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Fearless Girl to Leave Path of Charging Bull, Supplant It


April 19, 2018 Fearless Girl, Charging Bull
Fearless Girl will no longer face down the Charging Bull. The New York City statue of a girl was installed in honor of International Women's Day in 2017, and was intended to promote the idea of more women on the boards of large, publicly traded companies, like the ones doing business on the stock exchange. As the statues stand now, Fearless Girl appears to be not all worried, even defiant, in the path of Charging Bull. The two statues are at the moment in Bowling Green Park, on Broadway. The bull statue made its debut in December 1989, in front of the New York Stock Exchange, as a symbol of the strength of the city's financial district, commonly known as Wall Street. The Stock Exchange, however, had the statue moved to its present location, two blocks to the south. Fearless Girl will have a new home: the next target of her defiant stance and demeanor is the Stock Exchange itself (with the approval of the exchange and the city government).

Got 5 Minutes? Punch a Button and Read a Short Story
April 16, 2018
Short Edition kiosk in actionShort story kiosks are finding a market in the U.S., three years after their launch in France. The company is Short Edition, and the idea is that a person can punch a button on a dispenser and receive a printout of a short story, designed to be read in one, three, or five minutes. The user determines the length-by-duration and the genre of story by pushing the relevant buttons. The user pays nothing, and the paper is eco-friendly.

Kentucky Lawmakers Override Governor's Funding Vetoes
April 15, 2018
In a win for the state's teachers, the Kentucky legislature has voted to override the state's governor's vetoes of bills sent to him for approval. Gov. Matt Bevin had vetoed a state budget and tax increase that were both approved by both the Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate, saying that they lacked fiscal responsibility, while also signing a bill that amounted to cutting pensions for first-time teachers. In response to the announcement of the pension reform bill, Kentucky teachers by the thousands descended on the statehouse in Frankfurt to air their concerns. The crowds grew larger after the governor's vetoes. The legislature convened for the last two days of its term in the shadow of the thousands-strong protest and voted to override the governor's veto.

Hoard Linked to King Bluetooth
April 16, 2018
Bluetooth hoardA chance discovery by a pair of amateur archaeologists could be associated with Denmark's famed King Harald Bluetooth, experts said. The pair, 13-year-old Luca Malaschnitschenko and René Schön, were using metal detectors to scan a field on the Baltic Sea island of Rügen in January when they found a silver coin. Taking their find to experts resulted in a team dig of 4,300 square feet, and among the trove found buried were brooches, coins, braided necklaces, rings, and a Thor's hammer. The field is in Schaprode, a German municipality in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which is also known as Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. Not far from Schaprode is the island of Hiddensee, site of a 19th-Century discovery of a hoard of gold from the reign of Bluetooth, whose real name was Harald Gormsson, also known as Harald Blåtand.

Public Viewing for 1906 SF Quake Found Footage
April 15, 2018 SF quake found footage
Newly discovered footage of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake has seen the light of day in a public forum for the first time. For three successive nights, more than 120 people crammed into a small theater at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont, Calif., to watch nine minutes of silent footage of one of America's most devastating natural disasters. The film, taken by the well-known Miles Brothers just after the April 1906 quake and fire, shows up-close the devastated city. The filmmakers had completed another film, A trip down Market Street before the fire, just four days before the devastation occurred. For the first time, the public was able to see the before-and-after moving images that until now had been available only in still photographs.

Target Set for Cuts in Shipping Emissions
April 15, 2018
The world's shipping industry has committed to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions, for the first time ever. The target is a 50-percent reduction by 2050 of levels observed in 2008. Officials for the 173-member International Maritime Organization (IMO) made the announcement after weeklong talks in London. According to the IMO, shipping across the globe generates emissions that would rank it as the world's sixth-largest emitter if placed in a list of nations. A new study found that if shipping emissions were not reduced, they would amount to 15 percent of the total amount by 2050.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Scientists Find Super Plastic-eating Enzyme by Accident
April 17, 2018 Plastic bottle
Scientists from the U.K. and the U.S. have accidentally developed an enzyme that seems to "eat" plastic relatively quickly. The scientists were investigating an enzyme discovered by Japanese scientists in 2016 that breaks down the molecular bonds of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, which is now used in millions of tons of plastic bottles every year. In the new research, the U.K. and U.S. scientists were studying the structure of the microbe that the Japanese scientists found and, in the process, created another enzyme, called PETase, that is even better at consuming plastic. They observed a breakdown in just a few days. PET degrades naturally in about 450 years.

Plastic Pollution Target for Earth Day
April 17, 2018
The Earth Day Network is targeting plastic pollution to mark Earth Day 2018. The organization, which has more than 50,000 partners in 195 countries, has action plans for individuals, educators, and other organizations. It's all part of efforts to eliminate single-use plastics. Among the challenges for individuals is a calculation of how much disposable plastic they use in a year. The Earth Day Network (EDN) has developed an online calculator for that.

Earth Day
Every April 22 is Earth Day in the United States. On this day, the focus is the planet itself and how to better take care of it. Among the things that Earth Day promoters urge people to do on Earth Day are plant trees, travel without cars for a day, and test their drinking water to make sure it's safe.
 

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The 1906 San Francisco Killer Earthquake

A powerful earthquake that hit Northern California on April 18, 1906, was one of the worst natural disasters in American history, killing about 3,000 people and destroying most of the city of San Francisco. The Richter scale was not in use at the time of this quake, but later estimates put the Richter scale-equivalent at a magnitude of 7.8. Decades of minor quakes led up to the huge earthquake, which occurred at 5:12 a.m. along the San Andreas Fault and lasted about a minute. The epicenter is thought to have been near Daly City, just south of San Francisco proper. Shaking of varying varieties was reported as far south as Los Angeles and well eastward into Nevada. The shaking uprooted trees and buildings, displaced railroad tracks, downed power lines, broke gas lines and water mains, and created huge amounts of rubble all over the city. In all, about 80 percent of the buildings fell. The huge amount of initial shaking resulted in nearly 400 deaths straight away. A much more deadly consequence of the earthquake, however, was a series of fires that devastated the city and resulted in the majority of the fatalities. Of the city’s pre-quake population of 400,000, more than half that were left homeless.

Lexington-Concord
The two major skirmishes that signalled the beginning of the Revolutionary War took place on April 19, 1775. It began with the famous "Shot Heard 'Round the World" and ended with a lesson in the importance of having the high ground. The result was a small lesson that would turn into a larger refrain, that the British occupation of the Eastern Seaboard was about to find its days numbered.


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WHO WAS THIS?


She was one of the guiding lights in New Zealand's first-in-the-world granting of women the right to vote in national elections. She has a street named after near the country's Parliament in Wellington and monuments dedicated to her elsewhere in the country. She is on the country's $10 bill. Who was she?

 


 

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