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  • Public transport in Spain
    • Spain introduces free tickets for suburban and medium-distance services for Renfe, the state-owned railway operator, starting from September 1 and until the end of the year. Other modes of public transport already have a 30% discount. (The Guardian)

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  • Social media site Twitter experiences a global outage lasting for 45 minutes, making it the site's longest outage since 2016. (The Guardian)
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  • A Russian court lifts the suspension for the CPC pipeline and instead fines its operators 200,000 rubles ($3,300) for oil spills. The oil pipeline, one of the world's largest, is the route for nearly all of Kazakhstan's oil exports, which represents about 1% of global oil supply. (Reuters)
  • The Nord Stream 1 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany is suspended for the first of ten days of scheduled annual maintenance. (Reuters)

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  • 2022 European heat wave
    • French authorities issue a warning as temperatures reach as high as 40 °C (104 °F) amid ongoing wildfires. (RFI)
  • Two people are killed and four others are injured after a three car pileup caused by a pack of boars north of Thessaloniki, Greece. (AP)

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  • Uber Files
    • Over 124,000 confidential documents are leaked from Uber, showing efforts by Uber to lobby governments for preferential treatment. (BBC News)
    • Leaked documents reveal that French President Emmanuel Macron went to "extraordinary lengths" to help Uber disrupt the French taxi industry, telling Uber's executives that he had brokered a "secret" deal with his socialist opponents in his cabinet. (The Guardian)

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  • Most of Argentina is placed on "yellow alert" by the National Meteorological Service due to high winds, hail and snowfall. (M1)

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has produced the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date. Known as Webb’s First Deep Field, this image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 is overflowing with detail.

Thousands of galaxies – including the faintest objects ever observed in the infrared – have appeared in Webb’s view for the first time. This slice of the vast universe covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone on the ground.

This deep field, taken by Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam), is a composite made from images at different wavelengths, totaling 12.5 hours – achieving depths at infrared wavelengths beyond the Hubble Space Telescope’s deepest fields, which took weeks.

The image shows the galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 as it appeared 4.6 billion years ago. The combined mass of this galaxy cluster acts as a gravitational lens, magnifying much more distant galaxies behind it. Webb’s NIRCam has brought those distant galaxies into sharp focus – they have tiny, faint structures that have never been seen before, including star clusters and diffuse features.
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