Space Travel Comes Closer to Reality

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SpaceX announced a plan to send 4 private citizens into space for a global trip by either end of 2021 or by early 2022. The price is not yet disclosed, and much of the details remain shrouded; however, SpaceX and its tourist company Space Adventures, plan to fly SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft and orbit the planet.

Despite Musk’s overly enthusiastic hopes, SpaceX had much delays in getting an astronaut to fly in one of its spaceships, as due to the certifying process. NASA flight is supposed to take place within the year.

There are two other competitions in the private market: Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. They do not promise as much of an experience as that of Elon Musk’s SpaceX however; Virgin Galactic promises weightlessness for a few minutes, and Blue Origin promises similar amount of time as Virgin Galactic, but in a ship similar to SpaceX’s Dragon.

Regardless, the time continues to inch closer, as humanity attempts for a leap outside of the Earth’s atmosphere. Only time will tell as to who wins.

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Ryan Newman Involved in Severe Crash in Daytona 500

Ryan Newman (6) goes airborne as he collided with Corey LaJoie (32) on the final lap of the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Sunday’s race was postponed because of rain. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

While leading the final lap of NASCAR’s Daytona 500, Ryan Newman was involved in a severe crash, with his car spinning several times before going airborne. The race had been postponed from Sunday to Monday; nonetheless, it couldn’t prevent this terrible event.

As the crash happened almost 19 years since Dale Earnhardt Sr. died from a car crash on February 18, 2001. Many are hoping that his condition improve, as he moves on from his marriage.

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US Universities: Educational or Multi-billion dollar enterprises with murky financial systems?

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The Education Department sent a letter requesting Harvard and Yale universities to disclose records of contracts or gifts from Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China and Qatar. The Department believes that the universities failed to disclose around $375 million in foreign funding.

Education Department is willing to refer this matter to the Justice Department if schools do not comply, as such funding could impact the quality of education in ways to include the spreading of propaganda.

Department’s investigation is said to have found more than $6.5 billion in foreign funding.

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Message from a lost civilization? Radio Signal from space arrives every 16 days

Earth regularly receives random radio waves from space, due to the dynamic nature of the universe. However, while most radio waves either emit once and never repeat, or sends repetitive fast radio bursts (FRBs) multiple times in sporadic or cluster form, this time, it was different.

Between September 16, 2018 to October 30, 2019, researchers at the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment/Fast Radio Burst Project collaboration detected a pattern of radio occurring every 16 or so days. Signal would release a burst or two each hour for a course of 4 days, then going silent for 12 days after.

The finding is available on arXiv and has yet to be peer-reviewed. However, the researchers concluded that the signal came from a massive spiral galaxy about 500 million light years away.

Unfortunately, the exact location of the radio burst has not yet been found, as the researchers could pinpoint multiple locations for the source of radio signals.

Authors of another research paper believe it could be from a neutron star, one of the smallest stars and remnants of supernovae, interacting with another star in a binary system.

As it turns out; scientists do not believe that it comes from another extraterrestrial civilization; however, it reveals an important aspect of reality unobserved.

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“History will treat me right” by Ralph Abernathy (Black History Month)

“You can kill the dreamer,” he repeatedly told audiences, “but you can’t kill the dream.”

We often say that history is written by winners. Yet in US history, even winners don’t always get to write in their viewpoints. Still, history is made by the Dreamers and their dreams.

In the US, Black History Month likely has its origins in 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson and Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.”

Black History Month was officially recognized in 1970, and many other countries observe Black History Month whether officially or unofficially.

So, who encouraged the dream to continue after the downfall of the dreamer?

We all know of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, but many don’t know of his mentor and best friend, Pastor Ralph Abernathy.

Ralph Abernathy (March 11, 1926 – April 17, 1990) was a pastor, civil right movement activist, who said, “I don’t know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future.”

Pastor Abernathy empathized with and led the people who were poor, who were treated unfairly, and he walked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Civil Rights Movement, Voting Right Acts, and even as a mediator of Wounded Knee Native American and FBI. He was the man that stood firmly and encouraged the people to keep the dream alive.

On April 17, 1990, he passed away from two blood clots that traveled to his heart and lungs.

He was buried in Lincoln Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia. At Abernathy’s behest, his tomb has the simple inscription: “I TRIED.”

And less than two decades after his death, on January 20, 2009, Barack Obama swore in and became the first African American President, of the United States of America. He went on to serve two terms in the White House.

How he kept the Dream alive, and how, just as he said, Dream couldn’t be killed; we remember Pastor Ralph Abernathy for his contribution to the Dream and its fulfillment.

History will treat you right, Pastor Ralph Abernathy.

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Cruise Ship Sees More Coronavirus

Quarantined in Yokohama south of Tokyo, 10 more people have tested positive for Coronavirus.  3,700 people are facing at least two weeks of quarantine on the Diamond Princess ship as those confirmed positive have been moved to medical facilities. Currently, Japan’s coronavirus-positive population is at 45.

Many on the ship are frustrated at the lack of food availability (among many other difficulties), slow responses, and of course, being infected by the coronavirus.  Japan officials are concerned that the outbreak is likely to affect the 2020 Olympic Games in July.

As the death toll rises to 563 in China, the world keeps a close eye on the virus and in preventing its spread in an ever-connected world.

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Ford’s 4th Quarter Earnings Wipes out 2019 Profit

In 2019 4th quarter, Ford reported a 1.7 billion dollar loss, 2.2 billion loss related to pension and retiree benefits.

Regardless, lackadaisical sales and higher warranty costs burdened Ford’s pockets deeply.

In comparison to 3.7 billion dollar profit in 2018, Ford is expected to report only 84 million in profits for 2019.

Regardless, Ford remains hopeful that its 11 billion dollar restructuring will benefit the company greatly in the long run.

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Chiefs Celebrate First Super Bowl Win in 50 Years

MIAMI, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 02: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

On February 2, 2020, led by Patrick Mahome, Kansas City Chiefs pulled a miracle in the last quarter, after trailing behind 3 points, to surpassing San Francisco 49ers by 11 points.

Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV, 31-20. Mahome posted a video on Instagram, showing the celebration, and lifted the Lombardi Trophy to end the video. He was selected as the MVP for the evening.

In a brief interview, he remarked that although he could have chosen to be a baseball player, he ultimately chose football, and how anyone, regardless of racial background, could achieve their dreams.

In a country filled with tensions of every group imaginable, he represented a brief respite from the drama of the political sphere for the night, and allowed everyone to dream.

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First Person-to-Person Coronavirus Spread Happens in US

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CDC confirmed that a woman who recently traveled to China and returned through Chicago airport spread the virus to her husband. Now with confirmed 6 cases, Illinois is attempting to verify 21 possible cases. CDC is verifying 92 more people for possible coronavirus infection. CDC already cleared 68 as testing negative for the coronavirus.

There are currently 7,800 confirmed infections globally, with most in China. CDC does not see a need to wear masks to protect oneself in public but did advise washing hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and to avoid close interaction with people who were sick.

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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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