Sun’s surface is like Rice Cake: Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope produces Photo of the Sun

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The National Science Foundation’s 4-meter, preeminent solar telescope on the summit of Haleakala, Maui in Hawai’i captured the clearest image of the Sun’s surface to date, which showed a pattern of turbulent “boiling” plasma, covering the entire star.  Each cell-like structures’ sizes are comparable to the State of Texas.

These cells represent signature of violent motions which allow transportation of heat from the inside of the Sun to its surface, before collapsing back below the surface once cooled by the vacuum of space, in a process called convection.

National Science Foundation’s Inouye Solar Telescope will also be used to map the magnetic fields within the Sun’s corona, and will be used to help predict and understand the Sun’s effect on space weather and Earth.

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Chaos after Chaos: Caribbean in Peril

On Tuesday, 1/28/20, a powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cuba at depth of 6.2 miles (10km). There were no immediate reports of casualties; however, the intensity forced Miami to issue temporary evacuations.

On Tuesday, 1/28/20, a powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cuba at depth of 6.2 miles (10km). There were no immediate reports of casualties; however, the intensity forced Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) to issue evacuation warnings.

The PTWC withdrew the warning a few hours later, citing that the tsunami wave risk had passed.

Although there were no reported casualties, Caribbean continues to face serious risk from natural hazards as environmental and human behavior continues to affect the planet.

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Boeing will Evict Peregrine Falcons from the MAX Hangar

After two fatal 737 Max crashes, Boeing plant in Renton, Washington remained idle. However, as the talks of plane crashes ensue, the two peregrine falcons that have nested within the plant will need to leave or risk being locked inside.

As peregrine falcons are typically very difficult to trap and rehomed, but it was also seen as being highly unusual, as in the northwest, birds typically wander and return to familiar areas to breed in spring and nest.

Boeing officials have contacted the USDA and hopes to try to relocate the birds or keep them evicted by closing the hangar, and hope that the birds relocate in time for their mating cycle.

Reaching flight speeds up to 200 mph (about third of 737 Max during flight), it seems almost fitting that one of the fastest birds chose a hangar to rest in.

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A Cup of Poem~~ 설날/김병규

설날 / 김병규

흩어진 얼굴이 그리워서

부지런한 고향은 아침 일찍

저마다 편지 하나씩 들고 있다

섣달 그믐밤 불을 밝히시던 할머니

마을 어귀 느티나무만큼 목을 높이고

기다리던 마음 끝 자락에

색동저고리 손녀가 웃는다

설은 즐거운 만남이 있다

아파트에 고향이 없다는 손녀

알바로 늙어버린 딸

온돌 아랫목에 둘러앉아

웃음꽃 하나씩 흔들고 있다.

** 한국 설날이다. 미국은 섯달 그믐이다. 고향을 떠나 사는 우리 실향민은 명절이 가장 마음이 쓸쓸한 날이기도 하다. 김병규 시인의 “설날” 을 실으며, 인생의 희노애락을 이 시를 통해 들여다 본다.

할머니의 자식을 기다리는 마음과 할아버지의 손녀를 바라보는 즐거움은 기다리던 마음의 끝 에 맛보는 환희다. 성냥갑처럼 네모난 아파트를 가진 우리 세대와 우리의 차세대에겐 실종된 고향이 있을 뿐이다. 그럼에도 설날엔 웃을 수 있는 것은 지치고 곤한 마음이 비로소 온돌 아랫목에 앉아 넉넉해지는 풍경이 있기 때문일 것이다.

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The coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan, China in US?

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Originating from Wuhan City in China, the coronavirus infected more than 400 people and caused at least 17 people to die. With one confirmed case of infection reported in Washington State, it is unclear whether another infection has taken hold in New Jersey. However, the hospital officials are taking all precautions in attempting to verify the diagnosis.

The coronavirus can cause fever, cough, shortness of breath and can develop into pneumonia. While China has quarantined Wuhan to prevent the spread of the virus, people who traveled to Wuhan recently could have been exposed to the virus.

It seems however, the general concern is that the risk to the public health is still low.

