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Rep. Doug Collins on retail stores banning open carry: ‘Just because it feels good, doesn’t mean it heals you’

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After Walmart and Kroger requested that their customers not openly carry firearms in stores, CVS, Walgreens, and Wegman’s followed suit, prompting Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., to say Friday that “we’ve got to find things that actually work.”

“Just because it feels good, doesn’t mean it heals you,” the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee told Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime.”

“They are looking for a solution that is not going to come in what they are asking for.”

Collins’ remarks follow Walmart’s decision to end sales of handguns in Alaska and to discontinue the sale of short-barrel rifle and handgun ammunition in stores nationwide, its president and CEO announced Tuesday.

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The changes will reduce Walmart’s market share of ammunition to between 6 and 9 percent from around 20 percent, according to the announcement. About half of Walmart’s approximately 5,000 U.S. stores sell firearms.

The announcement came three days after a mass shooting killed seven people in Odessa, Texas. Four weeks earlier, a gunman killed 22 people and wounded 24 others inside at Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

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The Department of Justice has sent a package of legislative proposals on gun violence to the White House, a person familiar with the matter told Fox News, as the debate rages over how lawmakers and the president should respond to a recent spate of deadly mass shootings.

The White House has had the proposals for two weeks, according to the source, but has not yet sent anything along to Capitol Hill. It was not immediately clear what proposals are included in the DOJ package.

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Collins said preventing customers from carrying a legal firearm could have unintended consequences.

“In fact, it could actually make things worse if people are not able to carry in those areas, people who are criminally minded will know this,” Collins said.

Fox News’ Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.

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Apple disputes Google’s iPhone hack claim, says report ‘creates false impression’

Apple has taken issue with a report from Google’s Project Zero security team that said hackers spent at least two years targeting iPhones “en masse,” saying the findings create a “false impression of ‘mass exploitation.'”

“First, the sophisticated attack was narrowly focused, not a broad-based exploit of iPhones ‘en masse’ as described,” Apple said in the statement. “The attack affected fewer than a dozen websites that focus on content related to the Uighur community. Regardless of the scale of the attack, we take the safety and security of all users extremely seriously.”

The Tim Cook-led company added that even though Google implied the attacks, which Fox News previously reported on, were going on for “two years,” they were, in fact, operational for “roughly two months.”

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“We fixed the vulnerabilities in question in February — working extremely quickly to resolve the issue just 10 days after we learned about it,” Apple added. “When Google approached us, we were already in the process of fixing the exploited bugs.”

Apple added that “security is a never-ending journey,” making it clear it believes “iOS security is unmatched because we take end-to-end responsibility for the security of our hardware and software.”

The tech giant is expected to launch its latest iPhones at an event at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. on Sept. 10. It’s expected the company will announce three new iPhones, including two new “Pro” models, according to various media reports.

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Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.

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Fox News’ Dr. Siegel: ‘Home-brew’ inhalants likely to blame for spike in vaping-related illnesses

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After a young man in Oregon died from a vaping-related illness, Fox News’ Dr. Marc Siegel explained on Friday that the dangers of inhaling “home-brews” and other unregulated marijuana-laden products are likely to blame.

Siegel told “America’s Newsroom” that there is “a lot of evidence” that THC [tetrahydrocannabinol] and other illegal substances are being vaped, leading to a spike in lung illnesses linked to vaping and e-cigarettes.

“The American Vaping Association is, of course, saying it’s illegal vape that’s coming with THC or marijuana-like products in areas where it is illegal,” he said, also stressing that in New York authorities are finding that people are vaping vitamin E.

“Vitamin E, though it is good for the lungs, is toxic to the lungs if you inhale it,” he said, explaining that to inhale vitamin E, chemicals must be added to make it into an aerosol.

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A surge of mysterious respiratory illnesses prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue an advisory on Friday against using e-cigarettes. Health officials said that as of Aug. 27, 215 cases of lung disease reported in 25 states were possibly linked to vaping.

