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Submission + - In Fourth Lagrangian Area Spacecraft Finds No Earth-Trojan Asteroids, NASA's OSI (insentonews.com)

Joliaanderson12 writes: The Osiris-Rex spacecraft, which was heading for the near-Earth asteroid Pino, has successfully cleared part of the area surrounding the Trojan asteroids, NASA said on Friday. Although no such asteroids were detected, the survey showed that the main instrument on board the spacecraft worked much better than expected.

Submission + - An Unexpected New Lung Function Has Been Found - They Make Blood (sciencealert.com) 1

schwit1 writes: Researchers have discovered that the lungs play a far more complex role in mammalian bodies than we thought, with new evidence revealing that they don't just facilitate respiration — they also play a key role in blood production.

In experiments involving mice, the team found that they produce more than 10 million platelets (tiny blood cells) per hour, equating to the majority of platelets in the animals' circulation. This goes against the decades-long assumption that bone marrow produces all of our blood components.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco also discovered a previously unknown pool of blood stem cells that makes this happen inside the lung tissue — cells that were incorrectly assumed to mainly reside in bone marrow.

"This finding definitely suggests a more sophisticated view of the lungs — that they're not just for respiration, but also a key partner in formation of crucial aspects of the blood," says one of the researchers, Mark R. Looney.

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Journal Journal: Who is wowsignal?

My name is Paul Carr, and I am the writer, producer and host of the Wow! Signal Podcast and the related blog Dream of the Open Channel. We cover topics related to the future of humanity and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Guests on the podcast have included such luminaries as Seth Shostak, David Grinspoon, Nikola Danaylov, and Geoffrey Landis, with many more to come.

Submission + - The Simian Army and The Antifragile Organization (acm.org)

CowboyRobot writes: ACM has an article about how Netflix conducts its resilience testing. Instead of the GameDays used by sites such as Amazon and Google, Netflix uses what they call The Simian Army, based on the philosophy that "Resilience can be improved by increasing the frequency and variety of failure and evolving the system to deal better with each newfound failure, thereby increasing antifragility." While GameDay exercises are like a firedrill, with scheduled exercises where failure is manually introduced or simulated, the Simian Army relies on failure in the live environment induced by autonomous agents known as "monkeys". Chaos Monkey randomly terminates virtual instances in a production environment that are serving live customer traffic. Chaos Gorilla causes an entire Amazon Availability Zone to fail. And Chaos Kong will take down an entire region of zones. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" and Netflix hopes that by constantly protecting itself from internal onslaught, they will become increasingly "antifragile — growing stronger from each successive stressor, disturbance, and failure."

Submission + - Snowden's search for asylum is fruitless thus far (mozshare.com)

An anonymous reader writes: (Reuters) – a couple of countries on Tuesday spurned asylum requests from Edward Snowden, the former U.S. secret agent company contractor wanted for leaking secrets, despite an enchantment from Venezuela for the arena to give protection to him.

Snowden, who published the secret U.S. electronic surveillance program Prism, has utilized for political asylum in additional than a dozen nations in his seek for safety from the espionage prices in the united states.

The 30-yr-previous is in legal limbo within the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, unable to fly on to a hoped-for destination in Latin the united states as a result of he has no criminal trip paperwork and no Russian visa to leave the airport.

On Monday, he broke a 9-day silence for the reason that arriving in Moscow from Hong Kong, challenging Washington with the aid of saying he used to be free to put up more about its programs and that he was being illegally persecuted.

That dominated out a chronic stay in Russia, where a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Snowden had withdrawn his request for asylum after the Russian chief stated he will have to hand over his “anti-American task”.

however whereas united states of america after united states denied his asylum requests on technical grounds, Venezuela, part of an alliance of leftist governments in Latin the us, stated it used to be time to stop berating a man who has “completed something essential for humanity”.

“He deserves the sector’s safety,” President Nicolas Maduro instructed Reuters during a consult with to Moscow.

“He has a right to protection because the us in its moves is persecuting himWhy are they persecuting him? What has he accomplished? Did he launch a missile and kill somebody? Did he rig a bomb and kill somebody? No. he is combating struggle.”

Maduro stated he would imagine an asylum utility. Snowden’s request for safety in Ecuador, which has sheltered the founder of antisecrecy crew WikiLeaks Julian Assange in its London embassy, has seemingly ended.

U.S. President Barack Obama has made clear to numerous nations that granting him asylum would carry prices.


Snowden has ready asylum requests in countries together with India, China, Brazil, ireland, Austria, Bolivia, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and Venezuela, WikiLeaks has mentioned.

however a number of international locations, together with Snowden’s liked Ecuador, mentioned on Tuesday they might no longer imagine an asylum request from Snowden unless he was once on their territory.

Norway mentioned he used to be unlikely to get asylum there, and Poland said it will not supply a “certain advice” to any request. Finland, Spain, eire and Austria said he had to be in their international locations to make a request, whereas India mentioned “we see no motive” to simply accept his petition.

France mentioned it had no longer obtained a request.

officers in Russia, which has made clear it needs Snowden to leave, say an embassy automobile would be thought to be overseas territory if a country picked him up – probably a message to leaders of oil-producing nations in Moscow for talks this week.

Snowden’s choices have narrowed sharply.

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa was quoted in Britain’s Guardian newspaper on Monday as pronouncing he could now not consider the asylum request and that giving Snowden a temporary shuttle move to fly to Moscow was once “a mistake on our phase”.

“Are we liable for getting him to Ecuador? it is no longer logical,” he said, including that Snowden was once now Moscow’s downside.

Moscow is unwilling to ship Snowden to the united states, a move that would make it seem to be weak, and has no extradition treaty with Washington. but it also does not wish to damage ties with the us over a man with whom Putin, a former KGB undercover agent, has little sympathy.

At a gathering with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Brunei, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he had raised Snowden “from our viewpoint” regardless of the affair now not being of their area.

“Russia has never extradited any person, isn’t extraditing somebody and will not extradite anyone,” Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, instructed newshounds.

Peskov said Snowden showed no signal of stopping releasing secret U.S. paperwork and added that he had abandoned his intention of staying in Russia.

In an undated letter to Ecuador’s Correa considered with the aid of Reuters, Snowden mentioned he was once “dedicated to the battle for justice on this unequal world”. “I remain free and in a position to post information that serves the general public passion,” Snowden stated within the letter.

Submission + - India's first navigation satellite soars to success

An anonymous reader writes: India’s first dedicated navigation satellite, the IRNSS-1A, developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation, was successfully put in orbit on Monday night.

The launch vehicle, PSLV-C22, bearing the 1,425-kg navigation satellite, blasted off the launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here at the scheduled lift-off time of 11.41 p.m. Read more here:


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