Two LEGO certified master makers spent six weeks creating a realistic replica of the Volkswagen Type 2 Kombi. Built from 400,000 LEGO pieces, it can support the weight of two adults, which means there’s no problem crawling inside and exploring the cool retro interior.  The incredible life-size model of the passenger van was revealed at the f.re.e Travel and Leisure Fair in Germany as an homage to the classic Volkswagen design.

The iconic design was introduced in the 1950s as Volkswagen’s second model—the first being the Beetle—and remains one of the firm’s most well known vehicles. This symbol of 1950s and 1960s “on the road” culture is carried throughout the model, as builders Rene Hoffmeister and Pascal Lenhardbuilt have included a ton of homey touches in the interior.

Toothbrushes, a hot plate, radio, sink, dishes, and a folding table all made from LEGO pieces give the van a lived-in feel. Finishing touches like retro artwork and a small spiderweb on the sink bring a touch of whimsy to the structure. The LEGO Volkswagen van was built around a steel frame and weighs 1,543 pounds (700 kg). With fully functioning lights and a sliding door just like the original, the only thing this van can’t do is drive.

Though it may seem like a one-off, this isn’t the first collaboration between LEGO and Volkswagen.

It took 6 weeks to create a full-size replica of the Volkswagen Type 2 Kombi from 400,000 LEGO pieces.









During her appearance on Thursday night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” former first lady Michelle Obama smugly threw some shade at her successor Melania Trump over reports of the recent ousting of White House staffer following a tiff with the first lady.

“If you wanted to get someone in your husband’s administration fired, how would you do that?” Kimmel tossed the bait.

“Why do you ask?” Obama responded while appearing to know where the conversation was headed.

“Just curious, just wondering if somebody rubbed you the wrong way,” Kimmel said.

Watch her interview below:



“We had wonderful people in our administration,” the former first lady said, knocking the current administration.

When Kimmel pressed her more, asking if a similar situation had ever arisen in the Obama White House, she put it bluntly, “Not once.”

Kimmel and Obama’s exchange at the first lady’s expense comes after Mira Ricardel, the White House deputy national security adviser, was reportedly forced out of her job earlier this week following a public condemnation from the first lady.



Researchers say they have taken a key step forwards in making a molecule that can store solar energy.

Publishing their latest findings in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, the team from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden first showed off their solar-storing molecule last year.

Made from carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen, the molecule is transformed into an “energy-rich isomer”, one made of the same atoms but bound in a different way, when it is hit by sunlight. The isomer can then be stored as a liquid, with the energy being used later. Much later.

"The energy in this isomer can now be stored for up to 18 years,” Kasper Moth-Poulsen, the team’s leader, said in a statement. “And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase which is greater than we dared hope for."

The entire system is called Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage (MOST). Sunlight is captured by the liquid, via a solar thermal collector on the roof of a building. This is essentially a concave reflector with a pipe in the middle, which tracks the Sun’s path like a satellite dish.

The collector focuses the Sun’s rays to a point through the pipe onto the liquid. The liquid is then stored at room temperature to conserve the energy, and when energy is needed a catalyst is used to heat up the liquid.

In their latest paper, the team said they had further developed the catalyst that makes this possible, which can control the release of the energy. It creates a reaction to warm the liquid by 63°C (113°F), while also allowing the molecule to be used again.

They have also been able to stop using a potentially dangerous chemical called toluene, which is flammable, as part of the liquid for the system. And they also say the whole thing is emissions-free too, and can work all year round.

While they’ve proven the system is viable, the team now want to get it all working together smoothly. They want to get the temperature increase up to at least 110°C (198°F) also, with a view to making the technology commercial in 10 years.

"There is a lot left to do,” said Moth-Poulsen. “We have just got the system to work. Now we need to ensure everything is optimally designed."


Bloomberg has revealed in its recently published report that a nation-state has launched a significant supply chain attack. It is believed to be one of the largest corporate spying and hardware hacking campaigns ever launched by a nation-state. The espionage campaign is launched through a very small surveillance chip, which is only the size of a grain of rice. This chip is hidden in the servers currently in use by about 30 US firms including the bigwigs Apple, Amazon, and Elemental.

