3 Things You Need to Know: February 12, 2020

> A bill that would bar the state of Utah from issuing hunting or fishing licenses to people who are delinquent on child support payments is moving forward. The bill cleared the House Judiciary Committee with a unanimous vote.




> Scientists Are Hearing A Signal From Deep Space - Is life beyond our planet trying to communicate with us?

Maybe, since researchers in Canada are hard at work listening to and documenting a strange, repetitious signal discovered in deep space. The scientists used ground-based Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment telescopes to listen to the fast radio burst for 13 months after its discovery in 2019.

The research process indicated that the signal was being received in a regular pattern over four days before it stops and starts again after a 12-day absence. Most of the bursts do not repeat, and this singular burst has been pinpointed to a spiral galaxy approximately 500-million light-years away.

Experts are looking for a natural cause for the signals, but have not ruled out the influence of an extraterrestrial force. There are competing ideas as to what it is, but we’re rooting for life out there.

Source: CBS News



> Americans Are Racking Up Record Debt - U.S. household debt exceeds 14-trillion dollars for the first time.

Student debt rose to over 1.5-trillion dollars, auto loans increased to over 1.3-trillion dollars, and credit card debt rose to a record 930-billion dollars.

The jump in credit card debt over the last quarter of the year is normally due to holiday spending, but this time it’s much higher than expected. The problem with the numbers? More and more people are late making their payments.

Source: Reuters

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