For all of the challenges in 2020, it was a remarkable year for the global space community. A NASA spacecraft collected samples from asteroid Bennu , and Japan’s Hayabusa-2 probe returned asteroid material to Earth . China touched down again on the moon and brought some of it back and three nations (the United States, UAE and China) launched missions to Mars . For the first time since the space shuttle retirement in 2011 , U.S. astronauts returned to the International Space Station from American soil on an American rocket. Meanwhile on Earth, aerospace enterprises responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by delivering telemedicine, modeling techniques, ventilators and personal protective equipment. Satellite networks informed our supply chains to maximize efficiencies and deliver vital supplies where they were needed most. While families and students worked and studied from home, our telecommunications architectures kept people … [Read more...] about The future depends on the global space ecosystem
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Thursday reported 2,072 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 132 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 1,187,474 cases and 21,102 deaths. People wait in line Feb. 25 in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium to get a COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images) Of the new deaths reported, 41 people were over the age of 80, 42 people were between the ages of 65 and 79, 30 people were between the ages of 50 and 64 and nine people were between the ages of 30 and 49. Long Beach reported eight deaths and Pasadena added two. READ MORE: Cat Who Went Missing 15 Years Ago Found In Palmdale, Reunited With Owner Health officials also reported that COVID-19 hospitalizations had dropped below 2,000 for the first time in three months — with 1,988 COVID patients hospitalized, 30% of whom were being treated in intensive care units. “While case and hospitalization numbers have declined, … [Read more...] about LA County Reaches 100 MIS-C Cases As COVID Hospitalizations Fall Below 2,000
RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A huge boost was given to hungry families in Bergen County . A local charity won a $1 million grant to give out 100,000 meals. As CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported Thursday, it’s helping restaurants stay afloat, too. READ MORE: U.S. Carries Out Airstrikes In Syria On Iranian-Backed Targets Stacey Antine has run the charity Healing Meals for five years, gifting healthy food to sick adults and children. The need exploded when the pandemic struck. “We had to pivot and we started gifting meals to seniors in need, and also Ridgewood social services,” Antine said. More money and donations were needed to keep up. That’s when Antine discovered a state grant of $14 million that eventually went to two dozen organizations. Antine’s Health Barn decided to bid big for $1 million to feed 100,000 people, and won! READ MORE: House Passes Equality Act, Bolstering Legal Protections For LGBTQ Americans “We got the full ask. It’s like hitting the … [Read more...] about Bergen County Charity Awarded $1 Million Grant To Serve 100,000 Free Meals
As the United States races to get its citizens vaccinated, there is a parallel vaccine marathon going on in the world in which nations are bartering, trading, giving away and using vaccine doses for more than just public health. The COVID-19 vaccine is the new highly sought-after currency used in exchange for people or things, like a modern day version of trading beads. According to the New York Times , Israel has agreed to finance an undisclosed number of coronavirus vaccines for its enemy Syria, using Russia as a third party cut-out. Under the reported deal, Israel will pay Moscow to send Russian-made Sputnik vaccines to the regime of Bashar al-Assad of Syria in return for the release of a 23-year-old Israeli woman detained since Feb. 2 for entering Syria. ADVERTISEMENT Inevitably, goods of high value get sold, traded and bartered especially in desperate times when everyone needs the same thing and supplies are limited. Think about it: For more than 100 years, oil has … [Read more...] about Is vaccine diplomacy the new ‘soft diplomacy’?
NORWELL (CBS) – An old-fashioned service in Norwell has exploded in popularity during the pandemic. Hornstra Farms, founded in 1915, is still doing door-to-door milk delivery in glass bottles. “Here’s the thing about glass,” said owner John Hornstra, who took over the longtime family business in 1985. “It has no flavor, it has no odor, and it’s impervious.” READ MORE: 39,725 Minutes! Painfully Long Waits On Vaccine Website As Thousands Of New Appointments Are Filled Hornstra Farms glass milk bottles. (WBZ-TV) And Hornstra takes pride in raising the cows themselves, milking them, and then bottling it and delivering it themselves. Every step of the process is controlled by Hornstra. “A lot of companies look at ‘How many can we make?’ and mass production, and that’s not me. I will never sacrifice quality for price,” Hornstra told WBZ-TV. And that quality has become legendary on the South Shore. “We have a really unique way of pasteurizing the milk. We pasteurize … [Read more...] about It Happens Here: Norwell’s Hornstra Farms Gets Big Boost In Milk Delivery To Homes