LA Council Mulls Condemning On-Air Slurs

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — The Los Angeles City Council is considering a resolution that would condemn certain types of speech on public airwaves.

Council member Jan Perry introduced legislation that would call upon media companies to ensure “on-air hosts do not use and promote racist and sexist slurs” while broadcasting, CBS in Los Angeles reported Wednesday.

The resolution drew attention to uproar over comments by KFI-AM talk show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou when they called late pop singer Whitney Houston a “crack ho” soon after she died in February. The two were suspended.

The proposal also cited remarks made by conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh in which he called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” after she testified in Washington about women’s access to contraception.

The proposal said KFI has a “long history of racially offensive comments, as well as deplorable sexist remarks, particularly towards women and black, Latino, and Asian communities” and called on parent company Clear Channel Communications and other broadcasters to hire a more diverse workforce as a way to address the trend.

“It is easy to become desensitized to what other groups find intolerable, which ultimately fosters an environment where negative comments can go unchecked and corporate guidelines and policies are no longer being enforced,” the resolution said.

How To Buy Gasoline For 20 Cents A Gallon

Has the price of gas hit $4 a gallon yet where you live? As I mentioned in last week’s column, several analysts predict that price will seem cheap before the year is out. Are you ready to pay $5 a gallon?

Some neighbors and I were reminiscing recently about how cheap things were back in “the good old days.” I mentioned that the very first credit card I got was for one of the gas-station chains. Back then, gasoline cost less than 25 cents a gallon.

Then I said something that stopped them cold. “Do you know that you can still buy gasoline for about 20 cents a gallon?” They were all positive there was a trick to my question… and there is.

My claim is absolutely, totally, 100 percent true — if you pay with dimes that were minted before 1965.

Back then, dimes, quarters, half dollars and silver dollars were 90 percent pure silver. Today, those coins are commonly referred to as “junk silver.” But believe me, there is nothing junky about them.

These genuine silver coins are typically sold in bags with a face value of $1,000.  If they were all dimes, that would be 10,000 of them. Each bag contains about 712 ounces of silver. A pre-1965 silver dime has about 1/14 of an ounce of silver in it. With silver now around $32 an ounce, one of those “junk silver” dimes is worth about $2.29. Selling two of them would buy you a gallon of gas anywhere in the country.

Remember when a loaf of bread cost 10 cents? Well, one of those silver dimes will still get you one of the fancy fresh-baked loaves in the bakery section of your local grocery store. One of the mass-produced marvels with more air than nutrients will cost half that amount.

My point is simply this: The value of the goods we buy every day hasn’t changed. A loaf of bread is still a loaf of bread — ditto a quart of milk, a gallon of gas or a suit of clothes.

The reason things cost 10 or 20 or 50 times more than they used to isn’t that they are that much more valuable today. It’s that our measuring stick, the U.S. dollar, is worth so much less. Back in our grandparents’ day, the dollar was not only backed by gold, but for most of this country’s existence the U.S. government promised that it could be exchanged for gold at any bank in the Federal system.

The Treasury also produced something called “silver certificates” that operated the same way, except that they could be exchanged for silver. And our government promised to keep enough gold and silver in its reserves to honor all of those commitments.

But that was then. Today, the U.S. dollar is an “I.O.U. nothing,” as a friend of mine likes to put it. Oh, it says it is backed by the “full faith and credit of the United States.” But let me ask you: When you look at the disaster that Washington has made of the budget process and our economy, how much full faith and credit do you have in the people running the show today?

And how much “full faith and credit” do you have in the pieces of fiat currency called the U.S. dollar that they are producing by the trillions? I hope the answer to both of my rhetorical questions is “very little” and “not much.”

Our Founding Fathers knew that gold and silver were real money. That’s why they put into our Constitution that only gold and silver could be used to create our coinage.

Sadly, we’ve allowed the powers that be to create “money” out of thin air, with absolutely nothing to back it. That is why the value of our currency has plummeted more than 95 percent in past 100 years.

