Science & Technology

CCPL announces effort to reduce plastic waste in local waterways

Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) has committed to ending the distribution of single-use plastic bags at all 16 branch locations in an effort to fight marine debris that pollutes waterways and oceans. The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation recently awarded CCPL a grant to purchase reusable bags, and library customers may pick up a free bag…

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Launchpeer Labs Startup Program Fosters Growth of Charleston’s Tech Scene

A new early-stage startup program is fueling the emerging tech scene in Charleston, South Carolina. Launchpeer Labs is part investment fund, part accelerator, and part startup studio geared towards idea-stage companies who haven’t yet built a product, created a team, or secured funding to bring their idea to life. The unique hybrid program, developed by…

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NSA and Homeland Security Designate FAMU as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

(Black PR Wire) The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Florida A&M University (FAMU) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education through 2022. The designation was awarded in March after the University met rigorous requirements and successfully demonstrated its ability to serve the country’s need…

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Re-entry! NASA Engineer Lands Dream Job–Teaching

Wanda Harding’s 20-year career as a senior mission manager at NASA and technical director with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was just a detour from what she really wants to do—teach. “I thought I would work as an engineer for about five years and then go into the classroom,” Harding said. “Teaching is something…

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New International Digital Platform for Black Millennials Launches

Former Australian football star Heritier Lumumba has launched SwapThink, a digital destination that is the first of its kind. The site offers commentary, essays, and original content by and about people of African descent living, working, and playing around the world. Following the site’s launch, SwapThink will release weekly content with an eye toward delivering unique…

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Smart Tips to Prevent Identity Theft

More than 13 million U.S. consumers fall victim to identity theft each year, according to Javelin Strategy and Research, with more than $15 billion stolen. Fortunately for consumers, many of these crimes are preventable. “Falling victim to identity theft can be financially devastating for many consumers, a consequence that only further emphasizes the importance of…

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First Black Astronaut Remains A Forgotten Pioneer

By Erick Johnson (Chicago Crusader/NNPA Member) Two historic events that changed America occurred 50 years ago. While many will remember the 50th anniversary of the failed Apollo 1 space flight, an equally historic event that affected Black America remains largely forgotten. The 50th anniversary of the tragic death of America’s first Black astronaut, Major Robert…

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First Black Crew Member To Join International Space Station

By Shantella Y. Sherman (AFRO/NNPA Member) The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected astronaut Jeanette Epps to join the crew of the International Space Station in 2018. Epps will become the first Black crewmember to represent the U.S. on the station. The journey will mark the first time Epps has traveled to orbit,…

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