NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory: What are some skywatching highlights in May 2021?  NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history on another planet & More

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory: What are some skywatching highlights in May 2021?  NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history on another planet & More

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What are some skywatching highlights in May 2021?   

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What’s Up – May 2021
What are some skywatching highlights in May 2021? Beginning mid-May, find all four inner planets (including Earth!) near the western horizon after sunset. And on May 26, a supermoon total eclipse.
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What are some skywatching highlights in May 2021?

Beginning mid-May, find all four inner planets (including Earth!) near the western horizon after sunset. And on May 26, a supermoon total eclipse.

Additional information about topics covered in this episode of What’s Up, along with still images from the video, and the video transcript, are available at https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/whats-up-skywatching-tips-from-nasa.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Transcript:

What’s Up for May? This month, a rocky planet round-up, and a super blood Moon eclipse!

Beginning mid-May, if you can find a clear view toward the western horizon, you’ll have an opportunity to see all four of the rocky, inner planets of our solar system at the same time, with your own eyes. Starting around May 14th, cast your gaze to the west about half an hour after sunset, local time to see if you can spot Mercury, Venus, and Mars. (And well, Earth is kind of hard to miss.)

To see near the horizon, you need an unobstructed view – free of nearby trees and buildings. Some of the best places for this are the shores of lakes or the beach, open plains, or high up on a mountain or tall building.

In addition to the planets, from around the 14th through the 17th, the crescent Moon joins the party for a lovely planetary tableau. Now, Venus will be really low in the sky. (It’ll be easier to observe on its own later in the summer.) But for now, take advantage of this opportunity to observe all of the inner planets in a single view.

May 26 brings a total lunar eclipse. Over several hours, the Moon will pass through Earth’s shadow, causing it to darken and usually become reddish in color. The red color comes from sunlight filtering through Earth’s atmosphere – a ring of light created by all the sunrises and sunsets happening around our planet at that time Because of the reddish color, a lunar eclipse is often called a “blood moon.” Just how red it will look is hard to predict, but dust in the atmosphere can have an effect. (And keep in mind there have been a couple of prominent volcanic eruptions recently.)

Lunar eclipses take place when the Moon is full, and this full Moon happens when the Moon is also near its closest point to Earth in its orbit, often called a “supermoon.”

Unlike solar eclipses, which you should never look at, it’s safe to view lunar eclipses with your eyes. And unlike solar eclipses, which tend to have a narrower viewing path, lunar eclipses are at least partly visible anywhere on the planet’s night side.

Now, eclipses happen at the same moment no matter where you are on Earth, but what time your clock reads during the eclipse depends, of course, on your time zone. The best viewing for this eclipse is in the Pacific Rim – that’s the western parts of the Americas, Australia and New Zealand, and Eastern Asia. For the U.S., the best viewing will be in Hawaii, Alaska, and the western states.

For the Eastern U.S., the eclipse begins for you during dawn twilight. You may be able to observe the first part of the eclipse as the Moon just starts to darken, but the Moon will be near or on the horizon as Earth’s shadow begins to cover it. The farther west you are, the more of the eclipse you’ll be able to see before the Moon sets that morning. Those in the western half of the country will be able to see almost the entire eclipse.

So if you’re in the path of this eclipse, check your local times for the best viewing near you. And if you’re in the U.S., be prepared to get up early if you want to see this rare celestial event: a super blood moon eclipse.

Here are the phases of the Moon for May.

You can catch up on all of NASA’s missions to explore the solar system and beyond at nasa.gov. I’m Preston Dyches from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and that’s What’s Up for this month.

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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Succeeds in Historic First Flight
The small rotorcraft made history, hovering above Jezero Crater, demonstrating that powered, controlled flight on another planet is possible.
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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Successfully Completes First Flight

Video: NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Successfully Completes First Flight
The Ingenuity team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California determined that the flight was successful after receiving data from both the helicopter and the Perseverance Mars rover.
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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet on April 19, 2021. The Ingenuity team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California determined that the flight was successful after receiving data from both the helicopter and the Perseverance Mars rover.

Ingenuity is a technology demonstration. The 19-inch-tall Ingenuity Mars Helicopter contains no science instruments. Instead, the 4-pound rotorcraft will help determine whether future explorations on Mars could be conducted from the air.

Perseverance touched down at Octavia E. Butler Landing with Ingenuity attached to its belly on Feb. 18. The helicopter was deployed to the surface of Jezero Crater on April 3.

For more information on the Ingenuity, visit : https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter/

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Transcript:

[Marina Jurica] Earlier today, Ingenuity should have autonomously performed its first flight attempt on Mars. Now, the team is ready to receive the data that will tell them whether we’ve made history.

[VOCA] This is downlink. We are beginning to see data products.

[VOCA] Rotor motors appear healthy, all actuators appear healthy.

[VOCA] Ingenuity is reporting having performed spin up, take off, climb, hover, descent, landing, touchdown and spin down.

[VOCA] Altimeter data confirmed that Ingenuity has performed its first flight.

[cheers, clapping]

[VOCA] First flight of a powered aircraft on another planet.

[cheers, clapping]

[MiMi Aung] We can now say human beings have flown a rotorcraft on another planet. Let’s get back to work and more flights! Congratulations!

[cheering]

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The shadow of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter can be seen in this animated GIF composed of images taken by its black-and-white navigation camera during the rotocraft’s third flight, on April 25, 2021.

This is the third color image taken by NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter. It was snapped on the helicopter’s second flight, on April 22, 2021, from an altitude of about 17 feet (5.2 meters). Tracks made by NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover can be seen as well.

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter can be seen hovering during its third flight on April 25, 2021, as seen by the left Navigation Camera aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover.

The downward-looking navigation camera aboard NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took this image of the rotorcraft’s shadow on the surface of Jezero Crater during helicopter’s second experimental test flight on April 22, 2021. The helicopter’s navigation camera autonomously tracks the ground during flight.

The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter was built by JPL, which also manages this technology demonstration project for NASA Headquarters. It is supported by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, and Space Technology Mission Directorate. NASA’s Ames Research Center and Langley Research Center provided significant flight performance analysis and technical assistance during Ingenuity’s development.

A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith (broken rock and dust).

Subsequent NASA missions, in cooperation with ESA (European Space Agency), would send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed samples from the surface and return them to Earth for in-depth analysis.

The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is part of NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration approach, which includes Artemis missions to the Moon that will help prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.

JPL, which is managed for NASA by Caltech in Pasadena, California, built and manages operations of the Perseverance rover.

For more about Perseverance: mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/ and nasa.gov/perseverance

Mission: Mars Helicoptor

Target: Mars

Spacecraft: Ingenuity

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Greetings from our two grandsons, five-year-old Kai, and, one-year-old Bodhi, with the flowers blooming in our garden.

Kai, our 5-year-old Grandson brought the tangerine plant outdoors to the garden on Thursday, April 19, 2021.  We keep our plants inside the apartment during winter.    Now that the weather is about 55 – 60-degree Fahrenheit, I decide to move some of the plants outdoors to the garden. 

Kai was surprised to see the Bleeding-Heat plant brooming.  Daffodils are the first flowers blooming in our garden.  The Bleeding-Heart Plant produced the second blooming of flowers.

This is the first time that Bodhi sees the flowers bloom.  He was very excited to see new things in his one-year-old life.  He wanted to pull the flowers as a young baby accustom to do.  This Bleeding-Heart Plant is a gift from his mother to us many years ago.  We always enjoy to see these beautiful flowers blooming in the early spring.  Because of staying so long inside during winter and the COVID-19 lockdown, we are eager to be outdoor in our garden.  It is really such a pleasure for us to see our daughter’s plant blooming into beautiful flowers.

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Daffodils, the first flowers to bloom in our garden. I took photo of these flowers on Friday, April 2, 2021

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Axios PM: 5 new climate pledges

By Mike Allen ·Apr 22, 2021

Mike Allen mike@axios.com

Good afternoon: Today’s PM — edited by Justin Green — is 497 words, a 2-minute read.

·  Stocks fell modestly today after reports that President Biden wants to nearly double the capital gains tax paid by wealthy Americans.

·  Sen. Tim Scott will deliver the GOP’s rebuttal to Biden’s joint address to Congress.

Please join Axios’ Joann Muller and Erica Pandey tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. ET for conversations about electric and autonomous vehicles with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and San Francisco-Marin Food Bank executive director Tanis Crosby. Sign up here.

  1. 5 new climate pledges, 4.22.2021

German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes part in the virtual international climate summit with President Biden. Photo: Kay Nietfeld/Pool via Getty Images
1.      Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would increase its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 40% to 45% of its 2005 levels by 2030.

2.     Japan: Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Japan would cut its emissions by 46% from 2013 levels by 2030.

3.     South Korea: President Moon Jae-in pledged to end all new public financing for overseas coal projects, and will submit new emissions targets later this year.

4.     Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro pledged to end illegal deforestation by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

5.     China: President Xi Jinping said his country — the world’s largest consumer of coal — will attempt to “strictly limit increasing coal consumption” over the next five years.

Go deeper: More details on the pledges, via Axios’ Jacob Knutson.

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President Biden has opened a major global climate summit with a call to other world leaders to step up to the challenge. Joe Biden pledged to cut US emissions by at least half from 2005 levels by the end of this decade but he warned that his country couldn’t take action alone. He told world leaders that scientists were calling this the “decisive decade” for tackling climate change and action was needed now. The latest data shows China is the world’s biggest producer of carbon dioxide, emitting 28% of global output. China is second biggest, producing 15% with India producing 7%. Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by science editor David Shukman and North America editor Jon Sopel. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog? #BBCNews?

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Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence, struck a note of urgency in telling world leaders that climate change must be “fully integrated” with national security. President Biden committed the United States to cutting emissions by half by the end of the decade at a virtual Earth Day summit.

President Biden speaking on Thursday during a virtual summit on climate change from the East Room of the White House.Credit…Pool photo by Al Drago

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Biden’s intelligence director tells world leaders climate is now ‘at the center’ of U.S. foreign policy. 

Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence, speaking on Capitol Hill last week.Credit…Pool photo by Graeme Jennings

Avril Haines, President Biden’s director of national intelligence, told world leaders on Thursday that climate change was no longer a peripheral issue but now “at the center” of U.S. foreign policy, with far-reaching impacts on force deployments and the stability of hard-hit regions.

Ms. Haines, speaking at this week’s virtual global climate conference, struck a tone of urgency at variance with the attitudes of many of her predecessors, who downplayed the role of rising sea levels, droughts, crop failures, fires, diseases and more frequent severe weather events.

“To address climate change properly it must be at the center of a country’s national security and foreign policy,” she said, echoing the words of Lloyd J. Austin III, the defense secretary, who addressed the conference a few minutes earlier.

“It needs to be fully integrated with every aspect of our analysis in order to allow us not only to monitor the threat but also, critically, to ensure that policymakers understand the importance of climate change on seemingly unrelated policies,” Ms. Haines said.

Her comments came after NATO officials announced they would likely agree on a climate “action plan” to reduce emissions by military units and conduct an alliance-wide assessment of the potential threats arising from climate disruptions.

On Thursday, the C.I.A. announced it was adding a new category covering the environment to its World Factbook. The agency’s unclassified guide will now provide the latest country data on climate, air pollutants, infectious diseases, food security, waste and other environmental topics.

Ms. Haines began by saying that the intelligence services had long recognized the importance of climate change — and praised efforts by the C.I.A. over the last three decades to identify the geopolitical impact of climate-based changes in Russia, Asia, Africa and the Arctic.

“We have not always made it a key priority,” she added.

The Biden administration has promised to put a new focus on climate change at the nation’s intelligence agencies. Top intelligence officials all pledged in their confirmation hearings to increase their agencies’ focus on climate.

A pair of recent intelligence reports have presented a grim picture of climate change. The annual worldwide threat assessment, which looks at short-term challenges, said extreme weather caused by climate change would increase the potential for surges in migration and cause instability around the globe.

The changes will “exacerbate political instability and humanitarian crises,” the annual threat report said.

The intelligence agencies issued even more dire warnings with the quadrennial Global Trends report issued on April 8, which argued that climate change would contribute to instability, strain military readiness and encourage new political movements. It said that all societies would be forced to adapt to a warmer planet through changes both small and complex, including the building of massive new sea walls and the relocation of cities and towns.

The report said the physical effects of climate change would intensify over the next 20 years, particularly in the 2030s, and the impact would fall disproportionately on poor parts of the world.

Some Republicans have expressed reservations at expanding the intelligence community’s focus on climate change. At a hearing last week, Ms. Haines argued that while there was partisan division over the issue, intelligence analysts have been examining the issue for decades during administrations of both parties.

“It’s just become increasingly accepted as something that is part of the national security landscape,” she said.

— Glenn Thrush and Julian E. Barnes

U.S. says it will sharply cut emissions and increase funds to vulnerable countries to fight climate change.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes part in the virtual international climate summit with President Biden on Thursday.Credit…Pool photo by Kay Nietfeld

President Biden on Thursday declared America “has resolved to take action” on climate change, and the White House said it would substantially increase the money it offers to developing countries to address the issue.

In a show of renewed resolve after four years of the Trump administration’s unvarnished climate denial, Mr. Biden formally pledged that the United States would cut its emissions at least in half from 2005 levels by 2030. His administration also announced it intends to double by 2024 the amount of money it offers to help developing countries, compared with what the United States spent annually in the second half of the Obama administration.

Barely three months into Mr. Biden’s presidency, the contrast with his science-denying predecessor, President Donald J. Trump, could not have been more striking.

“The signs are unmistakable, the science is undeniable and the cost of inaction keeps mounting,” Mr. Biden said.

John Kerry, President Biden’s global climate change envoy, said he believes the United States will meet and possibly even surpass the new goal.

Speaking at the conclusion of the first day of the summit, Mr. Kerry called the goal “ambitious but appropriate and achievable” and said the market is moving faster than expected in creating renewable energy and new breakthroughs are likely on the horizon in battery storage and other areas.

“Is it doable? Will we probably exceed it? I expect yes,” Mr. Kerry said.

Asked what the Biden administration can do now to prevent a future president from gutting the climate plans as President Trump did to the Obama administration, Mr. Kerry noted that he fielded that question in virtually every diplomatic discussion over the past three months.

“You destroyed your credibility, you left the Paris Agreement, how can we trust you?” Mr. Kerry said other leaders asked him. He insisted the private sector will cement clean energy policies into reality even if Mr. Bidens’ policies stall or are someday overturned.,

“No politician, I think, can change what is now happening in the marketplace.”

The Biden administration said it plans to offer an estimated $5.7 billion a year by 2024. In a statement, the White House said that it would “work closely with Congress to meet these goals.”

Between 2013 and 2016, U.S. international climate finance was around $2.5 billion a year, including in the form of export credit and loans, based on government data from that time.

Joe Thwaites from the World Resources Institute said the foreign aid pledges were not especially ambitious. “The climate finance plan the Biden administration launched today starts to play catch up after the U.S. was largely absent for the last four years — when many other developed countries already doubled their climate finance, and some committed to doubling again before 2025,” he said.

The two-day summit comes at a time when scientists are warning that governments must take decisive action to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees above preindustrial levels. The consequences of exceeding that threshold includes mass species extinctions, water shortages and extreme weather events that will be most devastating to the poorest countries least responsible for causing global warming.

Officially, nations that are party to the Paris agreement are obligated to announce their new targets for emissions cuts in time for a United Nations conference in Scotland in November.

In an executive order announced late Thursday morning, the White House also said it would “seek to” end investments in “carbon-intensive” fossil fuel projects abroad. It was also not clear if that referred to money for gas pipelines and terminals. The United States is a leading exporter of gas, and development aid has been used to promote the expansion of gas, including in Africa.

Mr. Kerry said in his remarks that no country alone would be able to finance the transition to a green economy, adding that private banks and asset managers would have to align their investments accordingly.

The summit is the first of its kind to be convened by a United States president, and Mr. Biden is joined by other world leaders like Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada.

While the summit is an international one, Mr. Biden’s speech was also aimed at a domestic audience, focusing not just on America’s obligation to help cut its global emissions but on the jobs he believes are available in greening the U.S. economy.

“The countries that take decisive actions now” to tackle climate change, Mr. Biden said, “will be the ones that reap the clean energy benefits of the boom that’s coming.”

Mr. Biden’s target of 50 percent to 52 percent by the end of the decade calls for a steep and rapid decline of fossil fuel use in virtually every sector of the American economy and marks the start of what is sure to be a bitter partisan fight over achieving it.

One of Mr. Biden’s biggest political obstacles is international: Republicans say the United States should not be asked to sacrifice if the world’s largest emitters will swallow U.S. efforts in their pollution.

Christopher Flavelle contributed reporting.

Biden wants to slash emissions. Success would mean a very different America.

By 2030, half of the country’s electricity would come from renewable sources such as wind.Credit…Bing Guan/Reuters

President Biden’s new pledge to slash the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decade is long on ambition and short on specifics, but experts say that success would require rapid and sweeping changes to virtually every corner of the nation’s economy, transforming the way Americans drive to work, heat their homes and operate their factories.

In several recent studies, researchers have explored what a future America might look like if it wants to achieve Mr. Biden’s goal: cutting the nation’s planet-warming emissions at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030.

By the end of the decade, those studies suggest, more than half of the new cars and S.U.V.s sold at dealerships would need to be powered by electricity, not gasoline. Nearly all coal-fired power plants would need to be shut down. Forests would need to expand. The number of wind turbines and solar panels dotting the nation’s landscape could quadruple.

It’s achievable in theory, researchers say, but it’s an enormous challenge. To get there, the Biden administration would probably need to put in place a vast array of new federal policies, many of which could face obstacles in Congress or the courts. And policymakers would have to take care in crafting measures that do not cause serious economic harm, such as widespread job losses or spikes in energy prices, that could lead to blowback.

“It’s not an easy task,” said Nathan Hultman, the director of the University of Maryland’s Center on Global Sustainability. “We won’t be able to sit back and hope that market forces alone will do the job.”

In two recent studies, Mr. Hultman and his colleagues modeled possible paths to achieving at least a 50 percent reduction in emissions by 2030. The changes would be far-reaching:

·         By 2030, half of the country’s electricity would come from renewable sources such as wind, solar or hydropower, up from one-fifth today.

·         New natural gas plants would be built largely with technology that can capture carbon dioxide instead of releasing it into the atmosphere — technology that is still in its infancy.

