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    Coffee drinkers are a diverse lot, and if you're going to buy a gift for one of them, you better have the who's who down pat.

    There's, of course, the quintessential café brooder, who might need a little pick-me-up. Maybe a chocolate to go along with the dreary cup of black coffee that's always glued to their hand. Or how about the peppy aerobic workout-obsessed early riser? They could probably stand to have a French press in their on-the-go life. The do-it-yourself artisan might fancy a cold brew kit for the home. And so on.

    Whatever the temperament of your oh-so-temperamental coffee lover(s), you'll be sorted out below with these 22 fun and useful gifts for coffee lovers.

    Still shopping for more gifts? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

    SEE ALSO: 15 fun and unique gifts for tea lovers to spread holiday cheer

    DON'T MISS: 15 thoughtful gifts for book lovers to satisfy the bookworm on your list

    A paired coffee and chocolate gift box

    Bean Box's Deluxe Coffee & Chocolate Gift Box, available at Amazon, $68

    Fresh coffee beans paired with fresh chocolate is nothing short of divine, and if the recipient of this trove can't appreciate it, their soul is surely black as coal — which is probably what you should gift them next year.

    Read our guide to the best chocolate you can buy online here.

    A guide to help them make better coffee

    How to Make Coffee: The Science Behind the Bean, available at Amazon, $15.35

    Because we could all use a few pointers on our morning cuppa. 

    A mokka espresso pot

    Bialetti Mokka Espresso Pot (3-cup), available at Amazon, $29.95

    This should be a staple in every household. Easy, rich, and oh so crema-y when done right. Also, consider the Bialetti Express Set for two ($44.69).

    Check out our full guide to stovetop espresso makers here.

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    Chinese Navy

    • China is showing off some of its latest weapons, which includes a new hypersonic anti-ship cruise missile — the CM-401.
    • The missile's terminal velocity is said to be somewhere between Mach 4 and Mach 6. Combined with an irregular flight path, the weapon's speed makes it challenging to intercept.
    • The weapon could be launched from both land and sea and is said to be capable of eliminating a hostile ship in one hit.

    China is showcasing its powerful new hypersonic anti-ship cruise missile, which could raise the stakes as tensions flare between China's military and the US Navy.

    China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) unveiled the CM-401 short-range anti-ship ballistic missile at Airshow China in Zhuhai, the country's largest military and commercial aviation exhibition.

    "The system is intended for rapid and precision strikes against medium-size ships, naval task forces, and offshore facilities," a CASIC representative told IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.

    The Chinese state-affiliated Global Times, citing a press release from the company that produced the weapon, reported that the missile can travel at speeds roughly six times the speed of sound.

    The speed and unpredictable flight patterns made possible through mid-flight changes to the trajectory make the missile much more difficult, if not impossible, to intercept.

    The CM-401s are assumed to fly on a "skip-glide trajectory," The War Zone reported, citing graphics detailing the capabilities of the new system.

    "The weapon has the potential of destroying a hostile vessel with one hit," the paper reported, citing a Chinese military expert. The CM-401 is believed to include an independent phased array radar in the nose for terminal targeting.

    The missile, which has a maximum range of 180 miles, can be launched from a shore-based launcher or from a ship-based launch-canister. The Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy's new Type 055 destroyers could potentially carry the CM-401 missiles, The National Interest reported, although it is possible the vessel will carry a longer-range variant. 

    "The country will possess greater deterrence against hostile sea attacks, especially from large vessels like aircraft carriers," a military expert told the Global Times.

    Other Chinese anti-ship systems include the DF-21D and DF-26 ballistic missiles, as well as the YJ-12 and YJ-18 supersonic anti-ship cruise missile and a handful of subsonic cruise missiles. The development of a hypersonic strike platform represents a potentially-alarming advancement in stand-off anti-access, area-denial (A2/AD) technology, a consistent challenge for the US military.

    In September, the US Navy had a tense encounter with the PLAN when a Chinese warship challenged a US destroyer in the South China Sea. US and Chinese military officials anticipate additional confrontations in the future.

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    dr paul ryan

    • A woman says a cardiologist in California refused to treat her mom because she doesn't speak English.
    • A video shows Dr. Paul Ryan arguing with Yuset Galura over the care of her mother.
    • "You don't need to do nothing but tell me if something's wrong with her. If she's OK, if not, then I'll translate to my mother," Galura says. "It's not the same," Ryan responds.
    • A video of the interaction has gone viral.

    A cardiologist in California is facing backlash after a woman came forward saying that he refused to treat her mother because she doesn't speak English.

    On Thursday, Yuset Galura accompanied her 67-year-old mother Maria Ramirez to visit Dr. Paul Ryan, a cardiologist, as first reported on KTLA. But things didn't go as planned.

    "As soon as the doctor walked in the room, she asked him if he spoke Spanish and that was all it took for him to snap and start insulting her about speaking Spanish, being in this country, and not knowing his language," Galura told the outlet.

    In a video of the exchange which has since gone viral, Galura can be seen heard trying to speak with Ryan. The video was captured by Galura's daughter, who posted it on Instagram. Galura's daughter, Bridget Napoles, said in her post that before she began filming, the doctor told her mother "she's been in this country she should know English."

    The video has since been reposted to Facebook and shared by multiple news outlets.

    As Galura becomes upset with the doctor for not seeing her mother, Ryan says, "I am an American, born here."

    "You don't need to do nothing but tell me if something's wrong with her," Galura said."If she's ok, if not, then I'll translate to my mother. You don't need to tell me that she needs to learn English."

    Then, the doctor shouts over her: "It's not the same."

    Galura told KTLA that she's unhappy with what happened during the doctor's appointment. 

    Read more: LGBTQ patients reveal their exhausting, infuriating, and surprisingly common struggles at the doctor's office

    "I want to unmask the doctor," she said. "If you don't like being around Mexicans, Latinos, Hispanic, or any other race other than what your race is, then you have no room in the medical field."

    Her family visited Ryan at Pulse Cardiology on at the recommendation of a friend. But since he would not treat Ramirez, she says she still doesn't have the results of her heart test,  Galura told KTLA. 

    "My grandma who has been here for over 45 years doesn’t speak English, she worked, she paid her taxes, she paid off her house, so how does it affect anyone that she doesn’t speak English?" asked Napoles in her post. 

