How did NASA engineers build and launch the most ambitious telescope of all time? Follow the dramatic story of the James Webb Space Telescope—the most complex machine ever launched into space. If it works, scientists believe that this new eye on the universe will peer deeper back in time and space than ever before to the birth of galaxies, and may even be able to “sniff” the atmospheres of exoplanets as we search for signs of life beyond Earth. But getting it to work is no easy task. The telescope is far bigger than its predecessor, the famous Hubble Space Telescope, and it needs to make its observations a million miles away from Earth—so there will be no chance to go out and fix it. That means there’s no room for error; the most ambitious telescope ever built needs to work perfectly. Meet the engineers making it happen and join them on their high stakes journey to uncover new secrets of the universe.
Burkina Faso’s interim president Paul-Henri Damiba, on Friday, brought together the country’s former heads of state. The unprecedented meeting in Ougadougou was to discuss the future of the country, amid escalating extremist violence. Five former presidents were invited, but only two were in attendance at the meeting. As the efforts continue, CGTN’s Mahia Mutua explored Burkina Faso’s future with Paul Ejime, a Global Affairs Expert.
Sarah Bartlett Churchwell (born May 27, 1970) is a professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK. Her expertise is in 20th- and 21st-century American literature and cultural history, especially the 1920s and 1930s. She has appeared on British television and radio and has been a judge for the Booker Prize, the Baillie Gifford Prize, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and the David Cohen Prize for Literature. She is the director of the Being Human festival and the author of three books: The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe; Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby; and Behold America: A History of America First and the American Dream. In April 2021, she was long listed for the Orwell Prize for Journalism.
THIS JUST IN: The citizens of the State of Kansas — which is one of our reddest and most Republican states — has just voted in an overwhelming landslide tonight to keep abortion legal and available to all women! Here Michael Moore sends the word out to all that those who seek to take rights away from women shall not succeed and will be defeated in this fall’s election.
Voters in Kansas came out in droves on Tuesday to tell the Supreme Court where they could go. Their message to the rest of us is clear: We have 3 months to work as hard as we can to save our Democracy. All Democrats must sign a pledge to make Roe v Wade the law of the land — and to eliminate the filibuster. All Republicans who voted against certifying the legal results of the 2020 election must go to wherever traitors go. Give this emergency podcast a quick listen right now — and please share with others!
In our news wrap Saturday, a Trump attorney told the Justice Department that all classified documents had been returned, the Southern Baptist Convention’s handling of sexual abuse claims is under investigation, Salman Rushdie’s alleged attacker is charged with attempted murder, Sen. Sinema’s campaign donations from Wall Street come under scrutiny, and Italy’s largest lake drops near historic lows.
The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy formalized the separation of over 5,000 children from their parents as a deliberately cruel measure to deter future migrants, with no tracking process or records that would allow them to be reunited. Atlantic staff writer Caitlin Dickerson joins Geoff Bennett to discuss her investigation into the policy.
Lecture by Library of Congress curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection, John Hessler, Ptolemy and the Foundations of Western Cartography, including images of these rare atlases printed between 1475 and 1600 which have never been shown together as a complete group. Opening remarks by Associate Librarian of Congress, Robin Dale, and closing remarks by Mark Dimunation, Chief, Rare Book and Special Collections Divisions.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
This weblog explores the transition to a sustainable future on our finite planet. It provides links to current news, key documents from government sources and non-governmental organizations, as well as video documentaries about climate change, environmental ethics and environmental justice concerns.
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