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Support for abortion rights grows as some U.S. states curb access: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Support for abortion rights grows as some U.S. states curb access: Reuters/Ipsos pollThe poll found that 58% of American adults said abortion should be legal in most or all cases, up from 50% who said that in a similar poll that ran in July 2018. While support broke down along partisan lines, passions were higher among registered Democrats, with 81% saying abortion should be legal in most or all cases, while 55% of registered Republicans said it should be illegal in most or all cases. This year, eight Republican-led states have passed new restrictions on abortion, measures that activists said are aimed at provoking the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy.


Four killed, seven injured in three explosions in Nepali capital: police

Four killed, seven injured in three explosions in Nepali capital: police"Three people were killed on the spot and the fourth one died while undergoing treatment at a hospital," police official Shyam Lal Gyawali said, adding that the nature of the blasts was under investigation. "I heard a big noise and rushed to the spot to find the walls of a house had developed cracks due to the impact of the blast," 17-year-old student Govinda Bhandari told Reuters at the site of the first blast. The second blast took place near a hairdresser's in the Sukedhara area on the outskirts of the city, where three people were killed.


Facebook Says It Won't Remove Doctored Video of Nancy Pelosi

Facebook Says It Won't Remove Doctored Video of Nancy PelosiThe video shows Pelosi appearing to slur her words and stammer, as if drunk or mentally incapacitated. In reality, someone had taken a clip of Pelosi, in which her speech was normal, and altered its speed and the tone of her voice to create the effect. Some prominent Republicans, including Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, shared the video of the California Democrat on social media.


SpaceX's 60 orbiting Starlink satellites lined up for an out of this world photo opp

SpaceX's 60 orbiting Starlink satellites lined up for an out of this world photo oppIt's been a couple days since SpaceX sent its first 60 Starlink satellites into orbit and the skywatching has begun. A video captured by Dr. Marco Langbroek, who runs the StatTrack Cam Leiden Blog, shows the satellites all lined up as they sail through the sky. It looks like some kind of high-tech conga line, or an unintelligible string of Morse code. Whatever it is you see when you look at this, we should all be able to agree that it's an unusual sight to behold in the night sky. Langbroek points out in his accompanying blog post that the lineup you see here isn't a permanent arrangement.  "Over the coming days the 'train' of objects will be making 2-3 passes each night," he writes. "As they are actively manoeuvering with their ion thrusters, they will be more spread out with each pass, so the 'train' will probably quickly dissipate." These 60 orbiting Starlink satellites are just the first set. SpaceX intends to get almost 12,000 of them into low Earth orbit, where they'll split into three separate groups that are each encased in an orbital shell. The Starlink project is a massive telecommunications effort. Once the system is fully up and running — which likely won't be until 2027 at the earliest — this satellite constellation will have the ability to deliver high-speed internet to the entire planet.  The prospect of global high-speed internet may be exciting to you, but astronomers would also like you to remember that our night sky, and the ability to see beyond the bounds of Earth, is a treasure. There's no question that installing 12,000 satellites into low Earth orbit will disrupt that view in different places and at varying times. Langbroek points to this thread from Cees Bassa, a professional astronomer. These plots assume 53 degree inclined orbits at 550 km altitude, with 24 evenly spaced orbital planes, each having 66 #Starlink satellites. The total constellation would have 1584 objects. This is the initial @SpaceX plan for #Starlink. — Cees Bassa (@cgbassa) May 26, 2019 But even in the spring, autumn and winter, around half a dozen #Starlink satellites will be visible at anytime upto 3 hours before sunrise and 3 hours after sunset. Depending on how bright they end up being, this will have a drastic impact on the character of the night sky. — Cees Bassa (@cgbassa) May 26, 2019 It's unclear what this would mean for a 12000 satellites, as the details of their orbits are not known. A rough guess would be to multiply these numbers by a factor of 7 (12000/1600). So around 70 to 100 satellites visible during twilight at any time and any location! — Cees Bassa (@cgbassa) May 26, 2019 Others, such as NASA's Doug Ellison — who, it should be noted, speaks only for himself here and not for NASA as a whole — take more of a position on what Starlink means for our ability to appreciate the night sky. Ok. Starlink's kind of blown up over the past 48 hours. Let's get some things straight. Despite their creator insisting otherwise they WILL be naked eye visible, for at least an hour, more like two, after dark and before dawn. In higher latitudes in summer...all night.... — Doug Ellison (@doug_ellison) May 26, 2019 The above tweet is the start of a lengthy thread that we won't embed here in its entirety. It's an informative and factually supported consideration of what Starlink says about what the future looks like for Earthbound skywatchers.  It's worth your time to give the thread a full read if this is a subject you're interested in, but here's Ellison's final takeaway: tldr - If you love the night sky, go and see it now before it's too late. Elon just opened Pandora's box, and it's going to shit on the night sky. And if you're a ground based astronomer.....your job just got a lot, lot harder. Because profit comes first. I am disgusted. — Doug Ellison (@doug_ellison) May 26, 2019 WATCH: This space harpoon could be a solution to our growing space junk problem


Over 600 people test HIV positive in Pakistan city

Over 600 people test HIV positive in Pakistan cityPakistan said on Sunday over 600 people, most of them children, had tested HIV positive in a city in the southern Sindh province. Concern grew after hundreds of people were allegedly infected by a doctor using a contaminated syringe in Rato Dero city and surrounding villages of Larkana district. "Some 681 people, of which 537 were children from two to 12 years of age, had been tested positive for HIV until yesterday in Rato Dero," special health advisor Zafar Mirza told a press conference in Islamabad.


Rare albino panda caught on camera in China: state media

Rare albino panda caught on camera in China: state mediaA rare all-white panda has been caught on camera at a nature reserve in southwest China, showing albinism exists among wild pandas in the region, state media reported. The spotless, red-eyed animal was photographed while trekking through the forest mid-April in southwestern Sichuan province, said official news agency Xinhua on Saturday. The panda is an albino between one to two years old, said Li Sheng, a researcher specialising in bears at Peking University, who was quoted in Xinhua's report.


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