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Japan’s Nuclear Levels Still Too High for Safe Olympics

The Japanese national safety standard for allowable radioactivity is 0.23 microsieverts per hour. For a good example, Tokyo averages at about 0.04 microsieverts per hour.

Greenpeace urged Japan to abandon Olympic activities including the Olympic torch relay in Fukushima, the site of extensive radioactive damage from the 2011 tsunami. Based on reading as high as 1.7 microsieverts per hour measured at one meter above the surface, and a reading of 71 microsieverts per hour at the surface level.

In response, Japan argued that it read 0.111 microsieverts per hour at the main entrance one day, and one of the fields showed a rating of 0.085 microsieverts per hour.

Given that Japan has been very inconsistent in acting upon its nuclear waste policy, it is unclear whether the data from Japan can be trusted. It is also questionable as to whether Greenpeace’s data can be trusted, given the organization’s reputation.

It would be advisable for a neutral third-party such as the UN or the International Atomic Energy Agency to step in and provide a non-partisan data, as an average person safely absorbs about 3.65 microsieverts a year.

It would be advisable for a neutral third-party such as the UN or the International Atomic Energy Agency to step in and provide a non-partisan data, as an average person safely absorbs about 3.65 microsieverts a year.

Japan’s data may show that it is safe for olympic athletes to engage in sports in Fukushima, but if Greenpeace’s data is correct, then the international community is putting the lives of these valuable athletes in great danger.

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Florida Will See Iguanas Rain Upon It

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On Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued a warning to Florida via Twitter regarding the unseasonably cold temperatures and their effect on the local cold-blooded species.

In the Tweet, the NWS stated, “Iguanas are cold-blooded. They slow down or become immobile when temps drop into the 40s.” Iguanas however, do not die from the cold temperatures.

Similar situation arose in 2018 when Florida dealt with yet another unseasonably cold temperature.

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Suspected Neo-Nazi members Arrested Before Anticipated Race War

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On Thursday, January 16, 2020, the FBI arrested three men allegedly arming and anticipating a race war at the Richmond Gun Rally planned for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The three men arrested are 27-year-old Patrik Matthews, former Canadian soldier who illegally snuck into the US, supported by 33-year-old Brian M. Lemley Jr., former US army soldier, and 19-year-old William G. Bilbrough.

Suspected members of a violent extremist hate group known as The Base, the men were apprehended in Maryland, after the Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia declared a state of emergency on Wednesday and banned all firearms and weaponry from Capitol Square.

The event is hosted by the Virginia Citizens Defense League and is expected to attract thousands of demonstrators angered by Virginia’s attempts to strengthen gun laws.

The Base to whom all three of these men belong to, has a goal of creating a white ethno-state and committing violence against minorities. Both The Base and Atomwaffen are FBI’s top priority.

Lemley and Bilbrough were charged with transporting and harboring an illegal alien, with conspiracy.  Mathews, former combat engineer and explosives expert, and Lemley are facing charges of transporting firearms and ammunition with the intent to commit a felony.  Mathews was also charged with illegal entry into the US and possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The Affidavit states that the two men had purchased 1,650 rounds of 5.56mm and 6.5mm ammunition, and had successfully made functioning assault rifle in December.

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African-American Students Leadership Conference (AASLE) expands to include the Asian-Americans and Latino Americans

After New Year Ball drops down at the Time Square in NYC, Dr.Aminata Njeri starts to pack her travel luggage for the annual student leadership conference.

She carefully places the projector, cords, and all other belongings into her pink luggage.

Every year, she adds new gadgets. She changes out an old part with something new, as she professes to be an early adopter to keep up with the changes.

With longer than 20 years of service in public, She has taught students from all over the states, and now does so worldwide. Dr. Aminata has brought up many influential people through African-Asian Students Leadership Conference, an annual educational event.  She travels coast to coast to give encouraging messages to students everywhere.

At this conference, the Conference decided to open its services to Asian and Hispanic students.

During the 2020 Conference, Dr. Aminata and Dr. Bryant raised the importance of bringing in Asian and Hispanic students to create a more universally represented student conference.

This year, more than 300 college student leaders from North to South, West to East gathered at Fairmont Hotel in DC.