But more and more Americans are learning not to put their “full faith and credit” in our politicians or the currency that they manipulate. Want to protect the purchasing power of your savings? Then I’d suggest putting them into things of real value. And for the past 5,000 years, nothing has preserved value better than the Midas metal and its less-expensive sister, silver.

Exchanging dollars for gold and silver could be the best investment you make this year. It certainly has been for the past decade.

Until next time, keep some powder — and some gold and silver — on hand.

–Chip Wood

Geithner: No Plans To Increase IMF Funding

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Wednesday there were no plans to increase U.S. aid to the International Monetary Fund.

In a prepared text presented to the House Financial Services Committee, Geithner said the European economy was critical and its troubles had wide-ranging implications.

However, “We have no intention to seek additional U.S. resources for the IMF,” he said.

Geithner praised the IMF and the European Central Bank for steps taken to contain the debt crisis in Europe, but he encouraged Europe to create a bigger “firewall” — a fund meant to protect the financial system of Europe during a downturn.

He also encouraged the European Union to follow through on fiscal discipline measures recently adopted in Belgium.

Geithner said the U.S. economy is in a “much stronger position than the Continent as a whole.” In addition, “When growth slows in Europe, it affects growth around the world,” he said.

However, once its financial crisis is contained, then comes the hard work of restoring competitiveness to European businesses.

“Fiscal reforms are only part of the solution. The harder challenge is to address the erosion in competitiveness and restore reasonable rates of economic growth, a challenge made more difficult by the fact that in a monetary union, the member states do not have their own monetary policies or currencies that can adjust, and in Europe today there is no mechanism for fiscal transfers to help cushion economic shocks,” he said.


U.S. Mortgage Rates Move Higher

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates topped 4 percent for the first time in months in the week ending Thursday, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. said.

Rates for 30-year contracts rose from 3.92 percent to 4.08 percent with 0.8 point for the week. A year earlier, 30-year mortgage rates averaged 3.92 percent.

Interest rates for 30-year contracts have hit historic lows in recent months. Rates have not risen above 4 percent since the week ending Oct. 27, Freddie Mac said.

Average rates for 15-year fixed-rate contracts rose from 3.16 percent to 3.3 percent with 0.8 point, Freddie Mac said.

In the same week of 2011, the average rate for 15-year loans stood at 4.04 percent.

Five-year adjustable rate mortgages averaged 2.96 percent for the week with an average 0.7 point, up from last week’s rate of 2.83 percent. A year earlier, five-year adjustable rate contracts averaged 3.62 percent.

One year Treasury-indexed adjustable mortgage rates rose in the week from 2.79 percent to 2.84 percent with 0.6 point. A year ago, rates for these loans averaged 3.17 percent.

“Mortgage rates are catching up with increases in U.S. Treasury bond yield,” said Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist Frank Nothaft. “Bond yields rose over the past two weeks in part due to an improving assessment of the state of the economy by the Federal Reserve, better than expected results of commercial bank stress tests and the likelihood of a second bailout for Greece,” he said.

First-Time Jobless Claims Drop By 5,000

LONDON (UPI) — The U.S. Labor Department said first-time jobless claims fell 5,000 in the week ended Saturday to 348,000, pushing the four-week rolling average to 355,000.

Last week’s drop followed a decrease of 14,000 the preceding week.

The four-week rolling average decreased 1,250 from the previous week’s 356,250, Labor said.

The biggest increases in initial jobless claims for the week ended March 10 were in Kentucky (up 742), Puerto Rico (up 643), Alabama (up 475), North Carolina (up 471) and Tennessee (up 457).

The biggest decreases were recorded in New York (down 14,222), California (down 4,696), Illinois (down 1,290), Florida (down 1,215) and Pennsylvania (down 1,129).

The U.S. unemployment rate was 8.3 percent in February, unchanged from January.

Detroit’s Finances Deemed In Severe Straits

DETROIT (UPI) — A team of financial advisers in Michigan deemed the city of Detroit in serious financial straits but said it would hold off on an outright state takeover.

The state-appointed team reviewing the city’s finances said Detroit was in a “severe financial emergency,” The Detroit News reported Thursday.

