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Will Child Strikers Usher in Global Climate Change Action?

PGNewser -Teenage girls across Europe appear to be leading a charge to urge their families to support state action to save the planet from climate change.  The question is, is the movement coming to America
Buzzfeed News – So far this year, tens of thousands of high school–age students in Belgium, Germany, and Sweden have boycotted class and protested against climate change. The loose movement’s inspiration, a 16-year-old girl who began a solitary picket last year outside the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm, has compared the protests to the March for Our Lives movement organized by the Parkland teens in the wake of a shooting at their school that left 17 dead. | Get the Full Story

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Saudis Send Princess to US in Landmark Gesture

PG Newser – It looks like the Saudis are increasing their signals to move towards more ‘western’ liberal traditions, adding installing a princess as the first ever ambassador to the US.
Times of India – Princess Rima bint Bandar replaced Prince Khalid bin Salman, the younger brother of the powerful crown prince who was appointed vice defence minister in a flurry of late-night royal decrees announced on state media. | Get the Full Story

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Moses Will Lead them to Space, Not that Moses…..

PG Newser – Moses, Beth Moses, that is, is gong to join the pilots of Virgin Galactic as they head into space, and Beth was the ‘passenger’ guinea pig leading the way for other passengers to follow.
NewScientist – Beth Moses, the spaceflight firm’s chief astronaut instructor, joined pilots Mike Masucci and Dave Mackay on the flight. “She will provide human validation for the data we collect. Including aspects of the customer cabin and spaceflight environment from the perspective of people in the back,” said Virgin Galactic in a tweet.  | Get the Full Story

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Count to Three, Because So Can Bees

PGNewser – It looks like bees are just a few generations away from taking over the planet, now that we’ve learned they can do math.
Science Daily – Researchers have found bees can do basic mathematics, in a discovery that expands our understanding of the relationship between brain size and brain power.Building on their finding that honeybees can understand the concept of zero, Australian and French researchers set out to test whether bees could perform arithmetic operations like addition and subtraction. | Get the Full Story

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You Might Still Get to Be a Toys R Us Kid

CNN – The company said it is considering “a new, operating Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us branding company,” the filing said. The plan would “create new, domestic, retail operating businesses under the Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us names, as well as expand its international presence and further develop its private brands business.”The details of when and how the brand would be brought back to life were not disclosed. | Get the Full Story

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Russians in the Central African Republic? You Betcha!

World Affairs Journal – In December 2017, Russia secured an exemption to the Security Council arms embargo, allowing Moscow to deliver arms and training for what a UN panel of experts describes as part of a multinational effort — including the European Union Military Training Mission — to boost the capabilities of the CAR’s military and security forces. | Get the Full Story

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Quantum experiment suggests there really are ‘alternative facts’

NewScientist – There are no objective facts in the world. This isn’t a statement about fake news. Rather, it is the implication of an experiment that suggests the nature of reality depends on who is looking.
The work is rooted in thought experiments about the nature of quantum mechanics, but this is the first time one has been done in the lab, with potentially profound implications. “I am very excited about it,” says theorist Carlo Rovelli at Aix-Marseille University in France. | Get the Full Story

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Twas Air That Killed the Dinosaurs

Science Alert – …..scientists have demonstrated what obliterated the marine life: rising temperatures accelerated the metabolisms of ocean creatures, which increases their oxygen requirements, while simultaneously depleting the oceans of oxygen. | Get the Full Story

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Cooperation Versus Competition, and the Need for Mixing

Science Daily – Research has shown that two fundamental ways in which nodes in one system can influence nodes in another one are interdependence (or cooperation), as in critical infrastructures or financial networks, and antagonism (or competition), as observed in ecological systems, social networks, or in the human brain. | Get the Full Story

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Zombie Deer is Good Eats, Docs Say

NY Post – Researchers examined about 80 people who’ve feasted on the meat of deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease — a fatal illness that causes zombie-like behavior in the animals and could spread to humans — and found over the course of the six-year study “no significant changes in health conditions,” USA Today reported on Thursday. | Get the Full Story

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Monster Turtle Missing in New Mexican Desert – AP News

AP News – ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is on a desperate hunt for her disappearing pet that can’t run fast and can’t be missed — a 100-pound tortoise.
KOB-TV reports Dusty the Turtle went missing earlier this month in Roswell, New Mexico after strong winds knocked open a gate that housed him. | Get the Full Story

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Are you being scanned? How facial recognition technology follows you, even as you shop – The Guardian

Westfield’s Smartscreen network was developed by the French software firm Quividi back in 2015. Their discreet cameras capture blurry images of shoppers and apply statistical analysis to identify audience demographics. And once the billboards have your attention they hit record, sharing your reaction with advertisers. Quividi says their billboards can distinguish shoppers’ gender with 90% precision, five categories of mood from “very happy to very unhappy” and customers’ age within a five-year bracket. | Get the Full Story

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Putting female mosquitoes on human diet drugs could reduce spread of disease – Science Daily

Unlike humans, who usually get hungry again only a few hours after eating, a female mosquito that has fed on human blood will lose her appetite for several days. Because movement of female mosquitoes from human to human — male mosquitoes do not consume blood — is the means by which mosquito-borne infections are passed along, researchers have theorized that reducing the frequency with which female mosquitoes feed is one way to lessen the spread of disease. | Get the Full Story

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Who’s listening? Mosquitoes can hear up to 10 meters away – Science Daily

Mosquitoes can hear over distances much greater than anyone suspected, according to researchers at Cornell and Binghamton University.