According to Bloomberg, these chips weren’t part of the server motherboard originally. These have been designed by Super Micro, a US-based firm. Reportedly, the malicious chips were inserted when the server motherboards were undergoing manufacturing process, which was carried out in China by their subcontractors.

Amazon notified the US authorities about the discovery, which sent shockwaves across the intelligence fraternity since these servers are also in use at the Department of Defense data centers, the Navy warships’ onboard networks, and the drone operations from the CIA.

The probe has been active for over three years and investigators believe that the chips have been inserted to let the attackers get an entry to any network that is connected to the servers. This attack is a lot more serious and severe than other software-based attacks identified so far considering that hardware attacks are quite difficult to identify immediately, and by the time these are, a lot of information has been leaked. Spy agencies are the most important beneficiaries of such campaigns and are keen on investing into such a campaign.

The report suggests that Chinese-government sponsored groups infiltrated the supply chain for installing tiny surveillance chips. The devices then were deployed by mainstream US firms as well as the US military, US intelligence agencies, and many other important organizations. Apple, however, discovered the chips installed in Super Micro servers in 2015 after identifying firmware issues and suspicious network activities.



Although the chips were tiny these are capable of performing two key tasks; firstly, the chips can force the device to communicate with an anonymous computer anywhere on the internet, which may be loaded with complex code. Secondly, the chips can prepare the device to accept the new code.

Naturally, the Chinese government is believed to be involved in this campaign, and the primary objective seems to be to spy on US firms and the military.

However, after the report was published, Amazon, Apple, and Super Micro all denied the claim from Bloomberg. Apple stated that it hasn’t ever identified malicious chips on the server motherboards from Super Micro or any other hardware manipulations resulting from the planting of tiny chips. The company also denied contacting the FBI or any other investigation agency regarding finding tiny surveillance chips.

Amazon also claims that the story from Bloomberg is untrue and denied anything related to identifying a supply chain compromise or hardware hack. It also denied contacting the FBI for investigation of the incident.

Super Micro and Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry also denied the findings of the report.


A particularly uncommon menu from Titanic’s doomed maiden voyage to New York is up for public sale within the U.Okay. this weekend.

The First Class menu is from the primary dinner on the ship after she departed Southampton, U.Okay. on April 10, 1912.

“It illustrates the lavish and opulent culinary delights for First Class passengers with a complete of over twenty completely different choices for dinner,” explains public sale home Henry Aldridge & Son, in an announcement.

The menu was despatched by First Class Steward Charles Casswell to his spouse, Hilda, when Titanic picked up passengers in Cobh, Eire, on April 12, 1912. At the moment, Cobh was referred to as Queenstown.



Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. ship’s time on April 14, 1912, and sank simply over two hours later with the lack of greater than 1,500 lives. Caswell perished within the catastrophe.

The menu, which has a pre-sale estimate of $65,351 to $78,421, will probably be auctioned on Saturday. Different Titanic artifacts within the sale embrace a poster promoting third class tariffs on the ship’s return voyage from New York to Europe and a pair of brass lifeboat plaques from the liner.

One other Titanic menu, one from the primary meal ever served on the ill-fated ocean liner, went up for public sale this previous April.

Greater than 100 years after the Titanic’s sinking, the catastrophe continues to be a supply of fascination.



Final 12 months a sea-stained letter recovered from the physique of a Titanic sufferer was bought at public sale for $166,000.

In 2016, the sextant utilized by the captain of rescue ship Carpathia bought for just below $97,000. A 12 months earlier, a cup offered to the captain by Titanic survivor Molly Brown to the Carpathia captain bought for $200,000.
Apple and Samsung were fined on Wednesday for software updates that Italy's antitrust watchdog says slowed down users phones.


The Italian Competition Authority, or AGCM, fined Apple and Samsung 5 million euros (about $5.6 million) each for releasing software updates that "significantly reduced" the performance of phones, the authority said in a release. This pushed consumers to buy new devices, according to AGCM. Apple was fined an additional 5 million euros for failing to provide adequate information on how to maintain and replace phone batteries.

"The two companies have induced consumers to install software updates that are not adequately supported by their devices, without adequately informing them, nor providing them an effective way to recover the full functionality of their devices."


Last December, Apple admitted that it slows down older iPhones to offset battery problems. The company has denied this is done in order to get customers to buy new models.


