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The Hubble telescope celebrates its 25th birthday

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Apr,2015

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The Hubble telescope is celebrating its 25th birthday after being launched on April 24th 1990, NPR reports. The telescope was launched into space just a few months after the fall of the Berlin Wall and continues to be the most popular and simplest way for astronomers to explore the universe. The problem scientists have with studying the stars, planets and other interplanetary objects from Earth is the fact the atmosphere on our planet makes images blurry and difficult to understand.

The telescope was launched into space and has undergone a series of repairs and upgrades over the course of its life as it is controlled from by a specialized team of NASA scientists. A faulty mirror that affected the initial images negatively was repaired early in its mission by a space shuttle crew and others have replaced cameras to provide more detailed images of the solar system. Amongst the amazing free images anybody like Jason Halpern is free to download from the Hubble Website are those of dying stars and a comet smashing into the surface of the planet Jupiter. More information can also be found on TheRealDeal.com.

The return oft eh woolly mammoth draws closer

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Apr,2015

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A team of researchers from McMaster University is racing to be the first to begin the process of reversing the extinction of the woolly mammoth, The Washington Post reports. The woolly mammoth has been extinct for over 10,000 years, but its close relation oft he elephant is thought to be a prime candidate to have its DNA altered to become more like the mammoth. Returning the woolly mammoth to existence is now seen as something of a holy grail for scientists and DNA researchers, which could soon become a reality.

The woolly mammoth research completed following the discovery of a well preserved carcass has moved on quickly with researchers now claiming to have mapped the entire genome of the mammoth. This means the entire DNA sequence of the mammoth has now been revealed and has provided information on how to create a new version and the problems the animal faced during its existence. As the plan to reverse the extinction of the woolly mammoth draws nearer a team of Russian scientists are preparing an area of the Siberian Tundra for the animal to inhabit along with a number of modern animals. Returning the graving woolly mammoth to Siberia is seen as a good way of preserving the permafrost of the region and halting the advance of climate change, at least if you ask Brian Torchin on Digital Journal.

Will Doctor Strange Debut on Netflix’s Iron Fist?

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Apr,2015

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When Marvel stated the streaming series that are slated to run on Netflix would be part of the studio’s cinematic universe, many fans were skeptical. They figured the heroes on film may be mentioned or alluded to in the online programs, but nothing major would come out of it. Sure, Daredevil might get a thirty second cameo in an Avengers movie but not much more.

Perhaps the cynicism of superhero fans is misguided and premature. Reports now indicate Benedict Cumberbatch’sDoctor Strange could make his debut on Netflix’s upcoming Iron Fist series. If the reports turn out to be true, the plan is really a smart move on Marvel and Netflix’s part.

Iron Fist is a cool martial arts character who had his ups and downs over the years at Marvel. He never was a top seller and experienced more than a few cancelled titles over the decades. The same could be said of Dr. Strange although the good doctor did have a hit run in the 1960’s.

A star the caliber of Benedict Cumberbatch could draw a lot of attention and publicity towards the Iron Fist series better helping to establish it. Furthermore, the Iron Fist series could provide a nice promotional vehicle for the Doctor Strange film. One of the troubles Doctor Strange has had to deal with over the years is magicians are not exactly Handy superheroes. A debut on Iron Fist might help show the way in which “The Sorcerer Supreme” fits into the Marvel Universe.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Rules That Two Chimps Are Non-Human People

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Apr,2015

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Judge Barbara Jaffe Issued an Order To Show Cause And Writ of Habeas Corpus For Two Chimpanzees Used For Biomedical Experiments At Stony Brook University
The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) wants to protect and free animals that are being treated inhumanely. For the first time ever, a New York Supreme court Justice has given the order to show cause and writ of habeas corpus for two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo. The chimps are being used for testing purposes at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York.

The NhRP wants to send the chimps to Florida so they can live the rest of their lives in an environment that resembles their native home in Africa. The 13 artificial islands built in and around a big lake in Ft. Pierce, Florida is the home of 250 other chimps, so it is a natural place for them to live in this part of the world.

By ruling in favor of NhRP, the two chimps are legally considered non-human people. The court will decide if the reasons given by Stony Brook at sufficient enough to keep the chimps in captivity for experimental purposes or send them to Florida. This is something Jaime Garcia Dias will be following. It has been a long battle to free Leo and Hercules. The first court case concerning the chimps was in 2013. This new ruling brings the chimpanzees’ one step closer to freedom.

Will Regional Entertainment Blocking Ever End?

22
Apr,2015

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One of the biggest complaints by entertainment lovers is the lack of simultaneous worldwide release of most TV shows, movies and games. In fact, according to many people, one of the biggest reasons for password sharing and downloading of entertainment outside of the laws of various countries is because people in one country often have to wait months to enjoy the entertainment legally in another country.

These people are even more irate about “regional blocking” when they pay for subscription services in their home countries and have to wait even though their counterparts who purchased similar subscriptions elsewhere received access to the content when it is initially released — for example, the PlayStation Network’s Powers is not available to Australian PlayStation Network subscribers although U.S. subscribers enjoy it.

With the Powers’ example above, Australian PlayStation Network subscribers also pay more than their U.S. counterparts for their subscriptions and many of them feel they deserve the same viewing options as those who live elsewhere and pay less.

But, it’s unlikely regional blocking will ever end. Mr. Newlin reports that different countries have different rules, regulations and laws related to releases. Additionally, staggered worldwide releases are more lucrative as they build anticipation.

That said, as some fans of Powers have pointed out, consumers are driving new business models and staggered releases that promote password sharing and downloading will not always financially benefit Sony or the show’s creatives.