    In a statement to KTLA, a spokesperson for Pulse Cardiology said they are looking into the incident. 

    "Pulse Cardiology is conducting an independent investigation into the reported incident involving Dr. Ryan, who currently is not seeing patients at either of our clinics or St. Bernadine Medical Center," the statement said."The reported incident does not reflect the values of Pulse physicians, assistants, and administrators. Since its inception three years ago as the Inland Empire's premier cardiology practice, Pulse has proudly served all patients regardless of nationality with a diverse staff that is fluent in several languages, including Spanish."

    This isn't the first instance of a healthcare provider refusing to treat a patient. Earlier this year, for example,  a man who was hospitalized for a panic attack was taunted by a nurse who downplayed his symptoms

    A representative for Pulse Cardiology didn't immediately return INSIDER's request for comment.

    Visit INSIDER's homepage for more.

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    sexHaving sex on your period is possible, and it can sometimes be even more pleasurable

    Here are some tips for having sex while on your period while feeling as comfortable as possible. 

    Embrace the potential messiness.

    Letting go of your fear of making a mess can actually improve your sexual experience. And not just during your period.

    "More comfort around messinesscan break down barriers to sexual enjoyment. Studies have shown that people who have higher arousal are less grossed out by bodily fluids and 'messy period sex,'" psychologist and sex therapist Shannon Chavez told Glamour.

    While it's not possible for everyone, by trying to embrace the messiness and just being in the moment, you can set yourself up for a more carefree and enjoyable experience.

    You may want to use extra lubrication.

    While some consider menstrual blood to be a natural lubricant, your menstrual cycle can actually lower your body's natural lubrication levels. 

    Dr. Felice Gersh, M.D., a gynecologist at Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, previously told INSIDER that your body's natural lubrication will be at its lowest while on your period because that's when your body's estrogen levels are at their lowest.

    So, using some form of extra lubrication can make sex on your period a bit more comfortable.

    Read More: 8 things to know about having sex while on your period


    You may feel comfortable having sex in a bath.

    Your body won't actually stop menstruating while you're submerged in water, but physics works in your favor. As Tonic reports, the water pressure can stop blood from flowing out

    While you may still experience some bleeding during sex, having sex in the bath can potentially be more comfortable and make for less of a mess. 

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    US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray

    • John Dean, who served as White House counsel in Richard Nixon's administration, on Wednesday said Attorney General Jeff Sessions' ousting seemed like a planned "murder."
    • "This seems to be planned like a murder…It is almost impossible not to interpret this any other way, than a fact to undercut Mueller," Dean told CNN. 
    • In his resignation letter, which was undated but made public on Wednesday, Sessions said his departure came at the request of the president. 

    John Dean, who served as White House counsel in Richard Nixon's administration, on Wednesday said Attorney General Jeff Sessions' ousting seemed like a planned "murder."

    Dean, who was intricately involved in the Watergate scandal, said this appears to be a deliberate move to "undercut" Special Counsel Robert Mueller. 

    "This seems to be planned like a murder…It is almost impossible not to interpret this any other way, than a fact to undercut Mueller," Dean told CNN. 

    But Dean also said Mueller likely has a contingency plan, which could include sealed indictments. 

    Dean pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice as part of the investigation into Watergate, but he also provided testimony that played a key role in Nixon's ultimate resignation as he faced the prospect of impeachment.

    He has been highly critical of President Donald Trump regarding Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference. 

    In August Dean tweeted, "Nixon, generally very competent, bungled and botched his handling of Watergate. Trump, a total incompetent, is bungling and botching his handling of Russiagate. Fate is never kind to bunglers and/or botchers! Unlike Nixon, however, Trump won’t leave willingly or graciously."

    More recently, Dean in a separate tweet said, "Trump's is making the long nightmare of Nixon’s Watergate seem like a brief idyllic daydream." 

    In his resignation letter, which was undated but made public on Wednesday, Sessions said his departure came at the request of the president. 

    Trump was frequently critical of Sessions over his handling of the Justice Department, particularly with regards to Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. 

    Read more: Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

    The president said Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, will take over as attorney general on an acting basis. In this capacity, Whitaker assumes supervision over the special counsel and the Russia investigation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    Whitaker has been vocally critical of Mueller's probe into Russian election interference and his promotion has already sparked discussions on obstruction of justice. There are widespread fears Trump will urge Whitaker to fire Mueller, which would be an extraordinarily controversial move even among many Republicans and has drawn comparisons to Nixon's infamous Saturday night massacre. 

    Read more: Jeff Sessions' replacement is good news for Trump and bad news for Mueller

    Sessions' ousting also comes just a day after the 2018 midterm elections, in which Democrats gained a majority in the House and Republicans expanded on their majority in the Senate. 

    Trump has already expressed concerns Democrats would use their new position in the House to launch investigations into his administration — including in relation to Russia — and has threatened to take a "war-like posture" if this occurs. 

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    Cristiano Ronaldo scores against Manchester United

    • Cristiano Ronaldo scored an incredible second half goal for Juventus, against his former club Manchester United on Wednesday.
    • The goal was so good it was worthy of winning any game, but United had different plans and engineered a thrilling comeback in the final five minutes.
    • Juan Mata equalised with an excellent free kick in the 86th minute, four minutes before an own goal gave United the lead and the victory.
    • Watch some of the goals below.
    • Read all of Business Insider's coverage for the 2018-2019 soccer season right here.

    Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the worst players on the pitch before he unleashed a stunning volley, scoring for Juventus FC against his former club Manchester United.

    The center back Leonardo Bonucci supplied Ronaldo with a beautiful pass over the top of the United defense, which Ronaldo ran into and hit first time with customary aplomb in the 65th minute of Wednesday's match.

    It was a shot as instinctive as it was technically-exquisite, and it lit up the Juventus Stadium and looked like setting the home team on its way for a UEFA Champions League victory against its English opponent.

    Watch Ronaldo's goal right here:

    Or watch here if you are in the UK:

    So good was the goal that it elevated Ronaldo's individual match rating on soccer statistics website to 7.62, having previously ranked him as one of the worst players on the pitch.

    With the goal, it was like Ronaldo finally had the headline he craved — helping his new team to beat his old one. A headline he tried so hard to write two weeks ago, when he failed to make the club's trip to Old Trafford "The Cristiano Show" and was ultimately upstaged by his 21-year-old teammate Rodrigo Bentancur.

