Amazon employees say they were threatened for climate change criticism
Climate Change

Amazon employees say they were threatened for climate change criticism

In October, the employees, Maren Costa and Jamie Kowalski, told The Washington Post that Amazon contributes to climate change by supporting oil- and gas-company exploration with its cloud computing business. Both employees say they were subsequently called into meetings with human resources, where they were accused of violating the company’s external communications policy. Costa says…

2020: The year human spaceflight returns to the United States (maybe)
Nature & Science

2020: The year human spaceflight returns to the United States (maybe)

New York (CNN Business)It’s an often-lamented fact in the space community: Since NASA retired its Space Shuttle program nine years ago, the public lost some of its interest in extraterrestrial happenings.Bold rocket startups, namely Elon Musk’s SpaceX, have done quite a bit to capture public attention. And many in the industry are hoping that launching…

This is the future of safaris in Africa
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This is the future of safaris in Africa

From emerging wildlife havens to women-led expeditions, safaris in Africa are no longer about hunting big game or having a camera-toting adventure led by male guides. The future of African safaris has arrived. “Community conservancies like Naboisho in Kenya were an important turning point,” says Judy Kepher-Gona, one of Africa’s top ecotourism experts. “Local villagers…

Ancient Egypt discovery: How tombs told archaeologists Egyptians were skilled musicians
Nature & Science

Ancient Egypt discovery: How tombs told archaeologists Egyptians were skilled musicians

The songs and music of Ancient Egypt may have been forever lost to time. But archaeologists have uncovered evidence to suggest skilled musicians were present around the rise of the Pharaohs in 3,100 BC.Ancient tomb murals dating back more than 5,000 years suggest the Egyptians played a wide variety of percussive and string instruments.Archaeologist and…

Amazon reportedly threatened to fire employees who spoke out against company policies
Environmental News

Amazon reportedly threatened to fire employees who spoke out against company policies

Amazon sent emails warning of termination to employees who spoke out against the company’s environmental policies, according to a report by The Washington Post.The emails accused the employees of violating its external-communications policy.Amazon’s external-communications policy requires employees to obtain company approval before speaking publicly about its business, products, services, technology, or customers, the company told…

Quadrantids meteor shower peaks tomorrow night with up to 60 shooting stars visible per hour
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Quadrantids meteor shower peaks tomorrow night with up to 60 shooting stars visible per hour

Quadrantids meteor shower peaks tomorrow night with up to 60 shooting stars visible per hour in the first cosmic spectacle of the decadeThe Quadrantids occur every December and January, peaking over two nightsBest viewing this year will occur just before 8 AM on Saturday, January 4Meteors are formed as grains of material burn up in the…