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From Humble Start, NASA Engineer Uplifts Herself and Others

July 27, 2017 by · Comments Off on From Humble Start, NASA Engineer Uplifts Herself and Others 

When astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon 48 years ago this month, the scene transfixed a small girl in Costa Rica watching on a neighbor’s TV. “I was 7 years old when I saw the Apollo landing. … I told Mami, ‘I want to reach the moon,’ ” Sandra Cauffman recalled. Since seeing that 1969 event, Cauffman has watched rockets roar into space carrying the Mars-orbiting MAVEN satellite and other exploratory equipment she has worked on while leading or supporting teams as a NASA engineer. “I marvel at my own journey, and how I came to help probe the mysteries of outer space,” Cauffman said in a 2014 TED Talk.
 
 

Massachusetts High Court: Police Cannot Hold People Solely on Immigration Status

July 25, 2017 by · Comments Off on Massachusetts High Court: Police Cannot Hold People Solely on Immigration Status 

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Detained US Citizens, Threatens ‘Serious Consequences’

July 22, 2017 by · Comments Off on Detained US Citizens, Threatens ‘Serious Consequences’ 

U.S. President Donald Trump is warning Iran to release American citizens detained in the Islamic Republic, saying if it does not he is “prepared to impose new and serious consequences.” A White House statement Friday said Trump is willing to take new measures “unless all unjustly imprisoned American citizens are released and returned.” The comments come after a Chinese American, Xiyue Wang, was sentenced in Iran this week to 10 years in prison on spying charges. “The United States condemns hostage takers and nations that continue to take hostages and detain our citizens without just cause or due process,” the White House statement said. The statement mentioned Wang by name along with Robert Levinson, an American former law enforcement officer who disappeared more than 10 years ago in Iran. It also demanded Iran release U.S. businessman Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer.
 
 

Trump Draws ‘Red Line’ for Mueller at Family Finances Unrelated to Russia

July 20, 2017 by · Comments Off on Trump Draws ‘Red Line’ for Mueller at Family Finances Unrelated to Russia 

TrumpredlinewebVOA -U.S. President Donald Trump told the New York Times that if a special prosecutor investigating Russia’s influence on last year’s presidential election and possible collusion with his campaign expands the probe to look at Trump’s family finances unrelated to Russia, that would cross the line of what is acceptable. “I would say yes,” Trump said when asked if that would represent a “red line,” according to a transcript released late Wednesday. “I have no income from Russia. I don’t do business with Russia.” In a wide-ranging interview, Trump also expressed dismay with the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, saying if Sessions had indicated that intention before being nominated then Trump would have “picked someone else.”
 

Two Iranians Charged in US for Hacking, Selling Weapons Software

July 18, 2017 by · Comments Off on Two Iranians Charged in US for Hacking, Selling Weapons Software 

Two Iranian nationals have been charged in the United States in an alleged scheme to steal and resell software to Iran, including a program to design bullets and warheads. According to an indictment unsealed Monday, Mohammed Saeed Ajily, 35, recruited Mohammed Reza Rezakhah, 39, to break into companies’ computers to steal their software for resale to Iranian universities, the military and the government. The two men — and a third who was arrested in 2013 and handed back to Iran in a prisoner swap last year — allegedly broke into the computers of Vermont-based Arrow Tech Associates. The stolen software included Arrow Tech’s Projectile Rocket Ordnance Design and Analysis System (PRODAS), which is protected by U.S. controls on the export of sensitive technologies, and its distribution to Iran is banned by U.S. sanctions on the country.
 
 
 

First Woman to Win Math Equivalent of Nobel Prize Dies

July 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on First Woman to Win Math Equivalent of Nobel Prize Dies 

MirsakhaniEnglishwebAssociated Press – Maryam Mirzakhani, a Stanford University professor who was the first and only woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics, has died. She was 40. Mirzakhani, who battled breast cancer, died Saturday, the university announced. It did not indicate where she died. In 2014, Mirzakhani was one of four winners of the Fields Medal, which is presented every four years and is considered the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize. She was named for her work on complex geometry and dynamic systems.

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Colleges Hurt America, Republicans Say in Poll

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EnglishCollegewebVOA – A majority of older Republicans and Republican-leaning voters say American colleges and universities have a negative effect on the United States. But a majority of younger Republicans and Republican-leaners aged 18 to 29 say colleges have a positive effect on the country. Over the past two years, The Pew Research Center found that the share of Republicans and Republican leaners who view the impact of colleges and universities positively has declined 18 percentage points, from 54 percent to 36 percent. Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents view the value of colleges and universities very differently. Pew said 72 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaners say colleges have a positive effect on the United States — little changed from recent years.

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Iranian Cancer Researcher Detained, Sent Home From Boston Airport

July 12, 2017 by · Comments Off on Iranian Cancer Researcher Detained, Sent Home From Boston Airport 

detentionwebAn Iranian cancer researcher who flew to the United States to work at a Boston hospital was detained and later sent back home Tuesday along with his family. Stephanie Malin, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said Mohsen Dehnavi, his wife and three children were put on a return flight to Iran late Tuesday after being detained Monday for reasons that arose during reviews by the agency. Malin did not elaborate on what the review found, and said the detentions were not related to President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen unless they already have a valid visa, or have a “bona fide” tie to family members or a business.
 
 
 

Reporting Methods Seen as Inadequate

July 9, 2017 by · Comments Off on Reporting Methods Seen as Inadequate 

By all accounts, hate crimes are rising in the United States. From an increase in the number of attacks on hijab-wearing Muslim women to threats made against Jewish community centers earlier this year, all indications suggest hate-motivated offenses are on the rise. But their true extent remains a puzzle, in part because of poor data collection. Now, policymakers, worried that hate crimes are woefully underreported, are mulling prescriptions to improve the quality of crime reporting. In March, two Democratic lawmakers, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representative Don Beyer, introduced legislation that aims to aid the FBI in its transition to a more comprehensive crime reporting system known as the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

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G20: Trump and Putin hold first face-to-face talks

July 7, 2017 by · Comments Off on G20: Trump and Putin hold first face-to-face talks 

trumpwebBBC – Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have held their first face-to-face talks, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg. “It’s an honour to be with you,” Mr Trump told Mr Putin, who responded: “I’m delighted to meet you personally.” Both sides listed a wide range of topics discussed, including Russia’s alleged meddling in the US election. Climate change and trade are set to dominate the two-day G20 meeting. Violent clashes between protesters and police have taken place in the streets outside the venue, with dozens left injured.

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