10.11.2019

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Need To Know
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A Nobel Week
Capping a week of selections, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed earlier this morning, the country's recipient of the prize. Ahmed was honored for his work in ending a two-decade war between neighboring Eritrea and pushing democratic reforms in Ethiopia. Yesterday Austrian author and playwright Peter Handke, who once delivered a eulogy at the funeral of controversial Serbian leader Slobodan Milošević, won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The 2018 prize was belatedly awarded to Polish author and activist Olga Tokarczuk - no literature award was given out last year due to scandals involving gambling and sexual assault allegations. Earlier in the week, the Academy recognized efforts to understand how cells process and respond to oxygen (Nobel Prize in Medicine), the discovery of exoplanets and the study of the cosmic microwave background (Physics), and the development of lithium-ion batteries (Chemistry). See a roundup here

The Nobel Prize in Economics will be announced Monday. 
Giuliani Associates Arrested
Two foreign nationals with ties to President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani were arrested late Wednesday for alleged interference in US politics on behalf of foreign officials. Federal prosecutors say the pair, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, used a shell company to funnel money from Ukrainian and Russian sources to support US political efforts and influence US-Ukraine relations, a violation of federal campaign finance laws. The spending included lobbying to remove the US ambassador to Ukraine and a donation of at least $325K to pro-Trump super PAC America First Action. Separate from the charges, Parnas and Fruman were also said to have connected Giuliani with various Ukrainian officials in pursuit of corruption rumors around former Vice President Joe Biden. The two were taken into custody while waiting on an international flight to Germany, one day before they were scheduled to testify to House lawmakers.
Iran Tanker Attack
An Iranian oil tanker was hit by two missiles while traveling through the Red Sea near the coast of Saudi Arabia, officials said yesterday. The incident is the latest in a series of back-and-forth attacks between Iran, Saudi Arabia, and their proxy groups in the region that began earlier this summer. Tensions escalated beginning in June when Iran shot down a US military drone which may have entered its airspace, followed by Iran-led drone attacks on ships traveling through the Strait of Hormuz, and the holding of Iranian and British oil tankers. Most recently, one of Saudi Arabia's major oil processing facilities was hit by a string of missiles, alleged to be coordinated by Iran, causing the country's oil production to temporarily drop by 50%. Oil prices were down 2% on the latest news.

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The Missing Middle on Campus
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Can a Machine Write for the New Yorker?
New Yorker | John Seabrook. Predictive text used to be simply a convenient tool, something to save time when composing a text or email. With advances in AI, what happens when the algorithm becomes more thoughtful than the writer? (Read)
The Missing Cryptoqueen
BBC Sounds | Jamie Bartlett. We're hooked on this podcast exploring how one scammer made off with close to $4B in the early days of the crypto craze. (Read)
 
 
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