Michigan’s laws allow the state to take over a municipality’s finances if it is deemed to be in severe trouble. The review team, however, allowed the Detroit City Council to make one more attempt to forge a budget to put the city back on its feet.

“What’s accomplished is the review team has passed a motion recognizing the city is in severe financial stress,” state Treasurer Andy Dillon said.

The team, however, said it would review the new budget plan put together by Mayor Dave Bing and three city council members and send recommendations to Gov. Rick Snyder by Monday, the News said.

“We’ve made some significant progress, not only between the mayor and the council, but also with the state,” City Council President Charles Pugh said.

“We have been very creative and figured out a way for the state to have input, but not control.”



California Fines Walmart $2.1 Million

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — A judgment in California concerning scanning errors at Walmart Stores has been extended and revamped, court papers say.

San Diego, Calif., Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Barton agreed with prosecutors who charged Walmart Stores Inc., with failing to follow through on a 2008 judgment that also involved overcharging customers.

Barton ordered an additional $2.1 million fine be assessed on top of the previous agreement.

The 2008 judgment was an order for Walmart to give customers in California $3 off on items on which they overpaid due to scanning errors, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Thursday.

But Walmart has not complied with the order, which included posting signs about the issue.

Prosecutors said items at stores were still scanning at prices that were higher than the price advertised.

Judge Barton also ordered the $3 refund deal to be continued for an additional year.

“We always strive for 100 percent pricing accuracy and will continue to make improvements to ensure we meet this goal,” said Steve Restivo, senior director of community affairs for Walmart.

“California families can trust Walmart to deliver on our mission to help them save money and live better.”

Hospitals Slow To Adopt Life-Saving Drug

LONDON (UPI) — Hospitals worldwide have been slow to embrace use of a cheap generic drug that has been saving injured U.S. soldiers on the battlefield, researchers said.

The drug, tranexamic acid, had been sold over-the-counter in Britain and Japan for heavy menstrual flow. However, a 2010 trial on 20,000 hemorrhaging trauma patients in 40 countries showed it saved lives and the U.S. and British Armies added to its medical arsenal.

The World Health Organization added it to its essential drugs list last year and British ambulances carry the drug but adoption of its use in the United States has been slow.

Dr. Ian Roberts, clinical trials director for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and leader of the 2010 trial — called Crash-2 — the slowness of U.S. hospitals was due to “inertia.”

“The people who do the urging and the talking about new drugs are the pharmaceutical companies, and if they’re not interested, it’s not done,” Roberts told The New York Times.

A study published this month in the journal BMC Emergency Medicine said about 6 million people die worldwide each year of trauma. The study estimated tranexamic acid could save as many as 128,000 of lives a year, 4,000 of them in the United States.

Dr. David E. Lounsbury — a retired colonel who served as U.S. Army medical liaison officer to the British Army, and co-authored the 2008 Army textbook, “War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Series of Cases, 2003-2007″ — said U.S. Army doctors in the mid-2000s used recombinant factor VIIa, a very expensive new clotting drug.

Its use faded after some wounded personnel developed life-threatening clots on evacuation flights out of a war zone, but tranexamic acid was never in his combat hospital’s pharmacy, Lounsbury said.

“An old generic doesn’t have any hair-on-your-chest bravado, so we didn’t even take it to the battlefield,” Lounsbury told the Times.

Sronger Food Aroma, People Eat Less

WAGENINGEN, Netherlands (UPI) — Foods with strong aromas lead to people eating smaller bite sizes, possibly resulting in people eating less, researchers in the Netherlands said.

Study leader Dr. Rene de Wijk of Wageningen University in the Netherlands said bite size depends on the familiarly and texture of food — smaller bite sizes are taken for foods that need more chewing, and are often linked to a sensation of feeling fuller sooner, Wijk said.

The researchers separated the effect of aroma on bite size from sensations associated with other foods. They used a custard-like dessert that was modified to give off a variety of scents to participants’ noses.

The results showed the stronger the smell, the smaller the bite.

“Our human test subjects were able to control how much dessert was fed to them by pushing a button. Bite size was associated with the aroma presented for that bite and also for subsequent bites — especially for the second to last bite,” de Wijk said in a statement.

