News Burst 26 August 2020
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News Burst 26 August 2020 – Featured News
- The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) has completed its isolation in two Russian modules and is beginning to open hatches. The Flight Control Center has given a command to the ISS crew to open the hatches between the Russian and American segments of the station. Last week the ISS crew was tracking down an air leak. The source said that “the air leak was registered by the sensors of the station’s Russian segment for measuring the content of nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide in the station’s atmosphere.” All the ISS crewmembers had moved to the Russian modules for three days to organize air pressure control in the American segment’s modules.
- Thailand wants to turn dozens of prisons into tourist destinations, local media has reported, as part of a government program purportedly designed to provide inmates with skills and work experience they can use upon release. Under the unorthodox scheme, inmates will perform activities for visitors, such as a cooking contest called ‘Chefs Behind Bars’, as well as making items that can be sold as souvenirs. Five prisons across the country are participating in the pilot project, according to the Bangkok Post. Thailand’s Justice Ministry said that if the project is successful, 72 prisons – making up 50 percent of the nation’s detention facilities – will eventually feature tourist attractions. Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin noted that many of the country’s prisons are conveniently located near major tourist spots, making them ideal destinations for visitors. He said that if the prisons become a hit with the public, the government could use them to promote Thailand’s tourism industry. Somsak acknowledged, however, that not all prisons would be suitable as tourist attractions. In March, a group of incarcerated Thais set fires as part of a failed escape attempt, reportedly sparked by rumors of a coronavirus outbreak in the prison.
- As the coronavirus heralds a new era of hand hygiene, fast food giant KFC has opted to pause the company’s trademark “It’s Finger Lickin’ Good” slogan, though the move has been widely panned online as completely nonsensical. Effective from August 24, it is the first time the company has paused its slogan on such a scale in 64 years (though there was a 10-year hiatus in 2008 in the UK and Ireland). The offending catchphrase will now be blurred out in stores across North America, parts of Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, having already pulled ads in the US back in March, when the pandemic was still in its infancy. There were more than 150 complaints to the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority back in March, when KFC ran an ad campaign showing people licking their own, and each other’s, hands while eating the fried chicken.
- Russia’s Ministry of Defense is considering making military airfields out of ice within the Arctic Circle, after developing a new technology that enables heavy aircraft to land without the need for an asphalt runway. The Bauman Moscow State Technical University has created a system that uses special chemical re-agents to change the structure of ice, enabling planes to touch down. In the future, heavy military transport aircraft such as the Ilyushin Il-76 will be able to land inside the Arctic Circle, despite weighing around 100,000kg when empty. Speaking at the Army-2020 forum, Evgeny Storozhuk, Bauman’s vice-rector for economics and innovation, explained that the technology will continue to be tested over the next year.
- Astronomers researching the mysterious Fast Radio Burst (FRB) 121102 have confirmed that the powerful phenomenon has a predictable cycle, which may allow us to find out what exactly is causing it once and for all. First discovered in 2012, the FRB is located in a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light-years away making it very difficult to monitor, requiring some of Earth’s most powerful instruments. FRBs are intense blasts of radio waves which can release as much power as hundreds of millions of suns in mere milliseconds, but the majority of them that we have observed have flared once only to disappear, never to be heard from again. This makes it extremely difficult to discover their composition, monitor their behavior and determine their source. In other words, they are extraordinarily difficult to study let alone predict as scientists have just managed. A team led by Marilyn Cruces of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, in conjunction with other research carried out at the University of Manchester by astronomer Kaustubh Rajwade, has unveiled their model for the FRB’s cycle.
- Police on Sunday arrested two men who recorded videos of themselves forcing a 4-year-old boy to drink alcohol in East Luwu, South Sulawesi Indonesia. The two men – Firman Efendi, 20, and M. Rifky Hendra Putrawan, 19 – were apprehended at their home in Timampu village, Towuti district, after the videos went viral on WhatsApp. In the first video recorded on Saturday at a black pepper plantation in Pekaloa, Towuti district, the 4-year-old boy was forced to drink three glasses of alcohol by one of the two men while another one recorded the video. According to the head of the North Luwu Integrated Care Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children (P2TP2A), Juleha, the parents trusted Firman and Rifky to look after the boy as the father, Mertin, was working at the plantation. “The boy was thirsty, so he was given the alcoholic drink by the two men,” Juleha said as quoted from tribunnews.com. She added that the parents did not dare to report the abuse against their son because Firman and Rifky were the owners of the plantation the family worked for. “They did not want to report it because they were afraid of losing their jobs,” Juleha said, adding that the boy’s family lived in poverty.
- China’s “nine-dash line” used to claim most of the South China Sea is a fabrication, the Philippine defense minister said, as he accused Beijing of illegally occupying Filipino maritime territory. The remarks late Sunday come amid a fresh row between Manila and Beijing over the disputed Scarborough shoal, which has long been a flashpoint between the two countries. The Philippine foreign ministry last week lodged a diplomatic protest over what it said was the “illegal confiscation” by China’s coast guard of fishing equipment near the shoal. China seized Scarborough from the Philippines in 2012 following a tense standoff. The shoal, one of the region’s richest fishing grounds, is located 240 kilometres (150 miles) west of the Philippines’ main island of Luzon and 650 kms from the nearest major Chinese land mass, the southern island province of Hainan. “That area is within our EEZ,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters in a text message, referring to the country’s exclusive economic zone. “Their [China’s] so-called historical rights over an area enclosed by their 9-line doesn’t exist except in their imaginations.
