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Voice of America’s immigration news - May 22, 2024 - 08:00
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Voice of America’s immigration news - May 22, 2024 - 07:00
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Pentagon says Russia launched space weapon in path of US satellite 

Voice of America’s immigration news - May 22, 2024 - 06:38
Washington — Russia has launched a likely space weapon and deployed it in the same orbit as a U.S. government satellite, the Pentagon said. "Russia launched a satellite into low Earth orbit that we assess is likely a counter-space weapon presumably capable of attacking other satellites in low Earth orbit," Pentagon spokesman Air Force Major General Pat Ryder told a press briefing late Tuesday. The Russian "counter-space weapon" launched on May 16 was deployed "into the same orbit as a U.S. government satellite," he said. Ryder added that Washington would continue to monitor the situation and was ready to protect its interests. "We have a responsibility to be ready to protect and defend the domain, the space domain, and ensure continuous and uninterrupted support to the Joint and Combined Force," he said. Earlier Tuesday, Moscow accused the United States of seeking to place weapons in space after Washington vetoed a Russian non-proliferation motion at the United Nations. "They have once again demonstrated that their true priorities in the area of outer space are aimed not at keeping space free from weapons of any kind, but at placing weapons in space and turning it into an arena for military confrontation," Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement. The world powers have traded multiple accusations of seeking to weaponize space in recent months. They have proposed rival non-proliferation motions at the United Nations as part of the spat. Russia vetoed the U.S. initiative last month, while Moscow's proposal was blocked by the United States, Britain and France in a vote on Monday. U.S. envoy Robert Wood said Russia's proposal, which called on all countries to "take urgent measures to prevent for all time the placement of weapons in outer space," was a distraction and accused Moscow of "diplomatic gaslighting." He said that Russia's "likely" counter-space weapon was "presumably capable of attacking other satellites in low Earth orbit." "Russia deployed this new counter-space weapon into the same orbit as a US government satellite," he said in remarks ahead of Monday's vote. "Russia's May 16 launch follows prior Russian satellite launches likely of counter-space systems to low Earth orbit in 2019 and 2022." In February, the White House said Russia was developing an anti-satellite weapon, the existence of which was confirmed after lawmakers warned of an unspecified but serious threat to national security.

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Voice of America’s immigration news - May 22, 2024 - 06:00
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Australian researchers unveil device that harvests water from the air

Voice of America’s immigration news - May 22, 2024 - 05:16
SYDNEY — A device that absorbs water from air to produce drinkable water was officially launched in Australia Wednesday. Researchers say the so-called Hydro Harvester, capable of producing up to 1,000 liters of drinkable water a day, could be “lifesaving during drought or emergencies.” The device absorbs water from the atmosphere. Solar energy or heat that is harnessed from, for example, industrial processes are used to generate hot, humid air. That is then allowed to cool, producing water for drinking or irrigation. The Australian team said that unlike other commercially available atmospheric water generators, their invention works by heating air instead of cooling it. Laureate Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, a chemical engineer and director of the University of Newcastle’s Centre for Innovative Energy Technologies, told VOA how the technology operates.   “Hydro Harvester uses an absorbing material to absorb and dissolve moisture from air. So essentially, we use renewable energy, let’s say, for instance, solar energy or waste heat. We basically produce super saturated, hot, humid air out of the system," Moghtaderi said. "When you condense water contained in that air you would have the drinking water at your disposal.” The researchers say the device can produce enough drinking water each day to sustain a small rural town of up to 400 people. It could also help farmers keep livestock alive during droughts. Moghtaderi says the technology could be used in parts of the world where water is scarce. Researchers were motivated by the fact that Australia is an arid and dry country. "More than 2 billion people around the world, they are in a similar situation where they do not have access to, sort of, high-quality water and they deal with water scarcity,” Moghtaderi said Trials of the technology will be conducted in several remote Australian communities this year. The World Economic Forum, an international research organization, says “water scarcity continues to be a pervasive global challenge.” It believes that atmospheric water generation technology is a “promising emergency solution that can immediately generate drinkable water using moisture in the air.” However, it cautions that generally the technology is not cheap, and estimates that one mid-sized commercial unit can cost between $30,000 and $50,000.  

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Voice of America’s immigration news - May 22, 2024 - 05:00
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Voice of America’s immigration news - May 22, 2024 - 04:00
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Voice of America’s immigration news - May 22, 2024 - 03:00
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Voice of America’s immigration news - May 22, 2024 - 02:00
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Voice of America’s immigration news - May 22, 2024 - 01:00
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Voice of America’s immigration news - May 22, 2024 - 00:00
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EU to use frozen Russian assets for Ukraine

Voice of America’s immigration news - May 21, 2024 - 23:35
European Union countries formally adopted a plan on Tuesday to use windfall profits from Russian central bank assets frozen in the EU for Ukraine's defense. The Israeli government seized the Associated Press equipment from a location in southern Israel after accusing it of violating a new media law by providing images to the satellite channel Al Jazeera. We talk to Clayton Weimers from Reporters Without Borders about this and how Israel is blocking coverage of Gaza. And with the flamingo population in Chile's Los Flamencos National Reserve dwindling, scientists have begun trapping the birds and attaching satellite transmitters to find out where they're going.

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Voice of America’s immigration news - May 21, 2024 - 23:00
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Habari! White House to welcome Kenyan president

Voice of America’s immigration news - May 21, 2024 - 22:05
The White House will roll out the red carpet for the first African leader to be hosted for a state visit since 2008. Kenyan President William Ruto will be honored with a state dinner, the White House says. Also on the table are Nairobi’s aims to leverage Washington’s largesse and influence after Kenya offered to send a peacekeeping force to Haiti. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from the White House. Larry Lazo contributed to the report.

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