NASA is shooting an asteroid with a giant DART to help save

first_imgNASA’s DART spacecraft will blast off to the asteroid 65803 Didymos to crash into its moon.  NASA If an asteroid was shooting towards Earth, what would our options be? Sure, we could send up a ragtag team of miners to drill into the asteroid, plant a nuke and blast it to smithereens. But if NASA has its way, we won’t need to train miners to be astronauts — it has other plans to deflect those deadly asteroids. (A lucky thing too, because it makes far more sense to teach already-trained astronauts to use a drill rather than putting miners through astronaut school, but that’s another matter entirely). NASA is prepping for a (potential) doomsday outcome with the Double Asteroid Redirection Test — a mission that will test whether we can crash a spacecraft into an asteroid and knock it off course, thus saving humankind and preventing us from ever sending Bruce Willis into space. In this week’s episode of Watch This Space, we take a look at the DART mission to 65803 Didymos — a binary asteroid (complete with its own companion “moonlet”) that’s currently orbiting the sun out past Earth. Now playing: Watch this: NASA wants to save the Earth from asteroids (with a giant… Share your voice According to NASA, the moonlet (or “Didymoon” as it’s been nicknamed) is a perfect example of an asteroid of the size and type that could crash into Earth. So, the space agency wants to send its DART spacecraft up there as early as Dec. 2020 to blast towards the 150-metre-wide moonlet and crash into its surface. Imagine it like a game of pool. If you need to knock the 8 ball in the corner pocket, you knock the cue ball into its side and it’ll shoot off on an angle. By sending its cue ball careening into the moonlet, NASA will measure how the impact changes the moonlet’s momentum and hopefully get a better idea of how asteroids can be redirected in future.To learn more about the DART, the partner mission being run by the European Space Agency and what all this has to do with Elijah Wood and the film “Labyrinth” (there are connections, we promise) then check out this week’s episode of Watch This Space. You can get your space fix every other Friday with new episodes, or catch up with the whole series on CNET or YouTube.  Post a comment Sci-Tech NASA Space 4:55 Tags 0last_img read more

GMCs 2020 Acadia looks good and is priced to compete even in

first_img Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 6 Photos 2019 Ford Edge ST review: Compelling performance General Motors 2 Share your voice More From Roadshowcenter_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous SUVs Enlarge ImageThe 2020 GMC Acadia AT4 is priced at just under $43,000, which makes it a bit of a bargain. GMC The 2020 GMC Acadia is a good example of the newish trend in crossover styling that favors more aggressive, blockier design, and we really like it. We also like the Acadia for other reasons, like its comfortable interior, decent infotainment and 310-horsepower V6 engine.The Acadia naturally is available in a few different trim levels, but our personal favorite is the AT4 trim, which has the advantage of being both more affordable and cooler-looking than the top-tier Denali trim. How much more affordable? Try $7,000, according to a report Wednesday by CarsDirect.With a starting sticker price of $42,495 including destination, the three-row Acadia makes a pretty strong case for itself among the General’s other SUVs, even if it may struggle somewhat against a new crop of competitors like the Kia Telluride, its cousin the Hyundai Palisade, the Subaru Ascent or Honda’s new Passport.The Acadia is set to hit dealers nationwide later this year. Check out the 2020 GMC Acadia’s new look GMC Commentslast_img read more

