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Indian scientists are engaged in a little bit of damage control and positive framing on the heels of the country’s space agency losing contact with its Virkam Lunar Lander upon descent. The Chandrajayaan-2 lunar mission has been touted as India’s entrance into a select group of nations capable of conducting operations on and around the moon. Keep spinning until you can’t spin no more. http://bit.ly/2UCRYiD
In stark contrast to India’s space program, China’s lunar efforts continue to proceed with encouraging results. According to reports, the country’s lunar rover Yutu-2 has driven 284.66 meters on the far side of the moon. It has now been put into hibernation mode since, well, everyone needs a rest now and then. http://bit.ly/2ZFvymu
The steady drumbeat of weaponization continues to plague internet access around the world. Due to unrest in the Papua region of Indonesia, the government had essentially shut down online access as a way to clamp down on protests. It now appears to be easing constraints. According to reports, “Indonesia has started restoring internet access in restive Papua, which has been gripped by two weeks of mass protests sparked by anger over racism and fresh calls for self-rule.” It’s a very disturbing trend. We here at SCINQ support “Open” in all forms. http://bit.ly/2ZDfDoG
At one time, Thailand had administered a hard line, violent crackdown on drug dealing and abuse. The country has come a long way since it’s ill-advised War on Drugs. Not only have they adopted the use of legal medicinal marijuana, the government is now considering the legal growing of it in backyards. According to Thaiger News, “Thailand’s Bhumjaithai party says it will confer with key stakeholders to seek input on a proposed bill to allow people to grow their own cannabis at home. Those being consulted include government officials, medical patients, and traditional medicine practitioners.” http://bit.ly/2ZIHLqK
China may be well on its way to developed country status and the increased health benefits that accompany it. However, they are still suffering from a massive cigarette smoking problem. According to SupChina, “Nearly one in three smokers in the world is Chinese. In 2018, there were nearly 800,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed in China, and every year, over a million Chinese people die from tobacco-related diseases. Tobacco control campaigns are becoming more serious in China, but massive tax revenues from state-owned tobacco companies and cultural normalization stand in the way.” http://bit.ly/2ZIR7CH
And finally, we continue our pleading with the editors at Xinhua online. Chill with the China mentions in headlines. Not only is it unnecessary, it’s also bad editorial policy. Repeating the same word is amateurish to say the least. Do better. Be confident. We get that China’s doing a lot.
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