Academy Allows 'Cats' to Submit Its New, Improved Version to Oscars
Between the scalding reviews and the tepid box-office figures, this has not been a good week for "Cats." But we do have one piece of good news for Tom Hooper's catastrophic feline musical, courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Oscar voters will be able to judge the improved version of the film that is currently playing in theaters after its unfinished visual effects were replaced with new VFX following the film's openingBut we do have one piece of good news for Tom Hooper's catastrophic feline musical, courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Oscar voters will be able to judge the improved version of the film that is currently playing in theaters after its unfinished visual
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suggests that while the United States Space Force knows how it will fight wars beyond the atmosphere, those plans are so highly classified that industry is not able to build the things that will make war in space possible. The article does provide a hint, however.
"In recent years, Pentagon officials have said future satellites need to be able to defend themselves and be more maneuverable. Most military satellites orbiting the Earth - collectively worth many billions of dollars - are unable to do that, which has prompted military officials to warn that China and Russia could easily shoot them down, jam their signals, or blind their cameras."
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Clearly the Space Force is going to need more capabilities than satellites that can be maneuvered out of the way of threats. Butillustrated the perils of combat in Earth orbit.
The Chinese destroyed a defunct weather satellite with a weapon that blew it to pieces. The explosion created a debris field that included more than 900 individually tracked pieces, hurtling about in low Earth orbit, causing a hazard to space navigation for years. Analysts suggest that the explosion generated thousands of pieces of debris that could not be tracked.
One could therefore imagine a nightmare scenario that could happen if war were to break out between two superpowers, such as the United States and China. China could launch multiple strikes to destroy or cripple those satellites that the United States relies on, not only for its national security, but for its economic life. Such an attack could fill Earth orbit with hurtling debris that would make it impassable indefinitely.
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The people forming the Space Force and its doctrine must therefore develop ways to wage war in the heavens without generating a catastrophic amount of orbiting debris. Weapons that blow up satellites or other space weapons will simply not do.
suggested that a weapon disguised as a space debris removal spacecraft could also be used to cripple working satellites. Such a vehicle could attach itself to a working satellite and bend or break its antennae, destroy its solar panels and even drain its fuel tank. Such a weapon could even just take a satellite out of its orbit, thus destroying the satellite's usefulness while leaving it intact. The Earth's gravity and atmosphere would do the rest. Other possibilities include blinding a satellite with a laser or jamming its signal.
Besides providing satellites with the ability to elude such threats, some kind of active defense must be mounted. A country could deploy a constellation of "guardian" satellites to intercept such space weapons before enemy satellites could cripple GPS or communications satellites or move them into a death dive into the Earth's atmosphere. Of course, an enemy might respond by including these "guardians" in the initial attack.
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The United States could also create redundancy for its critical satellites, making them smaller and as stealthy as possible, and thus too numerous to be taken out in one blow. Creating a launch-on-demand capability in which satellites can be replaced as quickly as they are taken out is also a possibility.
Should an enemy such as China or Russia be foolish enough to blow up satellites, the Space Force needs to develop a space debris removal capability. That needs to be done and then used in any case, as the proliferation of space debris has become a growing problem in peacetime.
A space-based missile defense system, a dream since SDI was first proposed, would also be useful. Such a system not only could help defend the American homeland against a nuclear attack but also would close space off to the launching of more antisatellite weapons once a conflict breaks out.
In short, the Space Force, now that it has been officially created, has a lot of work to do to become an effective war-fighting service.
Mark Whittington, who writes frequently about space and politics, has published a political study of space exploration entitled "" as well as " ." He blogs at
“Les Misérables” by Ladj Ly will represent France at the Oscars
A consecration. The movie Les Misérables dewas nominated this Monday January 13 by the Academy in the category of "best foreign film" at the Oscars 2020.
Congratulations to the International Feature Film nominees!- The Academy (@TheAcademy)
Presented at thelast May, the first feature film by the filmmaker of Montfermeil rocked the Croisette and received the jury's prize. He will compete with Corpus Christi from Pole Jan Komassa , HoneyLand from Macedonians Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov , Pain and Glory from Spanish Pedro Almdodovar and from South Korean . Ultra favorite, the drama rewarded at the Golden Globes on January 6 won five other nominations, including those of the best film and the best director.
The full list of nominees for the ceremony which will take place on February 9 in Los Angeles can be found.
Adam Sandler Reacts to Oscars Snub as 'Uncut Gems' Is Completely Shut Out .
The 'Sandman' sent a special shout to his 'mama,' Kathy Bates, who earned a supporting actress nomination for 'Richard Jewell.'The actor and comedian took to Twitter to react to the snub for his critically-praised, frenetic performance as gambling jeweler Howard Ratner in Uncut Gems, despite recognition from the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, Independent Spirit Awards and more. In fact, the film as a whole -- which was directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie -- was overlooked by the Oscars, failing to score a single nod.