Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mars rover 'Curiosity' prepares for test drive

Rover ready for first test drive

Scientists on Tuesday prepared to send Curiosity on its first test drive over the rocks of Mars. Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., turned four of the rover's six wheels in place this week in a successful "wheel wiggle" to test the steering for today's trek, mission manager Mike Watkins said. The test drive is part of a health checkup the rover has been undergoing since arriving on Aug. 5. The engineers said they discovered a damaged wind sensor on the rover, but said it won't jeopardize the mission of determining whether life could exist on Mars. The cause of the damage wasn't known. A second sensor is operating and should do the job, they said.

We're a nation of food wasters

Americans are throwing out nearly every other bite of food, wasting up to 40 percent of the country's supply each year — a mass of uneaten provisions worth $165 billion, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. An average family of four squanders $2,275 in food each year, or 20 pounds per person per month, according to the nonprofit and nonpartisan environmental advocacy group.

Monument hurt, but didn't sink

The Washington Monument did not sink any further into the ground as a result of last year's 5.8-magnitude earthquake, government surveyors said in a report released Tuesday. The upper portion of the monument sustained several large cracks during the quake on Aug. 23, 2011, and the iconic obelisk will likely be closed for repairs until 2014. The repairs are estimated to cost at least $15 million.

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For starters: Rays at Astros, with Kiermaier back and an ace-high matchup

For starters: Rays at Astros, with Kiermaier back and an ace-high matchup

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Tech Data sending a record 700 employees to march in Pride Parade

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Big Ten reaps recruiting bounty in Tampa Bay

Big Ten reaps recruiting bounty in Tampa Bay

Largo High defensive back Solomon Brown had plenty of college options with offers from 20 Division I-A schools. Still, the three-star recruit did not need to go through a prolonged process to figure out where he wanted to go.Two weeks ago, Brown comm...
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Emotions erupt as ‘zero tolerance’ policy overtakes Florida politics

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The raw emotions over President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy on immigrant children swept across Florida's political landscape Tuesday and could reshape the dynamics of a pivotal midterm election.A growing number of Florida Republicans, whil...
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Sharon Waite will return to Potter Elementary as principal

Sharon Waite will return to Potter Elementary as principal

To continue progress at East Tampa's Potter Elementary School after five consecutive F grades from the state, the Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday approved onetime Potter assistant principal Sharon Waite.Waite, 51, replaces Melanie Hill, w...
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A valet at this South Tampa Publix will park your car as you shop

A valet at this South Tampa Publix will park your car as you shop

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Florida Republicans in Washington buck Trump on border kids

Florida Republicans in Washington buck Trump on border kids

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3 more killed as Nicaragua's political unrest hits 2 months

A Nicaraguan rights group says three people have been killed in the city of Masaya as authorities try to regain control on the two-month anniversary of political unrest that has shaken the nation
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Dahlin has potential to provide stagnant Sabres a spark

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The prospect of drafting Rasmus Dahlin with the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft has the potential of providing the stagnant Buffalo Sabres a much-needed spark
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