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During a commencement address, a billionaire promised to pay the student debt held by an entire graduating class.
“Between doubt and destiny is action.”
The cost of attending Morehouse College (room & board, books etc) is just under $50,000 a year (about average for a private university in America). Total student loan debt in America totals an estimated $1.5 T.
First Image Of A Black Hole
What Exactly Is A Black Hole: The AP describes it as “the cosmic place of no return” – a part in the universe that has such a strong gravitational pull everything (and conceivably everyone) would be pulled into it.
Our Take: Imagine celestial quicksand for gravity, sucking light, gas, and beyond into its abyss.
“From a scale of zero to amazing, it was amazing.”
Seattle Seahawk’s Shaquem Griffin, who made it to the NFL despite not having a left hand, accepts an award for this year’s football season and gives some profound advice.
Justice Alan Page received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor, on Friday. His list of accomplishments is long but someone very important was missing during the ceremony. Read more about why this is our Photo Of The Week:
India’s “Statue of Unity” unveiled, at twice the height of Statue of Liberty. But it won’t hold the record for long.
It's the world's tallest statue - for now. Elsewhere in India, Modi's political party just started construction on a statue that would be 100 feet taller, costing $100M more at $500M. It's expected to be completed in 3 years.
The civics part of the naturalization exam requires applicants to correctly answer 6 out of 10 questions out of 100 possible civics questions.
The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services administers the questions in person; the questions are picked at random.
1. When was the U.S. Constitution written?
2. How many justices serve on the U.S. Supreme Court?
3. Who did the U.S. fight in World War II?
1. Constitution written? 1787
(13% Answered Correctly)
2. Supreme Court Justices? 9
(43% Answered Correctly)
3. WWII enemy? Japan, Germany, and Italy
(40% Answered Correctly)
“Unfortunately this study found the average American to be woefully uninformed regarding America’s history and incapable of passing the U.S. Citizenship Test.”
Informed or not, voters are headed to the polls next month, and both parties use American history to bolster their platforms. The question is: do Americans know enough to understand what's true American history and what's not?
“The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.”
Banksy’s “Girl With Balloon” sold for an artist record $1.4M at a Sotheby’s auction on Friday.
Moments after the gavel fell, an alarm sounded and the painting began to self destruct running through a shredder in the frame, emerging in strips.
Known for his mischievous & satirical images of the art world he loathes, even sneaking into famous spots adding his own artwork:
As his notoriety has grown, critics charge he’s too far removed to truly represent the subculture he works to represent.
“I give away thousands of paintings for free. I don’t think it’s possible to make art about world poverty and trouser all the cash.”
Fetching more than 3 times estimates, “Girl With Balloon” may increase in value following the historic shredding. Sotheby’s insists it was not in on the joke, but critics wonder. As for Banksy, despite posting about the incident on social media, he's got no plans to reveal his identity.
“The colors were incredible. It didn’t seem real.”
Photographer John Entwistle was on his Jersey Shore patio with his 11-year-old daughter as the remnants of Hurricane Florence rolled through leaving 5 rainbows in its wake.
After sharing the photo on his social media, NASA featured its as its “Astronomy Picture of the Day.”
“In general, supernumeraries are quite common. There are many pictures of 2 or 3 supernumeraries, but the appearance in nature of 5 supernumeraries is exceptional.”
NASA explains supernumerary rainbows only form "when falling water droplets are nearly all the same size" with sunlight not only reflecting from inside the raindrops, but "interfere, a wave phenomenon similar to ripples on a pond when a stone is thrown in."
Alex Honnold (33) completed this amazing feat June 2017. His journey is featured in a National Geographic documentary entitled "Free Solo." It hits theaters on Friday, September 28th.
“There is not a day that goes by that I don’t pray for the opportunity to go back to that day and make it different. But now we have the opportunity to make other parents day’s different.”
Every single day in America…
3 children will die from drowning.
The US Army is also testing & prototyping Iron Man-like suits in order to test how electricity production can be used to avoid dangerous resupply stops, reducing logistics on the battlefield. Read on here: