Here’s how to see auroras—from the Great Lakes
- Aurora hunters have already reported summer 2020 aurora successes, including a late-June sighting at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and multiple July sightings in the area as well.
- Whether it’s Lapland or the Great Lakes, successful aurora hunting requires a dark sky with limited light pollution.
- Maps such as Dark Site Finder come in handy when scouting ideal spots, or you can rely on certifiably dark destinations like Headlands International Dark Sky Park, located on the Straits of Mackinac, which separate Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
- And Michigan’s wild and rugged Upper Peninsula, including Copper Harbor, Marquette, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, is ideal with its near-total darkness.
- The Great Lakes Aurora Hunters, a 56,000-member Facebook community with a focus on Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, shares everything from viewing locations and night-sky camera settings to aurora alerts and hunting encouragement.
Coronavirus: US has no cohesive plan to tackle massive second wave
- WHEN Antoine Dupont started to feel under the weather in mid-July, he immediately wanted to be tested for the coronavirus.
- Unable to find a facility where he could get this done near his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, a friend told him about an urgent care clinic with a handful of appointments in Boca Raton, 30 minutes away.
- He secured a test for the next Friday.
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U.S. FAA proposes requiring key Boeing 737 MAX design changes
- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday it is proposing requiring four key Boeing 737 MAX design changes to address safety issues seen in two crashes that killed 346 people and led to the plane’s grounding in March 2019.
- The FAA said in a separate 96-page report released on Monday that it “has preliminarily determined that Boeing’s proposed changes to the 737 MAX design, flightcrew procedures and maintenance procedures effectively mitigate the airplane-related safety issues” in the two fatal crashes.
- The changes are designed to prevent the erroneous activation of a key system known as MCAS tied to both crashes, to alert pilots if two AOA sensors are receiving conflicting data and to ensure flightcrew can recognize and respond to erroneous stabilizer movement.
- The FAA said the changes minimize “dependence on pilot action and the effect of any potential single failure” and added that design changes address seven safety issues, including several involving MCAS.
Trump fires CEO of TVA over replacing US tech workers with H1B workers
- President Donald Trump said Monday that he had fired the chair of the Tennessee Valley Authority claiming it has betrayed American workers. Trump told reporters at the White House that he was formally removing the authority's chair of the board and another member of the board and threatened to remove other board members if they keep hiring foreign labor.
Why aren’t we talking more about airborne transmission?
- In fact, many experts I spoke with remarked that COVID-19 was less contagious than many other pathogens, except when it seemed to occasionally go wild in super-spreader events, infecting large numbers of people at once, across distances much greater than the droplet range of three to six feet.
- Those who argue that COVID-19 can spread through aerosol routes point to the prevalence and conditions of these super-spreader events as one of the most important pieces of evidence for airborne transmission.
- Most super-spreader events occur at an indoor venue, especially a poorly ventilated one (meaning air is not being exchanged, diluted, or filtered), where lots of people are talking, chanting, or singing.
Google to buy 6.6% stake in ADT in home security push
- ADT said on Monday the companies will work to combine Nest products like cameras, thermostats, doorbells and alarm systems with ADT’s installation, service and professional monitoring network.
- ADT expects to offer certain Google devices to its customers beginning this year and to expand the integration in 2021.
- Google will receive ADT shares of a newly created Class B common stock that will not have right to vote.
- Each company will commit an additional $150 million, to be used for co-marketing, product development, technology and employee training, ADT added.
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Trump gives Microsoft 45 days to clinch TikTok deal
- NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump only agreed to allow Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) to negotiate the acquisition of popular short-video app TikTok if it could secure a deal in 45 days, three people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
- Trump said on Friday he was planning to ban TikTok amid concerns that its Chinese ownership represents a national security risk because of the personal data it handles.
- But following a discussion between Trump and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the Redwood, Washington-based company said in a statement on Sunday that it would continue negotiations to acquire TikTok from ByteDance, and that it aimed to reach a deal by Sept.
- This is a deadline that was put to ByteDance and Microsoft by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which scrutinizes deals for potential national security risks, according to the sources.
Facebook puts global block on Brazil's Bolsonaro supporters
- BRASILIA (Reuters) - Facebook (FB.O) said on Saturday it has put a global block on certain accounts controlled by supporters of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro implicated in a fake news inquiry, a day after it was fined for not complying with a Supreme Court judge’s order to do so.
- Justice Alexandre de Moraes had ruled on Thursday that Facebook and Twitter (TWTR.N) failed to comply with orders to block the accounts because they were only blocked within Brazil, but remained accessible with foreign IP addresses.
- On Friday, he ruled that Facebook must pay a 1.92 million reais ($367,710) fine for not complying and face further daily fines of 100,000 reais per day if it does not block the accounts in question globally.
- The judge originally decided in May to block 16 Twitter accounts and 12 Facebook accounts of Bolsonaro supporters who have been linked to a probe into the spreading of fake news during Brazil’s 2018 election.
AstraZeneca exempt from coronavirus vaccine liability claims in most countries
- With 25 companies testing their vaccine candidates on humans and getting ready to immunise hundred millions of people once the products are shown to work, the question of who pays for any claims for damages in case of side effects has been a tricky point in supply negotiations.
- EU officials told Reuters this week product liability was among contentious points in European efforts to secure supply deals for potential COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson.
- The United States, however, already has a law to exclude tort claims from products that help control a public-health crises in the form of the 2005 Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness, or PREP Act. AstraZeneca, Britain’s second-largest drugmaker, has pledged to supply a total of more than 2 billion doses at no profit in agreements with the United States, Britain and European countries, among other nations and organisations.
TikTok's Chinese owner offers to forego stake to clinch U.S. deal - sources
- NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday.
- Trump told reporters onboard Air Force One late on Friday that he would issue an order for TikTok to be banned in the United States as early as Saturday.
- Under the new proposed deal, ByteDance would exit completely and Microsoft Corp would take over TikTok in the United States, the sources said.
- Reuters reported last year that CFIUS had opened an investigation into TikTok. The United States has been increasingly scrutinizing app developers over the personal data they handle, especially if some of it involves U.S. military or intelligence personnel.