- Flavio Briatore has got Covid-19.
- A new Army-funded memory device, like a USB stick or hard drive, promises to increase data upload speed, greatly extend smart phone battery life and reduce data corruption. The research, funded by the Army Research Office, an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, and conducted at University of Southern California, improves the material and structure of memory devices with groundbreaking results. Researchers published findings in Nature Electronics describing the new device, which combines new van der Waals materials with an innovative device design for the memory concept called the ferroelectric tunneling junction.
- Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers are pleading with a judge not to ‘let the cat out of the bag’ by unsealing a trove of potentially embarrassing documents from her case against Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Maxwell’s legal team says her chance of a fair trial could be destroyed if the deposition she gave in 2016 was publicly released. The documents contain ‘intimate, sensitive and personal’ information about Maxwell which would ‘spread like wildfire across the Internet’, her lawyers said in a Thursday night filing. Maxwell’s lawyers say the unsealing order did not take into account her privacy interests or the promise of confidentiality she received before being deposed. The lawyers argued that a release would undermine the ‘truth-seeking function’ of Maxwell’s trial, by leading witnesses to ‘recast their memories of events from decades ago.’
News Burst 26 August 2020 – Bonus IMG
The man behind Russia’s latest spacecraft, the Oryol, says it will be able to fly to asteroids and Mars, as well as to the Moon. Igor Khamits made the comments during an interview with the Russian Space magazine, published by the federal space agency Roscosmos. The Oryol is projected to begin crewed missions in 2025, with unmanned operations starting two years earlier. The capsule is scheduled to make an uncrewed flight around the Moon in 2028.
News Burst 26 August 2020 – Bonus IMG
HCM City Flagpole Renovations
The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has approved the Department of Urban Planning and Architecture’s proposal to renovate the Thu Ngu flagpole, a 155-year-old relic on the Sai Gon riverfront in Vietnam. The renovation, which will include essential maintenance work for the flagpole and a revamp of the base, must retain the integrity of the landmark structure as well as its original character.
News Burst 26 August 2020 – Bonus Video
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News Burst 26 August 2020 – Solar Activity
Solar Minimum Conditions Are In Effect
Solar Minimum doesn’t give up easily. For much of July and August, it seemed like solar activity was returning to normal, with a profusion of Solar Cycle 25 sunspots and minor solar flares. But now the sun is blank again–no sunspots–and the sun’s X-ray output has flatlined. Periods of quiet like these will crop up from time to time as Solar Cycle 25 sputters to life.
Current Stretch: 3 days
2020 total: 159 days (67%)
2019 total: 281 days (77%)
News Burst 26 August 2020 – Active Weather
SW of South Korea – Wind 80-115 kts – Pressure 995 hPa – Moving N at 18 kts – Slowly weakening – Expected landfall in North Korea with wind at 70 knots.
Central Gulf of Mexico – Wind 70-85 kts – Pressure 990 hPa – Moving NW at 15 kts – Intensifying – Expected landfall Luisiana/Texas with 100 knots wind gusting to 120.
News Burst 26 August 2020 – Earthquakes
25 August 2020
Europe – M3.4 Greece
Atlantic – M3.2 Azores Islands
Africa – M3.7 North Morocco
North America – M3.5 Alaska
Central America – M6.0 Costa Rica
South America – M5.5 Peru
Asia – M4.8 Philippines
Pacific – M6.1 Papua New Guinea
Deepest EQ – M4.1 535 km Fiji
Italy Deep M3.7
A movement of M5.2 off the coast of Oman marks the transit of the seismic wave toward the west, this confirmed by an earthquake of M4.7 that hit Iran, this wave is approaching the Mediterranean with approx mid M4. The same Mediterranean that is now under pressure from a deep shock in southern Italy, in Calabria, of M3.7 at 292 km. In the following hours we are seeing movements in Poland of M3.1 and M3.7 in Morocco. A large silent area is so created in northern Italy, the fulcrum point between these three earthquakes, here a movement could eventually reach the M4, when the next seismic wave arrives.
Tech giants Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon have been summoned by a joint committee of the Indian parliament to discuss the issue of data protection and privacy over the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. While Amazon refused to appear before an Indian parliamentary panel for a scheduled meeting on Friday, Facebook’s public policy head (India, South and Central Asia) Ankhi Das was grilled for two hours on the issue of data security by the panel.
The FBI has declassified documents mentioning flying saucers and “multidimensional beings”, it follows from an almost 70-page report penned by an unnamed professor and recently leaked online, reportedly on the FBI’s online vault. According to Alienstar and the Daily Star, the files dubbed Memorandum 6751 by UFOlogists discuss alien encounters dating back to 1947, mentioning extraterrestrial ray wielding “disks” and other Alien Objects.
Russian President Vladimir Putin saying that he expected his presidency to end at some point. “The presidency will undoubtedly end at some point, I realise this perfectly”, Putin said at the Valdai Discussion Club.
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