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Silver Defender Offers Unmatched Cleaning Power

As the country continues to navigate best practices for cleaning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, woman-owned business, Silver Defender is helping other businesses nationwide by offering stretchable films with built-in antimicrobial protection to protect the film. Silver Defender's patent-pending films cover everything from door handles, elevator buttons and handrails to credit card machines, bathroom faucets and shopping carts. Activated by light, air pressure and touch, the propriety designs contain an antimicrobial agent that protects the film from bacteria, mold, mildew and fungi. Silver ions react with and affect multiple sites in bacterial cells on the exterior of the film, keeping it clean. 

Chris Hadfield's first novel, The Apollo Murders, to be published in October 2021

Senior Diplomatic Journalist Ali Cinar spoke with Chris Hadfield, who will have a new fiction book, titled The Apollo Murders, published by Random House Canada on Oct. 12, 2021.
 
Cinar's Conversation with Chris Hadfield-Highlights:
 
-Great opportunities have arisen in the field of space thanks to the new technological capabilities,

- Countries that may disagree with each other on earth could agree on the international space station,

- The name of the Space Forces Command has been renewed due to political reasons. In fact, similar units had existed before as well,

- "Space Laws" separate from earth laws and "International Space Crew Code of Conduct Laws" are must-have too,

- We need to look for the evidence and facts before believing in unidentified objects,

- It was interesting to feel "weightless" in space and seeing the earth on the smallest scale. Just like in the pandemic, you feel isolated in space as well. It took me some time to acclimate after I came back,

- I've been to Turkey 3 to 4 times. I was a high schooler on my first visit. I love Turkey; I have so many good memories.

- My new book telling the story of a Cold War tension in the middle of the space race will be on the shelves on October 12th, with ten different languages.
 
Upcoming Book-October 12th,2021
 
New York Times bestselling astronaut Chris Hadfield is back with an exceptional Cold War thriller from the dark heart of the Space Race.
 

1973: a final, top-secret mission to the Moon. Three astronauts in a tiny module, a quarter of a million miles from home. A quarter of a million miles from help.
 
As Russian and American crews sprint for a secret bounty hidden away on the lunar surface, old rivalries blossom and the political stakes are stretched to breaking point back on Earth. Houston flight controller Kazimieras ‘Kaz’ Zemeckis must do all he can to keep the NASA crew together, while staying one step ahead of his Soviet rivals. But not everyone on board Apollo 18 is quite who they appear to be.
 
Full of the fascinating technical detail that fans of The Martian loved, and reminiscent of the thrilling claustrophobia, twists and tension of The Hunt for Red OctoberThe Apollo Murders puts you right there in the moment. Experience the fierce G-forces of launch, the frozen loneliness of Space and the fear of holding on to the outside of a spacecraft orbiting the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour, as told by a former Commander of the International Space Station who has done all of those things in real life.
 
 
About Chris Hadfield:
Chris Hadfield is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. The top graduate of the U.S. Air Force test pilot school in 1988 and U.S. Navy test pilot of the year in 1991, Colonel Hadfield was CAPCOM for twenty-five Shuttle missions and NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia. Hadfield served as Commander of the International Space Station where, while conducting a record-setting number of scientific experiments and overseeing an emergency spacewalk, he gained worldwide acclaim for his breathtaking photographs and educational videos about life in space. His music video, a zero-gravity version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," has nearly 50 million views, and his TED talk on fear has been viewed over 10 million times. He helped create and host the National Geographic miniseries One Strange Rock with Will Smith, and has a MasterClass on exploration. Chris Hadfield's books An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here have been New York Times bestsellers, and along with The Darkest Dark, international bestsellers all around the world.
 
Journalist, Ali Cinar

Current Challenges and Opportunities for Space Technologies

Senior Diplomatic Journalist Ali Cinar interviewed Brian Sinclair and Bill Diamond for the recent developments on space and UAP's.


Brian “Sunshine” Sinclair ,Retired Navy Pilot

What are the current challenges and opportunities for Space?

Challenges: One of the most pressing challenges right now includes the growing amount of collision hazards in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) whether it be orbital debris or the large number of constellation satellites. Another challenge has been created by the increasing accessibility to space. It is creating a more congested LEO that is quickly becoming both commercially and internationally competitive and contested. This challenge will probably require more domestic and international regulatory actions.

Opportunities: The US commercial sector has just begun to explore human space transport with promising results. After sub-orbital and LEO voyages become more mainstay, I hope that the commercial sector will expand its boundaries to the Moon with a far-distant goal being Mars. The challenge of orbital debris is also an opportunity...an opportunity for research and development into robotic efforts to "clean up LEO".

U.S established a U.S. Space Force. Do you think, other countries will establish a similar Space Force Unit. Are we going to see a global competition in the military?

Yes, they already have. China established its Space Force in 2015 as they realized that space is a critical US vulnerability for C4ISR in supporting precision strikes. Russia revitalized their space force,Kosmicheskie Voyska Rossii, KV, also in 2015 as a merger between the Russian Air Force and Aerospace Defense Forces. The global military competition for space has already begun.

