tropical Storm Barry is now expected to make landfall as a hurricane. As I’m writing […]

Biden on the 1994 Crime Bill

Former Vice President Joe Biden defended his support decades ago for a controversial crime bill, saying in a speech in South Carolina, “There’s another part of my long record that’s being grossly misrepresented: the 1994 crime bill.” We’ll go through Biden’s points about what was in the bill and what he supported or opposed. Biden spoke about […]

Gillibrand Attacks Trump on Manufacturing Jobs

A TV ad from Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand accuses President Donald Trump of breaking his promise to protect and create manufacturing jobs. Despite some plant closures, there has been a net increase of nearly 500,000 manufacturing jobs on Trump’s watch. [embedded content] Billed by her campaign as the first anti-Trump TV ad of the […]

Facebook $5 Billion U.S. Privacy Settlement Approved by FTC

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission approved a record privacy settlement against Facebook requiring the social-media company to pay about $5 billion to resolve an investigation stemming from the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The FTC’s settlement was approved by a vote of 3-2, according to two people familiar with the matter. It caps a probe that […]

Johnson & Johnson to Test a Pioneering HIV Vaccine: Brainstorm Health

Happy Friday, readers! Johnson & Johnson doesn’t just want to treat HIV—it wants to prevent against it altogether with an experimental vaccine. The U.S. drug giant announced Friday that will test out the vaccine in the U.S. and Europe this year, according to CNBC. If it proves successful—following testing on thousands of men who have […]

Volkswagen Joins Ford by Investing Self-Driving Startup Argo AI, Now Worth $7 Billion

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. will cooperate on electric and self-driving car technology, sharing costs on a global scale to take a major step forward in the industry’s disruptive transformation. VW will invest $2.6 billion in Ford’s autonomous-car partner Argo AI in a deal that values the operation at more than $7 billion, the […]

Coast Guard Busts Submarine Carrying Over $500 Million Worth of Cocaine, Weed

A video of a drug bust released Thursday by the United States Coast Guard looks like a scene out of a Hollywood action movie.  The footage shows members of the Coast Guard in pursuit of a semi-submarine—a vessel that was partially underwater, and partially exposed—that had been barreling through the eastern Pacific Ocean while carrying […]

Technology Sales Shine in a $52.96 billion Back-to-School Season

It’s another sign of the competitive retail turf: Sales for this year’s back-to-school shopping—the second-largest consumer-spending season next to Christmas—are expected to be essentially flat against 2018. For both school-age and college students, an estimated $52.96 billion is forecast to be spent on tech, clothing, backpacks, and sundry school supplies from now through August. That’s […]

Scientists Made a Microbe-Boosting Diet to Help Malnourished Kids Grow

A malnourished child at a camp in Bangladesh. (Credit: Pahari Himu/Shutterstock) One in four children will never grow to a normal height. In developing countries, the number can be as high as one in three. The problem? Malnutrition. Now scientists have developed a diet that can boost key colonies of gut bacteria in malnourished kids. […]