Artemis I: NASA SLS launch postponed at least to late September, possibly October

After the first failed attempt to launch NASA SLS for the first time for the Artemis I mission on August 29, there appears to be good prospects for the second attempt in early September. After postponing the launch from September 2 to 3, preparations were underway when the agency once again had to shut down operations to resolve an issue.

The good news this time is that it is not the Space Launch System rocket or the Orion capsule that caused the final block of the launch attempt but rather a refueling structure (according to what emerged from the first investigations on the incident). However, this means postponing the launch of Artemis I at least until the end of September or even the end of October. Bill Nelson (NASA administrator) has however confirmed that, despite the postponement, the agency intends to launch the Artemis II mission in 2024 while the Artemis III moon landing is still expected in 2025. However, these are provisional estimates that could be revised in the future (and almost certainly will be).

NASA SLS launch for Artemis I postponed for a few weeks
During the conference that was held yesterday evening, after the announcement of the postponement of the launch by the space agency, the first information on what happened was given. The executives present however stated that the analyzes are still in progress and therefore more details will be released shortly. The situation is therefore evolving both as regards the examination of the problems and the timing of the launch of Artemis I.

While some of the problems that plagued NASA SLS seem to always involve the same component, in reality they are different parts. In the last launch attempt yesterday evening (Italian time) it was a leak of liquid hydrogen from a quick release fitting that feeds the central stadium. Despite the attempts of the ground crews (from repositioning the fitting to using helium under pressure after closing a valve or heating and cooling the section), it was not possible to re-seal the fitting, thus leading to the premature end of operations.

The US government places Kaspersky on the cybersecurity blacklist

In recent days, the Federal Communications Commission has decided to include the Russian security company Kaspersky within the same “entity list” that has hosted Huawei and ZTE since last year. According to the FCC, Kaspersky security products pose a national security risk and therefore will no longer be eligible for federal funds. In addition to Kaspersky, which has long since been banned from all US government networks, China Mobile and China Telecom have also been added to the list of unwelcome companies. “Kaspersky is disappointed with the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to ban the use of certain federal telecommunications subsidies for the purchase of Kaspersky products and services. This decision is not based on any technical assessment of Kaspersky products that the company continually supports. , but it is taken on a political basis, “said the Russian security company. “I am pleased that our national security agencies agreed with my assessment that China Mobile and China Telecom appeared to meet the threshold needed to be added to our list. Their addition, as well as that of Kapsersky Labs, will help protect our networks from threats posed by state-backed Chinese and Russian entities seeking to engage in espionage and otherwise harm America’s interests, “FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said. In this way, Kaspersky earns the double distinction of being the first Russian company and the first company specialized in cyber security to enter the US entity list. Recall that the companies on this list represent, according to the US, a threat to national security and therefore are excluded from the possibility of receiving funds among the 8 billion dollars available every year in the Universal Service Fund program of the Federal Communications Commission, which goes to support telecommunication services in rural areas or for the low-income population or even for institutions such as schools, libraries and hospitals. The move by the FCC comes within the context of the consequences triggered by the military invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation. Company founder Eugene Kaspersky has long been accused of having ties to the Russian military and intelligence, although he has repeatedly stated that his company is completely independent of the government. A couple of weeks ago the German Federal Office for Cybersecurity advised companies in the country not to use Kaspersky products as the company could be forced to put its products at the service of Russian intelligence.

Bitcoin, mining contributes 0.08% of global CO2 emissions

CoinShares shared a new report in which it is estimated that Bitcoin’s mining activities emitted 42 million tons of carbon dioxide in the course of 2021. With global emissions of 49.36 billion tons of CO2, Bitcoin would therefore represent the source of 0.08% of total emissions. The CoinShares report comes at a time when the debate over Bitcoin’s energy consumption has heated up.

CoinShares data was collected using various estimates regarding the efficiency of the Bitcoin network, energy consumption, characteristics of the hardware used, all on a global scale. It is therefore possible that there is some discrepancy with the actual volume of CO2 emissions, but in any case the CoinShares estimate seems to coincide quite well with the sector data.

The report prepared by CoinShares also estimated the total electricity consumption at 89TWh, a value significantly lower than the Cambridge University estimates which are the most taken into consideration and which speak of an annual consumption exceeding 130TWh. In this case it would be 0.05% of the electricity consumed worldwide. According to data collected by CoinShares, 60% of Bitcoin’s mining business is powered by fossil fuels.

“Carbon emissions from the electricity suppliers that power the Bitcoin mining network are irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. With 0.08% of global CO2 emissions, remove the entire mining network from global demand,” and depriving hundreds of millions of people of their only hope for a fair and accessible form of money would amount to nothing more than a rounding error, ”CoinShares comments.

Just in recent days, a group of eight members of the US Congress coordinated by Senator Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to the six largest Bitcoin mining companies in the world with a request to disclose detailed data on their energy consumption. This is a move that underlines the growing regulatory pressure on mining activities in the United States in a context where miners themselves are trying to commit themselves more and more to using ever greater proportions of energy from renewable sources.

11th November (2021): VETERANS DAY [USA]

Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces (who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable). It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who had died while in military service. Another military holiday that also occurs in May, Armed Forces Day, honors those currently serving in the U.S. military. Additionally, Women Veterans Day is recognized by a growing number of U.S. states that specifically honor women who have served in the U.S. military.

