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  1. Comment on Dart: Mission to smack Dimorphos asteroid set for launch in ~space

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    This is part of the large international project AIDA: "Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment", with 5 spacecrafts over a period of 6 years: DART (projectile launched by NASA) will impact the...

    This is part of the large international project AIDA: "Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment", with 5 spacecrafts over a period of 6 years:

    • DART (projectile launched by NASA) will impact the moonlet Dimorphos in 2022
    • LICIACube, a cubesat from ASI (Italian space agency) is flying with DART and will observe the ejecta created by the impact
    • Hera + the cubesats Juventas and Milani (ESA, European Space Agency) will fully explore the Didymos system in 2026-2027 to measure the crater size and characterize the properties of both asteroids. Only then will we know the efficiency of this deflection technique.

    For more information:
    DART website
    Hera website

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  2. Comment on Great foreign shows? in ~tv

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    Beforeigners is a Norwegian TV series in which people from 3 different past epochs suddenly appear in our modern era. The plot follows a detective and his partner (a viking-age shieldmaiden)...

    Beforeigners is a Norwegian TV series in which people from 3 different past epochs suddenly appear in our modern era. The plot follows a detective and his partner (a viking-age shieldmaiden) investigating the murder of a Stone Age lady. Available on HBO.

    Le Bureau des L├ęgendes is a French thriller television series which revolves around the lives of agents of the DGSE (French secret service). It's based on real accounts from former spies, and gives a great view of what being a intelligence agent really is (spoiler: not James Bond...). Available on Amazon.

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  3. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    One could argue that it has always been part of the american culture/identity, at least since the first European settlers in the 1500s. Kurt Andersen has written a book ( Fantasyland ) that...

    One could argue that it has always been part of the american culture/identity, at least since the first European settlers in the 1500s.

    Kurt Andersen has written a book ( Fantasyland ) that thoroughly analyses the history of "rejecting reality" that is so prevalent in the USA, and to some extent in many other countries.

    While the anti-science attitude was always there, it's true that it seems to be spreading much faster nowadays, and that is a real concern.

    Famous quote by Isaac Asimov (1980):

    There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

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