·         Virtually all of the 200 remaining coal plants in the U.S. would shut down unless they, too, can capture their emissions and bury them underground.

·         By 2030, two-thirds of new cars and S.U.V.s sold would be battery-powered, up from roughly 2 percent today.

·         All new buildings would be heated by electricity rather than natural gas.

·         The nation’s cement, steel and chemical industries would adopt stringent new energy-efficiency targets.

·         Oil and gas producers would slash emissions of methane, a potent heat-trapping gas, by 60 percent.

·         The nation’s forests would expand, and farming practices would be reworked, so that they pull 20 percent more carbon dioxide out of the air than they do today.

— Brad Plumer

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Hitting the targets could require a rapid shift to electric vehicles, the expansion of forests nationwide, development of complex new carbon-capture technology and many other changes, researchers said.

April 22, 2021

China’s leader, Xi Jinping, promises to ‘strictly limit’ coal.

China’s president, Xi Jinping, delivered a speech during the opening of the Boao Forum for Asia on Tuesday. Mr. Xi promised Thursday that China would limit coal consumption.Credit…Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

President Xi Jinping of China said his country would “strictly limit increasing coal consumption” in the next five years and phase it down in the following five years.

That’s significant because China is, by far, the world’s largest coal consumer and is continuing to expand its fleet of coal-fired power plants. Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel.

Mr. Xi repeated his pledge from last year to draw down carbon emissions to net zero by 2060. And, in a pointed reminder to his host, President Biden, he said that the industrialized countries of the West had a historic responsibility to act faster to reduce emissions.

The United States is history’s largest emitter. China is today’s largest emitter.

Mr. Xi added a conciliatory note by saying “China looks forward to working with the international community, including with the United States” on addressing climate change.

Neither China nor India, whose prime minister, Narendra Modi, spoke after Mr. Xi, made any new commitments to ramp up their climate ambitions. Mr. Modi repeated India’s pledge to expand its fleet of renewable energy projects, urged people to make lifestyle changes to address climate change, and announced a vague new partnership with the United States on green energy projects.

India’s once-galloping economy has slowed sharply and the country is currently in the throes of a deadly coronavirus surge.

— Somini Sengupta

Here’s what Canada, Russia and other countries have committed to so far today.

A video monitor in the East Room of the White House showed the heads of state participating in the virtual climate summit on Thursday.Credit…Al Drago for The New York Times

Beyond the big two of the United States and China, here’s an overview of what some American allies and adversaries have said so far at President Biden’s virtual climate summit with world leaders on Thursday.

·         Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged that Canada would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent to 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, a step up from its previous target of a 30 percent reduction in the same time frame. This is a significant increase in ambition for an economy that is still highly dependent on oil extraction, and a sign that Mr. Biden’s decision to increase the United States’ target is having an influence on his closest allies.

·         Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India reiterated his country’s promise to install 450 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2030, but made no new commitments. He argued that India’s per capita emissions were far smaller than those of other major emitters and said, “We, in India, are doing our part.”

·         Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that Japan would cut emissions 46 percent below 2013 levels by the end of the decade, a significant show of solidarity with the United States.

·         President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, the world’s fourth largest greenhouse gas polluter, made only a vague pledge to “significantly reduce the net accumulated emissions in our country by 2050.” He highlighted a carbon pricing pilot program that he said would allow the Sakhalin region to become carbon neutral by 2025, but he said nothing about construction of the Nord Stream 2, a major natural gas pipeline that is opposed by both climate advocates and United States national security advisers.

·         President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil pledged to eliminate illegal deforestation by 2030, a promise that was met with extreme skepticism by those in the environmental community who have seen the destruction of the Amazon skyrocket under his watch. Mr. Bolsonaro also vowed that Brazil would become carbon neutral by 2050, a decade earlier than it had previously said it would. Ending deforestation by 2030, he claimed, would cut Brazil’s emissions 50 percent.

Coral Davenport, Lisa Friedman and Somini Sengupta contributed reporting.

— Maggie Astor

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https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/04/22/us/biden-earth-day-climate-summit

My two grandsons, Bodhi and Kai enjoyed to be in the garden. That make me very happy. I wish children all over the world would be able to enjoy nature.  Parents and other adults should cultivate and take care of nature for younger generations to have a chance to appreciate a beautiful and peaceful world.

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‘It was a murder in the full light of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see… the systemic racism that’s a stain on our nation’s soul’— President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris addressed the nation after Derek Chauvin’s convictions for the murder of George Floyd. » Subscribe to NowThis: http://go.nowth.is/News_Subscribe? » Sign up for our newsletter KnowThis to get the biggest stories of the day delivered straight to your inbox: https://go.nowth.is/KnowThis? For more U.S. news and politics, subscribe to NowThis News. #DerekChauvin? #GeorgeFloyd? #Biden? #Politics? #News? #NowThis?

The New York Times April 21, 2021

By David Leonhardt

 

Good morning. Derek Chauvin, convicted of second-degree murder, is the exception of exceptions. 

Reactions to the guilty verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

One in 2,000 The murder conviction of a police officer is an exceedingly rare event.
There have been only seven murder convictions of officers for fatal police shootings since 2005, according to Philip Stinson of Bowling Green State University. That suggests the chances of a killing by the police leading to a murder conviction are about one in 2,000.
Yet a jury in Minneapolis yesterday convicted Derek Chauvin of second-degree murder (as well as two other charges) for killing George Floyd last May. A typical sentence for that felony in Minneapolis is 12½ years in prison, although prosecutors have asked for more and the maximum is 40 years. A judge will sentence Chauvin in about eight weeks.
Floyd’s relatives said they felt relieved by the verdict. “I finally have the opportunity to hopefully get some sleep,” Philonise Floyd, George’s brother, said.
Chauvin’s conviction does not automatically signal a new era of police accountability. The Floyd case was the exception of all exceptions. A video, watched around the world, showed Chauvin pressing his knee onto Floyd for more than nine minutes. That footage led to weeks of protests that were among the largest in U.S. history. And at the trial, the so-called blue wall of silence — that is, many officers’ willingness to protect colleagues, regardless of their misbehavior — crumbled. “For so many, it feels like it took all of that for the judicial system to deliver just basic accountability,” President Biden said late yesterday.
Most of those factors will not apply to future police killings. Those cases will instead be more likely to resemble the deaths of Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Daniel Prude, Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor and hundreds of other cases that have not lead to a murder or manslaughter conviction.

Still, the Chauvin trial is not guaranteed to be simply a one-off event, either. Some of the same factors that make it distinct could also cause it to have a wider impact. Before Floyd’s death, it was hard to think of a signature trial of an American police officer, one that received sustained national attention, as the trial of a celebrity might.

This trial, of course, did receive such attention. Television networks halted their normal coverage yesterday to broadcast the verdict, and the president of the United States organized his schedule around it.
That attention has made it clear that a police officer can be charged with murder and convicted of it. It’s an idea that will linger in the minds of prosecutors and future jurors. Perhaps most important, it may affect the thinking of other officers, when they find themselves considering whether to use physical force when it is not necessary.
Commentary roundup
  • Barack Obama: “True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that Black Americans are treated differently, every day. … And it requires us to do the sometimes thankless, often difficult, but always necessary work of making the America we know more like the America we believe in.”
  • Rosa Brooks, in Politico: “While the national media understandably puts a spotlight on Chauvin, we should not forget that three other Minneapolis police officers were also on the scene that day last May: Officers Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng. Their sheer passivity was, in some ways, more stunning than Chauvin’s casual cruelty.”
  • Quin Hillyer of The Washington Examiner: “The judicial system worked. It usually does. It won’t bring George Floyd back, or eliminate all bad policing — but police are now on notice.”
  • Michele Norris: “Can we all sing a praise song for Darnella Frazier who had the presence of mind to film that video that made such a difference.”
  • Many police shootings are justified, German Lopez of Vox has written. But Stinson, the Bowling Green professor of criminal justice, told Lopez that the number of officers charged with wrongdoing “seems extremely low.”
  • Rodney Floyd, George Floyd’s younger brother, called for the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would make it easier to prosecute police officers for misconduct. The House has passed it, and Biden favors it.
  • In Times Opinion, Esau McCaulley writes about the verdict.
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  • Minneapolis residents greeted the verdict with joy and relief. “We matter,” one woman said outside the convenience store where Floyd was killed.
  • Racial justice activists saw the trial as a step toward a larger goal. “We have not yet dealt with the disease,” a pastor in Chicago said.
  • These photos show reactions to the verdict around the country.
  • An officer fatally shot a 16-year-old girl in Columbus, Ohio, yesterday. The police said she had threatened two other girls with a knife.

The New York Times

In Photos: America Reacts to the Derek Chauvin Verdict

Scenes from around the country after Mr. Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

Credit…Joshua Rashaad McFadden for The New York Times

Cheers erupted in Minneapolis on Tuesday after a jury found the former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd last May.

The verdict capped a three-week trial that captivated America. With often-emotional testimony, prosecutors sought to highlight who Mr. Floyd was, repeatedly playing the widely viewed bystander footage of his death and arguing that Mr. Chauvin knew he was harming the man whose neck he was kneeling on, but did not stop.

During a news conference after the decision was announced, Mr. Floyd’s family and supporters celebrated but noted how rarely officers are convicted after using lethal force. Many mentioned Daunte Wright, a Black man who was fatally shot by a white officer during Mr. Chauvin’s trial.

“He should still be here,” Mr. Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd said of Mr. Wright. “We have to march. We will have to do this for life. We have to protest because it seems like this is a never-ending cycle.”

The Times positioned photographers around the country to capture reactions to the verdict. Here’s what they saw.

— Aidan Gardiner

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More live coverage of the Derek Chauvin trial and reactions from around the country.

Awaiting the Verdict

Credit…Joshua Rashaad McFadden for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, people watched a live feed of the courtroom on a phone.

Credit…Amr Alfiky/The New York Times

In Minneapolis, demonstrators gathered outside the Hennepin Country Government Center, where the trial was held.

Credit…Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle, via Associated Press

In Houston, where George Floyd grew up, television coverage of the trial drew viewers.

Hearing the News

Credit…Joshua Rashaad McFadden for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, the crowd outside the Hennepin County Government Center erupted with joy.

Credit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

At George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, a sign was updated near the memorial at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue where Mr. Floyd was killed.

Credit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, protesters celebrated the guilty verdict.

Credit…Annie Mulligan for The New York Times

In Houston, Dennis Glenn and Greg Brown, alumni of Jack Yates High School, Mr. Floyd’s alma mater, comforted Ceci Munoz in front of the school.

Credit…Amr Alfiky/The New York Times

In Minneapolis, Courteney Ross, Mr. Floyd’s girlfriend, cheered outside the Hennepin County Government Center after the verdict.

Officials Speak

Credit…Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times

In Washington, members of the Congressional Black Caucus walked down the Capitol steps to address reporters.

Credit…Aaron Nesheim for The New York Times

Credit…Aaron Nesheim for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, Philonise Floyd, left, a brother of George Floyd, wiped a tear. At right, Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the Floyd family, held the hand of Donald Williams, who witnessed the episode last May.

Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

In Washington, Vice President Kamala Harris and President Biden addressed the nation from the White House.

Streets Filled With Relief and Joy

Credit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, a band played at George Floyd Square.

Credit…Allison Zaucha for The New York Times

In Los Angeles, demonstrators celebrated from a street corner.

Credit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

Credit…Amr Alfiky/The New York Times

Credit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, onlookers embraced.

Credit…Kenny Holston for The New York Times

In Washington, the guilty verdict prompted dancing.

Credit…Joshua Rashaad McFadden for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, a demonstrator stood on top of a vehicle.

Credit…Aaron Nesheim for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, even grills were taken to the area near George Floyd Square.

Credit…Carlos Javier Ortiz for The New York Times

In Chicago, where last week officials released video of Officer Eric Stillman fatally shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo, a small group protested at the Richard J. Daley Center.

Credit…Earl Wilson/The New York Times

In New York, people consoled each other outside Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Credit…Allison Zaucha for The New York Times

In Los Angeles, demonstrators chanted and danced.

Credit…Aaron Nesheim for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, George Floyd Square was filled to the brim by those who had come to celebrate and pay their respects to Mr. Floyd.

Credit…Xavier Burrell for The New York Times

In Louisville, protesters gathered outside of the Jefferson County Hall of Justice.

Credit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, a visitor photographed Mr. Floyd’s memorial tombstone in the “Say Their Names” cemetery.

Credit…Joshua Rashaad McFadden for The New York Times

In Minneapolis, demonstrators held picket signs with Mr. Floyd’s face outside the Hennepin County Government Center.

Credit…Jim Wilson/The New York Times

In San Francisco, protesters gathered at the 24th and Mission BART station to celebrate the verdict and protest police brutality.

Credit…Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times

In New York, demonstrators knelt in solidarity with Mr. Floyd near Penn Station.

Credit…Annie Mulligan for The New York Times

In Houston, Ashton P. Woods, a founder of Black Lives Matter Houston, spoke to those gathered for a vigil at dusk at MacGregor Park.

Credit…Gabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times

In New York, demonstrators joined hands as they marched through Brooklyn.

Credit…Hilary Swift for The New York Times

In New York, protesters chanted as they walked across the Manhattan Bridge.

Produced by Heather Casey, Sarah Eckinger, Rebecca Halleck and Jennifer Mosbrucker

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Correction: April 21, 2021

An earlier version of this article misidentified the location of a demonstration in New York City. It was near Penn Station, not Times Square.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Gandhi’s Ing Artwork Display in Public for the First Time in 2021 and Kai, 5-year-old Street Artist on Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Dr. King and Gandhi’s Ing Artwork Display in Public for the First Time in 2021 and Kai, 5-year-old Street Artist

On Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey, USA

 Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and Ing’s grandson Kai

My husband, John Watts is helping me put up two of my artworks.

Kai took these Photographs for Grandpa John & Grandma Ing.

Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, Kai has to wear a mask when he is outside of the house.  All concerned citizens all over the world should wear a mask when they are in public if they are concerned about catching COVID-19.  People who have the virus will not spread germs to the other people if they wear masks.

 The United States is very lucky to have Joe Biden as the new president in 2021.  He is concerned about the spread of the virus that will harm and kill more.  He believes in science, and vigorously worked to acquire and distribute the vaccine to all eligible citizens.  The result is a reduction of people getting COVID-19, and the reduction of people dying from the virus.  The previous president, Donald Trump, does not believe in science, and shows this by his example of not wearing a mask.  His followers, most of them Republicans, voted for him, support him, and follow his example, by condemning the use of masks, refusing to wear them, and not practicing social distancing. 

Mr. Trump had, and continues to have, rallies that pack people next to each other by the thousands. Most of the audience are not wearing masks, while, Mr. Trump, speaks at a podium that has a plexiglass screen to prevent the COVID-19 virus droplets reaching him.  Also Mr. Trump and his wife quietly received the COVID-19 vaccine without letting his followers know, and all his children also received the COVID-19 vaccine

By the end of Trump’s administration, over 500,000 (Five hundred thousand) people died as a result of his actions.  The most puzzling aspect of this is that about 70,000,000 (seventy million) people voted for Trump, most of them Republicans, for his second term.  Belief without reason can cause great harm to the believer and if seventy million people or more do so, this can cause the collapse of social order.  If Mr. Trump became the president in a second term, no one could foresee how many more US citizens would die.  The US economy could be far worse with many millions more unemployed, and a dramatic rise in the homeless population in the country. 

I wish to keep my writing as a record on my website for my grandchildren and other generations.  My intention is to make others aware that believing blindly in anything without reasoning and education can destroy all of us.

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Sunday, April 18, 2021     

I wanted to see my grandson’s face so I asked him to pull his mask down.

Two of my artworks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi, are posted on our shop gate for the public.  It is being posted for the first time this year, 2021.

We saw a fire truck passing by.

Kai the Street Artist:

The 5-Year-Old Street Artist on Thursday, March 25, 2021, Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Kai was starting to do his drawing.  He searched for the color markers.  Then with confidence, he drew the line of the object that he had in mind.

Kai quickly drew his first character without any hesitation in a short period of time.

“Is it dinosaur, Kai?” I asked him.  He shook his head.  I asked, “Godzilla?”  Kai said “Yes”

“I will draw The Gigan monster.”  Kai said.

“The story of the monsters – it’s the mighty Godzilla movie”, Kai said.

Kai drew a snake monster between Godzilla and the Gigan monster.

Kai told me that he was drawing The Three Headed King Ghidorah, who is the ultimate nemesis of Godzilla.

While Kai was working on his drawing, this person was walking by and gave a nice comment to the young artist.  I appreciate his comment to encourage Kai and also, he keeps the side walk clean.  All people who do the sanitation work are important.  If the bathroom in the office building is filthy and smells bad, it will make the work place unpleasant.   We should have Sanitation Day to thanks the people who keep the places clean.

Kai drew the Mothra monster in the adult stage, then he drew the Mothra monster as a baby in the caterpillar stage.

Kai looked at grandma and said nothing.  I thought he might be a little tired.  I asked him if he would like a glass of milk, but he said no.

Kai colors the Rodan monster in red and Godzilla in green.

Halsey Street is quiet, the restaurant next door is still closed due to COVID-19.

“It’s very hot!”  Kai said.  “Take your jacket off.”, I recommended.

Kai said, “Grandma, look at these!”  He lifted off the patch that cover the fox eyes on his shirt and I said “Peek A Boo!” He was so proud of his foxy design shirt.

Then Kai went back to drawing the King Kong character on his artwork.

For a while Kai turned sideways.

Then he jumped out of his seat and ran up the steps.  He put up his hands and made some noise.  I asked him what kind of animal is that.  “Chicken!” Kai responded.

He ran back and forth in front of our shop, passed his artwork, to the entrance of the building next door.  He did this a couple times.

 Kai went back to his chair and looked at his artwork for a while, then he jumped up and ran again.  I guess he needed to regenerate some energy before he resumed his artwork. Or he is just a five-year-old kid that want to have some fun, most of the time.

Kai went back to color his artwork after he had his fun of running like a chicken.

The Three headed King Ghidorah is in yellow.  But Kai insisted it is gold.

“King Kong has to be brown”, Kai declared.

This young boy came with his mother.  He stopped to see Kai’s drawing.  Kai got out of his chair and let the boy sit as he gently asked the boy, “Would you like to draw?”  The boy said yes.  His mother told me that he is four years old.

