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Liana Engie
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"What would it look like to approach Jupiter? To help answer this, a team of 91 amateur astrophotographers took over 1,000 pictures of Jupiter from the Earth with the resulting images aligned and digitally merged into the featured time-lapse video. Image taking began in 2014 December and lasted just over three months."

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“'It’s kind of ridiculous how they are preparing to deal with Trump,' said one source briefed extensively on the meeting’s preparations. 'It’s like they’re preparing to deal with a child — someone with a short attention span and mood who has no knowledge of NATO, no interest in in-depth policy issues, nothing,' said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. 'They’re freaking out.'”

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"While early EMALS development was challenging for the service and slipped in cost and schedule, the Navy has been a vocal supporter of the launching system in the last several years.

It’s yet unclear how much influence the president can have on previously made decisions to use specific government furnished equipment in already agreed upon shipbuilding contracts.

The Mk 13 steam catapult used on Nimitz-class carriers is no longer in production, and if the service elected to return to steam launching it would likely have to design a new system, with the Navy incurring an unknown level of additional expense, USNI News understands."

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"Without a plan, the US is left with the existing democratic instruments of change: patents, regulation, legislation, and lawsuits. And society is trusting our lawmakers, political appointees, and agency heads to apply those instruments to biological technologies that could literally change the future of humanity.

The American public doesn’t need the blunt hammer of the patent office, and any sweeping legislation or series of regulations would doom this technology from achieving its potential. Instead, government needs a new, sophisticated toolset to anticipate and confront what’s on the horizon. This is what we ought to do next."

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SHAME.
"[...]the department will remain largely leaderless until well into 2018. And no other department in the federal government is as dependent on political appointees, or as paralyzed when the appointment process freezes.

State Department veterans reacted to Mr. Tillerson’s timetable with incredulity. 'There is a crisis with North Korea now, at a time neither State nor Defense have the bench of senior leaders needed, and with State facing a massive budget cut,' said Wendy R. Sherman, a top diplomat in the Obama administration. 'How do you execute a policy with the quality you need in that circumstance?'

[...]Mr. Tillerson has also been plagued by a series of embarrassing missteps and hour-by-hour tactical turnarounds that a trusted team might have prevented. He declared President Bashar al-Assad of Syria an enduring presence only to contradict himself within days, publicly disagreed with South Korea over whether he had been invited to dinner, and noted cryptically that Iran was complying with a landmark nuclear accord only to declare hours later that the deal had failed."
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/27/us/politics/state-department-diplomats-tillerson.html


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This guy's art is incredible and on display at LACMA until July!
"Gharem, who was in the same class at school as two of the 9/11 hijackers, is one of the Middle East’s biggest-selling artists. [...] One of the most haunting images, by Gharem himself, pictures a stealth bomber descending from the tessellated ceiling of the mosque at Isfahan in Iran, smoke bellowing out behind it like some terrifying Fury. [...] The piece is constructed out of the kind of rubber stamps used by Saudi officialdom to keep people under control, he says. 'With these stamps and systems, they are killing humanity and dreams. They keep you in a cage.'"
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