Futurism Newsletter


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The Future Is Built From Our Mistakes

17 JUNE 2020

TOP STORY

Experts Want a 9/11 Commission-Level Probe of the US COVID Response

In the wake of the U.S. government’s failure to adequately respond to the coronavirus pandemic, health experts and legislators are now calling for a full investigation akin to the infamous 9/11 Commission report.

The underlying argument is that while the COVID-19 pandemic was and continues to be devastating, Wired reports, far more dangerous outbreaks could follow at any time.

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HEADLINES FROM TODAY

ONEWatch a Mysterious Blue Fireball Scream Over Australia

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TWOThis Star Is So Huge that Saturn’s Orbit Would Fit Inside It

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THREEChina Is Building a Genetic Database of Every Man in the Country

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OF INTEREST

Astronomers Say They Found “Dry Lake Beds” on Saturn’s Moon Titan

In the early 2000s, astronomers spotted mysteriously bright spots on Saturn’s moon Titan, each more than 3,000 miles wide.

Astronomers had long pondered whether they could be evidence of lakes or seas on the moon. Now, a new study takes that theory a step further, claiming the spots are the remains of dried-up lakes — a conclusion that could have bold implications for the existence of extraterrestrial life in our star system.

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NEWS IN QUOTES

“ This is a restraining order for all genome editors to stay the living daylights away from embryo editing. 

A WORD FROM OUR AFFILIATE

This ‘Planet’ Board Game Lets You Build a World From Scratch, for Better or Worse

Here’s your chance to show mother nature how it’s done.

In Planet, players are charged with building the best ecosystem that will allow life to flourish and grow. Over the course of each game, players must strategically place magnetic “landscape tiles” that are divided into sections representing four components of any balanced ecosystem: oceans, deserts, mountains, and frozen lands. The way players arrange their planets allows them to collect animal cards that are matched with certain landscape configurations: for instance, the bear card goes to the player with the largest forest next to a mountain range, while the biggest tundra next to an ocean gets the penguin card.

There’s an added complication in the form of a secret landscape designation for each player, but the basic goal is to collect the most animal cards in addition to other points and multipliers that are awarded throughout the game. Whoever does that can say their planet is the most habitable for animal life, and thus wins the game of Planet.

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WORD OF THE DAY


WORD OF THE DAY
Incipient
in-SIP-ee-ənt
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, late 16th century
1

In an initial stage; beginning to happen or develop.

2

(of a person) developing into a specified type or role.

Examples of Incipient in a sentence

“He could feel incipient excitement building up before his birthday.”

“We started out as colleagues, but we’re incipient friends.”

Did you know…


… that today is Go Fishing Day? Now, this is my kind of day! It’s a day to go out and bring home a healthy, tasty meal for the family. Celebrate today, on the shore or in a boat, with a fishing pole in one hand, and your favorite beverage in the other. And, don’t go home until you have caught your limit!

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15. International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict – 19th June


15. International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict – 19th June

Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

This day commemorates the victims and survivors of sexual violence and pay tribute to those who have stood up to eradicate these crimes.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Things to consider if you want to get out of an abusive situation
  • Infographic idea: Organizations that help victims of sexual abuse
  • Video idea: Has the lockdown increased cases of domestic and sexual abuse?
  • Podcast idea: How does wartime affect women?