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Astronaut Jeanette Epps still can’t tell us why NASA pulled her from historic space mission

By Miriam Kramer

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NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps should be in space right now. But instead, she’s stuck on Earth.

In January, NASA unexpectedly announced that Epps — who was set to become the first African-American astronaut to live aboard the International Space Station for an extended period of time — would not be flying to the orbiting outpost in June after all.

No public reason was given for the sudden reassignment, and Epps hasn’t said much about the situation until now.

On Thursday Epps spoke out about why she was pulled from the flight during the Tech Open Air conference in Berlin, Germany. …

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Young pro-Trump staffers can’t get laid, and no one feels bad for them

By Marcus Gilmer

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Look, dating can be hard enough in the age of a million different apps. Apparently it’s even worse if you live and Washington, D.C. and you support Donald Trump.

In a new story just published by Politico, Daniel Lippman and Ben Schreckinger spoke to more than 30 millennials who are current or former members of the Trump White House staff about their D.C. social lives, including dating in the Era of Trump.

And it’s not great!

From Politico:

Okay, so that’s a bummer for them. But the internet doesn’t seem able to muster much sympathy for the young pro-Trump crowd living in the nation’s capitol, and some even invoked a few references to …

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Facebook also wants to show you how much time you spend in its app

By Karissa Bell

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It looks like Facebook may soon be able to nudge you to spend less time in its app.

The company appears to be testing a new feature that shows statistics about “your time on Facebook,” which could help remind users to take breaks from the app.

Screenshots of the feature reveal a new menu that shows you how many minutes you’ve spent in the Facebook app over the last week. There’s also a “manage your time” section, which will send you a notification when you’ve reached a pre-determined time limit in the app.

The feature, which was uncovered by developer …

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This is the Lego Batmobile that Batman would want

By Jake Krol

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Bluntly, I’m jealous of the toys of today, and Lego has managed to stoke that sentiment with its latest. The toy giant’s motorized DC Super Heroes Batmobile is part of the Lego’s Powered Up line, and it’s super cool.

The App-Controlled Lego Batmobile set will be landing on Aug. 1 for $99. And while it is only a 321-piece set, included in the box are the two twin motors and the battery pack.

Unlike Lego’s powered-up train set, you don’t build a controller out of Lego. The Batmobile will use Bluetooth to connect to an iOS or Android device, with a dedicated app (coming out when it launches). The app doesn’t just provide basic controls — you can also “code” in moves for the vehicle. …

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Walmart, Amazon, and Target have sales on 4K smart TVs this weekend from brands like Samsung, VIZIO, and Spectre

By Leah Stodart

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It’s the weekend again, and it’s also officially summer — and if that’s not cause for a celebration then we don’t know what is.

And by celebrating, we mean upgrading to a new TV.

What we’re most excited about this weekend is the selection of huge TVs on sale: Snag an 80-inch XLED smart TV from VIZIO for $600 off, a 75-inch LED smart TV from Samsung for $800 off, or a 75-inch 4K LED TV from Spectre for $900 off. (A 75-inch 4K TV for under a grand? How is this real?)

Of course, not all humble abodes are equipped to handle a six-foot-long TV. Because that’s ridiculous. There are sales on TVs of any size you could possibly need, all the way down to 28 inches. …

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