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Today in History

Pope Paul III bans the enslavement of Indians in the New World.
The Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to allow British soldiers into their houses, is reenacted.
Maximilien Robespierre, a member of France’s Committee on Public Safety, initiates the “Reign of Terror.”
The British army defeats the Maratha alliance in Bombay, India.
French forces cross the Ticino River.
At Galveston, Texas, Confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith surrenders the Trans-Mississippi Department to Union forces.
The first baseball game under electric lights is played in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Grover Cleveland becomes the first American president to wed while in office.
Charles Stewart Rolls, one of the founders of Rolls-Royce, becomes the first man to fly an airplane nonstop across the English Channel both ways. Tragically, he becomes Britain’s first aircraft fatality the following month when his biplane breaks up in midair.
The United States grants full citizenship to American Indians.
Nationalist Chiang Kai-shek captures Peking, China, in a bloodless takeover.
The American aircraft carriers Enterprise, Hornet and Yorktown move into their battle positions for the Battle of Midway.
Allied “shuttle bombing” of Germany begins, with bombers departing from Italy and landing in the Soviet Union.
Italian citizens vote by referendum for a republic.
Jamaican-born track star Herb McKenley sets a new world record for the 400 yard dash.
Elizabeth II is crowned queen of England at Westminster Abbey.
Senator Joseph McCarthy charges that there are communists working in the CIA and atomic weapons plants.
The Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne slices the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in half off the shore of South Vietnam.

The 20th-century War on Women's Swimwear

In the 19th century, train travel and then the automobile enabled people to take trips to the beach. But while men stripped down to their body-hugging swimwear and went right in, women were supposed to cover up their forms, even in the water. Elaborates costumes were designed for beachwear that were barely less than a woman would wear on city streets. That wasn't good for swimming, or even staying afloat. But some woman pushed the boundaries, and gradually styles changed. See a timeline of photographs of women's swimwear as it evolved over the last hundred or so years at The Week.

What Goth Culture Looks Like Around The World

The goth subculture may have began in the US and UK but nowadays there are goth kids in practically every corner of the world, with each group adding their own cultural spin on the standard goth styles.

In Brazil the goth subculture is thriving in night clubs, and the attire is understandably cooler and less formal.
Canadian goths are big on Steampunk, which makes sense since their climate is suited to heavy fabrics and layering.
Cuba has a small but slowly growing goth scene, and some Cuban goths seem to be going all out with their looks.
Many of the goths in France sport a romantic Victorian Vampire look, which makes sense considering Paris is home to one of the oldest goth scenes in Europe. Meanwhile, Kenya is home to one of the youngest goth scenes, and in Kenya goths smolder in their studded leather.

Black Lives Matter wins global peace prize

The Black Lives Matter social justice movement has been recognized with a global peace prize that in the past has highlighted the work of South African civil rights activist Desmond Tutu, renowned philosopher Noam Chomsky and former Irish President Mary Robinson.
The Sydney Peace Foundation announced last week it was giving Black Lives Matter its 2017 peace prize during a ceremony scheduled in November for Sydney.

New York City law gives fast-food workers scheduling rights

New York on Tuesday became the third and largest major U.S. city to guarantee a measure of scheduling smoothness to fast food workers, whose lives are often disrupted by last-minute changes based on their employers’ manpower needs.
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a package of bills that the city estimates will cover some 65,000 fast food workers. A key component of the package is a requirement that fast food restaurants schedule their workers at least two weeks in advance or pay extra for shift changes.
“Predictable schedules and predictable paychecks should be a right, not a privilege,” de Blasio said before signing the legislation into law. “With these bills, we are continuing to build a fairer and more equitable city for all New Yorkers.”

Artist Installs Pug Peeing Statue Next to Fearless Girl Statue

Remember when the creator of the Wall Street bull threatened to sue the city of New York and the creators of the Fearles Girl statue because he thought it made his artwork look bad? Well today artist Alex Gardega made a strong point about how one artwork can affect another by installing a peeing dog statue beside the Fearless Girl.
Unsurprisingly, critics complained that his work was sexist, but Gardega defended his work as a critique of the corporate sponsor that was responsible for putting up the Fearless Girl statue (yes, she wasn't made by a pro-woman artist, but as an advertisement by Wall Street corporation State Street).
"I decided to build this dog and make it crappy to downgrade the statue, exactly how the girl is a downgrade on the bull," he added.
Gardega took down the statue less than a day after putting it up, noting that he didn't even bolt it to the ground and that viewers damaged the dog's leg. He says he intends to put it back up after repairing it and that he eventually plans to sell it on his website for $10.
You can read more about the dog statue on Gothamist and Refinery 29

Grey matter changes depending on your age and sex

A new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience claims to have overturned an old belief regarding how our brains change as we develop, and may have solved the question of why female brains work just as well as male brains despite being smaller in size. Grey matter density in the brain increases during adolescence, though it was previously thought to decrease. And although female brains are smaller than males, they have denser grey matter for their size, the research found.