    Watch Juan Mata free kick

    But José Mourinho's United, so inconsistent and underwhelming in the Premier League, ripped up the form book, ripped up the script, and spoiled Ronaldo's night.

    This is because United scored two goals in the final four minutes of normal time. The first, a Juan Mata free-kick, completely bamboozled Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny — a dead ball so beautifully-hit that even Ronaldo would have enjoyed it, had it been struck from his boot, rather than the Spaniard's.

    Here's Mata's free kick:

    But United had more in the tank after that 86th minute equaliser, as an own goal gave Mourinho's team a 2-1 victory, one that had seemed so unlikely earlier in the game.

    "What a nice last five minutes!" Mata said on the BT Sport broadcast after the game.

    Victory was perhaps savored most by Mourinho himself, who walked onto the Juventus pitch after the final whistle and taunted the fans by putting his hands up to his ears. The gesture attracted the wrath of Bonucci, and other Juventus players.

    Watch the United manager's reaction below:

    "Beautiful Italians insulted me for 90 minutes and then I didn't insult them, I just made a little thing," Mourinho told the live BT Sport broadcast.

    "I respect Juventus, their players, their manager, everything, the quality they have. I'm really proud of my boys because their performance was really good."

    SEE ALSO: Ronaldo tried to make the Manchester United match 'The Cristiano Show,' but was ultimately upstaged by an unheralded 21-year-old

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    An Italian artist is shocking and delighting the internet by turning humans into animals using nothing but body paint and clever poses.

    Johannes Stotter creates optical illusions that first appear to be hyperrealistic depictions of animals. But on closer inspection, you can see they're actually models covered in body paint. 

    Stotter began his "Illusions" project in 2013 while living in the Italian Alps, where he says nature directly influenced his art.

    INSIDER spoke with Stotter about these mildly NSFW photos, which show humans in the naked form. 

    Stotter said the idea for the project started as a coincidence. He was working on another series when the model's leg reminded him of a frog's leg, so he decided to create a whole frog out of people. 

    "I knew immediately that it would be something very special," he told INSIDER. 

    Read more: 38 mind-boggling optical illusions that have stumped the internet

    The first illusion he created was the frog, which is still Stotter's favorite.


    Stotter then created a video for the illusion to demonstrate how the frog actually consists of five models covered in body paint. 

    "I always had a special relation to the frog, I felt it to be my totem, my power animal," he said. "When I had the idea of my frog illusion, which came somehow out of nowhere, it felt a bit like getting help from my power animal to bring my art and my life on a new level."

    His lengthy and detailed process continued with a wolf illusion. 


    It took three models to create this portrait. 

    The process begins with Stotter having models pose in different positions. He then sketches what he expects the final image to look like. It then takes him a whole week to paint the background. Next, Stotter body paints the animals on his models, which could take anywhere from two to 10 hours. Once the background and models are painted, he takes around 100 photos to get the perfect shot.

    "A little movement, sometimes even just a breath, can change the whole image," he explains. 

    Lastly, Stotter shoots a video of the models walking away from the constructed scene to create an element of surprise. 

    It took three hours to paint the sea turtle on this model, but four hours to shoot the video.


    This illusion is actually just one person contorted to resemble a turtle. 

    Stotter said he doesn't have a favorite part of the process but loves the "final photo of successful work," especially with the chameleon. 


    In the video, you learn it's actually two models lying on top of each other. 

    Stotter said his love for animals led him to create this series. 


    "I always loved animals," Stotter said. "As a child, I knew more animals than adults. I went to the forest and mountains to see wild animals, and I was drawing animals all the time. Today it seems to me that everything I did so far was part of the development to get where I am now."

    But there is a deeper meaning to the series than just his love for animals. 


    "There is unity between people and nature," he said, adding, "[there's a] message that things are not as they seem — an inspiration to change the perspective."

    No matter what viewers learn from the series, he is excited that it's moving people.

    "The most beautiful thing is that it makes people happy," Stotter said. "For me, that is the biggest success that an artist can reach."

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    ears on planeMany people have experienced the uncomfortable sensation of having their ears plug up during a flight. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, it has to do with the eustachian tube, a channel in our ear that stabilizes pressure between our two ears.

    As we ascend or descend while flying, the change in altitude affects the eustachian tube's ability to regulate that pressure. Sometimes the change in pressure causes the eustachian tube to collapse, which creates that blocked sensation.

    This means the key to relieving that feeling is to reopen to the eustachian tube so it can equalize the pressure. Thankfully, you don't have to wait until you arrive at your destination to make that happen.

    Here are five ways to pop your ears while you're still in the air.

    Try chewing gum.

    Next time you're waiting at the airport, be sure to pick up some gum. Chewing gum can actually help pop your ears on a plane because it stimulates saliva production.

    As the mouth produces more saliva, we naturally begin to swallow. When you swallow, the muscles on your soft palate (aka the roof of your mouth) pull the eustachian tube open. This typically gets rid of the clogged feeling in your ears. 


    Suck on a hard candy.

    Like chewing gum, the act of sucking a lollipop, cough drop, or any small candy stimulates saliva production that can lead to swallowing. As noted previously, this action causes ears to pop.

    Make yourself yawn.

    It may seem strange to think of forcing a yawn if you're not tired, but it's one of the easiest ways to safely pop your ears.

    According to Mayo Clinic, when we opening our mouths nice and wide stretches muscles in the back of our throat that are connected to the eustachian tube. This can cause the tube to reopen so it can adjust to the outside air pressure.

    Once the pressure stabilizes, the discomfort disappears. You can try to make yourself yawn by inhaling deeply while thinking about yawning.

    Read More: 15 secrets you never knew about flying

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    farrah teen momIt's hard to believe that it's been almost a decade since MTV's "16 & Pregnant" premiered for the first time.

    Although some of the show's most memorable moms ended up starring on "Teen Mom" and its various spinoffs, many of the girls who were featured on "16 & Pregnant" didn't remain on-air.

    Here's what some of the most unforgettable moms from "16 & Pregnant" have been up to.

    Maci Bookout is now married with three children.

