Day: September 5, 2020

It’s an old-growth forest. It’s also home to a Washington school’s first foray into outdoor learning amid COVID-19.

Think of what you see and hear in the woods. Bird song. Spiderwebs. Branches framing the sky.

This particular forest is in Port Townsend. It’s an old-growth plot called the Quimper Lost Wilderness. Many of the trees here are more than 170 years old. 

It’s also the site of a local private school’s new outdoor classroom. No desks, no smartboards. Instead, the school will bring in local botanists, poets and historians to teach students about the land’s first people and its role as a habitat for plants and animals. Says Emily Gohn, the school’s head: Class is in session, rain or shine. 

At a time when thousands of children and their teachers are reinventing school on screens, places like Swan School are experimenting with the polar opposite: bringing school to nature. Gohn and a handful of other Washington school leaders are trying their hand at outdoor schooling, a concept that

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Coronavirus cases among students at University of Alabama climb to more than 1,000

Coronavirus cases are continuing to climb at the University of Alabama, with more than 1,000 students testing positive for COVID-19 since the start of on-campus classes last week.

The school’s COVID-19 dashboard shows that 492 students across their three campuses tested positive for the virus between Tuesday and Thursday, bringing the total number of cases since Aug. 19 — when the fall semester began — to 1,063.

Those numbers do not include the 305 students who tested positive prior to the start of on-campus classes.

A majority of the cases are at the university’s main campus in Tuscaloosa. According to the dashboard, 1,043 students have tested positive since Aug. 19.

In a press release on Friday, the university said that none of the students who have tested positive have been hospitalized.

“Our exposure notification efforts

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Lockheed Martin enlists Tyvak and Telesat for Space Development Agency contract

Lockheed Martin’s satellites for the SDA will be about 150 to 200 kilograms and will use Tyvak’s Mavericks platform

WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin will build 10 satellites for the Pentagon’s Space Development Agency using small buses from Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems. The company also has enlisted Canadian satellite operator Telesat to provide technical advice.

Lockheed Martin and York Space Systems were selected by the SDA to each produce 10 satellites that will be part of a mesh network in low Earth orbit known as Transport Layer Tranche 0.

Eric Brown, Lockheed Martin’s director of military space mission strategy, told SpaceNews that the satellites will be about 150 to 200 kilograms and will use Tyvak’s Mavericks platform.

“We got a very strong offer from Tyvak,” he said. “We are designing for production, to generate volume.”

SDA is buying 20 satellites to launch in 2022 but plans to deploy hundreds more in the

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Premier League record-breaker Gareth Barry retires after leaving West Brom

Gareth Barry holding a ball: Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

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Gareth Barry has retired from football at the age of 39 after ending his three-year spell with West Bromwich Albion.

The midfielder made a record 653 Premier League appearances, scoring 53 goals, and also earned 53 England caps. Barry developed as a youth player at Brighton before joining Aston Villa where he made his senior debut, going on to make 365 appearances in defence and midfield for the club.

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After 11 years at Villa Park, Barry joined Manchester City for £12m in 2009 and won the FA Cup and Premier League in his five-year stay. Barry then moved to Everton, initially on loan in 2013 before joining permanently a year later. He was named the Merseyside club’s player of the season in 2015-16.

Barry faced the prospect of

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College Runner Spends the Night in a Tree to Escape a Bear Attack

On August 18, Rachel Smith, 19, headed out for seven miles on the Big Otter Trail in the HaDaRonDah Wilderness Area, a trail she’s run dozens of times in her hometown of Old Forge, New York, tucked away in the Adirondacks.

Usually a morning runner, Smith, who’s on the cross-country team at St. Michael’s College in Vermont, left her house at 7 p.m. because work had kept her busy earlier in the day. She told her mom she’d be back in 90 minutes, tops.

Because of the fog, Smith opted to run on a snow-mobile trail instead of the main road, where cars would have a hard time seeing her. There’s no cell service where Smith runs so she never brings a phone.

Smith didn’t come home that night.

Just before the 3.5-mile turnaround, Smith saw two black bear cubs. An avid outdoors person—she attended Adirondack Woodcraft Camps for 12

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