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SpaceX’s Elon Musk Suggests Alien Life May Be Hiding In These 2 Spots

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  • Elon Musk responded to a young fan who sent a letter asking if he believes there is life on other planets
  • The SpaceX founder suggested Mars or Europa may harbor extraterrestrial life
  • NASA is aiming to send its Europa Clipper spacecraft to the Jupiter moon by 2023

Is there life on other planets? Elon Musk suggested that it may be possible to find extraterrestrial life if space missions look in certain places.

On Thursday, the SpaceX and Tesla founder shared the two most likely spots where humans may be able to find extraterrestrial life in response to a letter sent to him by a 13-year old boy, who asked if Musk believes there is life on other planets. The two places he mentioned? Earth’s neighbor, Mars, and Jupiter’s moon, Europa.

“Doesn’t seem to be any life in this solar system. Maybe under the ice of Europa or extremophile

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University of Florida Pauses Football Activities After COVID-19 Outbreak, LSU Game Canceled

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The University of Florida has stopped football practice for their players after an increase in positive COVID-19 cases on the team.

According to a news release from the Florida Gators on Tuesday, the football team “experienced an increase in positive COVID tests among players” and paused team activities “out of an abundance of caution.”

The news comes just days before they are scheduled to play Louisiana State University, which has now been postponed.

The Sunshine State’s football team — including players, coaches, and personnel — has had 19 positive tests over the past several days, a source told ESPN’s Andrea Adelson, who confirmed a prior report by The Independent

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Elon Musk’s Mars City Must Pass This Acid Test

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  • Elon Musk knows that any successful Mars settlement must be able to survive on its own.
  • He also knows that Mars settlers will likely die on the Red Planet.
  • Humankind could be cruising toward a new existentially threatening Great Filter.

    Elon Musk recently said that the true test of his major plans to colonize Mars is simple: Will a human settlement on Mars survive if new resources and people from Earth eventually stop coming to the Red Planet?

    You like Musk. So do we. Let’s nerd out over his creations together.

    The reason for Musk’s speculation links with his expressed worldview about the future of humankind. There are a lot of factors at play in what could sound like a simple comment. Inverse reports:

    “The acid test, really, is, if the ships from Earth stop coming from any reason, does Mars die out?” Musk told

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    India to roll out quick and cheap coronavirus paper test

    A fast and cheap paper-based coronavirus test will soon be available across India, with scientists hopeful it will help turn the tide on the pandemic in one of the world’s worst-hit nations.

    India has recorded more than 7.5 million infections, second only to the United States, and the outbreak has spread from densely packed megacities like Mumbai to rural communities with limited medical services.

    The locally developed Feluda, named for a detective in a famous Indian novel series, resembles a home pregnancy paper-strip test and delivers results within an hour.

    Researchers are optimistic that its low cost and ease of use can help stem the pathogen’s spread in poor and remote areas.

    “This test doesn’t require any sophisticated equipment or highly trained manpower,” said co-creator Souvik Maiti, a scientist at New Delhi’s CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB).

    “There are lots of remote parts of India where you do

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    It took COVID-19 to remedy inequities in Monterey County schools

    Every corner of Nana Concha’s apartment is filled with toys and stacked high with books and activities.

    Snacks clutter cabinets and countertops.

    The East Salinas babysitter has WiFi — something many of the children don’t have at home. 

    The sounds of tapping keyboards, class sessions on Zoom, bouncing balls, and the occasional “İDeja de correr!” (Stop running!) from Nana Concha echo in the room. Most of the children, ranging from infant to middle schoolers, have parents working in the fields.

    One of the children is six-year-old Kender Ricardez Tobon, farmworker Eufemia Aguilar’s grandson. Aguilar, who is recovering from surgery, likes to sit on the couch next to Kender.

    She tries to help him finish his online assignments. Both hover over the Chromebook screen, which is filled from top to bottom with the faces of his first-grade classmates and his teacher. 

    As the two focus on the busy screen, the chaos

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    Hundreds of parents who were separated from their kids at the U.S.-Mexico border remain “unreachable”

    Advocates have been unable to reach the parents of 545 children who were separated by U.S. immigration authorities at the southern border and who could be eligible for court-mandated reunifications, according to a joint legal filing by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Justice Department. 