    In "16 & Pregnant," we saw Bookout give birth to her first son, Bentley, with her ex-boyfriend Ryan Edwards.

    Edwards was recently arrested for heroin possession, and he is now married to Mackenzie Standifer. They're due to welcome their first child together later this year.

    Now starring in "Teen Mom OG,"Bookout married husband Taylor McKinney in 2016, and they've teamed up in running their own clothing line together called Things That Matter.

    Together, they have had two more children: 2-year-old Maverick and 3-year-old Jayde.

    Mackenzie Douthit is building a fitness empire.

    There have been rumors that Douthit — who is now Mackenzie McKee — would return to the "Teen Mom" series this year, but outside of an MTV special about her life, it seems like she's staying away from reality shows while her mom is battling terminal brain cancer.

    McKee is still married to the father of her children, Josh. They have three children — Jaxie, Gannon, and Broncs. McKee also offers fitness coaching through her company Body By Mac.

    Chelsea Houska is now Chelsea DeBoer.

    On "16 & Pregnant," viewers watched Houska's toxic relationship with her child's father, Adam Lind. Fortunately, her and Adam have split.

    In 2016, she married Cole DeBoer, and they have two children together — 1-year-old Watson and a daughter named Layne, who was born in August. Chelsea and Adam's daughter Aubree is now nine and earlier this year she was able to change her last name to Lind-DeBoer.

    Chelsea still stars on "Teen Mom 2."

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    mitch mcconnell

    • The Republican victory in the Senate during Tuesday's midterm elections means Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can keep doing what he does best: confirming judges.
    • The lifetime appointments will shape the course of US policy for years to come.
    • The path to more judicial appointments became even easier with net GOP pickups in the Senate.

    If there is one thing that has made Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stand out during the first two years of President Donald Trump's term, it's been the rapid pace at which the chamber has confirmed judges.

    And after Tuesday night's midterm elections, it's clear that McConnell is going to get the opportunity to exercise that talent for at least another two years.

    In the first two years of Trump's presidency, McConnell has been able to confirm a record number of judges. The number of circuit court judges confirmed under Trump are the most at this point in a presidency in nearly 40 years — and the 84 Trump-appointed judges confirmed across all courts is the most in one Senate dating back to President Ronald Reagan.

    "You know what my top priority is, I have made it very clear, it's the judiciary," McConnell said. "The two Supreme Court appointments, the 29 circuit judges, the 84 overall number of judges, and we're not through doing those this year."

    The slew of judicial appointments were aided by McConnell's historic obstruction of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees from 2014 to 2016. By keeping all of those seats open, the Kentucky Republican has allowed Trump to already leave a major impact on America's court system.

    "Nearly one out of every six circuit court judges has been appointed by Trump and confirmed by the GOP Senate since 2017," said Chris Kreuger, an analyst at Cowen Washington Research Group. "Another ~100 federal judges will now be confirmed via the GOP Senate over the next two years. The courts are the final arbiter of law and policy and they are being remade in Trump's image."

    With the GOP picking up at least two and as many as four seats in the Senate on Tuesday, the pathway to more judicial confirmations may even become easier, as Republicans' razor-thin margin in the Senate over the past year gave moderate GOP members and Democrats the ability to block certain nominees.

    "You now have the ability to push through many more of your nominees without some of the consternation on the Republican side," Marc Short, the former White House director of legislative affairs, told Politico.

    Read more: Republicans projected to hold on to majority control of the Senate»

    These Trump judges are likely to shape the political landscape for decades to come and help to preserve conservative policy gains around the country, since appointments on the country's highest courts are for life.

    The focus on judges is also more likely given the Democrats victory in the House. There's not a lot of big, bipartisan legislation that's expected to pass (outside of required bills like funding measures) during the divided Congress.

    SEE ALSO: Trump has a new excuse for declining to release his tax returns as Democrats prepare investigative blitz

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    Roku CEO Anthony Wood at the company's IPO in 2017

    • Roku reported third-quarter results Wednesday that topped Wall Street's expectations.
    • But investors sold off its stock following the announcement; in recent trading it was off as much as 12%.
    • The growth rate of the company's platform business, while still robust, slowed markedly in the quarter, and it offered a disappointing forecast for its bottom line in the fourth quarter.

    Roku's investors may not have been pleased with the company's third-quarter earnings report, but CEO Anthony Wood insists that everything's going just fine.

    The streaming media device maker's results beat Wall Street's expectations on the top and bottom lines. But investors found the results disappointing nonetheless, sending Roku's stock down 12% in after-hours exchanges.

    Potentially feeding shareholder worries: Roku projected that its bottom line in the holiday quarter won't be as robust as analysts were hoping, and it revealed that the growth rate of its platform business, which includes its fast-growing advertising sales, slowed considerably in the third quarter.

    "We had a great quarter," Wood insisted in an interview with Business Insider. "We're very happy with how things are going."

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    Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 PK LQK

    • The Boeing 737 MAX is the fastest-selling plane in company history.
    • Through September, Boeing has taken orders for 4,783 737 MAX aircraft with 219 delivered to customers.
    • The 737 MAX currently operates with 40 airlines around.

    The Boeing 737 MAX entered service in 2017 to great fanfare. The jet is the latest in Boeing's long line of hot-selling 737 family narrow-body airliner. The 737 MAX has earned praise for its advanced aerodynamics and fuel-efficient engines.

    In fact, the 737 remains the best selling airliner of all time while the new MAX variant quickly became quickest selling plane in Boeing history. Through September, Boeing has sold 14,985 737s since the 1960s with 4,783 of them the MAX variant. In total, 219 737 MAX aircraft have been delivered to airlines and leasing companies. 

    In October, the tragic crash of Lion Air Flight JT610 brought the jet back to the forefront the public consciousness. Flight JT610, which killed all 189 people on board, was the first major accident involving the 737 MAX.

    Read More: The incredible history of the Boeing 737, the best-selling airliner of all time.

    On Tuesday, Boeing issued a safety bulletin for airlines operating its new 737 Max airliner in the wake of the crash.

    The bulletin cautions operators of the 737 Max that erroneous readings from one of the plane's sensors can cause the aircraft to enter into a sudden dive, Bloomberg reported.

    "On November 6, 2018, Boeing issued an Operations Manual Bulletin (OMB) directing operators to existing flight crew procedures to address circumstances where there is erroneous input from an AOA sensor," the company's statement said.