Both smartphone makers were also ordered to publish a declaration on the Italian page of their websites informing consumers about AGCM's decision.

Samsung said in an email statement:

"We are disappointed with the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) decision. Samsung did not issue any software update that reduced the Galaxy Note 4's performance. In contrast, Samsung has always released software updates enabling our customers to have the best experience possible. We will take necessary legal actions to appeal the ICA's decision."



President Donal Trump reportedly tries to call world leaders at odd hours and has to be reminded of different time zones on a ‘constant basis,’ Politico reported Monday, citing a former National Security Council Official.

According to a former National Security Council official who spoke to Politico, Trump "wasn't great with recognizing" that an older world leader might not be awake "or in the right place at 10:30 or 11 p.m. their time."

The official said that the US president “randomly” calls his global counterparts without specific topics to discuss, leaving them confused as to why he reached out, adding that Trump has a particularly “bizarre” interest in French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump “wanted to talk to him constantly,” the official said, adding that “Macron would be like: ‘Hey, what are we talking about?'”

The official said, “these are very busy people. You don’t just call to check in.”

A White House official said Trump is well aware of how time zones work, especially as someone who has for years worked in international business, but is often too busy to be concerned with such details.

"He's the president of the United States. He's not stopping to add up" time differences, the official told Politico.

"I don't think anybody would expect him or Obama or Bush or Clinton or anybody to do that," the official added. "That's the whole reason you have a staff to say 'yes, we'll set it up,' and then they find a time that makes most sense."

Trump “wasn’t great with recognizing” that other world leaders might not be awake “or in the right place at 10:30 or 11 p.m. their time,” the official told Politico.

Even when Trump does prepare for meetings or conversations with other foreign leaders, there’s apparently quite a learning curve — for example, he referred to Nepal as “nipple” and Bhutan as “button” as aides prepped him for a meeting with India’s prime minister, Politico reported, citing two sources with knowledge of the meeting.

The White House defended Trump and said he had "good rapports" with other world leaders.

"The president has developed strong relationships and good rapports that are not only friendly, but also allow for candid conversations with many of America's closest allies," the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, told Politico.

Sanders said that Trump has "even worked the phone with our competitors" and that "foreign leaders appreciate that the president is willing to take their calls day and night."



If you think regular snakes are scary, try a robotic serpent that can scale ladders.

Japanese researchers at Kyoto University have unveiled a prototype 'robot snake' that can slither and curl around surfaces and climb just like the real thing.

Rather than just creating it to trigger nightmares, they believe it could one day be used to save lives.

It was unveiled last week at the 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. The motto of that conference: "Towards a Robotic Society".



Toward a dystopian future where humankind is under assault from armies of parkour robots and ladder climbing snakes.



From the team's conceptual:

We propose a ladder climbing method for a snake robot that has a smooth surface shape. We design a novel gait for the snake using a gait design method that configures the target form of the snake robot by connecting simple shapes. The climbing motion is executed via shift control and the corresponding motion required to catch the next step on the ladder.

Sounds great!



Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was forced to admit Monday that Facebook technicians had stored sensitive user data behind the supposedly secure password "12345" before it was exposed in a recent hack.

An internal investigation revealed the password, and Zuckerberg came clean, admitting he uses the password to protect the private information of all Facebook users around the globe.

"I know, I know—it sounds like the combination an idiot would use on his luggage or something," Zuckerberg said in a press conference. "We didn't think anyone would guess it. Hackers tend to guess 'password' or 'qwerty' first, so we thought it would take them at least a few tries to make it through."

"Rest assured, we are changing every password from 12345 to something much more secure," he added. "We might even throw in a firewall or something, who knows."

At publishing time, Zuckerberg had craftily changed the password protecting billions of users' sensitive information to "1984."
An inactive Android device sent Google 900 data samples in 24 hours


It’s widely known that Google profits handsomely from the vast amounts of data it collects from the billions of people who use its suite of applications, its mobile operating systems and its devices. According to new research released today, most of that valuable personal and location data is being collected when users are not informed that the data is being collected, or when they may not even be actively using their phones.


In a seemingly rare instance, Donald Trump was pressed about his views on climate change on Sunday in an interview with 60 Minutes' Lesley Stahl.

