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All The News You Missed Overnight: Twitter's New Timeline

Good morning! It’s a busy world out there. All The News You Missed Overnight gives you a guide to everything techy that happened while you were sleeping.

Twitter’s New Timeline Shows The ‘Best’ Tweets First
Twitter has just flicked the switch on a new timeline layout, bringing the 140-character microblogging service much more in line with planet-consuming-social-giant Facebook: if you want, it’ll show you the “most important tweets from people you follow” at the top of your timeline when you open the app or refresh your Web browser.

If you’re using the official Twitter app for Android or iOS, or if you’re one of the faithful (like me) that still uses Twitter dot com the website on the internet in your Web browser, you’ll have access soon to the new feature if you dive into your settings and enable it. From there, all you have to do is refresh the feed.

We’re Entering A Golden Age Of Space Tourism Propaganda
Whether they’re selling tickets to orbit or making sure the science funding keeps flowing, rocket companies and space agencies alike have a vested interest in getting the public jazzed about the cosmic beyond. So it’s no surprise that we’re now entering a golden age of space tourism propaganda — one that’s bringing back the beloved, classic design elements of long-past atomic age propaganda.

Last year, SpaceX released a series of gorgeous, retro travel posters to help convince the people of Earth that living on the frigid wasteland of a planet called Mars could be fun. NASA — whose PR machine generates more hype than all other government entities combined — recently used a similar tactic to drum up excitement about extrasolar planets.

SCIENCE & HEALTH The Ambitious $US55 Million Plan To Replace The Lead Pipes In Flint Will Only Take A Year
Today, Flint’s mayor announced an ambitious plan to replace the damaged and dangerous drinking water infrastructure below the city’s streets — and work can begin as soon as next month.

Mayor Karen Weaver held a press conference with retired National Guard Brigadier General G.H. McDaniel to explain the plan, namely how the city will prioritise which pipes are replaced first. Those most at-risk (that is, the homes where lead levels are the highest) will be first in line for pipe replacement, which will be paid for by both the state of Michigan and Congress. A lawsuit filed on behalf of residents by the Natural Resources Defence Council had specifically requested federal action for pipe replacement.

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