Friday, December 14, 2018

NASA probe speeds through the sun’s atmosphere, captures scorching photo of Mercury

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe recently dove deeper into the sun’s atmosphere than any spacecraft before. And it has the photos to prove it. 

Launched four months ago, the heavily-shielded probe — an exploration craft that will swoop progressively closer to the sun over the next six years — came within 16.9 million miles of the sun’s surface when it captured this orange-tinged image on November 8. 

Here, the probe was well inside the sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, a difficult-to-visit place that’s still largely a mystery to astronomers. 

The dominant part of the scene is a horizontal bright streak emanating from the sun. On November 8, the probe approached this beam of energized particles, called a “coronal streamer,” that had been blasted out from our medium-sized star. Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/article/nasa-solar-probe-flying-through-sun-corona-photo/
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M 4.7 – Galapagos Triple Junction region

4.5+ Magnitude Earthquake Reported: M 4.7 – Galapagos Triple Junction region

Time
2018-12-14 23:46:14 UTC
2018-12-14 16:46:14 -07:00 at epicenter
Location
1.813°N 102.077°W
Depth
10.00 km (6.21 mi)


Source: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us2000itqw
Author: U.S. Geological Survey


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'Sexist' ads to be banned under new watchdog guidelines

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‘[Advertisements] must not include gender stereotypes that are likely to cause harm, or serious or widespread offence’

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/sexist-ads-gender-stereotypes-advertising-standards-authority-a8682956.html
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Three scientific discoveries that happened by accident

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Once in a while, a serendipitous scientific finding will overturn whole schools of thought

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/accidental-scientific-discoveries-genome-sequencing-cancer-vaccine-a8547106.html
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Apple’s streaming service will include new ‘Peanuts’ cartoons

dims?crop=1500%2C1000%2C0%2C62&quality=8Apple’s plans for streaming animated shows won’t be limited to completely new properties. The tech firm has struck a deal with DHX Media to produce original shows (including shorts and specials) based on Charles Schultz’s classic Peanuts comics and…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/12/14/apple-peanuts-shows/
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CBO: Criminal justice bill would reduce federal prison population, increase spending

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The Senate’s criminal justice reform bill would reduce the federal prison population pver a 10 year period by 53,000 “person-years,” which is roughly equivalent to releasing 53,000 inmates in one year, according to an estimate released Friday from the Congressional Budget Office.

In addition, CBO predicted that the faster release of inmates would increase the number of people benefiting from federal programs, like Medicaid and Social Security, since inmates are generally ineligible for many federal assistance programs while serving time. That would increase direct federal government spending by $346 million and reduce revenue by $6 million, also from 2019 through 2028, CBO said.

The CBO notes the report isn’t a complete analysis of all of the bill’s budgetary effects.

The Senate will vote Monday to advance the legislation, which did not appear to be moving forward until earlier this week, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would bring the bill to the floor at the request of President Donald Trump.

Trump tweeted last week: “Hopefully Mitch McConnell will ask for a VOTE on Criminal Justice Reform…Go for it Mitch!” The bill is also a priority for Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Although proponents of the bill predict that it will pass, it still faces criticism from some senators, including Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).

The bill reduces some mandatory minimum sentences and expands some inmate programs.

Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine

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Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/14/cbo-estimate-criminal-justice-bill-1066505
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M 4.8 – 118km ESE of Tadine, New Caledonia

4.5+ Magnitude Earthquake Reported: M 4.8 – 118km ESE of Tadine, New Caledonia

Time
2018-12-14 21:53:05 UTC
2018-12-15 08:53:05 +11:00 at epicenter
Location
21.922°S 168.955°E
Depth
10.00 km (6.21 mi)


Source: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us2000itpu
Author: U.S. Geological Survey


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Maria Butina: Cybersecurity charlatan, spy

dims?resize=2000%2C2000%2Cshrink___PURIMRussian spy Maria Butina’s cover story was her academic interest and expertise in cybersecurity. As cover stories go, this unfortunately wasn’t a hard one to pull off.

Except anyone holding even the barest minimum of cybersecurity knowledge could’ve…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/12/14/maria-butina-cybersecurity-charlatan-spy/
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Trump can be indicted as president for finance violations, Obama Justice Department official says

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The former Justice Department official says Donald Trump can be prosecuted for crimes upon leaving the Oval Office

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-indicted-impeachment-charges-michael-cohen-payment-obama-neal-katyal-a8683711.html
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