    In spite of the tragedy, industry analysts and Boeing's investors remain confident in the company. 

    "This is a tragedy, but (the safety bulletin) says absolutely nothing about the design of the plane and its major subsystems," TEAL Group aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia told Business Insider.

    Boeing stock closed up 1.51% on Wednesday. 

    Read More: The amazing story of how the Airbus A320 family became the Boeing 737's greatest enemy.

    The 737 MAX's major US customers include Southwest, American, and United. The plane is also in operation around the world from Air Italy to China Southern.

    According to data from, the 737MAX is currently in operation with 40 airlines around the world. 

    Here's a closer look at the 40 airlines that fly the Boeing 737 MAX:

    SEE ALSO: Boeing is warning 737 Max customers about a flaw that could make the jet suddenly dive — but an expert says the potentially deadly issue won't affect the company's business

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    blink health medication

    • Retail price prescription medication is prohibitively expensive. If you have insurance, your policy still doesn't always cover as much as you'd like. 
    • Blink Health is a no-commitment, no-fee service that offers access to over 15,000 medications for a fraction of their retail price. 
    • Here's the quick and easy process: search for your medication on its site, pay the low price online, then pick it up at a major or local pharmacy near you. 

    I never particularly enjoy picking up a new prescription from the pharmacy because I know I'll stand at the counter in fraught silence, waiting for the pharmacist to tell me how much it's going to set me back.

    Even though I have insurance, it doesn't always cover a lot, and I'm often surprised at how much I still have to pay out of pocket. If you don't have insurance, the damage is even worse. In either case, you feel like you have no choice but to pay for expensive prescriptions, or face the repercussions on your health. 

    It's a dilemma that millions have to face, but shouldn't. Though you don't have the power to negotiate prices, an online company called Blink Health does. Blink Health works with pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers to bring you lower prices on over 15,000 medications.

    There are no membership fees or hidden fees, and the process is pretty simple. As long as you have a prescription from your doctor, you can use Blink Health's website or app. 

    You start by searching for your medication, making sure to match the medication form and dosage to that of your prescription. You'll see two prices, one that's available at major pharmacies and an even lower one available at one specific pharmacy near you. 

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    Here's an example of how much Blink Health saves you on some common medications. It also has a price match guarantee on generic medications. If you find a lower price elsewhere, it will refund you the difference.

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    After paying online to lock in the price, you receive a "Blink Card," which you can either print out or show on your phone to the pharmacist. Bring this and your prescription to your chosen pharmacy, and they'll fill it like any other prescription. You should pay $0 at the pharmacy. 

    Its network consists of over 30,000 pharmacy partners nationwide, including major stores like Walmart and Albertsons as well as local independent pharmacies, so it's easy to pick up your prescription at a location convenient for you, or you can have it delivered to you for free in two days. 

    Whether you're uninsured, insured, or have Medicare, it's always helpful to check Blink Health to see how much you could be paying instead. Especially if you're taking a medication for a long period of time, the significant monthly savings are worth the few minutes of extra effort to look up your medication. 

    Search for your medication at Blink Health here

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    Women across the country saw historic wins in Tuesday's Midterm elections.

    The night was poised to be a night of firsts, with a record number of women on the ballot and a number of candidates set to diversify Congress.

    And the night resulted in just that, with victories for Native American, Muslim, black, gay and female candidates.

    An all-time record number of women ran in Congressional races this year and now there are more women in Congress — 113 — than ever before. 

    At a state level, Democrat Janet Mills of Maine and Republican Kristi Noem of South Dakota were elected as their state's first-ever female governors, and another 3,379 women were their parties' nominees for legislative seats.

    This year's election saw a 75% increase in women of color running for Congress since 2012. A record-high 40 women of color were elected to the House, beating the previous record of 38.

    Here, Business Insider takes a look at some of the women who made history.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, shocked many in New York when she defeated ten-term Rep. Joe Crowley in the state's Democratic congressional primary earlier this year.

    The defeat made her the face of young Democrats as her campaign made national headlines.

    She takes the record of youngest woman to be elected into Congress from Rep. Elise Stefanik, who was elected when she was 30, according to The Associated Press.

    Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland became the first Native American women elected to Congress.

    Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids and New Mexico Democrat Debra Haaland are the first Native American women to be elected to Congress.

    Davids also became the first LGBT Native American elected into Congress when she ousted Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder on Tuesday.

    The only previous Native American to serve on Congress is Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who represented Colorado from 1993 until 2005. 

    Haaland, a tribal member of the Laguna Pueblo and former chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, has pushed for renewable energy, immigration reform and a higher minimum wage, according to The Associated Press.

    Janet Mills became Maine’s first female governor.

    Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills was elected to be Maine's first female governor in Tuesday's Midterm.

    Mills defeated Republican businessman Shawn Moody and independent state treasurer Terry Hayes.

    When she takes office, Mills will succeed GOP Gov. Paul Lepage.

    Mills has vowed to fight against the Trump Administration policies on the environment, immigration and welfare, according to The Associated Press.

    "Hope has been severely challenged in the last few years — both here in Maine and across the country," she said. "Challenged by the politics of cynicism, of fear, of distrust, of anger."

    Other landmark female governor races include Lou Leon Guerrero, who became the first female governor of Guam, and Kristi Noem, who was elected as South Dakota’s first female governor.

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    • Apple on Wednesday released its redesigned iPad Pro and accessories.
    • I bought the new 11-inch iPad Pro with the redesigned Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.
    • The whole package, including AppleCare+ to insure my new purchases, cost me over $1,300.
    • Still, this tablet is beautiful, and I have some thoughts about using it.

    I’ve been using Apple’s new iPad Pro for about two hours now. In fact, I’m typing all these words on Apple’s new Smart Keyboard, which magnetically hooks onto the new iPad Pro for support and power.

    Overall, I’m happy with my purchase, but I have some initial thoughts of the new iPad Pro, having upgraded from a 4-year-old iPad Air.

