• Science

    Here are the highlights from a busy year in space launches

    So many things launched into space this year: Six humans traveled aboard commercial crew vehicles, three spacecraft began journeys to Mars and several hundred distractingly shiny satellites took to the sky. Commercial crew On May 30, SpaceX ferried a pair of astronauts to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Fla. It was the first human launch on a commercial spacecraft and the first time astronauts flew from a U.S. launchpad since the space shuttle was retired in 2011 (SN: 6/20/20, p. 16). SpaceX launched a four-person crew from U.S. soil on November 15.Official SpaceX Photos/Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) As part of its Commercial Crew Program, NASA funded private spaceflight…

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  • Jobs

    AOC launches blistering attack on Amazon, branding warehouse jobs ‘scams’

    Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has condemned certain jobs at technology giant Amazon as a “scam”, saying they do not provide ample financial security for workers. “A ‘job’ that leaves you homeless & on food stamps isn’t a job. It’s a scam,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez, the representative for New York’s 14th congressional district, said on Twitter on Friday. The tweet was directed in response to an article from Bloomberg that reported over 4,000 Amazon warehouse employees are on food stamps and others being homeless. The report claimed that the company is transforming the logistics industry from a career destination with the promise of middle-class wages into entry-level work. “This is why…

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