Science Gets Weird, While Trump Pretends He’s Not Winning
Trump is trying to contain his excitement over what he seems to feel is a guaranteed win, in order to ensure his supporters get out to the polls next Tuesday. Speaking in Miami yesterday, he said, “The polls are all saying we’re going to win Florida. Don’t believe it, don’t believe it. Get out there and vote. Pretend we’re slightly behind.” Then, he followed up with, “The polls have just come up — we’re way up in Florida. I shouldn’t say that because I want you to go vote!” He kept repeating his plea throughout the rally: “Okay, ready, we’re going to pretend we’re down. We’re down! Pretend, right?”
Meanwhile, President Obama is on the defense for Hillary, criticizing the FBI’s decision to reveal its discovery of new Clinton server case emails. He told NowThis News, “We don’t operate on incomplete information. We don’t operate on leaks. We operate based on concrete decisions that are made. When this was investigated thoroughly the last time, the conclusion of the FBI, the conclusion of the Justice Department, the conclusion of repeated congressional investigations was that she had made some mistakes but that there wasn’t anything there that was prosecutable.”
While Obama did not specifically mention FBI director Comey, it was apparent a large amount of shade was being thrown his way. White House officials later tried to enforce a little damage control, downplaying any negative messages that could have been construed from Obama’s criticism of the FBI and likening Obama’s comments to milder statements issued by the White House in days prior.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau released vital information regarding the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crash in 2014. New data indicates that the plane’s last satellite communication took place while the plane was diving toward the ocean with no one in control. According to the report, “additional analysis…is consistent with the aircraft being in a high and increasing rate of descent at that time. Additionally, the wing debris analysis reduced the likelihood of end-of-flight scenarios involving flap deployment.” It’s expected the plane spiraled before making impact, falling at about 284 miles per hour. Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas is supporting the theory that the airplane ran out of fuel, causing the crash. CNN aviation analyst Mary Schiavo continues that theory, saying that either a rapid compression (such as a leak in a window) led to the deaths of all those onboard hours before the plane ran out of fuel and crashed, or that an onboard fire incapacitated crew and passengers.
Another kind of watery grave is being explored in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists are just releasing photos of what they’re calling a “jacuzzi of death” and also a “jacuzzi of despair” deep in the Gulf waters. The salty underwater lake shows extremely high salinity levels and extremely low oxygen levels, making it impossible for amphibious animals to live there; in fact, any animal unlucky enough to fall inside is pickled and preserved due to the high salt content.
In other science news, NASA officials announced the completion of the largest-ever space telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope. It took 20 years to construct the device, and it will be ready for use after an additional two years. In a news conference in Maryland, NASA officials announced that they expect to open up “a whole new territory of astronomy.”
A 50-year-old man was diagnosed with acute hepatitis from an unusual cause. Researchers are saying that an overabundant ingestion of energy drinks are to blame. After suffering from lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting, pain, yellowing skin and dark urine, it was discovered that the man had been drinking four or five energy drinks every day for three weeks. Otherwise, he was a relatively healthy individual, who did not smoke, drink, use drugs or engage in high-risk sexual behavior. He had no family history of liver disease and was not taking any prescriptions. This is not the first time an individual has developed hepatitis from energy drinks, though. In 2011, a 22-year-old was diagnosed after drinking 10 cans per day for two weeks. It’s suspected the high levels of niacin in most energy drinks are to blame.