    Here are my first impressions of the new iPad Pro:

    • Apple does an excellent job of getting you excited about your big purchase. The packaging of the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard is very elegant. You don’t need to tear anything open like an animal; everything peels away and unhooks from itself like it’s designed that way. It feels very high-end. I love Apple’s packaging and the iPad Pro is no exception.
    • Apple’s new Smart Keyboard takes some getting used to. Unless you plan on exclusively using the iPad’s touchscreen for typing, I would highly recommend buying a keyboard accessory with this new iPad, or any iPad, really. I’ve owned and used Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard for years now, on my 2013 iPad Air, but I wanted to give Apple’s latest Smart Keyboard a try. The positives: The keyboard feels soft but sturdy, and it easily hooks onto the iPad Pro. The negatives: It’s loud, and you almost have to “punch” the keys with your fingers for them to register. 
    • The Apple Pencil is a beautiful stylus, and I love how pairing and charging is as easy as attaching it to the top of the iPad Pro. That said, I don’t know how often I’m going to be using the Apple Pencil. Unless I feel like drawing something, I don’t know the next time I’m actually going to need the Pencil, and that makes me feel bad since it costs over $100. Most people will probably not need this gorgeous accessory.
    • I need to learn new gestures to get the most out of this thing. Multitasking gestures have existed since iOS 11, but I've never really had much of a reason to try them, since I never really considered using my iPad like a real work computer before. But with the iPad Pro, I feel compelled to get the most out of this computer, and that means learning new gestures and workflows. Apple shows you a few GIFs of what multitasking looks like during the iPad’s setup process, but after that, you're on your own.
    • I already miss having a trackpad — and a real computer. Not having a more precise input tool to do normal computer things like select text, for instance, is already getting on my nerves. Even for this story, where I’m bolding the first sentence of each paragraph, highlighting groups of text was so finicky that I ended up manually selecting the text by pressing shift and the arrow key until I highlighted the full sentence. Fingers are rarely as precise as a mouse or keyboard, and all of those hand gestures get awfully tiresome when you're trying to do work. Apple needs to make this thousand-dollar machine support mice and trackpads, like, yesterday.
    • Multitasking is not as good as it is on a Mac. Aside from needing to learn all the new gestures, trying to drop pictures from my Photos app into this story was so bad (it was slow, and the photos flipped even though I saved the photos in the proper orientation), I eventually gave up and did everything on my laptop, which took a fraction of the time. Having to put a brand-new iPad Pro down to do real computer things is not good!
    • Looking at the new iPad Pro and my 4-year-old iPad Air side by side, I’m surprised how well the iPad Air has held up. Both devices are roughly the same thickness, and the iPad Pro’s display is only slightly larger than the iPad Air, even though the newer device doesn’t have a home button holding it back. I love the iPad Pro, but looking at it next to a semi-old iPad Air, the differences don’t feel quite so radical. It makes me wish Apple took some more risks to make the redesign stand out, like adding support for special accessories (again, mouse and trackpads, please), or making the display reach further into the corners of the screen. It’s easily the best iPad yet, but it’s not a revolution. It’s an evolution.

    I'll put more thoughts on the iPad Pro into a full review, but in the meantime, let me know what you think of the new iPad Pro. Did Apple do enough this go-around? Email me at

    SEE ALSO: Apple's new iPad Pro is not compatible with any external storage devices

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    • Goldman Sachs promoted 69 bankers to partner on Wednesday. Two of them are from the bank's star technology, media and telcom banking team. 
    • Barry O'Brien and Ward Waltemath, bankers behind some of the biggest tech deals of the year, woke up early on Wednesday to congratulatory calls from Goldman Sachs COO John Waldron.
    • O'Brien and Waltemath are now charged with leading one of Goldman Sachs' growing business units through an ongoing M&A and IPO boom.

    One of Goldman Sach's most active investment banking units just promoted two star tech bankers to partner — one of the most coveted titles on Wall Street. 

    Barry O'Brien and Ward Waltemath both woke up early on Wednesday to calls from Goldman's president John Waldron, congratulating them on their new roles. They were two of just 69 people across the bank given the new title. 

    Goldman's technology, media and telecom investment banking team now has 17 partners globally, more than half of which are based out of San Francisco. Goldman ranks first for US technology deals so far this year, according to Dealogic data. It's worked on 49 deals, compared to 34 for No. 2 JPMorgan.

    O'Brien has worked at Goldman Sachs for 19 years. He is based out of New York, where he head tech M&A and co-heads TMT M&A, and left his mark of key deals including IBM's $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat and AT&T's acquisition of AppNexus for a reported price of $1.6 billion

    O'Brien, who grew up in Ireland, moved to New York in 2004. He just completed the New York City Marathon on November 4, but the sprint continues when it comes to tech deals.

    "I think it's a testament to continued heightened activity in that sector in particular," O'Brien told Business Insider, as he waited for a car to take him to the airport. "It's extremely busy in TMT."  

    Tech M&A reached $423.7 billion so far this year, up 57% compared to the same period a year prior, according to data provider Refinitiv. 

    Read more: A small group of Goldman Sachs employees just got the call of a lifetime — here's how it went down

    O'Brien is joined by Waltemath, who is a 13-year veteran of Goldman Sachs. Waltemath, who is based out of San Francisco, focuses on software investment banking and cybersecurity. Some of his recent deals include MuleSoft's $6.5 billion sale to Salesforce and Zscaler's $192 million IPO

    A Tennessee native, Waltemath said he spent last weekend slow cooking meat in his Big Green Egg in preparation for his son's 10th birthday.

    And while the work did not stop Wednesday, Waltemath said, he's looking forward to getting some downtime —eventually.

    "It's not just about me," Waltemath said. "I've got a wife and four children and they've all made sacrifices for the last 15 years. That's what I want to celebrate." 

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    SEE ALSO: IBM was losing the cloud wars — here's why Wall Street thinks its $34 billion Red Hat acquisition will change that

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    • Pancreaticcancer survival rates are extremely low — around 9% for five years and around 1% for 10 years — and haven't improved significantly in the past 40 years. 
    • But 13-year-old Rishab Jain is determined to change these statistics with his AI-based tool, PCDLS Net, that improves pancreas tracking during radiotherapy.
    • Jain won the 2018 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, before he's even started high school.
    • Watch the video above to see how Jain combined his passions for medicine and engineering to create a safer way to treat pancreatic cancer. 

    Following is a transcript of the video.

