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Monday, September 21, 2020

President Trump approves major disaster declaration in Alabama after Hurricane Sally


President Trump approves major disaster declaration in Alabama after Hurricane Sally


Article Excerpt: "... FEMA says the President’s action makes federal funding available for people who live in three South Alabama counties affected by Hurricane Sally. Governor Kay Ivey said Baldwin, Mobile and Escambia were the counties approved..."


Reference: whnt.com

Huntsville near top of Zillow list for real estate markets to watch


Huntsville near top of Zillow list for real estate markets to watch


Article Excerpt: "... leading the way as a top market poised for growth. Huntsville ranks No. 2 on its A Dozen Mid-Sized Markets to Watch in 2020..."


Reference: www.bizjournals.com

Thursday, September 17, 2020

SpaceX to launch 60 Starlink internet satellites today. Here's how to watch live.


SpaceX to launch 60 Starlink internet satellites today. Here's how to watch live.


Article Excerpt: "... SpaceX will launch another big batch of Starlink satellites into orbit for the company's burgeoning megaconstellation today (Sept. 17), and you can watch the action live online..."


Reference: www.space.com

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Home Features That Sell: Why Rustic Chic is all the Rage


Home Features That Sell: Why Rustic Chic is all the Rage


Article Excerpt: "... The apex of the trend? Over the past two years, homes described as “modern farmhouse”-style sold for about 10% more than expected, according to a Zillow analysis of listing language and the sales performance of thousands of homes nationwide in 2018 and 2019. Other features that could help boost proceeds for sellers include waterfall countertops (listings mentioning this feature sell for 9.4% more than would otherwise be expected), Moroccan tile (7.3%), Craftsman-style homes (6%) and exposed brick (6%) ..."


Reference: www.zillow.com

Zillow Ranks the Rocket City as one of the 'Dozen Mid-Sized Markets to Watch in 2020'


Zillow Ranks the Rocket City as one of the 'Dozen Mid-Sized Markets to Watch in 2020'


Article Excerpt: "... Huntsville, known as Rocket City, is home to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Home values have also skyrocketed, increasing 11.5% compared to last year, and home values are forecast to increase 5% over the next year..."


Reference: www.zillow.com

NASA, ESA join forces on asteroid deflection program (Video)


NASA, ESA join forces on asteroid deflection program


Article Excerpt: "... production of a spacecraft that will be part of a joint project with NASA to explore how to deflect an asteroid heading for Earth..."


Reference: www.reuters.com

Does the flu shot protect you from coronavirus?


Does the flu shot protect you from coronavirus?


Article Excerpt: "... two medical experts explain why it's vital that everyone get one ..."


Reference: www.cnet.com

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Explorers Wanted: NASA to Hire More Artemis Generation Astronauts


Explorers Wanted: NASA to Hire More Artemis Generation Astronauts


Article Excerpt: "... The basic requirements to apply include United States citizenship and a master’s degree in a STEM field, including engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics, from an accredited institution. The requirement for the master’s degree can also be met by: Two years (36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours) of work toward a Ph.D. program in a related science, technology, engineering or math field; A completed doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathic medicine degree; Completion (or current enrollment that will result in completion by June 2021) of a nationally recognized test pilot school program. Candidates also must have at least two years of related, progressively responsible professional experience, or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. Astronaut candidates must pass the NASA long-duration spaceflight physical. Americans may apply to #BeAnAstronaut at..."


Reference: www.nasa.gov

NASA says Rocket Engines may soon be produced by 3D Printing


NASA says Rocket Engines may soon be produced by 3D Printing


Article Excerpt: "... Huntsville, AL – As part of the Artemis program, NASA is returning astronauts to the Moon where we will prepare for human exploration of Mars. Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing ..."


Reference: www.clarksvilleonline.com

Hurricane Hurricane Sally forecast track shifts east again into Alabama


Hurricane Hurricane Sally forecast track shifts east again into Alabama


Article Excerpt: "... which would put southwest Alabama in line for some of the roughest weather that Sally had to offer. Sally’s forecast path was causing considerable headaches for forecasters late Monday. “There continues to be a significant amount of uncertainty..."


Reference: www.al.com

Madison County Schools return to traditional learning


Madison County Schools return to traditional learning


Article Excerpt: "... Wearing a mask is a requirement for everyone at Madison County Schools. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the bus, picking up lunch, or walking the halls..."


Reference: www.msn.com

Huntsville man is 1 of 30 selected to appear on millions of new potato chip bags


Huntsville man is 1 of 30 selected to appear on millions of new potato chip bags


Article Excerpt: "... Rodney Smith Jr. is one out of 30 people selected by Lays to appear on the chip bags. Up to $1 million in proceeds will benefit Operation Smile. Smith Jr. teaches kindness and responsibility to kids in communities with the "50 Yard Challenge," which calls for kids to mow 50 lawns in their communities..."


Reference: www.msn.com

Monday, September 14, 2020

SpaceX SN8 to launch and fly to 60,000 feet next week


SpaceX SN8 to launch and fly to 60,000 feet next week


Article Excerpt: "... SN8 is one in a line of SpaceX's Starships that are predecessors to vehicles for missions to the moon and Mars. SN5 and SN6 recently completed tests of 500 feet each..."


