SpaceX Rocket Blasts Off With World’s First All-Electric Satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. March 1 (Reuters) – A Space Exploration Technologies rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday to put the world’s first all-electric communications satellites into orbit.
The 22-story tall booster soared off its seaside launch pad at 10:50 a.m. EST (0350 GMT), the third flight in less than two months for SpaceX, as the privately owned, California-based company is known.
Perched on top of the rocket were a pair of satellites built by Boeing and owned by Paris-based Eutelsat Communications and Bermuda-based ABS, whose majority owner is the European private equity firm Permira.
Eutelsat and ABS shared satellite manufacturing and launch costs, a business arrangement spurred by technological innovation.
The satellites launched on Sunday are outfitted with lightweight, all-electric engines, rather than —> Read More Here

Big River: the Apalachicola

Carlton Ward photographs the night sky from camp, a sandbar on the Apalachicola River in Florida. (Photo by Carlton Ward Jr.)

Two weeks ago the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition paddled the lower Apalachicola River system downstream for five days to Apalachicola Bay at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Winter has been chilly and wet in north Florida, and Week 6 of the Expedition was the coldest we’ve yet experienced, with rain, wind and sub-freezing temperatures across the region. The budding branch-ends teased of the coming spring, but the windchill while paddling and the ice layer frozen to our tents and boats each morning asserted that we were still weeks away from the warmth that people usually associate with Florida.

Carlton Ward photographs the night sky from camp on a sandbar along the Apalachicola River in Florida. (Photo by Carlton Ward Jr.)

We sought temporary shelter from the wind as we left the big river to cut over to the Dead Lakes, a part of the Chipola River that is cloaked in mystery. The lakes are full of relic cypress stumps and skeleton tree trunks, several of which have osprey nests where there were once branching tree tops. Spanish moss drapes the living cypress and dances wildly in the wind, adding cartoonish character the spooky landscape.

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Cesarean section rates in Portugal decline by 10 percent

A new study reports a significant decline in the rate of cesarean section (C-section) births in Portugal. Findings published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, a journal of the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology, indicate a 10 percent reduction in overall C-section rates between 2009 and 2014, with a 14 percent reduction in state-hospitals during the same time period. —> Read More Here

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