    Rishab Jain: It all started in the summer of 2017 when I went to visit my brother in Boston, and there I learned about some research that was happening, and the surprisingly low statistics about pancreatic cancer, like its survival rate. My name is Rishab Jain. I'm in 8th grade, 13 years old, from Portland, Oregon, and I created an artificial intelligence-based tool called PCDLS Net to improve pancreas tracking during a treatment called radiotherapy for pancreatic cancer.

    The five-year survival rate of pancreatic cancer is around 9%, and the 10-year survival rate is around 1%, which is extremely low, and these survival rates have not improved significantly in the past 40 years, so currently, pancreatic cancer is detected in a late stage, and by then, doctors try to use radiotherapy to help treat it, but most of the time, it's not effective enough, so I got inspired to do some research on this because I'm a big programmer, and I like artificial intelligence, so I wondered if I could combine my knowledge in the two areas to help solve the problem, and I created an artificial intelligence-based tool called PCDLS Net to improve pancreas tracking during a treatment called radiotherapy for pancreatic cancer.

    I contacted over 253 doctors, and got around 30 replies from leading experts from institutions at cancer centers and around the world. So as you can see in the pancreas right here, there's other organs such as the stomach and liver that may cover the area, and also, it's right below the lungs causing it to move during some of the treatments. It's also very hard to reach in. It's right in the center of the abdomen next to the spinal cord, so for surgery, biopsies, other things like that, it may be hard to find where the pancreas is. It's sometimes detailed as a mushy or angry organ because of its position in the body.

    This right here is a real patient's CT scan, and as you can see throughout its transforming, it's very hard for the human eye to detect where the pancreas is, and this is especially a problem in real time when radiologists and oncologists have to find the pancreas and apply radiation treatment. So over here on the left side, my tool can be run to find where exactly the pancreas is in one of these CT or MRI slices and output this result instantaneously. So currently, doctors have to apply sometimes a seven-millimeter overlay around the pancreas of radiation, and this can affect millions of healthy cells, so my tool is able to reduce that area to around four millimeters, so that saves millions of healthy cells and can improve patient quality of care.

    Text on screen: For his invention, Rishab Jain won the 2018 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. For his award, he received a $25,000 prize.

    Rishab Jain: So, I have a detailed five-year plan about how I wanna globally commercialize my tool, PCDLS Net, and improve pancreatic cancer survival rates. So I envision partnering with a hospital as well as 3M to work and create my tool as an add-on, and for this, I'll need to conduct clinical testing, so I want to gain FDA and IRB approval. So I want to continue pursuing medicine and engineering as I grow up, so for my undergraduate degree, I'm thinking about becoming a biomedical engineer, and later, I want to make a difference in other people's lives.

    I've gotten to see first-hand some of my relatives who are doctors and how they can perform surgery or make other treatments that improve the quality of care and solve problems for people in need, so I'm thinking about becoming a surgeon and continuing medical research as I grow up.

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    • Tuesday may not have seen the "blue wave" that Democrats were hoping for, but they had major victories at the state level.
    • Democrats flipped seven governor's races on Tuesday, compared to just one governorship that the Republicans stole from an Independent.
    • In two of the flipped states, Democratic challengers unseated a Republican incumbent.

    Democrats were hoping to see Stacey Abrams elected as the nation's first black female governor Tuesday night, and although she hasn't conceded the Georgia race by Wednesday morning, current numbers show Republican Brian Kemp winning.

    The Georgia race was perhaps the closest watched governor's race in the country, along with Florida, where another Democratic hopeful, Andrew Gillum, lost to a Republican.

    But overall, the night was widely a success for the Democrats, who flipped seven states.

    The Republicans only flipped one, Alaska, which was previously governed by an Independent, Bill Walker.


    Read more:Stacey Abrams, the Oprah-endorsed Democratic candidate, hints at a possible runoff against Republican Brian Kemp in the Georgia governor's race

    The results of the gubernatorial races will no doubt be heralded as a rebuke of President Donald Trump by the Democrats. Two of the states that flipped on Tuesday, Michigan and Wisconsin, turned Republican for Trump in 2016. And Nevada, another state that turned blue on Tuesday, hasn't had a Democratic governor in nearly 20 years.

    The Democrats also unseated two Republican incumbents: Wisconsin's Scott Walker (who ran for president in the Republican primary in 2016) and Illinois' Bruce Rauner.

    Here's a rundown of the results of Tuesday's governor's races:

    Alabama: Republican incumbent Kay Ivey defeats Democrat Walt Maddox

    Alaska: Republican Mike Dunleavy defeats Democrat Mark Begich

    Arizona: Republican incumbent Doug Ducey defeats Democrat David Garcia

    Arkansas: Republican incumbent Asa Hutchinson defeats Democrat Jared Henderson

    California: Democrat Gavin Newsom defeats Republican John Cox

    Colorado: Democrat Jared Polis defeats Republican Walker Stapleton

    Connecticut: Democrat Ned Lamont defeats Republican Bob Stefanowski

    Florida: Republican Ron DeSantis defeats Democrat Andrew Gillum

    Georgia: Republican Brian Kemp leads Democrat Stacey Abrams (not called yet)

    Hawaii: Democrat incumbent David Ige defeats Republican Andria P. Tupola

    Idaho: Republican Brad Little defeats Democrat Paulette Jordan

    Illinois: Democrat J.B. Pritzker defeats Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner

    Iowa: Republican incumbent Kim Reynolds defeats Democrat Fred Hubbell

    Kansas: Democrat Laura Kelly defeats Republican Kris Kobach

    Maine: Democrat Janet Mills defeats Republican Shawn Moody

    Michigan: Democrat Gretchen Whitmer defeats Republican Bill Schuette

    Minnesota: Democrat Tim Walz defeats Republican Jeff Johnson

    Nebraska: Republican incumbent Pete Ricketts defeats Democrat Bob Krist

    Nevada: Democrat Steve Sisolak defeats Republican Adam Laxalt

    New Hampshire: Republican Chris Sununu defeats democrat Molly Kelly

    New Mexico: Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham defeats Republican Steve Pearce

    New York: Democrat incumbent Andrew Cuomo defeats Republican Marcus Molinaro

    Ohio: Republican Mike DeWine defeats Democrat Richard Cordray

    Oklahoma: Republican Kevin Stitt defeats Democrat Drew Edmondson

    Oregon: Democrat incumbent Kate Brown defeats Republican Knute Buehler

    Pennsylvania: Democrat incumbent Tom Wolf defeats Republican Scott Wagner

    Rhode Island: Democrat incumbent Gina Raimondo defeats Republican Allan Fung

    South Carolina: Republican incumbent Henry McMaster defeats Republican James Smith Jr.

