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Our View: Thumbs up for Hampstead Elementary, county high school athletes making college choices, drama club going on with the show I COMMENTARY

THUMBS UP: Kudos to Century Higrh School’s drama club for turning a disappointing moment some eighth months ago into a bright spot amid the pandemic. Their spring production was wiped out in March when schools were forced to close because of the coronavirus. Instead, they came together last week to get ready for the Century High School Opening Knights’ Quarantine Cabaret. The virtual variety show is set to debut Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. as a cluster of spoken word poetry, songs, and skits aimed to capture what the students have gone through during the pandemic. Over the last few months, the students have been refining the creative projects they’ve dreamed up for the cabaret with the help of drama club director Lucas Hewitt and co-director, Caitlin Hewitt, a school counselor at Liberty High School who is also his wife. The production’s 26 acts range from original songs written and

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The view through the Army’s new night vision goggles is next f–king level

The Army has been fielding its next-generation night vision goggles to soldiers for just over a year, and recently-released footage provides a look at the advanced new systems’ remarkable capabilities.

Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division recently conducted training with the Enhanced Night Vision Googles-Binoculars (ENVG-B) and Family of Weapons Sights-Individual (FWS-I) at the Army’s Schofield Barracks in Hawaii in early November, according to video published to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service. 

Towards the end of the training footage posted to DVIDS, the Army provides a brief look at what the view through the ENVG-B and FWS-I actually looks like — which, as our colleagues at The War Zone astutely put it, looks like something out of a first-person shooter video game:

The new ENVG-Bs and FWS-I are designed to fuse standard night vision with thermal scanning during daytime and nighttime operations, according

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Politics Divides How Americans View Higher Education’s Response To The Pandemic

Americans are about equally divided in their opinions about whether colleges that reopened their campuses this fall for in-person attendance did the right thing. Half of those surveyed said those campuses made the right decision, and 48% indicated they didn’t, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

The nation’s views on whether campus leaders made the right choice when bringing students back to campus are deeply divided along party lines. Among Republicans or people who lean Republican, 74% said in-person campuses had done the right thing, compared to just 29% percent of Democrats or individuals who lean Democratic saying the same.

The poll provides another piece of evidence suggesting how influential political forces have been in shaping colleges’ reopening plans. Other recent research revealed that campuses’ reopening decisions were linked to

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Study offers more complete view of massive asteroid Psyche

SwRI study offers more complete view of massive asteroid Psyche
The massive asteroid 16 Psyche is the subject of a new study by SwRI scientist Tracy Becker, who observed the object at ultraviolet wavelengths. Credit: Maxar/ASU/P. Rubin/NASA/JPL-Caltech

A new study authored by Southwest Research Institute planetary scientist Dr. Tracy Becker discusses several new views of the asteroid 16 Psyche, including the first ultraviolet observations. The study, which was published today in The Planetary Science Journal and presented at the virtual meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences, paints a clearer view of the asteroid than was previously available.


At about 140 miles in diameter, Psyche is one of the most massive objects in the main asteroid belt orbiting between Mars and Jupiter. Previous observations indicate that Psyche is a dense, largely metallic object thought to be the leftover core of a planet that failed in formation.

“We’ve seen meteorites that are mostly metal, but Psyche could be

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