Single mum’s Nasa internship funded by strangers

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There was just one problem: India would have to fund her and her daughter’s travel and living expenses for the opportunity to work at Nasa’s Johnson Space Center in Houston for 10 weeks.

The 32-year-old physics PHD student at Atlanta’s Georgia State University was worried she would not be able to afford it. The cost of flights, accommodation, and car rental alone would run into thousands.

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“It wasn’t just the cost of living in Houston, I had to take my daughter into consideration. I also have a house here in Atlanta I would have to continue paying rent on,” India told the BBC.

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Single mum’s Nasa internship funded by strangers

Posted last week, the heartfelt plea caught the attention of generous donors, and within 24 hours the GoFundMe page had reached more than its $8,000 (‘6,250) target.

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India’s passion for astronomy began in the ninth grade after she entered a science programme and visited the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta.

But it was mathematics in which she was gifted. After completing her bachelor’s degree in the subject she began teaching it at schools and colleges.

When the time came for India to do her PHD, the Doctor Who fan said she chose physics and astronomy, subjects she was passionate about learning further.

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Critics question ethics behind Impossible Burger’s rapid fast

Last week, Redwood City’s Impossible Foods announced it received $300 million in new investments now that Burger King plans to serve its faux-meat Impossible Burger at 7,200 locations nationwide.

That’s a lot of veggie burgers. It’s also the largest investment ever in a company that sells plant-based foods, according to the Good Food Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes such companies.

But as Impossible Foods rapidly expands, some in its Bay Area home base ‘ its single factory is in Oakland ‘ question whether partnering with the fast food industry is the best match for a company whose stated mission is to save the world. After all, Burger King and other chains are known for labor disputes and bringing unhealthy food into low-income communities. Does Impossible Foods’ climate-friendly mission trump other values? By partnering with Burger King, is Impossible Food saving the world, or saving fast food?


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Date: 2019-05-16T21:57:06+00:00
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