8.10.2018

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DC Preps for White Nationalist Rally.
Washington, DC is bracing for a series of protests and counter-protests this Sunday, in an event billed as "Unite the Right 2". The rally, led by a number of alt-right groups, comes on the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right march in Charlottesville, VA. The 2017 rally grabbed national headlines after a number of violent incidents, including a car that slammed into a crowd of counter-protesters, leaving 1 dead and over 30 injured. Officials expect the turnout to be in the thousands - the organizers decided to focus on DC after failing to obtain the necessary permits to return to Charlottesville. Reports suggest some white nationalist groups were hesitant to return - at least to Charlottesville - due to the financial and political costs of the fallout from the 2017 march. 

In related news, anonymous messaging platform Discord may be forced to reveal the identities of users who organized the 2017 rally on the app.
Record-Breaking Sun Probe.
NASA will launch the Parker Space Probe tomorrow, with the ambitious goal of getting closer to the surface of the Sun than any human-made spacecraft in history. The probe will hover about four million miles from the Sun's surface to probe the outer layer known as the corona. The study will help scientists understand the dynamics of solar winds - streams of charged particles that accelerate through space, with the potential to cause disruption to Earth-bound electronics, power grids, wireless systems, and more. The outer reaches of the Sun are actually hotter than layers closer to the surface - the reasons are still partly a mystery, though some think intense magnetic fields play a role. While scientists don't fully understand the behavior of the layer, the temperature can range anywhere from 1.7 to 17 million degrees Fahrenheit. 

In other space news Vice President Pence rolled out details for the country's new Space Force yesterday, proposed to be a new branch of the US military. 
Airstrike in Yemen Hits School Bus.
Over 50 people were killed and 77 injured after a Saudi-led airstrike hit a local market in Yemen. According to reports, close to 30 of the victims were children sitting in a parked school bus during a field trip when the attack occurred in the vicinity. The attack drew swift international condemnation - Saudi Arabia called the attack a "legitimate" military operation, saying it had targeted anti-aircraft missile launchers. Yemen sits to the south of Saudi Arabia, and the country's civil war has escalated into a proxy battle between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels (see 101). Both sides have drawn criticism, but the Saudis in particular have been criticized for repeatedly killing civilians in airstrikes, including an April targeting of a wedding that killed 20

Editor's Note: In yesterday's digest we mistakenly implied that the ex-Soviet spy, Sergei Skripal, had died in a poisoning by Russian agents. Both Skripal and his daughter survived the attack, while a nearby individual - and British citizen - later died when coming in contact with residual amounts of the nerve agent.

As always, thanks to our readers for correcting us. You can reach us at [email protected]
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Americans Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler lead first round of PGA Championship (More) | NBA star Stephen Curry to compete in Web.com (golf's minor league) tournament (More)
> Singer Demi Lovato cancels tour dates as she continues recovery following recent drug overdose (More)
> Week One of NFL preseason kicks off; see highlights, game summaries (More) | Full scores, schedule (More)
Science & Technology.
> Federal appeals court orders EPA to ban pesticides containing chlorpyrifos, a compound known to inhibit brain development of infants; ruling says EPA ignored advisory board's recommendation that chemical was harmful (More)
> Breakthrough study details the structure of HIV-1, finds small molecule plays critical role in two phases of virus' development within cells (More)
> Neuroscientists find brain center responsible for pessimism; when stimulated animals are more likely to make irrational decisions (More)
Business & Markets.
> TV broadcaster Tribune Media terminates $3.9B billion sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group, sues for breach of contract (More)
> Online data storage provider Dropbox beats revenue and subscriber expectations (More)
> Co-working business WeWork raises $1B debt from Softbank - had $764M revenue, lost $723M in first half of 2018 (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> The Republican primary for Kansas governor gets exceptionally tight, with contender Kris Kobach leading incumbent Jeff Colyer by 121 votes out of a total 311,000 cast (More)
> Puerto Rico raises official death toll from last year's Hurricane Maria from 64 to 1427 (More)
> Argentina's Senate narrowly defeats a bill that would legalize abortion in the heavily Catholic country (More)
Weekend Reads.
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Make Your Daughter Practice Math.
The New York Times | Barbara Oakley. While there is little difference in math skills for American boys and girls, there is one statistic that isn’t quite even - girls have always been better at language arts. See why statisticians are starting to believe that this advantage in reading and writing might be a detriment to other areas of study for young girls. (Read, paywall)

Thanks to Christy from Evanston, IL for recommending! 
The Re-Origin of Species.
The Guardian | Steven Poole. The last mammoth died 4,000 years ago, but now we may have the genetic knowledge and prowess to bring them back - among many other species. But even if we have the power, should we go on a journey of de-extinction? (Read)
 
The Super Secret Sand that Makes Your Phone Possible.
Wired | Vince Beiser. Some of the world’s purest natural quartz comes from the Appalachian Mountains, but that didn’t matter much before there was a high demand for the chips in our cell phones and laptops. This species of pristine sand helps make these computer chips, and chances are, the chip in your phone had some help from Appalachia. (Read)
 
Bernie and His Army are Losing 2018.
Politico | David Siders. Since his loss in the 2016 presidential primary, Bernie Sanders has been rallying his troops and vigorously endorsing candidates for the recently completed primaries. After a number of candidates fell in primaries, some by landslides, spectators wonder if Bernie will have the same sway in 2020. (Read)
Etcetera.
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How people in countries around the world say LOL
Wednesday's Yankees game was delayed after a moth got stuck in an umpire's ear (w/ video). 
The newly coined Chinese buzzword that refers to awkward millennials.
Melania Trump's parents officially become US citizens.
A visual model helps explain why levees sometimes increase flooding
Top 10 states that consume the most alcohol.
Clickbait: Groom (and Coast Guard officer) interrupts his own wedding to save a drowning man
Historybook: The Louvre opens in Paris (1793); HBD Smithsonian Institution (1846); HBD Herbert Hoover (1874); HBD Kylie Jenner (1997); RIP singer, actor Isaac Hayes (2008).
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