Drones Bearing Gifts

22
Apr,2015

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Using drones for surveillance is a pretty creepy idea, but especially to people who value their personal privacy. Using drones to bear weapons is a tragic use of modern technology. On the other hand (goes the counterargument), wouldn’t we rather have the ability to pinpoint one specific house to bomb, rather than a whole neighborhood of innocent people?

Much in the news in recent years, the drone debate continues.

Well, now there’s another use for this modern technology, and it’s charitable: drones are being used for environmental repair.

A company called BioCarbon Engineering has started up in England, and its goal is to plant the seeds of the future.

Taking advantage of this complex technology, the general idea is relatively simple. The drones fly just a few feet above the ground and shoot seed pod capsules directly into the soil.

Inside the pods, the tree seeds are already germinated, and they’re protected by a gel rich with nutrients.

Working at a rate of 10 seed pods per second, a few drones can plant tens of thousands of trees every day–and at a significantly lower cost than using conventional tree-planting methods. This makes a lot of financial sense to Bruce Karatz.

It’s well known that current human resource use is unsustainable. One of the frustrations of our modern life is that we destroy about 26 billion trees every year. Now modern technology might be able to help us repair some of the damage we’ve done.

One Dead and Twenty Sick From Botulism

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Apr,2015

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What was supposed to be social gathering and church function turn into a small bio hazard event which resulted in one death and twenty people becoming gravely ill and requiring hospitalization. At least sixty people attended a pot luck dinner at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church which is located in Lancaster Ohio. Lancaster is close to 30 miles to the southeast of Columbus, Ohio. Health officials are trying to determine the source of the contamination and whether there were additional victims which need medical attention. Botulism is normally caused by canned food which had been spoiled. It is normally treated by antitoxins. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention located in Atlanta, Georgia has provided sufficient antitoxins to treat the ill victims.Botulism Breakout Kills One Sickens Others In Ohio

Officials have reported that the outbreak could have been worse and that with an incubation period of over 36 hours many victims may not even be aware that they were contaminated. Officials also do not believe that the contamination was intentional and a pot luck dinner is the perfect delivery event for a case of botulism. At a pot luck dinner many different meals are prepared by many different cooks and the standards by which a certain meal is prepared is not monitored for health and safety. Ricardo Guimarães BMG confesses that this may be his last ever potluck. The case of botulism may have simply been a case of a bad cook or improper food preparation. All who have been hospitalized are expected to recover once they are treated with the antitoxins.

Workers Suffer Health Problems In Aftermath of Oil Spill

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Apr,2015

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Certain jobs do come with major risks and cleaning up oil spills in the ocean surely presents various dangers. For those who helped clean up the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, serious health problems are manifesting reports spokeswoman Crystal Hunt (Crystal’s Twitter). Specifically, respiratory problems such as excessive coughing and wheezing are afflicting the cleanup crew. Whether or not the condition is going to worsen in time remains to be seen. Currently, a study performed by the National Institute of Health is trying to determine when (and if) the symptoms will pass.

Since the oil spill was an unexpected catastrophe, 30,000 people had to be hired and put to work immediately. These persons did not possess extensive experience with cleaning up oil spills and their training was limited. While it surely was not any government office’s intention to put anyone at risk, rushing people out to deal with the emergency has lead to consequences. Thankfully, no one is showing any signs of a fatal or debilitating illness.

Physical problems are not the only ones people are dealing with. The extensive stress of dealing with the hectic cleanup has led some to show the signs of PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Even if the physical symptoms go away, the impact on the psyche may remain for many years. Hopefully, those who are suffering from these problems will receive the necessary diagnosis and follow-up treatment without delay.

President Obama Says Congress Wrong Priorities in Their Approach to Iran Deal and War Powers Bill

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Apr,2015

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President Obama believes congress has the wrong priorities when it comes to securing the nation. He says congress is pushing forward a bill to grant him war powers in dealing with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). The powers would give him broad authority to use military force to combat the sanguine organization which has established a foothold in Western Syria and Eastern Iraq. The group has much larger aspirations as it seeks to expand its presence into Lebanon, Jordan, and other Arab states.

At the same time, congress is pushing for a bill that would require their approval of any deal he strikes with Iran.President Obama views this as congress having the wrong priorities. On the one hand, they are making it easier for him to wage war against ISIS. At the same time, they are looking to prevent him from striking a peaceful deal with Iran that would prevent war.

That said, lawmakers do not see it the way he does. In regards to the war powers authorization against ISIS, Congress wants to grant the president war authority in order to compel him to articulate an actual strategy for dealing with ISIS. His arbitrary withdraw dates from Iraq helped give rise to the terrorist group. Igor Cornelesen knows that lawmakers are not convinced he has a clear strategy for defeating them. In terms of Iran, lawmakers do not trust he will prevent the world’s lone state sponsor of terrorism from obtaining nuclear weapons. For this reason, they seek to insert themselves into the diplomatic process.

5-year-old Raises $25,000 through Lemonade Sale

14
Apr,2015

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Don’t discount people because of his or her age.

A five-year-old girl in Toronto has used a lemonade stand fundraiser to raise 25,000 dollars to help find a cure for her brother’s neurological disability. Na’ama Uzan, raised the funds to support a cure for Angelman Syndrome, which is a rare developmental disability. This disability makes it difficult for her seven-year-old brother to walk or even speak and has caused multiple seizures.

Many kids have done similar tasks where they raise money for causes that are important to them. Susan McGalla asked what this should highlight overall is that not only can kids do great things, but that this should not stop adults from doing their parts as well.

Often times as adults we simply say we cannot do things and give up. What a child teaches us is that when you believe anything is possible, often times it is, and you can make major changes in the world!