Nawaz Sharif rejects resignation call

first_imgMaryam Nawaz .Photo : ReutersPakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday rejected calls for his resignation at an emergency cabinet meeting to chart out a counter to the Panamagate probe panel’s report that recommended the filing of a graft case against Sharif and his family.Addressing the cabinet members, Sharif termed the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report a “concoction of allegations and stories” regarding his family’s private businesses, Geo News reported.”Without any hesitation I presented myself and family before the JIT,” the prime minister said, adding that his family business predates the entry of any family member into politics.”My family didn’t earn anything from politics but did lose a lot,” Sharif said, adding that despite reservations he accepted the formation of the JIT to probe allegations of money laundering against him and his family.The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader said that the language used in the JIT report displayed “malafide intentions”, Dawn newspaper reported.Pointing to the opposition parties who were demanding his resignation following the release of the JIT report, Sharif said that the PML-N had bagged more votes than those of the opposition parties combined.”Those demanding my resignation on false and unwarranted claims should first look at themselves,” said Sharif. He said he will not let the country’s development become a “target of conspiracies”.”The people of Pakistan have elected me and only they can remove me from this post,” Sharif said.The members of the meeting agreed that there’s no legitimacy to the demands for Sharif’s resignation and expressed their complete support in him, said the report.Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan expressed the hope that Sharif will be exonerated.”We are not one to be worried as we have faced such difficulties before with the people’s help,” said Khawaja Asif, water and power and defence minister.Several projects related to power generation and other economic initiatives of the government were also discussed in the meeting.On Wednesday, Sharif presided over an informal consultative meeting where he was briefed by legal and constitutional experts regarding the preparations of the government’s stance on the JIT report, Geo News reported.The JIT in its 10-volume report submitted to the apex court earlier this week recommended that a corruption case should be filed against Sharif and his sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz, as well as daughter Maryam Nawaz, under the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ordinance 1999.Maryam Nawaz Sharif had on Wednesday expressed the party’s resolve in a tweet that Sharif will not step down.”Insh’Allah he won’t resign. Should Nawaz Sharif resign because not a single allegation of misuse of public money has been proven against him?” she said.last_img read more

Big Contracts No Storm Tarps For Puerto Rico

first_img Share People fill containers with water from a stream near the Puerto Rico Highway 52 in Cayey on Tuesday. People have been without water service in their homes after Hurricane Maria roared through a week ago.After Hurricane Maria damaged tens of thousands of homes in Puerto Rico, a newly created Florida company won more than $30 million in federal contracts to provide emergency tarps and plastic sheeting for repairs.Bronze Star LLC never delivered those urgently needed supplies.According to an exclusive Associated Press report, the Federal Emergency Management Agency terminated the contracts this month, without paying any money, and re-started the process to supply more tarps for the U.S. territory.The original effort took nearly four weeks between the day FEMA awarded the contracts to Bronze Star and the day it canceled them, tying up millions in disaster relief funds.Thousands of Puerto Ricans remain homeless, and many complain the federal government is taking too long to install tarps.last_img read more