Investigators are looking into the death of an Oregon resident from “severe respiratory illness” after the person used an e-cigarette device in July. A similar fatal case in Illinois last month marked what U.S. officials said was the first vaping-related death.

Anchor Julie Banderas reported that 3.62 million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes last year, while 6.9 million adults used the products in 2017.

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Siegel said the FDA must make sure that the laws against minors purchasing vaping products are being enforced.

He said it remains true that vaping legal e-cigarettes and other regulated products is much safer than cigarettes, which contain tar and cause lung cancer.

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Gingrich and Whiton: Trump can support Hong Kong freedom fighters with these actions

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The Chinese Communist Party faces a crisis of its own making in Hong Kong.

The people of Hong Kong finally had enough when Beijing’s cronies proposed an extradition law that effectively would have imported mainland China’s political repression. For the past three months, demonstrators have been taking to the streets in massive numbers to protest the Chinese Communist Party’s tightening control over the city.

As a result, the government’s decision Wednesday to withdraw the extradition bill will not quell the protests, which have evolved into a larger quest for freedom.

HONG KONG’S CARRIE LAM SAYS WITHDRAWAL OF EXTRADITION BILL OWN DECISION, NOT BEIJING’S

The outcome of the struggle of the people of Hong Kong will have a significant bearing on the future of China – and U.S. national interests. As President Trump has said, a U.S.-China trade deal would be hard to complete if Beijing uses force in Hong Kong.

The crisis is also a reminder that the ruling Chinese Communist Party violates almost all of its international agreements. In this case, China has violated the 1984 Joint Declaration with Britain and the Basic Law that came into effect upon Hong Kong’s 1997 handover, ending its status as a British colony. Both measures were supposed to preserve Hong Kong’s freedoms and establish real democracy.

Clearly, the promises made to the people of Hong Kong decades ago have been disregarded and violated by China’s ruling Communist Party. Now, in Hong Kong the world can see what many Chinese really think about their unelected government. This embarrassment comes just as Beijing is preparing to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the state’s founding Oct. 1.

Furthermore, Beijing faces an unsolvable conundrum. Unlike the Tiananmen Square massacre 30 years ago, when the government used brutal force on an isolated population that wanted rights it lacked, in Hong Kong a Westernized population connected to the world is fighting to preserve the freedom it has – and to which is legally entitled. History has shown than no amount of force will fully extinguish their quest.

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Furthermore, Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping is unlikely to order an overt invasion of Hong Kong by the People’s Liberation Army. Doing so would cause free nations to end Hong Kong’s status as a trade and financial hub separate from the mainland — and thus deny Beijing a major source of capital and gateway to the outside world. Xi has painted himself into a corner.

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Instead of the army, Xi will likely use the Hong Kong police — possibly augmented by mainland thugs — to increase repression. In fact, this has already begun.

Police have arrested more than 1,000 citizens, and each new day brings more footage of cops brutally beating subdued protesters. Among those arrested were legislators from the democratic camp and protest leaders who have been the strongest advocates for nonviolence.

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam admitted in a leaked private discussion that she has been rendered powerless by the “national level.” Don’t be fooled – Beijing already calls the shots.

All of these factors imply that Hong Kong will be unsettled until Chinese Communist Party officials engage in a serious dialogue with democratic legislators that paves the way to the democracy Hong Kong was promised.

America has a strong interest in supporting this quest not only because of our historic support for those willing to struggle for their own freedom, but because it will distract and weaken the Chinese Communist Party that wages cyberwar on America, steals our intellectual property, robs us on trade, kills our citizens with fentanyl, and works to erode the rule of law globally.

The Trump administration can take four practical steps to help the people of Hong Kong.

First, use the U.S. Global Magnitsky Act. Named for a murdered Russian dissident, the law allows denial of U.S. visas and property sanctions to be applied to human rights abusers. Gradually apply it from abusive police leaders to high-ranking officials until repression and political arrests end.

Second, use declassified intelligence to expose the corruption of Chinese officials. To solidify his power, Xi conducted an “anti-corruption” purge that actually just replaced incumbent party bosses and his competitors with his own immoral cronies. Chinese citizens undoubtedly suspect this favoritism and graft, but it should be made clear to all. Weakening Xi helps Hong Kong and America.

