Thursday, March 21, 2024

Short Takes – 3-21-24

National Guard ready to assist states with cyber response, say officials. article. If this story were about a private cybersecurity company I would label it an advertorial. Pull quote: ““We want them to make a lot of money in the cyber field Monday through Friday and then I tell them they can come work for us on the weekend,” Jarrard said. “I think we have a good pool to pull from and those individuals one, they like to do exciting things on the keyboard but two, they like serving their country, serving their community and helping out.””

Key test drive of Orion on NASA's Artemis II to aid future missions. article. Pull quote: “Because the Artemis II Orion is not docking with another spacecraft, it is not equipped with a docking module containing lights and therefore is reliant on the ICPS to be lit enough by the sun to allow the crew to see the targets.”

NASA sees progress on Blue Origin's Orbital Reef Life Support System. article. Pull quote: “The trace contaminant control test screened materials to remove harmful impurities from the air. The water containment oxidation test, urine water recovery test, and water tank test all focused on potential cleaning, reclaiming, and storing technologies.”

1,1-Dichloroethane (1,1-DCA); Draft Risk Evaluation Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); Letter Peer Review; Request for Nominations of Expert Reviewers. Federal Register EPA notice. Summary: “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is seeking nominations of scientific and technical experts to review the draft risk evaluation for 1,1-dichloroethane (1,1-DCA) conducted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Agency will release the draft risk evaluation for public review and comment in spring of 2024 through a separate Federal Register document and subsequently will provide the selected peer reviewers with the draft risk evaluation for letter peer review in the summer of 2024.” Nomination deadline – April 11th, 2024.

Spy agency ready to launch new vehicle-tracking satellites. article. Pull quote: “However, Space Force officials have said that the GMTI program can’t move forward until Congress passes a fiscal 2024 budget because the effort is a new start in last year’s budget request.”

NASA Analysis Sees Spike in 2023 Global Sea Level Due to El Niño. article. Pull quote: ““Current rates of acceleration mean that we are on track to add another 20 centimeters of global mean sea level by 2050, doubling the amount of change in the next three decades compared to the previous 100 years and increasing the frequency and impacts of floods across the world,” said Nadya Vinogradova Shiffer, director for the NASA sea level change team and the ocean physics program in Washington.”

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