The Private Space Industry Revolution Plus 20 More Programs in September | Smithsonian Voices

Expert astronomers and pioneers in the private space industry weigh in on the future in a series of talks and a panel discussion in September.
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Smithsonian Associates offers innovative, online and in-person programming that promotes learning, enrichment and creativity for people of all ages. Hundreds of seminars, studio arts classes and study tours are offered annually. To view the Smithsonian Associates digital program guide, visit


On September 7 Ali Vitali will join Andrea Mitchell at the Smithsonian to discuss why it’s so hard for a woman to be taken seriously as a presidential contender, what it will take for men and women to be held to the same standard—and what happens next.

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Wednesday, September 7

Madame President: What Will It Take? With Capitol Hill Correspondent Ali Vitali: NBC News correspondent Ali Vitali witnessed a 2020 presidential election in which highly qualified and experienced women candidates again dealt with a different level of scrutiny than their male counterparts. In conversation with Andrea Mitchell, NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Vitali analyzes why it’s so hard for a woman to be taken seriously as a presidential contender, what will it take for men and women to be held to the same standard—and what happens next. This program will be held in person at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center and online. 6:45 p.m. ET $20-$25

Spice 101: Cumin: Take a gastronomical journey to explore one of the world’s most widely used and oldest spices, cumin. Christine Rai discusses its origins and history, flavor profile and composition and presence in global cuisines, and offers tips for using this internationally beloved spice in your own kitchen. 7 p.m. ET $25-$30


Friday, September 9

Nikola Tesla: An Inventor Re-invents Military Technology: In the 21st century, the life and accomplishments of inventor, engineer and futurist Nikola Tesla have risen from almost total obscurity to topics of fresh interest. Author Marc J. Seifer, one of the world’s leading Tesla experts, surveys his most significant discoveries that continue to influence today’s

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Travel news: Glass bridges and space motels

Editor’s Observe — Signal up for Unlocking the Globe, CNN Travel’s weekly publication. Get information about locations opening and closing, inspiration for potential adventures, plus the latest in aviation, food stuff and consume, exactly where to continue to be and other travel developments.

(CNN) — In this week’s vacation news roundup, we seem at place inns by the ages, Sicily’s new “Minimal America” and a new glass-bottomed bridge in Vietnam that could just be the world’s longest.

Connection restored

That transpired this 7 days when an report revealed very last weekend assisted two previous refugees come across the kind stranger who gave them $100 on a aircraft extra than 20 many years back. Here’s how it transpired.
In another story back in 2021, we helped remedy the secret of some 60-year-previous photos that experienced been uncovered in an Amsterdam flea market place.
The finder of the pics, Jennifer Skupin of Germany, was showcased in our story. Susanna Stevens-Johnson — a 71-year-aged Yup’ik woman who is aspect of Alaska’s indigenous community — was then astonished to see lengthy-dropped childhood visuals online of her outdated classmates, neighbors and good friends in a village that had due to the fact been deserted. View our video and browse the full story here.

House inns: 1967 to now

Ideas for space accommodations have been floating all over considering that the incredibly dawn of house exploration. Again in 1967, in advance of Neil Armstrong even established foot on the moon, the Hilton hotel chain was organizing a lunar hotel with rooms beneath the moon’s floor.
In 2011, Russian agency Orbital Systems declared its ideas for a hotel floating 250 miles (about 400 kilometers) above Earth. There was no bar or even showers, but you could clean up up with wet wipes.
California-based mostly Orion Span had hopes in 2018 to start $10 million trips to its luxurious Aurora Space Station this year, but the firm shut down operations right before that happened.
Now another California enterprise is reaching for the stars. Orbital Assembly has just revealed new facts and principles for
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In a hotel space in Albania, Afghan ladies await new life — and view their homeland collapse

Throughout the day I check out in on the fellow Afghan girls sharing a roof with me at our resort in the Albanian vacation resort city of Shengjin. They joke that I am Albania’s new therapist. We perform card games and take a look at Albanian pastry retailers the place the deserts style bittersweet, like our exile.

We consider to fill our times with routines to make the time go more rapidly. Last thirty day period, I attended a trauma care course, facilitated by the intercontinental relief corporation Samaritan’s Purse, exactly where we talked — or at minimum tried using to chat — about all we remaining guiding.

In the courtyard of the lodge there is a bizarre duplicate of the Statue of Liberty. My two sons constantly consider to climb it. I try out not to get its glance of affordable plasticity as some kind of omen that liberty in our upcoming dwelling –if there is a future — is just a puffed-up façade like the version we were marketed in Afghanistan.

There, the circumstance is bleak. The United Nations Improvement Programme assignments that by the center of this year Afghanistan could confront “common poverty,” with 97% of Afghans dwelling down below the World Financial institution-specified international poverty line of $1.90 a working day. It can be an enhance of up to 25% on the poverty rate prior to the US withdrawal, in accordance to the UNDP.
Final 7 days, the UN released its biggest solitary nation aid enchantment ever: $5 billion in the hope of shoring up collapsing primary providers, which have still left 22 million in require of aid within the state, and 5.7 million folks demanding help outside of its borders. Afghanistan has come to be the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis. But no sum of revenue will bring peace to our troubled souls.

Any time I wash our clothing in the sink of our hotel space, I imagine about the final day of our previous life. Back again in August, I was washing my children’s clothes when a mate texted me to right away pack my

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