Science

Astronomy

Planet Ceres is an 'ocean world' with sea water

Dwarf planet, believed to be a barren space rock, has an ‘extensive reservoir’ of brine beneath its surface, images show.

Sankt Andreas Fault

Chance of big earthquake increased by Ridgecrest temblors

A new study suggests that last year’s Ridgecrest earthquakes increased the chance of a large earthquake on California’s San Andreas fault.

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USA Today

Peter Navarro’s op-ed on Dr Anthony Fauci “misleading.”

Bill Sternberg added a note to the top of the op-ed saying the editors chose to publish the op-ed because it was “newsworthy,” considering the White House’s recent attacks on Fauci’s credibility. But Sternberg added, “However, several of Navarro’s criticisms of Fauci — on the China travel restrictions, the risk from the coronavirus and falling mortality rates — were misleading or lacked context. As such, Navarro’s op-ed did not meet USA TODAY’s fact-checking standards.” Navarro said Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, had been “wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.”

COVID-19

EU will block Americans from entering

The European Union is looking to soon reopen its borders, and it is reportedly considering denying entry to Americans because of how the US has handled the coronavirus pandemic. That prospect, which would lump American visitors in with Russians and Brazilians as unwelcome, is a stinging blow to American prestige in the world and a repudiation of President Trump’s handling of the virus in the United States, which has more than 2.3 million cases and upward of 120,000 deaths, more than any other country.

Airlines

Pre-flight health checklist required

With travel slowly resuming as more states relax coronavirus restrictions, airlines are adding another health safety measure. United Airlines and Alaska Airlines said this week that they will require passengers to fill out a preflight health checklist during check-in. United's new policy took effect Tuesday; Alaska's begins June 30. The checklists vary by airline. Alaska calls it a health and wellness agreement and says travelers must verify they haven't had any COVID-19 symptoms in the past 72 hours or come into contact with someone who is symptomatic. United's "Ready to Fly'' checklist asks passengers to confirm, among other things, that they have not had COVID-19 related symptoms in the past 14 days; been diagnosed with the virus in the past 21 days; or had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

Motorsports

NASCAR bans Confederate flags

"The presence of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry," NASCAR said in a statement on its website. "Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special." This week, driver Bubba Wallace, the first full-time African American driver in the Cup Series since 1971, called for NASCAR to go further than 2015 when it asked fans not to bring the Confederate flags to races. "No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. It starts with Confederate flags," Wallace said. "Get them out of here. They have no place for them."