What do you think about UAP?

As near-peer state actors continue to increase their unmanned aerial vehicle technology, I believe that the US military will have more and more encounters with what we now call Unexplained Aerial Phenomenon (UAP).

Very Respectfully,

Bill Diamon,SETI President &CEP

-What are the current challenges and opportunities for identifying UFO's?

UFO’s – now more generally referred to as UAPs or Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon – and their potential connection to the presence of alien intelligence in our skies, are fundamentally different than SETI research endeavors, though many people often confuse the two. UAP’s are a result of accidental or unintentional observation by private citizens and more recently by US military pilots, commercial airline pilots and others. To date there have been no government or privately funded efforts to intentionally search for, observe and characterize UAPs and as such, little is actually known about their nature or origins. While the US government funded a very modest ($20M USD) effort to ‘investigtate’ UAPs, this was limited to examining photographs, video footage and eye-witness accounts, and did not include any efforts at systematic observation.

SETI research is fundamentally different, in that it is an intentional and scientifically-based observational program in both the optical and radio portions of the electromatic spectrum. It is conducted systematically and is based on traditional scientific methods of testing hypothesis through designed experiments. SETI observations support independent verification and resulting datasets are fully open to the international scientific community and the general public. SETI observations are limited by instrument sensitivity, amount of ‘time on the sky’ using radio and optical telescopes, and by an absence of government funding. Nevertheless, they are widely accepted in the scientific community as representing the proper application of scientific investigative methods to test a hypothesis relating to the possible existence (past or present) of technological civilizations beyond Earth that might be discovered through the detection of their own electromagnetic emissions (radio/radar transmission, laser transmission, e.g.).

The biggest challenge for UAPs is the absence of any purpose-designed-and-built observation programs to accurately characterize the actual size, speed, and telemetry of these phenomena, by observing them in high-resolution, and from multiple simultaneous points of view. Without such efforts, UAPs remain the domain of accidental observation where accurate characterization of size, distance, speed, telemetry are completely unknown. Indeed, whether or not some UAPs may be the result of instrument errors or spurious signals, particularly in terms of radar observations, is still an open question.

In terms of opportunities, I believe there is an opportunity to design and build observational platforms for the specific purpose of characterizing UAPs and that resulting research programs based on such platforms could certainly help resolve many of the open questions surrounding UAP observations.

-U.S established a U.S. Space Force. Do you think UFOs would be one of the reasons?

I cannot speak for the US government, but I would imagine that the establishment of a U.S. space force is far more likely to be the result of concerns over what other nations are doing in space rather than concerns about the possibility of alien technology in our skies. It’s also important to remember here that UAPs are not and have not been observed in ‘space.’ These phenomenon are observed in our skies, like airplanes and other air-born technologies.

-Some retired navy pilots have encountered with UFO in the past (Recent media interview) Are the governments hiding this mystery? Why not public? Do you think, Humans will face with UFOs more often in the near future.

Here again, I cannot speak for the US or any other governments, but I am doubtful that any information is being purposely withheld. If there were truly solid and unambiguous evidence of alien presence in our skies, this would be an extremely difficult secret to maintain over many decades. It also seems strange to me that while UFO sightings are growing in number on an annual basis, they are not growing nearly as fast as the number of cameras aimed at our skies through smart-phone cameras, security cameras and similar systems. In spite of exponential improvements in camera resolution and exponential growth in number of cameras, typical UAP images and videos remain surprisingly unclear, unsharp, blurry, and generally poor quality. Why is that?

ABOUT SETI:

The SETI Institute was incorporated as a 501(c)3 California Non-Profit Corporation on November 20, 1984. The inaugural officers of the Institute were CEO Thomas Pierson and SETI scientist Jill Tarter. The Institute began operations on February 1, 1985.

Prior to the inception of the SETI Institute, NASA was funding a small project in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. John Billingham, Chief of Life Sciences at NASA Ames Research Center and Bernard (Barney) Oliver, formerly of Hewlett-Packard invited Tom Pierson and others into discussions about maximizing the effectiveness of the funds, and ways of putting more money into the research and less into institutional overhead. These discussions led to the concept of a dedicated non-profit research organization focused on research and education around the factors of the Drake Equation. This vision was realized in the 1984 incorporation of the SETI Institute.

The newly-formed SETI Institute’s first Trustees were Frank Drake, Andrew Fraknoi, Roger Heyns, and William Welch. Over the years, such well-known figures as Carl Sagan, Lew Platt, and Nobel Prize winners Baruch Blumberg and Charles Townes have served on the Board of Trustees. Jill Tarter is currently a Trustee of the Institute.

The first grant-funded proposal at the Institute was for SETI research, led by Jill Tarter. Following shortly thereafter, the first astrobiology grant (then known as exobiology) was received, with Harold Klein as the Principal Investigator. Hundreds of research and education grants have been successfully managed at the SETI Institute since those first few awards.

