1.11.2022

Georgia, Pig-to-Human Transplant, and the Rival Queens Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

Good morning. It's Tuesday, Jan. 11, and we're covering the college football championship, a breakthrough in organ transplants, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].

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NEED TO KNOW

 

US-Russia Security Talks

US and Russian diplomats met in Geneva yesterday in an attempt to smooth out tensions over a Russian military buildup on the border of Ukraine. Reports say negotiators made little to no progress. The US and Western allies fear that Moscow plans to invade Ukraine, but Moscow insists it won’t and that its military gathering is in response to threats to its own security. 

 

Moscow wants NATO to pull out forces from former Soviet nations, halt eastward expansion, and block Ukraine from joining the alliance (see 101). The latter two are nonstarters for the US, which says the requests go against NATO’s open-door membership policy. The Biden administration has threatened sanctions against financial institutions, among other measures ($$, NYT), if Russia attacks Ukraine and further violates its sovereignty. In 2014, Moscow invaded and annexed Crimea from Ukraine. 

 

Up next, Russia and NATO officials will hold talks in Brussels Wednesday, followed by a meeting in Vienna Thursday with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. 

Georgia Wins Title

No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs beat No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide 33-18 in last night's college football championship, avenging a loss to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference title game in December. It marks the program's first national championship since 1980. 

 

Much of the match was a defensive battle, with Georgia scoring the game's first touchdown late in the third quarter. The two traded scores, with the Bulldogs sealing the win on a 79-yard interception return for a score with less than a minute to go. Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett—a former walk-on—was named the game's offensive MVP, throwing for 224 yards and two touchdowns. The win snaps a seven-game losing streak against Alabama for coach Kirby Smart, a protégé of Alabama coach Nick Saban. 

 

Watch highlights here.

Pig-to-Human Heart Transplant

In a medical milestone, doctors at the University of Maryland announced yesterday the successful transplant of a genetically modified pig heart into a human. The patient, 57-year-old Dave Bennett, has lived for four days following the surgery and is being weaned off a respiratory machine. 

 

The procedure is the culmination of decades of research and marks a critical advance in lessening the reliance on human organ transplants. The donor heart came from a 1-year-old pig that had been genetically modified to decrease the likelihood Bennett's body would reject it. More than 100,000 Americans are on organ transplant lists, and 6,000 patients die each year while waiting.

 

The success follows two surgeries in which pig kidneys were successfully transplanted to human hosts—however, the procedures were demonstrations involving clinically brain-dead patients. Read more about xenotransplantation here.

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UNWIND YOUR MIND

 

The new year is upon us, and after a well-earned two weeks off for the holidays, we've had some trouble focusing. But we're in luck—when it was time to write this piece for Apollo, we didn't stare at a blank screen for hours or mindlessly switch between tabs. Instead, we just set our very own Apollo device to "Clear and Focused" mode and started writing.

 

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IN THE KNOW

 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> World No. 1 Novak Djokovic's visa reinstated by Australian judge; the tennis star will attempt to defend his title at the Australian Open next week as government mulls canceling visa a second time (More

 

> Robert Durst, real estate heir recently sentenced to life in prison for 2000 murder of journalist Susan Berman, dies in prison at 78 (More)

 

> Buckingham Palace announces plans for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee celebrating 70 years on the throne (More) | Yale and Georgetown among 16 universities sued for alleged collusion in calculating student financial aid (More)

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Science & Technology

> Near-complete ichthyosaur fossil uncovered at British nature reserve; 32-foot-long specimen dates to 180 million years ago, hailed as one of the country's greatest fossil discoveries (More)

 

> Analysis suggests US greenhouse gas emissions rose 6.2% year-over-year in 2021, but still remain 5% lower than 2019 levels (More)

 

> Memories may be stored in the links between brain cells, study suggests; research finds the learning processes spur synapse growth in some brain regions, disappearance in other regions (More)

Business & Markets

> Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida to resign Friday following questions around stock trades he made at the pandemic onset (More) | Treasury Department warns staff shortages are creating large backlog for tax returns (More)

 

> Video game giant Take-Two Interactive to buy mobile gaming company Zynga for $12.7B (More)

 

> Car-sharing startup Turo files publicly for an initial public offering; company saw $330M revenues in first nine months of 2021, is unprofitable, and has raised over $500M from private investors (More)

Politics & World Affairs

> Death toll in Bronx high-rise fire at 17 victims, including eight children; blaze was the deadliest in New York City in more than three decades (More)

 

> Chicago Public Schools to reopen tomorrow as city and teachers' union reach deal on COVID-19 protocols in classrooms (More) | See current US COVID-19 stats (More)

 

> European Parliament President David Sassoli passes away at age 65 (More) | Kazakhstan names new prime minister following widespread protests; more than 10,000 people reportedly detained over the past week (More)

IN-DEPTH

 

The Rise of the Celebrity Instructor

The Ringer | Jacqueline KantorOne enduring change of the post-pandemic fitness industry appears to be the rise of celebrity instructors and the relationships they build with their communities of at-home exercise enthusiasts. (Read)

The Rival Queens

Smithsonian | Shelley Puhak. The true story of the medieval Queen Brunhild and her burning rivalry with her sister-in-law, Queen Fredegund. (Read)

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ETCETERA

 

What experts see coming in 2022.

 

Americans are reading fewer books.

 

The National Zoo's panda cub frolics in the snow.

 

Meet Ameca, the humanoid robot. (via YouTube)

 

The fantasy-like beauty of the Faroe Islands.

 

Pilot rescued from downed plane seconds before an oncoming train. (w/video)

 

World faces growing potato shortage.

 

Escaped ostrich herd stampedes through Chinese city.

 

Clickbait: Why you should never film a commercial on ice.

 

Historybook: Alexander Hamilton born (1755 or 1757); Grand Canyon becomes a national monument (1908); First use of insulin to treat diabetes in humans (1922); HBD Mary J. Blige (1971); RIP Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first two people to reach the summit of Mount Everest (2008).

 

"You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things—to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals."

- Sir Edmund Hillary

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