7.3.2024

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Beryl Hits Jamaica

Hurricane Beryl is expected to make landfall in Jamaica today as a Category 3 storm before continuing west toward the Cayman Islands tomorrow. The now-weakened system became the earliest ever Atlantic hurricane to intensify to Category 5 wind speeds late Monday, beating the next earliest by two weeks. Trackers indicate the storm will continue to weaken as it reaches areas around the Gulf of Mexico. Track the storm here, and watch a satellite time-lapse here (via X).  

 

Beryl, the second named storm of the season, reached the eastern Caribbean early Monday, battering Grenada and several other Windward Islands (see map) and knocking out power across the region. At least seven people have reportedly died across the Caribbean and in northern Venezuela. 

 

The system intensified rapidly over the weekend amid warmer-than-average surface ocean temperatures—levels typically seen later in the season. Learn why ocean temperatures impact hurricane strength here.

 

Happy Birthday (Eve), America

Congratulations, America—Tuesday marks the 248th commemoration of the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress. 

 

Through the centuries, the US has grown from 13 colonies with about 2.5 million people to 50 states and 14 territories with a population of more than 330 million. The economy has swelled to over $27T. Advances in public health have cut the child mortality rate from over 45% to under 1%, while our citizens live over 35 years longer on average. 

 

Scientific achievements in the US have delivered everything from the light bulb, modern flight, and the internet to air conditioning, movies, and the polio vaccine. More than 2.7 million miles of power lines electrify the country across over 4 million miles of paved roads, with over 90% of households accessing broadband internet. The US has also been responsible for more than 800 human visits to space—the most of any country.

 

While there will always be challenges to face and improvements to make, we've come a long way since the beginning. So grab a hot dog and your drink of choice—here's to the next 248 years. 

 

PS–Enjoy the history behind the American barbecue.

 

Alzheimer's Drug Approved

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday greenlighted a new drug for adult patients with early or mild Alzheimer's, the third drug to be approved in the US for its ability to delay cognitive decline in patients. The drug from Eli Lilly—called donanemab and marketed under the brand name Kisunla—slowed cognitive decline in clinical trial patients by 35% compared to a placebo.

 

Donanemab's approval comes a month after an FDA advisory panel unanimously endorsed the drug, citing its benefits outweighed risks, such as swelling and bleeding in the brain. Eli Lilly's drug joins Eisai and Biogen's Leqembi as antibody-based treatments designed to clear the buildup of toxic beta-amyloid proteins in the brain. The proteins have been considered a hallmark of Alzheimer's—a theory that has been called into question. (Another previously approved drug by Biogen was discontinued in January.)

 

Nearly 7 million Americans have Alzheimer's. See more data on the disease here. Watch an overview of how it works here.

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In The Know
 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> US men's national soccer team fails to advance out of group stage at Copa América after 1-0 loss to Uruguay (More) | UEFA European Championships quarterfinals set; see latest bracket (More)

> "Beetlejuice" sequel to premiere at 81st Venice Film Festival (Aug. 28); Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder will return, with Jenna Ortega joining the cast for the long-awaited sequel (More

> Marketa Vondrousova becomes first women's Wimbledon defending champ to lose in the first round since 1994 (More) | Sixteen former college basketball players sue NCAA over use of their likeness for March Madness promos (More)

 

Science & Technology

> Moderna wins $176M contract to develop an mRNA vaccine for humans to protect against the bird flu (More) | How mRNA vaccines work (More) | Current bird flu outbreak status (More)

> Astrophysicists simulate how cosmic gas disks form and feed supermassive black holes; study provides insight into how galaxies formed in the early universe (More) | Black holes 101 (More, w/video)

> Mosquito study finds the insect's drive for blood is heightened or suppressed by a pair of hormones; may lead to new methods to fight mosquito-borne disease (More

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Business & Markets

US stock markets close higher (S&P 500 +0.6%, Dow +0.4%, Nasdaq +0.8%) as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell says US is on "disinflationary" path (More) | Tesla shares close up 10% after Q2 electric vehicle deliveries slowed year-over-year but beat analyst expectations (More)

> US job openings rise in May to 8.1 million while layoffs also increase, indicating slowing but resilient labor market (More

> The Federal Trade Commission blocks Tempur Sealy's proposed $4B acquisition of Mattress Firm (More) | Six Flags and Cedar Fair merge in estimated $8B deal to become North America's largest amusement park operator (More)

 

Politics & World Affairs

> At least 116 people killed—mostly women and children—after crowd surge in northern India's Uttar Pradesh State during Hindu religious event and amid high temperatures; officials are investigating the cause of the crowd surge (More

> Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D, TX-37) becomes first Democratic lawmaker to call on President Joe Biden to withdraw from presidential race (More) | Former President Donald Trump's hush money sentencing delayed to Sept. 18 (More) | Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor and ex-attorney for former President Donald Trump, disbarred in New York over 2020 election statements (More)

> US Supreme Court rejects challenge to Illinois law banning certain high-power semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines (More

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