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NYC food delivery workers face a ‘harrowing world’ New York City’s app-based delivery workers—a lifeline to city residents during the COVID-19 pandemic—regularly face nonpayment or underpayment, unsanitary or unsafe working conditions and the risk of violence, according to a new report released Sept. 13. The report, “Essential but Unprotected,” read more

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NASA’s Perseverance rover has collected its first rock sample on Mars, marking an historic first step in a mission to return the sample to Earth later this decade.
Initially scientists couldn’t conclusively confirm whether the rover had gathered a sample due to poor sunlight conditions on the Red Planet. On read more

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Natural materials such as raw soil, shredded straw, husk, and wood were used to build the “mud house”
Italian 3D printer manufacturer, Wasp, has 3D-printed the first eco-friendly house using earth sourced from the surrounding area. It was constructed in 10 days and the materials cost 900 Euro.

Its construction has been possible due to development read more

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Japan’s COVID-19 deaths drop 5% amid state of emergency during Games
July 25 (UPI) — Japan is staging the Summer Olympics during a state of emergency and without spectators in the Tokyo metro area with coronavirus cases surging though its situation is nowhere nearly as dire with a much lower fatality rate than read more

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THE ROYAL MINT has unveiled its new commemorative coin, celebrating the life and legacy of Prince Philip. The Duke, who passed away in April, served as president of The Royal Mint Advisory Committee for several years.

The official memorial coin features an original portrait of The Duke of Edinburgh on a £5 crown, which read more

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Roger Federer loses at Wimbledon, then ponders if it’s for the last time
Federer, the sixth seed who turns 40 on Aug. 8, won the first of his record eight Wimbledon men’s singles titles in 2003. It was also the first of his 20 Grand Slam singles titles, a male record he shares with Rafael Nadal. Novak Djokovic will tie them if he wins Wimbledon read more

solar eclipse photo from NASA
“Super Flower Blood Moon” rises over the Pacific Ocean in Sydney, Australia on May 26, 2021

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NASA’s new solar eclipse photos rule
NASA’s senior photographer Bill Ingalls didn’t think the weather would cooperate.

It did.

On Thursday morning, Ingalls captured stunning pictures of the partial solar eclipse on the U.S. East Coast from Arlington, Virginia. These include the eclipsed sun rising next to read more

family photo taken at Balmoral Castle in 2018 by Duchess of Cambridge
funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip (age 99), Duke of Edinburgh, on the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, April 17, 2021

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Jun 2, 2021, Jake Thrupp, Sky News Australia – “Harry, you’ve lost ALL support from Australians after what you’ve put the Queen through”
In Australia, we have a golden rule. Families often argue with one another, but you never dump on your family in public.
I can assure read more

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19-Apr-2021 – The world’s biggest kite, shaped like a dragon and stretching over 280 meters, soared in the skies over the city of Weifang.
It took 28 craftsmen 48 days to design and complete the kite. Flying it required 55 people, said Zhang Huagang, general manager of Weifang Tianshun Kite Productions read more

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NASA’s Perseverance rover just made breathable air on Mars
The Perseverance rover converted carbon dioxide into oxygen on Mars, marking the first time breathable air has been made on another planet, NASA announced Wednesday. A toaster-sized instrument called MOXIE – short for Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment – made the feat possible. read more

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A massive container ship’s embarrassing and inconvenient predicament is visible from space.
Tiny Earth-observing Dove satellites operated by San Francisco-based company Planet have spied the giant cargo ship that’s blocking Egypt’s Suez Canal, as well as the traffic jam caused by the huge vessel’s plight. The Airbus-built Pleiades Earth-observing read more

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John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American author and the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature winner “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.” He has been called “a giant of American letters,” and many of his works are considered classics of Western literature.

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