After Suffering Irreparable Damage, It’s Lights Out for the Arecibo Observatory’s Iconic Telescope | Smart News

After 57 years of gazing into the universe and helping astronomers unravel the cosmos’ mysteries, the Arecibo Observatory’s world-renowned telescope in Puerto Rico will be torn down, reports Alexandra Witze for Nature.

The observatory has three towers equipped with cables that hold up the telescope’s enormous, 1,000-foot reflector dish. In 2017, Hurricane Maria battered the already deteriorating telescope. This August, an auxiliary cable slipped out of its socket, inflicting a 100-foot-long gash in the dish. Three months later, a main cable connected to that same tower snapped, causing more devastating damage. Teams of engineers looked for remedies to help save the telescope, but repairs would be too risky for a construction team to safely undertake, reports Ashley Strickland for CNN.

Given the age of the telescope, it would need more intensive maintenance in the future since the cables were weaker than originally thought. For this reason, the National Science Foundation

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China, emerging markets suffering shortfall in sustainable financing, Standard Chartered says

China and other emerging markets are seeing a shortfall in sustainable financing as global investors overwhelmingly focus their asset allocations on Europe and other developed markets, which threatens the ability of the United Nations to reach its sustainable development goals in the next decade, according to Standard Chartered.

But, China’s commitment last month to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 could be a “game changer” for sustainable financing, said Daniel Hanna, global head of sustainable finance at Standard Chartered.

“We believe the markets that offer the greatest opportunity to leapfrog to low-carbon technology, to move to more sustainable business practices and create good green sustainable jobs, are in the emerging markets,” Hanna told the Post. “The sad reality is, currently, they are not getting the financing required.”

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Nearly two-thirds of investors are

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Toy Maker Mattel Admits to Suffering a Ransomware Attack

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Mattel, the maker of Barbie, Fisher-Price, and Hot Wheels toys, admitted that it suffered a ransomware attack on June 28, 2020. According to a 10-Q form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the company said the attack “caused data on a number of systems to be encrypted.”

“Promptly upon detection of the attack, Mattel began enacting its response protocols and taking a series of measures to stop the attack and restore impacted systems. Mattel contained the attack and, although some business functions were temporarily impacted, Mattel restored its operations,” the company wrote.

The report is interesting precisely because the attack didn’t actually damage the company. Given that one single variant of the NetWalker ransomware nabbed $25 million from victims this year while another infection effectively killed a patient in a German hospital, the fact that Mattel

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