10 in 2 - Week of June 12th - An Amputated Flatworm Fragment

10 news stories from the week that think are important, interesting, or crazy, provided in about 2 minutes with links to the full stories found on our website.

 

...so here we go:

 

  1. This week a judge ruled that the environmental survey approving the Dakota Access Pipeline was inadequate: In what’s being hailed a ‘significant victory’ for the pipeline’s opponents, a judge said he would consider whether operations must halt until assessment is redone. (Earth Justice)

  2. New York City will spend over $100 million on green rooftops and tree planting in an attempt to combat extreme heat in the city. Mayor de Blasio said “This is a question of equity; hotter summers, exacerbated by climate change, are a threat that falls disproportionately on communities of color and the elderly." (Gothamist)

  3. The ongoing water crisis in Flint has led to some manslaughter charges for a few of those involved. This has enormous implications for how environmental justice is served. Let’s all hope that this starts a trend towards holding those in power accountable for negligence in other underserved communities. (Vice)

  4. Brooklyn’s latest craze: making your own electric grid. Using blockchain, the same technology that makes Bitcoin possible, neighbors are buying and selling renewable energy to each other. It’s a very significant step up from cronuts. (Politico)

  5. An Artificial Intelligence developed its own non-human language. When Facebook designed chatbots to negotiate with one another, the bots made up their own way of communicating. (The Atlantic)

  6. A.I. will create more jobs that can’t be filled, not mass unemployment, says Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt. Clearly one of the new jobs it will create will be translating all the non-human communications. (CNBC)

  7. With the news that eCommerce giant Amazon has bought brick and mortar Whole Foods, and that brick and mortar Walmart has bought eCommerce retailer Bonobos, there are some interesting moves happening. The retail giants both want to sell us everything from tater tots to tailored shirts. Whether this is good or bad for the global economy is sure to be an ongoing debate. What is not up for debate, is that kombucha delivered by drone will be delicious. (NYT)

  8. More on the OHMnichannel. Turns out that Yoga and meditation are not just woo woo practice for aging hippies and tech CEO’s. A new study suggests that mindfulness practice can change our DNA in ways that ultimately lowers the risk of inflammation-related diseases and conditions. (NBC News)

  9. The Swedish parliament voted 254 to 41 to adopt the Climate Act, which commits the government to becoming a net-zero carbon emitter by 2045. It was supported by all parties except the far-right Sweden Democrats - the only Swedish party that does not believe in man-made climate change. (DW)

  10. An amputated flatworm fragment sent to space regenerated into a double-headed worm, a rare spontaneous occurrence of double-headedness. The study is considering how living in space could affect the human body at a level we can’t yet see, likely the result of leaving Earth’s electromagnetic field. (Science Friday)



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