I told Kai to get a mask for him.  The boy and his mother did not wear masks.  Then I went to get drawing paper for the boy.  His mother stood not very far from us talking on the phone to someone.  After finishing her phone call, she said that she is going to take her son for lunch at a restaurant nearby and she will bring him right back.

Kai waited for the boy to come back and do drawing with him.  But the boy and his mother never come back.  Kai went back to color his artwork and said “I wish he is coming back.  I like him.”  I felt sad for my grandson that the boy did not come back.  I guess that Kai was hoping for a new friend.

Kai said “I finished my artwork Grandma.”  I said to him “I like your drawing and your story.  You can show your artwork to your Mommy and Daddy.”  His Grandpa John also loves his artwork.

I asked Kai to pose with his artwork.  He felt good for his achievement.  I am glad that Kai enjoys doing artwork.  As his Grandma, it makes me very happy to see his happiness and playfulness.  We adults have to gently give encouragement to the youngsters in our family and all others as well.  Children today will replace us, and become adults tomorrow.  Loving and kindness to all can form a peaceful and harmonic family and society.

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Sunday, April 18, 2021 

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President Joe Biden is announcing gun control plans including “ghost guns,” red flag laws and more thorough applications for some guns.

Breaking down Biden’s plan to curb ‘blemish’ of gun violence in America

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President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled executive actions to curb gun violence, which he described as an “epidemic” and an “international embarrassment.” Nearly 20,000 people died of gun violence last year, and another 24,000 died by suicide. Adam Winkler of the UCLA School of Law is an expert on gun policy and joins Judy Woodruff to discuss Biden’s measures. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6?

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President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled executive actions to curb gun violence, which he described as an “epidemic” and an “international embarrassment.” Nearly 20,000 people died of gun violence last year, and another 24,000 died by suicide. Adam Winkler of the UCLA School of Law is an expert on gun policy and joins Judy Woodruff to discuss Biden’s measures.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

Recent mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado have once again put gun reform in the national spotlight.

Nearly 20,000 people died of gun violence last year, and another 24,000 from suicide.

Today, President Biden unveiled steps he is taking to curb what he calls an epidemic and an international embarrassment.

  • Pres. Joe Biden:

The idea that we have so many people dying every single day from gun violence in America is a blemish on our character as nation.

Whether Congress acts or not, I’m going to use all the resources at my disposal as president to keep the American people safe from gun violence. But there’s much more that Congress can do to help that effort.

  • Judy Woodruff:

Some of the actions the president announced today include curbing so-called ghost guns, which are home-assembled firearms that often lack serial numbers and don’t require background checks, tightening regulations on stabilizing braces, which can turn an AR-style semi automatic pistol into a rifle.

The Justice Department will create a model for states to enact what are called red flag laws, which allows judges to seize firearms from people deemed dangerous. And the department will also release a report on firearms trafficking.

In addition, President Biden nominated David Chipman, an adviser at the gun control group Giffords, to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

We turn to Adam Winkler of the UCLA School of Law, an expert on gun policy.

Adam Winkler, thank you so much for being here.

As we were saying, gun deaths off the charts, mass shootings happening every day. There was one in South Carolina yesterday, another one today in the state of Texas. How much difference can these steps President Biden is announcing make?

  • Adam Winkler:

Well, these steps are modest steps. They certainly don’t tackle all of the major issues in America’s gun violence problem.

However, they’re not insignificant steps. Take, for instance, the rule regulating ghost guns. These are do-it-yourself, homemade gun kit that have become increasingly popular and, with the advance of technology, increasingly easy to use. Anyone can buy one of these kits, even if they are prohibited from buying a firearm, and make their own gun.

And we know that these guns are being used more frequently in crime. In California, for instance, one in three guns recovered from crime scenes are do-it-yourself guns without serial numbers.

  • Judy Woodruff:

And we also mentioned making it easier for states to enact these so-called red flag laws.

And you were telling us investing in communities, trying to discourage gun violence can make a difference, too.

  • Adam Winkler:

Well, that’s right. These red flag laws have become popular. And there’s even some bipartisan support for red flag laws.

They enable family members or law enforcement to temporarily take away someone’s firearms when they’re going through some kind of crisis that poses a threat to themselves or to others.

And what the Biden administration is proposing to do is come up with some models, some guidelines, best practices, if you will, for how to do this right. And so that could be an effective tool that some family members who see another family member in crisis can use to prevent the next mass shooting.

  • Judy Woodruff:

And, Adam Winkler, we know that this all reminds us that President Biden is not pushing legislation through Congress right now. It’s a reminder of how difficult that is.

How much influence does the gun rights lobby have, organizations like the NRA, right now with American lawmakers, vs. the influence of groups that want to see gun reform?

  • Adam Winkler:

Well, ironically, we’re seeing both sides very strong in America.

No doubt, the NRA is suffering from a major financial setback. They’re in bankruptcy. They’re being investigated and prosecuted by the New York attorney general. They have got major lawsuits on their hands. But the power of the NRA has always been about the power to influence the single-issue pro-gun voters there are out there, and they’re still out there, regardless of what happens to the NRA.

At the same time, the gun control movement in the last 10 years has been really reinvigorated. We see new organizations that have arisen, a lot more money being spent on gun safety reform, and it’s become an issue that’s really at the top of the Democratic Party agenda, some place it was not 10 years ago.

  • Judy Woodruff:

But still uphill to try to get meaningful legislation passed?

  • Adam Winkler:

Well, right now, it’s not just a gun issue.

(CROSSTALK)

  • Adam Winkler:

Meaningful legislation in the Senate requires 60 votes, and it’s hard to imagine 60 votes for almost any controversial issue these days.

Certainly going to be difficult to get 60 votes on significant gun reform.

  • Judy Woodruff:

And what about the views of the American people? What do we know about that?

  • Adam Winkler:

Well, there’s a huge difference between the views of the members of Congress and the views of the American people.

We see things like universal background checks having over 80 percent support. The restriction on ghost guns, we see polls show about 75 percent support. And yet these laws can’t get adopted through Congress itself, because, let’s face it, the Republican Caucus is 100 percent opposed to gun control, and there’s probably even some swing state Democrats who would vote against significant gun reform, too.

  • Judy Woodruff:

We heard President Biden say today, if he had one thing he could get done, it would be the ability to sue gun manufacturers over gun deaths.

Would that make a big difference?

  • Adam Winkler:

It could make a difference in the long run.

The gun makers were able to get a law passed by Congress back in the second Bush administration to restrict the ability of people to sue gun makers when their guns are used in crime. As a general matter, a gun maker is not going to be liable if a criminal misuses their firearms.

But we have seen in other industries that these kinds of lawsuits can open the door and open the window to see how these gun makers are operating, how they’re marketing their weapons. And it may be that they’re marketing them in ways designed to appeal to people who have violent desire to use guns offensively.

It would be a tough road, but it’s certainly possible.

  • Judy Woodruff:

Adam Winkler with the UCLA School of Law, thank you so much.

  • Adam Winkler:

Thank you.

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Thursday on the NewsHour, the Biden administration announces new initiatives to curb gun violence. Then, many Evangelical leaders work to overcome reluctance to receive inoculations among their followers. The under told story of Jewish women’s resistance movement within Nazi run ghettos, the Auschwitz death camp. And a day with Gabby Giffords — grit, joy, music, and a drive to end gun violence. WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS Breaking down Biden’s plan to curb ‘blemish’ of gun violence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVhzN…? News Wrap: Record number of minors arrive at southern border https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK02A…? Medical expert says lack of oxygen caused Floyd’s death https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2AXQ…? How Biden’s infrastructure plan aims to tax offshore profits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf7O7…? One pastor reveals why evangelicals are COVID vaccine wary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpFXL…? The health care workers that lost their lives to COVID https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFCN9…? The heroic women-run resistance inside Nazi death camps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRW_K…? How music is helping Gabby Giffords rewire her brain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5br4C…? Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6?

Full Episode: Corporate Backlash on Voting Rights

Apr 9, 2021  Washington Week PBS

The battle over voting rights continues as big businesses criticize Georgia’s new voting laws. The panel discussed House Democrats’ voting rights bill H.R.1 and a new tape shedding light on dark money. Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report guest moderates. Panel: Errin Haines of The 19th, Eamon Javers of CNBC, Jane Mayer of The New Yorker Watch the latest full show and Extra here: https://pbs.org/washingtonweek?? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2ZEPJNs?? Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/washingtonweek?? Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/washingtonweek?

NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – April 10, 2021

Apr 10, 2021  NBC News

Prince Philip gets worldwide royal salute, outbreak of severe weather in the south, and U.S. braces for significant slowdown in Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC? » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews? NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative and powerful news brands that deliver compelling, diverse and engaging news stories. NBC News Digital features NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, TODAY.com, Nightly News, Meet the Press, Dateline, and the existing apps and digital extensions of these respective properties. We deliver the best in breaking news, live video coverage, original journalism and segments from your favorite NBC News Shows.

NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – April 9th, 2021 | NBC Nightly News

Apr 9, 2021  NBC News

Remembering Britain’s Prince Philip, medical examiner testifies on George Floyd’s cause of death, and how the pandemic impacted American workers’ wages. Watch “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt” at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings). 00:00? Intro 02:02? Prince Philip, Husband Of Queen Elizabeth, Dies At 99 04:52? Queen Elizabeth Mourning Her Husband Of 73 Years 05:52? Pathologist: George Floyd’s Death Caused By Asphyxia 06:12? Medical Examiner Who Conducted Floyd Autopsy Testifies 06:33? Medical Examiner: Heart Disease Factored In Floyd’s Death 07:04? Defense Argues Drugs & Heart Conditions Killed Floyd 07:35? Harrowing Week Of Testimony For George Floyd’s Family 08:31? J&J Vaccine Adverse Reactions Reported In Three States 09:16? J&J Shipments Expected To Plunge 80 Percent Next Week 09:32? New Covid Cases & Hospitalizations Rising Across U.S. 10:01? Pfizer Asks FDA To Authorize Vaccine For Children 12 To 15 10:21? Biden Forms Commisison To Study Expanding Supreme Court 11:09? House Ethics Panel Opens Investigations Into Matt Gaetz 11:32? New Images Of Migrants Crossing U.S. Border 11:42? Texas Governor Alleges Abuse At Migrant Child Shelter 12:22? 20,000+ Migrant Children Held In U.S. Custody 12:42? Migrant Families Reunited After Dangerous Journey 13:13? Media Denied Access To Texas Migrant Child Shelter 13:26? NBC News Joint Investigations Into Capitol Attack 14:56? Casino Gives Workers Permanent Raise Amid Pandmeic 16:53? Valcano Eruption Forces Evacuation On Caribbean Island 17:11? Rap Star DMX Dies After Heart Attack At 50 17:34? FBI Warns Fake Vaccination Cards Being Sold Online » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC? » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews?

NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – April 8th, 2021 | NBC Nightly News

Apr 8, 2021  NBC News

At least 1 killed, multiple injured in Texas workplace shooting, medical expert testifies George Floyd died from ‘low level of oxygen’, and new Covid infections rising in younger people. Watch “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt” at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings). 00:00? Intro 02:05? Sheriff: Deadly Mass Shooting At Texas Workplace 03:18? Sheriff: EX-NFL Player Killed 5 In Mass Shooting 04:54? Biden Announces Executive Actions On Gun Violence 07:22? Medical Expert: George Floyd Died From “Low” Oxygen 09:05? Toxicologist: Low Amount Of Meth In Floyd’s Blood 09:12? Medical Examiner Expected To Testify Tomorrow 09:58? New COVID Infections Rising Among Ages 10 TO 19 10:25? Alarming Surge In New COVID Cases In Midwest 10:45? Rare COVID ‘Breakthrough Investigations’ After Vaccination 11:19? Colorado & North Carolina Sites Halt Use Of J&J Vaccine 11:43? Reduced Testing May Hide True Number Of Infections 12:10? Experts: Suicidal Thoughts On The Rise In Young Children 15:33? What Will Officers Look Like After The Pandemic? 17:47? Holocaust Remembrance Day Observed As Hate Crimes Surge » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC? » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews?

Biden’s 11th Week in Office

Apr 9, 2021  NowThis News

‘We still have a lot of work to do’ — Biden celebrated 150M vaccine shots, pushed for his ‘once-in-a-generation’ $2T American Jobs Plan, and announced six executive actions to curb gun violence. Here’s what week 11 of the Biden administration looked like. » Subscribe to NowThis: http://go.nowth.is/News_Subscribe? » Sign up for our newsletter KnowThis to get the biggest stories of the day delivered straight to your inbox: https://go.nowth.is/KnowThis? For more Biden news and U.S. politics, subscribe to NowThis News. #Biden? #AmericanJobsPlan? #Politics? #News? #NowThis? #NowThisNews? Connect with NowThis » Like us on Facebook: http://go.nowth.is/News_Facebook? » Tweet us on Twitter: http://go.nowth.is/News_Twitter? » Follow us on Instagram: http://go.nowth.is/News_Instagram? » Find us on Snapchat Discover: http://go.nowth.is/News_Snapchat? NowThis is your premier news outlet providing you with all the videos you need to stay up to date on all the latest in trending news. From entertainment to politics, to viral videos and breaking news stories,

Top 5 Politics: April 4-9, 2021

Apr 9, 2021  NowThis News

WEEKLY TOP 5: White House press sec Jen Psaki faced off with a Fox News reporter, the Derek Chauvin murder trial continued, and Trump might have broken his own Coke boycott. Here are 5 must-see stories from the week. » Subscribe to NowThis: http://go.nowth.is/News_Subscribe? » Sign up for our newsletter KnowThis to get the biggest stories of the day delivered straight to your inbox: https://go.nowth.is/KnowThis? For more U.S. politics and world news, subscribe to NowThis News. #JenPsaki? #DerekChauvin? #Trump? #Politics? #News? #NowThis?

Jordan Klepper Debunks The “Good Guy with a Gun” Argument | The Daily Show

Apr 5, 2021  The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

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U.S. Capitol Police Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans killed in the line of duty

Officer William “Billy” Evans, who had served 18 years in the department. Evans was killed when a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol on April 2. (U.S. Capitol Police/AP)

By Michael Brice-Saddler,

Hannah Natanson and

Julie Tate

April 2, 2021 at 10:09 p.m. EDT

On Friday afternoon, hours after U.S. Capitol police officer William “Billy” Evans, was killed in the line of duty, two of his fellow officers pulled into the quiet suburban Virginia neighborhood where he was often seen with his children.

They began unloading several plastic bags of supplies — including snacks and a rack of blue Gatorade — from the back of their black SUV and carrying the haul into Evans’s house, stepping across a tidy, grassy garden with two turquoise lawn chairs, angled slightly toward each other. Neighbors stepped from an adjacent home conferred in soft voices with the officers, asking what else was needed and how they could help.

Evans was among two officers injured when a vehicle rammed into them outside the U.S. Capitol, according to acting U.S. Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman.

His death comes less than three months after the agency’s officers fought to protect lawmakers by clashing with a riotous mob that descended on the Capitol building in January, leaving one officer dead and scores of others injured.

On Friday, Pittman was forced to address yet another deadly attack at the Capitol complex — this one resulting in the death of Evans, who joined the force in 2003 and was a member of the first-responder unit.

The assailant, identified by several people familiar with the investigation as Noah Green, was shot and killed by police.

“It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant,” Pittman said in a statement.

Evans was the sixth member of the Capitol Police force to die in the line of duty, according to the department. The casualties include Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who died Jan. 7, one day after the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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By Remy Tumin and Sarah Hughes  April 4, 2021
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3. Supporters of Donald Trump who thought they were sending a single donation were charged over and over by his campaign operation.

A Times investigation found that the charges were part of an intentional scheme to boost revenue to Mr. Trump’s struggling presidential campaign. Recurring online donations were set up by default, and a fine-print disclaimer and opt-out language became increasingly hard to find.

Demands for refunds spiked, and complaints to banks and credit card companies soared. The magnitude of the money involved is staggering for politics: All told, the Trump campaign and the Republican Party raised $1.2 billion with WinRed, a for-profit donation processing service, and refunded roughly 10 percent of it.

In effect, the overcharges were an interest-free loan — eventually paid off with some of the tens of millions of dollars Mr. Trump raised after the election under the guise of pursuing his unfounded claims of election fraud.

Reuters: Cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. reach peak bloom  25 Photos

Blooming cherry blossoms near the Washington Monument, March 28. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Priyanka Kaswan poses for a photo while sitting on a cherry tree at the Tidal Basin near the National Mall, March 31. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Margarita Pineda throws flower petals over Amancio Pineda while taking a selfie at the Tidal Basin near the National Mall, March 31. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

The U.S. Capitol Building is seen through a pair of cherry trees at the Tidal Basin near the National Mall, March 31. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

A woman enjoys the warm weather and blooming cherry blossoms by the Tidal Basin, March 27. REUTERS/Cheriss May

Visitors walk along the Tidal Basin while observing the annual cherry blossoms near the National Mall, March 29. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

A couple kisses for a camera as people observe the annual cherry blossoms in Washington, March 29. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Flower petals from cherry trees rest over muddy footprints from passing visitors at the Tidal Basin near the National Mall, March 31. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

A person runs through the annual cherry blossoms in Washington, March 29. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Paco Lane paints blooming cherry blossoms by the Tidal Basin, March 27. REUTERS/Cheriss May

People enjoy the warm weather and blooming cherry blossoms by the Tidal Basin, March 27. REUTERS/Cheriss May

People observe the annual cherry blossoms in Washington, March 29. REUTERS/Leah Millis

A couple enjoys the warm weather under blooming cherry blossom trees by the Tidal Basin, March 27. REUTERS/Cheriss May

People observe the annual cherry blossoms in Washington, March 29. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Moses Choy takes a picture of a distinguished cherry tree at the Tidal Basin near the National Mall, March 29. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

A tree is illuminated by a camera flash as visitors observe the annual cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin near the National Mall, March 29. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is surrounded by blooming cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin, March 27. REUTERS/Cheriss May

Visitors sit along a tidal wall while observing the annual cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin near the National Mall, March 29. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

People enjoy the warm weather and blooming cherry blossoms by the Tidal Basin near the Washington Monument, March 27. REUTERS/Cheriss May

People observe the annual cherry blossoms in Washington, March 29. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Allie Provost poses for photographs amongst the annual cherry blossoms in Washington, March 29. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Local residents stand near quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. at his memorial, while surrounded by blooming cherry blossoms, March 28. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Ashley Buchanan poses for photographs amongst the annual cherry blossoms in Washington, March 29. REUTERS/Leah Millis

The Washington Monument is seen through the annual cherry blossoms in Washington, March 29. REUTERS/Leah Millis

A discarded protective face mask lays on the grass as visitors observe the annual cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin near the National Mall, March 29. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

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Apr 7, 2021  PBS NewsHour

Wednesday on the NewsHour, we explore the state of our streets, pipes and bridges as President Biden pursues a push to sell his infrastructure plan, new questions about AstraZeneca complicate global efforts to deliver inoculations, and Ethiopia’s military crackdown in Tigray displaces tens of thousands and prompts accusations of ethnic cleansing. WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS News Wrap: U.K. variant now most common strain in the U.S  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDrXN…? Why America’s infrastructure is in dire need of repair https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnnmH…? Biden to include racial equity in his infrastructure push https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJhkq…? Possible link found between AstraZeneca vaccine, blood clots https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMMOw…? Shifting demands during the pandemic take toll on teachers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnaya…? Ethiopia’s crackdown brings accusations of ethnic cleansing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvMQM…? Amnesty International finds possible Ethiopian atrocities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOaIJ…? Why Jimmy Carter’s presidency is so misunderstood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-Zz2…? Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6? Follow us: Facebook: http://www.pbs.org/newshour? Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/newshour? Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/newshour? Subscribe: PBS NewsHour podcasts: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/podcasts? Newsletters: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/subscribe?

