[DN 6 Jan] Casting a GMT LensToshiro newsAdjust content blockingContent Blocking Block Politics?nextrandomComment Prev Next Casting a $20 Million Mirror for the World’s Largest Telescope Space ------- 6th Jan, 2018 Building a mirror for any giant telescope is no simple feat. The sheer size of the glass, the nanometer precision of its curves, its carefully calculated optics, and the adaptive software required to run it make this a task of herculean proportions. But the recent castings of the 15-metric ton, off-axis mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) forced engineers to push the design and manufacturing process beyond all previous limits. Building the GMT is not a task of years, but of decades. The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) and a team at the University of Arizona's Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory cast the first of seven mirrors back in 2005; they expect to complete construction of the telescope in 2025. Once complete, it’s expected to be the largest telescope in the world. The seven 8.4-meter-wide mirrors will combine to serve as a 24.5-meter mirror telescope with 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope. This will allow astronomers to gaze back in time to, they hope, the materialization of galaxies. http://archive.is/kge4MXbox One's 'Fable 4' Could Be Getting Made By The 'Forza Horizon' Team ------- Video Games ------- Microsoft’s relative lack of high profile exclusives compared to Sony and Nintendo has been a hot topic for a while now, as for the moment, the biggest projects on the horizon are Sea of Thieves and the potentially troubled Crackdown 3, with new Halo and Gears sequels surely inevitable in the far-flung future. But there’s one IP that has the potential to get everyone, including skeptics like myself, excited about an Xbox One exclusive once again. That would be Fable 4, a game that fans have been begging Microsoft to make for ages, but with Lionshead shut down and Fable Legends canned, it seemed unlikely, even as Microsoft said the IP wasn’t necessarily dead. Turns out it may be very much alive. This recent round of speculation was sparked by a now-deleted tweet from former Lionshead programmer Don Williamson (via wccftech), who said “Mmm ok, having no inside information, I totally know who's building Fable 4 now. Interesting choice…” which at least implies the existence of the game, though not firm knowledge of who is making it. Past rumors about Fable 4 indicate it’s being made by a UK-based studio, but when asked if it was Studio Gobo’s Electric Square, known to be working on a game for Microsoft, Williamson said the project was probably much too big for them. That leaves one very specific potential option, Playground Games. The UK developer is responsible for the Horizon spin-off of the Forza games, which are some of Microsoft’s best-reviewed titles. The idea is that Microsoft may have liked their work so much that they tasked them with something hugely important like Fable 4, despite their past history making racing games. This isn’t out of nowhere, as Playground has a listing for a game designer job that sounds uh, relevant: “You’ll join the team and the project at an early stage, giving you the rare opportunity to shape the future of an exciting, large-scale open world action / RPG AAA title from the outset.” When this listing was first posted it seemed to indicate it would be a new IP, but now it seems somewhat more likely that the project could actually be Fable 4. Granted, there are plenty of large-scale, open world action/RPG AAA games these days, but ones made by Microsoft-specific studios? That narrows it down quite a bit, and if Fable 4 really is in the works, it seems likely that a trusted studio like Playground would get the call-up for it. http://archive.is/Px5pAAcid attacks: Retailers sign up to voluntary ban on acid sales ------- Europe ------- Some of the UK's largest retailers have agreed to voluntarily stop sales of acids to customers under 18 years old. The move comes amid continuing concern over the use of corrosive substances as a weapon. In the year to last April, police recorded more than 500 attacks in England and Wales, double the number five years ago, with the majority of incidents in London. A fifth of attackers who had been identified were under 18 years old. The true level of acid crimes may be much higher than official records show. A Freedom of Information request found the Metropolitan Police alone recorded more than 450 noxious or corrosive fluid incidents in London in 2016. A Home Office analysis estimated the true national rate could be as high as 900 crimes a year. The Home Office has already proposed new legislation to ban the sale of corrosive substances to under-18s as well as an additional offence of possession in a public place without good reason. This would bring the law for household acids and harmful chemicals that are not already subject to legal restrictions into line with crimes relating to knives. The public consultation on that proposal, which would have to go through Parliament, closed last month. http://archive.is/JqA83Fears of Black Death EPIDEMIC from 'Cleaning of Corpses' ritual ------- Health ------- Some cool photos in the link below Members of the Indonesian Tarajan tribe take part in a "Cleaning of the Corpses" ritual where they take photos with rotting bodies and dress them in fashionable clothes. But fears are growing that the ritual could have deadly consequences. Recently a deadly Black Death epidemic in Madagascar was blamed on an ancient ritual called "famadihanaf," or turning of the bones. Madagascar is an island nation off the east coast of Africa. The creepy ceremony sees relatives digging up loved ones, rewrapping the corpse and parading them through the streets while dancing with their dead relatives. But local health officials said it was no coincidence that the plague outbreak happened between July and October, the same time as the tribal ceremony Willy Randriamarotia, Madagascar's health ministry chief of staff, said at the time: "If a person dies of pneumonic plague and is then interred in a tomb that is subsequently opened for the ritual, the bacteria can still be transmitted and contaminate whoever handles the body." He then ordered that plague victims must be buried in anonymous, tightly sealed containers to minimise the chances of relatives digging the bodies up. But locals refused to listen to health warnings, and there are fears that a similar plague outbreak in Indonesia would also be spread quickly by the digging up of dead bodies. http://archive.is/aZZsZGOP senators request criminal investigation of Trump dossier author ------- North America ------- Two Republican senators are asking the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into Christopher Steele, the author of a controversial opposition research dossier on President Trump. Sens. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray asking that they investigate if the former British intelligence agent lied to federal authorities. "I don’t take lightly making a referral for criminal investigation. But, as I would with any credible evidence of a crime unearthed in the course of our investigations, I feel obliged to pass that information along to the Justice Department for appropriate review,” Grassley said in a statement. Graham added that "after reviewing how Mr. Steele conducted himself in distributing information contained in the dossier and how many stop signs the DOJ ignored in its use of the dossier, I believe that a special counsel needs to review this matter." The letter is the first known criminal referral from any of the congressional investigations into Russia's election interference. As part of their request, the two senators passed along a memo tied to "certain communications between Christopher Steele and multiple U.S. news outlets." They did not publicly release the memorandum, which is classified. The referral is the latest sign of partisan splintering of the Judiciary Committee's wide-ranging investigation into Russia, the 2016 election and potential political interference of the FBI. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the top Democrat on the panel, blasted the letter as the latest attempt by GOP lawmakers to turn the committee's focus away from Trump. "I think this referral is unfortunate as it’s clearly another effort to deflect attention from what should be the committee’s top priority: determining whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the election and whether there was subsequent obstruction of justice," she said. Feinstein said she and the other Democrats on the panel were not consulted about the referral. http://archive.is/AOFgh [poll dn1618] join list: TheNewsReel (970 subs)Mention History yesterdays news: You need to login to view this link next +353 -Favorite +Favorite Unsub from Toshiro Subscribe to Toshiro Unblock User's Content Block User's Content Sub/Block Channels news:UploadUnblockBlockSubUnsubsubs: 823 FJ needs your help to survive! Be a hero, support FJ via Patreon: Receive hats, username change ability, no ads, colored text, and more.