Reference: phys.org

Rocket City Neighborhood Lights Up Blue to Support Police


Alabama Neighborhood Lights Up Blue to Support Police


Article Excerpt: "... “Okay, I straight up just about cried right now. What a beautiful thing to do for you all!” read one comment, while another person wrote, “Huntsville has a great PD and wonderful supportive community.”..."


Reference: www.officer.com

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Former CIA Officer Will Teach You How to Spot a Lie l Video


Former CIA Officer Will Teach You How to Spot a Lie l Digiday


Article Excerpt: "... In this participatory session, you will learn how to tell when someone is lying. Really. As a former CIA Officer with more than 20 years of experience in interviewing, interrogation and polygraph examination, Susan has seen her share of truth avoiders. She has, in fact, developed behavioral screening programs that are used by the federal government. Don’t miss out on learning her methodologies in spotting deception. Speaker: Susan Carnicero, Author of Spy the Lie and founding partner, Qverity..."


Reference: YouTube

Friday, September 11, 2020

TSA agents at Huntsville airport observe moment of silence on 9/11


TSA agents at Huntsville airport observe moment of silence on 9/11


Article Excerpt: "... A woman visiting the Huntsville International Airport on Friday caught a solemn moment when the TSA agents observed a moment of silence..."


Reference: whnt.com

Former NASA Head Predicts Commercial Rockets Will Beat SLS


Former NASA Head Predicts Commercial Rockets Will Beat SLS


Article Excerpt: "... Charlie Bolden ran NASA from 2009 until early 2017, and before that, he went into space four times as an astronaut. So, when he talks about the Space Launch System (SLS) he oversaw at the agency, you can trust he knows what he’s talking about. In a new interview, Bolden spoke of the incredible advances made by commercial spaceflight companies like SpaceX. In fact, he sees a day when the SLS could be mothballed in favor of a more advanced commercial super-heavy-lift rocket..."


Reference: www.extremetech.com

Hitch a ride to space (and back) on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in this awesome video


Hitch a ride to space (and back) on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in this awesome video


Article Excerpt: "... SpaceX has unveiled a stunning new video that gives a rocket's-eye view of the launch and landing of its recent SAOCOM-1B mission, which lofted an Argentinean satellite into orbit on Aug. 30. The star of the mission (and the incredible video) is a Falcon 9 first stage booster that SpaceX calls B1059.5..."


Reference: www.space.com

Strange Activity on Asteroid Bennu Had NASA Baffled – “Definitely Surprised Us”


Strange Activity on Asteroid Bennu Had NASA Baffled – “Definitely Surprised Us”


Article Excerpt: "... The asteroid, which is being studied by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx, shows some surprising activity on its surface, and scientists are beginning to understand what might be causing it. When NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at asteroid (101955) Bennu..."


Reference: scitechdaily.com

Witnesses to Alabama shooting all too drunk to know what happened at 4:15 a.m. Saturday


Witnesses to Alabama shooting all too drunk to know what happened at 4:15 a.m. Saturday


Article Excerpt: "... William Alexander Eckstein was hosting friends at his parent’s Madison home, where he was playing with his gun around 4:15 a.m., according to WHNT News. What happened next is a mystery... Rocket City News reported that Eckstein is the suspected shooter..."


Reference: www.nydailynews.com

$1 Billion Needed to Bolster Space Industry


$1 Billion Needed to Bolster Space Industry


Article Excerpt: "...conditions necessitate a robust U.S. government investment in the commercial space industry to ensure the military has a healthy industrial base to tap into, according to a recent report written by experts from the Space Force, Defense Innovation Unit and Air Force Research Laboratory. The study titled, “State of the Space Industrial Base 2020: A Time for Action to Sustain U.S. Economic and Military Leadership in Space,”..."


Reference: www.nationaldefensemagazine.org

Huntsville budget stronger than expected, Mayor Tommy Battle says


Huntsville budget stronger than expected, Mayor Tommy Battle says


Article Excerpt: "... The city of Huntsville budget for the upcoming fiscal year emerged more robust than what Mayor Tommy Battle said he expected..."


Reference: www.al.com

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Where Rocks Come Alive: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Observes an Asteroid in Action


Where Rocks Come Alive: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Observes an Asteroid in Action


Article Excerpt: "... Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, the OSIRIS-REx science team reports detailed observations that reveal Bennu is shedding material on a regular basis. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft..."


Reference: www.nasa.gov

Happy 60th Birthday to Huntsville’s Marshall Space Flight Center


Happy 60th Birthday to Huntsville’s Marshall Space Flight Center


Article Excerpt: "... The George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama was dedicated pm September 8, 1960 by President Eisenhower and the center’s first director Dr. Wernher von Braun. With it 4,670 Army civil service employees and 1,840 acres of the Army’s Redstone Arsenal were transferred to NASA..."


Reference: www.alabamawx.com

Huntsville proposing 1 percent cost-of-living-adjustment for employees


Huntsville proposing 1 percent pay increase for employees


Article Excerpt: "...Thursday’s council meeting, a resolution for the 1 percent COLA will be introduced. It will be voted on along with the full budget at the Sept. 24 council meeting..."


Reference: www.al.com