A new study suggests that the Earth’s core may have stopped spinning and may be reversing. Scientists say that this may be a normal cycle that lasts for 60-70 years so we may not need to call in Superman just yet.
🇺🇦 Several senior Ukrainian officials resigned on Tuesday in what some are calling a corruption scandal.
🇫🇮 Finland may apply to NATO without Sweden if Turkey continues to oppose Sweden’s application.
🌽 The U.S. has “grave concerns” that Mexico will go ahead with its ban on genetically modified corn for human consumption.
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The Lead: FBI Caught Working With Russia
former FBI agent Charles McGonigal credit: reuters
An FBI agent who was in charge of investigating the Trump-Russia scandal was arrested on Sunday on charges of working with Russians himself.
Charles McGonigal had been in charge of investigating Oleg Deripaska, a Russian businessman who heads businesses related to aluminum and energy. Investigators for the Mueller investigations looked into him due to his connections with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
Deripaska was first sanctioned in 2018 but the FBI accuses McGonigal of helping him get those sanctions lifted by investigating a rival oligarch in return for “concealed payments from Deripaska.” He is also accused of helping the daughter of a Russian intelligence officer land an internship for the New York Police Department.
McGonigal was released on a $500,000 bond after his arrest.
The FDA may change the rules around Covid vaccines, allowing people to skip the original 2-shot vaccination and instead just jump right to whichever booster is currently available.
The FDA outlined this change in advance of the Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) meeting on Thursday for voting on this change.
Not only would this change how vaccines are administered, but it would also change how they are made. It would make way for the Covid vaccine to be re-formulated annually, like the flu vaccine, based on the strain of the currently circulating variant.
Will this make much of a difference? I can’t see how someone who skipped the original vaccine is going to jump straight into a booster, given how many people who were vaccinated originally are opting out of boosters.
"The public is voting with their arms if you will and said, 'No. I'm not going to get this. This doesn't make sense to us,'" Dr. Gregory Poland, a vaccine researcher at the Mayo Clinic, told NPR.
In related news, the U.S. Court of Appeals is currently hearing a case regarding whether or not the government had the right to implement mask mandates on public transportation. The case could have major implications for future mask and public health mandates.
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Ethan Mollick, a Wharton professor, tested the program’s ability to take business school finals and found that the program received a B to B- on the exam and that the program “demonstrated the capability of performing professional tasks such as writing software code and preparing legal documents.”
Mollick says that ChatGPT may also be able to pass the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam and the Bar exam.
On Monday, Microsoft confirmed that it will invest billions of dollars into ChatGPI maker OpenAI. It did not specify how many billions but it is interesting that this comes just days after Microsoft laid off 10,000 humans.
#GeorgeSantosDragQueen is trending on news that Republican Congressman George Santos has a history of going to parties in woman face. Santos is the same politician who has lied about his resume, his ethnicity and his education.
George Clooney is trending because he made a movie about the Ohio State University scandal involving the sports physician who was accused of sexually abusing students.
Doja Cat is trending for wearing red paint and 30,000 Swarovski crystals at a Paris Fashion Week event on Monday.
7 years. That is how much older men are than women when they have children, on average, according to a new study. Scientists found that women are 23.2 years old when they have children, compared to 30.7 for men. This is based on the average age of conception for the last 250,000 years.
25%. That is how much the city of Cambridge, UK will offer in plant-based options at city events this year. Last year, it voted to offer 100% plant-based options but the city admits that most of that food was thrown away so they are reverting to a phased approach.
The new “inclusive” M&Ms didn’t do so well. This was the campaign that Mars launched to re-brand M&M color personalities to create a “world where everyone feels they belong.”
Apparently, some people did not feel left out of the M&M color schemes and they did not need them to be updated. In fact, many found it annoying and unnecessarily political so Mars announced on Monday that they would “take an indefinite pause from the spokescandies.”
In a quick pivot, they hired actress Maya Rudolph to be the new spokescandy, er, person. She will appear in the upcoming Super Bowl commercial instead of the anthropomorphized candies. She was given the title “Chief of Fun” at M&M’s in order to “create a world where everyone feels they belong.”
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