3.14.2019

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Bomb Cyclone.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis declared a state of emergency as nearly 74 million people were hit by a so-called "bomb cyclone" that brought whiteout snow conditions, driving rain, and hurricane-force winds to the Central US yesterday. The storm left almost 250,000 without power in Denver alone and forced the cancellation of over 3,000 flights nation-wide. Officially known as explosive cyclogenesis, the weather phenomenon occurs when a rising column of air causes a rapid drop in air pressure near the Earth's surface - which sucks in air from surrounding areas, causing cyclone-like winds. The rising air column also picks up precipitation from the upper atmosphere, adding rain and snow to the mix (see satellite image here). The storm is expected to move into the Upper Great Lakes today. 

See videos and photos from Colorado Springs, which recorded 97 mph wind gusts, equivalent to a category 2 hurricane. 
US Grounds Boeing.
President Trump announced that all Boeing 737 MAX 8 flights will be halted until further notice. The decision follows a deadly Ethiopian Air crash that killed all 157 people on board. While the flight data recorder has not been analyzed, the crash followed the same pattern as a deadly Lion Air crash of the same model plane that killed 189 people off the coast of Indonesia last October. The announcement follows more than 50 countries who also grounded the 737 MAX 8 - Boeing officials continued to maintain the safety of the aircraft in a statement released yesterday. The company's stock dropped over 11% yesterday, while discount Vietnamese carrier VietJet said it was weighing a $25B order of over 200 units of the aircraft. 

The decision will particularly impact Southwest Airlines, which operates 34 MAX 8 planes out of its fleet of over 750 Boeing aircraft.
Manafort Sentenced, Indicted Again.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to an additional 43 months in prison yesterday for conspiracy charges related to his time as a foreign lobbyist. Manafort's case, which originally included over 20 charges prior to a plea deal, was split across two courts - a Virginia judge sentenced Manafort to 47 months last week, bringing the total to over 7 years. The 69-year-old was one of the first individuals swept up in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into potential Russian meddling during the 2016 election, though ultimately none of Manafort's charges were directly related to the Russia probe itself. Making a bad day worse, Manafort was indicted by the Manhattan District Attorney in connection to a mortgage fraud scheme. The New York state charges were announced just minutes after the federal sentencing was completed. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Charlie Whiting, influential Formula 1 race director, dies at 66 (More)
> Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp see major service outages worldwide (More)
> Full House actress Lori Loughlin released on $1M bond following arrest in college admissions cheating scandal (More) | See reactions from her Full House co-stars (More)
Science & Technology.
> New method to assess health of blood platelets, key in blood clotting, can help doctors assess the need for a blood transfusion within minutes (More)
> New Mexico will require all electricity generated to come from renewable sources by 2045; third state to pass such a requirement (More)
> Study says 43% of the estimated 397,000 child cancers cases globally go undiagnosed every year (More)
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> Honda to recall 1M+ cars due to airbag issue (More) | Fiat Chrysler recalls 860k cars due to emissions issues (More) | Volkswagen to slash 7k jobs to invest in electronic vehicles (More)
> Streaming music giant Spotify files antitrust complaint with EU against Apple - claims Apple unfairly drove users to its own music service (More)
> Billionaire activist investor Nelson Peltz takes strategic advisor role at Canadian cannabis producer Aurora Cannabis, shares up 14% (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> Texas politician Beto O'Rourke expected to announce 2020 presidential bid today (More)
> UK lawmakers vote against a "no deal" Brexit under any circumstance, likely requiring the March 29th deadline for the country to leave the European Union to be pushed back (More)
> California Governor Gavin Newsom orders moratorium on capital punishment, may commute all death sentences (More)
In Depth.
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What Google Knows About You.
Axios | Ina Fried. What doesn't it know about you? Depending on your privacy settings, Google likely knows every word you've entered in its search bar and every YouTube video you've ever watched - and that only scratches the surface. The only way to keep your data private may be to stop using Google altogether. (Read)
Where Your Childhood Memories Went.
Nautilus | Ferris Jabr. Most adults don't remember much from their early childhood, and very few remember anything before the age of three and a half. This phenomenon, called childhood amnesia, is part of the natural progression of the human brain, where we must forget in order for the brain to continue to develop. (Read)
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Happy Pi Day

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Ranking the 10 worst technologies of the 21st century

...Speaking of which, Dubai introduces AI-enabled cameras that can measure people's happiness.

California's wildflower superbloom is in full swing (w/ photos). 

Woman captures intimate portraits during her commute using her iPhone

Barking drones are replacing sheep dogs in New Zealand

Vermont town swears in goat as new mayor

Clickbait: Diver accidentally ends up inside a whale
Historybook: Eli Whitney patents cotton gin (1794); Albert Einstein born (1879); HBD record producer Quincy Jones (1933); HBD 4-time Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles (1997); RIP Stephen Hawking (2018). 
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