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Good morning! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I just realized I have a potential spy hiding in my cleaning closet — and you might too. Would the world’s most paw-werful presidential pets be able to sniff out these threats? Meet them today, learn why green is the new color of protest and buy yourself time this Black Friday — literally. Read to the end for the answer to Tuesday’s question.
They’d like another shot. Share prices in Astra Zeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine dropped after experts questioned the company’s reports and researchers scheduled a whole new global trial. Turns out that the original claim to be 70 percent effective meant 62 percent in major trials and 90 percent in a small test in the U.K. where everyone was given a lower dose — initially by accident. Also not helping: North Korea, which Seoul says it caught trying to hack companies developing vaccines in South Korea. (Sources: Guardian, Al Jazeera)
2. Concession Stand
President Donald Trump confirmed to reporters yesterday that he’ll leave office after the electoral college certifies President-elect Joe Biden’s win — but he repeatedly denied Biden’s victory, questioning his vote total and alleging massive fraud. To a reporter who pushed back, he said, “Don’t talk to me that way. You’re just a lightweight.” (Source: NPR)
3. Legend Gone
Not a lightweight: Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer legend who died of a heart attack Wednesday at age 60. Though the funeral was small, massive crowds lined the streets of Buenos Aires to say goodbye. Would you risk a crowd to bid farewell to your favorite sports star? Vote on Twitter. (Source: BBC)
4. Glug Glug
This won’t go over well Down Under. In a move that’s likely more about an ongoing diplomatic spat than about tannins, China has levied tariffs of up to 212 percent on Australian wine. Almost 40 percent of Australia’s wine market is sold to China, and importers are expected to turn elsewhere rather than pay the import fees. (Source: Reuters)
It’s fine to change your colors. The Fritillaria delavayi, historically a green flower that grows on the rocky Hengduan mountains in southwestern China, is increasingly being plucked for traditional medicine. So it has developed a stunning defense through rapid evolution: turning gray to camouflage itself in the mountain rocks.
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President-elect Joe Biden’s canines, Major and Champ, will move into the White House with him. When their boss goes toe to toe with world leaders, can they go nose to nose with these other famous first dogs?
Empathy isn’t a word you normally associate with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Yume, his Akita, brings it out. One bark and she has Putin smiling and pulling treats out of his pocket. Just ask the Japanese journalists who received an earful from Yume in 2016, before Putin calmed her down. “You were right to take caution,” he later told them. “Yume is a no-nonsense dog.” Like her master, who was once accused of using hisblack Labrador Koni to scare German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
From election interference to attempts at stealing vaccine secrets, spies have had a busy year. But the latest tools of espionage often don’t need tuxedo-wearing killing machines like James Bond. Sophisticated, hidden tech can do it just as well.
They can wipe out your privacy too. Scientists at the University of Maryland showed this month that modern robotic vacuum cleaners that use the popular lidar — light detection and ranging — technology can store private conversations they overhear. Lidar uses lasers to measure distances and is gaining traction in augmented reality apps and driverless cars. What you say in the car might not stay in the car.
It seemed like an innocuous service, offering to help create more space on your phone for you to store photos and videos. But it was a disguised Egyptian surveillance app — uncovered last year — that was used by the country’s authoritarian regime to spy on political opponents and journalists.
OK, enough with the scary stuff. If you’ve been watching season 2 of The Carlos Watson Show, you might have noticed Carlos’ stunning new green chair. While I’m green with envy, there’s plenty else that the color denotes that you probably didn’t know.
In the West, rising stocks are represented by the color green and red is used to symbolize a fall. Cross over to China, the world’s second-largest economy, and the color coding flips. There, red is auspiciousand is used to denote rising stocks, with green the color of decline.
2. Get Noticed
It sits in the middle of the visible spectrum of light, making it the easiest color to see. The human eye can also distinguish most easily between different shades of green — a part of the reason night vision goggles are tinted with that color.
3. No Hanky Panky
Green handkerchiefs stand in the way. They’ve emerged as the symbol of the women’s resistance movement in Latin America and the Caribbean in recent years, from Peru to Argentina and beyond. The color symbolizes health. And now, protest.
Storeless Black Fridays
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This one’s for cat people — just in case my fascination with Dylan and Lennu made you believe I have a pet prejudice. It’s a tongue extension with bristles that lets you lick your cat. What a purrfect experience, right?
On Tuesday we asked you to match poems to lesser-known verse styles. Here’s the answer!
“Sometimes, I’d rather start …” — Luc Bat
“Sweetest sun so soon is setting …” — Daina
Eunice, Kelly P. and Patricia P., you got it right!
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