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Astronaut expected to be the 1st African-American Space Station crewmember won't fly in 2018 after all

Added: 20.01.2018 19:44 | 0 views | 0 comments

Jeanette Epps, who was set to become the first-ever African-American astronaut to be a crewmember on the International Space Station, will not fly to space in 2018 as scheduled, NASA announced late Thursday.  It's not clear why Epps was reassigned from her flight. The decision pulls her from her slated mission, which was expected to launch in June.  "A number of factors are considered when making flight assignments; these decisions are personnel matters for which NASA doesn’t provide information," NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean said via email. SEE ALSO: NASA's first African-American Space Station crewmember is your new role model NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor "... is taking the place of astronaut Jeanette Epps, who will return to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to assume duties in the Astronaut Office and be considered for assignment to future missions," NASA said in a statement.  That mission would have been Epps's first flight to space. NASA announced Epps's flight assignment in 2017, and it immediately went viral. Dozens of media organizations (including Mashable) wrote about Epps and her groundbreaking scheduled flight to the Space Station. While six other African-American astronauts have spent time on the Space Station, Epps was expected to become the first to live and work aboard the orbiting laboratory as a full crewmember on a months-long mission.  Epps made it to NASA as one of 14 astronaut candidates in the space agency's 2009 class. NASA received 3,500 astronaut applications that year. She arrived at this assignment after having a somewhat non-traditional career for an astronaut.  She started off as a NASA fellow at the University of Maryland before moving on to work at a lab at Ford Motor Company, NASA said. Epps then spent more than seven years working as a technical intelligence officer for the Central Intelligence Agency.  "I did a lot of scientific stuff, but I also did a lot of operational stuff," Epps said in a video interview released by NASA in 2015. "We worked in non-proliferation issues, which was great. It's reverse engineering at its best."  Epps was inspired to become an astronaut from an early age, when she saw the first group of American women who were chosen to fly to space. "It was about 1980, I was nine years old. My brother came home and he looked at my grades and my twin sisters' grades and he said, 'You know, you guys can probably become aerospace engineers or even astronauts,'" Epps said in the video. "And this was at the time that Sally Ride [the first American woman to fly in space] and a group of women were selected to become astronauts — the first time in history. So, he made that comment and I said, 'Wow, that would be so cool.'" WATCH: What de-orbiting the International Space Station means

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Flu outbreak: role of simple breathing far greater in spreading virus than previously thought

Added: 20.01.2018 16:09 | 0 views | 0 comments

Flu can be spread from person to person simply via breathing, a new study has found, casting doubt on Government health adverstisements that on focus on sneezing. A groundbreaking experiment on flu patients in the US revealed the virus’s capacity to aerosolise and linger in the atmosphere is significantly greater than previously thought. By contrast, sneezing appeared to play a relatively small part in spreading influenza, which has killed at least 120 people so far this winter and has now reached epidemic levels in some areas. The results, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, call into question the relevance of some of Public Health England’s advertisements which prominently warn of the dangers of sneezing. While sneezing can transfer the virus, particularly by contaminating surfaces, people with flu sneeze relatively rarely, the researchers at the University of Maryland observed. However, the study suggested that at least four in ten flu sufferers will aerosolise - turn into droplet nuclei - the infection simply by breathing. It can then linger in the atmosphere for “hours” according to the lead scientist. The analysis of 142 flu patients found they were more likely to deposit the virus into the air around them during the early stage of their infection. It also showed that flu sufferers who were overweight or obese were more likely to aerosolise the disease. More and more of England is experiencing a flu epidemic Coughing was found to be a significant spreader of the disease. This is thought to be because obese people with flu suffer higher levels of inflammation and because their airways are prone to close up intermittently, meaning increased aerosolisation occurs when they reopen. “Influenza comes on hard and fast and you are probably infectious right then,” said Dr Donald Milton. “I would like people in my workplace who are coming down with the flu to please go home and not infect me. Dr Milton said that based on previous studies the virus lingers 'hours' in the air. “Staying home could make a real difference,” he said. Latest data from Public Health England shows that cases of flu have risen by 150 per cent in two weeks. The outbreak has reached epidemic levels in some parts of the UK with the “Japanese” strain now dominant after the NHS failed to vaccinate adults against it. Figures released on Thursday show that York is is now suffering an epidemic - meaning 109 people have the disease for every 100,000 - and that Herefordshire and north Somerset are approaching that rate. Health officials have said the current flu season is the worst for seven years. A spokesman for Public Health England said: “Scientific consensus remains that important lines of defence against flu are to avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if you or they have symptoms of flu, and to adopt good respiratory and hand hygiene – which is what the Public Health England advice says. "Our advice about what the public can do to reduce the spread of flu is underpinned by the best available evidence and directed by multiple scientific papers.”

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Baltimore mayor fires police commissioner after near-record year for murders

Added: 19.01.2018 15:33 | 1 views | 0 comments

High-crime Baltimore’s top cop has been fired Friday after failing to halt the killings that have turned Maryland’s largest city into one of the deadliest in the country.


Chelsea Manning officially files for US Senate race

Added: 19.01.2018 0:53 | 1 views | 0 comments

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Chelsea Manning has officially filed to run for the U.S. Senate in the 2018 Maryland Democratic primary. The state elections board website says Manning filed Thursday in Montgomery County. Manning also tweeted a photo Thursday evening saying she is officially on the ballot. The transgender woman, known as Bradley Manning when ...]

Supreme Court Delays Court Order For North Carolina To Redraw Congressional Districts

Added: 19.01.2018 0:20 | 1 views | 0 comments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday delayed a lower-court order that would have forced North Carolina Republican lawmakers to redraw the state's congressional districts by next week because of excessive partisan bias in current lines, The Associated Press reported. The justices announced the stay after legal briefs were filed for and against the GOP legislators' request for a delay. Their lawyers successfully argued that a three-judge panel's ruling last week declaring the state congressional map an illegal partisan gerrymander should be on hold while similar cases involving Wisconsin legislative districts and one Maryland congressional district before the Supreme Court are considered. The...

Chelsea Manning's US Senate bid could upend Maryland race

Added: 18.01.2018 4:31 | 1 views | 0 comments

BALTIMORE (AP) — Chelsea Manning's high-profile bid for the U.S. Senate threatens to upend the 2018 Maryland Democratic primary.

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Maryland mother accused of mailing drugs to her inmate son

Added: 17.01.2018 14:52 | 0 views | 0 comments

A Maryland woman is accused of mailing a shipment of drugs to her son, an inmate at a Delaware prison.


Maryland County Has Joined Huge Artificial Turf Class Action Lawsuit

Added: 17.01.2018 14:40 | 0 views | 0 comments

It is alleged that Field Turf misrepresented the reliability, performance, and cost-effectiveness of its turf fields in violation of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act.

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