The Daily Populous

Saturday February 15th, 2020 day edition

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Astronomers will sweep the entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life for the first time, using 28 giant radio telescopes in an unprecedented hunt for alien civilisations.

The project is a collaboration between the privately-funded Seti Institute and the Very Large Array observatory in New Mexico, one of the world’s most powerful radio observatories.

If funding is secured, Panoseti will comprise two geodesic domes covered in half-metre lenses, giving it the appearance of a giant pair of insect eyes.

“It gives us our first real chance to search for gases given off by life on another planet.

The latest survey, the most comprehensive to date of radio emissions, included the first search of the “Earth transit zone”.

This method of detection has allowed astronomers to identify thousands of exoplanets and determine whether their conditions are potentially habitable.

“Part of being human is wanting to reach out into the unknown and wanting to reach out and make connections.”. »

Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti found guilty in Nike extortion trial

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Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti was convicted Friday by a jury of all three charges related to his efforts to extort up to $25 million from athletic apparel giant Nike, in what a top prosecutor called "an old-fashioned shakedown.".

Daniels posted a statement on Instagram, saying: "Sadly, it appears what Michael Avenatti did to me was just the tip of an iceberg of deceit.

Avenatti had claimed to represent amateur basketball coach Gary Franklin, who testified at trial that he was unaware of the lawyer's tactics. »

Cats has ended its domestic run after 8 weeks with a total of $27.2M.

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Unfortunately, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was part of the later, as it fell 59% to $72.39 million over the weekend.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker recovered a little bit from Sunday’s estimates to earn $177.38 million for the full weekend.

While it is always better to beat estimates, this isn’t a large enough margin to really matter in the long run. »

California court says Apple must pay retail workers for time spent waiting on bag searches

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According to today’s decision, Apple is required to pay its retail workers for the time it takes for their bags to be searched after their shifts.

The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals then asked the California Supreme Court to clarify the law.

Today, Bloomberg Law reports that the California Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the workers: Apple violated state law when it didn’t pay for the time spent waiting on mandatory searches at the end of shifts. »

Feds seize $181,000 from trucker at Tampa airport. His company says ‘something is fishy.’

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The saga started when FGL Transport gave employee Boris Nulman $191,500 and a plane ticket to Cleveland to purchase several big rigs.

When the cash in a carry-on bag went through a Transportation Security Administration scanner, officers pulled it aside for an inspection.

Nulman was allowed to leave later with only $10,000, according to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. »