3.4.2022

Ukraine Talks, Space Trash, and Ghosts in the Desert Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

Good morning. It's Friday, March 4, and we're covering the eighth day of war in Ukraine, a collision on the moon's surface, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].

NEED TO KNOW

 

Corridors in Ukraine 

Russian and Ukrainian negotiators agreed yesterday to open humanitarian corridors for those wishing to evacuate from Ukraine amid Russia's ongoing invasion of the country. The tentative agreement came on the war's eighth day, as Russia continued to intensify shelling of the country's largest cities. 

 

According to reports, Russia's advance in the north, in particular a 40-mile-long convoy outside the capital of Kyiv, has been significantly slowed. In the south, the strategic port city of Kherson has been captured, with Russian forces reportedly heading toward the city of Odessa. Analysts note the capture of southern cities would deprive Ukraine of access to the Black Sea, a vital passageway for incoming arms and exports. See map updates here.

 

Overnight, a Russian attack ignited a fire at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. Officials said a fire that broke out was in a building separate from the reactor, and no radiation had been released as of this morning.

 

See photos from the front lines here.

Lunar Impact

A large chunk of space debris is expected to make impact on the moon sometime today, according to astronomers. It marks the first time a human-made object will unintentionally crash onto the lunar surface. Believed to be the remains of a Chinese rocket launched in 2014, the three-ton piece of scrap is expected to create a crater up to 66 feet wide.

 

Experts estimate there are roughly 20,000 pieces of defunct human-generated space debris orbiting the Earth large enough to be tracked (see 101), along with millions of pieces less than an inch in size. Most pieces travel at speeds exceeding 15,000 miles per hour, making them difficult to capture and remove from orbit.

 

The event highlights the difficulty in tracking and predicting the trajectory of space debris—an issue that poses a potential risk for NASA's upcoming Artemis mission, which aims to establish a long-term human presence on the moon. 

Acquittal in Louisville

Former Louisville, Kentucky, police officer Brett Hankison was found not guilty yesterday on charges of wanton endangerment for his role in the raid that led to the death of Breonna Taylor in March 2020. Hankison was charged after firing 10 shots into Taylor's apartment, three of which entered a neighboring unit.

 

Taylor was killed during a midnight no-knock raid on her apartment. Though her name and residence were on the warrant (case fact-check), she was considered a soft target, with police having located the prime suspect. Taylor was shot multiple times when her boyfriend exchanged gunfire with officers, believing them to be intruders. 

 

Hankison did not fire the fatal shots that killed Taylor—a probe found he violated procedure by firing blindly into Taylor's apartment from the outside. The three other officers involved were not charged in Taylor's death.

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IN THE KNOW

 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> The 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics begin this morning with the opening ceremonies (7 am ET, USA Network) (More) | Russia and Belarus athletes banned from the games in reversal of decision from International Paralympic Committee (More)

 

> RT America, Russian-backed television network, lays off most of its staff and halts production after being dropped by DirecTV and Roku (More)

 

> NFL and players agree to suspend all COVID-19 protocols after two seasons of playing through the pandemic (More)

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Science & Technology

> Ukrainian government to raise funds via cryptocurrency; finance minister says country is accepting crypto donations and will raise funds via nonfungible tokens (More) | NFTs explained (More)

 

> Discovery pushes back the date of earliest known mummification by at least 1,000 years; evidence suggests hunter-gatherer societies in modern-day Portugal used the practice 8,000 years ago (More)

 

> Oral blood pressure medicine has shown to help treat Type 1 diabetes for at least two years after diagnosis (More) | What is Type 1 diabetes? (More)

Business & Markets

> US stock markets slide (S&P 500 -0.5%, Dow -0.3%, Nasdaq -1.6%) as investors continue to weigh Ukraine (More)

 

> Sackler family, owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, agrees to pay $6B to settle opioid crisis lawsuits (More)

 

> Costco beats revenue and earnings expectations as customers return to stores (More)

Politics & World Affairs

> Reported COVID-19 cases in the US fall to near 55,000 per day, the lowest since last summer; average deaths fall to around 1,500 per day (More) | Trucker-led anti-COVID-19 restrictions protest possible in Washington, DC, this weekend (More)

 

> Florida legislature passes 15-week abortion ban, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) expected to sign bill into law; legislation comes ahead of an expected Supreme Court ruling on a similar ban in Mississippi (More)

 

> Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) won't challenge Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ), will retire from public service at the end of his term; Ducey becomes the third GOP governor to pass on running for Senate this cycle (More)

IN-DEPTH

 

Ghosts in the Desert

AP | Maria Verza. The effort to identify Mexico's more than 100,000 "disappeared" victims, whose existence was virtually erased by drug cartel violence. (Read)

Artificial (Emotional) Intelligence

WIRED | Will Coldwell. What happens when AI platforms become capable of understanding our emotions? (Read)

The Greatest Sci-Fi Film Never Made

Verge | Adi Robertson. Earlier this year, SpiceDAO, a cryptocurrency cohort, bought storyboards for a never-made adaption of "Dune"—possibly without understanding the limits of intellectual property law. (Read)

Apocalypse Sometime?

Kite & Key | Staff. What are the chances of a devastating asteroid impact on Earth? (Watch)

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Historybook: Antonio Vivaldi, violinist and composer, born (1678); Jeannette Rankin becomes first female member of US House of Representatives (1917); Frances Perkins becomes secretary of labor, first female member of US Cabinet (1933); RIP actor and comedian John Candy (1994); RIP actor Luke Perry (2019).

 

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