Third, use the anti-money laundering provisions of the Patriot Act to seize bank accounts and other property of corrupt Chinese officials. We should urge allies with large Chinese populations – such as Australia, Singapore and Canada – to do the same. We can also send home the “princeling” children of Communist Party officials studying or otherwise residing in the United States, and other Chinese expatriates who support the party. Those who keep hardliners like Xi in power will start to think twice.

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Fourth, help Hong Kong’s peaceful protest leaders by providing encouragement and technology. Taxpayer-funded organizations intended to do this, such as the National Endowment for Democracy, are featured substantially in the federal budget – but are not present in reality. President Trump should order his administration to expand the availability of satellite phones and other technologies that can survive an Internet shutdown in Hong Kong. Washington should also work with Ukrainians with recent experience resisting repression and other veteran dissidents to train and encourage protest leaders, either in Hong Kong or in the freer environs of Taiwan if necessary.

The free world’s greatest adversary has run haplessly into serious political trouble. For our sake, and the sake of those protesting China’s communist totalitarian dictatorship, let’s take a stand for freedom in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong.

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Christian Whiton was a senior adviser in the Donald Trump and George W. Bush administrations. He is a senior fellow for strategy and public diplomacy at the Center for the National Interest and the author of “Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War.”

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Tucker Carlson: CNN’s town hall was not really about climate change, but about Dems controlling our lives

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It was an act, really, of wanton cruelty committed against defenseless television viewers. On Wednesday night, CNN subjected its tiny audience to what it described as a “Climate Change Town Hall.” The thing went on for seven hours. That’s a long time.

In fact, that’s so long that climate predictions made at the start of the evening could have been proven wrong by the end. An entire species of polar bear might have become extinct by the third commercial break. It’s a long time,

And yet, in the name of science, a few hearty souls attempted to watch the entire thing. Now, we can’t say with certainty what happened to them — though, of course, they’re in our prayers. But at least one of them could be seen lapsing into total unconsciousness while Elizabeth Warren was answering a question.

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He was the lucky one. If he was sleeping deeply enough, he might have missed CNN asking Democratic presidential hopeful Julian Castro what his administration would do to fight “environmental racism.” We’re not making that up. But that’s just the tip of the rapidly melting iceberg.

Though it was billed as a show about the environment, in fact, Wednesday night was really an exercise in sweaty moral posturing. At times the evening became so strident that even the candidates on stage couldn’t keep up with it all.

Cory Booker, for example, tried to reassure viewers that Democrats don’t really want to take people’s meat away. Apparently, he had forgotten that Kamala Harris had just called for that.

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“I hear about it all the time. ‘Booker wants to take away your hamburger,” he said. “Well, that is the kind of lies and fear-mongering that they spread out there, that somehow the Democrats want to get rid of hamburgers.”

But earlier in the night, Kamala Harris said the following in this exchange.

Erin Burnett, CNN host: But would you support changing the dietary guidelines?

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., 2020 presidential candidate: Yes.

Burnett: You know, the food pyramid.

Harris: Yes.

Burnett: To reduce red meat specifically?

Harris: Yes, I would.

So Kamala Harris had been thinking a lot about what you eat, and she thinks you eat too much red meat, and she plans to do something about it once she is elected God. That and a number of other things.

In fact, there are quite a few things in America that Kamala Harris plans to ban immediately, as she indicated at the town hall.

Jessie Bluedown, climate change activist: Will you commit to implementing a federal ban on fracking your first day in office, adding the United States to the list of countries who have banned this devastating practice?

Harris: There’s no question I’m in favor of banning fracking, so yes.

Burnett: So would you ban offshore drilling?

Harris: Yes, and I’ve again, worked on that.

Burnett: Plastic straws are a big thing right now —

Harris: Yes —

Burnett: Do you ban plastic straws?

Harris: I think we should, yes.