Founder and CEO Tom Pierson helmed the SETI Institute from its inception until ill health overtook him in 2013. He passed away in 2014. Acting CEO Edna DeVore led the Institute until she was succeeded by President and CEO David Black in 2014, who served for a year.

Current President and CEO Bill Diamond took charge in June 2015. New directions for the SETI Institute have led to a restructuring of the operations of the Institute, folding the SETI research program into the larger science umbrella of the Carl Sagan Center. Nathalie Cabrol holds the position of Director of the Carl Sagan Center. Simon Steel is the Senior Director of Education and STEM Programs, while Pamela Harman and Rebecca McDonald are Director of Education and Director of Communications, respectively. Education and Public Outreach has always been an integral part of the Institute, including space science and astrobiology curricula for formal and informal education, the popular radio show/podcast Big Picture Science, the SETI Talks lecture series, public lectures by scientists, and popular science writing. Outreach to the general public via social media and other efforts has received new emphasis as the Institute looks forward to continuing its mission to explore the possibilities of life in the universe and share discoveries with the public.

Journalist, Ali Cinar

McAfee Announces Partnership w Turkish Entrepreneuer's TransientX for Zero-Trust Network Access

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, today announced new partnerships with leading Zero-Trust Network Access (ZTNA) vendors, providing enhanced security to ZTNA deployments for enterprise customers. Appgate, Axis Security, and TransientX join the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance (SIA) program, which will include certifying their integrations with McAfee technology as part of the SIA open-provider approach to Zero-Trust. This builds on McAfee’s existing zero-trust initiatives, including participation in Google Cloud’s BeyondCorp Alliance.

New York City High Schools Will Start Face-To-Face Education

Life in New York is slowly returning to normal. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that for the first time since November, public high schools will begin face-to-face education on March 22.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio had given the good news that following the decrease in the number of coronavirus cases, firstly movie theaters would be open on March 5th. Some cultural activities, prayers, and weddings could be carried out with limited capacity as of March 12th. 
 
After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcement regarding the new rules for fully vaccinated people on Monday, de Blasio stated that public high schools would also be open, which were closed precisely one year ago.

488 public high schools in New York are preparing to start education, with some offering hybrid instruction. Authorities said that nearly half of the high schools would offer in-person classes to all or most of their students five days a week, while others will offer remote or face-to-face hybrid instruction.

Schools in regions where the number of Coronavirus cases is high will offer face-to-face teaching for half of the students. Teachers and staff will return to schools on March 18th to begin preparing the classrooms. While around 55,000 students return to school, 282,000 high school students will continue to receive their education online.

Team sports, which have been deemed high risk, will restart throughout the city in April, and the school tournaments will continue all summer.

At a press conference he held on Tuesday, the Mayor highlighted the importance of opening schools for children's mental health. De Blasio said, "Think about the children who have not seen their friends for a year. Think about the children who are in emotional pain and who are worried. Think about the children we have lost to suicide. There are many reasons for bringing our children back."

The Mayor also emphasized the importance of using masks and following social distance rules in schools.

Vaccinations are also in full swing in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who lost his popularity due to scandals and is about to lose his revocation power, announced that 10 new vaccination centers would be in service across the state. So far, 3 million people have been vaccinated in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Turkey Unveils Space Program including 2023 Moon Mission

“Our primary and most important goal for our national space program is the contact of the Republic, in its 100th year, with the moon,” the Turkish leader said. “God willing, we are going to the moon.”

Erdogan also declared Turkey’s aim to send Turkish citizens into space with international cooperation, to work with other countries on building a spaceport and to create a “global brand” in satellite technology.

“I hope that this roadmap, which will carry Turkey to the top league in the global space race, will come to life successfully,” he said.

SNC's Dream Chaser Mission Delayed

Citing delays related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has pushed back the time frame for the first mission using its Dream Chaser spaceplane. Formerly scheduled for late 2021, the company now expects the Dream Chaser to make its initial flight to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2022. The cargo mission will be the first of a minimum of six conducted under a Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract with NASA.

YouTube Bows to Pressure to Set Up Turkey Office

YouTube has bowed to pressure from Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to set up an office in the country after the government threatened the video-streaming service with a de facto ban. The Google-owned streaming site said it had spent months “thoroughly analysing” a new social media law passed earlier this year at the behest of Mr Erdogan, which requires social media providers to adhere to stringent new conditions or face a reduction of their internet bandwidth of as much as 90 per cent. 

Pandemic Delays Maiden Dream Chaser Flight Aboard Vulcan

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has announced that the maiden flight of the company’s Dream Chaser spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) has been pushed to 2022. The Dream Chaser spacecraft was designed to carry crew and cargo to the ISS. In January 2016, NASA awarded SNC with a set of six space station resupply missions. The company did not, however, receive funding to proceed with the development of a crewed version of the spacecraft. In August 2019, SNC announced that it had selected the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan to carry all six initial Dream Chaser flights. The announcement added an expected maiden launch date of 2021.

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