Although Trump stepped back from his previous claims that climate change is a hoax, he stopped short of acknowledging that it is a manmade problem, and claimed that global warming will somehow reverse.

"I think something's happening. Something's changing and it'll change back again. I don't think it's a hoax, I think there's probably a difference," he told the program.

"But I don't know that it's manmade. I will say this. I don't wanna give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don't wanna lose millions and millions of jobs. I don't wanna be put at a disadvantage."

Stahl told Trump that she wished he "could go to Greenland" and "watch these huge chunks of ice just falling into the ocean, raising the sea levels."

In response, Trump told Stahl, "You don't know whether or not that would have happened with or without man."

Trump's resistance to acknowledge human-induced climate change is at odds with findings made by his own scientists at NASA and NOAA, but the president told the program he has "scientists that disagree with that."

He also accused scientists of having a "political agenda," but didn't elaborate on either of the claims.

The current administration has been hostile to climate policy, as evidenced by the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement last year, and Trump's confusion as to who the I.P.C.C. is when it released its grim report last week.

Trump's interview with the program also touched on the Brett Kavanaugh saga. The president said a speech in which he mocked her testimony helped the Supreme Court nominee get across the line, but Trump denied he was making fun of her.

"Had I not made that speech, we would not have won. I was just saying she didn't seem to know anything," he said. Instead, Trump thought Blasey Ford was "treated with great respect," but didn't answer if he thought she was lying about her accusation of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.

"I'm not gonna get into it because we won. It doesn't matter. We won," he said.


Have you been to Madison Square Garden recently? Or Kennedy International Airport? If so, there’s a good chance that you were photographed by a security camera. Depending on where you were and the technology being used, your face may have been analyzed by bots and checked against a database of criminals and “known shoplifters.” It doesn’t need to have been MSG, either: For all we know, the same technology could also be in use at dozens of other places around New York City, from department stores to megachurches, but no one can say for sure except the companies supplying the software.

Facial-recognition software, which has been in development since the 1960s and has been gaining popularity with police for more than a decade, has taken off with retailers and event spaces during the last couple of years, consultants say. It’s marketed to them as an unparalleled tool for cutting down on shoplifting, and sold to the public as a security tool — helping identify would-be terrorists at sports games, for instance, or protecting consumers against identity theft by making sure that they are who they say they are. It’s also almost completely unregulated.

“The technology is in some environments where I’m sure millions of people, in a year, or even in a month, are subjected to it,” said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. “Nobody has any idea that it’s happening, or what data is being collected, or how it’s being stored, or for how long, or who has access to it.”

On Wednesday, New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres, who represents the Bronx, introduced a bill aimed at changing this. It would require businesses to start telling the public if they’re using facial recognition, how long they’re storing it, and who they’re sharing it with. Torres said he was inspired to put the bill out after he learned about Madison Square Garden’s use of facial recognition in the spring.

“It’s both a no-brainer and a small measure — a baby step,” Lieberman said. “I think it’s necessary but not sufficient.”

Adrian Weidmann, a retail consultant based in Minneapolis, said most stores, from bodegas to shopping malls, already have most of the technology in place to start tracking customers: not just the scores of security cameras in an average big-box store, but also the cameras inside digital signs and kiosks, which show whether shoppers are paying attention to ads. “It’s the same camera lens,” Weidmann said. All it takes to upgrade is a piece of software. The software often comes with a database of criminals or known shoplifters, which comes from combining the shoplifter registries of participating stores, said Clare Garvie, who studies the technology and its privacy implications at Georgetown Law. It’s unclear exactly what it takes to be put in these databases, let alone how to get your name removed.

Peter Trepp, CEO of the facial-recognition software company FaceFirst, told BuzzFeed in August that retail now accounted for nearly half of his company’s business. “If you think about the top 40 or top 80 companies you know, almost all of them are thinking about facial recognition, or they’ve all at least looked into it,” he said. (FaceFirst declined to make Trepp or any other representatives available for this story.) Trepp also told the Sports Network, a Canadian publication, last year that his company had been marketing to sports stadiums and teams and was “very much in play” with a number of them, but wouldn’t give details.

