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Frozen 'super-Earth' could support life, experts say

Frozen 'super-Earth' could support life, experts say

Technology
A frozen "super-Earth" discovered six light years from Earth could be capable of harbouring life, scientists have said. The rocky planet, at least 3.2 times the size of Earth, is orbiting Barnard's Star, one of the closest and most well studied red dwarf stars in the Galaxy and the sun's nearest neighbouring single star.Known as Barnard's star b, its surface temperatures are estimated at minus 150C. Despite this, scientists believe pockets of liquid water, warmed by geothermal activity, could lie beneath the ice capable of harbouring life.As a red dwarf, Barnard's star is smaller, older and much cooler than the sun. Although the planet is much closer to it than the Earth is to the sun, it's surface remains locked in a blanket of ice. Ima...
Medicare expands access to in-home support for seniors

Medicare expands access to in-home support for seniors

Health
In a harbinger of potentially big changes for Medicare, seniors in many states will be able to get additional services like help with chores, safety devices and respite for caregivers next year through private "Medicare Advantage" insurance plans. The shift reflects a growing recognition that simple help at home can have a meaningful impact on patients' well-being — and reduce some costs for taxpayers. A couple of hundred dollars to install grab bars in the shower can prevent a fall leading to a broken hip, a life-changing injury. The newly covered services are similar to what people might need if they required long-term care, said Howard Gleckman, a senior researcher at the nonpartisan Urban Institute think tank. "It begins to break down the wall between long-term care and Medicar...
US student detained in Israel for alleged boycott support

US student detained in Israel for alleged boycott support

World
In a groundbreaking case, Israel has detained an American graduate student at its international airport for the past week, accusing her of supporting a Palestinian-led boycott campaign against the Jewish state. The case highlights Israel's concerns about the boycott movement and the great efforts it has made to stop it. The grassroots campaign has made significant inroads in recent years, particularly among university students and millennials. Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen with Palestinian grandparents, landed at Ben-Gurion Airport last Tuesday with a valid student visa. But she was barred from entering the country and ordered deported, based on suspicions she is a boycott supporter. An Israeli court has ordered that she remain in custody while she appeals. The weeklong detent...
Lana Del Rey confronts Kanye West over support for Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live

Lana Del Rey confronts Kanye West over support for Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live

Entertainment
Lana Del Rey has criticised Kanye West for his support of Donald Trump.The singer, who performed at West's wedding to Kim Kardashian in 2014, described his endorsement of the US president as "a loss for the culture".She wrote to West after an appearance on Saturday Night Live, which ended with an unscripted, pro-Trump rant. "I can only assume you relate to his personality on some level," wrote Del Rey. "Delusions of grandeur, extreme issues with narcissism."None of which would be a talking point if we weren't speaking about the man leading our country."If you think it's alright to support someone who believes it's OK to grab a woman by the pussy just because he's famous, then you need an intervention just as much as he does."She ...
BAE to provide data analysis, support for Janus programs

BAE to provide data analysis, support for Janus programs

Business
Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has issued contracts worth up to $ 1.52 billion to BAE Systems for information services and to improve real-time access to data collected by the agency from satellite data. The contracts fall under the three Janus programs that include Geomatics Precise Imagery, Geography and Geomatics Elevation. All three contracts will be valid for 10 years. "Policy-makers, warfighters, intelligence professionals, and first responders all depend on accurate geospatial data," Kevin Malone, vice president and general manager of Analytics Systems at BAE Systems, said in a press release. "In an increasingly complex and fast-paced world, the demand is rising and timelines decreasing. Janus positions NGS to meet these expectations," Malone said. Wo...