NASA Hits Asteroid, TIME Announces World’s Rising Stars | This Week on PR Newswire

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NASA’s DART Mission Hits Asteroid in First-Ever Planetary Defense Test

After 10 months of flying in space, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) – the world’s first planetary defense technology demonstration – successfully impacted its asteroid target on Monday (Sept. 26), the agency’s first attempt to move an asteroid in space. Mission control at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., announced the successful impact at 7:14 p.m. EDT.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said, “As NASA studies the cosmos and our home planet, we’re also working to protect that home, and this international collaboration turned science fiction into science fact, demonstrating one way to protect Earth.”

TIME Reveals the 2022 TIME100 Next List of the World’s Rising Stars

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Today (Sept. 28), TIME reveals the 2022 TIME100 Next list, recognizing the 100 emerging leaders from around the world who are shaping the future and defining the next generation of leadership. The 2022 TIME100 Next issue has four worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the list: singer SZA, actor Sydney Sweeney, actor Keke Palmer, and conservationist Farwiza Farhan.

“The individuals on this year’s TIME100 Next are blazing new trails in science, technology, entertainment, business, activism, philanthropy, and more, and their influence will change our world in extraordinary ways,” says editorial director of the TIME100 Dan Macsai.

The 2022 Best Countries Report Ranks Switzerland as No. 1 in the World

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Switzerland returns to the top spot in the overall 2022 Best Countries, a ranking and analysis project by U.S. News & World Report; BAV Group, a unit of global marketing communications company WPP; and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Now in its seventh year, Best Countries evaluates 85 countries across 73 attributes. Attributes were grouped into 10 sub-rankings, including entrepreneurship, agility, and social purpose.

Japan to Welcome International Visitors Beginning Oct. 11

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The government of Japan announced a policy of resuming entry by individual travelers for tourism purposes beginning on Oct. 11. JNTO looks forward to welcoming individual inbound travelers back to Japan with the long-awaited lifting of entry restrictions. The resumption of individual travel to Japan and visa waivers, and the elimination of the daily arrival cap will allow international visitors to enjoy Japan in more ways than in the past two-and-a-half years.

Immersive, Accessible Experiences Drive Growth in U.S. Gaming Market

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The U.S. gaming population expanded by 3% from 2019 to 2022, as 9 million new gamers aged 13 to 64 entered the market, according to a new Consumer Technology Association (CTA) study. The active gaming population in this age range now totals 164 million, representing 73% of 224 million U.S. adults and adolescents.

CTA Researcher Steven Hummel said, “Gamers are on the cutting edge, and diverse gaming options meet the interests of ever-wider audiences. As we’ll see at CES 2023, game publishers, hardware manufacturers and retailers all have an opportunity to capitalize on a growing market.”

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