11.16.2023

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Al-Shifa Hospital

Israel Defense Forces said yesterday they had confirmed the presence of a Hamas command center inside northern Gaza's al-Shifa hospital, a revelation which came after soldiers carried out an overnight raid into the building. The facility had become a flashpoint in the war—at least 43 patients had died in the past week amid fighting outside, with more than 1,500 people trapped inside (see previous write-up).

 

Israeli officials said they had recovered materials suggesting the site was home to significant Hamas operations. As of this writing, the Israeli forces had published photos of some weapons recovered from the facility, saying that more evidence would be released shortly. 

 

Separately, reports suggest Qatar is mediating a deal to potentially release 50 hostages kidnapped by Hamas during their initial Oct. 7 raid into Israel in exchange for a three-day cease-fire.

 

See updates on the war here

 

A Sandy Planet

Observations made from the James Webb Space Telescope have uncovered details about the atmosphere and clouds of a Neptune-like planet 211 light-years away from Earth. European astronomers have discovered the atmosphere of exoplanet WASP-107b contains water vapor and sulfur dioxide and features silicate clouds that form raindrops of sand. 

 

The findings, published yesterday, mark the first time scientists have identified the chemical composition of an exoplanet's clouds, revising their understanding of how planets form and evolve. The discovery of sulfur dioxide—known for smelling like burned matches—came as a surprise as previous models of the exoplanet predicted its absence. Observations also signaled no trace of the greenhouse gas methane, suggesting the exoplanet has a potentially warm interior. 

 

WASP-107b (see overview), first discovered in 2017, is a giant hot gas exoplanet that is similar to Neptune in mass but closer to Jupiter in size. WASP-107b's atmosphere is "fluffier," or less dense, compared to other gas planets within Earth's solar system, allowing astronomers to look 50 times deeper into its atmosphere using the Webb telescope. 

 

Explore NASA's exoplanet archive here

 

UK's Rwanda Law Struck Down 

The UK's Supreme Court struck down a 2022 immigration law sending all asylum-seekers to Rwanda while they awaited assessment, a major blow to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's legislative priorities. Sunak stated Wednesday the government would still try to start flights by next spring.

 

The law, passed in April 2022, funded the transportation of refugees to Rwanda for $180M over five years, a policy designed to deter unauthorized migration (how it works). The inaugural deportation flight scheduled for June 2022 was paused by the courts amid legal challenges. Last year saw a record 45,775 refugees arrive via small boats on the southern shores of the UK, with over 27,000 arriving so far this year—at a cost to the UK of nearly $10M a day. The high court argued refugees would be at risk in Rwanda.

 

The decision is particularly challenging for Sunak, who made clearing the refugee backlog one of his five stated priorities of his tenure as prime minister.

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In The Know
 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> Comedian and actor Kevin Hart selected as 25th recipient of prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (More)

> New York Yankees' Gerrit Cole and San Diego Padres' Blake Snell win AL and NL Cy Young Awards for MLB's best pitchers; MVP winners to be announced tonight (6 pm ET, MLB Network) (More)

> Jimmy Kimmel tapped to host Academy Awards (March 10) for a fourth time (More) | Terry Taylor, first female Associated Press sports editor, dies of cancer at 71 (More)

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Science & Technology

> Google's DeepMind found to predict weather forecasts equal to or better than existing models; known as GraphCast, the application computes within a minute and can be run on a desktop computer (More)

> Scientists engineer protein, which plays a key role in memory formation, that can be "switched on" by administering the antiaging drug rapamycin (More)

> Previously unknown coronavirus strain in cats, responsible for thousands of feline deaths in Cyprus, identified in the UK; virus is not currently believed to be a threat to humans (More)

 

Business & Markets

> US stock markets close higher (S&P 500 +0.2%, Dow +0.5%, Nasdaq +0.1%) fueled by cool inflation data (More) | US Producer Price Index—a key inflation metric tracking product prices—drops 0.5% in October from September, the first decline since May and biggest decline since April 2020 (More

> United Auto Workers vote on tentative labor contract with General Motors too close to call following latest tallies at GM factories, with ballots still being counted; more than 60% of workers at GM's largest factory in Arlington, Texas, voted to approve the deal (More)

> Target shares up 18% after it beats Q3 earnings and revenue expectations but reports drop in sales for the second consecutive quarter (More) | US retail sales fall 0.1% in October from previous month, the first decline since March (More)

 

Politics & World Affairs

> President Joe Biden meets Chinese leader Xi Jinping for the first time in a year on the sidelines of an economic summit in San Francisco; talks covered military and economic issues (More) | Biden announces five federal judiciary nominees (More) | New Hampshire sets presidential primary for Jan. 23 (More

> Former President Donald Trump requests mistrial in ongoing $250M New York civil fraud case, claiming the judge and law clerk demonstrated bias; a limited gag order was previously issued to Trump over inflammatory remarks he made (More

> Mother of 6-year-old boy who shot his teacher in Virginia sentenced to 21 months in prison for marijuana use while owning a gun, which is illegal under US law (More

 

In-Depth

> What if Money Expired?

Noema | Jacob Baynham. Exploring a provocative idea proposed by a mid-19th-century economist—what if you had a form of currency that decayed over time? (Read)

 

> Billions of Years in One Hour

Kurzgesagt | Staff. A condensed look at what scientists know about how life developed on Earth, from the origin of the planet to modern day. (Watch)

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Etcetera
 

Musical to debut about celebrity's legal battle with a skiing optometrist.

 

Department of Veterans Affairs enrolls millionth veteran in its genetic database.

 

A look at the playful conspiracy that Wyoming doesn’t exist.

 

How to use Google Maps to make holiday travel easier.

 

Loons, lakes, and particle board among design ideas for Minnesota state flag.

 

The president of China invites old friends from Iowa to dinner.

 

Kelce and Norbert top the list for 2023's most popular pet names.

 

Can you crack the case of the mysterious 17-second song?

 

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Historybook: Blues musician WC Handy born (1873); UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, is founded (1945); Benazir Bhutto elected prime minister of Pakistan, becomes first woman in modern history to lead Muslim-majority country (1988); Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman dies (2006).

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