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Fox News Replaces Christmas Tree That Went Up in Flames in Manhattan

On Wednesday, a 50 ft. tall Christmas tree was set on fire in Manhattan, outside of the Fox News headquarters. Craig Tamanaha was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, arson, reckless endangerment, and four more counts after he was observed climbing up the Christmas tree right before the fire broke out. Thankfully, no injuries were caused by the fire, although it did cause a scramble as firefighters sped to put out the fire shortly after midnight. Since the tree belonged to Fox News, it should be no surprise that the news agency included news of the burning as it was happening in a live broadcast. One of the network hosts announced that the 50-foot Christmas tree was covered in flames. A live feed also highlighted the event for viewers. The massive tree had a very short existence, having only been recently lit on the All-American Christmas special that aired on the previous Sunday. This lighting ceremony is a Christmas tradition that has been observed every year since 2019. The 2019 tree wasn't quite as impressive, only standing about 30 ft tall. This year’s 50-foot tree was an impressive sight, adorned with 100,000 lights and 10,000 ornaments. Fox News is planning...
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Reproducing Robots Take Center Stage

If the idea of reproducing robots conjures images of metal-on-metal machinery copulating or cloning themselves, you aren’t alone. Most people think of robots as synthetic creations based on hard metals – machines – but that’s not the full story. Synthetic life doesn’t need to be created from steel, copper, or aluminum.  Xenobots are synthetic robots created from living cells. Scientists harvested stem cells from African frog embryos. They used microsurgery and microcautery to execute a computer-designed plan to cut and join individual cells. Then the magic happened: the newly configured cells began to organize and cooperate. An organism was born, though not quite literally. The cells began to interact with one another and coordinate together in order to complete tasks– like pushing pellets into a central location. They were created in 2020, but now the Xenobots are doing something new. They’re reproducing.   The Xenobot’s core matter invokes a sense of synthetic creaturehood. Creaturehood would solve the robotic reproduction oxymoron, but it isn’t that simple. “A book is made of wood. But it is not a tree. The dead cells have been repurposed to service another purpose,” posits Joshua Brown from the University of Vermont Communications. These cells are living, but...
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The Rich Party On: Kim Kardashian Getting Cancelled For Lavish B-Day Getaway?

Kim Kardashian is facing backlash after flying her family and friends on a lavish getawayfor her 40th birthday amid the coronavirus pandemic. The KKW Beauty founder posted several picswith family and friends including Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Rob Kardashian, La La Anthony, Scott Disick, and Tristan Thompson, as they celebrated her birthday without a mask in sight. Her husband, Kanye West, was also there despite being absent from photos, something very on brand for Kanye. “After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time,” she shared on social media on Tuesday. “We danced, rode bikes, swam near whales, kayaked, watched a movie on the beach and so much more. I realize that for most people, this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is. #thisis40” Despite recognizing her privilege and noting the health precautions that were taken to avoid the spread of COVID-19, Twitter users sounded off at Kardashian for her tone-deaf...
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Esports Enter the Olympic Games?

Competitive video games have been on a steady rise in popularity following the covid-19 pandemic as people around the world stayed inside and found various means of entertainment.  With the growing popularity of esports, the International Olympic Committee has announced that it intends to consider the possibility of competitive video games becoming a part of the Olympics Games for the years to come. With the Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, this year the Olympics will have a virtual esports event that will run from May 13 to June 23.  While this event will not be an official part of the Olympic games it will act as a test run to gauge the popularity of esports in future Olympic Games.  However, with an increase in Covid-19 cases throughout Japan, the esports event that was supposed to take place before the Olympic games may be delayed along with the regular Olympic Games.  Other organizations have already decided to implement esports as a recognized competitive sport as the Asian Games, also known as Asiad, has chosen to make esports a full medal event in their 2022 games. The industry of competitive gaming is expected to grow as the total revenue from the...
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Online Schooling Is Planned to Continue Beyond the Pandemic

With the Covid-19 Pandemic slowly coming to a close as vaccines become available to citizens around the world, many are ready to return to their normal lives.  Students will be returning to school as well as employees returning to the office.  For most this is a welcome change back to a former way of life, for others, the Pandemic has provided a lifestyle that in many ways is preferable. As I’m sure we have all experienced, many young students grow to detest going to school and as a result, find it hard to focus on their schoolwork.  These same young students have found that throughout the pandemic online schooling allowed them to have better focus, enjoyed learning, and were even able to get along better with their classmates. With the practice of online school becoming more widely desired, many schools are instituting an online option for the upcoming semester this Fall.  As many as 13,000 schools across the country have implemented an online program that they intend on continuing for years to come. While online school appears to be favorable for some, several parents and lawmakers are actively pushing to revert to a classic learning environment as soon as possible. ...
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