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NASA Will Now Study In Detail California’s Wildfire Burn Areas



A NASA airplane furnished with an incredible radar took to the skies this month

Starting a science mission to study a few out of control fires that have signaled California’s tremendous zones. The flights are being utilized to distinguish structures harmed in the flames while additionally planning to consume regions that might be a future danger of avalanches and garbage streams.

They’re important for the progressing exertion by NASA’s Applied Sciences Disaster Program in the Earth Sciences Division, which uses NASA airborne and satellite instruments to create maps and other information items that accomplice offices on the ground can use to follow fire hotspots, map the degree of the consume zones, and even measure the tallness of smoke crest that has floated over California and neighboring states.

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Outfitted with the Uninhabited Air Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) instrument, the C-20A fly started departures from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center close Palmdale, California, on Sept. 3. This first flight reviewed the LNU Lightning Complex consume territory upper east of San Francisco. A Sept. 9 flight zeroed in on flames south of Monterey in Central California.

A few of the territories have been deliberately imaged by UAVSAR roughly consistently starting in 2009, with the two latest information assortments being in 2018 and 2019 as a feature of bigger quake shortcoming checking contemplates. At the point when pictures from those past overflights are joined with the new pictures, the science group can deliver what is called harm intermediary guides to recognize the regions generally influenced by the flames and plot the area of structures that may have consumed.

After vegetation is consumed with smoldering heat, slopes and valleys can get defenseless to avalanches and garbage streams during occasional downpours, frequently months after.

By distinguishing the zones most in danger, researchers can all the more likely comprehend where such risks might be most noteworthy when the truly necessary downpours start in California later this fall.

The UAVSAR radar pod is mounted to the base of the airplane. It is flown more than once over a zone to gauge minuscule changes (a couple of millimeters, or quarter inch) in surface tallness with outrageous precision. The smoke-infiltrating instrument is also profoundly powerful at planning consuming scars since radar signals ricochet off vegetation in a totally different manner than they do off the newly consumed ground.

Furthermore, UAVSAR airborne trips over-consume territories produce perceptions that are multiple times higher in spatial goals than satellites, and flights can be immediately orchestrated to gather information over weak zones distinguished in satellite pictures.

“UAVSAR has demonstrated to be a priceless device to distinguish minuscule changes in the stature of the land,” said Yunling Lou, UAVSAR venture chief at JPL. Be that as it may, this radar can likewise cause lovely estimations of to consume scars on some random day and give every day rehashed estimations if necessary, which supplements planning endeavors by NASA satellites.

Going with the radar on the following arrangement of UAVSAR fierce blaze flights will be an infrared imager – an instrument that can see through thick smoke and distinguish dynamic flames – and a noticeable camera, which are the two pieces of the QUAKES-I (Quantifying Uncertainty and Kinematics of Earth Systems Imager) imaging suite. Researchers will have the option to tackle the information to produce point by point ground height maps in the fire-consuming regions.

We need to utilize a mix of radar, infrared, and obvious symbolism to comprehend where the rapidly spreading fire is presently dynamic, to plan the consume region, and to comprehend what zones may have a raised weakness of future avalanches or garbage streams, said Andrea Donnellan, a chief exploration researcher at JPL.

These imprint the primary planning trips with UAVSAR to help NASA’s Disaster Program’s information items.

California keeps on engaging a portion of its most exceedingly terrible rapidly spreading fire seasons on record. These information items are ready for organizations taking a shot at the ground in California, including the California National Guard, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, California Geological Survey, and Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Netflix Responds to GOP Senators’ Questions About ‘Three-Body Problem’




In a letter Friday night, Netflix responded to several questions posed by a group of GOP senators about its upcoming TV series adaptation of the Chinese sci-fi trilogy “The Three-Body Problem,” after the series’ author appeared to express support for China’s treatment of the Uighur minority.

And the company’s main point: Liu Cixin, the trilogy’s author, is not the creator of the show.

On Wednesday,  five Republican senators — Marsha Blackburn, Rick Scott, Kevin Cramer, Thom Tillis and Martha McSally — published an open letter to Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos asking him to “seriously reconsider” adapting Cixin’s series. At issue, a 2019 New Yorker interview with Cixin, which only received widespread attention in September after Netflix announced the project, in which he defended policies — widespread concentration camps — that have been widely condemned by human rights activists.

“If anything, the government is helping their economy and trying to lift them out of poverty,” Cixin told the New Yorker. “If you were to loosen up the country a bit, the consequences would be terrifying.”

According to PBS and multiple other reports, there are at least nine million Uyghurs being held in state-run concentration camps where prisoners are beaten, humiliated by before forced to violate halal dietary rules, and forced into slave labor. China’s government is also accused of operating a “mass rape” program against Uyghur women.

The senators’ letter also asked several questions, essentially demanding the company explain why it has not halted the project in light of Cixin’s comments. In its response Friday night, Netflix answered every one of the questions, said it agreed that China’s oppression of the Uighurs is “unacceptable,” but also explained, again and again, that the TV series has absolutely no involvement from Cixin.

“Netflix judges individual projects on their merits. Mr. Liu is the author of the book – The Three Body Problem – not the creator of this show. We do not agree with his comments, which are entirely unrelated to his book or this Netflix show,” Netflix said in one instance.