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Apr 6, 2021  PBS NewsHour

Tuesday on the NewsHour, the president moves up an already ambitious vaccine timetable as a Senate rule change could greenlight his infrastructure plan. Georgia’s controversial new voting law faces corporate backlash. Race may have been a factor in former NFL players’ settlements. And, brutal attacks and killings by Islamist militants displace thousands, causing widespread terror in Mozambique. WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS Biden administration speeds up vaccination timeline https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnYvS…? News Wrap: Navy medic shot dead after shooting two sailors  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NuQj…? 72 Black corporate leaders condemn Georgia voting law https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRB9-…? Mozambicans fleeing ISIS struggle to rebuild their lives https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wj-D…? Black NFL players seek equal compensation for brain injuries https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQbre…? How resilience helped Stanford women win NCAA championship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMPBP…? Theater tools help these students accept different views https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVGLl…? Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6?

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Apr 5, 2021  PBS NewsHour

Monday on the NewsHour, the Minneapolis Chief of Police testifies against former officer Derek Chauvin. Then, more U.S. hospitals struggle with a dramatic rise in new COVID infections, raising concerns about widespread efforts to re-open states. Also, we explore if Oregon, the first state to reduce penalties for possession and use of hard substances, could become a model for the rest of the U.S. WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS News Wrap: U.S. vaccination numbers soar  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-deWA…? Minneapolis police chief says Chauvin violated protocol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXhKG…? MI hospitalizations spike after relaxing restrictions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUoIG…? Long-simmering family feud publicly boils over in Jordan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWUL8…? Exploring Oregon’s decision to decriminalize hard drugs  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-JzZ…? Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on GA voting law and fallout https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDw64…? Locals raise over 400K to save family-owned amusement park https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMJpZ…? Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6?

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Apr 4, 2021  PBS NewsHour

On this edition for Sunday, April 4, lawmakers weigh in on the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on the 53th anniversary of his assasination, and in our signature segment, “Exploring Hate”: the wave of anti-Asian hate crimes in the wake of COVID-19 and how communities are responding. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6?

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Apr 3, 2021  PBS NewsHour

On this edition for Saturday, April 3, Georgia’s governor stands behind the state’s controversial new voting laws, COVID-19 ‘vaccination passports’ meet strong opposition from some lawmakers, and in our signature segment: “Exploring Hate,” examining how disinformation, conspiracy theories and hate speech spread online. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

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Capitol attack suspect’s family speaks out, new debate over how to secure Capitol, and breaking down the data on possible fourth Covid surge.

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Sec. Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) discuss the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan. Dr. Michael Osterholm explains what the fourth Covid wave means for the return to normalcy. Yamiche Alcindor, Amy Walter, Rich Lowry and María Teresa Kumar join the Meet the Press roundtable. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC? » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews? NBC News is a leading source of global news and information. Here you will find clips from NBC Nightly News, Meet The Press, and original digital videos. Subscribe to our channel for news stories, technology, politics, health, entertainment, science, business, and exclusive NBC investigations. Connect with NBC News Online! Visit NBCNews.Com: http://nbcnews.to/ReadNBC? Find NBC News on Facebook: http://nbcnews.to/LikeNBC? Follow NBC News on Twitter: http://nbcnews.to/FollowNBC? Follow NBC News on Instagram: http://nbcnews.to/InstaNBC? Meet The Press Broadcast (Full) – April 4th, 2021 | Meet The Press | NBC News

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New GOP Panic As ‘Biden Republicans’ Upend Trump’s Alliance | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

Apr 7, 2021  MSNBC

President Biden is boasting about Mitch McConnell’s voters supporting his policies. In this special report, MSNBC’s Ari Melber examines how republican voters are supporting Pres. Biden’s agenda from the popular Covid Relief Bill to a $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs package. Melber reports on how democrats are using the ‘Reagan Playbook’ – working on a wave of ‘Biden Republicans’ similar to the ‘Reagan Democrats.’ (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC. http://www.thebeatwithari.com?). Aired on 04/07/2021. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc? “The Beat with Ari Melber” covers politics, law and culture on MSNBC nightly at 6pm ET, anchored by Emmy-winning journalist and attorney Ari Melber (@arimelber). The Beat focuses on original reporting and in-depth interviews with a wide variety of guests, and was nominated for a 2020 Emmy in the Outstanding Interview category. MSNBC delivers breaking news, in-depth analysis of politics headlines, as well as commentary and informed perspectives. Find video clips and segments from The Rachel Maddow Show, Morning Joe, Meet the Press Daily, The Beat with Ari Melber, Deadline: White House with Nicolle Wallace, Hardball, All In, Last Word, 11th Hour, and more.

All A Scam: Trump 2020 Exposed For Defrauding Own Fans, Echoing Trump U. Debacle

Apr 5, 2021  MSNBC

Donald Trump is under fire for conning over $100 million dollars from his most loyal supporters. The New York Times has released a new bombshell report busting his re-election campaign for a scheme mixing some of Trump’s oldest con artist tricks with his desperation during the election when he was clearly trailing Biden in the money race. MSNBC’s Ari Melber explains Trump’s latest grift and discusses the significance of this deception with journalists Max Boot and Joan Walsh. (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC. http://www.thebeatwithari.com?). Aired on 04/05/2021. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc? “The Beat with Ari Melber” covers politics, law and culture on MSNBC nightly at 6pm ET, anchored by Emmy-winning journalist and attorney Ari Melber (@arimelber). The Beat focuses on original reporting and in-depth interviews with a wide variety of guests, and was nominated for a 2020 Emmy in the Outstanding Interview category. MSNBC delivers breaking news, in-depth analysis of politics headlines, as well as commentary and informed perspectives. Find video clips and segments from The Rachel Maddow Show, Morning Joe, Meet the Press Daily, The Beat with Ari Melber, Deadline: White House with Nicolle Wallace, Hardball, All In, Last Word, 11th Hour, and more. Connect with MSNBC Online Visit msnbc.com: http://on.msnbc.com/Readmsnbc? Subscribe to MSNBC Newsletter: http://MSNBC.com/NewslettersYouTube? Find MSNBC on Facebook: http://on.msnbc.com/Likemsnbc? Follow MSNBC on Twitter: http://on.msnbc.com/Followmsnbc? Follow MSNBC on Instagram: http://on.msnbc.com/Instamsnbc? #Trump? #Scam? #MSNBC? All A Scam: Trump 2020 Exposed For Defrauding Own Fans, Echoing Trump U. Debacle

The National Debt: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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The national debt has long been portrayed as a burden we’re placing on future generations. John Oliver discusses how national debt works, why people are so concerned about it, and why it might be more helpful that you think. Connect with Last Week Tonight online… Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/lastweektonight? Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: www.facebook.com/lastweektonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: www.twitter.com/lastweektonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: www.hbo.com/lastweektonight

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Saving for retirement means navigating a potential minefield of high fees and bad advice. Billy Eichner and Kristin Chenoweth share some tips. Connect with Last Week Tonight online… Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight? Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight? Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight? Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/lastweektonight?

Jen Psaki takes gloves off with Fox reporter at press briefing

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Conspiracy Theories: Born in America | The Daily Social Distancing Show

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No one does conspiracy theories like the United States. Here’s a look at the biggest and best, from Jeffrey Epstein to Qanon. #DailyShow? #TrevorNoah? #ConspiracyTheory? 00:00? – Where Did Coronavirus Really Come From? 6:56? – QAnon: Prophecy or Hoax? 17:47? – Is 5G Safe? 24:27? – Who Killed Jeffery Epstein? 30:28? – Was the 2020 Election Stolen? Subscribe to The Daily Show: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwWh…?

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Apr 3, 2021  The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

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Axios AM Deep Dive

By Mike Allen, Apr 03, 2021

Good afternoon and welcome to a Deep Dive by the Axios business team, led by managing editor Aja Whitaker-Moore, on the Federal Reserve — one of the most important economic stories in the world.

·  For more on how the Fed has changed the economy and our lives, check out this episode of the “Axios Re:Cap” podcast with Axios’ Dan Primack, Felix Salmon and Courtenay Brown.

2. Fed takes on race and climate

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer. Photos: Robert Gauthier/L.A Times, Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Historically untouchable issues — like climate change and race — are now on the table for the Fed as it wades further into uncharted territory, writes Axios Closer author Courtenay Brown.

Why it matters: The about-face has implications for how one of the world’s most influential economic bodies steers policy and regulates the nation’s banks.

The Fed recently set up two committees to look at the impact of climate change on the economy and banks.

·  It may feel small, particularly for issues that have threatened and plagued the country for years.

·  But it’s a big deal for an institution that rarely — if ever — spoke publicly about these issues, let alone interwove them into considerations about the economy.

On climate: The Fed is behind its peers around the globe where climate change is less politicized.

On race: Fed officials have implied that the national unemployment rate wouldn’t be the only jobless measure they look at when measuring the health of the economy.

·  Black unemployment — which tends to fall much more slowly — might also be a factor.

What to watch: Resistance from Republicans.

·  The latest: Sen. Pat Toomey, the top Republican on the powerful Senate Banking Committee, warned this week of “mission creep” at the Fed’s regional banks, pointing to their research on topics like climate change and racial justice.

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3. Attack renews fear at Capitol

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Capitol Police officers lower the flag over the U.S. Capitol to half-staff in honor of William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year Capitol Police officer. Evans died yesterday after a 25-year-old rammed his sedan into a barricade.

·  The attack once again put the city on edge, after threats stemming from the deadly insurrection in January had started to wane, the WashPost reports.

Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The driver emerged with a knife, and started running at two officers. Authorities shot the suspect, who died at a hospital.

The suspect, Noah Green, described himself on Facebook as a follower of Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, per the N.Y. Times.

7. Brace for 17-year cicadas

Adult cicadas in Reston, Va., during their last visit in 2004. Photo: Richard Ellis/Getty Images
In a few weeks, billions of periodical cicadas are predicted to emerge in parts of the eastern U.S. after 17 years underground, managing editor Alison Snyder writes in Axios Science.

·  Brood X is one of the largest of 15 groups of cicadas that come out en masse in the U.S. at various intervals.

·  Once the soil temperature reaches 64°F, typically in late April or early May, billions of noisy cicadas will emerge, mate and lay eggs — all within four to six weeks.

What we’re watching: D.C. could be the “main stage” for the 17-year swarm, the Washington Post reports:

Georgia and other Southern states will probably be where they first emerge around the end of March, experts say. But residents of the Washington area are standing at ground zero. The District, Maryland and Virginia are likely to host more of these animals than any other of the 14 states that share the experience.

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 Japan’s famous cherry blossoms see early bloom amid warming

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s famous cherry blossoms have reached their flowery peak in many places earlier this year than at any time since formal records started being kept nearly 70 years ago,

 

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Japan’s famous cherry blossoms bloom early as climate warms

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Japan’s famous cherry blossoms bloom early as climate warms

By MARI YAMAGUCHI 

March 30, 2021

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s famous cherry blossoms have reached their flowery peak in many places earlier this year than at any time since formal records started being kept nearly 70 years ago, with experts saying climate change is the likely cause.

Japan’s favorite flower, called “sakura,” used to reach their peak bloom in April, just as the country celebrates the start of its new school and business year. Yet that date has been creeping earlier and now most years the blossoms are largely gone before the first day of school.

This year peak bloom was reached on March 26 in the ancient capital of Kyoto, the earliest since the Japan Meteorological Agency started collecting the data in 1953 and 10 days ahead of the 30-year average. Similar records were set this year in more than a dozen cities across Japan.

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People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus gather on bridges as cherry blossoms bloom over Meguro River Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Some say it is the earliest peak bloom ever based on records from historic documents, diaries and poetry books from Kyoto. Osaka Prefecture University environmental scientist Yasuyuki Aono, who tracks such documents, said the earliest blooms he has found before this year were March 27 in the years 1612, 1409 and 1236, though there are not records for some years.

“We can say it’s most likely because of the impact of the global warming,” said Shunji Anbe, an official at the observations division at the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The agency tracks 58 “benchmark” cherry trees across the country, and this year 40 of those already have reached their peak bloom and 14 have done so in record time. The trees normally bloom for about two weeks each year from first bud to all the blossoms falling off.

Cherry trees are sensitive to temperature changes and the timing of their blooming can provide valuable data for climate change studies, Anbe said.

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus enjoy blooming cherry blossoms from paddle boats in Tokyo, Monday, March 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

According to the agency data, the average temperature for March in Kyoto has climbed to 10.6 degrees Celsius (51.1 F) in 2020 from 8.6 C (47.5 F) in 1953. So far this year’s average March temperature in Japan has been 12.4 C (54.3 F).

Sakura have deeply influenced Japanese culture for centuries and regularly been used in poetry and literature with their fragility seen as a symbol of life, death and rebirth.

People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk under cherry blossoms Friday, March 26, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

A woman wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus carries a pet dog to take a photo under cherry blossoms Friday, March 26, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

A person takes a photo of cherry blossoms Friday, March 26, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

A person films a video with his phone on a selfie stick while riding a bicycle under a canopy of cherry blossoms Monday, March 29, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk under cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus take a selfie on a bridge as cherry blossoms bloom over Meguro River Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk under cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus pauses under cherry blossoms Friday, March 26, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus takes a photo under cherry blossoms Friday, March 26, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk under a canopy of cherry blossoms Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk across a street under a canopy of cherry blossoms Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

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Icelandic volcano could erupt for years, creating “perfect tourist” attraction, Reuters, PBS News, NBC News, Global News, TED-Ed, NASA and NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

Icelandic volcano could erupt for years, creating “perfect tourist” attraction, Reuters, PBS News, NBC News, Global News, TED-Ed, NASA and NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

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Reuters Photographs: Icelandic volcano could erupt for years, creating “perfect tourist” attraction

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NASA Helps the World Weather the 2020 Hurricane Season, Program area Disasters Region North America, South America, by Timothy “Seph” Allen, Published    Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Apr 2, 2021  PBS NewsHour

Friday on the NewsHour, a strong jobs report offers signs of hope for an economic recovery, new laws across the country try to combat racial discrimination based on how you wear your hair, and David Brooks and Jonathan Capehart consider President Biden’s new infrastructure plan and Major League Baseball’s reaction to Georgia’s new voting law. WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS News Wrap: Officer, suspect killed in attack at U.S. Capitol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v5OM…? Jobs report offers signs of hope for an economic recovery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr_AV…? U.S. opens the door to a new nuclear deal with Iran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABP1L…? How hair discrimination impacts Black Americans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOrw7…? Brooks and Capehart on Biden’s new infrastructure plan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7ZDl…? Honoring 5 phenomenal people who lost their lives to COVID https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyJVj…? New Mexico inmates connect with Hemingway’s life and work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmbh0…? Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6? Follow us: Facebook: http://www.pbs.org/newshour? Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/newshour? Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/newshour? Subscribe: PBS NewsHour podcasts: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/podcasts? Newsletters: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/subscribe?

