Links 7/8/19

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Links for you. Science:

Will Regulators Scotch PacBio Acquisition?
NASA will fly a billion-dollar quadcopter to Titan, Saturn’s methane-rich moon
The boy was dying. Zebrafish helped save his life
Convert various sequence formats to FASTA
In too deep: why the seabed should be off-limits to mining companies

Other:

Alaska is burning, but so is everything else
What Is Trump’s Military Parade Actually Celebrating?
Apple to include new scissor switch keyboard in 2019 MacBook Air and 2020 MacBook Pro
Alaska is poised to gut its public universities. It would be a statewide disaster.
‘A haven’: New York sees rise in women traveling across state line for abortions
Biden’s Laziness Problem
50+ Members Of Congress Press U.S. Soccer To Pay Women’s Team Fairly
Here are 10 questions Robert Mueller should finally face
Have we really never had it so good?
“Moderates” Do Not Have A Story Worth Telling
The Trump Administration Is Literally Pushing Workers Around
Tanks, But No Tanks
While we’re on the topic of 1970s busing, here are some little-known details about the political shift that brought to Biden’s side of the issue another politician of his generation: Mitch McConnell.
Oligarchs and oligarchs
Border Patrol Agents Tried to Delete Racist and Obscene Facebook Posts. We Archived Them.
Why No One Watches Baseball Anymore
Mississippi is forbidding grocery stores from calling veggie burgers “veggie burgers”
Democrats Don’t Need David Brooks
Andrew Yang’s War on Normal People
Market Values

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1 Response to Links 7/8/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    ****NASA will fly a billion-dollar quadcopter to Titan, Saturn’s methane-rich moon****

    Color me underwhelmed. In the first place, the thing is going to cost “a billion dollars”. I can think of a lot of other space projects more worthy of such funding. Secondly, the drone will be powered by a “multimission radioisotope thermoelectric generator (MMRTG)” holding upwards of ten pounds of plutonium 239. Assuming nobody on Titan cares about that material, there is still the problem of getting it safely away from Earth’s gravity well. Finally, at neither the link nor two other stories I checked was there any mention of the problem of controlling the drone. One-way travel time for radio waves to Saturn is over an hour, so that little machine is going ot need a mighty fine autopilot. So far as I’m concerned the project is too risky to proceed at this time.

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