The retailers and venues themselves are almost universally secretive about what they’re doing. The American Civil Liberties Union, of which Lieberman’s organization is a regional branch, polled the country’s 20 largest retailers earlier this year — substituting Disney for Amazon, since Amazon doesn’t have many physical stores — about whether they routinely photograph customers. Only one, the supermarket conglomerate that owns Food Lion and Giant, said it did not.

Walmart has admitted that it tested the technology in 2015 but decided it wasn’t profitable enough. Target also told BuzzFeed that it had tested it but wouldn’t say where or when. And in 2016, Saks Fifth Avenue told The Guardian that it was using the technology in its Canadian stores.

Torres’s bill, if it gains any traction, is likely to come up against a serious lobbying effort by the tech industry. Several states, including Alaska, Connecticut, Montana, New Hampshire, and Washington, have considered similar privacy laws within the last couple of years, but none but Washington have followed through. (Illinois and Texas also have long-standing privacy laws in place.) Trade groups and companies like Facebook and Google have come out in full force. Facebook has been especially aggressive, according to a report from the Center for Public Integrity.

The interest of Google and Facebook in unregulated facial-recognition systems in retail settings may not be entirely about their concern for the security of brick-and-mortar stores. In the future, facial-recognition technology could also be used for marketing, helping stores track customers in real life the way online retailers track them with cookies. There’s no evidence that this is happening so far, but Weidmann, the consultant, said that he’s already seeing companies merge their security and marketing divisions. On a project with Home Depot last year, for instance, he helped the marketing team use security footage to track customers through stores and figure out what products they were browsing. “Nobody had ever thought about linking the two,” he said. “I was able to get a much wider lens.”

He believes that Amazon is leading the way for all major retailers, brick-and-mortar shops included. “They’re all in a panic,” he said. “How do we bring relevance back to our brick-and-mortar?” Facial recognition, he said, along with location tracking on smartphones, could make the “physical cookie” possible.


Bloomberg has revealed in its recently published report that a nation-state has launched a significant supply chain attack. It is believed to be one of the largest corporate spying and hardware hacking campaigns ever launched by a nation-state. The espionage campaign is launched through a very small surveillance chip, which is only the size of a grain of rice. This chip is hidden in the servers currently in use by about 30 US firms including the bigwigs Apple, Amazon, and Elemental.

According to Bloomberg, these chips weren’t part of the server motherboard originally. These have been designed by Super Micro, a US-based firm. Reportedly, the malicious chips were inserted when the server motherboards were undergoing manufacturing process, which was carried out in China by their subcontractors.

Amazon notified the US authorities about the discovery, which sent shockwaves across the intelligence fraternity since these servers are also in use at the Department of Defense data centers, the Navy warships’ onboard networks, and the drone operations from the CIA.

The probe has been active for over three years and investigators believe that the chips have been inserted to let the attackers get an entry to any network that is connected to the servers. This attack is a lot more serious and severe than other software-based attacks identified so far considering that hardware attacks are quite difficult to identify immediately, and by the time these are, a lot of information has been leaked. Spy agencies are the most important beneficiaries of such campaigns and are keen on investing into such a campaign.

The report suggests that Chinese-government sponsored groups infiltrated the supply chain for installing tiny surveillance chips. The devices then were deployed by mainstream US firms as well as the US military, US intelligence agencies, and many other important organizations. Apple, however, discovered the chips installed in Super Micro servers in 2015 after identifying firmware issues and suspicious network activities.



Although the chips were tiny these are capable of performing two key tasks; firstly, the chips can force the device to communicate with an anonymous computer anywhere on the internet, which may be loaded with complex code. Secondly, the chips can prepare the device to accept the new code.

Naturally, the Chinese government is believed to be involved in this campaign, and the primary objective seems to be to spy on US firms and the military.

However, after the report was published, Amazon, Apple, and Super Micro all denied the claim from Bloomberg. Apple stated that it hasn’t ever identified malicious chips on the server motherboards from Super Micro or any other hardware manipulations resulting from the planting of tiny chips. The company also denied contacting the FBI or any other investigation agency regarding finding tiny surveillance chips.

Amazon also claims that the story from Bloomberg is untrue and denied anything related to identifying a supply chain compromise or hardware hack. It also denied contacting the FBI for investigation of the incident.

Super Micro and Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry also denied the findings of the report.