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Apr 2, 2021  NBC News

Police officer killed in vehicle attack at U.S. Capitol, top Minneapolis police lieutenant says Derek Chauvin’s use of force “totally unnecessary,” and U.S. economy adds 916,000 jobs in March. Watch “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt” at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings). 00:00? Intro 02:12? Capitol Police Officer Killed In Vehicle Attack 04:12? Police: Second Capitol Officer In Stable Condition 04:24? Biden ‘Heartbroken’ Over Officer’s Death At Capitol 04:47? Capitol Attacker Identified As 25-Year-Old From Virginia 05:44? Police: No Indication Capitol Attack Terror Related 05:55? Capitol Has Been On High Alert Since January 6 Riot 06:23? Investigators Searching Capitol Attackers Social Media 06:52? Capitol Police Ask For Prayers After Deadly Attack 07:16? Capitol Police Remain On Edge Since January 6 Riot 07:43? Officer William Evans Killed In Capitol Attack 08:20? Capitol Attack Raises New D.C. Security Questions 10:00? Lieutenant: Chauvin’s Use Of Force ‘Totally Unnecessary’ 11:00? Chauvin’s Ex-Supervisor: Floyd Restrained Too Long 11:17? Chauvin Told Ex-Supervisor Floyd ‘Was Going Crazy’ 11:32? Prosecutors Allege Chauvin Used Excessive Force 12:15? CDC: Fully Vaccinated People Can Travel Safely In U.S. 13:58? CDC Issues New Guidance For Resuming Cruises 14:20? New Mexico Leads U.S. IN Race To Herd Immunity 16:32? MLB Moves All-Star Game Over Georgia Voting Law 16:54? U.S. Adds 900,000+ Jobs In March As Hiring Surges 18:55? NBC News Correspondent Bill Neely Announces Retirement » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC? » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews? Connect with NBC Nightly News online! NBC News App: https://smart.link/5d0cd9df61b80? Breaking News Alerts: https://link.nbcnews.com/join/5cj/bre…? Visit NBCNightlyNews.com: https://nbcnews.to/2wFotQ8? Find Nightly News on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2TZ1PhF? Follow Nightly News on Twitter: https://bit.ly/1yFY2s4? Follow Nightly News on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2tEncJD? NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative and powerful news brands that deliver compelling, diverse and engaging news stories. NBC News Digital features NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, TODAY.com, Nightly News, Meet the Press, Dateline, and the existing apps and digital extensions of these respective properties. We deliver the best in breaking news, live video coverage, original journalism and segments from your favorite NBC News Shows. #GeorgeFloyd? #CovidVaccine? #NBCNews? NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – April 2nd, 2021 | NBC Nightly News

Reuters Photographs: Icelandic volcano could erupt for years, creating “perfect tourist” attraction

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A volcanic eruption in Geldingadalur in Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, March 20. The volcano in Iceland spewing lava into the sky could continue its spectacular display for years, potentially becoming a new tourist attraction on the island known for its natural wonders. Kristinn Magnusson/mbl.is via REUTERS

Volcanic eruption in Geldingadalur in Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland, March 20.   Kristinn Magnusson/mbl.is via REUTERS

Reuters / Monday, March 22, 2021

A view of the volcanic site on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, March 21. Thousands of Icelanders have flocked to the site of the eruption, some 30 kilometres southwest of the capital, hoping to be awed by the rare lava fountains and even to cook a meal on the scorching crust of magma. REUTERS/Cat

Gundry-Beck

A view of the volcanic site on the Reykjanes Peninsula following Friday’s eruption in Iceland, March 21. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

 Lava flows from a volcano in the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland, March 21. REUTERS/Sigtryggur Johannsson

 People visit a volcanic site on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, March 26. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

 A tourist poses for pictures at a volcanic site on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, March 26. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

Reuters / Monday, March 22, 2021

A person stands in front of the volcanic site on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, March 21. To cope with the hoard of visitors, authorities in Iceland set up a 3.5 kilometre (2.2 miles) hiking trail to the eruption site and are patrolling the area to prevent onlookers from venturing into hazardous areas polluted by volcanic gasses. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

 A volcanic site on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland March 27. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

 People gather at the volcanic site on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, March 21. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

 A volcanic eruption in Geldingadalur in Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, March 20. Thousands of curious onlookers have been flocking to the erupting volcano. Kristinn Magnusson/mbl.is via REUTERS

Cars line up on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland March 23. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

 Lava flows from a volcano in Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland, March 20. Kristinn Magnusson/mbl.is. REUTERS

Lava flows from a volcano in Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland, March 21. REUTERS/Sigtryggur Johannsson

A volcanic eruption in Geldingadalur in Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, March 20.   Kristinn Magnusson/mbl.is via REUTERS

Lava flows from a volcano in Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland, March 20. Kristinn Magnusson/mbl.is. REUTERS

 People gather at the volcanic site on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, March 21. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

 A volcanic site on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland March 27. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

 A person looks at the volcanic site on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, March 21. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

 A volcanic site on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, March 27. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

A view of a volcanic site on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, March 26. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

A man prepares hot dogs at the volcanic site on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, March 21. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

Lava flows from a volcano in Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland, March 21. REUTERS/Sigtryggur Johannsson

 Volcanic eruption in Geldingadalur in Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, March 20.   Kristinn Magnusson/mbl.is via REUTERS

 A view of the volcanic site on the Reykjanes Peninsula following Friday’s eruption in Iceland, March 21. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

Lava oozes at the volcanic site on the Reykjanes Peninsula following Friday’s eruption in Iceland, March 21. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

People sit in front of the volcanic site on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, March 21. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

 A view of the volcanic site on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland March 23. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

A volcanic eruption in Geldingadalur in Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, March 20.   Kristinn Magnusson/mbl.is via REUTERS

Volcanic eruption in Geldingadalur in Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland, March 20.   Kristinn Magnusson/mbl.is via REUTERS

Lava flows from a volcano in Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland, March 20. REUTERS/Sigtryggur Johannsson

A view of the volcanic site on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, March 21. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

A volcanic eruption is seen (rear) near Fagradalsfjall, a mountain on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland, March 19. VF.IS/via REUTERS

 People gather at the volcanic site on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, March 21. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

 A view of the volcanic site on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, March 21. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

Iceland volcano eruption offers “most beautiful” lava show

Mar 22, 2021  Global News

Scientists descended on the area near an erupting volcano in Iceland’s southwest on Sunday, as lava continued to pour from the crater near Fagradalsfjall, a mountain on the Reykjanes Peninsula since Friday. Drone footage showed lava spewing from the volcano, as people showed up to film and enjoy the natural phenomenon. Scientists at the foot of the volcano even used its lava as a giant grill to cook up hot dogs as they studied the eruption. The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) which had classified the eruption as small, said measurements showed no volcanic ash had been detected but a high level of volcanic gases had been measured close to the eruption site. “Here is the most beautiful thing that I have seen, this volcano,” a member of Iceland’s Search and Rescue team said. The volunteer group was at the site to make sure spectators were safe. For more info, please go to http://www.globalnews.ca? Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc? Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ? Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt? Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB? #GlobalNews? #volcano? #iceland?

Iceland volcano: Drone footage captures stunning up-close view of eruption

Mar 24, 2021  Global News

A drone captured stunning close-up shots of lava bubbling in the crater of a volcano on Tuesday that began erupting near Iceland’s capital Reykjavik on Friday. 0:15? The drone operator braved the snow and biked seven kilometres to the volcano which is not accessible by road, and captured lava pouring from the crater, down the side of the volcano, and into a lava field. The eruption, which occurred near Fagradalsfjall, a mountain on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland, followed thousands of small earthquakes in recent weeks and was the first on the peninsula since the 12th century. Drone operator credit: THE EMPIRE PRODUCTIONS/ICEBIKE ADVENTURES Please note: We did not slow down or manipulate the speed of the footage for effect. However, the music was added for your enjoyment. For more info, please go to http://www.globalnews.ca? Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc? Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ? Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt? Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB? #GlobalNews? #IcelandVolcano?

Volcanic eruption explained – Steven Anderson

Jul 13, 2020  TED-Ed

Dig into the science of how new volcanoes form, and what causes their unpredictable eruptions. — In February of 1942, Mexican farmer Dionisio Pulido thought he heard thunder coming from his cornfield. However, the sound wasn’t coming from the sky. The source was a large, smoking crack emitting gas and ejecting rocks, and would come to be known as the volcano Paricutin. Where do new volcanoes like this come from, and what triggers their unpredictable eruption? Steven Anderson investigates. Lesson by Steven Anderson, directed by Cabong Studios. Animator’s website: https://www.cabongstudios.com.br/? Sign up for our newsletter: http://bit.ly/TEDEdNewsletter? Support us on Patreon: http://bit.ly/TEDEdPatreon? Follow us on Facebook: http://bit.ly/TEDEdFacebook? Find us on Twitter: http://bit.ly/TEDEdTwitter? Peep us on Instagram: http://bit.ly/TEDEdInstagram? View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-makes…? Thank you so much to our patrons for your support! Without you this video would not be possible! Felipe Hoff, Rebecca Reineke, Cyrus Garay, Victoria Veretilo, Michael Aquilina, William Biersdorf, Patricia Alves Panagides, Valeria Sloan Vasquez, Mike Azarkman, Yvette Mocete, Pavel Maksimov, Victoria Soler-Roig, Betsy Feathers, Samuel Barbas, Therapist Gus, Sai Krishna Koyoda, Elizabeth Parker, William Bravante, Irindany Sandoval, Mark wisdom, Brighteagle, Beatriz Inácio, Mighterbump, Pamela Harrison, Maija Chapman, Liana Switzer, Curtis Light, The Brock, Dianne Palomar, Edgar Campos Barrachina, Maria Lerchbaumer, Ever Granada, Marin Kovachev, Ravi S. R?mphal, Penelope Misquitta, Tekin Gültekin, Jhuval, Hans Peng, Gaurav Mathur, Erik Biemans, Tony, Michelle, Katie and Josh Pedretti, Vaibhav Mirjolkar, Thomas Bahrman, Allan Hayes, Aidan Forero, Uday Kishore, Mikhail Shkirev, Devesh Kumar, Sunny Patel and Anuj Tomar.

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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-colossa…? In 1816, Europe and North America were plagued by heavy rains, odd-colored snow, famines, strange fogs and very cold weather well into June. Though many people believed it to be the apocalypse, this “year without a summer” was actually the result of a supervolcano eruption that happened one year earlier over 1,000 miles away. Alex Gendler describes the history and science of these epic eruptions. Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Andrew Foerster.

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NASA Helps the World Weather the 2020 Hurricane Season

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By Timothy “Seph” Allen, Published    Thursday, February 25, 2021

Forecasters predicted an above-normal hurricane season for 2020. They weren’t wrong.

As the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season smashed records with an unprecedented 30 named storms, NASA’s Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program stood up to the challenge. The Disasters Program helps leaders and responders at national, regional, and local levels leverage NASA’s technology and expertise to assess, predict, and understand disasters’ impacts. The Disasters Program targets a wide range of hazards and disasters, and while NASA is not an operational response agency, the agency offers access to unique resources, relationships, and scientific expertise to those who use it on the ground.

The Atlantic hurricane season, which officially ran from June 1 to Nov. 30, marked the fifth year in a row with above-average hurricane activity. The National Weather Service noted that every mile of the U.S. Atlantic coast was under a tropical watch or warning in 2020. NOAA reported the most billion-dollar disasters in the U.S. in a single year in the 40 years that they have kept track, which hurricanes contributed significantly to. Of twelve named storm systems that made landfall in the continental U.S. in 2020, seven (Hanna, Isaias, Laura, Sally, Delta, Zeta and Eta) each caused over $1 billion in overall damage costs.

This visualization shows the hurricanes and tropical storms of 2020 as seen by NASA’s Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) – a data product combining precipitation observations from infrared and microwave satellite sensors united by the GPM Core Observatory. IMERG rain rates (in mm/hr) are overlaid on infrared cloud data from the NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) Cloud Composite dataset together with storm tracks from the NOAA National Hurricane Center (NHC) Automated Tropical Cyclone Forecasting (ATCF) model. Sea surface temperatures (SST) are also shown over the oceans, derived from the NASA Multi-sensor Ultra-high Resolution (MUR) dataset, which combines data from multiple geostationary and orbiting satellites. Sea surface temperatures play an important role in hurricane formation and development, with warmer temperatures linked to more intense storms. Credits: NASA Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio

Tropical storms and hurricanes were also more active and intense later in the year than usual. “Countries that experience hurricanes are used to that season peaking between July to September,” remarks Ronan Lucey, a researcher at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, working within NASA’s Disasters Program. “This was a long season, and we have to look at the climatic conditions that lead to that.”

2020 Hurricane Season

Feb 25, 2021  NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

This visualization shows the hurricanes and tropical storms of 2020 as seen by NASA’s Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) which measures rain rates (in mm/hr) overlaid on infrared cloud data from the NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) Cloud Composite dataset together with storm tracks from the NOAA National Hurricane Center (NHC) Automated Tropical Cyclone Forecasting (ATCF) model. Sea surface temperatures (SST) are also shown over the oceans, derived from the NASA Multi-sensor Ultra-high Resolution (MUR) dataset, which combines data from multiple geostationary and orbiting satellites. Visualizers: Alex Kekesi (lead), Greg Shirah (lead), Horace Mitchell For more information or to download this public domain video, go to https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4884#30824?

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Mar 29, 2021  PBS NewsHour

Monday on the NewsHour, The CDC voices concern as COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths rise, plus we explore a report into its origins. Then, we cover opening arguments in the trial of the police officer charged in the death of George Floyd, and how Alabama’s Amazon employees face the biggest attempt to organize in the company’s history. Amy Walter and Tamara Keith join us for Politics Monday. WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS CDC warns of ‘impending doom’ of COVID surges as deaths rise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUqsn…? News Wrap: Three more men face trial for plot to kidnap Dem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rfmtq…? Chauvin’s attorneys blame drugs,witnesses in Floyd’s death https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7HtM…? WHO says COVID originated in bats, but critics claim bias https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FDFb…? A look into the employee life at Amazon amid union push https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHCA4…? Renters hit by pandemic juggle assistance, eviction laws https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdRhj…? Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on gun law reform, beating COVID https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21qGX…? Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6?

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Mar 28, 2021  PBS NewsHour

On this edition for Sunday, March 28th, COVID-19 cases rise as vaccination efforts increase, how the pandemic has impacted economic and gender equity, and in our signature segment: the origins of non-unanimous jury verdicts, ruled to violate the 6th Amendment but not outlawed in two states until recently, and what’s ahead for those people convicted by them. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6?

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Friday on the NewsHour, a devastating weather system takes several lives, leaving a path of destruction across the U.S. south. Georgia enacts new legislation that critics say rolls back access to the ballot box. Also, how Trump-era sanctions failed to stall Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, hitting average citizens the hardest. And Brooks and Capehart weigh in on this week in politics. WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS Six dead, thousands displaced after tornadoes batter south https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbmZy…? News Wrap: Chaos grows as efforts to clear Suez Canal fail https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXCU4…? Outcry mounts over Georgia’s new elections law https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Yytm…? Immigrant families in limbo as Biden immigration bill fails https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzLei…? Could a new nuclear deal stem inflation, unrest in Iran? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-b_j…? Brooks and Capehart on voting and gun violence legislation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONfcu…? Remembering five beautiful souls lost to COVID-19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIF3J…? One monastery shows how faith and science can work together https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiB2c…? Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

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Mar 26, 2021  Washington Week PBS

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How students are using art to channel COVID-19 fears

By ALLYSON ESCOBAR | aescobar@scng.com |

PUBLISHED: March 25, 2021 at 8:05 a.m. | UPDATED: March 26, 2021 at 11:39 a.m.

They say art can express emotions, promote healing or offer a “window into the soul.”

That also can be said of Southern California students who have illustrated the stress and constant changes of these pandemic times in their artwork.

In February, Daniel Richter, a fourth-grade teacher in Wildomar in Riverside County, asked his students to express how they felt through digital art.

Richter, who teaches at Sycamore Academy of Science and Cultural Arts — a charter arts school with campuses in Wildomar and Chino Hills — said he was “blown away” by the submissions and conversations about the coronavirus crisis.

“I know how I feel, as an adult,” he said. “But I wanted to know how my 9- and 10-year-olds, and all students, feel about coming to school with masks on, or not being able to see their friends, or be able to sit in a movie theater.”

“A picture is worth a thousand words — so drawing a picture is sometimes easier,” the former child behavioral therapist said. “You can draw a face with multiple emotions, each representing what’s going on in the child. Getting these kids to open up and talk about their emotions (was) a really good reminder that we’re all going through this. We’re all hurting, too.”

Robin Gormin, a teacher at Fairmont Private Schools in Anaheim, said students “are really taking the brunt of this pandemic.”

“They are isolated, lonely and feeling like everything has been taken from them,” she said.

Here’s a sampling of art from students in kindergarten through high school in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, from moving paintings and photography to digital drawings and mixed media.

Lesley Perez Cortez, a senior at Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino, painted “Bella Dentro (Beauty Within)” in her advanced art class. She said the painting reflects seniors feeling “faceless and forgotten” during their last years of high school, but still beautiful within. (Photo courtesy of Keith Brockie)

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Lesley Perez Cortez, a senior at Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino, painted “Bella Dentro (Beauty Within)” in her advanced art class. She said the painting reflects seniors’ feeling “faceless and forgotten” during their last years of high school, but still beautiful within. (Photo courtesy of Keith Brockie)

Color pencil art from Lizbeth Mancillas, a 9th grader at The School of Arts and Enterprise in Pomona. The artwork was created during the lockdown “to bring some color into her family’s life,” said her teacher, Mark Bunner. (Photo courtesy of Mark Bunner)

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Color pencil art from Lizbeth Mancillas, a ninth grader at The School of Arts and Enterprise in Pomona, created this piece during the lockdown “to bring some color into her family’s life,” teacher Mark Bunner said. (Photo courtesy of Mark Bunner)

Rachel Levine, 16, from Huntington Beach, is a student at Fairmont Preparatory Academy in Anaheim. “The meaning behind my artwork is the leaning state of movement that is shown through the fruit, representing the constant state of imbalance that everyone is experiencing right now. I was inspired by Rene Magritte to put facial features on the fruit to bring a more surreal look, outside of the gravity-defying element that is seen with the tower.” (Photo courtesy of Heather Soodak)

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Rachel Levine, a 16-year-old Huntington Beach resident and student at Fairmont Preparatory Academy in Anaheim, created this piece. “The meaning behind my artwork is the leaning state of movement that is shown through the fruit, representing the constant state of imbalance that everyone is experiencing right now. I was inspired by Rene Magritte to put facial features on the fruit to bring a more surreal look, outside of the gravity-defying element that is seen with the tower.” (Photo courtesy of Heather Soodak)

A mixed media (acrylic paint and embroidery) portrait of a young person during the pandemic. The artist being the work is 18-year-old Joyce Lee, a senior at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana. (Photo courtesy of Paige Oden)

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A mixed media work, using acrylic paint and embroidery shows a young person during the pandemic. Joyce Lee, an 18-year-old senior at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, is the artist. (Photo courtesy of Paige Oden

Nyzell Guzman, 18, from Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles, created ‘Esperanza’ — meaning ‘hope’ in Spanish. “Many of us want to be hopeful during these difficult times. La Virgen de Guadalupe in the center of my piece is a symbol of faith and identity. During these tough times, many people look up to her for peace,” Guzman said. “The Folklorico dancers and roses represent what brings joy to the Latinx community. This piece represents LA’s Latinx community and is a reminder that all will be well.” (Photo courtesy of Christopher Maikish, Inner-City Arts)

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Nyzell Guzman, 18, from Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles, created ‘Esperanza,’ which means “hope” in Spanish. “Many of us want to be hopeful during these difficult times. La Virgen de Guadalupe in the center of my piece is a symbol of faith and identity. During these tough times, many people look up to her for peace,” Nyzell said. “The Folklorico dancers and roses represent what brings joy to the Latinx community. This piece represents LA’s Latinx community and is a reminder that all will be well.” (Photo courtesy of Christopher Maikish, Inner-City Arts)

Cori Chapman, 16, created a digital comic strip for Inner-City Arts’ in Los Angeles “Art Find A Way” project, expressing her thoughts and challenges during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Maikish, Inner-City Arts)

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Cori Chapman, 16, created a digital comic strip for the Art Find A Way project of Inner-City Arts’ in Los Angeles. It expresses her thoughts and challenges during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Maikish, Inner-City Arts)

“Since I am not able to physically visit my favorite places, I enjoy working them into my art,” said student Melody Esther Chaidez-Hernandez, 17, from Inner-City Arts LA. She submitted her work for an Instagram campaign called #spreadheART. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Maikish, Inner-City Arts)

