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As NASA's Prized Telescopes Falter, Astronomers Fear Losing Their Eyes In Space

As NASA's prized telescopes falter, astronomers fear losing their eyes in space


Some of science's biggest questions - What is dark energy? Does life exist beyond the solar system? - can only be answered by large observatories working in particular parts of the light spectrum.


Whether to invest in pursuing these questions "is a choice for the nation," said Paul Hertz, the astrophysics division director at NASA. "What missions we do will be influenced by priorities of the community as well as the funding choices made by the political system."

https://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/As-NASA-s-p...

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How To Green The World's Deserts And Reverse Climate Change.

"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to about two-thirds of the world's grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes -- and his work so far shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

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Would You Eat Slaughter-free Meat?

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      Worth the read; possibly planet saving science.

      There's a looming crisis over the world's growing appetite for meat. Could a chicken running around a farmyard in San Francisco hold the key to a solution?

      In 1931, Winston Churchill predicted that the human race would one day "escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium".

      Eighty-seven years later, that day has come as we discovered at Just, a food company in San Francisco where we tasted chicken nuggets grown from the cells of a chicken feather.

      The chicken - which tasted like chicken - was still alive, reportedly roaming on a farm not far from the laboratory.

      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45865403

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      No ID Protection For Facebook Hack Victims

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          One analyst told the BBC the decision was "unconscionable".

          "This kind of information could help thieves create social engineering-based theft programmes, preying on the Facebook hack victims," said Patrick Moorhead, from Moor Insights and Strategy.

          Users can visit this link to find out if they have been directly affected.


          https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45845431

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          Microsoft Acts On Bing Racial Insults

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              At least it's been discovered.

              "We all know this garbage exists on the web, but Bing shouldn't be leading people to it with their search suggestions," wrote Mr Hoffman.

              It is believed that the suggestions for further searches connected to these terms have emerged from a combination of user activity and concerted action by far-right groups to skew responses.

              Mr Hoffman also found "disgusting" results when searching for images of young girls with Bing's safety filters turned off.

              https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45823452

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                  Thankfully the 2 astronauts are back on the ground safe and sound.

                  https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/10/astronauts-cosmonauts-emergency-landing-nasa-roscomos-russia/572704/

                  Nick Hague (NASA) and Alexey Ovchinin (Roscosmos) launched to the International Space Station on Oct. 11, 2018. There was a "booster failure" during launch according to the broadcast. Crew is safe and currently on a ballistic re-entry.

                  https://www.space.com/42097-soyuz-roc...


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