NASA's alien-hunting Kepler Space Telescope has suffered another malfunction, with the spacecraft returning to sleep mode just days after it sent information from its latest campaign back to Earth.

"Following a successful return of data from the last observation campaign, the Kepler team commanded the spacecraft into position to begin collecting data for its next campaign," NASA said on its website. "On Friday October 19, during a regularly scheduled spacecraft contact using NASA’s Deep Space Network, the team learned that the spacecraft had transitioned to its no-fuel-use sleep mode. The Kepler team is currently assessing the cause and evaluating possible next steps."

On Oct. 15, NASA was able to download information from it latest observation campaign, Campaign 19, noting it was "monitoring the spacecraft and will provide more information when its status has been fully assessed."

On Aug. 29, Kepler began collecting data for its 19th campaign, though the government space agency said on Sept. 5 it had modified the craft's configuration due to  "unusual behavior exhibited by one of the thrusters," adding that it was unsure how much fuel remained. NASA also said that Kepler's pointing performance was degraded.

At the time, NASA said it was continuing to monitor the health and performance of Kepler. Over the years, Kepler has suffered greatly. It has even "survived many potential knock-outs during its nine years in flight, from mechanical failures to being blasted by cosmic rays," NASA noted.

Even though Kepler has endured several setbacks in recent months, it has been an unquestioned success for NASA, having flown in space for nine years, surpassing the initial estimate of just one year. During that time, the $600 million spacecraft has discovered a great number of exoplanets, including Wolf 503b, which is described as "twice the size of Earth" and is 145 light-years away from our planet.

In December 2017, experts harnessed machine learning technology from Google to spot another exoplanet, Kepler-90i. This hot, rocky planet circles Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth.

In total, Kepler has discovered more than 2,650 confirmed planets over its lifespan, according to Space.com.

Kepler is slated to be replaced by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which left Earth on April 18 on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

In September, TESS found its first alien planet, HD 39091, located approximately 59.5 light-years from Earth and has been dubbed an evaporating "Super-Earth."


High over the peak of a long dead volcano on the Martian equator, a feathery white cloud stretches across the sky.

At first glance it looks like the plume of an eruption, but Mars is a world with a cold, dead heart. It has been for some time. So what's going on?

Researchers think they have a good idea what's really behind this fog trail, having seen its kind before.

The 1,500 kilometre (930 mile) strip of vapour over Arsia Mons appeared on images taken of Mars by the Mars Express orbiter more than a month ago on September 13.



It's hung about ever since, shifting with changes in weather and growing long enough in the Mars' morning for Earth-based telescopes to spot it, stark white against the rusty Martian soil.

While it appears to emerge from the summit of a volcano, to researchers from the European Space Agency this is simply a trick of the eye. Mars hasn't seen a single eruption for millions of years, so there's zero chance that Arsia Mons is on the verge of reawakening.

Still, even if the plume isn't volcanic in origin, the elevated peak of Arsia Mons is still responsible.

Orographic Lifting on Mars

When the wind hits a huge structure, like Arsia Mons, it is forced to go up. This is when it starts cooling and expanding because of the lower atmospheric pressure. Then, water vapor is formed and condenses and freezes into clouds. This entire chain reaction is called – Orographic lift, and we can also see it on Earth – that is why most mountain regions appear cloudy.

According to the senior scientist Dr. Eldar Noe Dobrea (the Planetary Science Institute), “it turns out not a single one of the observations ever had a clear view of the surface at this point.”



Similar clouds were seen in 2009, 2012, and 2015 during the Martian winter season. This year’s massive dust storm that has put Opportunity rover to deep sleep is also helping the tiny ice particles anchor into the dust grains and makes the clouds more visible.

As for active volcanoes, Mars is not that active anymore. However, Olympus Mons volcano, which is the tallest known mountain in the solar system (13.6 miles high) is dormant – not inactive, but the volcanic activity is so rare that it’s unlikely to be observed.


Earlier this year, Donald Trump was caught in a video that quickly went viral, showing the president refusing to share his umbrella with his wife and 12-year-old son. On Monday, TV cameras captured Trump in a similarly thoughtless moment on the White House lawn. As he and his wife, Melania Trump, prepared to board the Marine One helicopter — starting their journey to the Florida panhandle where, Reuters reports, they arrived later Monday — Trump was distracted by reporters en route.