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Melody Esther Chaidez-Hernandez, 17, created this piece for Inner-City Arts LA. “Since I am not able to physically visit my favorite places, I enjoy working them into my art,” she said. Melody submitted her work for an Instagram campaign called #spreadheART. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Maikish, Inner-City Arts)

A photo by Isabelle Pruitt, a student at Lancaster High School in Lancaster. Rose Max, Pruitt’s visual imagery teacher, wanted to give her students a creative outlet to process the COVID-19 pandemic and its many after-effects. (Photo courtesy of Rose Max)

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A photo by Isabelle Pruitt, a student at Lancaster High School, aims to carry out teacher Rose Max’s assignment to give students a creative outlet to process the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects. (Photo courtesy of Rose Max)

A photo by Pricilla Palacios, a student at Lancaster High School in Lancaster. Rose Max, Palacios’ visual imagery teacher, wanted to give her students a creative outlet to process the COVID-19 pandemic and its many after-effects. (Photo courtesy of Rose Max)

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This photo by Pricilla Palacios, a student at Lancaster High School, was created to document the pandemic and its effects. (Photo courtesy of Rose Max

A photo by Nathaniel Robles, a student at Lancaster High School in Lancaster. Rose Max, Robles’ visual imagery teacher, wanted to give her students a creative outlet to process the COVID-19 pandemic and its many after-effects. (Photo courtesy of Rose Max)

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This photo by Nathaniel Robles, a student at Lancaster High School, was created to document the pandemic and its effects. (Photo courtesy of Rose Max

A photo by Lance Hidalgo, a student at Lancaster High School in Lancaster. Rose Max, Hidalgo’s visual imagery teacher, wanted to give her students a creative outlet to process the COVID-19 pandemic and its many after-effects. (Photo courtesy of Rose Max)

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This photo by Lance Hidalgo, a student at Lancaster High School, was created to document the pandemic and its effects. (Photo courtesy of Rose Max)

“Values of Grief,” an acrylic painting by Jessica Kim, a junior at Portola High School in Irvine. The painting expresses the grief felt by nurses working the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. “The nurses are holding on together and the waves in the back show their emotions and sadness. Their tears are flowing into the ocean… (the colors) starts off as dark, and gradually grow into brighter colors that show that they are getting better and happier,” said Kim. (Photo courtesy of Kearci Moir)

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“Values of Grief” is an acrylic painting by Jessica Kim, a junior at Portola High School in Irvine. The work shows the grief felt by nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. “The nurses are holding on together and the waves in the back show their emotions and sadness. Their tears are flowing into the ocean … (the colors) start off as dark, and gradually grow into brighter colors that show that they are getting better and happier,” Jessica said. (Photo courtesy of Kearci Moir

“This piece is one of the acrylic paintings I’ve completed during my quarantine,” said Elanor Whitesides, a senior at Quartz Hill High School in Lancaster. “By depicting one of many quiet moments during the COVID-19 pandemic, I continue to document my journey as a student artist.” (Photo courtesy of Deepak Dhillonn)

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Elanor Whitesides, a senior at Quartz Hill High School in Lancaster, created this acrylic painting during the pandemic. “By depicting one of many quiet moments during the COVID-19 pandemic, I continue to document my journey as a student artist.” (Photo courtesy of Deepak Dhillonn)

“Dreams for 2021,” a watercolor painting created by Alvin Wang, 15, a ninth-grader California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley. “I think that at that point in quarantine, I wasn’t doing the greatest because I had spent so many months at home. When I was painting it, I focused on making it brighter and more saturated to make it seem more cheerful among the issues with quarantine and the pandemic,” said Alvin. “I decided to paint this piece because I really was looking forward to getting back into social activities and simply being around people.” (Photo courtesy of Julia Gutierrez)

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“Dreams for 2021,” is a watercolor painting by Alvin Wang, a 15-year-old ninth-grader at the California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley. “I think that at that point in quarantine, I wasn’t doing the greatest because I had spent so many months at home. When I was painting it, I focused on making it brighter and more saturated to make it seem more cheerful among the issues with quarantine and the pandemic,” Alvin said. “I decided to paint this piece because I really was looking forward to getting back into social activities and simply being around people.” (Photo courtesy of Julia Gutierrez)

Annie Liang, a 17-year-old junior at Glen A. Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights, created her watercolor/colored pencil painting “Encore” for a window self-portrait art assignment during the pandemic. “ith this piece, I want to express how people only see a certain side to me,” Liang said. (Photo courtesy of Annie Liang)

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Annie Liang, a 17-year-old junior at Glen A. Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights, created this watercolor/colored pencil painting “Encore” for a window self-portrait art assignment during the pandemic. “I want to express how people only see a certain side to me,” Annie said. (Photo courtesy of Annie Liang

“This work is representative of my experience during the pandemic in that I’d been dead bored over the summer,” said Lauren Villacorte, a sophomore at Glen A Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights, who created this piece for her dad on his wedding day. “This work is representative of my experience during the pandemic, because it proves to me that good things can still happen, despite all the bad. It’s a bit of an understatement to say there’s been a lot of bad this last year, but my dad’s wedding–despite featuring only him, his wife, and myself–was good.” (Photo courtesy of Lauren Villacorte)

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Lauren Villacorte, a sophomore at Glen A. Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights, created this piece for her father on his wedding day. “This work is representative of my experience during the pandemic in that I’d been dead bored over the summer,” Lauren said. “This work is representative of my experience during the pandemic, because it proves to me that good things can still happen, despite all the bad. It’s a bit of an understatement to say there’s been a lot of bad this last year, but my dad’s wedding–despite featuring only him, his wife, and myself – was good.” (Photo courtesy of Lauren Villacorte)

Brittney Smith, a senior at Highland High School in Palmdale, drew her piece “Facing Challenges” for an art class project. (Photo courtesy of Pavel Vogler)

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Brittney Smith, a senior at Highland High School in Palmdale, drew her piece “Facing Challenges” for an art class project. (Photo courtesy of Pavel Vogler

Jasmine Dobrozdravich, a senior at Highland High School in Palmdale, drew “Justice and Freedom” based on class discussions on how justice and freedom have been affected during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Pavel Vogler)

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Jasmine Dobrozdravich, a senior at Highland High School in Palmdale, drew “Justice and Freedom” based on class discussions on how justice and freedom have been affected during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Pavel Vogler)

Barbara Markov, a senior at Highland High School in Palmdale, drew her experience of being “together, but still separated” for an art class project. (Photo courtesy of Pavel Vogler)

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Barbara Markov, a senior at Highland High School in Palmdale, drew her experience of being “together, but still separated” for an art class project. (Photo courtesy of Pavel Vogler)

“The Island of Façades,” a watercolor painting by Natalie Adriana Salcido, a junior at Cajon H.S. in San Bernardino. Salcido was inspired by current events. “I wanted to capture all the bizzare things that have occurred during 2020. I chose a theme of politics and other topics that have affected our communities. I wanted to show the rift of power between the government and the struggle of the people,” Salcido said. “I also incorporated Edward Hopper’s use of perspective which was always looking into a scene from afar. Due to my interest in community engagement, I wanted to have reflections of all the things that have made this year a roller coaster.” (Photo courtesy of Elisabeth Payne)

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“The Island of Façades,” is a watercolor painting by Natalie Adriana Salcido, a junior at Cajon High School in San Bernardino. Salcido was inspired by current events. “I wanted to capture all the bizarre things that have occurred during 2020. I chose a theme of politics and other topics that have affected our communities. I wanted to show the rift of power between the government and the struggle of the people,” Natalie said. “I also incorporated Edward Hopper’s use of perspective, which was always looking into a scene from afar. Due to my interest in community engagement, I wanted to have reflections of all the things that have made this year a roller coaster.” (Photo courtesy of Elisabeth Payne)

“Lockdown Emotions” by Faith Crocker, 15, a student at Eastside H.S. in Lancaster, expresses many high school students’ feelings during this time of distance learning. (Photo courtesy of Faith Crocker)

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“Lockdown Emotions” was created by Faith Crocker, a 15-year-old student at Eastside High School in Lancaster to express his feelings during distance learning. (Photo courtesy of Faith Crocker

A pen drawing by Brenna Corcoran, 17, a senior in the Visual Arts Conservatory at the California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley. Corcoran says she was inspired by “Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd’s murder, the continuation of a global pandemic, the beginnings of a pivotal election, and the pressures of school.” (Photo courtesy of Julia Gutierrez)

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This pen drawing is by Brenna Corcoran, 17, a senior in the Visual Arts Conservatory at the California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley. Brenna was inspired by “Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd’s murder, the continuation of a global pandemic, the beginnings of a pivotal election, and the pressures of school.” (Photo courtesy of Julia Gutierrez

“If I was given a chance to go back to that fateful day, I would’ve done things differently. I would’ve shared a more meaningful goodbye with my friends,” said Italy White, a senior at Vista del Lago High School, who submitted this piece as part of Moreno Valley Unified’s artful healing initiative. “I also wouldn’t have treated COVID-19 as a joke and rooted for an extra week of Spring Break.” (Photo courtesy of Anahi Velasco)

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Italy White, a senior at Vista del Lago High School in Moreno Valley, submitted this piece for Moreno Valley Unified School District’s artful healing initiative. “If I was given a chance to go back to that fateful day, I would’ve done things differently. I would’ve shared a more meaningful goodbye with my friends,” Italy said. “I also wouldn’t have treated COVID-19 as a joke and rooted for an extra week of Spring Break.” (Photo courtesy of Anahi Velasco

“The work represented the thoughts and events going through quarantine and transitioning into senior year during quarantine, knowing our senior year isn’t going to be the same as the others,” said Mathew Banagudos, a senior at Vista del Lago High School. Banagudos submitted this artwork as part of Moreno Valley Unified’s artful healing initiative. (Photo courtesy of Anahi Velasco)

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Mathew Banagudos, a senior at Vista del Lago High School in Moreno Vally submitted this piece as part of the Moreno Valley Unified School District’s artful healing initiative. “The work represented the thoughts and events going through quarantine and transitioning into senior year during quarantine, knowing our senior year isn’t going to be the same as the others,” Matthew said. (Photo courtesy of Anahi Velasco)

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Mixed media (paint and paper on a birch panel) self-portrait collage by Ciel Mitrovich, a freshman at Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana. This was a self-motivated summer project to help students find creativity during the pandemic and isolation at home, her teacher says. (Photo courtesy of Paige Oden)

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A digital drawing by Daria Kosianenko, a sophomore at Fairmont Preparatory Academy in Anaheim, who is living in Moscow, Russia due to the pandemic. The drawing, “Waiting in the Shadows,” shows the COVID-19 virus in the form of a horse hiding its true face before revealing her essence, responsible for the death of thousands. A bell hangs in her ear as a warning, but not everyone wants to listen to its sound. For Daria, this work and the situation that we all experienced means the word: despair. (Photo courtesy of Heather Soodak)

“My best friend Liam and I can’t see each other in person, so I’m sad. We can only talk to each other through the phone and through our computers, and I felt sad,” said Morgan Steig, 9, of Lake Elsinore, a student at Sycamore Academy in Wildomar. “It’s sometimes easier for me to draw out my emotions than explain them in words.” (Photo courtesy of Daniel Richter)

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“My best friend Liam and I can’t see each other in person, so I’m sad,” said Morgan Steig, a 9-year-old Lake Elsinore resident and student at Sycamore Academy in Wildomar. “We can only talk to each other through the phone and through our computers, and I felt sad.” (Photo courtesy of Daniel Richter)

Ellie Kim, 8, a third-grader at Fairmont Private School in Anaheim, created her own version of Edvard Munch’s famous expressionist painting, “The Scream.” Teacher Robin Gormin prompted her students to draw something that would make them scream. Ellie, who has been in online learning, depicted viruses and COVID-19 in her piece. “We talked about Expressionism and how it is important to put your feelings down on paper, rather than physically showing your feelings. The face Ellie drew shows it all,” said Gormin. (Photo courtesy of Robin Gormin)

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Ellie Kim, 8, a third grader at Fairmont Private School in Anaheim, created her own version of Edvard Munch’s famous expressionist painting, “The Scream.” Teacher Robin Gormin prompted students to draw something that would make them scream. Ellie, who has been in online learning, drew viruses and COVID-19 in her piece. “We talked about Expressionism and how it is important to put your feelings down on paper, rather than physically showing your feelings. The face Ellie drew shows it all,” Gormin said. (Photo courtesy of Robin Gormin)

“My art piece is about feeling really trapped in the first few weeks. When COVID first started it was really pretty outside, I wanted to go outside and play with my friends but we couldn’t because we were all social distancing,” said Sycamore Academy fourth-grader Zoey Carroll, 10, frm Canyon Lake. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Richter)

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“My art piece is about feeling really trapped in the first few weeks,” said Sycamore Academy fourth grader Zoey Carroll, a 10-year-old Canyon Lake resident. “When COVID first started it was really pretty outside, I wanted to go outside and play with my friends but we couldn’t because we were all social distancing.” (Photo courtesy of Daniel Richter

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Rocia Han, a middle school student at the California School of the Arts in the San Gabriel Valley, drew “True Hero” as part of her studies in conservatory. She was inspired by the struggle of medical workers risking their lives in the pandemic. “I drew a girl inside a COVID cell to show she’s infected, and many cells in the background to show how dangerous it is,” Rocia said. “The doctor is the one who is saving the girl’s life. Doctors are true heroes and they are the ones who make this world a better place.” (Photo courtesy of Julia Gutierrez)

A drawing by Nataly Sanchez, a fourth-grader at Barton Elementary School in San Bernardino. “She wanted to express what is happening to the earth during the pandemic,” said her teacher, Grace Schmidt. (Photo courtesy of Grace Schmidt)

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Nataly Sanchez, a fourth grader at Barton Elementary School in San Bernardino, drew this to “to express what is happening to the earth during the pandemic,” teacher Grace Schmidt said. (Photo courtesy of Grace Schmidt)

Diego Lorenzo, a fifth-grader in Covina, submitted this piece as an entry for a school art poster competition. He was inspired to draw after witnessing the division in the U.S. during the past year. He won 1st place at the elementary level. (Photo courtesy of Claudia Gonzales)

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Diego Lorenzo, a fifth grader in Covina, submitted this piece in a school pandemic art contest. He was inspired after witnessing division in the U.S. in the past year. He won first place for the elementary school level. (Photo courtesy of Claudia Gonzales)

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A watercolor painting by fourth grader Anndrea Castaneda shows a coronavirus replacing the cornea of a weeping girl’s eye. She attends Barton Elementary School in San Bernardino. (Photo courtesy of Grace Schmidt)

A visual drawing of a speech by Isaac Rickard, a sixth-grader at the Vista Heights Middle School, who took part in a healing arts initiative from the Moreno Valley Unified School District called “Document Today.” Rickard, 11, talked about having good physical and mental health during the pandemic and created a drawing with highlights and tips from his speech. (Photo courtesy of Anahi Velasco)

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A drawing of a speech by Isaac Rickard, a sixth grader at Vista Heights Middle School in Moreno Valley, comes from a healing arts initiative called “Document Today.” Isaac, 11, talked about having good physical and mental health in the pandemic and created a drawing with highlights and tips from his speech. (Photo courtesy of Anahi Velasco)

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Jurupa Middle School eighth grader Dylan Smith’s drawing won first in the Riverside County Arts Connect Visual Student Art Competition, middle school category. “My drawing represents possibilities of what the world could become in the future. The left side is bad things happening in the world. The right side is good things happening in the world.” (Photo courtesy of Riverside County Office of Education)

“R is for Rusty Boy” is the name of this photo taken by 9-year-old Tyler Koon, a 3rd grader in Riverside County, who has struggled with distance learning, but gets through with help from his pet Rusty. An artistic student with an early interest in photography, Koon received an old Nikon 5100 from his mom, who said Tyler wanted to highlight the “fur heroes” giving families comfort in hard times. (Photo courtesy of Launa Koon)

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“R is for Rusty Boy” is the name of this photo taken by 9-year-old Tyler Koon, a third grader in Riverside County, who struggled with distance learning, but got through with help from his pet, Rusty. Tyler got an old Nikon 5100 camera from his mother, who said he wanted to highlight the “fur heroes” giving families comfort in hard times. (Photo courtesy of Launa Koon)

5-year-old Calder Eaton from West L.A. created “Spider Monster” as a part of the Hammer Museum’s Family Day: Make in L.A. 2020. The project, imagined by artist Umar Rashid, prompted families to create monsters that would help in a battle against shape-shifters who were making everyone too sick to celebrate Halloween. Hearing a call for heroism, Calder was inspired by his favorite superhero, Spiderman, to create a figure that could see in many directions as it battled against its foe. Umar wanted to make sure the kids and families could practice storytelling, while feeling empowered during challenging times. (Photo courtesy of Tara Burns)

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5-year-old Calder Eaton from West Los Angeles created “Spider Monster” as a part of the Hammer Museum’s Family Day: Make in L.A. 2020. The project, imagined by artist Umar Rashid, prompted families to create monsters that would help in a battle against shape-shifters who were making everyone too sick to celebrate Halloween. Calder was inspired by his favorite superhero, Spider-Man, to create a figure that could see in many directions as it battled its foe. (Photo courtesy of Tara Burns)

The art I am submitting are posters focused on social issues that the students chose. They designed their posters around issues that they were passionate about. They are created using a range of art mediums. Student art from South Lake Middle School. (Photo courtesy of Amberleigh Adoff)

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This poster by Emy Bellehumeur, 13, a seventh grader at South Lake Middle School in Irvine is titled “Humanity.” It was created in an art class where students were asked to design mixed-media posters about social issues they were passionate about. “I want people to see my art and realize that really we are just all humans with feelings that try to leave their best lives in peace,” Emy said. “My artwork represents a skeleton with a heart and montages of discrimination. I was hoping the skeleton will make everyone realize that your appearance doesn’t matter and the heart show that we all have a heart no matter who we are.” (Photo courtesy of Amberleigh Adoff)

A mixed-media watercolor by Jimena Lemus Perez, 6, a first-grader at Santiago Elementary in Santa Ana. As part of the Santa Ana Unified School District’s Extended Learning Program with OC Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center, students made artwork about unity and diversity, inspired by Mexican mythology and art. Combining majestic animal creatures, they created a species “strengthened by unity.” A lesson we can all learn from during the pandemic’s divisive times. (Photo courtesy of Mark Dominic Dimalanta, Santa Ana Unified/OC Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center)

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Jimena Lemus Perez, 6, a first grader at Santiago Elementary School in Santa Ana, created a mixed-media watercolor. As part of the Santa Ana Unified School District’s Extended Learning Program with OC Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center, students made art about unity and diversity, inspired by Mexican mythology and art. Combining majestic animal creatures, they created a species “strengthened by unity.” The project aimed to help youths with “social-emotional learning” during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Mark Dominic Dimalanta, Santa Ana Unified/OC Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center)

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A mixed-media watercolor by Paola Sanchez, 10, a fourth grader at Adams Elementary School in Santa Ana was part of the Santa Ana Unified School District’s Extended Learning Program with OC Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center. The project aimed to help youths with “social-emotional learning” during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Mark Dominic Dimalanta, Santa Ana Unified/OC Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center)

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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter stands on the Red Planet’s surface, Images from Mars by Perseverance Rover, common science, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and History

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter stands on the Red Planet’s surface, Images from Mars by Perseverance Rover, common science, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and History

 NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter stands on the Red Planet’s surface.

