Trump is deregulating space exploration (Bloomberg)
Outer space is no escape from the long arm of bureaucracy. Decades-old restrictions are keeping many space start-ups grounded, while even larger companies like SpaceX are struggling to obtain permits that seem hopelessly outdated. To clean up this process. President Donald Trump signed his second Space Policy Directive on Thursday, part of an ongoing process by this administration to bring regulations dealing with space into the 21st century.
State Dept. asks Russia to acknowledge that it shot down a Malaysian jet over Ukraine (U.S. State Department)
On Thursday, a joint international team of investigators confirmed that the missile used to down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 came from the Russian military. In a news release, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert declared, “It is time for Russia to cease its lies and account for its role in the shoot down.”
A museum in Germany is listing how the Nazis likely looted its art (The Economist)
While the Nazis were in power, they looted hundreds of thousands of pieces of art across Europe. Estimates put the number as high as one-fifth of all paintings in Europe at the time. Since then, much of the art has been returned, but some can’t be. In some cases, the original owners are long dead, and nobody living knows who the art belongs to or even whether it was stolen in the first place. Now the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen, Germany, is including a color code next to pieces of art, to designate how likely pieces are to have been confiscated by the Nazis.
Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles that could get stuck in cruise control (CNN Money)
There are no reported injuries so far, and only one incident of this glitch occurring, but Fiat Chrysler is apparently taking no chances. This malfunction keeps drivers from shifting out of cruise control by either tapping the breaks or hitting the cruise control switch. Drivers can still disable cruise control by shifting into neutral or hitting (not just tapping) their brakes. You can see a full link of recalled vehicles here.
China claims it has no idea why the U.S. is accusing it of conducting a sonic attack (Washington Times)
After a U.S. government employee complained for months about “abnormal sensations of sound and pressure.” On Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that this was “very similar” and “entirely consistent” with symptoms suffered by U.S. personnel in Havana, Cuba, during sonic attacks in that country. China’s foreign ministry spokesperson said the Chinese government has found “no reason or clue for what was reported by the U.S.”
The Milky Way Galaxy may be twice as big as scientists thought just a few years ago (NBC News)
Ever look up at the night sky and feel like it goes on forever? Astronomers are now more than 95 percent certain that the Milky Way Galaxy is actually twice as big as they thought less than they thought just a few years ago. Before 2015, astronomers agreed that our galaxy was probably 100,000 light-years across. Then they agreed that it was closer to 150,000. Now, new research suggests that it’s very likely that the number could be as massive as 200,000 light-years.