|Climate continues to stoke the wildfires raging in the United States, scientists study bright boulders on an asteroid and the Hubble Space Telescope caught a view of the swirling storms in Jupiter's clouds. These are some of the top photos this week from Space.com. |
China's Chang'e 3 mission will mark the 7th anniversary of its moon landing in December. The lander is still operational and some instruments are thought to still work, like its Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope. The telescope made observations like the one in this image, which shows the Pinwheel Galaxy (Messier 101).
Full story: China's Chang'e 3 lunar lander still going strong after 7 years on the moon
Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft captured these images of the surface on asteroid Ryugu. Usually bright rocks stand out from the material that makes up the bulk of asteroid Ryugu. Researchers think these bright boulders are likely the result of Ryugu's parent body colliding with silicon-rich asteroids before or during Ryugu's formation.
Full story: Strange bright rocks reveal glimpse of asteroid Ryugu's violent past
The southern-facing HPWREN live webcam on the Mount Wilson Observatory in southern California took this image at 7:51 p.m. PDT on Sept. 17 (0251 GMT on Sept. 18), and it shows activity associated with the Bobcat Fire. The wildfire began on Sept. 6 and has burned across 113,986 acres as of Sept. 25.
Full story: Historic Mount Wilson Observatory survives close call with Southern California's Bobcat Fire
NASA's Aqua satellite captured six tropical storms and more than 100 different U.S. wildfires in a single photo snapped on Tuesday (Sept. 15). When the photo was taken, there were six named storms total in its view - Sally off the Gulf Coast, autel mp808. Paulette, Rene, Teddy and Vicky in the Atlantic Ocean and Karina in the Pacific.
Full story: Tropical storms and billowing wildfire smoke rage in the same NASA satellite photo
This new, stunning image of Jupiter, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, was captured on Aug. 25, 2020 and shows the planet's turbulent, swirling storms. In the photo, you can see the ripples in the planet's atmosphere, Jupiter's famous Great Red Spot and the planet's striking colors.
The Unit Telescope 4 of the Very Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory in Chile fires its "laser guide stars" at the night sky as part of the telescope's adaptive optics system.
Unit 4 is one of four separate 8.2-meter telescopes that make up the Very Large Telescope, which in turn is part of the European Southern Observatory high up in Chile's Atacama Desert. The telescope's adaptive optics system users powerful lasers as guide stars to help its adaptive optics system correct for the distortion of the Earth's atmosphere in astronomical observations.
This global infrared mosaic of Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons, was made using data from the Cassini spacecraft, which orbited Saturn from 2004 to 2017. This image shows five different infrared views of Enceladus, the moon's Saturn-facing side, its trailing side and its North and South pole.
Stellar winds from the star R Aquilae form a number of shapes, coming together to resemble flower petals. This image was captured by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter array in Chile as part of the ATOMIUM project.
This is the first Orion spacecraft that will fly to the moon, sitting in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. This craft will fly as part of NASA'a Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the lunar surface in 2024.
The Tarawa Atoll, a remote Pacific nation in the Republic of Kiribati, can be seen from space in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. Kiribati is an independent island nation spreading out 1351357 square miles (3.5 million square kilometers) of the ocean with a total land area of just 309 sq miles (800 sq km).
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|SINGAPORE - Economic uncertainty triggered by the coronavirus may be helping some Singaporean entrepreneurs surmount a personal challenge: family objections to a less stable career path.|
"Pragmatic" Singaporean parents often want their children to settle into stable jobs instead of those with higher risks, said Christopher Quek, managing partner of venture capital firm Trive. But given the "bleak job market outlook," some parents appear more willing to allow their children to start their own businesses, said Quek, who has mentored start-up founders.
Singapore is home to some 3,800 tech start-ups, and a few big names include ride-hailing firm Grab and e-commerce giant Lazada.
The Asian financial hub provides easy access to global capital and to Southeast Asia's growing consumer market. Singapore boasts solid infrastructure and a consistent rule of law - but some young entrepreneurs say they struggle with family pressures.
E-commerce platform Carousell is one of the largest online marketplaces in Southeast Asia.
However, ml529 review. when its co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Siu Rui Quek first told his parents he wanted to work full-time on the start-up, he sensed their disappointment.
"My dad's face immediately looked grim. My mom looked away," he said. "I almost joke sometimes that that's probably the hardest thing in the whole start-up journey so far, just telling your parents."
Trive's Quek, who is not related to Carousell's CEO, said middle-class Asian families often spend a "high amount" of time and money to educate their children in hopes of helping them secure good, high-paying jobs.
"Their investment into their children is part of ensuring retirement security for themselves and fulfilling their role in helping their children become even wealthier than they were," said the entrepreneur.
"They are not keen on their children starting up," he said, adding that some may consider it "a waste of their efforts in educating the child."
For its part, the Singapore government collaborates with educational institutions and the private sector to "provide platforms for test-bedding and co-innovation," said Edwin Chow, assistant chief executive officer at Enterprise Singapore, a government agency that focuses on grooming early-stage start-ups.
Singapore also helps start-ups find funding and talent.
Still, the risky nature of starting or joining a small company may in some cases be frowned upon by family members.
That was the case for Andrew Fam, chief technology officer at management consulting firm Straits Interactive. He founded a start-up in 2012, but it closed after 18 months due to insufficient business. His next stint at another start-up ended after nine months.
"An uncle told me to drop working in start-ups, to go and work for a multinational cooperation ... as they provided a lot more stability," Fam said.
Chow said that Enterprise Singapore's priority is to "ensure that our ecosystem remains conducive for start-ups to continue to grow" despite the uncertainties ahead.
Among other support measures for start-ups, Singapore's government announced in August that up to 150 million Singapore dollars ($110 million) had been set aside to boost support for first-time entrepreneurs.
Start-ups with at least three Singaporeans or permanent residents, at least two of whom are first-time founders, can now receive a larger grant of S$50,000 to match S$10,000 of their own funds. That provides a "longer runway to newly established start-ups," said Chow.
"In every crisis, there are always opportunities for us to grow a new generation of companies. And this crisis is no different," said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing, in a speech announcing the increased grants. He said start-ups are creating jobs during a "very critical period."
But Trive's Quek expressed concern that generous government grants may be creating a false sense of security.
"It is a Singaporean form of entrepreneurship that is artificially created to reduce risk and seems more of job security rather than the real risk-taking nature,...
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