Volume 6 Issue 22_Sun Bay Paper

The city of Orlando has given the go-ahead to the German aviation company Lilium to build a “verti- port”—a 56,000-square-foot air taxi facility. Lilium has designed a five-seat, fully- electric, piloted aircraft that can take off and land verti- cally, and travel up to 186 miles within an hour of being charged. The company flew a demonstrator in 2019 and hopes to launch its fleet by 2025. The vertiport will be located in Lake Nona, a planned community that bills itself as “a community of and for the future” and that is seeking to develop a trans- portation infrastructure that will reduce its reliance on cars. The Lilium vertiport will service both Orlando and Tampa, which gives it access to some 20 million potential customers. Lilium is staking its future on an aircraft design that it says will be simpler and cheaper to manufacture and maintain than other air vehicles, with 1,000-times fewer parts than a traditional jetliner. It uses 36 single- stage electric motors provid- ing near-instantaneous thrust in almost any direction, negating the need for rud- ders, ailerons, and a tail. Mark Strauss-Smithsonian From Island to Bay, News at Sea Level Volume 6 Issue No.22 Take us home with you! TheSunBayPaper.com Feb 19, 2021 - Feb. 25, 2021 See Picture. pg. 19 Humans aren't the only mammals that form long-term bonds with a sin- gle, special mate -- some bats, wolves, beavers, foxes and other animals do, too. But new research sug- gests the brain circuitry that makes love last in some species may not be the same in others. The study, appear- ing last week in the journal Scientific Reports, com- pares monogamous and promiscuous species within a closely related group of lemurs, distant primate cousins of humans from the island Madagascar. Red-bellied lemurs and mongoose lemurs are among the few species in the lemur family tree in which male-female part- ners stick together year after year, working to- gether to raise their young and defend their territory. Once bonded, pairs spend much of their wak- ing hours grooming each other or huddled side by side, often with their tails wrapped around each other's bodies. Males and females of these species spend a third of a lifetime with the same mate. The same cannot be said of their closest relatives, who change partners often. To biologists, monogamy is somewhat a mystery. That's in part be- cause in many animal groups it's rare. While around 90% of bird species practice some form of fi- delity to one partner, only 3% to 5% of When it comes to space missions, landing a vehicle on another planet is about as high stakes as it comes. Today, February 18, NASA is going to attempt to land its Mars rover Perse- verance and its side-kick, the helicopter Ingenuity, on the surface of the Red Planet – and you could watch the historic event unfold live as it happens. Landing a spacecraft on another planet is hard. NASA was up against a 40 percent success rate, and is still the only space agency to have successfully landed a mission on Mars (that did- n't subsequently die). Could it repeat this success again today? YES! We were watching as we bit our nails through the agonizing "7 minutes of terror" until we The severe weather locking much of the nation in a deep freeze has delayed the shipment of about 200,000 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday. “It’s not a great day here in Florida, weather-wise, but it’s a heck of a lot worse in other parts of the country,” De- Santis said at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch. “So vaccine shipments are being delayed.” The governor said Pfizer’s 136,000-dose vaccine shipment for this week has ar- rived but a 200,000-dose ship- ment of Moderna vaccines expected Tuesday had not showed by Wednesday. The shipment will arrive Thursday or Friday, he said. “Frontline” healthcare workers, those aged 65 and older, and people under 65 with significant health complications are prioritized to receive the vaccine under DeSantis’ plan. As of Tuesday, 2.43 million people have been vacci- nated with at least one of the two-shot regimen, according to the Florida Department of Health (DOH). Of that 2.43 million, 1.82 million are residents 65 and older. There are 4.5 million residents age 65 and older in Florida and the state is conduct- ing various forms of “dedi- cated” outreach to ensure an estimated 2.7 million seniors who not been inoculated sen- iors have access to the vaccine. DeSantis was in Lake- wood Ranch in Manatee County, south of Tampa Bay, to announce the state will direct 3,000 additional Moderna vac- cines for seniors into two Lake- wood Ranch zip codes under the targeted outreach program. The two zip codes – 34202 and 34211 – just happen to be the most affluent in the county, Requested by Manatee County Commission Chair Vanessa Baugh for her district, the Bradenton Herald reported the Governor’s DeSantis Defends ‘Targeted’ Vaccine Allocations Against Claims of Favoritism 1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful: re- member that before you get me. 2 . Give me time to under- stand what you want of me. 3 . Place your trust in me- it is crucial to my well being. 4. Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment. 5. You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends. I only have you. 6. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understands your words, I understand your voice and tone when you are speaking to me. 7. Be aware that how ever you treat me, I will never forget. 8. Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite you be- cause I love you. 9. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obsti- nate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bother- ing me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting too old and weak. 10 . Take care of me when I get old; you too will grow old. Go with me on difficult journeys. ... One more thing. Never say: “I cannot bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there, even my death. 10 Things Your Dog Would Tell You!. Cont. pg 8 Cont. pg 13 Lemurs Show There's No Single Formula For Lasting Love Cont. pg. 8 Perseverance Safely Lands on Red Planet A Fleet of Air Taxis Is Coming to Central Florida by 2025