Their findings were published in the journal Current Biology.

Until now, scientists believed that organisms required eardrums for long-range hearing, and that the feathery antennae with fine hairs that mosquitoes and some insects use to hear only worked at close distances of several centimeters (a few inches).

A series of experiments has now provided neurophysiological and behavioral evidence that Aedes aegypti mosquitoes — which transmit such diseases as yellow fever, Dengue, Zika, West Nile and Chikungunya viruses — can hear specific frequencies as far away as 10 meters (32 feet) or more. | Get the Full Story

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Leftzilla – Mitch McConnell “aided and abetted” Russia’s attack on our election, says Mueller-biographer Garrett Graff – AmericaBlog

Garrett Graff, who wrote the seminal biography of Robert Mueller (The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller’s FBI and the War on Global Terror), is one of America’s top experts on Trump-Russia. Garrett joins us to talk about the Russia probe, from its beginnings to where it may ultimately lead and whether justice will finally be served. | Get the Full Story

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Leftzilla – Mueller Calls For Harsh Sentence In Manafort Case, Citing ‘Gravity’ Of Crimes – Talking Points Memo

Special counsel Robert Mueller advocated for a significant sentence for Paul Manafort in a Feb. 22 sentencing memo, citing the “gravity” of the former Trump campaign chairman’s criminal conduct.

“For over a decade, Manafort repeatedly and brazenly violated the law,” prosecutors write. “His crimes continued up through the time he was first indicted in October 2017 and remarkably went unabated even after indictment.” | Get the Full Story

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Rightzilla – ‘Reporters’ Dox Private Citizen for Believing in QAnon – Big League Politics

In one of the biggest scoops of their miserable careers, The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer and Zach Everson teamed up to publish a Friday story about a pastry chef who follows the QAnon internet phenomenon, and sometimes makes pastries with the “Q” symbol on them.

“Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort appears to employ a pastry chef who frequently posts online about her belief in the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory,” Sommer said. | Get the Full Story

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Rightzilla – Former RNC chairman claims Trump ‘probably not happy’ police foiled white nationalist’s planned attacks – The Blaze

(Michael) Steele’s comments came during a segment on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House” in which the entire panel castigated the president for commenting on the Jussie Smollett saga, but failing to assail white nationalism in the wake Christopher Paul Hasson’s arrest.”I guess I have, at this point, reached…my glass is no longer half-full, it’s just overflowing with all the crazy that comes out of Trump,” Steele said. “On this one, why would we be surprised a self-proclaimed nationalist would not speak out against a self-proclaimed white nationalist?” | Get the Full Story

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Could the US-China Trade War Be Over Soon?

PGNewser – According to a former Reagan confidante, John Rutledge, a trade deal getting done right now between the US and China is very possible.
CNBC – “What I told the group was that you have to understand that China is not Kansas,” Rutledge said. “Their institution’s different, their politics is different and so forth. But I really think that it’s possible for a trade deal to get done right now. Both sides need it, and the Chinese economy, in particular, is very weak, and they have a credit crisis underway that’s really causing damage to the private firms. So if you’re going to get something done, this is the right time to do it.” | Get the Full Story

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Here Come the Kamikazis, But They’re American, and They’re Drones

PG Newser – The Department of Defense is searching from some Marvins of the sky, that is, depressed robots, depressed robots willing to kill themselves.  Ok, so we’re really just talking about suicide drones, and the Department of Defense wants them, and they want them bigly. 
The National Interest Online – In a Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement submitted to the Department of Defense in 2016 (and first reported by Defense One this month), U.S. Special Operations Command put in a request for $24 million in funding for 325 Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems (LMAMS), precision-guided munitions intended to loiter above a battlefield before dive-bombing their targets below. | Get the Full Story

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Joy is a Spark, Literally, and Scientists Can Deliver it to You

PG Newser – If you want to be happy, if that’s all you want, and you don’t care why, and you don’t care how, try new spark joy, though it’s not been officially named spark joy, even though that would be a great name for it.  Researchers that haven’t  been identified in the Discover Magazine article have figured out how to make you happy with just a spark, and there’s video proof to boot.
Discover Magazine – Researchers say they’ve found a remarkably specific means of triggering the electrical fireworks that add up to happiness in our brains. By electrically stimulating a brain region known as the cingulum, scientists created spontaneous laughter and a sense of calm and joy in three different patients. | Get the Full Story

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RightZilla – OAC Pulls Boss Card in Epic Video Slapdown

The American Mirror – Talking about how she tried to overcome her insecurities, she said, “I’m at least trying, and they’re not. And so the power is in the person who’s trying, regardless of the success.“If you’re trying, you’ve got all the power, you’re driving the agenda, you’re doing all this stuff,” Ocasio-Cortez said. | Get the Full Story

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MicroPenis Trap Upsets New Bride, Who Spills the Sausage on Reddit.

PG Newser – One day you wake up to learn that your wife decided to share on the public internets a story about your micropenis.  The story goes like this, you have a micropenis.  This happened   Not only did it happen, but the wife, your new wife, was asking her Reddit friends for advice.  What do you do when your manz has a micropenis and he didn’t tell you ahead of time?  Is he a microtrap?
Mirror UK- She felt he had lied and tricked her, so decided to share the story on Reddit to get some advice.But her husband found the post and is now terrified somebody will work out it’s about him, so is threatening to divorce and sue her. | Get the Full Story