Banning drinking straws. I mean, it is mindless and annoying. If you actually cared about plastic pollution — and you should care about plastic pollution because it’s horrifying  — you would punish China for Chinese plastics in the ocean. But of course, no one on the left wants to do that because they’re busy sucking up to China.

Though it was billed as a show about the environment, in fact, Wednesday night was really an exercise in sweaty moral posturing.

But banning fracking? Now, that’s just demented. Our energy sector is the single most successful part of the entire American economy. It’s one of the only things propping up our trade balance right now. It’s been a savior of last resort for rural areas devastated by globalization.

Kamala Harris doesn’t care about any of that. She probably doesn’t even know. When you’re a soulless demagogue bent on acquiring power at all cost, details are not relevant. All you see is yourself at the finish line, arms in the air.

Ambition is a powerful drug, and yet if we’re being honest about it, Harris was not even close to the least appealing candidate on the stage Wednesday night. That award goes, without question, to Father Pete Buttigieg, the Patron Saint of South Bend, Indiana.

Father Buttigieg launched into a sermon Wednesday night that would have made Jonathan Edwards proud. Sinners in the hands of an angry climate God.

“You know, if you believe that God is watching as poison is being belched into the air of creation, and people are being harmed by it, countries are at risk of vanishing in low-lying areas, what do you suppose God thinks of that?” Buttigieg asked. ” I bet he thinks it’s messed up. At least one way of talking about this is that it’s a kind of sin.”

You shudder to think of the torments waiting for you in Father Pete’s Episcopalian version of hell. Imagine him lecturing you superciliously for eternity, wagging his little fingers in your face, bragging about his virtue. It’s enough to make you want to obey.

Father Pete, though fears no such judgment. At the very same time he is yelling at you about “belching poison into the air of creation,” Father Pete himself is likely to be sipping Perrier at 50,000 feet in the leased Gulfstream.

According to an Associated Press report, Buttigieg flies on climate-destroying private jets more than any other Democratic candidate in the race right now. How can that be?

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We asked the Buttigieg campaign that question, and they responded, “We fly commercial as often as possible and only fly non-commercial when the schedule dictates.”

Non-commercial — oh that makes sense. The schedule dictates it. So when it’s convenient, Father Buttigieg follows his own commandments. The rest of the time  — when the schedule dictates — he is happy to belch poison into the air of creation.

So you’re not allowed to drink from a plastic straw — that’s immoral. But Father Pete gets to keep his private plane. So, no wonder rich people love climate activism. For them, it’s all upside. It’s not so great for everyone else, unfortunately.

For poor people in the third world, it’s going to be especially tough. We’re not going to be allowed to have as many children as they would like. Bernie Sanders explained it this way at the CNN Climate Change Town Hall.

Martha Readyoff, treacher: Empowering women and educating everyone on the need to curb population growth seems a reasonable campaign to enact. Would you be courageous enough to discuss this issue and make it a key feature of a plan to address climate catastrophe?

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., 2020 presidential candidate: Well, Martha, the answer is yes. And the answer has everything to do with the fact that women in the United States of America, by the way, have a right to control their own bodies and make reproductive decisions. And the Mexico City agreement, which denies American aid to those organizations around the world that allow women to have abortions or even get involved in birth control to me is totally absurd.

Oh, there you go. Sanders says it right out loud. The Africans are having too many babies, we’re going to have to make sure those Africans have more abortions. We’re going to pay for African abortions.

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We’re also, by the way, going to have to control what people eat, how they travel and where, what they do for a living. We’re going to have control every detail of their formerly personal lives. We’re in charge, now, of everything.

That’s the message. I suddenly realize that none of this has much to do with the environment.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Sept. 5, 2019.

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Kimberley Strassel: ‘Powerful interests’ and ‘dark money’ are mostly on the Democratic side

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This year’s Democratic presidential candidates have a favorite whipping boy: “powerful interests.” Get ready to hear again in coming weeks how the National Rifle Association rules Washington, how the Koch empire dominates politics, how the right is pouring “dark money” into its agenda. And then remember that these are among the biggest whoppers of the 2020 election. One side will do battle with the aid of a huge and savvy nonprofit political empire—and it isn’t the right. Though the sooner Republicans understand that, the better.

