Expanding US footprint is like walking in quicksand for F1

first_imgLava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee LATEST STORIES “We understand we are part of a larger economic ecosystem,” Gilbert said. ”(But) we’re a bedroom community. We don’t have the tourism infrastructure. (Race fans) will be staying in Miami Beach or Fort Lauderdale. They won’t be staying in Miami Gardens.”At a lengthy Miami-Dade County commission meeting last Monday, the panel approved resolutions that would require another public hearing before the race could be approved, and another that could prevent closing of public streets for the race. The latter move could force course changes and confine the race to the stadium parking lot.Formula One officials didn’t respond to requests for comment. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chase Carey told a group of F1 investors earlier this week the series recognized the new hurdles but is “still engaged” in trying to land the Miami Grand Prix.A big part of F1′s struggles to stage a second U.S. race is finding a street course that is both acceptable to locals and logistically possible. That’s quite different from Texas.While the proposed Miami race would run close to the front yards and playgrounds of the surrounding neighborhood, the U.S. Grand Prix races on a track built specifically for F1. The privately held Circuit of the Americas is several miles from downtown Austin and was built into the rolling hills and scrubland of Central Texas.ADVERTISEMENT The surrounding community has slowly expanded toward the track, but the circuit remains mostly isolated near a landfill and businesses that include scrap yards and a recycling plant.“You can stand on the side of (Hard Rock Stadium) and throw a rock into the neighborhood,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan. To have a facility like the Texas track in South Florida, “you’d have to do it out in the Everglades, and that’s not going to happen.”The U.S. Grand Prix faced some resistance when it was first proposed, mostly over objections to the $25 million in state money its collects annually and uses to pay F1′s fee to host the race. That money is available because the state Legislature made Formula One races eligible for the cash even before the U.S. Grand Prix race was revived in Texas.“It’s not easy to pull one of these off,” Circuit of the Americas President Bobby Epstein said. “Unless you spend years and hundreds of millions on a place like this, you’re putting the sport in a place that was meant for something else.“It’s hard to create a sustaining event in a parking lot,” Epstein said, adding he thinks F1 will find somewhere to stage a second race in the U.S.Miami or elsewhere, Formula One is determined to expand its season.Rules unveiled for 2021 and beyond allow up to 25 races in a calendar year. Carey has called Asia and the U.S. top targets for expansion. Miami would give F1 four events in North America, joining Texas, Montreal and Mexico City.“I think it’s quality over quantity,” Carey said Thursday. “When we add a race in a place, we want to make sure it really brings something special to the sport.” Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study MOST READ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘People evacuated on their own’ Fred Hoiberg sees untapped potential at long-suffering Nebraska DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist While American television ratings are rising and the U.S. Grand Prix in Texas has developed into a durable, popular race, dreams of landing F1 in other spots such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York have never materialized. A planned 2021 Miami Grand Prix has run into fierce local resistance over worries about traffic disruptions, noise and air pollution without a corresponding economic impact.“We’d be absorbing all the negatives and we wouldn’t be reaping any of the benefits,” Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert III said. “I can’t imagine Formula One wants to have a race in a community where the residents don’t want them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Miami Grand Prix was first proposed as a waterfront race with spectacular television views of cars zipping around Bayfront Park and the Port of Miami. But resistance from local neighborhoods scuttled that idea and the race evolved — or devolved — into a proposed course 25 miles north (and inland) in and near a parking lot at Hard Rock Stadium, home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.The proposed course would include a couple of public streets near the stadium, leaving Miami Gardens to absorb road closures and days of school disruption for crowds that won’t be staying and spending their money locally, Gilbert said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust ‘Gago’ Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, steers his car during first practice session for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric GayAUSTIN, Texas — Formula One officials have dreamed of expanding in the U.S. since the day the series returned to American soil in 2012.Every step must feel like quicksand.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Families find tradition in holiday flicks