The trip is Trump’s first to the area that was hit by the devastating hurricane. When Hurricane Michael made landfall on October 10, as Inquisitr reported, Trump chose to hold a campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania — about 1,000 miles north of the Florida region where the storm was wreaking destruction.

As of Monday morning, the number of confirmed deaths resulting from the hurricane had reached 18 — with dozens of people still unaccounted for, according to a Weather Channel report.

A light rain was falling in Washington D.C. on Monday when Trump and his wife left the White House to begin their trip south to Florida. As seen in the video below, courtesy of ABC News, Trump holds an umbrella over himself as he chats with reporters. But when Melania Trump appears to join him, he makes no move to protect her from the rain with his umbrella.
Instead, Trump walks several steps towards the TV cameras, leaving Melania Trump standing by herself in the rain. When he rejoins her, she moves herself under the umbrella, but he continues to make no move to share it with her.

Twitter users were not impressed.
Indeed, in January of this year — during another video that went viral — Trump was seen boarding Air Force One in the rain, holding his own umbrella. His wife and his youngest son, Barron Trump, trailed behind him, getting wet from the rain, as Yahoo! News reported at the time.
“Donald Trump has never been known for his chivalry nor valiance, an assertion compounded by recent pictures showing him hogging an umbrella while his wife and son are rained on,” wrote Harper’s Bazaar at the time of this earlier incident.

The Twitter account belonging to @NowThis had earlier posted a video contrasting Trump’s selfish umbrella use with the willingness of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, to let others use his umbrella.


Harvard University will reportedly honor former NFL player-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick with a medal next month.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who is one of eight people lined up to be honored by the university in October, will be receiving the university’s W. E. B. Du Bois Medal on Oct. 11.

The university called the award it’s “highest honor in the field of African and African American studies” in a statement obtained by the local station and said it is awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to African and African-American history and culture.



Kaepernick, along with seven others including comedian Dave Chapelle, will receive the W.E.B. Du Bois medal “in recognition of their contributions to African and African American culture and the life of the mind.” Kehinde Wiley, the artist who painted Barack Obama’s official portrait, will also be among the recipients for the October ceremony.
Past award winners include Muhammad Ali and Maya Angelou.

“The medal honors those who have made significant contributions to African and African American history and culture, and more broadly, individuals who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world,” the university said in the statement.

The announcement comes weeks after Nike announced a new ad campaign featuring Kaepernick, who was the first NFL player to protest racial inequality and police brutality by taking a knee during the national anthem before games.

In the new Nike ad, Kaepernick says, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” The athlete remains a free agent quarterback, unable to get a job in the NFL since the end of the 2016 season after becoming the face of the protest movement.

The endorsement deal with Kaepernick generated backlash from critics of the athlete’s kneeling protests, including President Trump, a frequent critic of the anthem protests.

“In the year of the 150th anniversary of his birth, W. E. B. Du Bois would be proud of the eight individuals being recognized at this year’s Hutchins Center Honors,” center director Henry Louis Gates Jr. said in a statement obtained by the local station.


Amazon stock has grown 70 percent in 2018 alone with Founder Jeff Bezos becoming the richest man in modern history.

Amazon stock briefly hit a $1 trillion market cap Tuesday Sept 4 before falling off and leaving Apple as the only publicly traded U.S. company above the benchmark. However, it soon tapered off, and Amazon ended the day with a $995 billion valuation.

Amazon became the second U.S company to reach a market cap of $1 trillion, crossing the milestone when the stock price reached $2,050.27 per share on the morning of Sept 4. The stock has been rocky since, closing at a price of $2,039.51 per share.

Amazon had been racing Apple to become the first U.S. company to reach a $1 trillion market value through most of the year. Apple surpassed a $1 trillion market value on Aug. 2 — just five weeks ago. Notably, each company has employed very different strategies and business models to get to this point.

Analysts reckon Amazon’s diversified portfolio to be its biggest growth driver. In 2018 alone, the stock has grown almost 70 percent. Following blockbuster Prime Day Sales in July, Amazon went past the $900-billion mark.

