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NASA eyes moon’s dark side for astronomy, new telescopes

NASA eyes moon’s dark side for astronomy, new telescopes

Science
May 19 (UPI) -- NASA scientists, as well as astronomers around the world, plan to install lunar observatories in the next few years to peer into the universe's ancient past -- just after the Big Bang. Science equipment headed to the moon already includes a spectrometer built for launch in early 2022, known as ROLSES, which will study how sunlight charges the slight lunar atmosphere. Advertisement The acronym includes the word "sheath," which refers to a field of energy created by sunlight reflecting from the bright lunar surface. And NASA scientists are formulating plans for observatories on the far side of the moon, where darkness and clear sightlines could yield new discoveries about the universe before stars existed. One bold plan to build a telescope in a lunar crater, the Lunar Crat...
Princess Diana interview: ‘Dark cloud over BBC journalism’ says Lord Grade

Princess Diana interview: ‘Dark cloud over BBC journalism’ says Lord Grade

Entertainment
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Dark web crackdown on opioid traffickers triggers 179 arrests

Dark web crackdown on opioid traffickers triggers 179 arrests

Technology
Police have arrested 179 people, including four in the UK, as part of a global crackdown on dark web opioid trafficking.More than $ 6.5m (£5m) in cash was seized in a series of arrests and raids across the US and Europe, which came more than a year after the Wall Street Market darknet site was closed down. At the time the site - which was operated by three German nationals - was one of the largest online illegal marketplaces, allowing users to purchase illicit items ranging from fraudulent documents to drugs and weapons.It was accessible though the anonymity-preserving Tor browser, which is legitimately used around the world by people whose access to the internet is controlled by authoritarian governments, but which has also provided criminals with a mechanism to frustrate law enforcement....
Medicare nursing home COVID-19 site leaves users in the dark

Medicare nursing home COVID-19 site leaves users in the dark

Health
WASHINGTON -- When the Trump administration required nursing homes to report their COVID-19 cases, it also promised to make the data available to residents, families and the public in a user-friendly way. But some facilities that have had coronavirus cases and deaths turn up as having none on Medicare's COVID-19 nursing home website. Those data may be incomplete because the reporting requirements don't reach back to the start of the pandemic. Numbers don't necessarily portray the full picture. “The biggest thing that needs to be taken away ... is in its current form, it is really leaving consumers in the dark,” Sam Brooks, project manager for Consumer Voice, said of Medicare's data website. Consumer Voice is a national advocacy group for improved quality in long-term care....
Dark matter hunt yields unexplained signal

Dark matter hunt yields unexplained signal

Science
An experiment searching for signs of elusive dark matter has detected an unexplained signal.Scientists working on the Xenon 1T experiment have detected more activity within their detector than they would otherwise expect.This "excess of events" caused by outside particles could point to the existence of a previously undetected dark matter particle called an axion.Dark matter comprises 85% of matter in the cosmos, but its nature is unknown.Whatever it is, it does not reflect or emit detectable light, hence the name.There are three potential explanations for the new signal from the Xenon1T experiment. Two require new physics to explain, while one of them is consistent with a hypothesised dark matter particle called a solar axion.So...