first_imgHoliday movies also help unite increasingly busy and scattered families. “It’s like the family dinner table, only we don’t do the family dinner table anymore,” Ballard said. “So this is a way to have that sense of community.” And one generation passes along its favorite stories to another. Every year with his family, Andrew Erskine, 46, watches the 1974 animated classic “The Year Without a Santa Claus,” along with other holiday favorites from the 1960s and ’70s. Programs the family views include 1964’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” which includes a visit to the land of misfit toys, and 1970’s “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.” “I grew up with those old films as a kid,” said the Playa Del Rey resident, grinning at the memories. Watching movies also eases some of the stress of family gatherings, said Robert Thompson, Syracuse University professor of popular culture. “These holidays are ones that are getting a lot of people together – sometimes by force,” Thompson said. “Movies allow everyone to be in the same room, and because there’s something to watch, we don’t have to talk.” While having the TV on during holiday family gatherings was once considered an intrusion on special time, now many families’ holiday traditions incorporate TV – from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to the Times Square countdown to New Year’s Day, Thompson said. On Christmas Day, TV stations usually don’t schedule programs that draw big crowds, so many families watch favorite old movies then. “It’s the one time of year that you like something to be ritualistic and not new,” Thompson said. “Everything else you want new. But one of the appeals of these movies is that they are always the same.” For Monty Milhado of West Hills, holidays wouldn’t be the same without sitting down with his parents to watch all three of Tim Allen’s “The Santa Clause” series of movies. The triple-feature ritual usually takes place on New Year’s Eve while the 18-year-old snacks on Sugar Daddies, his dad eats Swedish Fish candies, and his mom munches popcorn. “The holidays wouldn’t be complete without this,” Milhado said. “It’s like decorating the tree.” sue.doyle@dailynews.com 818-713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonBut just what is it about old movies and the holidays that make such a cozy fit? “A lot of it is nostalgia,” said James David Ballard, sociology professor at California State University, Northridge. “Whatever resonated with you as a youth will resonate with you as an adult. And you will remember it fondly.” For Peter Feliciano of Woodland Hills, the 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life” tugs at his heart every time he sees it. And what was just an annual tradition when he was a child has gained momentum for him as an adult. In fact, the 45-year-old watches the movie periodically throughout the year to stay in touch with the main character, George Bailey, who lives a difficult and selfless life but changes the lives of all around him for the better. “I grabbed onto the messages as a kid,” Feliciano said. “I try to live my life like George Bailey and raise my son like that.” A holiday is all about tradition, whether it’s eating homemade fruitcake, spinning a dreidel – or plopping down in front of the TV to watch a favorite Christmas flick. What is it about this season that can lure millions of viewers to the tube for a 24-hour marathon of “A Christmas Story,” a 1983 movie about Indiana grade-schooler Ralphie Parker, who dreams of getting a BB gun for Christmas? One holiday season, about 38million Americans tuned into the Turner Broadcasting System’s cable channel at some point during the 24 hours of the nonstop showing – a tradition that began in 1997. Even more people stockpile treasured holiday classics to watch between now and New Year’s Day, including “Miracle on 34th Street” and one of the many film versions of “A Christmas Carol.” last_img read more

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Election loser vows to block rival’s takeover

first_imgFox also has done little to halt chaos in the provincial capital of Oaxaca, where a teachers strike had developed into a sometimes-violent rebellion against a state governor. Friday’s protest marked the first time in modern history that a Mexican president has not given his yearly address in person to the Congress. Fox was forced to air a recorded speech on national television that touted his government’s accomplishments, while skirting a direct mention of the country’s worst political crisis in modern history. It cut to video of smiling schoolchildren and other cheerful scenes. The cancellation of his last State of the Nation speech as leftist lawmakers stood in the chambers holding banners calling him a traitor was a stark contrast to the mood of Fox’s historic victory in 2000, when Mexicans celebrated as proof that the country had finally become a true democracy. Political commentator Homero Aridjis said Fox may have ended 71 years of authoritarian, single-party rule – and his conservative fiscal policies have stabilized the peso – but his legacy is “leaving us with political collapse.” The former Coca-Cola manager has failed to alleviate poverty or usher in reforms he described as essential, stymied by his inability to cajole an opposition-dominated legislature. But his biggest challenge has come at the end of his six-year term. How he handles the deepening crisis in his final three months in office will be crucial to the fate of the country’s democracy.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.It also raised the question of whether the next president can rule effectively after Fox’s administration has tolerated Lopez Obrador’s blocking one of the capital’s major streets for weeks and keeping the president from speaking to lawmakers. Lopez Obrador’s campaign spokesman, Jesus Ortega, said Saturday that the candidate’s supporters will stop Calderon from being sworn in Dec. 1. He spoke in an interview with Mexican radio station Formato 21. With the Federal Electoral Tribunal likely to declare Calderon president-elect this week, the battle is expected to intensify between Fox, who has been reluctant to intervene in the growing national strife, and Lopez Obrador, who has vowed to govern Mexico from the streets. Lopez Obrador, who claims fraud and dirty tricks robbed him of the presidency July 2, has called supporters to a mass meeting to plot strategy Sept. 16 in Mexico City’s central plaza – the same day and place Mexico’s army stages an annual parade. So far, the president has kept at arm’s length from the crisis even as thousands of Lopez Obrador supporters have filled the capital’s financial and historic districts with sprawling tent cities. MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s leftist presidential candidate threatened to disrupt the swearing in of his ruling party rival Saturday, a day after lawmakers blocked the outgoing president from delivering his State of the Nation speech to Congress in an escalating crisis over the July 2 election. Leftist legislators yelling for a recount of votes surrounded the congressional podium Friday, leaving President Vicente Fox, wearing his presidential sash, standing at the door of the chambers with no choice but to hand in his annual, written report and leave. Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said he will never recognize a victory by ruling-party candidate Felipe Calderon and says he will declare himself as the alternative president. The bold move by leftist lawmakers Friday caused concern about whether the election dispute was spiraling out of control and threatening Mexico’s still-fragile democracy. last_img read more

