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In the olden days, if media portrayals are believed, you were either the smart kid or the cool kid. But truth be told, smart kids are some of the coolest kids. Meet a handful of the world’s teenage Einsteins today, before digging into Greenland’s greatness and the next hipster hubs. The cherry on top? Our favorite cherry dishes and drinks! Read to the end for this week’s caption contest.
Another day, another horror. A gunman shot eight people dead at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis late Thursday night before killing himself, the latest mass shooting to strike America. Multiple people were also injured. (Source: CNN)
2. Shot in the Arm
We might need annual booster shots of COVID-19 vaccine to keep immunity levels up against new variants of the virus, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said Thursday. Different mutations might also explain why Brazil’s fatality rate is twice that of India’s, though both nations are badly hit by infections. Meanwhile, a Rwandan study suggests malaria parasites in Africa are developing resistance to drugs, posing a fresh health challenge. Do you think a majority of people will take annual COVID-19 vaccine shots? Vote here or on Twitter. (Sources: NBC, FT, Bloomberg, Guardian)
3. Teen Trauma
As the officer chasing him yelled out asking Adam Toledo to raise his hands, the 13-year-old stopped and did just that. He was still shot dead. New footage from the killing of the Chicago teen late last month has sparked fresh questions about police violence in the wake of a 20-year-old Black man, Daunte Wright, being shot dead by an officer near Minneapolis. (Sources: WaPo, NPR)
4. Brittle Beijing Boom
Numbers can hide more than they reveal. China on Friday said its economy had grown 18.3 percent over the year’s first quarter compared to the same period in 2020. But that amounts to a meager 0.6 percent expansion from last quarter, pointing to a struggle to revive the economy after the pandemic-fueled recession. (Sources: South China Morning Post, WSJ)
Workers demolishing a Christchurch, New Zealand, cathedral badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake have discovered decades-old time capsules and old coins no longer in use — a reminder that our collective history outlives us.
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An absolute mark of genius is seeing things before others. Only 17, Taylor has developed surgical sutures that change color in the presence of an infection. The invention could especially help millions of women in parts of the developing world where post C-section infection rates can hit 20 percent. Taylor’s hoping to secure a patent and go to Howard University after finishing high school. At a recent presentation, she wore a T-shirt that proclaimed: “There are those who change history and those who will be sad they didn’t try.” Taylor knows which set she wants to belong to — and she might already be on her way.
2. Shreenabh Agrawal
What do you say to a 17-year-old whose work in physics, coding and math has seen him publish two books, 150 scientific articles and a handful of research papers in international journals? Other than, “Slow down, kid! You’re making us look bad.”? We’re not sure, but Agrawal, who unwinds by playing chess, also just won an award from the Indian prime minister. Nah, he’s not slowing down.
3. Adhara Pérez
CallingPérez a “teen” is a stretch. Almost like comparing her to Einstein, since her IQ not only exceeds Einstein’s, but for good measure also Stephen Hawking’s. She was picked on by classmates and ignored by teachers, but finished high school before she was 8 years old. Now the Mexican preteen with Asperger’s syndrome is using her incredible cerebral firepower to pursue two university degrees in systems engineering and industrial engineering in mathematics. Next she’s planning a move to America where she wants to study to be an astronaut. The sky's the limit for her.
Weekend With ‘The Carlos Watson Show’
Meet the trailblazers. Bill Gates talks about the evolving world of public health, will.i.am shares his thoughts on the racial future of robotics and Delaware state Sen. Sarah McBride (the episode releases tomorrow) speaks on the changing face of politics. Don't miss it!
What's Up With Greenland?
The Danish territory voted out its government last week in an election where a rare earth mine was a central factor. With a population of just 56,000 people, it’s emerging as coveted real estate.
1. Proxy War?
China has stakes in the rare earth mine in Greenland’s Kvanefjeld that’s now been stopped. Beijing already mines 70 percent of the world’s rare earth minerals — used in everything from car batteries to DVD players. If developed, the Greenland mine could strengthen Chinese control over the rare earth market. That and the possibility of new shipping routes through a melting Arctic are also drawing the West’s attention. Former U.S. President Donald Trump, of course, famously wanted to buy Greenland. And of the 41 companies primed to exploit the country’s resources, 27 are Australian, Canadian or British. Desperate to avoid becoming a cat’s-paw in this new global Great Game, some in Greenland are pumping the brakes.
2. Múte Bourup Egede
The chief brake-pumper, Egede is chairman of the left-leaning Inuit Ataqatigiit party that won the election and has halted the Kvanefjeld project on environmental grounds. He could be the next prime minister. But the 34-year-old will need to square two competingpulls: a growing movement for independence from Denmark, which his party and its likely allies support, and opposition to the mine that could have generated the economic resources to bolster Greenland’s quest for freedom.
3. Screaming Glacier
It’s the world’s fastest-moving glacier and you can hear it roar as it shifts. How’s that for an experience? Unlike many other glaciers in Greenland, the Jakobshavn Glacier melts some years but actually grows at other times. Fun fact: Experts believe the iceberg that sank the Titanic came from one of Greenland’s fjords. Read more.
New Hipster Haunts
What cities around the world are emerging as the next hipster hubs? You don’t know? Well, that just about says it all.
There’s always an anchor when it comes to hip: Fashion, food, music, art — and sometimes the perfect storm of all four at the same time. But Sham Shui Po’s draw for me would be the food (though the museums are good too). And with a steady influx of “young creatives” (which is code for hipsters), it’s a place to go before everyone else hears that it’s the place to go.
2. Opebi, Lagos
You’re away from the densest crowds of Nigeria’s biggest city, but with clubs, food stalls at every corner, an upbeat vibe and prices that’ll keep it that way. It’s your gateway to a cool Lagos life, with the actual possibility of social distancing thrown in.
3. Kalamaja, Tallinn
Estonia is a global leader in digitizing its economy, with 99 percent of government services online. That’s allowed it to survive the pandemic with less disruption, and makes it a perfect destination for remote working. Head to capital Tallinn and find Kalamaja, a hip neighborhood next to the city center, for a glimpse of the future in a post-COVID-19 world.
This is right about the time you should relax your face and stop acting like you smelled something bad. Cherry salsa is the sh*t. With jalapeño as the sidekick to cherry, this salsa is perfect as a dip or as an accompaniment with meat.
2. Cherry Clafoutis
Part flan, part cake, cherry clafoutis (pronounced klah-foo-tee) dares you to wait for its turn as the dessert. Though you could always eat it before and after dinner.
3. Cherry Dump Cake
If you love the name, you’ll lose your mind over the taste. Almost a cherry crumble, the dump cake is so simple to make it’s almost dummy-proof.
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