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This “will revolutionise our understanding of the universe”. Bold words, but coming from the NASA administrator they’re all the more meaningful.

NASA’s Webb Telescope is entering the final stage of assembly. “We’ll be able to see what stars and galaxies are made of,” Deputy project manager and technical engineer Paul Geithner said, “and even perhaps detect the molecules that we know are associated with life in atmospheres around other planets orbiting other stars. It’s pretty exciting.”

What excites you about the next stage in space exploration?

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I noticed the word of 'our' has gone - oh my mistake to think there was any kind of understanding.  Just because you live here it doesn't mean you own it - humans say that a lot to those they class as lower life forms. (IMHO the idea of ownership by the living a wonderful thing - just hope it doesn't end in tears when a anti-life-as-we-know-it form is discovered)
'will revolutionize our understanding of the universe'
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'will offer ET more tech that is restricted from humans on Earth'

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Perhaps someone who thinks about having sex,life,love should also decide what they have invented without review with the power to inflict death or poverty on decedents aka criminals (along with spy-on and steal from them)

PS: Im guessing there is already a version pointed towards Earth that can see my fingernail or even smaller from way up there.
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Are you on Instagram? We are too now! Come take a look at some of the behind the scenes photos at what goes on at the U.S. Embassy, Canberra.

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How can we achieve our goal of an AIDS-free generation? Ambassador Berry tells us what he thinks as part of the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day. 

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Today, Secretary Kerry released the 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report. The TIP Report assesses governments around the world on their efforts to combat modern slavery. 

The 13th annual TIP Report includes narratives of 188 countries and territories, including Australia. 

At the release of the Report, Secretary Kerry honored the 2013 TIP Report Heroes - men and women whose personal efforts have made an extraordinary difference in the global fight against modern slavery.

Read more, including Australia's Country Narrative: http://goo.gl/Fg7aK

See photos from the release event here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/statephotos
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The United States will soon have a new permanent representative at the United Nations. President Obama has asked current ambassador Susan Rice to become his new national security adviser.

Thomas Donilon has decided to step down after more than four years as the president’s top national security adviser.

The national security adviser works directly for the president as his chief national security affairs adviser and also is the head of the National Security Council staff.

Rice has represented the U.S. at the United Nations for the past four years. “Susan was a trusted adviser during my first campaign for president,” Obama said. “She helped to build my foreign policy team and lead our diplomacy at the United Nations in my first term.”

Obama also announced that another of his advisers, Samantha Power, will be nominated to be the next U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations. Power served on then-Senator Obama’s staff beginning in 2005.

Do you think this is a good choice?
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February is Black History Month and we’ll be taking the time to look at important people and events in the history of the African-American people. 

“The civil rights movement brought this nation some of its most memorable moments ― the most memorable being the 1963 March on Washington.

What happened that day in the nation’s capital had significant impact on the 50 years that followed. Years later, women would march for equal rights; so would gays, and environmentalists, and the coalitions supporting equal rights for Native Americans, the elderly and people with disabilities.

Taken as a whole, what the civil rights movement gave people — all people — was the sense that profound change was possible.” Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

What can a group of thoughtful, committed citizens accomplish? 

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#FlashbackFriday takes us back to 2010 when former Astronaut Jim Reilly visited Canberra and spoke with kids at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in Tidbinbilla. He wowed the crowd with his experiences on all three of his space shuttle missions and what it was like up there. Incredibly, he spent over 500 hours in space! 
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We have an early morning opportunity for you all again!

Secretary Kerry’s Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman and CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps Barbara Bush will participate in a Google+ Hangout on “How Young People Are Transforming the Health World” at 1:00 a.m., Canberra time, Thursday, January 9.

It's an early (or maybe late) start but a great opportunity to discuss innovative solutions to global health problems .

The Hangout will be broadcast live on the Department of State’s YouTube channel and Google+ page.

http://www.youtube.com/user/statevideo

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During the 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women campaign, we will be talking with people at the Embassy who have been impacted by domestic violence to get their stories. 

Here, our Cultural Affairs Officer shares a story from his time in the Philippines.
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Typical sexist one gender slander of another gender. Yes I do accept violent acts against women are wrong but denial of abuse towards men is NOT funny or something you watch and think its ok because they are 'acting'. At what age did you learn the society message about jail rape to deter crime - how did you feel - did you care for others or yourself - why do you continue to say nothing?
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Today is World Day Against Child Labor! Did you know:
- 91 million child laborers are under 11 years old
- 115 million children work in hazardous conditions
- 1.2 million child laborers are victims of human trafficking
We want to hear what you think about child labor.

Read more over at IIP: http://goo.gl/yEZZw
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World leaders please turn back 
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