Virginia under State of Emergency for Gas Shortage

Virginia Governor Northam declared a state of emergency after the gasoline pipeline was shut down from a cyberattack demanding a ransom to reopen on Tuesday.

The emergency declaration lets state agencies issue waivers to increase gas supply and enforce penalties against gas stations involved in price gouging due to the shortage. The Environmental Protection Agency has also issued an emergency fuel waiver on Tuesday to help with fuel shortages in states including Virginia due to the pipeline shutdown. The waiver is expected to continue until May 18.

The perpetrators of the shutdown are from a cybercrime group known as DarkSide, which has carried out an attack shutting down 5,500 miles of pipeline. This pipeline supplies half of the gasoline to the east coast and runs from Texas to New Jersey.

At the moment, however, Maryland or DC are less impacted than Virginia; as Virginia reported to have lost more than 44 percent of its total gasoline capacity yet DC has only reported 10 percent loss.

This is an ongoing development.

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Veteran Murdering Nurse Sentenced to Life

Ex-nursing assistance at the VA hospital was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday. During her trial, She confessed to using insulin to murder seven elderly patients at a VA hospital. During sentencing, Judge Thomas Kleeh called Reta Mays (46) a monster of the “worst kind. You are the monster no one sees coming,” He delivered a life sentence for each murder victim, plus 20 years for an eighth victim she tried to kill.

Mays is not eligible for probation for the seven life sentences and is ordered to pay restitution to the victim’s families. The victims are aged from 81 to 96 and served in the Navy, Army, and Air Force during WWII, the Vietnam war, and the Korean war. Mays pleaded guilty last year to murdering the seven veterans and to assault an eighth with intended murder. Mays killed all seven veterans and assaulted the eight veteran with intent to kill at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center while she was working as nurse assistance from July 2017 to June 2018.

After the hearing, the inspector general at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released the results of an investigation concluding the “serious, pervasive, and failures” at the hospital which allowed the killings to go undetected for nearly a year. Every time a patient under her care passed away, she said, “Something always happens when I’m in the room, and I don’t know why,” and faked trying to save lives as a nurse assistant.

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NASA and AXIOM To Send First Private Astronauts to ISS

As the possibilities of private space travel becomes more real every day, NASA announced that it had contracted with company AXIOM to send the first private astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) by no earlier than January 2022.
Both AXIOM and NASA showed enthusiasm for the broadening of the marketplace to accommodate more people for the Commercial Low-Earth Orbit Development Program, to have customers other than just NASA. AXIOM plans to purchase supplies, delivery, and storage from NASA, while NASA will purchase from AXIOM the capability to return scientific samples that must be kept cold until its return to Earth.
As NASA seeks to expand the Low-Earth Orbit area for commercial activities to include research on the effects of the space environment on humans, technology, and flight, AXIOM contract is highly celebrated and welcome. Even after the ISS retires, NASA hopes to keep the area open for commercial viability.
It is interesting to note, that NASA does not wish to play the marketplace ruler so much as it would like to have the private sector lead within the market place, and NASA a market participant.
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Humongous Space Debris Will Hit Earth on May 9

On April 29, China launched a Long March 5B Rocket, the country’s first new space station into orbit around the Earth. As a result, a huge piece of space junk is set to collide with Earth’s atmosphere this weekend with pieces of debris landing elsewhere on Earth.

The Aerospace Corporation announced on Twitter, “Our latest prediction for CZ-5B Rocket body reentry is: 09 May 2021 03:43 UTC ± 16 hours Reentry will be along [with] one of the ground tracks shown here. It is still too early to determine a meaningful debris footprint.”

(Picture obtained from The Aerospace Corporation’s Twitter page)

Although Chinese officials initially applauded the launch of the 5B Rocket, the core stage which does the heavy lifting to get the space station into orbit initially failed and fell back towards the atmosphere uncontrollably.

About 21 metric tons of debris from space will hit on Earth’s surface but no one knows the exact location and the time.  “Scientists know that space junk will enter Earth’s atmosphere somewhere between approximately 41.5 degrees north latitude and 41.5 degrees south latitude based on the trajectory of the rocket”. according to Accuweather.com, this zone includes some of the world’s largest cities, but it also includes large swaths of the vast Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and the Atlantic Ocean.

