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Bar Refaeli On Beauty, Tomboys And A Diplomatic Incident With France's First Lady

Some call her the anti-Kate Moss: Bar Refaeli, the Israeli-born supermodel, is natural in her own skin. Lately she has taken up the drums, and begun thinking about motherhood. But for the moment, boys, she’s free as a bird. Just ask Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Bar Refaeli on the runway (zipckr)
Bar Refaeli on the runway (zipckr)
Francesco Rigatelli

MILAN – Despite all the glossy perfection from photographs in the world's top fashion magazines, supermodel Bar Refaeli is beautiful in person the way a woman doctor or archaeologist or marine biologist are beautiful. A real beauty, in short, with looks and movements and a full awareness of her surroundings. Meeting her after the recording of the Italian television show Chiambretti last weekend, where she was billed as "the most beautiful model in the world," Refaeli strikes you with her spontaneity as much as the statuesque aesthetic. And as a native of Israel, there is inevitably more to talk about than just fashion runways and the jet-set.

What do you think about Israel? What do you like about your country?
Since I grew up there, it is my favorite place. I think people often do not see the essence of Israel, but it is a place full of history, playfulness and good weather.

You didn't fulfill your compulsory military service, which caused some controversy in your country. Do you think this obligation is out-dated?
Unfortunately, it is still necessary. I wanted to do it, but I got married and according to the law, it was no longer required -- then I got divorced. In any case, military service is not important in itself, but because of what it teaches you.

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Artificial Satellite Pollution, Perils For Biodiversity In Space And On Earth

Exploiting space resources and littering it with satellite and other anthropogenic objects is endangering the ecosystem of space, which also damages the earth and its creatures below.

Image of the small satellite NanoRacks-Remove Debris satellite deployed into space by the ISS

Thomas Lewton

Outer space isn’t what most people would think of as an ecosystem. Its barren and frigid void isn’t exactly akin to the verdant canopies of a rainforest or to the iridescent shoals that swim among coral cities. But if we are to become better stewards of the increasingly frenzied band of orbital space above our atmosphere, a shift to thinking of it as an ecosystem — as part of an interconnected system of living things interacting with their physical environment — may be just what we need.

Last month, in the journal Nature Astronomy, a collective of 11 astrophysicists and space scientists proposed we do just that, citing the proliferation of anthropogenic space objects. Thousands of satellites currently orbit the Earth, with commercial internet providers such as SpaceX’s Starlink launching new ones at a dizzying pace. Based on proposals for projects in the future, the authors note, the number could reach more than a hundred thousand within the decade. Artificial satellites, long a vital part of the space ecosystem, have arguably become an invasive species.

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