3.10.2022

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Good morning. It's Thursday, March 10, and we're covering the siege of a Ukrainian port city, the discovery of a legendary ship, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].

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Mariupol Under Siege

Three people were killed and at least 17 people injured after a Russian airstrike reportedly hit a maternity hospital in the southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol yesterday. Officials say the situation in the city has grown increasingly dire under continuous shelling, with an estimated 1,170 people killed and residents cut off from power, water, and food supplies. See photos from the strike's aftermath here (warning—sensitive content). 

 

The developments came as the war hit the two-week mark. Officials say Ukrainian resistance continues to stall Russian advances in the north, while Russian forces control at least three major southern cities. More than 2.1 million refugees have fled to neighboring countries to the west. See updates here.

 

Separately, the Pentagon nixed a plan that would deliver Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets from Poland to Ukraine in exchange for US-made F-16s. Officials said the deal, which includes an intermediate stop at a US base in Germany, may be construed as NATO entering the conflict against Russia. 

 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy remains on the ground in the capital of Kyiv, toward which Russian forces continue to inch forward. See an up-to-date map of the invasion here.

An Antarctic Discovery

The lost ship, Endurance, belonging to famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, was located yesterday more than 100 years after it sank off the Antarctic coast. The sunken ship was located nearly 10,000 feet below the surface of the Weddell Sea, about 4 miles south of its last recorded location. Researchers said the ship appears to be in remarkably good condition (see photos).

 

The ship sank in November 1915 during the explorer’s failed expedition to complete the first South Pole land crossing. The ship became trapped in a rapidly closing ice pack, forcing the 28-member crew to abandon the ship. All the men survived—read the full story here.

 

The research team set off from Cape Town last month employing drones, hybrid underwater search vehicles, and other tools in freezing temperatures to locate the ship. The expedition also completed climate change studies, including weather conditions, ice measurements, and more. National Geographic documented the discovery to air later this year.

Pig Heart Recipient Dies

The first person to receive a genetically modified pig heart has died, two months after doctors at the University of Maryland first performed the experimental operation. The patient, 57-year-old David Bennett, died Tuesday after his condition began to deteriorate several days earlier. The exact cause of death has not been revealed, doctors said—it is unclear whether his body rejected the transplant. Physicians plan to evaluate Bennett and publish their findings.

 

Bennett's death illustrates the challenges of animal-to-human transplants, known as xenotransplantation (see 101), which is meant to lessen the reliance on human organ transplants. The donor heart had come from a 1-year-old pig, genetically altered to decrease the likelihood of rejection from Bennett’s body. More than 100,000 Americans are on organ transplant lists, and 6,000 patients die each year while waiting.

Still, Bennett's two-month-long survival post-transplant is a step forward; the last milestone was in 1984 when a dying California infant lived 21 days with a baboon’s heart.

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> American Sydney Peterson's second medal in cross-country skiing highlights Day Five for Team USA at Paralympics (More) | China maintains large lead in medal count (More)

 

> Indie film studio A24 pulls in $225M investment, valuing the studio behind "Moonlight" and "Uncut Gems" at $2.5B (More) | "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler falsely accused of robbing Bank of America in January (More)

 

> MLB Opening Day postponed until at least April 14 as negotiations stall between league and players' union; first four series of season now canceled (More)

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Science & Technology

> Ultra-high resolution microscope allows scientists to pinpoint the coronavirus replication process inside a single cell (More) | New US COVID-19 cases fall below 40,000 per day; nationwide test positivity at 3.3%, down from nearly 30% in mid-January (More)

 

> Google's DeepMind helps predict missing inscriptions on ancient Greek tablets, along with suggestions for date and location of origin; current predictions are 60% to 70% accurate (More)

 

> LimeWire, a once-popular peer-to-peer file sharing platform shuttered in 2010 for facilitating music piracy, to relaunch as an NFT marketplace (More) | What are NFTs or nonfungible tokens? (Watch)

Business & Markets

> US stock markets up (S&P 500 +2.6%, Dow +2.0%, Nasdaq +3.6%); S&P 500 posts best day since June 2020 (More) | Bitcoin surges near 10% after President Joe Biden signs executive order instructing government agencies to develop framework for regulating cryptocurrencies (More)

 

> Shares of Amazon rise 7% in after-hours trading after announcing 20:1 stock split (More)

 

> Some 4.3 million Americans voluntarily left their jobs in January; job openings of 11.3 million down slightly from December record, per the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report (More) | Baking entrepreneur Charles Entenmann dies at 92 (More)

Politics & World Affairs

> Congressional negotiators reach a deal on $1.5T omnibus spending package for FY22, including $14B for aid to Ukraine; federal funding expires midnight Friday (More) | Other highlights (More)

 

> Venezuela releases two Americans from jail following talks with US officials; analysts say Venezuela may attempt to win favor as the US looks to replace Russian oil imports (More)

 

> South Korean opposition candidate Yoon Suk-yeol elected president; returns conservative party to power, replacing outgoing President Moon Jae-in (More)

IN-DEPTH

 

The Last Party on Lombard Street

SFGATE | Andrew Chamings. The tale of terrifying events that happened at a mansion at the bottom of Lombard Street in San Francisco. It all started with a cocktail party in the 1960s and ended with a still-unsolved death. (Read)

The One-Legged Snowboarder

GQ | John Rosengren. How Paralympic snowboarder Mike Schultz built a high-tech artificial limb for action sport athletes after a grim accident on the slopes left him without a leg. (Read)

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