The finding suggests manipulating food aroma could result in a 5 percent to 10 percent decrease in food intake per bite, and combining aroma control with portion control could fool the body into thinking it was full with a smaller amount of food — and aid weight loss — de Wijk said.

The study was published in the journal Flavour.



Tobacco Hurts Poorer Nations More

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Tobacco is responsible for nearly 6 million deaths worldwide annually and is the world’s top cause of preventable death, a U.S. journal says.

A supplement published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control featured 11 studies showing the disproportionate impact of tobacco use, secondhand smoke exposure, and tobacco-related cancer and disease among those those of lower socioeconomic position and, in some cases, by gender and race/ethnicity.

“Tobacco’s impact has reached epidemic proportions around the world,” Dr. Donna Vallone, senior vice president for research and evaluation at legacy and co-editor of the special supplement, said in a statement. “This special issue confirms what we have known in public health for many years: Tobacco is not an equal opportunity killer, it impacts the health and economies of poor nations.”

The World Health Organization said nearly 80 percent of the world’s 1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

Studies conducted in Vietnam and China show how vulnerable populations — including women and children, racial/ethnic minorities and the poor — are disproportionately affected by secondhand smoke exposure, Vallone said.

In addition, data from Southeast Asia show a five-fold mortality increase from oral cancers among tobacco chewers compared to never chewers with a strong and inverse association with education.

“This is a critical opportunity for preventing the progression of tobacco use among women in many low- and middle-income countries particularly those in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia,” Vallone said. “The supplement allows us to take a look at where the burden lies, so that interventions can be tailored accordingly.”


Quality Protein Helps Fight Aging

DALLAS (UPI) — Raising daily protein intake can help fend off age-related muscle mass loss, while exercise keeps muscles and bones strong, a U.S. registered dietitian said.

Lona Sandon, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said the older people get, the more important it becomes to pay attention both to the quantity and quality of the calories consumed.

“The good news about calories taken in is the more physically active you are, the more calories you can consume at any age,” Sandon said in a statement. “The bad news is because we are aging, we are losing muscle mass, and we need the right type of calories to help promote and keep that lean muscle mass.”

A healthy diet rich in quality protein helps minimize muscle loss and experts recommend the average adult consume .36 grams of protein per pound of body weight — although for older individuals that benchmark jumps to nearly .7 grams. For example, for someone who weighs 154 pounds, the .7 gram of protein translates into about 4 ounces of recommended daily protein.

A 4-ounce piece of grilled trout provides roughly 28 grams of protein, Sandon said.

It is important to consider the quality of the protein, like that packed with essential amino acids — lean meat, fish, low-fat dairy products, cheese and yogurt — Sandon said.



Scheduled Feeding May Lower Baby’s IQ

ESSEX, England (UPI) — Babies breastfed or bottle-fed to a schedule may not perform as well in school as babies fed on demand, British researchers found.

Study leader Dr. Maria Iacovou of the Institute for Social and Economic Research at University of Essex and at the University of Oxford said this was the first ever large-scale study to investigate the long-term outcomes of schedule versus demand-fed babies.

The study, published in the European Journal of Public Health, found demand-feeding was associated with higher IQ scores at age 8, and higher school scores at ages 5, 7, 11 and 14.

Scheduled feeding times did have benefits for mothers, who reported feelings of confidence and high levels of well-being, Iacovou said.

“The difference between schedule and demand-fed children is found both in breastfed and in bottle-fed babies,” Iacovou said in a statement. “The difference in IQ levels of around 4 to 5 points, though statistically highly significant, would not make a child at the bottom of the class move to the top, but it would be noticeable. To give a sense of the kind of difference of the increase, in a class of 30 children, a child who is right in the middle of the class, ranked at 15th, might be, with an improvement of 4 or 5 IQ points, ranked higher, at about 11th or 12th in the class.”

Man Called 911 To Make Wife Go To Bed

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (UPI) — A Florida man serving a 60-day jail sentence for misuse of 911 called the emergency line because his wife would not leave him alone to check his Facebook.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said Doyle Hardwick, who began serving his sentence Tuesday, called 911 on Sept. 24 and told the dispatcher his wife refused to stop sitting next to him and go to bed, the Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., reported Thursday.

