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Social Media Continues to Censor Popular Figures as California Plans to Ban New Gas Car Sales by 2035

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Andrew Tate is censored on major social media platforms for sharing his beliefs. California is pushing to ban new gas car sales by 2035 despite numerous complications. Starlink and T-Mobile partner to provide mobile data coverage across the US. Ethereum will become more energy efficient and switch to the proof of stake method. The James Webb Space Telescope detects carbon dioxide in an exoplanet atmosphere. Here are this week’s stories.

Andrew Tate is Banned off Social Media Platforms

Andrew Tate during his final message

Earlier this year, Andrew Tate, an American-British kickboxer and entrepreneur, started growing in popularity for his edgy humor and motivational speeches. He told his viewers to work hard to become the best versions of themselves, avoid anti-depressants and drugs at all costs, and always question who is in power in the world. He also heavily promoted masculinity and urged men to be fit, work hard, become successful, build an ego, be confident, and provide for their wives. Tate also told his viewers about how a particular group of people is controlling the world, corporations are exploiting their power and lobbying the government, and how all media companies are trying to push a specific agenda onto the world. Throughout these long speeches, he would make jokes about how he only drinks sparkling water and is already a trillionaire. Through these viewpoints, Tate became extremely famous, but people started claiming he was racist and sexist for some of his comments. He went on multiple podcasts and talked about the world and said many times that he would get canceled on the internet because he was revealing the truth about the world and not following the agenda, which is exactly what happened. Earlier this week, Tate was banned from all major social media platforms on the same day, including YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram. It is now more evident than ever that all these social media and news corporations are pushing a liberal agenda toward the world. These corporations have banned multiple people, including former President Donald Trump, just for sharing their beliefs with the world. Tate was prepared for the ban and immediately posted a video addressing all the rumors and allegations and moved to the platforms Rumble and Gettr, which actually allow for free speech.

California Pushing to Ban New Gas Car Sales by 2035

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California has approved a bill to ban the sale of all new gas-powered cars by 2035. California Governor Gavin Newsom has advocated for this bill for over two years and says this will significantly help with the climate crisis. However, there are still several problems with electric vehicles. Although electric cars are better for the environment in the long run, they still produce significantly more pollution than gas cars during the manufacturing process. The large batteries in electric vehicles have high environmental costs, and the energy that powers these vehicles is usually not clean. Electric vehicles are also very expensive and, on average, cost $66,000, and that price will go up because of the rising cost of manufacturing, research, and energy. Switching to electric vehicles will also give China more power because they have a monopoly over the electric vehicle industry and dominate the rare earth mineral market. Electric vehicles are also not sustainable in California because of their electricity shortage. Just recently, California energy officials said the state’s electrical grid lacks sufficient capacity, especially with the wildfires and heat waves, and the deficit will worsen over the next decade.

Starlink and T-Mobile Partner to Provide Coverage

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SpaceX’s Starlink and T-Mobile are partnering to expand mobile data coverage and eliminate dead zones across the US. Starlink is an investment by Elon Musk to create an interconnected internet network with thousands of satellites that will provide high-speed internet around the globe at a reasonable cost. The satellites orbit Earth at low altitudes, keeping the latency down and download speeds up. For consumers, equipment costs $600, and service is $110 per month. Network speeds are around 100Mbps download and 20Mbps upload. T-Mobile, a mobile telecommunication company, hopes to use Starlink to eliminate dead zones across the US. Over half a million square miles of the US do not have cell signals from any provider, but Starlink could provide enough data to text and send MMS messages. Starlink is also speaking with other mobile carriers worldwide to expand coverage.

The Ethereum Merge

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Crypto mining has become more expensive and resource intensive as it has gone mainstream. In the current proof of work system, which Bitcoin and Ethereum rely on, miners use powerful computers to guess complex math problems and use energy to verify transactions in return for cryptocurrency, and these problems get exponentially more challenging. According to the University of Cambridge’s Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index, the annual energy consumption of just Bitcoin mining surpasses that of Belgium. Software developers at Ethereum are developing a solution to this problem by implementing the proof of stake method. In the proof of stake method, miners put down a stake to validate a particular block and earn crypto rewards and fees. The higher the stake, the higher the chance of being selected, and if a false transaction is verified, then the stake will be gone. This method is also safer than the proof of work method but favors the rich. Ethereum will switch to the proof of stake method in September.

Webb Telescope Detects Carbon Dioxide in Exoplanet Atmosphere

Photo by NASA, ESA, CSA, and Joseph Olmsted (STScI)

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured the first clear evidence of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of an exoplanet outside the solar system. The exoplanet, WASP-39b, is a hot gas giant 700 light-years from Earth that orbits a sunlike star. The finding is significant because scientists have not been able to detect carbon dioxide on planets outside the solar system. The composition of a planet’s atmosphere reveals the origins of that planet and the uniqueness of our solar system. The discovery proves that Webb might eventually be able to discover and analyze carbon dioxide in the atmospheres of many planets. With the help of the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, NASA spent over $10 billion and 20 years building and testing the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. JWST is 100 times more powerful than Hubble and will be able to see stars that are so far away that their light takes nearly 13.8 billion years to reach the telescope. Essentially, JWST will be able to observe what the universe looked like 200 million years after the Big Bang when the first stars and galaxies began to form. Scientists and Researchers will use this powerful telescope to examine how galaxies developed after the Big Bang.

Above were my top stories for the week of August 28, 2022. Thank you, and see you next week!

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