This space debris is the world’s largest space junk to fall back onto Earth’s orbit so far, and the worst is that no one knows exactly where it’ll land.

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A 100 Year Old Fish from Detroit River Trolls the Globe

Photo from the Fish and Wildlife Service Office

End of last month, a biologist working off of Michigan-based Fish and Wildlife Service Office went to Detroit River with his crews to survey the lake sturgeon population. The team put out set-lines with hooks to catch fishes, searched for eggs, and larvae but instead caught a huge sturgeon measuring 7 feet long, at least 240 pounds, indicating that it was an almost 100-year-old female sturgeon.

It is the largest lake sturgeon ever recorded in the country. According to the Facebook posting of Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, the sturgeon is a “once in a lifetime catch,” and “likely hatched in the Detroit River around 1920, when Detroit became the 4th largest city in America.”

“When it’s in the water, you don’t have that great reference for size until you actually try to get the net on it,” Fischer said. “Our basket’s like four or five feet deep, and this fish wouldn’t fit in the net. … It only got bigger when we got it on the boat. It took all three of them to lift it up out of the water and get it on the boat, an effort that was exhausting,” Fischer said.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife team weighed the fish, measured the fish, put a chip into the fish, and after processing all their work, released her to the water. The current sturgeon population is 7,000 but was once near a million when Detroit was a booming city in the early 1920s and on.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annually reports the sturgeon population at the St. Clair-Detroit River system to better understand the lake sturgeon population began in 2001.  The lake sturgeon, considered a threatened species in Michigan, has endured a lot — from a boom in commercial fishing that continued into the early 1900s, periods of over-harvesting, and habitat loss driven by shipping channel construction and the damming of tributaries. All of that contributed to declines in population, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

There are now more than 33,000 lake sturgeon in the St. Clair-Detroit River system, 6,500 of which come from the Detroit River, according to Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, which describes that as a “fraction of its historic size.”

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Missing Woman in Utah Found Alive after 5 Months

Back in November, a Utah woman was found to be missing near a trailhead. However, after continued investigation, she was found living in a tent. She had been last seen in the Diamond Fork area of Spanish Fork Canyon and reported missing after a U.S. Forest Service Official found an abandoned car in a campground parking lot.

After attempting to locate her back in November to alert her to camping seasons, they found they could not find her and towed the car and the camping equipment. They’d continuously attempted to find information on the missing woman, including anyone who might know her but was generally unsuccessful until last weekend, when a USCO sergeant returned to the area with a nonprofit aerial search group.

The drone they were using to survey the area crashed, forcing the two people to attempt to retrieve it, only to find what seemed to be an abandoned tent. There, they met the woman. She had lost significant weight and was weak, but also was “resourceful,” as due to the limited food and water supply, she foraged for grass and moss along with a nearby river for food and water.

Officials now believe she had made the conscious decision to live out in the area. They took her to a nearby hospital for health evaluation and mental health assessment, but some do believe she might return to continue living as she had done for the past 5 months.

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SpaceX’s 22nd Mission will be at Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX’s 22nd Commercial Resupply Services mission with the upgraded version of its Dragon spacecraft will head to International Space Center by a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This resupply mission will include NASA science investigations, supplies, and equipment.

NASA explained, “Among the investigations arriving inside the Dragon’s pressurized capsule will be a variety of research experiments, including an experiment that could help develop better pharmaceuticals and therapies for treating kidney disease on Earth, as well as a study of cotton root systems that could identify varieties of plants that require less water and pesticides, and two model organism investigations. One study will look at bobtail squid as a model to examine the effects of spaceflight on interactions between beneficial microbes and their animal hosts. Another will examine tardigrades’ adaptation to the harsh environment of space, which could contribute to long-term problem solving for vaccine production, distribution, and storage on Earth.”

With many interesting objects to carry on to the International Space Center, Investigators will test a portable ultrasound technology, the first two of six new roll-out solar arrays that were tested on the orbiting laboratory in 2017.

