Early Bird: Cyrus has released her seventh album. Polar scientists in the dark. Tesla self-control software
American singer Miley Cyrus is coming up with her seventh studio album, in which she released her emotions after a recent divorce. Tesla is also about to release something new: in two weeks it will introduce a self-management software. Polar scientists have been left in the dark, the satellites designed to observe the poles will have to be replaced.
Blatný: We expected the situation would be better
At Sunday's extraordinary meeting, the government will decide on the level of the anti-epidemic system DOG, i.e. whether or not measures against the spread of coronavirus will be eased from next week. Minister of Health Blatný admits that nothing is clear yet and at the moment, he can't tell if it will be the case. The epidemic numbers aren't quite as favorable as he expected.
"The truth is that in many regions the situation is not improving, but rather stagnating, or some parameters are even deteriorating. So it cannot be ruled out that the expected switch to level three won't be possible on Monday. Although I still believe it will be possible. However, this is not about what I believe in, but about how the situation will develop, what the data will show and what the score will be,”
said Blatný in an interview for Aktuálně.cz. The number of new coronavirus cases is declining more slowly than in the previous two weeks. Yesterday, there were 2,151 new infections. The risk number is now at 57, significantly influenced by the populous Prague.
Miley Cyrus' seventh studio album
The American singer released her seventh studio album "Plastic Hearts" yesterday. It comes out after an almost two-year-long gap, during which Cyrus went through personal problems and a divorce, which, as she says, reflects in the new album. It's also a gift she gave herself for her recent 28th birthday.
"The last three years, I called the cocktail of chaos, because the universe just felt like the worst bartender ever,"
the singer said in a recent interview. The album features a total of twelve singles, which are a bit more punky than Cyrus' fans are used to. Among them are, for example, songs by Billy Idol and Joan Jett.
The opener of the album is the song "WTF What Do I Know", in which she sings about her former husband Liam Homesworth. The song begins with the words "I'm not tryna have another conversation" and continues with "Pourin' out a bottle full of my frustration", likely referring to how the singer has been feeling since their breakup.
21 people arrested at Nairobi airport
Airport officials arrested 21 people accused of trying to use fake COVID certificates to travel from Kenya to the United Arab Emirates. This happened after the UAE stopped issuing visas to citizens of 13 countries earlier this week, including Kenya, Somalia, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria.
According to local media, the suspects are due to appear in court no later than Friday. The 21 passengers trying to fly to Dubai were detained at the airport in Nairobi. They are accused of using forged medical documents confirming that they were negative for Covid-19 before the journey. Kenya has recorded 80,102 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 1,427 deaths since the onset of the pandemic. According to the Kenyan Ministry of Health, another 780 were reported on Friday.
New Tesla software
Yesterday, Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk said that a new “Full Self Driving” software update is likely to be implemented more broadly in two weeks.
Tesla released a test version (or beta version) of the new software in October to an undisclosed number of experts.
"Probably going to a wider beta in 2 weeks,"
Musk wrote on Twitter in response to a user who asked if the software would be available in Minnesota. Musk had previously said that an extension of the latest update would be released to the general public by the end of this year, and the system should become more and more robust as it collects more data.
Polar scientists in the dark
Scientists warn that we might not be able to measure the thickness of ice from top to bottom for a couple of years. The only two satellites (CryoSat-2 and American IceSat-2) dedicated to observing the poles will have to be replaced, scientists claim. However, this could leave us blind to some important changes in the Arctic and the Antarctic as the climate warms, until replacements are flown. The researchers have raised their concerns with the European Commission and the European Space Agency.
A letter detailing the problem - and possible solutions - was sent to leading EC and Esa officials this week; and although the US space agency (Nasa) has not formally been addressed, it has been made aware of the correspondence.