Ward 8 Dems Endorse White

first_imgTrayon White and LaRuby May are running for the Ward 8 seat. (Courtesy Photos)Former Ward 8 D.C. State Board of Education member Trayon White overwhelmingly won the endorsement of the Ward 8 Democrats, recently. White got 135 votes for the Ward 8 Democrats’ nod while D.C. Council member LaRuby May (D-Ward 8) received 50 and the lesser known opponents, Aaron Holmes, Maurice Dickens, and Bonita Goode had eight, two and zero votes, respectively.White was elated at receiving the political club’s stamp of approval. The Ward 8 Democrats are known for having a large influence on political elections in the city. “I feel great, it is a blessing to get the support of the Ward 8 Democrats,” White told the AFRO. “We just have to continue to work to get every vote we can before Election Day.”The endorsement was the product of a straw poll on May 14 at Anacostia High School. Any registered Democrat living in Ward 8 had the right to vote in the poll and the results were tallied by members of the D.C. Democratic State Committee. Ward 8 Democrats President Charles Wilson told the AFRO that in order for a candidate to get the organization’s endorsement, they would need 60 percent of the votes cast. On a percentage basis, White got 68 percent while May got 25 percent.Earl Weaver, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens, is a firm White supporter. “He understands the needs of returning citizens and he is also able to bring the youth out. No other candidate in the race can reach the youth the way Trayon can,” Weaver told the AFRO.The Democratic Party primary for the Ward 8 D.C. Council seat will be held on June 14. The winner of that primary will have no problem winning the position in the November 8 general election because the Democrats have a 10-1 voter registration advantage over the Republicans.The race is essentially a rematch between White and May. May barely won the April 23, 2015 special election to replace the late Marion S. Barry Jr., as the Ward 8 council member, defeating White by 78 votes in a field with numerous candidates.In this race, White is running with the support of the unofficial political operation of D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and some backers of former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. May is one of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s strongest allies on the council and is a beneficiary of Bowser’s informal political and financial organization.While May has received the endorsements of such organizations as National Nurses United, AFSCME, the United Food and Commercial Workers, and Democrats for Education Reform, White has been tapped by Jews United for Justice, the D.C. Latino Caucus, and Marion C. Barry, the son of the late council member and four-term mayor.In addition to the straw poll, there was an approximately 90-minute candidates’ forum held in the Anacostia High School auditorium before 200 people that was moderated by 8A04 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Troy Donte Prestwood. White, Holmes, Dickens, and Goode focused on such issues as affordable housing, crime, and economic development. May did not attend the event.May was the keynote speaker at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development commencement that morning but some of her competitors took her to task for missing the forum. May received her master’s degree in community counseling and psychotherapy from the university.“The fact that she is not here shows what she thinks of you,” Holmes said to some scattered boos in the audience. “You cannot just buy this seat.”Dickens also commented, saying, “she’s been MIA [missing in action] like she has been the last 20 months.”However, May told the AFRO May 16, “I have a lot more to do as the Ward 8 council member. I want to focus more on economic development, education, employment and all of the issues that affect the people of Ward 8.”May supporter Absalom Jordan, the advisory neighborhood commissioner for 8D03, said it was his candidates’ critics and the Ward 8 Democrats leaders who are out of order. “LaRuby made the commitment to speak at George Washington University long before this event was scheduled,” Jordan told the AFRO. “We were notified about this event a few weeks ago. They should have re-scheduled this meeting because she was speaking at George Washington. A Black woman out of Ward 8 [speaking] at George Washington University is a real honor.”last_img read more