A helpful tutorial arrived this week, “Power Grab,” a new book by Republican former Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah. Mr. Chaffetz has been digging into nonprofits since his time as House Oversight Committee chairman, and the book details how powerful the liberal nonprofit sector has grown. It may surprise many Americans—those who read daily stories about conservative “influence”—that the likes of the NRA, Judicial Watch and the National Organization for Marriage barely rank by comparison to the assets and revenue of Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union or the Nature Conservancy.

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These aren’t only big political players; they’re the biggest political players. In 2018 the nonprofit watchdog Capital Research Center analyzed grants handed out in the 2014 election year by six big foundations on the right (including the Bradley and Charles Koch foundations) versus six on the left (including the Open Society and Tides foundations). Liberal public-policy charities, organized under chapter 501(c)(3) of the tax code, bagged $7.4 billion of this foundation money in 2014. For conservative charities, the figure was a mere $2.2 billion. That $7.4 billion also dwarfed total 2013-14 campaign receipts to federal, state and local campaigns ($4.1 billion) and spending that cycle by independent groups ($830 million).

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Mr. Chaffetz’s contribution is to refocus attention on the way liberal charities channel their huge funds into political work that benefits the Democratic Party. We’ve long known that some of them engage in nominally nonpartisan voter registration, conveniently only in places likely to yield Democratic votes. The Chaffetz book adds new data highlighting contracts between liberal charities and overt political organizations.

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2 giant blobs at the core of our galaxy are spewing radiation. Scientists don’t know how they got there.

In 2010, astronomers working with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope announced the discovery of two giant blobs. These blobs were centered on the core of the Milky Way galaxy, but they extended above and below the plane of our galactic home for over 25,000 light-years. Their origins are still a mystery, but however they got there, they are emitting copious amounts of high-energy radiation.

More recently, the IceCube array in Antarctica has reported 10 super-duper-high-energy neutrinos sourced from the bubbles, leading some astrophysicists to speculate that some crazy subatomic interactions are afoot. The end result: The Fermi Bubbles are even more mysterious than we thought.

Related: Huge Milky Way Gas Bubbles Clocked at 2 Million Mph

Two giant blobs of hot gas

It’s not easy to make big balls of hot gas. For starters, you need energy, and a lot of it. The kind of energy that can spread hot gas to a distance of over 25,000 light-years doesn’t come easily to a typical galaxy. However, the peculiar orientation of the Fermi Bubbles — extending evenly above and below our galactic center — is a strong clue that they might be tied our central supermassive black hole, known as Sagittarius A*.

Perhaps millions of years ago, Sag A* (the more common name for our giant black hole, because who wants to keep typing or saying “Sagittarius” all the time?) ate a giant meal and got a bad case of indigestion, with the infalling material heating up, twisting around in a complicated dance of electric and magnetic forces, and managing to escape the clutches of the event horizon before falling in. That material, energized beyond belief, raced away from the center of the galaxy, riding on jets of particles accelerated to nearly the speed of light. As they fled to safety, these particles spread and thinned out, but maintained their energetic state to the present day.

Or perhaps a star wandered too close to Sag A* and was ripped to shreds, releasing all that potent gravitational energy in a single violent episode, leading to the formation of the bubbles. Or maybe it had nothing to do with Sag A* itself, but the multitude of stars in the core — perhaps dozens or hundreds of those densely packed stars went supernova at around the same time, ejecting these plumes of gas beyond the confines of the galactic more.

Or maybe none of the above.

No matter what, the bubbles are here, they’re big, and we don’t understand them.

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Gamma and the neutrino

You can’t see the Fermi Bubbles with your naked eye. Despite their high temperatures, the gas inside them is incredibly thin, rendering them all but invisible. But something within them is capable of making the highest-energy kind of light there is: gamma rays, which is how the Fermi team spotted them.

