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Need To Know.
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California yesterday morning, centered roughly 100 miles north of Los Angeles in a remote area of the Mojave Desert. Though no fatalities were reported, it was the largest earthquake to strike the area since 1999 when a 7.1 magnitude quake jolted the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base east of Los Angeles. By lunchtime, over 65 aftershocks had been recorded, including three that registered over 4.5 in magnitude (see real-time map), and tremors were reported 200 miles away in Las Vegas. The region sits on top of the San Andreas Fault, which forms a 750-mile boundary between Pacific and North American tectonic plates, making the West Coast extremely susceptible to earthquakes. Despite the activity, California is still considered to be in an earthquake drought, having not experienced a (often devastating) magnitude 7 or greater quake since 1906 - geologists predict a 93% chance that such an earthquake will strike within the next 25 years.
Salute to America.
Thousands turned out during a rainy Fourth of July to hear President Trump make a 45-minute speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial amid the holiday festivities in Washington, DC. Billed as a "Salute to America", Trump became the first president in seven decades to speak from the Lincoln Memorial on July 4th - the special event included a flyover by the US Navy's Blue Angels (see video) and tanks stationed around the memorial for spectators to examine. The speech itself largely struck an apolitical tone focusing on patriotic themes and the history of the five military branches. At least one aside was included, when the President implied a manned mission to Mars in the near future, saying the American flag would soon be raised on the Red Planet. See the best photos from the event here.
One of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives, Rep. Justin Amash (I, MI-3), announced his departure from the Republican Party yesterday, saying he would serve and run for reelection as a political independent. The 5-term, 39-year-old libertarian has been a thorn in the side of both Republicans and Democrats, most recently becoming the only member of the GOP to call for President Trump's impeachment over alleged obstruction of justice relating to the Mueller report. That same independent streak has drawn a strong 2020 challenger in Peter Meijer, an Iraq War veteran and heir to the nationwide chain of Meijer department stores. The move is somewhat symbolic, as Amash had been increasingly marginalized by House GOP leadership - though from a practical perspective he will (likely) no longer receive funding from the national caucus.
Amash attributed his decision to the increasing polarization on both sides, saying modern politics was trapped in a "partisan death spiral" (read his op-ed).
> Iconic satire magazine MAD to halt print productions and exit newsstands after a 67-year run; printed editions with recycled content will still be available at comic book stores and via subscription (More)
> Chloe x Halle singer Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in Disney's upcoming live-action remake of Little Mermaid; film will include music from 1989 original film as well as new music from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda (More)
> US women face off against the Netherlands in World Cup final Sunday at 11 AM ET; see preview (More) | US men also play Sunday (9 PM ET) in Gold Cup final against Mexico after defeating Jamaica 3-1 in semifinals (More)
Science & Technology.
> Breakthrough in scalable production of ultra-small probes that can read electrical activity of single neurons brings human-machine interfaces one step closer (More)
> Facial recognition technology used by London police misidentifies nearly 80% of targets; critics call for immediate halt to its use (More)
> Machine learning algorithm pinpoints 39 gut microbes primarily responsible for methane emissions from cows and how good (or bad) their milk tastes (More)
Business & Markets.
> Boeing to pledge $100M to families of those who died aboard 737 Max jets (More)
> All 3 US stock market indices (S&P 500, Dow, Nasdaq) achieve all-time highs on Wednesday (More)
> Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms down Wednesday after experiencing tech issues (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Trump administration reverses course, Justice Department reportedly looking into paths to include citizenship question on 2020 census; President Trump considering executive order to include it (More)
> Sudan military, opposition groups agree to power-sharing agreement to guide the transition after the ouster of long-time President Omar al-Bashir, ending string of deadly protests (More)
> British forces seize Iranian oil tanker attempting to circumvent sanctions, sell oil to Syria (More)
Better than sleeping under the stars.
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Scientists Are Giving Dead Brains New Life. What Could Go Wrong?
NYT Magazine | Matthew Shaer. After Yale's neuroscience department grew active cells from day-old, post-mortem brain cells, the controversial idea of reanimating brains seems to be not only possible but likely. (Read)
The Troubling Business of Bounty Hunting.
GQ | Jeff Winkler. Despite popular belief, there are thousands of active bounty hunters in the United States. See inside the completely unglamorous profession, where the biggest perk might be the job title. (Read)
Google’s Jigsaw Was Supposed to Save the Internet.
Vice | Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai. Google's Jigsaw - billed as a think/do tanks - has often been praised for its ambitious goals of investigating human trafficking, terrorism, and cybercrime on a massive scale. But interviews with former employees and a look at internal documents reveal a toxic work environment and a host of empty promises. (Read)
Historybook: 26th Amendment signed, lowers voting age from 21 to 18 in US (1971); Arthur Ashe is first African American to win Wimbledon (1975); Dolly the Sheep is first cloned mammal (1996); RIP baseball great Ted Williams (2002).
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