The James Webb Space Telescope is fully deployed. So what's next for the biggest observatory off Earth? | Space
Via: Freewill • Critical Thinkers • 14 Comments • 7 Likes • 6 months ago
“Work for the James Webb Space Telescope is just beginning after it was successfully deployed on Jan. 8.”
Without much fanfare, and as most of us were still sleeping on Christmas morning 2021 an Ariane 5 rocket launched from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT; 9:20 a.m. local time in Kourou), carrying the highly anticipated, long-delayed James Webb Space...
Betty White, Iconic TV Star Dies at 99, Weeks Before 100th Birthday
Via: Freewill • News & Politics • 7 Comments • 5 Likes • 6 months ago
“The beloved actress would have celebrated her 100th birthday on January 17.”
Just when we thought that 2021 could not get any worse! Two of my favorites passed in the last few days. First John Madden, the reason for most Raider fans being fans, and now one of my favorite comedians Betty White. May they both rest in peace and my condolences to their families, friends...
Small Modular Reactors: Is Micro-Nuclear an option for Net-Zero Microgrids?
Via: Freewill • Critical Thinkers • 49 Comments • 10 Likes • 7 months ago
“Traditional nuclear power generates 20 percent of the U.S. electricity mix and does not emit greenhouse gases. The SMR modules would offer smaller...”
This technology has promise in terms of both distributed grid generation (as opposed to large centralized plants and long distribution systems) and for inexpensive power for remote or underserved areas. It also considerably more reliable and available 24/7 compared to other green technologies...
The fiasco in Afghanistan is a grave blow to America's standing | The Economist
Via: Freewill • Critical Thinkers • 12 Comments • 3 Likes • 10 months ago
“And much of the blame lies squarely with Joe Biden”
Much discussion has been had about this situation. The Economist offers an accurate account and reasonable non-partisan analysis.
Federal Agents Agree to Withdraw From Portland, With Conditions - The New York Times
Via: Freewill • News & Politics • 29 Comments • 2 Likes • 2 years ago
“Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon said the teams will begin a withdrawal on Thursday. Federal officials cautioned that they will withdraw only when they...”
This should be interesting.
New Data on T Cells and the Coronavirus | In the Pipeline
Via: Freewill • Health, Science & Technology • 1 Comments • 2 Likes • 2 years ago
“Well, I was writing just the other day about what we don't know about the T-cell response to coronavirus infection, and as of today we know quite a...”
This could be a move in the right direction if it is found that even pre-existing T cells can provide cellular immunity against and/or at least some level of treatment for those already infected with Covid-19. From what I have read some of these recent discovers could also explain why some...
Wishing Everyone a Happy Memorial Day Weekend From California!
By: Freewill • Photography & Art • 20 Comments • 7 Likes • 2 years ago
“View of the sunset from a safe social distance”
Enjoyed a great BBQ outdoors with friends and family, remembering those who have fought and sacrificed for our freedom! Thank you to all of our military families and first responders for all that you and your loved ones do in the service of others! Stay safe and healthy this Memorial Day...
Cuomo: Most new NY coronavirus hospitalizations are from people who stayed home
Via: Freewill • News & Politics • 16 Comments • 3 Likes • 2 years ago
“Early look at data from 100 New York hospitals shows that 66% of new admissions related to the virus are people who were at home, Cuomo said.”
What do you make of this? Not sure how the data was controlled, but scary to think that the shelter at home policies might be having unintended consequences.
Justin Amash Wants to Destroy the System that Created Trump - POLITICO
Via: Freewill • News & Politics • 57 Comments • 3 Likes • 2 years ago
“But critics fear his third-party White House bid will only serve to reelect the president.”
I kinda like what this guy has to say, and he left the party for many of the same reasons I did. Need to do some more research on the man, but might be someone who could challenge the 2 party lock on our system. Somebody that perhaps both moderate Republicans, Democrats and of course...
Coronavirus rescue loans for small business went to community lenders as big banks fumbled
Via: Freewill • News & Politics • 44 Comments • 3 Likes • 2 years ago
“Small businesses that rushed in vain to tap $349 billion in emergency U.S. loans to survive the coronavirus crisis are facing a harsh reality: Some...”
I'm curious to hear about the experience other small businesses have had in trying to secure a PPP loan via SBA approved lenders under the CARES Act. I am half owner of a small engineering firm, serving clients in essential industries such as food processing, food and beverage, and data...