We think that the gamma rays are produced within the bubbles by cosmic rays, which themselves are high-energy particles (do you get the overall “high energy” theme here?). Those particles, mostly electrons but probably some heavier fellas too, knock about, emitting the distinctive gamma rays.

But gamma rays aren’t the only things that high-energy particles can produce. Sometimes the cosmic rays interact with each other, perform some complicated subatomic dance of matter and energy, and release a neutrino, an almost-massless particle that only interacts with other particles via the weak nuclear force (which means it hardly ever interacts with normal matter at all).

The IceCube Observatory, situated at the geographic south pole, uses a cubic kilometer of pure Antarctic water ice as a neutrino detector: every once in a rare while, a high-energy neutrino passing through the ice interacts with a water molecule, setting up a domino-like chain reaction that leads to a shower of more familiar particles and a telltale flash of light.

Due to the nature of its detectors, IceCube isn’t the greatest when it comes to pinpointing the exact origin location for a neutrino. But to date, it has found 10 of these little ghosts coming from roughly the direction of the two Fermi Bubbles.

Is this coincidence, or conspiracy?

A subatomic puzzle

So something could be producing these extremely exotic neutrinos inside the Fermi Bubbles. Or not — it could just be a coincidence, and the neutrinos are really coming from some distant part of the universe behind the Bubbles.

What’s more, somehow the cosmic rays are producing all the gamma rays, though we’re not exactly sure how. Perhaps we might get lucky: maybe there’s a single set of interactions inside the Bubbles that produces both gamma rays and the right kind of neutrinos that can be detected by IceCube. That would be a big step up in explaining the physics of the Bubbles themselves, and give us a huge clue as to their origins.

Recently, a team of researchers pored through the available data, even adding results from the newly operational High Altitude Water Cherenkov detector (a super-awesome ground-based gamma ray telescope), and combined that information with various theoretical models for the Bubbles, searching for just the right combo.

In one possible scenario, protons inside the Bubbles occasionally slam into each other and produce pions, which are exotic particles that quickly decay into gamma rays. In another one, the flood of high-energy electrons in the Bubbles interacts with the ever-present radiation of the cosmic microwave background, boosting some lucky photons into the gamma regime. In a third, shock waves at the outer edges of the Bubbles use magnetic fields to drive local but lethargic particles to high velocities, which then begin emitting cosmic rays.

But try as they might, the authors of this study couldn’t find any of the scenarios (or any combination of these scenarios) to fit all the data. In short, we still don’t know what drives the gamma ray emission from the Bubbles, whether the Bubbles also produce neutrinos, or what made the Bubbles in the first place. But this is exactly how science is done: collecting data, ruling out hypotheses, and forging onward.

Read more: “Correlation of high energy neutrinos and gamma rays on the direction of Fermi Bubbles

Paul M. Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University, host of Ask a Spaceman and Space Radio, and author of “Your Place in the Universe.” Sutter contributed this article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights

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Hurricane Dorian: NASA’s launch hardware survived storm, Kennedy Space Center confirms

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Launch infrastructure at Kennedy Space Center survived Hurricane Dorian, NASA has confirmed.

“We’re happy to report no flight hardware was damaged during this storm,” Kennedy Space Center tweeted late Thursday.

The Space Center reopened for normal operations earlier this morning.

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Aerial footage showed the gigantic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center unscathed in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

Earlier this week, NASA posted a video on social media that showed 62 mph wind and rain from Hurricane Dorian whipping through the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Control Center parking lot at 3.a.m. EDT Wednesday.

At its closest point, the eye of the hurricane came within 70 nautical miles of Cape Canaveral, according to NASA. “Data from our 250 foot tower clocked the top windspeed at 90 mph,” Kennedy Space Center tweeted.

A 120-strong team of NASA personnel rode out the storm at Kennedy Space Center, carefully monitoring key launch infrastructure.

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On Aug. 30, NASA confirmed that its Mobile Launcher had been moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building to protect it from Dorian.

The Mobile Launcher is key to America’s space future. It’ll be used to launch NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39B for future Artemis missions to the Moon.

Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex also reopened Friday.

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In 2017, NASA said that Kennedy Space Center had sustained “a variety of damage” as a result of Hurricane Irma. A year earlier, NASA reported limited damage to Kennedy Space Center from Hurricane Matthew.

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Hurricane Dorian howled over North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Friday. Its winds down to 90 mph, the Category 1 hurricane lashed communities with wind, rain and floodwaters as it hugged the islands. Around midmorning, it blew ashore at Cape Hatteras, making its first landfall on the U.S. mainland.

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NASA discovers mysterious green light that quickly disappeared

NASA has spotted something mysterious in deep space that it can’t quite explain — bright flashes of green and blue spots that appeared and disappeared in a cosmic second.

The NuSTAR X-ray observatory was looking at the Fireworks galaxy (NGC 6946) and saw multiple blobs of blue and green light that appeared and disappeared within weeks, according to a new study published in the Astrophysical Journal. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory also witnessed the appearance and disappearance of the green blob, known as an ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX), confirming the sighting.

“Ten days is a really short amount of time for such a bright object to appear,” said Hannah Earnshaw, a postdoctoral researcher at Caltech, in a statement. “Usually with NuSTAR, we observe more gradual changes over time, and we don’t often observe a source multiple times in quick succession. In this instance, we were fortunate to catch a source changing extremely quickly, which is very exciting.”

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This visible-light image of the Fireworks galaxy (NGC 6946) comes from the Digital Sky Survey, and is overlaid with data from NASA’s NuSTAR observatory (in blue and green). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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While researchers are quick to point out that ULXs are a common occurrence in space (this was the fourth one spotted in this galaxy), they also note that ULXs are “typically long-lived.” With this ULX, there was “visible light … detected with the X-ray source,” which likely rules out that it was a supernova.

So what is it? The researchers offered several theories for the appearance of the green blob, including the fact it could be a black hole consuming another object.

“If an object gets too close to a black hole, gravity can pull that object apart, bringing the debris into a close orbit around the black hole,” NASA wrote in the post. “Material at the inner edge of this newly formed disk starts moving so fast that it heats up to millions of degrees and radiates X-rays.”

But given the fact that ULX-4 could be a recurring event, another possible explanation is that it is a neutron star. Neutron stars, which are about the same mass as the Sun, are able to draw in material, creating disks of debris that can generate ULX sources.

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However, if the neutron star spins too fast, the magnetic fields it creates can actually cause a barrier, which would prevent the material from reaching the star’s surface.

“It would kind of be like trying to jump onto a carousel that’s spinning at thousands of miles per hour,” Earnshaw added.

The barrier effect would prevent the star from being a source of X-rays. However, the barrier might “waver briefly,” which would allow material to fall through and land onto the neutron star’s surface, which could explain the sudden appearance and disappearance of the ULX, researchers suggested.

“This result is a step towards understanding some of the rarer and more extreme cases in which matter accretes onto black holes or neutron stars,” Earnshaw said.

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Joe Biden claims he once told Vladimir Putin ‘I don’t think you have a soul’

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden claims he once told Russian President Vladimir Putin he has no “soul.”

During a fundraiser in New York on Thursday, Biden spoke of meeting with Putin while he was vice president during the Obama administration.

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Recalling what he told Putin, Biden said, “I don’t think you have a soul and his response was, ‘Well, we understand each other.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden (right) claims he once told Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) he has no “soul.” (Associated Press).

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The comments evoke memories of former President George W. Bush’s comments in 2001 after meeting Putin, when he said, “I looked the man in the eye” and “I was able to get a sense of his soul.” (Bush has since said “Putin changed.”)

During the fundraiser, Biden vowed to get tough with Putin if elected president.

“You screw around with us, worse is coming your way,” Biden said. “They gotta understand there’s a price to pay.”

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Speaking of Russia’s attempts to interfere in U.S. elections, Biden called for new election security measures.

“We have to get every state in the union to move toward having paper ballots. We need the backup,” he said.

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