Hardwick, 57, told the operator his wife told him she would go to bed if he let her drink some beers, but she refused to leave the seat next to him upon finishing her beverages. He said he was upset his wife would not let him “look at Facebook peacefully,” the 911 transcript states.

Deputies said both Hardwick and his wife smelled of alcohol when they arrived at their home.

Hardwick pleaded no contest to misuse of 911 in February and an arrest warrant was issued when he failed to show up to serve his sentence. He turned himself in Tuesday and began serving his 60 days.


Cat Falls 19 Stories, Only Minor Injuries

BOSTON (UPI) — A Boston woman said it was a “miracle” when her cat survived a 19-story fall without any serious injuries.

Brittany Kirk said her cat, Sugar, plummeted from the window of her 19th floor apartment on Storrow Drive and veterinarians with the local Animal Rescue League said the feline incurred only minor bruising to her lungs, WBZ-TV, Boston, reported Thursday.

“I’m just so thankful. When I came home from work today and I saw her, I was just very thankful. It’s a miracle,” Kirk said.

Brian O’Connor, a manager with the Animal Rescue League, said Sugar fell an estimated 150 to 200 feet. He said studies have shown cats have a greater chance of survival when they fall from higher than nine stories.

“The cats were able to relax, orient themselves in a flying squirrel position with the legs spread out. It slowed their descent down,” O’Connor said.

Kirk said she is having screens installed on her windows to prevent future falls.


Woman Bragged About Jury Lies On Radio

DENVER (UPI) — Authorities in Denver said a woman who told a radio show she lied to get out of jury duty is facing felony charges.

The Denver District Attorney’s Office said Judge Anne Mansfield, who dismissed Susan Cole from jury selection June 28, was listening to KOA-FM, Denver, in October when Cole told host Dave Logan how she had feigned mental illness to get out of jury duty, The Denver Post reported Thursday.

Cole, a published author and cosmetologist, claimed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when she appeared in Mansfield’s courtroom.

The District Attorney’s Office said Mansfield recognized Cole’s story and reported her to authorities. Cole was charged Wednesday with felony counts of perjury and attempting to influence a public servant.

Wedding Postponed To Buy Chemo For Lizard

LONDON, March 22 — A British woman said she had to postpone her wedding after spending more than $4,700 on chemotherapy for her pet lizard.

Lizzie Griffiths, 25, of London said she adopted George, her bearded dragon, last year and decided to postpone her wedding to Chris Fisher so she could spend their saved cash to treat the reptile’s cancer, The Sun reported Thursday.

“Chris knows George will always come first,” Griffiths said. “I fell in love with George the minute I saw him and knew I’d do anything to look after him properly. So right now we can’t afford a wedding.”

Griffiths said George, who became the first bearded dragon in Britain to undergo chemotherapy, is now in remission.

Fisher said he understands that George will always be “Lizzie’s No. 1.”

Texas City Manager Lays Himself Off

KELLER, Texas (UPI) — The city manager of Keller, Texas, declaring municipal management positions needed to be trimmed, announced his own layoff.

Dan O’Leary told the City Council of his decision Tuesday and the public Wednesday, saying, “It’s a little unusual for a city our size to have three managers,” a reference to his two assistant city managers, Steve Polasek and Chris Fuller.

Keller is a northern suburb of Fort Worth with a population of about 40,000. A replacement will be chosen by the City Council.

O’Leary said his last performance review was positive and that there are no issues forcing his self-removal. He is leaving ahead of city elections in May before an annual budget process gets underway and after last week’s auditor’s report was submitted.

“This was the best time,” he said.

His last day on the job will be April 20. No other staff reductions are planned, the Fort Worth, Texas, Star-Telegram reported Thursday.

‘Calmer’ 2012 Hurricane Season Forecast

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UPI) — The first forecast for the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season calls for a calmer-than-average period for the sometimes destructive storms, U.S. meteorologists say.