Dreaming and Brain Disorders

Although we don’t remember a majority of our dreams, we all experience them usually every night. While some dreams are normal and sometimes even fairytale-like, others can seem like never ending nightmares. But for people with sleep behavior disorders, nightmares can be even more intense - both physically and mentally. Some disorders may even be an early warning sign for certain brain conditions, according to new research.
All humans, as well as other mammals and birds, experience a stage of sleeping known as rapid eye movement sleep (REM). As the name suggests, your eyes move in a quick, random motion. During this stage some people suffer from REM sleep disorder, which leads them to act out their dreams through talking, shouting, hitting and other physical motions, according to the National Sleep Foundation. The research discovered that about 80 percent of people who suffer from a REM disorder will go on to develop a neurodegenerative disorder, such as Parkinson's.

The world's first commercial CO2 capture plant just went live

A Swiss company is set to become the world’s first to commercially remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere and turn it into a useful product.
Climeworks, which will begin operations at a facility near Zurich, Switzerland, plans to compress the CO2 it captures and use it as fertilizer to grow crops in greenhouses. The company wants to dramatically scale its technology over the next decade, and its long-term goal is to capture 1 percent of global annual carbon dioxide emissions by 2025.

We Know for Sure That Bread Is Unhealthy

Scientists are working on a 'vaccine' to stop the spread of fake news

Psychologists have long known that the brain is able to deduce the differences between what is true and what might not be true. Yale professor Dan Kahan called it identity-protective cognition, noting that we intuitively reject facts that contradict our own values. So, scientists are searching for a way to inoculate against it

Economist Shows That Single-Payer Health Care in California Would Protect Business and Save the Public Money

Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht loses bid to void conviction, life sentence

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the conviction and life sentence of Ross Ulbricht, the accused mastermind behind the Silk Road online black market for illegal drugs.
By a 3-0 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York rejected Ulbricht’s claims that his trial judge deprived him of a fair trial, in part by preventing him from introducing evidence of “corrupt” activity by two federal agents.
It also rejected Ulbricht’s claim that the sentence was too long, citing the “staggering” $183 million of illegal drugs sold on Silk Road from 2011 to 2013, and a lower court’s finding it more likely than not that Ulbricht arranged at least five attempted murders for hire to protect Silk Road’s anonymity.
“That he was able to distance himself from the actual violence he paid for by using a computer to order the killings is not mitigating,” Circuit Judge Gerard Lynch wrote in a 139-page decision. “Indeed, the cruelty that he displayed in his casual and confident negotiations for the hits is unnerving.”

Two Guys Tried To Rob A McDonald's Restaurant Full Of Special Forces Officers

Anybody who commits an armed robbery is either desperate, strung out or crazy, or a combination of the three, so they're usually not thinking straight when they move in with their guns drawn.But the two men who tried to rob a McDonald's restaurant in Besançon, France had their head on straighter than most, and they would have walked away with over $2k from the till had luck been on their side.
But, unbeknownst to them as they fired warning shots into the air and took the till for all it had, 11 of the 40 people in the restaurant were French special forces officers, from the "Groupe d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale, or GIGN - the Gallic equivalent of the SAS".
Needless to say these special forces officers weren't about to let those two punks get away with their brazen crime, so they waited for their chance to spring into action:
Edwige Roux-Morizot, the local prosecutor, said: “During the hold-up, the gendarmes didn’t do anything. It was out of the question to use their weapons, as this would have created difficulties and could have placed many people’s lives in danger.”
The highly trained and battle-hardened officers were able to pounce on the first of the two robbers when he tripped on his way of the outlet without firing a shot.
However, they were forced to shoot the other in the abdomen when he pointed a gun at them as he sought to make his getaway with the cash, ignoring their orders to drop his weapon.
The two robbers, both in their early 20s and from the local Mombéliard area, were taken to Besancon hospital for treatment.

Armed Dumbass Trump Sycophant Arrested

A Dumbass Trump sycophant was arrested early Wednesday at the Dumbass Trump International Hotel on weapons charges after police found an assault-style weapon and ammunition in his vehicle.

Time to put up or shut up about UFOs

On 60 Minutes Bigelow Aerospace president Robert Bigelow said “there has been and is an existing presence, an ET presence” on or around Earth. “I’m absolutely convinced. That’s all there is to it,” Bigelow told Lara Logan.

NASA is testing solar panels that unfurl like Fruit Roll-Ups in space

A fresh batch of supplies and science experiments are slated to launch to the International Space Station. One of the experiments tucked inside the trunk of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule will be ROSA, a new type of solar array that will be tested in space for the first time.
ROSA stands for Roll-Out Solar Array. It’s a new way of deploying solar arrays in space. Satellites and spacecraft typically unfold their solar panels like an accordion. But ROSA’s solar panels stretch out on a boom and then unroll themselves in a way that’s been compared to a tape measure or a party favor. Because it's more compact, ROSA's creators at the Air Force Research Laboratory think it could make spacecraft smaller and therefore cheaper.

Beyond the Event Horizon

It is common understanding that all black holes have event horizons — the point beyond which nothing, not even light, can escape the gravitational pull exerted by the densest known objects in the universe. But not all theorists agree that such a phenomenon — the event horizon — exists; they argue instead for something far stranger that is based on modifications made to Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.
According to the widely accepted theory of black holes, based on Einstein’s relativity theory, black holes, including their supermassive variants, form when a star with a mass approximately great than 20 suns, collapses onto itself after running out of energy to support itself. The resulting dense concentration of matter has gravity so strong that it accretes everything that comes within its gravitational sphere, growing in mass all the time. Since everything includes light, a black hole is not directly visible, earning it its name. The concept of event horizons, while accepted by a large number of people, has not yet been proven, however.

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