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Lasers in daylight can better detect space debris orbiting Earth, new study suggests

Lasers in daylight can better detect space debris orbiting Earth, new study suggests

In director Alfonso Cuaron’s 2013 space thriller “Gravity,” Sandra Bullock’s astronaut character dons a suit for a spacewalk in orbit around Earth, upgrading hardware on the Hubble Space Telescope. With just a few minutes’ warning, a field of space debris comes hurtling toward the team’s space shuttle, disabling the craft and killing the remaining crew…MORE

The correct way to make tea? Science weighs in on microwaving vs. kettle

The correct way to make tea? Science weighs in on microwaving vs. kettle

An American woman’s TikTok guide to making hot tea that went viral in June had Brits tut-tutting in horror over their morning cuppa — largely because of the controversial use of a microwave rather than a kettle to heat water. The spat over the best way to brew tea boiled over into a transatlantic incident,…MORE

Stimulus negotiations: ‘Productive’ meetings don’t mean progress

Stimulus negotiations: ‘Productive’ meetings don’t mean progress

The top negotiators on the next round of emergency economic relief cited a “productive” meeting Monday afternoon as they sought to build momentum toward an agreement. The somewhat positive tone sought to obscure a cold reality, according to people briefed on the talks: the two sides remain nowhere near a deal. Bottom line: The top…MORE

Birx stung by first public attack from Trump

Birx stung by first public attack from Trump

Dr. Deborah Birx was stung by President Donald Trump’s tweet criticizing her after she offered what she believed was an accurate assessment of the current state of coronavirus outbreaks in the US, a person familiar with her reaction told CNN Tuesday. After Birx warned the pandemic is “extraordinarily widespread” across the country, Trump, who has…MORE

Trump on Covid death toll: ‘It is what it is’

Trump on Covid death toll: ‘It is what it is’

President Donald Trump said the United States’ staggering death toll from coronavirus “is what it is” in a new interview, again giving his administration credit for its response despite ongoing surges in new cases and a human toll that far outpaces that of any other nation. When confronted with the US’ daily death toll and…MORE

Trump’s new line of attack on Biden is an old campaign standby

Trump’s new line of attack on Biden is an old campaign standby

For months, President Donald Trump road-tested attacks against his presumptive Democratic opponent Joe Biden. The former Vice President was “sleepy.” He was corrupt. He was weak on China. But none of them seemed to stick or do much good for the President, who continued to sink deeper in the polls. With the coronavirus resurgent across…MORE

Voters in deep-red Missouri to decide on expanding Medicaid under Obamacare

Voters in deep-red Missouri to decide on expanding Medicaid under Obamacare

Missouri voters will get the chance Tuesday to decide whether to expand Medicaid to low-income residents. A ballot measure calls for enshrining Medicaid expansion in the deep red state’s constitution, which would make it harder for legislators to throw up hurdles to enrollment, such as work requirements. The Trump administration and many Republican state officials…MORE

Trump defends wishing Ghislaine Maxwell well

Trump defends wishing Ghislaine Maxwell well

President Donald Trump is now saying that he wished Ghislaine Maxwell well after she was arrested because he doesn’t want her to die in jail like her former boyfriend and alleged accomplice, Jeffrey Epstein. In an interview with “Axios on HBO” that aired Monday night, Trump was asked why he wished Maxwell well when she’s…MORE

Trump signs conservation funding law that will aid national parks

Trump signs conservation funding law that will aid national parks

President Donald Trump signed a measure Tuesday that will fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund — a program his administration’s budget proposals had repeatedly tried to cut. The legislation signing marks an important political win for Republican Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Steve Daines of Montana, who both hail from conservation-minded states…MORE

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