Scientists from Colorado State University said the six-month season that opens June 1 will have less activity than usual, USA Today reported Wednesday.

“A warming tropical Pacific and a cooling tropical Atlantic are leading us to think that the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season will have less activity” than average, meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray said in their online report.

An average Atlantic hurricane season will produce about six hurricanes.

“The tropical Atlantic has anomalously cooled over the past several months, and it appears that the chances of an El Nino event this summer and fall are relatively high,” the forecasters said.

The El Nino phenomenon is a periodic warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean that tends to suppress hurricane activity in the Atlantic.

Colorado State will release a full, detailed forecast for the season in early April.

Future Of Monarch Butterflies A Concern

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (UPI) — The numbers of Monarch butterflies moving north across Texas from their breeding grounds in Mexico are expected to be down alarmingly this year, scientists say.

Texas A&M researcher Craig Wilson said reports by the World Wildlife Fund and Mexico’s Michoacan state show Monarch numbers will be down almost 30 percent in 2012 as they make their annual trek north into the United States.

The figures show an alarming decades-long decline in their numbers, Wilson says.

“Last year’s severe drought and fires in the region no doubt played a part, resulting in less nectar for the Monarchs as they migrated south,” he said in a university release.

“But estimates show that each year, millions of acres of land are being lost that would support Monarchs, either by farmers converting dormant land for crop use — mainly to herbicide tolerant corn and soybeans — or the overuse of herbicides and mowing.

“Milkweed is the key plant because it’s the only plant where the female will lay her eggs,” Wilson said.

The loss of such lands is a critical issue for the Monarchs’ survival, he said.

“We need a national priority of planting milkweed to assure there will be Monarchs in the future,” Wilson said. “If we could get several states to collaborate, we might be able to promote a program where the north-south interstates were planted with milkweed, such as Lady Bird Johnson’s program to plant native seeds along Texas highways 35-40 years ago.

“This would provide a ‘feeding’ corridor right up to Canada for the Monarchs.”

Angry Birds Space Game Unveiled

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — The Finnish maker of the popular Angry Birds game says its Angry Birds Space sequel is out now for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Mac and Windows.

Complete with a NASA tie-in, the new version from game developer Rovio allows players to fling angry birds at the horrible green pig villains in zero gravity, slingshot them around a moon, and even manipulate the gravity of nearby space objects for “trick” shots, PC World reported Thursday.

Owners of iPhones and iPods can buy the game for $0.99 while the cost of the iPad version is $3.

Angry Birds Space is optimized for the new iPad’s 2,048-by-1,536 resolution Retina display, but PC World reported some problems playing the game on an original iPad, with continual crashes.

Computer users can also play Angry Birds Space. The Mac App store has it for $5 and Windows computer users can purchase it directly from Rovio for $6.

A free ad-supported version for Android smartphones is available from Google Play, with Rovio saying it is planning a non-ad version for $0.99.

Students Receive Images From Moon Orbiter

PASADENA, Calif. (UPI) — NASA says one of its twin GRAIL spacecraft orbiting the moon has sent back the first student-requested image of the surface taken with its on-board camera.

Fourth-grade students from the Emily Dickinson Elementary School in Bozeman, Mont., had received the honor of making the first image selection by winning a nationwide competition to rename the two spacecraft. Previously named Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory A and B, the twin spacecraft are now called Ebb and Flow.

The image was taken by the MoonKam, or Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students, on the Ebb spacecraft, a release from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said Thursday.

More than 60 student–requested images were taken by the Ebb spacecraft March 15-17 and downlinked to Earth March 20.

“MoonKAM is based on the premise that if your average picture is worth a thousand words, then a picture from lunar orbit may be worth a classroom full of engineering and science degrees,” said Maria Zuber, GRAIL mission principal investigator from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

GRAIL is NASA’s first planetary mission to carry instruments fully dedicated to education and public outreach.

Students can select target areas on the lunar surface and request images to study from the GRAIL MoonKAM Mission Operations Center in San Diego.

“Through MoonKAM, we have an opportunity to reach out to the next generation of scientists and engineers,” Zuber said. “It is great to see things off to such a positive start.”