The Daily Populous

Thursday January 11st, 2018 evening edition

image for Snoopy the Astrobeagle, NASA's Mascot for Safety

They approached Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts, for permission to use Snoopy as their mascot for safety.

Snoopy and Charlie Brown supervise Mission Operations Control Room on the first day of the Apollo 10 mission from above Capcom Charlie Duke's station.

The choice of Snoopy makes sense — aside from his floppy-eared adorableness, Snoopy had a long history of dreaming of flight.

Sure, he usually envisioned a biplane dogfighting the Red Baron, but add a fishbowl-helmet and he was ready for space.

With his creator's blessing, NASA would have an approachable, charismatic advocate for safety, like Smokey Bear but cuter.

Silver Snoopy travels to space, then comes home to live with a civilian who made it possible.

One of the first sketches of Snoopy joyfully exploring space with his fishbowl-helmet was transformed into a silver metal pin. »

YouTube removes Logan Paul from top-tier Google ad platform, YouTube Red projects on hold

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The Thinning: New World Order was supposed to be the sequel to Paul’s 2016 YouTube Red movie, The Thinning.

“In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred,” a YouTube representative said.

Following backlash over a video that featured anti-Semitic content, YouTube canceled the second season of Scared PewDiePie, his YouTube Red series. »

Aston Martin DBS: How James Bond crashed his Aston

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Broccoli loved the car and immediately cast it as the perfect transport for Daniel Craig’s leaner, meaner, slightly blonder Bond.

The build team worked flat out and the cars were delivered to the Bond crew as promised in April 2006.

Another first for the company is the introduction of a keyless-go system, finally banishing A-M’s usual cheapo Ford-sourced ignition key. »

Incredible 'Hypatia' Stone Contains Compounds Not Found in the Solar System

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A new study led by geologists at the University of Johannesburg found that compounds in the Hypatia stone are distinct from anything discovered in the solar system.

The researchers therefore conclude that parts of the rock formed before the solar system, and if these compounds are not presolar, the prevailing idea that the solar system formed from a nebula of homogenous gas is called into question.

But for now, the Hypatia stone is one of a kind, a unique type of meteorite that has compounds scientists have never found anywhere else in the solar system. »

FBI Task Force to Expose Russian Social Media Manipulation

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The direction that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “foreign influence" task force is heading could dramatically reshape the relationship between government and social media companies in order to address vulnerabilities that enabled Russia to meddle in the 2016 election.

“We’ve been reluctant in some instances to share the amount of information of what we know about what’s happening," said Jeffrey Tricoli, a top FBI official heading the task force.

FBI Director Christopher Wray announced late last year that the task force had been created. »