Home / News / UK and world by Press Association January 20, 2018, 8:02 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Donald Trump’s presidency has seen seismic shifts in numerous areas of government – and science is no exception. From a rollback of environmental protections to approving space missions, here is a look at the 45th US president’s impact on science and technology-related issues. Space missions In March, Mr Trump signed a bill into law allocating 19.5 billion dollars (£15.2bn) in annual funding for Nasa, directing the US space agency to put a man on Mars by 2033. Three months later he reinstated the National Space Council, a body that has not been active since 1993, and at its first official meeting, Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the council, stated that its goal was to use the moon as a “stepping-stone” to Mars. The White House reiterated the aspiration again in December 2017, with Mr … [Read more...] about A year of Donald Trump: How has the 45th president shaped science and technology?
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Home / News / UK & World by Michael Alexander January 20 2018, 7.00am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppLinkedInEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Want to read more?Subscribe today from £1 a week One year on from the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, Dr Matthew Ward, senior history lecturer at Dundee University, predicts that the second year of the Trump presidency promises to be “even more eventful” than the first. Observers could be forgiven for thinking that social media posturing and political leadership are one and the same given the worldwide frenzy that accompanied every tweet by Donald Trump over the past year. But for all the rhetoric, sabre-rattling, and grandiose claims, very little in America has actually changed. Attempts to repeal Obamacare and impose a travel ban have been held up. The wall remains unbuilt. Hillary remains at large. The swamp remains undrained. Some of the poorest people in … [Read more...] about Second year of Donald Trump likely to be ‘even more eventful’ than the first, says Dundee University expert
The problem with trying to parody the life of Donald Trump is that the truth seems to be stranger than fiction. Mostly through his own actions, the President of the United States, arguably the most powerful man in the world, has become an international figure of fun. Only this week, the 71-year-old descended to the level of an adolescent schoolboy by claiming he has a "bigger and more powerful" nuclear button than North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. So when a popular Twitter account @pixelatedboat decided to make the most of Michael Wolff's explosive book about what's really been going on inside the White House, it was perhaps inevitable it would lead to trouble. "Wow, this extract from Wolff’s book is a shocking insight into Trump’s mind," the tweet exclaimed. A screenshot of a page then relayed a supposed description of Donald Trump's obsession with 'the Gorilla Channel'. The President "seemed to be under the impression that a TV channel existed that screened nothing but … [Read more...] about How joke tweet about Donald Trump’s demand for ‘Gorilla Channel’ in White House got wildly out of hand
ALEC Baldwin’s hilarious impression of Donald Trump fooled a national newspaper into thinking he was actually the firebrand President.El Nacional in the Dominican Republic was forced to apologise after running an image of the Oscar nominated actor playing Trump on Saturday Night Live (SNL).The publication used the picture alongside a still of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an article about settlements in the Middle Eastern country.The Baldwin picture was supplied with information about the long-running NBC comedy show.But the newspaper still captioned the picture telling its readers that Baldwin was the Republican President.El Nacional said: “No-one spotted the mistake.”The paper apologised to its readers and “anyone affected”, reports the BBC.Despite its popularity with viewers, President Trump is not a fan of the satirical comedy programme.In January, the brash billionaire promptly took to Twitter to label SNL "terrible" and "really bad … [Read more...] about Actor Alec Baldwin’s impression on Saturday Night Live of Donald Trump tricked a national newspaper into believing he was the US president
A MYSTERIOUS Twitter user predicted Beyoncé's twin pregnancy seven months ago... plus Brexit and Donald Trump's sharp rise to power.User @Beyoncefan666 sent shivers through the internet yesterday when a tweet from 22 July 2016 began being retweeted by thousands of users.Why? Because it predicted that Beyoncé would announce she was expecting twins in February 2017.The user also declared that they were aware of the babies a whole four days before the Instagram announcement as Beyoncé had personally shared the news.The duo will be brothers or sisters to her daughter with rapper husband Jay Z, Blue Ivy, five.After re-reading the know-all Twitter user's message, one social media user simply wrote: "Omg."Another added: "How did she know this? I'm confused."One wrote: "Like how did it know the exact month?" while another took to the Caps Lock key to proclaim: "WITCHCRAFT".Others speculated @beyoncefan666 had cleverly managed to edit the date of her initial Tweet to make it … [Read more...] about Mysterious Twitter user predicted Beyoncé’s pregnancy, Brexit AND the rise of Donald Trump… should we be afraid?
