24th November (2021): Evolution Day

Evolution Day is a celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the initial publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin on 24 November 1859. Such celebrations have been held for over a century, but the specific term “Evolution Day” for the anniversary appears to be a neologism which was coined prior to 1997. By highlighting Darwin’s contributions to science, the day’s events are used to educate about evolutionary biology. It is similar to the better-known Darwin Day, held on the anniversary of his birth (12 February 1809). It is unrelated to the secularization campaign by the Giordano Bruno Foundation to have the German public holiday of Ascension Day renamed to “Evolutionstag” (Evolution Day).

1909, the 50th anniversary of the publication of On The Origin of Species and the 100th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, saw several major events celebrating both. At Cambridge, more than 400 scientists and dignitaries from 167 countries met in a widely reported event of public interest to honour Darwin’s contributions and discuss the latest discoveries and ideas related to evolution, the New York Academy of Sciences held a celebration at the American Museum of Natural History, and the Royal Society of New Zealand held an event with “a very large attendance”.

The Darwin Centennial Celebration (1959) had a major, well publicised event from 24–28 November at the University of Chicago.

In 2009, the BBC aired BBC Darwin Season, a series of television and radio programs, to celebrate Darwin’s bicentenary and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin.

Jeff Bezos has reached Space

The first crew launch of his space company Blue Origin was a success, with two new records

When he was 18, Jeff Bezos said he wanted to build hotels, amusement parks and colonies in orbit for millions of people, gradually transforming the Earth into a kind of gigantic naturalistic area to save it. Now that he is 57 years old and is one of the richest people in the world, Bezos has reached Space, albeit for a few minutes and without the possibility of stopping at an orbital hotel, which does not yet exist. The launch, much anticipated and anticipated by the media around the world, took place yesterday from Texas around 8:10 am , thanks to the space company Blue Origin of the same Bezos, who became a billionaire thanks to his Amazon.

It was the first manned flight for New Shepard, the rocket developed in recent years by Blue Origin with the aim of entering the nascent space tourism market.

New Shepard is 18 meters tall, uses a single engine and has a space capsule on its top in which Bezos and three other people were housed. The rocket is self-driving and does not require the presence of a pilot.

(Blue Origin)

The launch took place from the Blue Origin base southeast of El Paso in West Texas. Having reached almost 100 kilometers of altitude, the space capsule separated from the rest of the rocket and remained in outer space for a few minutes, then began its return to the ground. Its descent was slowed by parachutes and finally by the firing of some retractable rockets for a few seconds, which made contact with the ground less traumatic. The whole experience lasted about ten minutes.

New Shepard launch on July 20, 2021 from Blue Origin base in Texas (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

After 15 test launches with no people on board, today’s one took place just over a week after Virgin Galactic’s maiden voyage, which allowed its founder, British billionaire Richard Branson, to experience the absence of weight. Blue Origin was supposed to have made its own experimental flight before Virgin Galactic, which then decided to anticipate the launch: Branson then went into space before Bezos, who didn’t take it very well.

In the days before the launch of Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin had released press releases and messages on social networks to show the differences compared to the competition, especially on the share reached by the respective spacecraft. For the United States Federal Aviation Agency, Space begins above 80 kilometers of altitude, an altitude to which Virgin Galactic goes, while more internationally shared conventions identify the beginning of Space beyond the so-called Kármán line at 100 kilometers of altitude, which is the altitude reached by Blue Origin.

Virgin Galactic’s historic space launch

The company of billionaire Richard Branson opens the era of tourism in space a few days before that of Jeff Bezos, who did not take it well

On Sunday afternoon Italian time, the flight of the Virgin Galactic space plane is scheduled to begin, the space company of the British billionaire Richard Branson who will be aboard the aircraft for the first time. The flight of the VSS Unity – this is the name of the space plane – with Branson on board will exceed 80 kilometers of altitude, a threshold beyond which, according to some internationals, space begins and anticipates a similar flight of the Blue Origin space company by a few days. , scheduled for July 20, which will host billionaire and founder Jeff Bezos.

Branson, in short, will go to space before Bezos, and even if that of Virgin Galactic is still official for an experimental flight, with a group composed exclusively of company employees, for many it will be a fundamental moment in the field of space travel for private citizens.

The goal of both Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin is to shortly begin inaugurating suborbital flights for private and wealthy passengers who intend to pay large sums per course for a few minutes for weightlessness during a space travel. The two companies, both led by famous and exuberant billionaires, however, responded two very different ways to get into space.

The flight of the VSS Unity spacecraft will depart from Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America, located in New Mexico, United States. It will also be a remarkable event from a media point of view: it will be streamed and presented by Stephen Colbert, the famous American comic and television presenter. Singer Khalid is expected to give a performance, and billionaire Elon Musk, founder of the space company SpaceX, has hinted that he may be present.

