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Welcome to program 157 of Shortwave Radiogram.

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1:43 MFSK32: Program preview (now) 2:49 Solar Orbiter makes closest approach to Sun* 7:28 MFSK64: Pandemic might encourage reuse of electronics 11:48 This week’s images* 27:50 MFSK32: Closing announcements

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From the Voice of America:

Solar Obiter Spacecraft Makes Closest Approach to Sun So Far

VOA News 17 June 2020

The joint Europe and U.S. Solar Orbiter spacecraft has made its first close approach to the Sun, getting as close as 77 million kilometers and taking the closest images of the sun ever captured.

The collaboration between the the U.S. space agency, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), began in February when the orbiter was launched from from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The orbiter is designed to give close-up views of the Sun’s polar regions and observe its magnetic activity for the first time.

ESA and NASA scientists say on Monday the orbiter made its first close approach to the Sun at around 77 million kilometers, about half the distance between Earth and the star. The researchers used the flyby to test the spacecraft’s ten science instruments, including six telescopes.

The space agencies say pictures of the Sun taken by the orbiter will be released next month. ESA says the spacecraft is currently 134 million kilometers from Earth, so it will take around a week for the images to be sent back.

Scientists hope the instruments on board the orbiter will help solve the mysteries of the inner workings of our nearest star. To do that, the spacecraft will fly to within 42 million kilometers of the sun, closer than Mercury. At that distance, it will face temperatures up to 600 degrees Celsius, hot enough to melt aluminum.

If the mission works as expected, the Solar Orbiter will be able to take the first images of the Sun’s poles as well as investigate the heliosphere and solar wind.

After sling-shotting around Venus, it’s expected to make its first close solar pass in early 2022.

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From Deutsche Welle:

Can the pandemic help us to embrace refurbished electronics?

 As the pandemic has impacted supply chains, some electronics
 manufacturers have struggled to produce new equipment. Could
 this be the moment for refurbishing and reusing existing

Chetna Krishna 15 June 2020

Sales of electronics goods have surged in recent months as millions around the world have turned their homes into offices and digital classrooms. Within the first two weeks of March, the US saw computer monitor sales double and demand for laptops, mice, and keyboards all increase by 10%.

That might sound like good news for manufacturers, but the other winners could be those pushing for circular economies that facilitate a continual use of resources.

Arjen Workum, a network consultant at Aliter Networks, a Netherlands company specializing in reusing IT hardware, believes this could be a key moment for sustainable production. He says the fact that many manufacturers haven’t been able to produce and supply new equipment, has made them start “to look in other directions to keep their infrastructure running,” and that they are now “opening up for our [circular] business model.”

Aliter Networks recently became the first B-Corp certified IT company to promote a circular economy - a certification only received by companies across the world that meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance in business. Since 2009, Aliter has reused over 150,000 IT network products such as switches and routers, saving at least 310,000 kilos of e-waste.

“We mostly get used networking equipment, which is essentially from where all the data is transmitted. We check any cosmetic damage, repaint it, attach accessories and remarket it around the world,” Zimin Chen, Sales Director and Partner at Aliter, told DW. Unlike repaired products, he says refurbished networking devices could have a life of between 10 to 15 years.

The company is aiming to reuse half a million IT products by 2025. But if the appetite for refurbished parts continues once supply chain issues are resolved, it might hit the target even sooner.

Miquel Ballester, Circular Innovation Lead at Fairphone says increased interest in reusing and refurbishing resources is a “perfect example of what happens in a crisis situation when things cannot be taken for granted anymore.”

“People start to look into other strategies to achieve the same goals or they change their goals.”

Another company that’s seen its business increase is Argo360 — a service organization also based in the Netherlands that refurbishes and markets end of life (EOL) IT equipment such as laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and monitors. Many of their customers are hardware manufacturers struggling to source new parts.

Sandor Bergsma, partner at Argo360 attributes the recent uptick in interest to supply chain issues, and says this is chance for people to realize that “refurbished products work fine.”

Is the world ready for a switch to circular?

But in a world that generates about 50 million tons of electric and electronic waste annually - roughly equivalent to discarding 1,000 laptops every single second, opting for refurbished goods is still relatively uncommon.

Even though the European Union adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan in March that aims to ensure resources used are kept in the EU economy for as long as possible, there is still the issue of changing mindsets.

IT companies in Europe are legally bound to delete old personal data from organization’s systems under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR), but many people remain concerned that older devices can become the source of potential data breaches and leakages.

“After you’ve used a certain product, it is important to make sure that you are doing everything the right way because of the environment but also because of the law. So, if you have a company, you are obliged by the law in Europe to remove all data from every employee or person from a workstation or laptop and household at a certain time,” Bergsma said.

But Hasan Alkas, professor of Macroeconomics at Rhine Waal Universtnyogt Rea 0Fies in GermTDu e believe consumers are ready to embrace the “second-hand market” in the long-term.

“During the crisis nobody wants to spend too much, everyone wants to hold onto the money and if there is a choice between the old one and the new one, you will buy an old one,” Alkas told DW, adding that China will ultimately regain its position in the market.

Students might be one group more readily willing to buy and use refurbished products.

Bhavya Dutta, a 21-year-old engineering student from India is happy to take that route as long the produce in question it has all the necessary specifications, a reasonable price with at least two years warranty.

“I buy and sell my old Ipads and Iphone all the time,” he said. “That’s why they have many student groups online where people are looking for cheaper solutions. But at least with refurbished IT products, there is also good quality unlike simply old used devices.”

But for the most part, enabling safe circularity in the IT industry - regardless of the coronavirus crisis - is a challenge that remains new in technological, legal and social spheres.

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This week’s images …

Eighty years ago on 18 June, Gen. De Gaulle made his first wartime broadcast to the free French from BBC Broadcasting House. After the war, De Gaulle gave the BBC the tapestry ‘Le Poète’ which still hangs in the building today. From …  Sending Pic:207x185C;

An osprey takes home a meal plucked from the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. Too bad about the fish, though. From …  Sending Pic:296x201;

Mount Fuji and reflection in a rice field during sunrise. From

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A cyclist rides in the Al Qudra Desert in Dubai on 8 June. From …  Sending Pic:197x136C;

Flames and smoke come out of a well run by state-owned Oil India in Tinsukia, Assam, after a huge fire ignited by gas that has been spewing from an oil field. From []) …

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Iraqi youths dive into the Shatt Al-Arab River in the southern port city of Basra on 9 June. From

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A bee and a lavender plant in Stirling, Scotland. From …  Sending Pic:192x191C;

Wildflowers in Mortehoe, Devon, England. From

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Our art of the week is this illustration accompanying a Bloomberg Businessweek article about the use of shortwave by (aptly named) high frequency traders. From

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