COVID: vaccine for Kids in USA

Covid, in the US, definitive green light for a Pfizer vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old

The OK from the CDC, which came after FDA approval, launches the new phase of the American vaccination campaign. Approximately 28 million children affected. “We are at a turning point in our battle with Covid,” said President Joe Biden. He specified that the injections could begin in the week of November 8.

In the United States, the authorities have finally approved Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11. The green light was given by the CDCs (Centers for disease control and prevention), which recommended injections also for this age group and, in fact, launched the new phase of the vaccination campaign. In recent days there was the approval of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), which had said yes for children at a reduced dose (one third of that for adults) and two injections three weeks apart. The decision affects approximately 28 million American children
Biden: “We are at a turning point”

“With the authorization of the vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11, we are at a turning point in our battle with Covid,” said US President Joe Biden. The green light of the CDC to vaccinations for children, he added, is a “big step forward in our battle to defeat the virus”. The head of the White House has specified that the vaccination campaign for children can begin in the week of 8 November.

Mourning in US politics: Colin Powell is dead

Born in Harlem, he was the first African American secretary of state in the history of the United States. The family: “We have lost a husband, a father and a great American.”

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell died today at the age of 84. According to what the family communicated on his Facebook page, the cause of death would be attributed to “complications related to Covid-19”. It is not known at the moment what kind of illness was fatal to him.

While the reactions of the White House are awaited, former Republican President George W. Bush commented on the news through an official statement, declaring himself “deeply sorry” for the loss of a figure who marked American foreign policy during the years of the presidency of he. Colin Powell was “a great public servant from the time he served as a soldier in Vietnam,” adds the Republican. “He is highly respected at home and abroad. And more importantly, Colin was a family man and friend. Laura and I send our sincere condolences to Alma and their children, ”adds the note. Bush’s words were joined by the first reactions from the world of politics and the military: «The world has lost one of the greatest leaders. He has been my mentor for years, with him I also lose an extraordinary friend, “commented Pentagon number one, Lloyd J. Austin. Among the first to express condolences was General Martin Dempsey, former US Chief of Staff, followed by Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who defined Powell as «a man of indomitable courage devoted to the cause of freedom.

He remained in office from January 2001 to January 2005, and is best remembered for his speech at the United Nations Council on February 5, 2003 in which he supported the existence of evidence – by exhibiting a vial that contained a white powder – on the possession of weapons of mass destruction by Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime to justify military intervention.

Speaking of the biological weapons in Iraq’s possession, Powell showed representatives of other countries, with a very theatrical gesture, a vial that contained a white powder. Powell added that Iraq could have produced about 25,000 liters of anthrax, according to UN inspectors. The speech was so dramatic and effective that even many American liberal commentators, tending to be unfavorable to the policies of the Bush administration, were influenced by it in saying that they were convinced of the reality of the danger represented by Iraq.

Anthrax had been a very real danger for a few months in previous years: after the 9/11 attacks five people died and another 17 were infected by a series of letters containing small amounts of anthrax. In the months following the February 5 speech, it was discovered that much of the information and reconstructions presented by Colin Powell to members of the Security Council were false.

There were no mobile laboratories or huge arsenals of weapons of mass destruction. Much later, in the summer of 2008, the investigation into the anthrax attacks also ended: the FBI said it had gathered enough evidence to say that the culprit was Bruce E. Ivins, a microbiologist who worked for the government. that he was not tried because he had killed himself a few weeks before the announcement. In February 2005, Powell called his speech to the United Nations Security Council – and the exposition of the arguments produced by the American and British secret services – a “stain” on his career.

$ 1 billion to change US networks in rural areas

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United States President Donald Trump is expected to sign a document shortly with which the amount of $ 1 billion will be allocated. The purpose of this investment by the US administration? Replace network devices in rural areas of the United States that currently are systems manufactured by companies “that pose a risk to national security.”

In other words, therefore, proceed with the progressive dismantling of all the infrastructures of the Chinese companies by the telecommunications equipment installed in the American territory, thus removing Huawei and ZTE instruments.

At the present time, federal governments are prohibited from purchasing network equipment from companies that may pose a risk to national security. With this new move we will intervene on existing and operational infrastructures, obviously not based on the new 5G standard but on the previous ones.

Trump warns (and threatens) Google for the 2020 presidential election

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The big names of technology are now very important elements in political life and in the electoral campaign, as they can be decisive for the electorate in order to form their own idea and decide for whom to vote. Donald Trump, yesterday, sent a clear signal to Google.

“WE ARE WATCHING GOOGLE VERY CLOSELY!”

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Let’s start with the direct quotation, which we also need to explain that “warns / threat” in the title that might seem risky. Everyone can read us what they want in those six words taken from a Donald Trump tweet yesterday, depending on whether you choose the good faith or the suspect.

Donald Trump, lately, is sending more or less clear messages to the big names of Silicon Valley, fearing conditions for the electorate against him. Yesterday morning he again pointed the finger at Google in the name of a hypothetical anti-conservative prejudice, hypothesizing also the existence of a conspiracy in the society to “illegally subvert the Presidential 2020” (hypothesis dryly denied by Google).