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Labeled as discuss in The Break Room, started by CraigD, Oct 19, 2020

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  1. CraigD

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    Well, it's certainly something that needs to be put out in the public forum for further brainstorming, and I'm sure that there will be unforeseen long-term benefits from those discussions and the lateral thinkers involved ;).

    One of the most important cultural movements to be unintentionally generated by the space program was born from one unplanned spur-of-the-moment photograph.

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    Earthrise is a photograph of Earth and some of the Moon's surface that was taken from lunar orbit by astronaut William Anders on December 24, 1968, during the Apollo 8 mission.

    In Life's 100 Photographs that Changed the World, wilderness photographer Galen Rowell called Earthrise "the most influential environmental photograph ever taken". Another author called its appearance the beginning of the environmental movement. Fifty years to the day after taking the photo, William Anders observed, "We set out to explore the moon and instead discovered the Earth."

    - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthrise


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    How does the Pegasus spyware work, and is my phone at risk?

    A major journalistic investigation has found evidence of malicious software being used by governments around the world, including allegations of spying on prominent individuals.

    From a list of more 50,000 phone numbers, journalists identified more than 1,000 people in 50 countries reportedly under surveillance using the Pegasus spyware. The software was developed by the Israeli company NSO Group and sold to government clients.

    Among the reported targets of the spyware are journalists, politicians, government officials, chief executives and human rights activists.

    https://theconversation.com/how-does-the-pegasus-spyware-work-and-is-my-phone-at-risk-164781
     
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    US life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest one-year drop since WWII, mainly due to coronavirus pandemic

    Life expectancy in the United States fell by 18 months in 2020 to 77.3 years, the lowest level since 2003, primarily due to the deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    It is the biggest one-year decline since World War II, when life expectancy fell 2.9 years between 1942 and 1943, and is six months shorter than its February 2021 estimate, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

    "Life expectancy has been increasing gradually every year for the past several decades," Elizabeth Arias, a CDC researcher who worked on the report, said.

    "The decline between 2019 and 2020 was so large that it took us back to the levels we were in 2003. Sort of like we lost a decade."

    Deaths from COVID-19 contributed to nearly three-quarters, or 74 per cent, of the decline.

    Drug overdoses were also a major contributor, the CDC said, with interim data showing that deaths attributed to this rose nearly 30 per cent in 2020.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07...in-2020-saw-biggest-drop-since-wwii/100313330
     
  4. J Sokol

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    Very true. And I like the concept @Cal2 presented of lateral thinking. Interesting stuff to ponder.
     
  5. Cal2

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    Might have to try and convince you and Craig to be my innovation project's 'brain trust'. :) ;)

    See 2:35

     
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    Battery startup claims long-duration breakthrough

    The startup Form Energy says it has developed cost-effective battery chemistry for long-duration storage using abundantly available iron.

    "Form Energy’s first commercial product is a rechargeable iron-air battery capable of delivering electricity for 100 hours at system costs competitive with conventional power plants and at less than 1/10th the cost of lithium-ion," Form said.


    https://www.google.com/search?q=for...46i175i199.8598j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
     
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    I have some bad new and some good news. The bad news is that asteroid 99942 Apophis may hit the Earth on Friday the 13th on April 2029. The asteroid is 1200 feet in diameter. The good news is that it would hit Russia.
     
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    If the US government says that we are safe from the Asteroid, it must be true. The US government would never lie to us. And woops...I said Russia...I thought the Caspian Sea was in Russia. My Bad.
     
  10. CraigD

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    I'm pretty confident that other nation's scientists have also confirmed this. I know that Japanese observations in 2020 refined the orbit, and JPL further refined it just a few months ago.

    The Caspian Sea is bound by Russia from mid-north to mid-west.
    You got that bit right, sort of.
     
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    The article is more hopeful than the headline suggests.

    Yep, it’s bleak, says expert who tested 1970s end-of-the-world prediction


    At a UN sustainability meeting several years ago, an economic policy officer came up to Gaya Herrington and introduced himself. Taking her name for a riff on James Lovelock’s earth-as-an-organism Gaia hypothesis, he remarked: “Gaya – that’s not a name, it’s responsibility.”

    Herrington, a Dutch sustainability researcher and adviser to the Club of Rome, a Swiss thinktank, has made headlines in recent days after she authored a report that appeared to show a controversial 1970s study predicting the collapse of civilization was – apparently – right on time.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/25/gaya-herrington-mit-study-the-limits-to-growth
     
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    If you can't wait for for April 13, 2029...you can at least see the movie.

     

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