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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Millennials found their safe space in February's stock rout. As markets sank into the first 10 percent correction in two years, millennial investors were hardly frightened and in fact were more enthralled by the drama than their older peers. According to a survey by Bankrate.com, 19 percent of those aged 18 to 37 reported "feelings of excitement" during the selloff, compared with 8 percent for Generation X and 4 percent for Baby Boomers. "If you're a long-term investor you want to be able to buy low, and millennials had a chance to add to their retirement accounts at a lower price," Bankrate.com analyst Taylor Tepper said by phone. "In that sense, it's very exciting." read more

Thursday, March 08, 2018

More than 12 years after NASA announced that one of its spacecraft had been lost as a result of systems failure, an astronomer appears to have rediscovered it transmitting information in the sky. Scott Tilley, an amateur visual and radio astronomer, first posted on his blog on Jan. 21 about searching for Zuma, a mysterious spacecraft launched by SpaceX earlier in January that some believe had failed, in the sky. He couldn't find Zuma, but instead, he found another satellite, which he later discovered was the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE). First launched in 2000, IMAGE's goal was to "study the global response of the Earth's magnetosphere to changes in the solar wind." By the time NASA lost the spacecraft in 2005, it had already exceeded expectations from its original two-year mission. read more

Saturday, March 03, 2018

A burial site hidden for some 7,000 years beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico likely has archeologists picking their jaws up from the floor. As Dr. Ryan Duggins, an underwater archeology supervisor for the Florida Bureau of Archeological Research put it, in part: "Seeing a 7,000-year-old site that is so well preserved in the Gulf of Mexico is awe inspiring. We are truly humbled by this experience." A fossil hunter while on a dive in 2016 reported possible human skeletal material off the coast of Manasota Key in Charlotte County, Florida. State officials explored the site in the years since and announced Wednesday, Feb. 28, the site is, in fact, a 0.75-acre Native American burial site in a peat-bottomed pond, according to a news release. read more

Monday, February 26, 2018

A move to put all of Florida in the same time zone, while following daylight-saving time throughout the year, got the backing of a Senate committee on Tuesday. The Senate Community Affairs Committee voted in favor of the proposal (SB 858), which seeks to put Panhandle counties in the same time zone as the rest of the state and for Florida to observe daylight-saving time all year. Much of the Panhandle is now in the Central time zone, while the rest of the state is in the Eastern time zone. Sarasota Senator, Greg Steube, said his proposal originated when visiting a barber, who complained that having to set clocks back an hour in the fall had a negative impact on children and it's "kind of created a life of its own." read more

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The island nation of Seychelles designated some of its fragile coastal areas for protection from commercial fishing, oil exploration and development this week in return for a novel deal relieving it of part of its sovereign debt. The Indian Ocean island, rich in underwater reefs and postcard-perfect beaches, defaulted on its debt in 2008 and clawed its way back to prosperity with assistance from the International Monetary Fund. Since then, government officials have been searching for ways to preserve their environment without endangering financial stability. So the finance ministry was intrigued when U.S.-based conservation group The Nature Conservancy approached it recently with a debt-for-nature financial proposal, the first in the world aimed at protecting a marine area. read more


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