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Feel like getting off the world for a while? You’ve got company! As the U.S. News & World Report states, some 12,000 people have applied to become astronauts following a call from NASA for volunteers. It’s the second largest group of would-be spacefarers in the agency’s history.
The hopefuls come from all 50 American states, as well as the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories. Those selected will probably travel to the International Space Station and pave the way for exploration of the moon and Mars.
The previous call for recruits drew a record 18,300 candidates, of which 12 were ultimately chosen. This time around NASA tightened its qualifications, requiring a master’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or math. There are currently 48 active astronauts in the group.
POSITION: Father (also known as Daddy, Dad, Pop)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Long-term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidate must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24-hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required.
LENGTH OF JOB: The rest of your life.
POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION: Not much until Grandparent position opens up.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required. On-the-job training mandatory.
BENEFITS: No paid holidays. Available benefits include lifelong opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, and occasional hugs.
These are only a few reasons to celebrate all the men we know and love who are great fathers!
Happy Father’s Day!
Your favorite small businesses— the neighborhood bookstore, the family-owned coffee shop, your local grocery store— all worked hard to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CNN website shares these suggestions for making sure they continue to succeed:
Buy gift cards for upcoming presents. Most local businesses have gift cards for sale. Buying a few puts money in their bank accounts right away, even if the recipients don’t use them right away.
Shop locally, even online. We’ve all grown used to online shopping. Check websites for local opportunities to order what you need instead of heading to an internet giant.
Look for discounts. Businesses trying to attract customers will offer discounts to entice consumers. Taking advantages of these discounts will help support them while helping you to stay within your budget.
Tip generously. Your tip may or may not directly benefit the store, but it will show your appreciation to delivery drivers and staff, which can result in higher morale and better retention, which businesses need now more than ever.
COVID-19 made an impact on people all over the world, but curiously, it’s reduced our impact on the planet. The New York Times reports that self-quarantining has had an observable effect on seismic activity beneath city streets.
Thomas Lecocq, a seismologist at the Royal Observatory of Belgium in Brussels, measured the seismic noise beneath the city after Brussels established a lockdown in mid-March. He found that it had diminished quickly and significantly once Belgians and their cars were off the streets.
Other scientists around the world have followed his lead and detected similar declines. In Great Britain, one seismologist tracking activity from her suburban house observed a 20%–25% reduction in average weekly noise one week after the British commenced their lockdown.
In the center of London, another seismometer recorded a 30% drop. Similarly, noise levels in Los Angeles have declined more than 50% of normal, and the Paris Institute of Earth Physics has detected a 38% drop in average daytime seismic noise in the city. It seems that all our footsteps have more an impact than we realized.
We have all spent extra hours online over the past few months and you’re probably being extra careful with your personal information. However, determined criminals can “phish” for information.
The Norton website shares these clues to help you spot a scam and keep your data safe:
Every 20 years or so, the remains of a 50-foot shipwreck are exposed on a Maine beach in the wake of strong storms, only to be buried again by more harsh weather. It’s a mystery that has frustrated locals wanting to know more about the ghost ship. According to the CNN website, the ship was first spotted in 1958, then reappeared in 1978, 2007, 2013, and 2018. Some pieces of the ship were saved, and now the mystery has been cleared up.
A marine archaeologist sent pieces of the wreck to the Cornell University Tree-Ring Laboratory, where the timber was matched in a tree-ring index to a probable date of 1753. With that data, the archaeologist studied historical records and linked it to a sloop called Defiance, built in 1754 and wrecked near the Maine location in 1769. Defiance sailed out of Salem, Massachusetts, with a cargo of flour, pork, and other goods. Crewed by four men, the ship hit a fierce storm and was forced onto the beach. Although the sloop was a total loss, all four men survived.
The identification is significant because Defiance is one of the few examples of a pre-Revolutionary War ship built in New England. Scientists also hope to use the information to measure the impact of sea level rise and storm activity.