Much like the crackdown on what remains of Hong Kong’s autonomy, the treatment of Uighurs has sparked several Hollyw00d-related uproars thanks to the increasing involvement of Chinese companies in the American film industry. For instance, Disney suffered a serious public relations black eye after it was discovered that in the credits for its live action version of “Mulan,” it specifically thanked the state security agency that has overseen the brutal treatment of Uighurs.

Read Netflix’s response below:

Dear Senators Blackburn, Scott, Cramer, Tillis, and McSally:

Thank you for your letter from September 23, and your interest in the upcoming Netflix series adaptation based on The Three-Body Problem. First, we’d like to note that Netflix does not operate a service in China. We address your questions and concerns below:

Q: Does Netflix agree that the Chinese Communist Party’s interment of 1.8 to 3 million Uyghurs in internment or labor camps based on their ethnicity is unacceptable?

A: Absolutely. As the UN Declaration of Human Rights (which China has signed) states “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

Q: In order to avoid any further glorification of the CCP’s actions against the Uyghurs, or validation of the Chinese regime and agencies responsible for such acts, what steps will Netflix take to cast a critical eye on this project – to include the company’s broader relationship with Mr. Liu?

A: Mr. Liu is the author of the books, not the creator of this series. Mr. Liu’s comments are not reflective of the views of Netflix or of the show’s creators, nor are they part of the plot or themes of the show.

Q: Were Netflix senior executives aware of the statements made by Mr. Liu Cixin regarding the CCP’s genocidal acts prior to entering into an agreement to adapt his work? If so, please outline the reasoning that led Netflix to move forward with this project. If not, please describe Netflix’s standard process of due diligence and the gaps therein that led to this oversight.

A: Mr. Liu is a Chinese citizen living in China – he is the author of the books, not the creator of this Netflix series. The creators are David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of Game of Thrones, and Alexander Woo, executive producer/writer on the series True Blood.

Q: Does Netflix have a policy regarding entering into contracts with public-facing individuals who, either publicly or privately, promote principles inconsistent with Netflix’s company culture and principles? If so, please outline this policy. If not, please explain why not.

A: Netflix judges individual projects on their merits. Mr. Liu is the author of the book – The Three Body Problem – not the creator of this show. We do not agree with his comments, which are entirely unrelated to his book or this Netflix show.


Dean Garfield

Vice President, Global Public Policy


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The secret society series fans of Locke & Key need to binge on Netflix




The Order follows Jack Morton (Jake Manley), a student at Belgrave University who joins a secret society and stumbles into the world of magic. It’s only a matter of time before murder, mystery and an all-out clash between two hidden groups, The Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose and The Knights of Saint Christopher, turn Morton’s world upside down. This show has everything fantasy fans could ask for: Spells, werewolves and dark experiments combine to create an uncanny world where anything can happen.  

The story gets even crazier in the second season, which introduces Rogwan, a dangerous demon, and the Sons of Prometheus, another secret society. This series offers something for everyone, as a romance in the second season has significant ramifications on the course of its story. Both seasons explore the intense conflict between two secret societies and the risky consequences of magic. Ultimately, like other fantasy shows, The Order allows the viewer to suspend their disbelief and experience a world where magical spells are the norm, and so it could serve well to tide over fans of Locke & Key‘s arcane adventures.

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The Neighborhood: Black Lives Matter to Serve as Focus of Season 3 Premiere




The CBS sitcom The Neighborhood intends to use its platform to address systemic racism and police misconduct this fall.

TVLine can confirm exclusively that the Cedric the Entertainer-led comedy will open Season 3 with an episode focused on racial unrest and the Black Lives Matter movement. In the premiere, a recurring character becomes the victim of police brutality, which ignites a conversation among members of the Butler family.

“Like most Black families, when it’s close enough to home, it’s enough to get you nervous,” series star and executive producer Cedric the Entertainer tells TVLine. “You realize, ‘Oh! I was on that street,’ or ‘I know that guy’s family’ or whatever. It’s enough to make you really identify [with] it.”

From there, the Butlers and the Johnsons set out to help the victim, at which point the situation places Calvin and Tina’s son Malcolm (played by Sheaun McKinney) in jeopardy.

“We felt that our show is… uniquely positioned to address the Black Lives Matter movement and the call for social justice,” showrunner Jim Reynolds says. “Being a show that addresses issues of race, we really have a responsibility to use our platform to say something — both to validate and honor the experiences of some of our audience, while also trying to give insight to and enlighten other parts of our audience.”

One real-world situation that the sitcom won’t be incorporating into its third season is the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “I felt strongly that we should not set the show in a COVID world,” Reynolds explains. “Initially we were wondering if we could figure out a way that we could kind of address it without featuring COVID, through some sort of analog experience that the community would go through together. However, when the Black Lives Matter movement really took off, we knew that that was the issue that would be a more appropriate one for us to deal with.”

Cedric the Entertainer confirms that the focus shifted once the murder of George Floyd begat a nationwide discussion. “At the time, it was ‘Do we address the pandemic? Do we talk about what everybody’s going through in quarantine?’ And then George Floyd happened, and it just felt like a more important [conversation],” he says. “Our show is… about white neighbors moving into a Black neighborhood, and how we have to learn and grow and come to understand each other. We felt like it was far more interesting to talk about systemic racism and policing.”

CBS has not yet announced a return date for The Neighborhood. In the meantime, hit the comments and tell us if you’re looking forward to seeing how the sitcom addresses BLM this season.

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