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    Daily Digest 7/14 – The Un-Making Of The West, The Hunt for Earth’s Deep Hidden Oceans

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    Saturday, July 14, 2018, 3:31 PM


As Trump backlash continues, STEM professionals in Texas run for office (tmn)

Sawyer is not alone. Across the country, hundreds of candidates with academic or professional experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics have left their businesses and laboratories to compete in state legislative contests, congressional elections and even governor’s races. These scientists-turned-politicians constitute the largest wave of such candidates in modern U.S. history, according to 314 Action, an advocacy group that works to elect STEM professionals to public office.

The Un-Making of the West, Vol. I: Whistling Past the Graveyard (Thomas R.)

Ideally immigrants will come from compatible cultures, and they will not come in transformative numbers—if they are allowed to come at all. This is wholly discretionary. Assimilation is a difficult process for even the most related of cultures. Valuing the most alien and the most unassimilable, as the Left does, and in huge numbers, is producing the fracturing any logical person would expect. The percentage of Americans born abroad is at least 13.4% (where the Pew Research Center placed it in 2015, the most recent number I could find), and it stands at a whopping 27% in California (both figures exclude the 11-30 million illegal aliens). Over 20% of U.S. residents do not speak English at home.

Deported In A Moment (jdargis)

Launched in 2005 by the Bush administration, Operation Streamline was designed to handle a spike in apprehensions of Mexican and Central American immigrants along the southern US border. The program allows the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and federal courts to process people charged with unauthorized entry into the US at a breakneck pace.

Robots Can’t Hold Stuff Very Well. But You Can Help (tmn)

Check out the simulator here. You’ll see a spray bottle as a robot might see it: Each colored bar going through the bottle establishes a spot where a robot pincer could attempt a grip. The line enters where one of its finger pads could rest, and exits where the other would go. Pinching, basically. The colors correspond to the probability of a successful grasp at that location—green is good, red is bad, yellow is in between.

NASA Discovered Evidence of Life on Mars 40 Years Ago, Then Set It On Fire (Thomas R.)

“A total of four [soil] samples were analyzed, each multiple times, by rapidly heating the sample to one of four temperature steps,” researchers from NASA’s Ames Research Center in California and the Atmosphere, Media, Spatial Observations Laboratory (LATMOS) in France, wrote in the new study.

The Hunt for Earth’s Deep Hidden Oceans (tmn)

Not actual drops of water, or even molecules of H20, but its ingredients, atoms of hydrogen and oxygen embedded in the crystal structure of the mineral itself. This hydrous mineral isn’t wet. But when it melts, out spills water. The discovery was the first direct proof that water-rich minerals exist this deep, between 410 and 660 kilometers down, in a region called the transition zone, sandwiched between the upper and lower mantles.

$7.5 billion Zumwalt Destroyer needs new engine despite only a few months of use (Thomas R.)

It is taking over six months to replace the engine because a special rail system is needed to remove the engine and put in a new one. The system to enable engine replacement had not been designed when the Navy realized it needed one. Engineers had to finish the design and then install the system.

Researchers Study Thousands Of Ticks Collected By The People They Bit (jdargis)

Until now. Usually, Nieto says, scientists collect around 100 ticks at a time for local research using surprisingly low-tech methods (such as dragging a long swath of fabric behind a truck, then counting the number of ticks it catches). In this case, researchers received thousands of ticks. Most had been removed from humans or dogs—and there were many more than they originally planned for.

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