SINGER Lily Allen last night sparked fury when she referred to gay people as "f**s" in a tweet protesting against Donald Trump.She tweeted the message "f**s hate Trump" in response to a Gay Times message calling for readers to listen to her "haunting anti-Trump anthem".But it backfired when members of the gay community blasted her, suggesting she refer to the gay community as "LGBT" instead.One wrote: "Please don't refer to us as F***, we are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender if anyone has to be labelled."Another tweeted: "Isn't it funny how some pop stars, in their attempt to virtue signal, think they can speak on behalf of others?"A third person said: "Would you call a black man a n***** because others do? No you wouldn't, don't call us. OK?"And one man wrote: “We hate that word even more you vile creature”.She later tried to downplay her tweet with a second message saying it was a reference to a sign seen in the background of the original Gay Times message.Allen has … [Read more...] about Lily Allen sparks furious backlash for referring to gay people as ‘f**s’ in tweet about Donald Trump
KATE Garraway suffered every woman's nightmare this morning when her make-up went badly awry as she presented a link live from Washington DC ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration.The Good Morning Britain presenter, 49, could barely keep her eyes open due to her false eyelashes and had also smeared red lipstick across her white faux fur collar.The TV favourite kept viewers updated all morning with the latest on the ceremony while pulling an all-nighter due to the time difference.Kate also interviewed 16-year-old singer Jackie Evancho who will be singing the national anthem for the President.However, her make-up mishaps didn't go unnoticed by viewers on Twitter.“Love Kate Garraway but someone sort her eyelashes,” one user tweeted to Good Morning Britain's official account.Others asked why she didn't have a make-up artist on hand to help her out.While another questioned why she had been given such heavy make-up to wear in the first place: … [Read more...] about Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway suffers multiple make-up mishaps while pulling all-nighter and presenting live link from Washington DC ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration
BUZZFEED’s decision to publish a full dossier detailing explosive and unverified sexual allegations against President-elect Donald Trump has sparked a debate over media ethics.Yesterday it was reported that a Brit spy uncovered evidence of shocking material held by Russia which alleged that Trump watched prostitutes engage in degrading sex in a Moscow hotel room .The dossier was reportedly offered to other media outlets, including the Guardian and NBC, who refused to publish it because the claims could be not be verified.But when CNN reported that Trump had been briefed by the CIA on the lurid claims, Buzzfeed decided to publish the document in full.The online news outlet posted the dossier along with the warning that it contained errors and claims that were “unverified and potentially unverifiable”. Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith has released a statement insisting that the site published the material so “Americans could make up their own minds about the … [Read more...] about Buzzfeed’s publication of Donald Trump ‘hotel romp’ dossier sparks debate over media ethics after other news outlets declined material because claims could not be verified
'FAKE news' has been named Collins Dictionary's official Word of the Year for 2017.The term has become popularised by US President Donald Trump and its usage is said to have risen by 365 per cent since 2016.The dictionary definition of the term is "false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting".It first came into usage in the build-up to the 2016 US presidential election, where baseless articles aimed at smearing either candidate were widely shared.Since Donald Trump's election, many have claimed fictitious news stories influenced voters.In the run-up to the US election articles headlined, "Hillary Clinton’s Discarded BlackBerry Turns Up In Goodwill Thrift Store" and "Yoko Ono: 'I had an affair with Hillary Clinton in the '70s'" were being displayed alongside genuine reports on social media sites and search engines.Since his election, President Trump has hijacked the phrase to condemn reporting he sees as critical towards him.Donald … [Read more...] about What is fake news? List of Donald Trump examples and why it’s word of the year
Hateful rhetoric, insulting tweets, or - such as this week since the far-right violence in Charlottesville - his inability to clearly identify and distance himself from right-wing extremism. Many of Trump's statements and attitudes have been met with consternation and outrage the world over. Trump on Obama: 'Why doesn't he show his birth certificate?' A black president? For followers of the racist "birther" movement, it was inconceivable. Trump was long the most prominent among them to sow lies about Barack Obama's background, claiming he was born in Kenya, not the US, and was not Christian. "Why doesn't he show his birth certificate?" Trump said in a 2011 interview for US broadcaster ABC. Trump followed up this initial falsehood during the 2012 presidential campaign, tweeting: "An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud." Trump continued to call Obama's legitimacy into question even after the White House … [Read more...] about The racist comments of Donald Trump