Day 100 in Ukraine, Transplant Milestone, and a Collapsing Canyon Wall Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

Good morning. It's Friday, June 3, and we're covering the war of attrition in Ukraine, a milestone for tissue engineering, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].



One Hundred Days in Ukraine

Today marks the 100th day of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a campaign that began with a multipronged blitz meant to topple the government in Kyiv but which has evolved into a prolonged war of attrition in the country's east. 


After being initially repelled from capturing Ukraine's capital—an effort marred by Russian missteps—Russia has refocused on capturing the eastern Donbas region. Much of the area, Ukraine's primary industrial center, has been under pro-Russian separatist control since 2014. 


In recent days, analysts say Russia has begun to slowly but steadily take control of key cities in the Donbas region. Western officials pledged another round of military aid, including long-range missile systems, though the weapons will take weeks to arrive.


To the south, Russia now controls the majority of Ukraine's access to the Black Sea, with the exception of the port city of Odesa. See updates on war, with maps, here.


The death toll from the conflict has been hard to gauge. The United Nations has confirmed almost 4,150 civilian deaths, but believes the true count to be much higher. 


See the war's 100 days in photos (warning—sensitive content).

3D-Printed Ear

In a medical first, a 20-year-old patient in New York successfully received a 3D-printed ear transplant, according to reports yesterday. While 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has been used to develop custom-fitting prosthetics, the new structure was printed using the patient's own cells. Doctors say the structure will regenerate cartilage as it naturally integrates with the body.


The reconstructive procedure marks both a medical milestone and a significant advance in the use of living cells to create functioning biological structures. Notably, researchers have grappled with how to incorporate tiny vascular networks to deliver blood—along with oxygen and nutrients—to the cells.


The patient was part of a clinical trial that included 10 other participants whose results have yet to be published. Learn more about the process of bioprinting with living cells here (w/video).

Avenatti Sentenced

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represented adult film star Stormy Daniels, was sentenced to four years yesterday after being found guilty of stealing roughly $300K of Daniels’ book advance. Thirty months of the four-year sentence will be served concurrently with a two-and-a-half-year sentence from a separate case, in which he tried to extort $25M from Nike (see 101).


The California-based lawyer rose to fame when he represented Daniels in a lawsuit to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement after she received a $130K hush payment linked to an alleged 2006 affair with former President Donald Trump; Trump has denied the affair. Avenatti faces another trial next month, in which he is accused of stealing $10M from five clients. He has pleaded not guilty.


Separately, a New York appeals court unanimously upheld Harvey Weinstein’s sex crimes conviction yesterday. Weinstein was convicted in 2020 and is currently serving a 23-year sentence. He is awaiting trial in Los Angeles on 11 additional charges.

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> Texas eighth grader Harini Logan wins 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee, edging Denver's Vikram Raju in the Bee's first-ever "spell-off" (More)


> American Coco Gauff, 18, advances to her first Grand Slam final at French Open (More) | Rafael Nadal headlines men's semifinal matchups this morning (More)


> Boston Celtics pull off fourth quarter comeback to top Golden State Warriors 120-108 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals (More) | LeBron James becomes first active NBA player billionaire, per Forbes estimate (More)

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Science & Technology

> Engineers develop electronic skin sensitive to the feeling of "pain"; application may lead to robotics with increased touch sensitivity capable of adapting to different environments (More)


> Annual Kavli Prize winners announced, recognizing research on the interior of the sun, atomic-scale coatings of materials, and the genetic basis for multiple brain disorders (More)


> World's largest plant discovered in Australia; genetic analysis shows 100-mile-long, 4,500-year-old seagrass in Shark Bay grew from a single seedling (More)

Business & Markets

> US stock markets rise (S&P 500 +1.8%, Dow +1.3%, Nasdaq +2.7%), reversing two-day losing streak (More)


> OPEC and oil-producing allies to increase oil production by 648,000 barrels per day in July and August—roughly a 50% increase—amid high energy prices worldwide (More)


> Shares of pet retailer Chewy surge 24% after delivering unexpected profit (More) | Fitness apparel maker Lululemon exceeds expectations, increases 2022 guidance as shoppers spend despite higher prices (More

Politics & World Affairs

> Tulsa shooter who killed four in an attack Wednesday reportedly targeted surgeon over chronic pain from a recent surgery (More) | Officials say the gunman purchased an AR-style rifle hours before attack (More) | President Joe Biden gives prime-time address, calls for gun control legislation (More)


> COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 6 months to 5 years may be available as early as June 21; US health advisers set to meet June 15 (More) | See US vaccine uptake by demographic (More)


> Biden administration announces plan to cancel $5.8B in student loan debt from former attendees of Corinthian Colleges; for-profit education network went bankrupt in 2015 amid mounting fraud charges (More)



One Nation, Confused

Kite & Key | Staff. Americans are generally terrible at guessing what their compatriots feel, think, and believe. (Watch)

Fueling a Food Crisis

Reuters | Staff. A visual deep-dive into the war in Ukraine's impact on global food supply chains. (Read)

The Man Who Built His Own Cathedral

Guardian | Matthew Bremner. Alone, a former monk toiled for almost six decades to build a monastery—and his own crypt—by hand. (Read)

Set to Land

WIRED UK | Nicole Kobie. While flying cars may be a futuristic idea, engineers are already designing the urban infrastructure required for their operation. (Read)



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Photos from the start of Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee.


... and Prince Louis steals the show.


Tracking what happens after a song goes viral. (via YouTube)


Watch a canyon wall collapse into Lake Powell.


Newly restored images of London's killer black fog.


California rules that bees can be fish.


New Zealand closes popular cave to protect its biggest spider.


Melting glacier exposes ichthyosaur fossils.


Clickbait: A record-breaking gathering of merfolk.


Historybook: Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain (1539); Singer and actress Josephine Baker born (1906); Ed White becomes first American to walk in space (1965); HBD Rafael Nadal (1986); RIP Muhammad Ali (2016).


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- Muhammad Ali

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