The Daily Populous

Friday December 20th, 2019 morning edition

image for The Amazing Handmade Tech That Powered Apollo 11’s Moon Voyage

The Soviets had made the first big splash in space with Sputnik, and then launching the first astronaut Yuri Gagarin.

The spacesuits were the work of Playtex, the company that gave America the “Cross Your Heart” bra in the 1960s.

Some of the layers of fabric in the suits were adapted directly from materials Playtex used in its bras and girdles.

An ILC Industries employee sews layers of aluminized plastic together during the assembly of a NASA space suit for the Apollo program.

Every stitch had to be perfect if the spacesuits were to perform correctly—and protect the astronauts—in the unforgiving environment of the moon.

Raytheon found that out during Apollo when there was a brief strike in the mid-1960s that included the Waltham factory.

Managers and supervisors attempted to keep the Apollo computer assembly line going by sitting down to do the weaving themselves. »

Suit: Police barged into Kansas home, beat man for no reason

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal lawsuit alleges that Kansas City, Kansas, police broke into a man’s home in the middle of the night and beat him before having him charged with battery of a law enforcement officer.

Harter’s attorney, William Dunn, said he does not believe Harter had interacted with Kansas City, Kansas, police before that night.

Harter and Dunn also hope to prevent such an event from happening to another resident of Kansas City, Kansas, he said. »

Maya Forstater loses employment tribunal after backlash over trans tweets

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A researcher who lost her job after tweeting that men cannot change their biological sex has lost an employment tribunal after her opinions were ruled “absolutist”.

She was accused of using “offensive and exclusionary” language on Twitter for saying “men cannot change into women”.

Judge James Tayler decided that Ms Forstater’s view was “incompatible with human dignity and fundamental rights of others”. »

Tech giants sued over 'appalling' deaths of children who mine their cobalt

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An international advocacy group has launched a lawsuit against some of the world's largest tech companies for the deaths and injuries of child miners in Congolese cobalt mines.

International Rights Advocates brought the case on behalf of 14 Congolese families whose children were killed or injured while mining for cobalt.

Has anyone ever tried this before — suing a tech giant on behalf of children working in mines?. »

Paid Leave and Access to Telework as Work Attendance Determinants during Acute Respiratory Illness, United States, 2017–2018

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Both paid leave benefits and business practices that actively encourage employees to stay home while sick are necessary to reduce the transmission of ARI and influenza in workplaces.

Approximately 74% of US civilian workers receive paid sick leave and 75% receive paid vacation leave benefits (11).

Our study results show that both paid leave benefits and business practices that actively encourage employees to stay home when ill may be necessary to keep sick employees away from the workplace. »