The images show the flight zone of NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter from the perspective of NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover and more.

Preparing for First Flight on Mars on This Week @NASA – March 26, 2021, NASA

See the Earth Mission NISAR Under Construction in JPL’s Clean Room, Mar 26, 2021,  NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mars in 4k: Images from Mars by Perseverance Rover, Mar 28, 2021,  common science

Mars 2020 and the Importance of Planetary Protection, Streamed live on Mar 23, 2021,  Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

NASA Previews First Flight of Mars Helicopter (Media Briefing), Streamed live on Mar 23, 2021,  NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Universe: Human Life on Mars is Coming Soon (S2, E13) | Full Episode | History, Mar 22, 2021 

NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Prepares for First Flight

NASA’s Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity (UHD Trailer), Apr 29, 2020,  NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-host-briefing-to-preview-first-mars-helicopter-flights

In this illustration, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter stands on the Red Planet’s surface as NASA’s Perseverance rover (partially visible on the left) rolls away.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA will hold a virtual media briefing at 1:30 p.m. EDT (10:30 a.m. PDT) Tuesday, March 23, to discuss upcoming activities for the agency’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter. The teams operating Ingenuity and NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover have chosen the flight zone where the helicopter will attempt the first powered, controlled flights on another planet.

The briefing will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website and will livestream on multiple agency social media platforms, including the YouTube and Facebook channels for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

Briefing participants include:

  • Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters
  • Bobby Braun, director for planetary science, JPL
  • J. (Bob) Balaram, Ingenuity chief engineer, JPL
  • Håvard Grip, Ingenuity chief pilot, JPL
  • Farah Alibay, Perseverance integration lead for Ingenuity, JPL

To participate in the briefing by telephone, reporters must provide their name and affiliation by 11:30 a.m. EDT (8:30 a.m. PDT) Tuesday, March 23, to Rexana Vizza at rexana.v.vizza@jpl.nasa.gov.

Media and the public also may ask questions on social media during the briefing using #MarsHelicopter.

Ingenuity’s test flights are expected to begin no earlier than the first week of April. The exact timing of the first flight will remain fluid as engineers work out details on the timeline for deployments and vehicle positioning of Perseverance and Ingenuity. Photos showing some of the progress are available on Perseverance’s raw images website.

Perseverance – with Ingenuity attached to its belly – landed in Jezero Crater Feb. 18. Ingenuity is a technology demonstration with a limited test flight duration of up to 31 days (30 Mars days, or sols). The rover will deploy the helicopter and provide environmental monitoring and imaging support. It also hosts Ingenuity’s base station, enabling communication with mission controllers on Earth.

An Ingenuity press kit, with more information about the helicopter, is available at:

https://go.nasa.gov/ingenuity-press-kit

More information is also available on the Ingenuity website:

https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter

To learn more about Perseverance, visit:

https://nasa.gov/perseverance

and

https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/

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Last Updated: Mar 17, 2021

Editor: Sean Potter

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Rover Point of View of Ingenuity Flight Zone

This image shows the flight zone of NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter from the perspective of NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.

The Wright Brothers

Orville Wright makes the first powered, controlled flight on Earth as his brother Wilbur looks on in this image taken at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Dec. 17, 1903.

Perseverance Rover Drops its Debris Shield

The debris shield, a protective covering on the bottom of NASA’s Perseverance rover, was released on March 212021.

Perseverance on Mars Helicopter Above

This illustration depicts Mars Helicopter Ingenuity during a test flight on Mars.

Ingenuity Helicopter on Mars (Illustration)

An illustration of NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter flying on Mars

M2020 parachute testing at Ames/NFAC 80×120 wind tunnel.
Run 03.
Requesters: Gregorio Villar, Chris Tanner.
Photographer: T. Wynne
Date: 02-JUN-2017
Photolab order: 070915-154126

NASA Needs Pi!

NASA uses pi every day!

Perseverance Hazcam First Drive

This image was captured while NASA’s Perseverance rover drove on Mars for the first time on March 4, 2021.

The Road Ahead for Perseverance

This image shows two possible routes (blue and purple) to the fan-shaped deposit of sediments known as a delta for NASA’s Perseverance rover, which landed at the spot marked with a white dot in Mars’ Jezero Crater.

Perseverance View of the Delta in Jezero Crater

From its landing site, “Octavia E. Butler Landing,” NASA’s Perseverance rover can see a remnant of a fan-shaped deposit of sediments known as a delta with its Mastcam-Z instrument

A Target for Perseverance’s SuperCam

Taken Feb. 22, 2021, this image from the Mastcam-Z instrument on NASA’s Perseverance rover shows the first target for analysis by the rover’s SuperCam instrument

Welcome to ‘Octavia E. Butler Landing’

NASA has named the landing site of the agency’s Perseverance rover “Octavia E. Butler Landing,” after the science fiction author Octavia E. Butler.

Flexing Perseverance’s Robotic Arm

This set of images shows parts of the robotic arm on NASA’s Perseverance rover flexing and turning during its first checkout after landing on Mars

Perseverance Is Roving on Mars

This image was taken during the first drive of NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars on March 4, 2021

Mastcam-Z’s First 360-Degree Panorama

This is the first 360-degree panorama taken by Mastcam-Z, a zoomable pair of cameras aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover

Navcam View of Perseverance’s Rover Deck

The Navigation Cameras, or Navcams, aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover captured this view of the rover’s deck on Feb. 20, 2021

Perseverance Navcams 360-Degree Panorama

Panorama, taken on Feb. 20, 2021, by the Navigation Cameras, or Navcams, aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover

Mastcam-Z Looks at Its Calibration Target

Mastcam-Z, a pair of zoomable cameras aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover

Perseverance and Mars 2020 Spacecraft Components on the Surface

This first image of NASA’s Perseverance Rover on the surface of Mars from the High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows the many parts of the Mars 2020 mission landing system that got the rover safely on the ground.

Perseverance’s Big Wheel

This high-resolution image shows one of the six wheels aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover, which landed on Feb. 18, 2021. The image was taken by one of Perseverance’s color Hazard Cameras (Hazcams).

Perseverance’s First Full-Color Look at Mars

This is the first high-resolution, color image to be sent back by the Hazard Cameras (Hazcams) on the underside of NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover after its landing on Feb. 18, 2021.

Perservence Gets Ready to Touch Down

Perseverance landed on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021.

For more information, please visit the following links:

https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/iotd.html

https://nasasearch.nasa.gov/search?query=latest+images&affiliate=nasa&utf8=%E2%9C%93

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mars/main/index.html

https://www.nasa.gov/perseverance/videos

Preparing for First Flight on Mars on This Week @NASA – March 26, 2021

Mar 26, 2021  NASA

Preparing for first flight on Mars, making a splash with Orion, and the space station’s next crew prepares for launch … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA! Download Link: https://images.nasa.gov/details-NHQ_2…? Producer Credit: Andre Valentine Editor: Sonnet Apple Music: Universal Production Music/”Another Way of Winning”

See the Earth Mission NISAR Under Construction in JPL’s Clean Room

Mar 26, 2021  NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

No bunny suit required! Come behind-the-scenes with NISAR mission experts to learn all about this joint NASA-ISRO satellite designed to spot potential natural hazards on our planet and how melting land ice will affect sea level rise. Speakers: Paul Rosen, project scientists, JPL Wendy Edelstein, instrument manager, JPL Note: Due to technical difficulties, there was a short gap in coverage at 14:40? in the feed of the original live stream on March 25, 2021. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mars in 4k: Images from Mars by Perseverance Rover

Mar 28, 2021  common science

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Mars 2020 and the Importance of Planetary Protection

Streamed live on Mar 23, 2021  Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

One exciting part of the Mars 2020 mission – which features the Perseverance rover that landed on Mars last month — is the collection of Mars rocks for possible return to Earth. In order to preserve the integrity of these samples, we have to make sure that no Earth germs hitched a ride to the Red Planet with the rover. Tune in March 23 at 8 pm ET as Moo Cooper, the Planetary Protection Lead Engineer for the Mars 2020 mission, shares a mission overview and the Planetary Protection actions taken by her team and why Planetary Protection is important. Register: https://s.si.edu/3qQkpry? The Exploring Space Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of Aerojet Rocketdyne and United Launch Alliance.

NASA Previews First Flight of Mars Helicopter (Media Briefing)

Streamed live on Mar 23, 2021  NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Ingenuity Mars helicopter, which arrived with the Perseverance rover, is a technology demonstration that will attempt the first-ever powered, controlled flight on another world. The teams operating Ingenuity and Perseverance have now chosen the flight zone where the helicopter will conduct its operations for up to 31 days (30 sols, or Mars days). Join NASA experts to discuss upcoming milestones and get answers to your questions. Speakers are expected to include: Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington Bobby Braun, director for planetary science, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California J. (Bob) Balaram, Ingenuity chief engineer, JPL Håvard Grip, Ingenuity chief pilot, JPL Farah Alibay, Perseverance integration lead for Ingenuity, JPL Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Map of Ingenuity Helicopter Flight Zone

This image shows where NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter team will attempt its test flights

This image shows where NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter team will attempt its test flights. Helicopter engineers added the locations for the rover landing site (also known as “Octavia E. Butler Landing”), the airfield (the area where the helicopter will take off and return), and the flight zone (the area within which it will fly) on an image taken by the High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Some small rainbow-like color distortions (which do not actually appear on the terrain of Mars) are seen in this image near the landing location because of the way pre- and post-landing color images were merged.

The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter technology demonstration activity is supported by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, and the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory built and manages operations of Perseverance and Ingenuity for the agency. Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages JPL for NASA.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2021

Editor: Tony Greicius

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Mar 23, 2021

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NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Prepares for First Flight

An illustration of NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter flying on Mars

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA is targeting no earlier than April 8 for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter to make the first attempt at powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet. Before the 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) rotorcraft can attempt its first flight, however, both it and its team must meet a series of daunting milestones.

Ingenuity remains attached to the belly of NASA’s Perseverance rover, which touched down on Mars Feb. 18. On March 21, the rover deployed the guitar case-shaped graphite composite debris shield that protected Ingenuity during landing. The rover currently is in transit to the “airfield” where Ingenuity will attempt to fly. Once deployed, Ingenuity will have 30 Martian days, or sols, (31 Earth days) to conduct its test flight campaign.

“When NASA’s Sojourner rover landed on Mars in 1997, it proved that roving the Red Planet was possible and completely redefined our approach to how we explore Mars. Similarly, we want to learn about the potential Ingenuity has for the future of science research,” said Lori Glaze, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters. “Aptly named, Ingenuity is a technology demonstration that aims to be the first powered flight on another world and, if successful, could further expand our horizons and broaden the scope of what is possible with Mars exploration.”

Flying in a controlled manner on Mars is far more difficult than flying on Earth. The Red Planet has significant gravity (about one-third that of Earth’s) but its atmosphere is just 1% as dense as Earth’s at the surface. During Martian daytime, the planet’s surface receives only about half the amount of solar energy that reaches Earth during its daytime, and nighttime temperatures can drop as low as minus 130 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 90 degrees Celsius), which can freeze and crack unprotected electrical components.

To fit within the available accommodations provided by the Perseverance rover, the Ingenuity helicopter must be small. To fly in the Mars environment, it must be lightweight. To survive the frigid Martian nights, it must have enough energy to power internal heaters. The system – from the performance of its rotors in rarified air to its solar panels, electrical heaters, and other components – has been tested and retested in the vacuum chambers and test labs of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

“Every step we have taken since this journey began six years ago has been uncharted territory in the history of aircraft,” said Bob Balaram, Mars Helicopter chief engineer at JPL. “And while getting deployed to the surface will be a big challenge, surviving that first night on Mars alone, without the rover protecting it and keeping it powered, will be an even bigger one.”

Deploying the Helicopter

Before Ingenuity takes its first flight on Mars, it must be squarely in the middle of its airfield – a 33-by-33-foot (10-by-10-meter) patch of Martian real estate chosen for its flatness and lack of obstructions. Once the helicopter and rover teams confirm that Perseverance is situated exactly where they want it to be inside the airfield, the elaborate process to deploy the helicopter on the surface of Mars begins.  

“As with everything with the helicopter, this type of deployment has never been done before,” said Farah Alibay, Mars Helicopter integration lead for the Perseverance rover. “Once we start the deployment there is no turning back. All activities are closely coordinated, irreversible, and dependent on each other. If there is even a hint that something isn’t going as expected, we may decide to hold off for a sol or more until we have a better idea what is going on.”

The helicopter deployment process will take about six sols (six days, four hours on Earth). On the first sol, the team on Earth will activate a bolt-breaking device, releasing a locking mechanism that helped hold the helicopter firmly against the rover’s belly during launch and Mars landing. The following sol, they will fire a cable-cutting pyrotechnic device, enabling the mechanized arm that holds Ingenuity to begin rotating the helicopter out of its horizontal position. This is also when the rotorcraft will extend two of its four landing legs.

During the third sol of the deployment sequence, a small electric motor will finish rotating Ingenuity until it latches, bringing the helicopter completely vertical. During the fourth sol, the final two landing legs will snap into position. On each of those four sols, the Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and eNgineering (WATSON) imager will take confirmation shots of Ingenuity as it incrementally unfolds into its flight configuration. In its final position, the helicopter will hang suspended at about 5 inches (13 centimeters) over the Martian surface. At that point, only a single bolt and a couple dozen tiny electrical contacts will connect the helicopter to Perseverance. On the fifth sol of deployment, the team will use the final opportunity to utilize Perseverance as a power source and charge Ingenuity’s six battery cells.

“Once we cut the cord with Perseverance and drop those final five inches to the surface, we want to have our big friend drive away as quickly as possible so we can get the Sun’s rays on our solar panel and begin recharging our batteries,” said Balaram.

On the sixth and final scheduled sol of this deployment phase, the team will need to confirm three things: that Ingenuity’s four legs are firmly on the surface of Jezero Crater, that the rover did, indeed, drive about 16 feet (about 5 meters) away, and that both helicopter and rover are communicating via their onboard radios. This milestone also initiates the 30-sol clock during which time all preflight checks and flight tests must take place.

“Ingenuity is an experimental engineering flight test – we want to see if we can fly at Mars,” said MiMi Aung, project manager for Ingenuity Mars Helicopter at JPL. “There are no science instruments onboard and no goals to obtain scientific information. We are confident that all the engineering data we want to obtain both on the surface of Mars and aloft can be done within this 30-sol window.”

As with deployment, the helicopter and rover teams will approach the upcoming flight test methodically. If the team misses or has questions about an important preflight milestone, they may take one or more sols to better understand the issue. If the helicopter survives the first night of the sequence period on the surface of Mars, however, the team will spend the next several sols doing everything possible to ensure a successful flight, including wiggling the rotor blades and verifying the performance of the inertial measurement unit, as well as testing the entire rotor system during a spin-up to 2,537 rpm (while Ingenuity’s landing gear remain firmly on the surface).

NASA’s Mars Ingenuity helicopter arrived at the Red Planet Feb. 18, 2021. Its mission: to demonstrate the first powered flight on another world.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The First Flight Test on Mars

Once the team is ready to attempt the first flight, Perseverance will receive and relay to Ingenuity the final flight instructions from JPL mission controllers. Several factors will determine the precise time for the flight, including modeling of local wind patterns plus measurements taken by the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA) aboard Perseverance. Ingenuity will run its rotors to 2,537 rpm and, if all final self-checks look good, lift off.  After climbing at a rate of about 3 feet per second (1 meter per second), the helicopter will hover at 10 feet (3 meters) above the surface for up to 30 seconds. Then, the Mars Helicopter will descend and touch back down on the Martian surface.

Several hours after the first flight has occurred, Perseverance will downlink Ingenuity’s first set of engineering data and, possibly, images and video from the rover’s Navigation Cameras and Mastcam-Z. From the data downlinked that first evening after the flight, the Mars Helicopter team expect to be able to determine if their first attempt to fly at Mars was a success.

On the following sol, all the remaining engineering data collected during the flight, as well as some low-resolution black-and-white imagery from the helicopter’s own Navigation Camera, could be downlinked to JPL. The third sol of this phase, the two images taken by the helicopter’s high-resolution color camera should arrive. The Mars Helicopter team will use all information available to determine when and how to move forward with their next test.

“Mars is hard,” said Aung. “Our plan is to work whatever the Red Planet throws at us the very same way we handled every challenge we’ve faced over the past six years – together, with tenacity and a lot of hard work, and a little Ingenuity.”

A Piece of History

While Ingenuity will attempt the first powered, controlled flight on another planet, the first powered, controlled flight on Earth took place Dec. 17, 1903, on the windswept dunes of Kill Devil Hill, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Orville and Wilbur Wright covered 120 feet in 12 seconds during the first flight. The Wright brothers made four flights that day, each longer than the previous.

A small amount of the material that covered one of the wings of the Wright brothers’ aircraft, known as the Flyer, during the first flight is now aboard Ingenuity. An insulative tape was used to wrap the small swatch of fabric around a cable located underneath the helicopter’s solar panel. The Wrights used the same type of material – an unbleached muslin called “Pride of the West” – to cover their glider and aircraft wings beginning in 1901. The Apollo 11 crew flew a different piece of the material, along with a small splinter of wood from the Wright Flyer, to the Moon and back during their iconic mission in July 1969.

