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    Colorado lawmakers unanimously voted to push forward a bill that would create a $2 million pilot program to use cameras and artificial intelligence technology to help identify fires before they burn out of control. The bill was approved by a Senate committee Thursday, and comes a year after the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history scorched nearly 1,100 homes. The goal is for cameras and an AI algorithm to detect the plume of smoke and alert first responders who can stomp out the blaze before it grows. The proposed pilot program to help quench increasingly drastic wildfires in Colorado will move to the state Senate Appropriations Committee next.

      NASA is marking the 20th anniversary of the space shuttle Columbia tragedy with somber ceremonies during its annual tribute to fallen astronauts. More than 100 people gathered under a gray sky at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Thursday to remember not only Columbia's crew of seven, but the 18 other astronauts killed in the line of duty. NASA's two shuttle accidents account for more than half of the names carved into the black granite of the Space Mirror Memorial. Columbia was destroyed during reentry in 2003 after a piece of fuel-tank foam came off and punctured the left wing during liftoff.

        Japan has successfully launched a rocket carrying a government intelligence-gathering satellite on a mission to watch movements at military sites in North Korea as part of Tokyo’s effort to build up its military capability. The satellite is also meant to improve natural disaster response. The H2A rocket launched by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries successfully lifted off Thursday from the Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern Japan. It was carrying the IGS-Radar 7 reconnaissance satellite, which later successfully entered its planned orbit. Japan launched the IGS program after the 1988 North Korean missile flyover of Japan.

        Tom Gleed, who came of age in the late 1960s, talks about the way society treated gay men with hostility back then and how most members of the community were forced to remain closeted due to fears about their safety and livelihood.


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