NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Be the World’s Premier Space Science Observatory – Here’s What Those Powerful Capabilities Mean for Astronomy

NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Be the World’s Premier Space Science Observatory – Here’s What Those Powerful Capabilities Mean for Astronomy

By SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INSTITUTE FEBRUARY 25, 2021 This image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows the heart of the globular star cluster Messier 92 (M92), one of the oldest and brightest in the Milky Way. The cluster packs roughly 330,000 stars tightly together, and they orbit the center of the galaxy en masse. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will observe M92, or a similar globular cluster, early in its mission to demonstrate its ability to distinguish the light of its individual stars in a densely packed environment. Webb’s high resolution and…

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China Outspends Rest of the World on 5G Infrastructure By 2 is to 1 Ratio

China Outspends Rest of the World on 5G Infrastructure By 2 is to 1 Ratio

When Beijing sets its mind to building new infrastructure, there’s very little that can stop it. That’s the message coming from a top telecom official who was talking up China’s fast-growing 5G network at a major industry event taking place this week in Shanghai. The nation now has more than 718,000 base stations for the cutting-edge communications technology, covering all of its major cities, said Liu Liehong, a vice minister at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). The nation’s huge base station buildup means China is now home…

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Online art project takes aim at militarization of robotics offering people to take control of a futuristic sort of weapon

Online art project takes aim at militarization of robotics  offering people to take control of a futuristic sort of weapon

An internet-enabled art installation that launched Wednesday offers a strange proposition: the chance to pilot a $75,000 four-legged robot named Spot that is armed with a paintball gun.  The robot may be familiar to people who have seen various viral videos of similar robots from Boston Dynamics that have offered a sometimes startling glimpse at leaps in robotics technology.  But they haven’t seen it like this.  “Obviously they’ve worked really hard in terms of their marketing team to kind of bridge this association of Spot the dog with cute internet…

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Sweden plans tighter Coronavirus measures as 3rd wave of covid-19 fear looms

Sweden plans tighter Coronavirus measures as 3rd wave of covid-19 fear looms

The centre-left government on Wednesday put forward a proposal that for the first time would allow it to close shopping centres, gyms, and restaurants and to fine those who fail to obey the rules SKr2,000 ($240). “There is a significant risk of a third wave of infection . . . It can be necessary to shut down parts of Sweden,” said social minister Lena Hallengren. The country, which stood out internationally because of its refusal to introduce a lockdown, has since December brought in more and more restrictions. Coronavirus cases per capita have ticked…

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Norway proposes to decriminalize recreational drug use

Norway proposes to decriminalize recreational drug use

Norway’s government on Friday proposed a bill aimed at decriminalising the possession and use of small amounts of narcotics, saying users should be offered treatment rather than face jail. “Decades of repression have taught us that punishment doesn’t work. On the contrary, punishment can make things worse,” Education Minister Guri Melby told a press conference. “Drug addicts need help, not punishment,” she added. Under the centre-right coalition government’s proposal, both possession and the use of small quantities of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, would no longer be punishable under…

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Djokovic Wins Historic 9th Australian Open Crown

Djokovic Wins Historic 9th Australian Open Crown

Novak Djokovic won a historic ninth Australian Open title on Sunday at Melbourne, becoming just the second player in history to lift nine trophies at one Grand Slam championship. Djokovic breaks a tie with Roger Federer for the second-most victories at a single major, and now the Serbian only trails Rafael Nadal’s 13 crowns at Roland Garros. Next year, Djokovic will try to become the second man in history to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam. Novak Djokovic won his 18th grand-slam title after he defeated Daniil Medvedev…

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Finland discovers unique variant of coronavirus that may not show up on PCR tests

Finland discovers unique variant of coronavirus that may not show up on PCR tests

Virus variants have been scientists’ main struggle while vaccine efforts started to pick up steam around the world against the global COVID-19 pandemic, and now a new strain in Finland may have mutated in a way that enables it to escape detection in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, according to experts. Helsinki-based Vita Laboratories said the variant Fin-796H was different from strains previously found in South Africa and the U.K. and that the new mutated coronavirus may not show up in PCR tests, Finland’s national public broadcaster YLE reported. “The…

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Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open 2021: It feels really incredible, says 4-time Grand Slam champion

Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open 2021: It feels really incredible, says 4-time Grand Slam champion

Naomi Osaka beat Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in the women’s singles final Osaka’s victory at a floodlit Rod Laver Arena gave the Japanese her fourth major crown. Osaka has won her past 21 matches at all tournaments dating to last season Naomi Osaka won her fourth Grand Slam title by pulling away to beat Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in the Australian Open final. Osaka used a six-game run from 4-all in the opening set Saturday to take control and improve to 4-0 in major finals. She is the first woman…

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LEADERS OF G7 COUNTRIES SEND MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FOR THE TOKYO OLYMPIC & PARA OLYMPIC GAMES 2020

LEADERS OF G7 COUNTRIES SEND MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FOR THE TOKYO OLYMPIC & PARA OLYMPIC GAMES 2020

OC President Thomas Bach has thanked the G7 for their strong support for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in the communique following the meeting of G7 leaders today. The communique issued at the end of the virtual meeting of G7 Leaders supports the “commitment of Japan to hold the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in a safe and secure manner this summer as a symbol of global unity in overcoming COVID-19”. Welcoming the statement, President Bach said: “We welcome the message of support from the G7 Leaders for the…

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International Olympic committee approves Russia’s new Olympic team name as ROC and it’s flag for the next 2 Olympic Games

International Olympic committee approves Russia’s new Olympic team name as ROC and it’s flag for the next 2 Olympic Games

With Russia’s name banned from the next two Olympics, the country’s team and athletes will be officially branded as “ROC,” the International Olympic Committee said Friday. The team name — an acronym for Russian Olympic Committee — has been agreed on by the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency, which has accused the country of running a state-backed doping program. Russia’s team name, flag and national anthem were banned from this year’s scheduled Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The…

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