DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 03: US Vice President Mike Pence holds a press conference with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House on September 3, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. The Vice President is on an official two-day visit to Ireland and is staying at President Trump's golf course resort Doonbeg in County Clare. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence raised eyebrows when he stayed at Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg, Ireland, 180 miles away from his daily meetings in Dublin.

While Pence's staff claimed this was because it was Pence's "ancestral hometown," people were still crying foul.

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Tetsuya Lijima from Nissan giving a demonstration around the roads of east London of a prototype Nissan Leaf driverless car. (Photo by Philip Toscano/PA Images via Getty Images)

While designers of autonomous vehicles (AVs) continue their quest to make them safer, the realities of complex roadways call for complex ethical decisions about who lives or dies. To address the technological version of what’s known as the age-old “trolley problem,” a worldwide study asked questions such as: if one or more pedestrian is suddenly crossing the road, should the AV be programmed to swerve and risk going off the road with its passengers or hit the people head-on?

Most respondents objectively lean toward protecting the greatest number of people, but also show a reluctance to ride in an AV that doesn’t guarantee protection for its passengers as priority number one.

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United States President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in Langley, Virginia. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

At one time in United States history, the office of the president was held in high esteem by most Americans, almost beyond reproach. Presidents could be viewed unfavorably, but generally over beliefs and policies, not their moral character.

But the Watergate scandal, involving the presidency of Richard Nixon changed that. Suddenly the president was viewed in a new light. They could be fallible, corrupt, or unethical.

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Dr. Sergio Canavero speaks at a TEDx event. TEDx notes that the talk is "best viewed as a speculative what-if scenario, and with awareness that the 2017 surgeries performed by Dr. Canavero on human cadavers have raised practical and ethical concerns in the scientific community." (Screenshot via Youtube.)

Imagine a world where those with devastating spinal injuries or degenerative muscle diseases could simply replace their failing bodies. Imagine a living patient whose brain is still active but body is falling apart being able to transplant his head onto a healthy body. Sound like an episode of Black Mirror or The Twilight Zone? Not according to Italian doctor Sergio Canavero, who since 2015 has boldly claimed that by 2017 he’d successfully carry out the first human head transplant.

In November, Canavero announced that he’s imminently ready to transplant a living patient’s head onto the healthy body of a brain-dead organ donor, after having already “rehearsed” with an 18-hour transplant on a cadaver in China. With little evidence to back him, and facing widespread doubt from the medical community regarding his previous animal transplantations, Canavero’s audacious assertions have long opened him up to criticism from scientists and ethicists alike.

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump (Xinhua/Ting Shen via Getty Images)

In a report published Tuesday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a nonprofit government watchdog group, cited Donald Trump for leading the “most unethical presidency” in modern times and possibly in the nation’s history.

CREW dubbed the Trump administration as “The Most Unethical Presidency: Year One.” His utter disregard for standard ethics practices led to legal challenges and scandals tainting the office according to their report.

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[DIGEST: Futurism, Newsweek]

Rumors about head transplants have run rampant for years. While this may seem like the stuff of nightmares, scientists have been working toward a future where an ill or dying person could get a second chance at life—with a new body. In fact, an international research duo from Italy and China claim to have done just that. They successfully transplanted the head—and brain—of a smaller rat onto the body of another live rat.

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Yesterday, reporter Amy Westervelt noticed an April 4 State Department blog post promoting Mar-a-Lago, the country club owned by President Donald Trump. The ensuing uproar forced the State Department to remove the post, which was on the department's ShareAmerica website and was shared on websites and Facebook pages for multiple US embassies.

Westervelt was blunt in her criticism.

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