Author: Barbara T. Palmer

"Prone to fits of apathy. Devoted music geek. Troublemaker. Typical analyst. Alcohol practitioner. Food junkie. Passionate tv fan. Web expert."

SpaceX Successfully Launches 23 Starlink Satellites Aboard Falcon 9 Rocket On March 15, 2024, SpaceX achieved a milestone with the successful launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 23 Starlink satellites from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. This launch not only tied SpaceX’s rocket-reuse record but also marked the placement of the 6,000th Starlink internet satellite into Earth orbit. The Falcon 9’s first stage made a remarkable return to Earth, landing on the droneship “A Shortfall of Gravitas” in the Atlantic Ocean. Meanwhile, the upper stage continued to deploy the 23 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit. This latest launch adds…

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Apple has made a significant move in the AI space by acquiring the Canada-based startup DarwinAI. While the deal has not been officially announced, members of DarwinAI’s team have already joined Apple’s machine learning teams. DarwinAI, which had previously raised over $15 million in funding from investors like BDC Capital and Obvious Ventures, specializes in improving manufacturing efficiency through vision-based technology. The startup also focuses on making AI models smaller and faster, which could be beneficial for upcoming on-device generative AI features. This acquisition is seen as a strategic step for Apple, as the tech giant has been trailing behind…

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French President Macron Discusses Potential Military Intervention in Ukraine In a recent television interview, French President Emmanuel Macron made headlines by emphasizing the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine. He described the war in Ukraine as an existential threat, warning that a Russian victory would have dire consequences for French citizens and European security. Macron’s strong stance on the conflict comes as part of his efforts to rally public opinion and gain support for his approach. However, his refusal to set limits on a potential military response has sparked controversy at home and abroad. While Macron’s willingness to consider military…

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Authorities in Guam scored a major win in the fight against organized crime as a notorious criminal was successfully apprehended in a covert operation on Friday morning. The suspect, wanted for multiple counts of robbery, assault, and drug trafficking, was taken into custody without incident and is currently awaiting trial. The operation, which involved local law enforcement agencies working in conjunction with federal authorities, was praised for its flawless execution and the dedication of the officers involved. Officials commended the teamwork and coordination displayed during the mission, which ultimately led to the capture of the wanted criminal. “This is a…

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Democratic legislator Reynold Nesiba is calling for an inquiry into South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s recent trip to Texas for dental work, coupled with a promotional video praising dentists. Nesiba is questioning whether public funds or a state plane were utilized for the trip, and if the dental procedure was discounted due to the video. Noem’s office has remained silent on inquiries regarding the promotional video. South Dakota law prohibits gifts over $100 from lobbyists to public officials, but it is unclear if this applies to non-lobbyists, raising concerns about potential conflicts of interest. This controversy comes on the heels…

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Paul Alexander, who spent seven decades living inside an iron lung after contracting polio as a child, has passed away at the age of 75. Paul was left paralyzed from the neck down in 1952 when he was just six years old, after being infected with polio. The iron lung, a metal cylinder that helped him breathe after the virus destroyed his internal functions, became Paul’s home for the majority of his life. Despite his physical limitations, he learned to communicate using a plastic stick at a young age and went on to obtain a law degree, practicing law for…

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As the United States marks the four-year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health professionals are reflecting on the long-term impacts of the global crisis. One major lesson learned since 2020 is the detrimental effects of loneliness on our health, with 30% of adults still feeling lonely at least once a week. To combat loneliness, experts suggest reaching out to old friends, participating in local organizations, and connecting with strangers. Conversations about mental health have also increased, leading to a decrease in the stigma surrounding mental health issues and more people seeking support and focusing on their…

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As tensions between the United States and China continue to escalate, the U.S. government is ramping up efforts to counter competition from China. In a recent move, lawmakers have voted to advance a bill that would require Chinese tech company ByteDance to divest its popular app TikTok over national security concerns. The Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party is also pushing for a “reset” in relations with China, as the U.S. aims to limit Chinese access to American markets. The U.S. has been increasing pressure on Chinese companies in key sectors like semiconductor, electric vehicles, and biotech. Most recently,…

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The 44th Annual Razzie Awards Recognize the Year’s Worst in Film The Razzie Awards, an annual event that celebrates the worst in film, returned for its 44th year to dish out awards to some of the most forgettable movies of the past year. This year, lesser-known films like the fourth installment of “The Expendables” franchise and “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” took home multiple Razzie awards. “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” was the big winner of the night, sweeping the Razzies by taking home worst picture, director, screenplay, screen couple, and remake/rip-off/sequel. Sylvester Stallone and Megan Fox also…

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The 2024 Oscars Set to Take Place on March 10 at the Dolby Theatre The most highly anticipated event in the world of film, the 2024 Oscars, is right around the corner. Set to take place on March 10 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the prestigious ceremony will air live at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on ABC, an hour earlier than in previous years. Leading up to the main event, ABC will treat viewers to a star-studded red carpet show titled “Countdown to Oscars: On the Red Carpet Live!” from 1-4 p.m. ET. The show will feature…

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