Scientific investigations have the goal of improving life and advancements in the areas of biology, biotechnology, physical science, between residents of Earth and beyond. This scientific adventure through the ISS National Laboratory in space provides opportunities for other U.S. agencies, private sectors, and academic research institutions to conduct microgravity research that leads to new technologies, medical treatments, and products that improve life on Earth.

This is the second man-led SpaceX mission. SpaceX has completed 21 cargo resupply missions to and from the space station, providing more than 100,000 pounds of supplies and approximately 80,000 pounds of return mass so far. According to NASA, SpaceX delivered two astronauts on May 30, 2020, into orbit on a Crew Dragon spacecraft during Crew Dragon Demo-2, making SpaceX the first private company to send astronauts to the International Space Station.

Since November 2000, Human beings have been residing in the space station and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft have visited the orbiting laboratory. This space station is now a new stepping stone to the Moon and Mars in the future.

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Man Arrested for Hate Crime against Asian-American in NYC

Jarrod Powell (49) was arrested by police early on Tuesday morning for attacking a 61 years old Asian man in New York last week, according to NYPC. Powell faces two counts of felony assault. Powell approached the victim at East Harlem corner last Friday, hit and kicked the victim’s head multiple times until his skull broke.

NYPD stated and released the photo of the suspect and investigating this incident as “a hate crime.” The victim transferred to the local hospital and have significant injuries. Since the pandemic began in the U.S., racist hate crime against Asian-Americans significantly increased by almost 150%.

According to PolitiFact, The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University released findings in early March that showed hate crimes against Asian Americans spiked 149% between 2019 and 2020, even though hate crimes overall had declined. These hate crimes’ targets are women and older men in the 16 major big cities.

Hate crimes are undercounted due to trauma that it recalls the scene to bring back due to fear. Most of the hate-crime suspects are using verbal assault and physically attacking people who do not speak English fluently, and victims are unable to defend themselves due to their weaker physicality.

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Super Pink Moon Visible Tonight on the Northeast Sky

NASA announced that the first supermoon of the year will be “April 26, 2021, appearing opposite the Sun in Earth-based longitude at 11:32 p.m. EDT. [This will be the next day from the Atlantic Daylight Savings timezone eastward across Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia.]  Most commercial calendars are based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and will show this full Moon occurring on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Sunday night through Wednesday morning,” on its Twitter account.

This “Pinkish color” of the supermoon will be the first supermoon of the year, and the second one will be seen on May 26 when it will brighten the sky one more time. The names of this supermoon are “Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes of North America, the Fish Moon, as this was when the shad swam upstream to spawn,” according to NASA.

The “pink” of the supermoon on April 26 is based on the herb moss pink, which is native to the Eastern United States and known to be the fastest blooming in springtime.

Supermoons seem greater because of the slightly closer distance to Earth. There will be two supermoons this year.

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Senate Passes Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Bill by 94-1

Senate. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced, and the Majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) accompanied the Anti-Asian hate crime bill and the Bill passed with 94-1 on the floor today. The only “no” vote came from Missouri senator Josh Hawley. The bill only needed 60 votes to pass, but both sides of the parties agreed that rising crime against Asians since the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic must be rid of.

Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated, “The vote today on the anti-Asian hate crimes bill is proof that when the Senate is given the opportunity to work, the Senate can work to solve important issues.”

This bill is now on the way to the House floor, led by congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY). If it passes the House, it will likely be signed by Pres. Biden. President Biden has encouraged action on preventing hate crimes since the Georgia incident, and the incident in New York City.

Sen. Collins stated, “Crimes motivated by bias against race, national origin, and other characteristics cannot be tolerated.” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated, “Over the past several years, the forces of hate and bigotry seemed to have gained strength too often encouraged by our former president,” at the Senate floor. He also added, “The Senate makes it very clear that hate and discrimination against any group [have] no place in America. Bigotry against one is bigotry against all.”

Schumer mentioned the bill’s passage containing two messages: One, the government is in solidarity with the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islanders) communities. Two, these hate crimes will not be tolerated anymore.

Recently, many Asian Americans have been avoiding going outside for fear of attack by someone without any public protections, especially old people.

Currently, anti-Asian hate crimes are rising around the world, and they must be stopped at some point.

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