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Tomorrow at Walt Disney World: September 2, 2019

first_imgShare This!Tomorrow is Monday, September 2, 2019.Here’s what you have to look forward to if you’re headed to Walt Disney World tomorrow. Note: All info is accurate at press time, but may be impacted by Hurricane Dorian.Park HoursMagic Kingdom: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Epcot: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.Hollywood Studios: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.Animal Kingdom: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.Extra Magic HoursMagic Kingdom: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.Hollywood Studios: 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.Animal Kingdom: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.Other HoursTyphoon Lagoon: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Blizzard Beach: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. — Although closed on Sunday, Blizzard Beach is listed as open on Monday.Disney Springs: 10:00 a.m. 10 12:00 a.m.Crowd Calendar LevelsMK: 2EP: 5HS: 9AK: 3Resort-Wide: 3Refurbs and ClosuresMK: Astro OrbiterMK: Walt Disney World RailroadEP: O Canada!AK: Primeval WhirlParades and Nighttime EntertainmentMK–Festival of Fantasy: 2:00 p.m.MK–Not So Spooky Spectacular, 10:15 p.m. during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween PartyEP–IllumiNations: 9:00 p.m.HS–Fantasmic!: 8:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m.HS–Star Wars Fireworks: 10:00 p.m.AK–Rivers of Light: 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.WeatherHigh: 88 / Low: 77UV Index: 7Thunderstorms with a 80% chance of rain.Sunrise: 7:05 a.m. / Sunset 7:46 p.m.As of 4 PM on Sunday, a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Osceola County (Animal Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Resorts Area). I fully expect in upcoming updates for Tropical Storm Watches to be issued for Orange County and the rest of Walt Disney World property. Keep updated on the latest information at the National Hurricane Center’s website.Note: Orlando International Airport will remain open ahead of Hurricane Dorian, however there is a likelihood of closures as the storm approaches. Tolls on many Orlando-area roads have been lifted to facilitate traffic flow for those choosing to evacuate.Special Events to NoteMK: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.EP: Eat to the Beat Concert–Sawyer BrownIs tomorrow a Disney day for you? Where are you headed? Got a countdown you want to share?last_img read more

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Poll: Streaming Music Services

first_imgRelated Posts This week’s RWW Live podcast show (Monday 3.30pm PST) is on the topic of online music. We have 2-3 very special guests (so far we have representatives from Yahoo and Imeem, please email me if you’re interested in coming on the show, we have 1 final place to confirm). We’ve been writing a lot about online music lately. Last week Marshall asked: What would the perfect streaming music look like?. We got some great comments to that. But we’re also interested in what your current favorite streaming music service is.We asked this very question in August last year, at which point last.fm just pipped Pandora among our readers. In anticipation of RWW Live tomorrow, we’re running the same poll now.Note: there’s no way we could mention every single online music streaming service in this poll, but if we happened to miss a major service then do shout it out asap in the comments! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Polls#web last_img read more

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Google Launches Call Metrics for Tracking AdWords Phone Campaigns

first_imgTags:#advertising#Google#news#web For a while now, Google has allowed select mobile advertisers to add their phone number to AdWord text ads so that customers can just click on the number and place a call. Until now, though, it was hard to track how well these ads really performed, as Google didn’t give advertisers a convenient way to track these calls. To remedy this, Google is launching AdWords Call Metrics today with a limited set of U.S.-based advertisers. The company plans to open this beta up to more advertisers in the coming months.Call Metrics uses the technology behind Google Voice to assign unique phone numbers (both toll free and local) to every campaign and then tracks the number of calls generated by each campaign (total, received and missed calls) and the average and total call duration. In the near future, Call Metrics will also allow advertisers to track the callers’ area codes. For the time being, this feature will be available for free (besides the regular cost of pay-per-click ads on AdWords), though Google plans to charge for it “in the future.” As Search Engine Land’s Greg Sterling notes, Call Metric is available for both PC and mobile campaigns, though while mobile marketers have the option to buy calls exclusively, those who want to target PC users don’t have this option yet. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts frederic lardinoislast_img read more

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MIT Media Lab Hacks the Kinect for Browser Navigation With Gestures (Video)