More About Ingenuity

The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter was built by JPL, which also manages the technology demonstration for NASA Headquarters. It is supported by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, and the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate. NASA’s Ames Research Center and Langley Research Center provided significant flight performance analysis and technical assistance.

At NASA Headquarters, Dave Lavery is the program executive for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. At JPL, MiMi Aung is the project manager and J. (Bob) Balaram is chief engineer.

Bring the excitement of Ingenuity into classrooms and homes through NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement toolkit. Educators, students, and families can follow along the mission by building a paper helicopter or coding an Ingenuity video game.

For more information about Ingenuity:

https://go.nasa.gov/ingenuity-press-kit

and

https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter

More About Perseverance

A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith (broken rock and dust).

Subsequent NASA missions, in cooperation with ESA (European Space Agency), would send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed samples from the surface and return them to Earth for in-depth analysis.

JPL, which is managed for NASA by Caltech in Pasadena, California, built and manages operations of the Perseverance rover.

For more about Perseverance:

nasa.gov/perseverance

and

mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/

For more images related to this release, go to:

https://go.nasa.gov/3tNe822

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Last Updated: Mar 24, 2021

Editor: Sean Potter

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NASA’s Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity (UHD Trailer)

Apr 29, 2020  NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA’s Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity, is set to arrive at the Red Planet on Feb. 18, 2021. Its mission: to demonstrate the first powered flight on another world. For more information, visit https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/heli…? Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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With a history of abuse in American medicine, Black patients struggle for equal access

Feb 24, 2021  PBS NewsHour

Black Americans have historically faced discrimination and even abuse by medical professionals, issues that have again come to the forefront during the pandemic. We here from Americans who have directly experienced discrimination, and Yamiche Alcindor speaks with Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble, a professor of medical humanities at George Washington University, to discuss this painful legacy. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6?

Boston restores monument to Black Civil War troops

Feb 24, 2021  PBS NewsHour

In a time when statues and monuments around the country are being removed for what they represent, the Shaw Memorial in Boston is receiving attention of a different sort. It is being fully restored, with pride that the monument depicting Black soldiers marching off to battle in the civil war, stands the test of time. Special correspondent Jared Bowen of GBH Boston reports. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

During Black History Month, students reflect on their modern-day heroes

Feb 24, 2021  PBS NewsHour

Black History Month expands students’ understanding of the Black experience in American history. But one teacher in Akron, Ohio wanted her students to see that Black history isn’t something that happened in the past, it happens every single day through each of them. She worked with our Student Reporting Labs program to record these reflections from students. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6? Follow us: Facebook: http://www.pbs.org/newshour? Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/newshour? Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/newshour? Subscribe: PBS NewsHour podcasts: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/podcasts? Newsletters: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/subscribe?

In ‘Grief and Grievance,’ Black artists explore aspects of loss in contemporary life

Mar 17, 2021  PBS NewsHour

Even amid the pandemic, some art exhibitions are opening to the public. “Grief and Grievance” at New York’s “New Museum,” a timely examination of race and racism, is one of them. Black artists explore the aspects of loss in the contemporary Black experience and their own roles in telling that story. Jeffrey Brown reports for Race Matters, and CANVAS, our ongoing arts and culture coverage. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6?

PBS NewsHour full episode, Feb. 24, 2021

Feb 24, 2021  PBS NewsHour

Wednesday on the NewsHour, President Biden continues to push for COVID relief and a minimum wage increase as a Cabinet nominee faces opposition in the Senate, global disparities and uneven distribution of COVID vaccines becomes more visible as the first shipment of doses arrives in Africa, and the pandemic highlights the discrimination African Americans encounter in the health system. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6? Follow us: Facebook: http://www.pbs.org/newshour? Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/newshour? Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/newshour? Subscribe: PBS NewsHour podcasts: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/podcasts? Newsletters: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/subscribe?

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How the economic relief law narrows the equity gap for farmers of color

Mar 16, 2021  PBS NewsHour

The COVID relief and economic package is a massive bill that has a far-reaching impact in ways that many Americans don’t know about yet. One provision calls for debt relief for Black farmers, who have long been denied access to government funding. John Boyd, a fourth-generation farmer in Virginia and president of the National Black Farmers Association, joins Lisa Desjardins to discuss. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6? Follow us: Facebook: http://www.pbs.org/newshour? Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/newshour? Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/newshour? Subscribe: PBS NewsHour podcasts: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/podcasts? Newsletters: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/subscribe?

Unraveling the mystery of a pioneering American painter’s missing work

Mar 12, 2021  PBS NewsHour

Imagine discovering that a painting on your wall is a long, lost masterpiece. In two recent cases, the story centers on Jacob Lawrence, a pioneering American modernist painter. Lydia Gordon, of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, is our guide, as part of our arts and culture series. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG? Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour? Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

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Jacob Lawrence
Jacob Lawrence in 1941
Born September 7, 1917

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Died June 9, 2000 (aged 82)

Seattle, Washington

Nationality American
Education Harlem Community Art Center
Known for Paintings portraying African-American life
Notable work Migration Series

Jacob Armstead Lawrence (September 7, 1917 – June 9, 2000) was an American painter known for his portrayal of African-American historical subjects and contemporary life. Lawrence referred to his style as “dynamic cubism“, although by his own account the primary influence was not so much French art as the shapes and colors of Harlem.[1] He brought the African-American experience to life using blacks and browns juxtaposed with vivid colors. He also taught and spent 16 years as a professor at the University of Washington.

Lawrence is among the best-known twentieth-century African-American painters, known for his modernist illustrations of everyday life as well as narratives of African-American history and historical figures. At the age of 23 he gained national recognition with his 60-panel The Migration Series, which depicted the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North. The series was purchased jointly by the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Lawrence’s works are in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney MuseumMetropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn MuseumReynolda House Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Northwest Art. His 1947 painting The Builders hangs in the White House.

Early years[edit

Douglass argued against poor Negroes leaving the South

Jacob Lawrence was born September 7, 1917, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where his parents had migrated from the rural south. They divorced in 1924.[2] His mother put him and his two younger siblings into foster care in Philadelphia. When he was 13, he and his siblings moved to New York City, where he reconnected with his mother in Harlem. Lawrence was introduced to art shortly after that when their mother enrolled him in after-school classes at an arts and crafts settlement house in Harlem, called Utopia Children’s Center, in an effort to keep him busy. The young Lawrence often drew patterns with crayons. In the beginning, he copied the patterns of his mother’s carpets.

Lawrence teaching school children at the Abraham Lincoln School

After dropping out of school at 16, Lawrence worked in a laundromat and a printing plant. He continued with art, attending classes at the Harlem Art Workshop, taught by the noted African-American artist Charles Alston. Alston urged him to attend the Harlem Community Art Center, led by the sculptor Augusta Savage. Savage secured a scholarship to the American Artists School for Lawrence and a paid position with the Works Progress Administration, established during the Great Depression by the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Lawrence continued his studies as well, working with Alston and Henry Bannarn, another Harlem Renaissance artist, in the Alston-Bannarn workshop. He also studied at Harlem Art Workshop in New York in 1937. Harlem provided crucial training for the majority of Black artists in the United States. Lawrence was one of the first artists trained in and by the African-American community in Harlem.[3] Throughout his lengthy artistic career, Lawrence concentrated on exploring the history and struggles of African Americans.

The “hard, bright, brittle” aspects of Harlem during the Great Depression inspired Lawrence as much as the colors, shapes, and patterns inside the homes of its residents. “Even in my mother’s home,” Lawrence told historian Paul Karlstrom, “people of my mother’s generation would decorate their homes in all sorts of color… so you’d think in terms of Matisse.”[4] He used water-based media throughout his career. Lawrence started to gain some notice for his dramatic and lively portrayals of both contemporary scenes of African-American urban life as well as historical events, all of which he depicted in crisp shapes, bright, clear colors, dynamic patterns, and through revealing posture and gestures.[2]

At the very start of his career he developed the approach that made his reputation and remained his touchstone: creating series of paintings that told a story or, less often, depicted many aspects of a subject. His first were biographical accounts of key figures of the African diaspora. He was just 21 years old when his series of 41 paintings of the Haitian general Toussaint L’Ouverture, who led the revolution of the slaves that eventually gained independence, was shown in an exhibit of African-American artists at the Baltimore Museum of Art. This was followed by a series of paintings of the lives of Harriet Tubman (1938–39) and Frederick Douglass (1939–40).

His teacher Charles Alston assesses Lawrence’s work in an essay for an exhibition at the Harlem YMCA 1938:[5]

Having thus far miraculously escaped the imprint of academic ideas and current vogues in art,… he has followed a course of development dictated by his own inner motivations… Working in the very limited medium of flat tempera he achieved a richness and brilliance of color harmonies both remarkable and exciting… Lawrence symbolizes more than anyone I know, the vitality, the seriousness and promise of a new and socially conscious generation of Negro artists.

On July 24, 1941, Lawrence married the painter Gwendolyn Knight, also a student of Savage. She helped prepare the gesso panels for his paintings and contributed to the captions for the paintings in his multi-painting works.[6]

The Migration Series[edit]

Lawrence completed the 60-panel set of narrative paintings entitled Migration of the Negro or And the Migrants Kept Coming,[7] now called the The Migration Series, in 1940–41. The series portrayed the Great Migration, when hundreds of thousands of African Americans moved from the rural South to the urban North after World War I. Because he was working in tempera, which dries rapidly, he planned all the paintings in advance and then applied a single color wherever he was using it across all the scenes to maintain tonal consistency. Only then did he proceed to the next color. The series was exhibited at the Downtown Gallery in Greenwich Village, which made him the first African-American artist represented by a New York gallery. This brought him national recognition.[8] Selections from this series were featured in a 1941 issue of Fortune. The entire series was purchased jointly and divided by the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., which holds the odd-numbered paintings, and New York’s Museum of Modern Art, which holds the even-numbered. His early work involved general depictions of everyday life in Harlem and also a major series dedicated to African-American history (1940–1941).

Another biographical series of twenty-two panels devoted to the abolitionist John Brown followed in 1941-42. When these pairings became too fragile to display, Lawrence, working on commission, recreated the paintings as a portfolio of silkscreen prints in 1977.[9]

In 1943, Howard Devree, writing in The New York Times, thought Lawrence in his next series of thirty images had “even more successfully concentrated his attention on the many-sided life of his people in Harlem”. He called the set “an amazing social document” and wrote: [10]

Lawrence’s color is fittingly vivid for his interpretations. A strong semi-abstract approach aids him in arriving at his basic or archetypal statements. Confronting this work one feels as if vouchsafed an extraordinary elemental experience. Lawrence has grown in his use of rhythm as well as in sheer design and fluency.

World War II[edit]

In October 1943, during the Second World War, Lawrence was drafted into the United States Coast Guard and served as a public affairs specialist with the first racially integrated crew on the USCGC Sea Cloud, under Carlton Skinner.[11] He continued to paint and sketch while in the Coast Guard, documenting the experience of war around the world. He produced 48 paintings during this time, all of which have been lost. He achieved the rank of petty officer third class.

Lost works[edit]

In October and November 1944, MOMA exhibited of all 60 migration panels plus 8 of paintings Lawrence created aboard the Sea Cloud. He posed, still in his uniform, in front of a sign that read: Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series and Works Created in the US Coast Guard”. The Coast Guard sent the eight paintings to exhibits around the United States. In the disorder and personnel changes that came with demobilization at the end of the war they went missing.

Post-war[edit]

In 1945, he was awarded a fellowship in the fine arts by the Guggenheim Foundation.[12] In 1946, Josef Albers recruited Lawrence to join the faculty of the summer art program at Black Mountain College.[13]

Returning to New York, Lawrence continued to paint but grew depressed; in 1949, he checked himself into Hillside Hospital in Queens, where he remained for eleven months. Painting there, he produced his Hospital Series, works that were uncharacteristic of him in their focus of his subjects’ emotional states as an inpatient.

Between 1954 and 1956 Lawrence produced a 30-panel series called “Struggle: From the History of the American People” that depicted historical scenes from 1775 to 1817. The series, originally planned to include sixty panels, includes references to current events like the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, and they sometimes explore relatively obscure or neglected aspects of American history, like a woman, Margaret Cochran Corbin, in combat or the wall built by unseen enslaved Blacks that protected the American forces at the Battle of New Orleans.[14] Rather than traditional titles, Lawrence labeled each panel with a quote, either to add an individual voice to his work or inject weighted vocabulary. Patrick Henry’s speech, famous for the phrase “Give me liberty or give me death”, he captioned with a different passage: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery.” A panel showing Blacks fighting against the British is captioned with the words of a man who sued for emancipation from slavery in 1773: “We have no property! We have no wives! No children! We have no city! No country!”[15] Three panels (Panels 14, 20 and 29) are lost, and three others were only located in 2017, 2020, and 2021.[16] The fraught politics of the mid-1950s prevented the series from finding a museum purchaser, and the panels had been sold to a private collector who re-sold them as individual works.[17]

The Brooklyn Museum of Art mounted a retrospective exhibition of his work in 1960.[18]

Publications[edit]

Lawrence illustrated several works for children. Harriet and the Promised Land appeared in 1968 and used the series of paintings that told the story of Harriet Tubman.[19] It was listed as one of the year’s best illustrated books by The New York Times and praised by the Boston Globe: “The author’s artistic talents, sensitivity and insight into the black experience have resulted in a book that actually creates, within the reader, a spiritual experience.” Two similar volumes based on his John Brown and Great Migration series followed.[20] Lawrence created illustrations for a selection of 18 of Aesop’s Fables for Windmill Press in 1970, and the University of Washington Press published the full set of 23 tales in 1998.[21]

Teaching and late works[edit]

Lawrence taught at several schools after his first stint teaching at Black Mountain College, including the New School for Social Research, the Art Students LeaguePratt Institute,[22][23] and the Skowhegan School.[24] He became a visiting artist at the University of Washington in 1970 and was professor of art there from 1971 to 1986.[18] He was graduate advisor there to lithographer and abstract painter James Claussen[25]

Shortly after moving to Washington state, Lawrence did a series of five paintings on the westward journey of African-American pioneer, George Washington Bush. These paintings are now in the collection of the State of Washington History Museum.[26]

He undertook several major commissions in this part of his career. In 1980, he completed Exploration, a 40-foot-long mural made of porcelain on steel, comprising a dozen panels devoted to academic endeavor. It was installed in Howard University’s Blackburn Center. The Washington Post described it as “enormously sophisticated yet wholly unpretentious ” and said:[27]

The colors are competely flat, but because the porcelain is layered, and because Lawrence here and there paints in strong black shawdows, his mural has the look of a rich relief. It is full of visual rhymes. The small scene of John Henry, the steel drivin’ man, in the final panel is echoed by an image of a sculptor in the art scene: He is hammering another spike, for quite different reasons, into a block of stone. This is not art that one tires of, for it is not the sort of work one can read at once.

Lawrence produced another series in 1983, eight screen prints called the Hiroshima Series. Commissioned to provide full-page illustrations for a new edition of a work of his choice, Lawrence chose John Hershey‘s Hiroshima (1946). He depicted in abstract visual language several survivors at the moment of the bombing in the midst of physical and emotional destruction.[7][28]

Lawrence’s painting Theater was commissioned by the University of Washington in 1985 and installed in the main lobby of the Meany Hall for the Performing Arts.[29]

Last years[edit]

The Whitney Museum of American Art produced an exhibition of Lawrence’s entire career in 1974, as did the Seattle Art Museum in 1986.[18]

In 1999, he and his wife established the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation for the creation, presentation and study of American art, with a particular emphasis on work by African-American artists.[18] It represents their estates[30] and maintains a searchable archive of nearly a thousand images of their work.[31]

Lawrence continued to paint until a few weeks before his death from lung cancer on June 9, 2000, at the age of 82.[18] The New York Times described him as “one of America’s leading modern figurative painters” and “among the most impassioned visual chroniclers of the African-American experience.”[18] Shortly before his death he stated: “…for me, a painting should have three things: universality, clarity and strength. Clarity and strength so that it may be aesthetically good. Universality so that it may be understood by all men.”[32]

A retrospective exhibition of Lawrence’s work, planned before his death, opened at the Phillips Collection in May 2001 and travelled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Detroit Institute of Fine Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.[33] The exhibit was meant to coincide with the publication of Jacob Lawrence: Paintings, Drawings, and Murals (1935-1999), A Catalogue Raisonne.[34] His last commissioned public work, the mosaic mural New York in Transit made of Murano glass was installed in October 2001 in the Times Square subway station in New York City.[35][36]

His wife, Gwendolyn Knight, survived him and died in 2005 at the age of 91.[37]

Recognition[edit]

The eighteen institutions that awarded Lawrence honorary degrees include Harvard University, Yale University, Howard University, Amherst College, and New York University.[18]

Legacy[edit]

  • The Seattle Art Museumoffers the Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship, a $10,000 award to “individuals whose original work reflects the Lawrences’ concern with artistic excellence, education, mentorship and scholarship within the cultural contexts and value systems that informed their work and the work of other artists of color.”[41]
  • The Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Designoffers an annual Jacob Lawrence Legacy Residency.[42]

His work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the British Museum,[43] the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum,[44] the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Phillips Collection, the Brooklyn Museum, the National Gallery of Art[45] and Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Art Institute Chicago, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Birmingham Museum of Art,[46] the Indianapolis Museum of Art,[47] the University of Michigan Museum of Art,[48] the North Carolina Museum of Art,[49] the Princeton University Art Museum,[50] the Musei Vaticani,[51] the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering,[52] the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,[53] the Saint Louis Art Museum,[54] the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,[55] the Studio Museum in Harlem,[56] the Philadelphia Museum of Art,[57] the Portland Art Museum,[58] the Hudson River Museum,[59] and The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

In May 2007, the White House Historical Association purchased Lawrence’s The Builders (1947) at auction for $2.5 million. The painting has hung in the White House Green Room since 2009.[60][61]

See also[edit]

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Jacob Lawrence, Panel 10. We crossed the River at McKonkey’s Ferry 9 miles above Trenton . . . the night was excessively severe . . . which the men bore without the least murmur . . . —Tench Tilghman, 27 December 1776, 1954. From Struggle Series, 1954–56
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Coast Guardsman Jacob Lawrence, with his paintings at the Institute of Modern Art in Boston in 1945. During World War 2, Lawrence served with the first racially integrated crew on the USCGC Sea Cloud, under Carlton Skinner. He continued to paint and sketch while in the Coast Guard.
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Jacob Lawrence and his Artwork

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Jacob Lawrence and his Artwork

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