A Royal Wedding Bridges the Atlantic Opens Up a Modern Era

first_imgBy DANICA KIRKA, JILL LAWLESS and GREGORY KATZ, Associated PressThe son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed May 19 in a service that reflected Prince Harry’s royal heritage, Meghan Markle’s biracial roots and the pair’s shared commitment to putting a more diverse, modern face on the monarchy.British reserve crisscrossed with American verve in a service that broke molds and created new ones. Choirboys and a gospel choir; the archbishop of Canterbury and the African-American leader of the Episcopal church; a horse-drawn carriage and flowers hand-picked by the groom.Meghan Markle reacts as she rides in a carriage with her husband Britain’s Prince Harry after their wedding ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Jeff J Mitchell/pool photo via AP)The wedding was a global event, thanks to Harry’s status as a senior British royal and Markle’s celebrity after starring on the U.S. television series “Suits” for seven years. Yet it seemed somehow so personal — and they both beamed like a couple who couldn’t take their eyes off each other.In a rousing sermon that highlighted a bit of a culture gap between outgoing Americans and reserved Brits, the Most. Rev. Michael Curry of the U.S. stirred the congregation from its fairy-tale reverie, quoting Martin Luther King in in a sermon that had some reaching for hankies and others shifting in their chairs.“There’s power in love,” Curry said, his voice rising. “Love can help and heal when nothing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will.”He also quoted from the Song of Solomon in the Bible: “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.”Joining the couple were a phalanx of celebrities, many of whom shared their wish to change the world. Oprah Winfrey, Idris Elba, Elton John, George and Amal Clooney, Serena Williams, James Corden and David and Victoria Beckham all watched from rows of seats in the Gothic masterpiece that is St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.The British weather was — gasp! — sunny and balmy, bathing the ancient stones of Windsor Castle in a beautiful spring light.Many in the throng who waited outside also embraced the trans-Atlantic symbolism of the moment. Sheraton Jones, 22, who is from California but studying in Britain, described it as a melding of cultures.“It was very touching, it’s two different cultures kind of coming together, it was just so surreal,” she said.In the United States, this royal wedding was embraced for its diversity and inclusivity.“This was black history,” said Joy Widgeon, who attended a house party in Burlington, New Jersey, with her 6- and 8-year-old daughters. “African-Americans were front and center at the royal wedding. This was the first time, and hopefully it won’t be the last. I am here for it.”Harry also invited buddies from his 10 years of military service — which included two tours of duty in Afghanistan — and from many of the charities he supports, which have focused on helping wounded veterans and encouraging a more open discussion of mental health issues.To kick off the festivities, Queen Elizabeth II honored her red-headed, 33-year-old grandson with a new title: the Duke of Sussex, making the 36-year-old Markle the Duchess of Sussex.The American actress drew raves for her sleek white silk boat-necked dress by U.K. designer Clare Waight Keller of the French fashion house Givenchy. Her sheer veil — down to her waist in front and billowing for what seemed like miles behind her — carried floral references to all 53 countries in the Commonwealth, countries drawn mostly from the former British Empire, headed by Markle’s new grandmother-in-law, the queen.“The dress is simply beautiful in its classic simplicity,” said Caroline Burstein, owner of Browns Bride, a top London bridal boutique. She called it “a nod to Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and every iconic wedding we have witnessed throughout the 20th and 21st century. It’s perfect for her and for the occasion they are celebrating.”The palace said Markle also selected two other plant designs to be on the veil: Wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace. where the royal couple will live, and the California poppy, in a nod to the bride’s birthplace.Harry and best man Prince William wore white gloves and the frock coat uniforms of the Blues and Royals army regiment, in which Harry was once an officer. Harry also kept his full red beard — a style decision that had sparked British betting earlier.Markle at first walked down the aisle with 10 young page boys and bridesmaids, then was accompanied by Prince Charles to the altar. As his father and bride drew close, Harry said: “Thank you, Pa.”To Markle, Harry said: “You look amazing.”Markle seemed poised and confident as she delivered her vows without so much as a quiver in her voice. She smiled broadly as archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby declared the couple husband and wife. Harry seemed a bit nervous but happy.As they emerged from the chapel, the couple kissed — and the crowd roared. It just kept on cheering as Harry helped his wife fold her 5 meter (16½ foot) train into the Ascot Landau carriage as they began their procession through the streets of Windsor.Police said more than 100,000 people lined the route. The royal couple’s open-topped carriage was pulled by four Windsor Grey horses and past crowds waving flags and holding cellphones aloft. The newlyweds smiled and waved, smiled at each other, waved and repeated the process for the 25-minute tour of Windsor.Other relatives in the ceremony included 4-year-old Prince George and 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, the oldest children of William and the Duchess of Cambridge.The 92-year-old queen and her 96-year-old husband, Prince Philip, Harry’s grandparents, looked on with pride, as did Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, who has spent the last few days getting to know her daughter’s new family.Two of Harry’s ex-girlfriends were at the chapel — Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas — as was Sarah Ferguson, the ex-wife of Harry’s uncle, Prince Andrew.The queen hosted the first of two royal wedding receptions after the service Saturday, one in the afternoon for 600 people with finger foods, wine and champagne. On Saturday night, a second, more lively reception for 200 people was being thrown by Charles.Yet it was the crowds in Windsor that seemed to best capture the joy of the moment. Many had camped or arrived at dawn on packed trains, vying for a good spot along the procession route. They cheered and screamed and sighed as the newlyweds passed by.“I went to William and Kate’s wedding, but this is a completely different vibe,” said Arlene Prinsloo, who had flown from South Africa. “It’s much more relaxed, and I think that reflects who Harry is.”Ana Karukin, a Brazilian nurse living in Florida, said she came to witness a moment of history.“We’ve got to be here for him and for her, my Meghan, my special girl, to support them, because it’s a beautiful time,” she said. “I wish that Diana was here, but she’s in heaven watching over them.”___Kirka and Lawless reported from London. Errin Haines Whack contributed from Burlington, New Jersey.last_img read more