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Weekly Snapshot: Investigating UAPs

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By:  |  June 22, 2022  |    614 Words
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An alien spacecraft arrives on the Earth in a scene from the science fiction film ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’, 1977. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Welcome to LNGenZ’s round up of the week’s top news stories.

NASA Will Study UFOs for the First Time

NASA is putting together a team of scientists to get to the bottom of UFO sightings.

UFOs have fascinated humans for decades – or even longer – but only recently has the US government started to openly study the airborne craft. The US military has quietly investigated UFOs, but now the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is getting involved.

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A new study will mark the first time that NASA has looked at the topic of UFOs – or UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) as they are now officially called. Since it has “space” in its name, some people may be surprised that NASA has never tried to explain the origin of these mysterious objects – now it has decided to do so. That doesn’t mean the agency thinks UAPs come from outer space. It recently said, “There is no evidence UAPs are extra-terrestrial in origin.” Whether UFOs are from space or planet Earth, maybe the new research will help bring some answers. Read more…

 

Finance Classes at School – A New Trend?

“Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin

How much do young people need to know about money? When kids grow up they need to deal with finances, including how to manage the money they make. A lot of adults in the United States and around the world struggle to keep their finances in good order – is the solution to start learning at a younger age?

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The world of finance includes banking, student loans, home mortgages, and everything in between. As a result, schools around the nation are starting to help students understand this sometimes confusing and overwhelming subject. About one third of US states have begun adding personal finance classes into the school curriculum.

High school is meant to prepare students for life as adults. Many essential life skills, such as how to change a tire or manage money, have not been a part of the school curriculum for decades. However, several states in the US are now saying it’s important to teach young adults the ins and outs of money.

Michigan is the latest state to approve a bill that would require high school pupils to take a finance course. Read more…

 

 

A New Mayflower Voyage, Captained by AI Technology

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Mayflower Autonomous (Photo by ProMare)

After several setbacks, the Mayflower Autonomous finally crossed the Atlantic.

It was September 16, 1620, when the Mayflower set sail from England. Destination: the new world. The new colonies, to be exact, to escape religious persecution under the reign of King James I. The Mayflower was 106 feet long and 25 feet wide, and it carried 102 passengers and 30 crew members to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 66 days.

Fast forward 402 years later, and another voyage has made history. The Mayflower Autonomous, a boat navigating only by Artificial Intelligence (AI), made nearly the same trek and became the first unmanned craft to complete the Atlantic crossing. That means the ship traveled with no humans onboard – it was totally controlled by computer. The trip took 40 days. Due to tech problems that had to be fixed, the trip involved one unplanned layover.

The experiment was planned to collect data on AI technology and navigation. Excited researchers and scientists say the new Mayflower did just what she was designed to do. “The journey she made across was arduous,” said project director Brett Phaneuf. Read more…

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