They stayed from Thursday to Sunday (Jan.9, – Jan.12, 2020) to learn from others and to connect with other like-minded students.

 

The main theme of this year conference is “The Year of Yes, No Is Not An Option”.

Full of energy, enthusiastic attitudes, and positive thinking being the focus of this conference, Dr. Aminata explained how to transform obstacles into something positive in our lives.

Dr. Jennifer, who is working to open this event to Asian and Latino students also gave hopeful insights for the future of the Conference.

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Mark Keam Proposes October 9 be known as Hangul Day for Passage by Virginia Delegates

Mark Keam, House of Delegate in VA

RICHMOND — As the state legislature convened its 401st session, Delegate Mark Keam (D-35) filed a resolution designating October 9 of every year as “Hangul Day” in Virginia.

House Joint Resolution 134 recognizes the historic significance of Hangul as Korea’s official alphabet, which was estimated to have been established on October 9, 1446, and the current global popularity of the language which many non-Koreans are learning today for business, military, cultural, and other social reasons.

Exactly 10 years ago, on the nationally recognized Korean American Day of January 13, 2010, Del. Keam was sworn as the first Korean American elected to state level office in Virginia.  A decade later, on January 13, 2020, Del. Keam celebrated the annual Korean American Day by publicly announcing the introduction of Hangul Day resolution.

If adopted by the House of Delegates and State Senate, Virginia will join California in recognizing Hangul Day, encouraging similar efforts to be pursued in other state legislatures.

Upon passage, the Clerk of the House of Delegates will transmit a copy of the resolution to The United Korean School of Greater Washington so that the organization may be apprised of the sense of the General Assembly of Virginia.

Below is the full text of the resolution:

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 134

Designating October 9, in 2020 and in each succeeding year, as Hangul Day in Virginia.

WHEREAS, Hangul, the official alphabet of both the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, was invented in the 15th century by King Sejong the Great of Korea and has been used to write the Korean language since its creation; and

WHEREAS, in 1446, the 28th year of his kingship, King Sejong published the Hunminjeongeum, the realization of his decree to research and develop a writing system that would replace the complex Chinese characters used at the time and be simple and easy for Koreans to master and communicate; and

WHEREAS, the Hangul system consists of 24 characters, including 14 consonants and 10 vowels; the consonant characters are formed with curved or angled lines, while the vowels are composed of vertical or horizontal straight lines together with short lines on either side of the main line; and

WHEREAS, in 1928, the Korean alphabet was named Hangul, and in 1940 Korean language scholars Lee Hee Seung and Lee Byeong Ro discovered the Hunminjeongeum Haerye manuscript and calculated October 9, 1446, to be the birth date of Hangul; and

WHEREAS, the Korean language is one of five strategic languages, along with Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian, as designated by the National Security Language Initiative, that Americans are encouraged to learn; and

WHEREAS, the Korean language is one of nine foreign languages the College Board approved to be on the SAT Subject Tests in languages, which assess a student’s ability in reading and listening to a foreign language; other approved languages include Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Modern Hebrew, and Spanish; and

WHEREAS, there are more than 50,000 Americans, including Americans with Korean heritage, learning Hangul throughout the United States; with the popularity of K-pop, K-dramas, and Korean food rising, the Korean language is now taught throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is home to one of the largest and fastest-growing populations of Korean Americans in the United States; and

WHEREAS, Korean Americans have become an integral part of mainstream American society and have made important contributions to the Commonwealth in the fields of finance, technology, law, medicine, education, sports, media, the arts, the military, and government, as well as in other areas; and

WHEREAS, as the Korean American community prepares for a new era and builds upon its history, Korean Americans must instill in younger generations the proper appreciation for the courage and values of their forebearers, a deep sense of their roots, and pride in their own cultural heritage, including Hangul, so that they may better contribute to the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of the Commonwealth; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly designate October 9, in 2020 and in each succeeding year, as Hangul Day in Virginia; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates transmit a copy of this resolution to The United Korean School of Greater Washington so that the organization may be apprised of the sense of the General Assembly of Virginia in this matter; and, be it

RESOLVED FINALLY, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates post the designation of this day on the General Assembly’s website.

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+HJ134

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