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“The new space race is under way, but unlike the original two-state heat of the 1960s, today’s space race is a veritable tournament, with Europe, India, China and Japan competing with Russia and the US to colonise pieces of our extraterrestrial world for profit. Add to them an increasing number of private space ventures, and space is starting to look like a potential Wild West.
Space opened for business in 2015, when the US passed the SPACE Act, which allows entities to “possess, own, transport, use, and sell” any “space resource obtained” – notably excluding any potential living resources. Now, given the number of planned private missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond, disputes are practically inevitable. Companies such as Astrobotic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin in the US, PTScientists in Berlin and iSpace in Japan have imminent lunar missions launching as soon as next year, planning to set up lunar communications and infrastructures.
Governmental partnerships with these private companies, such as Nasa’s long reliance on Blue Origin and SpaceX to shuttle cargo to the ISS, only complicate matters further. The public/private partnerships have been great for extraterrestrial entrepreneurship and national budgets, but have increasingly made states dependent on private companies to get to space, potentially setting private interests against national or international goals.”
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"Not even what one might think of as the most basic tenet of any religion, a belief in the existence of God, is a prerequisite: Agnosticism is a key principle of at least one major school of Hindu philosophy."
"The presidency of any particular incumbent is relatively short... but the precedential consequences of impeaching a president without complying with the specific provisions of the Constitution “as it was written” are enduring."
"After news that a judge allegedly provided sexual favors to Bar Association president Efi Nave in exchange for her appointment, several politicians said in their responses that the Judicial Selection Committee needed to be the “Holy of Holies.”"
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"Popular music is shrinking. From 2013 to 2018, the average song on the Billboard Hot 100 fell from 3 minutes and 50 seconds to about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. "
"Here in the good old U.S. of A, the third annual Women's March planned for Jan. 19 is in serious trouble, thanks to irreconcilable political disagreements."
"Nature, however, with its endless cycles of death and rebirth, fascinated her. Walking in the woods, she developed a method that has become the hallmark of her poetry, taking notice simply of whatever happens to present itself."
"Modern parents haven’t stopped playing favorites; they’ve just stopped doing it openly. Though few parents today will admit they have a favorite child, studies indicate that about two-thirds of parents do."
"The first science-based diet that tackles both the poor food eaten by billions of people and averts global environmental catastrophe has been devised."
"Sphen and Magic looked like they would make great, diligent, careful egg-warming parents. They made the biggest nest, and they sat on it constantly."
"How YMHAs, followed by synagogue-centers, and finally JCCs have tried—in different ways—to balance Judaism and Jewishness, by bringing Jews together in intellectual, spiritual, and physical pursuits"