Friday, January 28, 2022
NASA Quietly Had a Stellar Year

NASA Quietly Had a Stellar Year

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Most people don’t notice when a branch of government has a very good year. What constitutes high times at the Department of Commerce? What makes them pop the Champagne corks over at the Office of Management and Budget? But NASA is different. When your job is to build rockets, light the fuse and send machines…
The James Webb Space Telescope Is Finally Off Planet Earth

The James Webb Space Telescope Is Finally Off Planet Earth

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The world’s largest and most powerful space telescope rocketed away Saturday on a high-stakes quest to behold light from the first stars and galaxies and scour the universe for hints of life. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope soared from French Guiana on South America’s northeastern coast, riding a European Ariane rocket into the Christmas morning…
Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth Is a Stunning, Stark Shakespeare Adaptation

Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth Is a Stunning, Stark Shakespeare Adaptation

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The decision to open The Tragedy of Macbeth in theaters on Christmas Day—like releasing a murder of anxious, captive crows into the sky—has to be one of the most perverse marketing strategies of recent years. It’s also brilliant and perfect, if not from a moneymaking perspective, then definitely from an artistic one. Audiences will be…
Christmas Flight Cancellations Are Piling Up, As Delta, United and Lufthansa Respond to COVID-19’s Impact on Crews

Christmas Flight Cancellations Are Piling Up, As Delta, United and Lufthansa Respond to COVID-19’s...

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At least three major airlines said they have canceled dozens of flights because illnesses largely tied to the omicron variant of COVID-19 have taken a toll on flight crew numbers during the busy holiday travel season. Germany-based Lufthansa said Friday that it was canceling a dozen long-haul transatlantic flights over the Christmas holiday period because…
5 Ways to Feel Happier During the Pandemic, According to Science

5 Ways to Feel Happier During the Pandemic, According to Science

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The COVID-19 pandemic has not, to put it lightly, been a happy time. But it has been and continues to be a rich period for scientists who study happiness. Researchers around the world have followed what happens to wellbeing during the biggest collective threat to happiness most of us have ever known. First, an obvious…
Do not Look Up Is More Than Your Standard Climate Cautionary Tale

Do not Look Up Is More Than Your Standard Climate Cautionary Tale

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If you follow the public conversation around climate change, you have probably heard about Don’t Look Up. The Netflix disaster movie, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as ignored scientists Randall Mindy and Kate Dibiasky, uses an impending comet strike as a cautionary tale for climate change. When the scientists deliver news of the…
Omicron Is Latest Blow to Pandemic-Weary Frontline Workers

Omicron Is Latest Blow to Pandemic-Weary Frontline Workers

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BOSTON — Staff absences for COVID-19 tripled this month in London’s hospitals, and nearly 10% of the city’s firefighters called out sick. In New York, about 2,700 police officers were absent earlier this week — twice the number who are ill on an average day. And on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, grocery worker Judy Snarsky…
Breaking Down The Wheel of Time’s Season Finale

Breaking Down The Wheel of Time’s Season Finale

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Warning: Spoilers ahead for the Amazon Prime Video series, The Wheel of Time As this mostly crappy year comes to an increasingly crappy close, one of the rare high points in these Omicron times was getting to watch the finale to the first season of The Wheel of Time. As a longtime fan of the…
Russia Steps Up Pressure on Google With $98 Million Fine

Russia Steps Up Pressure on Google With $98 Million Fine

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A Russian court slapped Alphabet Inc.’s Google with a fine of 7.2 billion rubles ($98 million) Friday for failing to remove banned content, the largest such penalty yet, as the authorities escalate a crackdown on foreign technology companies. The Moscow court cited the company’s repeated failure to comply with orders to take down content. The…
U.S. to Lift Travel Ban on 8 Southern African Countries

U.S. to Lift Travel Ban on 8 Southern African Countries

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. will lift travel restrictions to eight southern African countries on New Year’s Eve, the White House announced Friday. The restrictions, imposed last month, were meant to blunt the spread of the COVID omicron variant. The Nov. 29 ban barred nearly all non-U.S. citizens who had recently been in South Africa, Botswana,…