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A Bright Green Comet Called the 'Incredible Hulk' Will Cross the Sky Tonight

3yrs ago from The Week
Stargazers will have a rare chance to see a green streak crossing the sky Tuesday night, Newsweek reports. First discovered in late 2017, the speedy chunk of ice and rock known formally as PanSTARRS C/2017 S3 is making its rounds again, but in a slightly different way this time. Back in July, observers were able to see the bright green color of the comet thanks to a cloud of cyanide and carbon molecules surrounding it — hence its nickname, the "Incredible Hulk." As it got closer to the sun, the comet broke up from the intense heat, which means it's fading from view, Weather reported. But if we're lucky, another explosion of the comet's pieces, which are still traveling together, may make it brighter as it crosses the night sky. At its closest, the "Incredible Hulk" will be about 70 million miles from the Earth, before passing us to head closer to the sun, Live Science reported. By August 15, it will reach its closest point to the sun — just 18.5 million miles away, which is even closer than Mercury is — before turning around and heading back into space. Fans of this comet, or its superhero namesake, might want to take their opportunity to glimpse it tonight, because if it continues to fade, this may very well be our last chance to see it. Read more about the "Incredible Hulk" at Weather. Shivani Ishwar
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Elon Musk’s SpaceX Set to Reach Another Milestone in Private Space Flight With Tuesday Launch

3yrs ago from The Blaze
Elon Musk's SpaceX program plans to break another important barrier in private space flight Tuesday with the re-launch of a previously-used Block 5 booster just three months after its initial flight. In conjunction with the re-launch, SpaceX announced plans to shorten re-launch times for the Block 5 booster to less than 24 hours by 2019, which would further solidify SpaceX's dominance of the private space flight market — dominance that has already pushed Russian competitors completely out of the market and now threatens to lap the technology of the last remnants of Chinese competition. What's the story? Private space flight companies have been involved in a technological arms race for years on a number of different fronts. One of the most important fronts is the development of an inexpensive reusable rocket booster system that can be used to launch satelites and manned craft into space. SpaceX's previous offering, the Falcon 9 booster, could …
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GOP Rep. Introduces Legislation That Would Cut Foreign Aid to Pay for Border Wall

3yrs ago from The Blaze
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) filed a bill on Tuesday that would cut foreign aid to home countries of immigrants who illegally cross into the U.S. and use the funds to help build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. What are the details? The Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act would dock $2,000 in foreign aid to home countries for each citizen caught illegally entering America. Under the law, a fee would also be imposed on international wire transfers from the U.S., and foreign visitors would be charged a $25 fee with their I-94 forms. Currently, travelers to the U.S. pay $6 with the I-94 application. If Biggs' bill gets passed, that $6 charge would be allocated to the Land Border Inspection Fee Account, another $9 would be sent to the Secure the Southern Border Fund, and the remaining $10 would be used to pay the salaries of border patrol agents as well …
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The Trump Administration Wants to Punish Legal Immigrants Who Used ObamaCare

3yrs ago from The Week
The Trump administration is preparing a proposal that would make it more difficult for legal immigrants to obtain a green card or become citizens if they have used public welfare programs, NBC News reported Tuesday. The proposal would limit the path to citizenship or reduce the odds of obtaining permanent legal status for migrants who have ever used ObamaCare, children's public health insurance, food stamps, or other benefits. Experts say it would affect around 20 million immigrants, hitting low-income families the hardest. White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, who has been tasked with reducing the number of migrants who obtain permanent legal status, is leading the way on the proposal, reports NBC News. It would not require congressional approval. The details are still being finalized, but sources said a nearly-finished version of the plan has been sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget. In 2016, about 1.2 million immigrants became lawful permanent residents, and more than 750,000 became naturalized citizens. The Trump administration's new immigration policies have put the U.S. on track to decrease those numbers by 20 percent and 10 percent, respectively. A Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman said that the proposal "is clearly intended to protect the American taxpayer by ensuring that foreign nationals seeking to enter or remain in the U.S are self-sufficient." Read more at NBC News. Summer Meza
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Immigration ‘loophole’ That Trump Bemoaned Returns After Zero Tolerance Rollback

3yrs ago from Raw Story
After fleeing Guatemala, 25-year-old Silvia Guidel crossed the Rio Grande last month on a raft with her three young daughters, walked in the South Texas heat for nearly an hour, and then turned her family in to U.S. Border Patrol agents to seek asylum in America. Had she arrived six weeks earlier, Guidel, who said she fled violence and extortion in her home country, could well have been separated from her children at an immigrant processing center overseen by …
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