    These parents, designated as “unreachable” in Tuesday’s court filing, are part of more than 1,000 migrant families who were separated by U.S. border officials before the Trump administration fully implemented its “zero tolerance” crackdown in the spring of 2018.

    The “zero tolerance” policy led to the separation of more than 2,800 migrant families before Judge Dana Sabraw of the U.S. District Court in San Diego brought an end to the practice in June 2018.

    Most of the families who remained in the U.S. when the ruling was issued were eventually reunited, but Sabraw authorized a steering committee of advocacy groups to track down the

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    Magnolia’s Fojt surpasses 1,000 career digs in win

    Magnolia reeled off its sixth win in seven tries Tuesday, topping A&M Consolidated 24-26, 25-16, 25-14, 25-16 at home in District 19-5A play.

    In the process, junior libero Kaylyn Fojt surpassed 1,000 career digs.

    The Bulldogs (8-6, 5-2) host College Station on Friday at 6 p.m. to kick off the second half of district play.

    College Park sweeps Conroe

    College Park rolled to a 25-6, 25-18, 25-13 home win over Conroe in District 13-6A play on Tuesday.

    The Cavaliers (4-8, 1-1) got plenty of contributors in a balanced effort. Paige Palmer had four aces and 12 digs. Abby Kremer had 18 kills and four blocks. Mallory Madison also had four blocks to go along with eight digs and five kills. Alexis McDaniel had 20 digs and Koralyn Owens had 22 assists.


    The Tigers (5-8, 0-3) were led on offensive by Amanda Rivera’s 10 kills. Saege Anzueto had 16 digs and

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    New & Noteworthy Visual Books, From Extraordinary Women to Van Gogh’s Letters

    VINCENT VAN GOGH: A Life in Letters, edited by Nienke Bakker, Leo Jansen and Hans Luijten. (Thames & Hudson, $39.95.) Three curators at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam compile the artist’s correspondence to shed light on his creative process and personal life.

    THE ART OF NASA: The Illustrations That Sold the Missions, by Piers Bizony. (Motorbooks, $50.) Blending a history of space exploration with a survey of illustration technology over six decades, these 200 large-format images from NASA detail such landmarks as the Space Shuttle, the I.S.S. and the mission to Mars.

    THE PEOPLE: Nimiipuu, Nez Perce Tribe, by Hunter Barnes. (Reel Art, $39.95.) Barnes, a photographer, was welcomed into the close-knit Lapwai Idaho reservation from 2004 to 2008 to document its ways. These black-and-white portraits and other images capture lives at the intersection of tradition and modernity.

    WINE AND THE WHITE HOUSE: A

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    An Incoming Asteroid Isn’t The Only ‘Omen’ Close To The U.S. Presidential Election As Comet Appears

    Will there be an asteroid on the date of the U.S. Presidential Election? 

    It looks that way. As tweeted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, a small refrigerator-sized asteroid called 2018VP1—so way smaller than the Chelyabinsk meteor—is coming our way at 40,000 km/hr and will be in our vicinity on Tuesday, November 2, 2020. That’s the date of the U.S. Presidential Election. 

    A bad omen? Come on! It’s not even bad. First discovered in late 2018, 2018VP1 is not going to cause any problems for us earthlings. There’s a 0.41% chance it will strike our planet. It will very likely burn-up and go completely unnoticed. What is certain is that there are three other science risks to worry about much more. 

    However, given that some people like to find meaning in random space events, there are

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    Some Democrats fear losing college students’ votes because of widespread remote learning.

    With college campuses quiet as universities adopted online instruction to help stop the spread of coronavirus, a new political wrinkle came with it: Some House candidates, typically Democrats, can usually count on support from students living on college campuses in their districts — but many of those students are now living back home.

    For Representative Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, a Democrat who beat an incumbent Republican in 2018 and flipped the Eighth Congressional District blue for the first time in 20 years, the switch to largely virtual teaching means the potential loss of thousands of reliably Democratic voters at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

    In a House district that was decided last time by 13,098 votes out of more than 340,000 ballots cast, the loss of any votes this year keeps Ms. Slotkin up at night. She can no longer pitch herself to a captive audience of students hanging

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