October 3, 2022

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Florida gas prices top $4 a gallon with no relief in sight

Gas prices are quickly nearing a record in Florida. Some people are already paying more than four dollars per gallon, and there is no sign of it slowing down. The price of gas has increased 50 cents than what it was one month ago. The record high in Florida is $4.08 which was set back in 2008. We’re not too far from that. The average right now in Florida is $3.97. More from WJXT, WFTS, and CBS Miami.

Astra Space details what went wrong with Space Coast launch

Nearly a month since an Astra Space rocket made its first launch from the Space Coast that ultimately ended with it tumbling out of control on ascent, the company announced details from its investigation of the failure. The Alameda, California-based company was able to launch its Rocket 3.3 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Feb. 10, but two problems occurred during the stage separation process, said Andrew Griggs, Astra’s senior director for mission management and assurance.  More from Orlando Sentinel.

Miami women bucking crypto’s ‘tech bro’ culture. Find out who’s leading them

Web3 Equity is only about 8 weeks old. But already, the Miami female-focused cryptocurrency and non-fungible token group has attracted nearly 450 members. That makes it among the fastest-growing and most effective communities for gender equity in tech that the Miami ecosystem has seen. More from the Miami Herald.

Cruise ship departs Jacksonville after nearly two years

The industry suspended operations for COVID-19 and experienced many changes. Two years later, the first major cruise ship is set to leave from Jaxport. Carnival said fully vaccinated guests must show proof of negative tests. Carnival does have vaccination exemptions for sailing – however. They must test negative 24 hours before sailing. Unvaccinated guests also must have travel insurance. More from WJXT.

How much training do you need to visit space? Private astronaut training facility may come to Brevard

For half a century there was only one way to fly to space: Be one of the few lucky individuals chosen by national space programs like NASA or Russia's Roscosmos. Being chosen to be an astronaut or cosmonaut meant facing years of training before even being considered for a flight on a space shuttle or Soyuz rocket. But with space tourism becoming a reality, hundreds, if not thousands, of would-be "astronauts" will need to be trained for spaceflight over the next few years. More from Florida Today.

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Tamara Jackson, St. Petersburg’s first Black female dentist, broke many barriers

 “Why don’t you think about dentistry?” Jeanne Sinkford asked Tamara Jackson in the 1960s. It was a big question — not just about becoming a dentist, but about joining the few women in the field. Jackson had what it took, Sinkford thought. She had a master’s degree in science, a poise that showed years of ballet training and beauty that earned her the title of Miss Howard at Howard University during her undergrad years. She and other women working to enter the field also faced tougher admissions processes, less financial aid and lower wages than their male counterparts, Sinkford said. None of it stopped Jackson.

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Abili Mouse

floridaPeople with disabilities depend on assistive technology to do their jobs, get an education and enjoy a better quality of life. Yet, Mohit Patil says, “there has been a lack of innovation while the rest of the technology is making leaps. It is a huge waste of human potential and human resources when a large part of the community cannot contribute to society through jobs or education because of a lack of assistive technology.”

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