    South Dakota: Republican Kristi Noem defeats Democrat Billie Sutton

    Tennessee: Republican Bill Lee defeats Democrat Karl Dean

    Texas: Republican incumbent Greg Abbott defeats Democrat Lupe Valdez

    Vermont: Republican incumbent Phil Scott defeats Democrat Christine Hallquist

    Wisconsin: Democrat Tony Evers defeats Republican incumbent Scott Walker

    Wyoming: Republican Mark Gordon defeats Democrat Mary Thorne

    Click here to see the House and Senate results »

    SEE ALSO: Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis defeats Democrat Andrew Gillum to become Florida's next governor

    DON'T MISS: Scott Walker was narrowly ousted in Wisconsin, and a law he put in place means he can't ask for a recount

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    • A Republican House candidate who allegedly "liked" and shared a number of controversial social media posts, including a lewd drawing of Bigfoot, defeated his Democratic opponent by a sizeable margin.
    • Republican Denver Rifleman, a Trump-backed brewery owner, won Virginia's 5th Congressional District with 53.3% of the vote, compared to Democrat Leslie Cockburn's 46.7%.
    • Riggleman's social media habits were scrutinized after Cockburn shared a screenshot of an Instagram post that featured a lewd image of Bigfoot.
    • Cockburn described the sighting as "Bigfoot erotica," and said in a tweet that "this is not what we need on Capitol Hill."
    • The Representative-elect has since made his Instagram private for his 295 followers, and reportedly said his post was merely a joke between his military friends.

    A Republican House candidate who allegedly "liked" and shared a number of controversial social media posts, including a lewd drawing of Bigfoot, defeated his Democratic opponent by a sizeable margin on Tuesday.

    Republican Denver Riggleman, a Trump-backed brewery owner, won Virginia's 5th Congressional District with 53.3% of the vote, compared to Democrat Leslie Cockburn's 46.7%, according to the Associated Press.

    In July, Riggleman's social media habits were scrutinized after Cockburn, an award-winning investigative journalist, shared a screenshot of an Instagram post in which Riggleman shared a lewd image of Bigfoot — the hairy, humanoid creature from North American folklore.

    Riggleman described his image as a "#matinghabitsofbigfoot" cover art, and noted in the caption, "I hide nothing in this magnificent tome. Don't erase the censor box."

    Cockburn described the sighting as "Bigfoot erotica," and said in a tweet that "this is not what we need on Capitol Hill."

    The Representative-elect has since made his Instagram private for his 295 followers, and reportedly said his picture was merely a joke between his military friends.

    Riggleman also drew criticism after "liking" several Facebook pages that shared controversial material, including political messages couched in sexual innuendo. Following a BuzzFeed News report on his social media habits, Riggleman reportedly took back his "likes"; and some of the pages were no longer active.

    In a meme that superimposed Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren's face on a Native American — apparently a satirical reference to her claims she was of Native American descent — Riggleman commented "She is such an idiot." according to screenshots a Democratic opposition research firm shared to BuzzFeed News.

    Virginia's 5th Congressional District seat was once occupied by Republican Rep. Tom Garrett, who abruptly left his position after staffers accused him and his wife of forcing them to go on personal errands. Garrett later admitted he was struggling with alcohol addiction.

    SEE ALSO: A white poll worker in Houston was fired for shouting racist language at a black voter

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    A cryptocurrency millionaire has revealed his designs for an utopian community in the Nevada desert run completely on blockchain.

    The New York Times reports that the man behind the project, Jeffrey Berns, is planning a city that would run entirely on blockchain, a decentralized infrastructure which could theoretically provide the foundation for a community that's independent from the capitalistic world we live in. Instead of government and big corporations in control, the blockchain-based city would put power in the hands of the people and use cryptocurrency as the coin of the realm.

    "The city aims to showcase how business development, residential living and commerce can flourish alongside world changing technologies," reads a description on the website of Tom Wiscombe Architecture, one of the designers of the community. "Multiple innovative technologies will change the way its residents interact on a daily basis and blockchain technology will be at the center of it all – keeping systems honest, fair and democratic. "

    The area Berns has planned for his city comprises 67,000 acres of land in the Nevada desert that Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has dubbed "Innovation Park." It surrounds an industrial park where Tesla's Gigafactory is located, as well as buildings that major tech giants like Google and Apple own. 

    The company that Berns founded, Blockchains LLC, bought the property earlier this year for a reported $170 million, according to the NYT. Berns is able to fund the entire project — including the additional $300 million he's already put into the land — with money he acquired from an investment in the cryptocurrency Ethereum back in 2015.

    "Something inside me tells me this is the answer," Berns told the NYT. "That if we can get enough people to trust the blockchain, we can begin to change all the systems we operate by.”

    Berns says Blockchains plans to begin construction of the city in late 2019 at the earliest, but the company still needs to develop a master plan and get county approval.

    Check out some of the designs for this blockchain-based utopia in the Nevada desert:

    SEE ALSO: A 70-year-old Taiwanese man known as 'Uncle Pokémon' uses an outrageous setup to play 'Pokémon Go' on 11 different phones at once

    Renderings of the city show a city split in two parts: a residential area and campus for researching emerging technologies, shown here.

    The business side of the city will feature "a highly secured, high-tech Blockchains Campus that joins blockchain technology with artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing and nanotechnology,"according to the website for the city's architects.

    Berns told the NYT he also plans to build a university here.

    The research campus will include "workplace/manufacturing hybrids" to encourage innovation and collaboration.

    The commercial side of the city is focused on encouraging technologically forward ideas and development. One of the design firms, Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, says on its website that these research building would serve as places "where inventions are prototyped and where they are conceived."

    The architecture is designed to encourage collaboration and creativity, with communal civic areas and large courtyards.

    The tech campus will also feature an esports arena.

    There's not many details available about the esports tournament arena. But the rise of competitive video gaming and its growing market indicates that esports is the future, which is right in line with Innovation Park's vision of a tech-forward community.

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