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Them: Donald Trump is actually a really good guy for refusing to take the president’s 400K salary. See he’s really not in it for himself or the money!

Reality: Because Melania and Barron Trump will remain in Manhattan and Donald Trump himself will be staying at Trump Tower as much as possible during his presidency, one floor of Trump Tower may be converted into a round-the-clock command post for the Secret Service. This safety precaution will cost the government roughly $1.5 million per year and the money will be pocketed by Donald Trump’s own company. 

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The Mustang Unit + Chess Metaphors
My pawn, my bishop, my rook, my knight and worse of all they’ve even taken my queen. But i’m still not in checkmate. Not yet anyway. ~Roy Mustang~ 

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Some men are born to plow fields, some live to be great physicians, others to be great kings. Me? I was born to serve you, Arthur, and I’m proud of that, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

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The Cosmic Calendar

The universe’s age of 13.8 billion years seems like an almost abstract concept to us. We know it’s a huge number, but we can’t really grasp the enormity of it. That’s why the concept of the Cosmic Calendar is so useful: It compresses the entire age of the universe in a time scale that we can all understand - an entire calendar year: 12 months, 365 days. At this scale, there are 438 years per second, 1.58 million years per hour, and 37.8 million years per day.

(More on Wikipedia.)

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We’re in this together.

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The blood falls of Antarctica

In some remote regions of the antarctic there are glaciers that appear to be bleeding.  This makes for a stunning visual on the bright white snow, but what is going on here?  

The falls are actually the product of a subglacial lake that is seeping out from a rupture in the glacier.  The red color comes from the microbes living in the dark cold lake that use iron to produce energy (think rust).  Scientists think that this population of organisms have been able to evolve separately from the rest of the world for over 1.5 million years.

UC Santa Cruz glaciologist Slawek Tulaczyk studies these types of environments and says they’re great for theorizing life on other planets:

A place like this would be as close of an analog as we can find on this planet for subpermafrost life habitats on Mars.

Tulaczyk and his team drill into Antarctic ice in the hopes of finding these types of ecosystems deep below the surface.  

Read more about Blood Falls here