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Hackers at the famous MIT Media Lab have built an open-source Chrome browser extension that uses the Microsoft gesture-based controller Kinect to navigate around tabs and Web pages. The group says the end result is like the movie Minority Report and that seems like a fair comparison. Called DepthJS, the software is on GitHub and open for collaboration. Check out the video above. It looks pretty good. Some of the gestures appear more dramatic than I would want to use to navigate the Web with, but perhaps that will change in time. If a gesture-based interface could capture text input as well, that would be even cooler. Cursor motion alone, however, is all it takes to evoke a vision of the future in which Kinect-like devices are used to control all kinds of Web-connected devices.Kinect was intended as an interface for the XBox gaming console alone, but developers have made fast work at leveraging its technology in service of experiences beyond gaming. Aaron Zinman, a PhD candidate at MIT, said tonight on Twitter that the project is aimed to be available for other browsers in the near future. marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Internet of Things#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Pandemic Definition Continues to Mystify

first_imgAs cases of swine flu continue to increase in several countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) maintains that the outbreak does not merit the label “pandemic.” And in the United States, which accounts for just over half of the 12,954 confirmed cases of the disease reported to WHO from 46 countries, signs indicate the outbreak may have peaked.Case counts in part reflect the intensity of a country’s surveillance efforts, but it’s clear that the novel H1N1 virus causing the disease has made solid headway in Japan, which has 350 confirmed cases, the most outside of the Americas. Cases over the past few days have also nearly doubled in Chile to 74, the highest number yet seen in the Southern Hemisphere. Still, WHO’s Keiji Fukuda, the assistant director-general, explained at a press conference today that the spread does not merit moving from a phase 5 alert to phase 6, which would indicate a full-scale pandemic. “It’s quite possible that it will continue to spread and it will establish itself in many other countries in multiple regions, at which time it would be fair to call it a pandemic,” said Fukuda. “Right now, we’re really still in the early parts of the evolution of the spread of this virus, and we’ll see where it goes.”WHO earlier had defined phase 6 as sustained community spread of the virus in two regions of the world but last week put that definition on ice, following pressure from member countries that criticized the phasing system for not taking into account disease severity. Fukuda said in the next few weeks that WHO hopes to hold a videoconference with prominent scientists and public health specialists who have “a wide range of opinions” about how to define phases in influenza outbreaks. “We’re trying to see what kind of adjustments might be made to make sure that the definitions really meet the situation,” said Fukuda. 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Rather, CDC divides that United States into nine regions, and seven have seen a decrease in influenza-like illness (ILI) over the past few weeks. “We were over the baseline for this time of year—which is really extraordinary—for the past several weeks, and now we’re down below the baseline again,” said Schuchat. But she cautioned that the drop may just be a “respite” because of the coming of summer and that the virus may return in full force when the cold weather returns in the fall.last_img read more

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Diamond-studded meteorites came from the collision of a lost planet

first_img By Sid PerkinsApr. 17, 2018 , 11:15 AM When our solar system was in its infancy 4.5 billion years ago, a swarm of protoplanets swirled around the sun—some of which coalesced into larger and larger masses, while others were blasted to smithereens in a demolition derby of planetary proportions. Those collisions would have produced innumerable fragments of cosmic shrapnel, some of which orbited the sun as carbon-rich asteroids. Now, a new analysis of the remains of one such asteroid, which broke apart in our atmosphere and fell to Earth, bolsters the idea that they are, in fact, the remnants of one of our solar system’s lost planets—some of which may have been the size of Mercury, or larger.The Almahata Sitta meteorites, a few hundred rock fragments that rained down on Sudan’s Nubian Desert in 2008, included a number of coarse-grained, carbon-rich fragments known as ureilites. Inside were tiny diamonds that likely measured up to 100 micrometers across when they originally formed. That’s at least 100 times larger than the nanodiamonds that form when planetary objects collide, and it’s far larger than diamonds that form by condensing from carbon vapor inside clouds of interplanetary gas and dust. Excluding those possibilities, a new study proposes that the diamonds in the Almahata Sitta meteorites grew deep inside a large protoplanet before it suffered the collision that turned it into cosmic shrapnel (artist’s concept, above).Just how large would the planet have been? Small blebs of iron-rich sulfides inside these meteorites’ diamonds provide key clues. Because the minerals could only have formed at pressures about 200,000 times those of Earth’s atmosphere at sea level, the diamonds would have formed near the center of a Mercury-or-larger-size protoplanet, the researchers report today in Nature Communications. Another alternative: They could have formed just outside the metal-rich core of a Mars-or-larger-size body.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Diamond-studded meteorites came from the collision of a lost planetcenter_img NASA/JPL-Caltech last_img read more

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