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- Astrophysicists at the University of Leeds in the UK have discovered an abundance of life-giving organic molecules in space, previously thought to occur only under rare cosmic circumstances. Their study revealed that these molecules have been collecting in abundance within “protoplanetary discs” of gas and dust that are known to orbit each star. All that’s left needed to spark life on a planet is water and a viable distance from a host star, also known as the “Goldilocks zone,” researchers explained. “It’s possible the molecules needed to kick-start life are readily available in all planet-forming environments,” said Leeds’ Dr. Catherine Walsh, who led the study alongside co-author Dr. John Ilee. Their work was published in “The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series” on Thursday.
- The Spanish Canary island of La Palma has been rocked by a volcanic eruption, AP reported, citing the country’s scientists. Videos have emerged online, showing plumes of black and white smoke rising into the sky above the island. According to certain reports, the area around the volcano has started to be evacuated. La Palma in the in the canary islands has just started erupting as tremors have just begun with a fissure opening, be advised that evacuations are taking place and a flow of lava is heading towards the ocean.
- Occupy Wall Street was, for many activists, the point at which the masses came closest to shaking the foundations of power. Emerging from a call to arms published by a well-heeled Canadian magazine called Adbusters (cover price at the time: $8.95 per issue), its grassroots credibility was questionable. When activists began setting up tents in lower Manhattan 10 years ago, inspired in part by the Arab Spring and in part by the sheer rapacious greed of banks that had gambled with Americans’ money, lost it, and demanded to be made whole, the narrative managers fell into two camps. There were those who cast it as a fly-by-night stunt by hippies who just needed a bath and those who – perhaps hoping to co-opt it for their own political purposes – hailed it as the rebirth of political activism. Occupy’s questionable origins helped sink it. Rumors of funding from the likes of liberal bogeyman George Soros (also alleged to be a benefactor of Adbusters via the Tides Foundation, which both the magazine and Soros have denied), big-labor interests, and even the Democratic Party convinced some its aims were not the overthrow of the existing system, but merely a further buildout of the existing parasitic structures represented by Wall Street. ~ Helen Buyniski
- Appeals court overturns controversial ruling on child gender treatment in UK; doctors can prescribe puberty blockers to under-16s. On Friday, the court overturned a 2020 ruling by a divisional court which stated that under-16s lacked capacity to give informed consent to treatment concerning transitioning gender. The original case had been brought forward by Keira Bell, who claimed doctors should have challenged her more when she requested puberty blockers at a young age. However, on Friday, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the appellant, the Tavistock Trust, which runs the UK’s only gender identity clinic for young Britons, and overruled the 2020 decision.
- A Beluga whale, born last month at the Primorsky Aquarium in Vladivostok, has been shown to the public for the first time in its short life, the facility announced on Wednesday, marking a historic event for the tourist attraction. Jessica, a beluga whale, became a mother for the first time in her life. Her strong and active baby was born on August 1, a press release revealed. “While it is Jessica’s first experience of giving birth for 14-year-old Jessica, but it also was a unique event for Russia.” According to Igor Kostychev, who leads the dolphinarium at the aquarium facility, the calf spent the first days of her life alongside her parents learning how to swim, before putting her in front of the public. The animal now feels confident below the water, he revealed. The newborn is now under close supervision by marine biologists.
- The French government, through its finance ministry and banking institutions, plans to provide US$190 million to fund a feasibility study for Indonesia’s national data center project. Indonesia’s National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has appointed the European country to carry out the study, which is to be conducted by French engineering firm Sofrecom. The funds would be guaranteed by export credit agency Bpifrance Assurance Export.
- The quartet of newly minted citizen astronauts comprising the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission safely splashed down in the Atlantic off Florida’s coast on Saturday, completing a three-day flight of the first all-civilian crew ever sent into Earth orbit. SpaceX, the private rocketry company founded by Tesla Inc electric automaker CEO Elon Musk, supplied the spacecraft, launched it, controlled its flight and handled the splashdown recovery operation.The three-day mission ended as the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, dubbed Resilience, parachuted into calm seas around 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT), shortly before sunset, following an automated reentry descent, as shown during a live SpaceX webcast on its YouTube channel.
- Kathmandu District Administration Office has restricted educational institutions from conducting in-person teaching-learning activities citing the risk of CVD.Issuing an order today, the local administration said the restriction would be effective from tomorrow until further notice. “No school shall conduct physical classes for students. If there is no option than to run in-person teaching-learning activities, the relevant metropolitan city and municipalities shall ensure that teachers, employees, drivers, helpers, canteen operators and other office-bearers of the schools are inoculated against COVID-19 and adhere to the prescribed health protocols compulsorily,” read the order.Subject to the provisions of smart lockdown put in place by the Government of Nepal, the DAO also requires the local levels to develop a modality for operation of schools by holding discussion with guardians and stakeholders. Similarly, the DAO has appealed to everyone to shun public celebration of festivals, feasts, assemblies, rallies and crowding.”We call on the people to celebrate festivals in a symbolic manner by strictly adhering to health guidelines with minimum participation,” it said.
News Burst 20 September 2021