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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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