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Famous mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has passed away.  She came from Iran and won her first medal in a
mathematics competition in 1994.

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 ... are not just emotional, but biological.  It shortens a child's telomeres.  While death has the biggest impact, divorce or incarceration have similar effects.  Shortened telomeres correlate with shortened lifespan and worsened health.  Now consider that in light of policies from prison to foster care.  Losing a parent is the worst thing that can happen to a child.  If they are not literally in immediate risk of death, everything else does less damage.  That sucks, but it should be used to find other ways of solving family and social problems that do not butcher children's lifespan and health at a cellular level.

No mention was made of mothers.  Likely the effects parallel those of father loss.  I would not be surprised if they are worse.
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 For the first time, a badger has been filmed burying an animal larger than itself.  A cow.  \o/
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While fringe media sites are iffy on details, this article would explain the ~2 hours of domestic violence that is Civil War and how one of the greatest anti-war novels of all time got turned into a pro-war trilogy with rabbits pulling a sled. 

Fortunately we have the internet to provide alternative entertainment with inconvenient truths about what happens to soldiers and the results of systemic corruption.  Tell ALL the stories.
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More studies explore how pesticides kill bees.  In some ways this is complicated, such as how chemicals behave once released into the wild.  But in the most fundamental way, it is very simple: poisons kill things.  No matter how safe people claim a toxin is, it's still a toxin and that tends to cause problems.  Here's another thing that's very simple: bees pollinate about one-third of the human food supply, including almost all the high-value fruits and vegetables. We are fortunate that many staples are wind-pollinated, but let's face it: if the bees die, a great many humans will follow.  So let's hope the idiot humans can learn faster than Coyote and his anus.
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Yes, this can work.  However, like all other forms of brain or mind alteration, it has some irreducible risks.  One of those is that it's always going to hit some unintended targets, because memory is more holographic than discrete.  The other is that it's going to take a fast five minutes for any mindwipe drug to hit the streets,and then you have two very bad problems: 1) people blowing their brains out with it while trying to self-medicate, and 2) people using it to erase someone else's memories.  0_o

This doesn't mean don't create an extremely precious treatment for PTSD.  Just know what you're getting into.
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Michael Bond has passed away.  He created the famous Paddington Bear.  :(  While it wasn't my favorite childhood series, I did read some Paddington and I'm familiar with the character.
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These robots crawl or grasp based on humidity rather than a conventional power source. 
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 ... has older roots than expected.  They were human, or at least hominids, but not Homo sapiens.
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... is proving himself too stupid to be President.  Next article: "The Atlantic Ocean Is Slightly Damp."

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Jun. 3rd, 2017 12:43 am
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Well, that was obviously going to happen: elect a Bigot in Chief, get more bigotry.  You can't get much more explicit about officially endorsing prejudice than the orangutan throwing feces from the Oval Office.

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