Coronavirus: China and the east

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Finding the culprit for all this worldwide upheaval is trivial for many: the virus started from China. Although many have already blamed the Chinese on the crime, and above all for not having promptly informed the scientific community of the situation, but also probably for the fact that the reported numbers of the infected and the deaths is not the one declared. By dismissing the question of whether the virus accidentally escaped or not, giving rise to conspiracy theses, which will almost certainly be talked about once the health and social but not the economic emergency is over, China’s credibility on the diplomatic issue is not never been questioned. In fact, if we analyze the last decades from the post-war period to the present, China has never worried from the conflictual point of view and the United States and any other world power. Excluding the mere economic clashes with the USA, which China is facing with the payment of tariffs on Made in China products imposed by President Trump, world diplomacy appears all too neutral and thinking of accusing the Chinese is too superficial, especially if it is believed that China is the absolute engine of the manufacture and that without it many products would not exist. China’s alliances established during the Vietnam War, on the other hand, are far too marginal.

The consideration on China’s diplomacy is not to be overlooked because thinking that a nation, with a population of 1 billion and a half and with a territory with the greatest resources of raw materials, could one day face a world conflict puts much terror. Hence probably one of the plausible reasons that the virus could be only an alternative way (or perhaps the only alternative way) to face an indirect world war, of which the singularity is perhaps that of not having allies and enemies if not from the economic point of view and on the supply of sanitary material.
There could also be more noble purposes to the thesis of the accidental nature of the Pandemic, namely that of reducing pollution, of which China has seen the benefits of the lockdown first, with a net decrease in polluting emissions.

But there could also be numerous other theses, including that that the current virus is nothing more than a simple test of other possible future viruses, whose lethality may be much greater. And even if this conspiracy thesis is not true, the fact of imagining that a virus with even greater lethality can be propagated in a natural way is only beneficial in protecting oneself and preventing itself from the future to come.
The regime established in the eastern nation, in an almost genetic way since primordial times, does nothing but obscure the truth about the real responsibility for the spread of the virus, because no Chinese would dream of opposing his government, which until now – at least since post-war period to date – has always boasted unequaled consensus.
If you then reflect on the religious and philosophical culture of the people – almost purely Shenxianesima – what comes out is a unique profile worldwide, where dedication to work is the cornerstone of a system. Although often the dedication to work is such as to even detract from the health conditions, it is seen as a sacred dedication. In fact, the Chinese are famous for sleeping on their place of work and being often abandoned in the cartoons .. This suggests that any correlation to the double end of the spread of the virus will never be revealed by a people who would die of devotion for work and for his compatriots.

 

The Best plugin for Google Chrome Browser

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Here are some of the best plugins with which to navigate in peace. Obviously every plugin is not 100% effective, so I suggest you install even more plugins with the same function, so you will be sure to surf with total protection.

 

Flash Video Downloader

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It is one of the best plugins to download videos of any kind: flash, youtube etc …

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360 Internet Protection

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Together with Avast it is one of the best tools for the protection and security of unwanted web pages: indispensable.

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AVAST Security Browser

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It collects data on phising sites and warns you if you are visiting one.
Provides access to Avast’s website reputation system, supported by a community of over 220 million users.
Shows the rating of a site next to its link in the search results.
Warns if you visit a website with a bad reputation.
Blocks intrusive advertisements and analytics sites and prevents you from tracking your online activities.

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ADBLOCK ORIGIN

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uBlock₀ is an efficient ad-blocker: it takes up little memory and little CPU, but can use thousands of filters more than other similar software.

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ADBLOCKER PLUS

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Browse the web without annoying and intrusive ads.

Adblock Plus for Google Chrome blocks video ads, banners, pop-ups and other forms of intrusive and annoying advertising, as well as blocking tracking and malware.

An easy-to-use, customizable ad-blocking browser extension, Adblock Plus gives you control over your Google Chrome browsing experience. Block annoying and intrusive ads for a cleaner

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DISCONNECT

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Disconnect lets you visualize and block the invisible websites that track you. Load the pages you go to 44% faster. Stop tracking by 2,000+ third-party sites.

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GHOSTERY

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Ghostery allows you to view and block trackers on websites you browse to control who collects your data. Advanced Anti Tracking anonymizes your data to further protect your privacy.

Ghostery’s Smart Blocking feature speeds up page loading and optimizes performance by blocking and unblocking trackers according to page quality criteria.

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PRIVACY BADGER

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Privacy Badger 1.0 blocks spying ads and invisible trackers. It’s there to ensure that companies can’t track your browsing without your consent.

The extension is designed to automatically protect your privacy from third party trackers that load invisibly when you browse the web.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/privacy-badger/pkehgijcmpdhfbdbbnkijodmdjhbjlgp?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

 

 

ZENAMTE

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Our Web Firewall is a security solution that blocks malware, trackers & security threats, plus free Ad Blocker against Malvertising!
Based on the high performance uBlock Origin Engine, the fastest engine on the market, ZenMate Web Firewall is a unique & advanced Internet security solution and the ONLY ad blocker to include proprietary 0-day threat intelligence security.

You’re protected from malware, phishing, spyware & other security threats.

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