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Steam-powered spaceship could cruise the cosmos indefinitely without running out of gas January 22, 2019

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Come one, come all and behold the future of space travel: steam power! No, seriously; half a century after the world’s first manned space mission, it seems that interplanetary travel has finally entered the steam age. Scientists at the University of Central Florida have teamed up with Honeybee Robotics, a private space and mining tech company based in California, to develop a small, steam-powered spacecraft capable of sucking its fuel right out of the asteroids, planets and moons it’s exploring. By continuously turning extraterrestrial water into steam, this microwave-sized lander could, theoretically, power itself on an indefinite number of planet-hopping missions across the galaxy — so long as it always lands somewhere with H20 for the taking.

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Asteroid Rate Jumped in Solar System’s Past | Quanta Magazine January 21, 2019

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Some 290 million years ago, as the last trilobites scuttled across the seafloor, the skies above grew just a little more ominous. At that point, large asteroids — including the impactor that would later kill off the dinosaurs — began to rain down on our planet between two and three times more frequently than they did before, according to a study published today in Science. Researchers spotted the trend while surveying impact craters on both Earth and our closest celestial neighbor, the moon. In these records, many impact craters date back to the past few hundred million years. Older ones are few. “It was surprising,” said Sara Mazrouei of the University of Toronto, the lead author of today’s paper. “We see the footprints of it, but what really happened to cause this?”

Source: Asteroid Rate Jumped in Solar System’s Past | Quanta Magazine

Take This Road Trip To Visit The Best Thrift Stores In Cleveland January 21, 2019

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This Bargain Hunters Road Trip Will Take You To The Best Thrift Stores In Cleveland Sometimes you just find yourself itching to go out and go shopping. There’s a particular pleasure that comes with treating yourself, especially when you know you’re getting a deal. Thrift stores are a perfect way to indulge in the bliss of spontaneous shopping, as they often offer incredible deals and feature unique finds that you won’t obtain anywhere else. Clevelanders have many options when it comes to thrift shopping—so many options, in fact, that you could make these shops into a road trip to take time and time again.

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Laughing Squid January 21, 2019

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While building a comb off the branch of a tree, a colony of honey bees in Vietnam engaged in a defensive wave, a process that sends murmuring ripples down the line in order to keep predators away. While this wave function is purely utilitarian, the resulting audio-visual effect is absolutely fascinating.

This ‘wave’ is utilized against wasps and is referred to as ‘shimmering’ behavior or defense waving. Bees in the outer layer thrust their abdomens 90° in an upward direction and shake them in a synchronous way. …The signal is transmitted to nearby workers that also adopt the posture, thus creating a visible, and audible ‘ripple’ effect across the face of the comb.

 

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Kelly’s grandparents immigrants who spoke no English. May 12, 2018

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https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210606784

John Kelly said immigrants could not ‘assimilate well’ — so a genealogist dug up the Kelly’s family history

DOMINIQUE JACKSON

11 MAY 2018 AT 23:14 ET

White House chief of staff John Kelly, made highly offensive comments about immigrants during an interview with National Public Radio on Friday.

Kelly said immigrants are: “not people that would easily assimilate into the United States into our modern society.”

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Jennifer Mendelsohn, looked up Kelly’s ancestry to prove to him and the rest of America that we all come from immigrants. Mendelsohn found out through a 1900 census bureau that Kelly’s great grandfather lived in America undocumented for 18 years and could not “read, write, or speak English.”

She revealed her findings on Twitter:

The 1930 census shows those great-grandparents living with their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, one of whom was Kelly’s mother.

John DeMarco had been here for 47 years and was not an American citizen (“AL”). Crescenza had been here for 37 years and spoke no English. pic.twitter.com/5Nyfsu48y0

Jones Day | Congress Passes CLOUD Act to Facilitate Law Enforcement Access to Overseas Data April 11, 2018

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Two Key Takeaways Providers of electronic communications and certain cloud services should analyze how the Act will apply to them and be prepared to respond to legal process under the new regime. Companies and individuals who use such services should consider whether the privacy and other implications of the Act require any change in their practices.

Source: Jones Day | Congress Passes CLOUD Act to Facilitate Law Enforcement Access to Overseas Data

The U.S. CLOUD Act and the EU: A Privacy Protection Race to the Bottom | Electronic Frontier Foundation April 11, 2018

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s $1.3 trillion government spending bill, signed March 23rd, offered 2,323 pages of budgeting on issues ranging from domestic drug policy to defense. The last-minute rush to fund the U.S. government through this all-or-nothing “omnibus” presented legislators with a golden opportunity to insert policies that would escape deep public scrutiny. Case in point: the Clarifying Lawful Use of Overseas Data (CLOUD) Act, whose broad ramifications for undermining global privacy should not be underestimated, was snuck into the final pages of the bill before the vote. Between the U.S. CLOUD Act and new European Union (EU) efforts to dismantle international rules for cross-border law enforcement investigations, the United States and EU are racing against one another towards an unfortunate finish-line: weaker privacy protections around the globe.  The U.S. CLOUD Act allows the U.S. President to enter into “executive agreements” with qualifying foreign governments in order to directly access data held by U.S. technology companies at a lower standard than required by the Constitution of the United States. To qualify, foreign governments would need to be certified by the U.S. Attorney General, and meet certain human rights standards set in the act. Those qualifying governments will have the ability to bypass the legal safeguards of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) regime.

Source: The U.S. CLOUD Act and the EU: A Privacy Protection Race to the Bottom | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he’s leaving Facebook April 9, 2018

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he’s leaving Facebook, amid concerns about security safeguards on the personal information that users share with the social media giant. “I am in the process of leaving Facebook. It’s brought me more negatives than positives,” Wozniak wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday. “Apple has more secure ways to share things about yourself. I can still deal with old school email and text messages.”

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Steve Bannon and The Camp of the Saints. April 5, 2018

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The book, published in 1973 by a French writer named Jean Raspail, is called The Camp of the Saints. The Southern Poverty Law Center has described it as “a racist fantasy about an invasion of France and the white Western world by a fleet of starving, dark-skinned refugees.” (In the novel, the leader of the refugees is described as regularly eating human feces.) Raspail once said that “the proliferation of other races dooms our race, my race, to extinction.”

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The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered the farthest individual star ever seen – CNN April 4, 2018

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The light turned out to be an individual star that only became visible with the help of gravitational lensing. Simply put, gravitational lensing is the concept that mass bends light. The mass in this case was a galaxy cluster about 5 billion light years from Earth, between our planet and Icarus. The cluster of galaxies act as a natural lens in space, bending and amplifying light while illuminating Icarus. “Being able to see one star at a time is helpful,” Kelly said. Without gravitational lensing, the star would’ve been impossible to see, even with a powerful telescope, he said.

Source: The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered the farthest individual star ever seen – CNN