Founder Jeff Bezos saw his personal wealth soar to $150 billion, making him the richest man in modern history. Bezos owns more than 17 percent of Amazon stock, currently valued at $2,039 apiece. Last October, it was valued at $1,000.



From the very beginning, Amazon set out to change the face of online retail. The company started as just an internet bookstore in 1994, but now offers thousands of products to customers around the globe. The success of Amazon Web Services and Amazon Logistics has also helped carry the company to new heights.

It's also worth noting that, in 2014, Amazon tried entering the smartphone market with the Fire Phone and ultimately failed. However, the company has put a massive dent in other consumer tech categories. Amazon Echos and Alexa have become a household names with consumers and serve as a platform for other intelligent devices.

Amazon stock has grown 123,000 percent since 1997, when it listed on NASDAQ. In the 21 years since then, the company has transformed from an online book retailer to ‘the everything store’. Amazon’s cloud division has been the biggest contributor, growing 50 percent in the second quarter of 2018.

“Amazon did really well in online retail, but then the stock gapped up when they showed that they could become successful in cloud. It's almost like the ticker changed from AMZN to AWS," an analyst told CNBC.

Amazon stock has gained more than 70 percent in 2018 and has more than doubled in the last 12 months. That dwarfs gains by the overall market, with the S&P 500 index gaining 8 percent this year and 17 percent in the last 12 months.



Newly leaked video footage shows Google executives bemoaning the results of the 2016 election in the first all-staff meeting following Donald Trump’s electoral victory. In video footage, which an unnamed source sent to Breitbart, Google co-founder Sergey Brin said he found the election “deeply offensive.”

“I know many of you do too,” he said around the two-minute mark, adding that Trump’s victory “conflicts with our values.”

“So many people apparently don’t share the values we have,” he said.

Senior VP for Global Affairs Kent Walker assured his employees that “history is on our side,” close to the 10-minute mark of the footage.

“Martin Luther King made famous a line, that ‘the moral arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice,'” Walker said. “I would say the moral arc of history is long, but it bends towards progress. And out of progress comes higher living standards and better health care, and ultimately the ability to transcend tribalism, which, yes, leads towards justice.”

Google CFO Ruth Porat visibly chokes back tears when talking about the night Hillary Clinton lost the election, at about the 13:30-minute mark. She also told everyone in attendance to give the person next to them a hug at the 16:50-minute mark.

During the question and answer period, a man asks what Google is going to do about “low-information voters” sharing “misinformation” and “fake news,” to which CEO Sundar Pichai says that “investments in machine learning and AI” are the way to fix the problem.

The release of the video footage comes days after Fox News’s Tucker Carlson reported on leaked e-mails showing the company’s efforts to get out the vote among Hispanic Americans, believing that their efforts would benefit Hillary Clinton.

Google sent the following statement to Breitbart after the footage was published.

At a regularly scheduled all hands meeting, some Google employees and executives expressed their own personal views in the aftermath of a long and divisive election season. For over 20 years, everyone at Google has been able to freely express their opinions at these meetings. Nothing was said at that meeting, or any other meeting, to suggest that any political bias ever influences the way we build or operate our products. To the contrary, our products are built for everyone, and we design them with extraordinary care to be a trustworthy source of information for everyone, without regard to political viewpoint.


Ever one of our worst people, Donald Trump Jr took some time out of his weekend to mock Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who came forward with sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

On Sunday, Don Jr posted a meme on Instagram with the caption "Judge Kavanaughs sexual assault letter found by Dems." The attached image is a piece of notebook paper that says "Hi Cindy, Will you be my girlfreind? [sic]" with options to check "yes" or "no."


The post, which read, “Oh boy… the Dems and their usual nonsense games really have him on the ropes now. Finestein had the letter in July and saved it for the eve of his vote… honorable as always. I believe this is a copy for full transparency.#politics #maga,” was quickly met with disgust by many Instagram users who felt as if Trump Jr. was attacking the attacked.

“YOU ARE TRULY A VERY DISGUSTING PERSON!” wrote Brian Wilson.

“This is the example you want to set for your own daughters?” asked another user on Instagram.

The image of a letter written in red crayon, appearing to be the handwriting of a child, clearly was trying to minimize the seriousness of Ford’s allegation, comparing her attack to an innocent note passed along in school.