Lewis Hamilton takes pole in record pace at Australian GP

MELBOURNE, Australia — Something that surprised Lewis Hamilton after he posted the fastest lap ever at the Albert Park circuit and equaled Ayrton Senna’s record of six pole positions at the Australian Grand Prix was that his time wasn’t even quicker. New technical and tire regulations for the 2017 season were designed to make the F1 cars faster and maybe reduce Mercedes’ dominance. Hamilton maintained Mercedes’ status quo at the front of the grid, although Ferrari is showing signs of competing for the top of the podium. Sebastian Vettel split the Mercedes drivers with the second-fastest time in qualifying, and Kimi Raikkonen was fourth. The times kept improving during the… Read More

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How ‘Trumpcare’ went up in flames — and why it should worry the GOP about the future

Paul Ryan strode to the lectern, looking solemn. It was hard to imagine in November, after Donald Trump shocked the world to win the presidency and Republicans gained even bigger majorities in the House and Senate. “Obamacare is the law of the land. It will remain the law of the land until it is replaced,” Ryan said. “We will be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” Just 64 days into his presidency, the first major legislative item on the Republican agenda was dead. Ryan called Trump around 3 p.m. Friday to say what Republican leaders knew all week — they didn’t have the votes to pass the American Health… Read More

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Adam Savage on his live science show, cosplay, and ‘promoting the joy in making things’

“You guys have to check this out,” MythBusters veteran Adam Savage says to a small group of assembled crew members for his traveling show, Brain Candy Live! Along with Michael Stevens (host of the YouTube channel Vsauce), Savage has been touring the country with a show that is part hands-on science lesson, part TED Talk, and part Blue Man Group-style performance. I’ve followed him onto the stage before a performance, and he’s just pulled a large leaf blower out of a box. It’s an upgrade to the one used in earlier shows on the tour, he explains, and he demonstrates its power by turning it on and tossing an inflated… Read More

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How Apple can silence the haters, crush Google and Microsoft, and build a thousand-year empire (AAPL)

It was only last summer that Apple CEO Tim Cook declared his vision for a company that lasts one thousand years. But Cook’s far-reaching calendar already seems to be in trouble, with an ever-growing list of rivals and weaknesses threatening to undermine the Apple empire. Just consider: Google’s homebuilt Pixel phones are innovating where iPhone stagnates. Microsoft is now building PCs and tablets that turn more heads than the Mac and iPad. Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant and Echo device are poised to own the nascent smarthome market before Apple’s competing HomeKit really builds any momentum. Meanwhile, Apple’s biggest fans worry that the company is losing focus, building iterative and inelegant… Read More

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Does Being Vegan Make a Person Less Aggressive?

Right now if you take the bus down 16th Street in northwest Washington, D.C., you’ll pass a banner that might not make sense at first, or after that. It shows North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un riding a missile. It says, “Don’t go ballistic. Go vegan.” The blue banner hangs outside the office of the animal-rights-advocacy organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, which also issued a letter this week to none other than U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to use veganism as a strategy toward world peace. The letter began mundanely enough, thanking Tillerson “for calling on North Korea to abandon its nuclear… Read More

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Chuck Berry and Drake: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Chuck Berry Was the Sound of 20th Century America Stephen Thomas Erlewine | Pitchfork “Chuck will be a coda to a career that’s already legend, but it may also confirm a simple truth about Chuck Berry’s art: He didn’t change his music but he did adapt with the times. He wound up documenting his era and, in turn, created the idealized version of 20th century America, from coast to shining coast. He captured all the gilded glory of the terrain, the inventions, and the people while also hinting at the darkness that lies within these borders.” Dave Chappelle’s Intimate New Netflix Specials Are Brilliant Justin Tinsley | The Undefeated “Race… Read More

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UKIP’s Douglas Carswell is quitting the party

UKIP’s Douglas Carswell announced on Saturday he is quitting the party to become an independent MP for Clacton. In a statement on his website, Carswell said he was leaving UKIP “amicably”. Carswell was UKIP’s only member of Parliament. Referring to the UK public’s decision to vote to leave the European Union last summer, Carswell said in his statement: “I will leave UKIP amicably, cheerfully and in the knowledge that we won.” UK Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on Wednesday, March 29. Article 50 is the formal notification of Britain’s intention to leave the EU. The withdrawal — known as “Brexit” — is expected to complete by April… Read More

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Amanda Seyfried Gives Birth to First Child!

Forget that nude photo scandal for Amanda Seyfried. The actress now has a very good reason to never have a worry in the world ever again. To some extent, at least. Because she just gave birth to her first child! Seyfriend and Thomas Sadoski welcomed a baby girl into the world this week, according to a rep for the 31-year old star. This exciting news comes just several days after the couple got married in a quiet ceremony. Sadoski announced the marriage during an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden when he took the host aback by referring to Seyfriend as his “wife.” He explained on air… Read More

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Saudi Arabia confirms Westminster attacker Khalid Masood visited the country 3 times

LONDON — The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London has confirmed the Westminster attacker had visited the country three times and taught English there. A statement released late Friday says Khalid Masood taught English in Saudi Arabia from November 2005 to November 2006 and again from April 2008 to April 2009. The embassy confirmed he had a work visa and says he returned for six days in March 2015. The statement adds that he wasn’t tracked by Saudi security services and didn’t have a criminal record there. The Guardian reports that going to Saudi Arabia to teach English is a common path for converts to extremism, citing security sources.… Read More

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