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United Kingdom Begins Formal Process To Exit The European Union

By Meera Dolasia on April 4, 2017
United Kingdom Begins Formal Process To Exit The European Union

On June 23, 2016, the residents of the United Kingdom (UK) shocked the world by voting for the country’s exit from the European Union (EU), or “Brexit.” On March 29, almost nine months after the historic referendum, the country’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, began the official separation process with a letter to EU President Donald Tusk. It urged the remaining member states to allow the UK to leave “in a fair and orderly manner, and with as little disruption as possible on each side.”

Video Of The Week — Cheese Pizza Topped With Cotton Candy? Yum!

By Meera Dolasia on April 3, 2017
Video Of The Week — Cheese Pizza Topped With Cotton Candy? Yum!

In Japan, the onset of spring is synonymous with the cherry blossom, or sakura, season. To attract some of the thousands of locals and tourists that flock to parks to see the beautiful, albeit brief, two-week bloom, many restaurants offer sakura inspired specialties.

Julia, A New Muppet With Autism, Finds Her Way To Sesame Street

By Kim Bussing on April 2, 2017
Julia, A New Muppet With Autism, Finds Her Way To Sesame Street

While the fact that Julia is “Sesame Street’s” first new Muppet in a decade is certainly newsworthy, that is not the only thing that makes her special. The cheery, green-eyed 4-year-old who has autism is also here to expose young kids to children with autistic traits and teach them about acceptance.

Scientists Propose Redefining Planets To Include Pluto And Over 100 Celestial Bodies

By Maitreyi Mantha on March 31, 2017
Scientists Propose Redefining Planets To Include Pluto And Over 100 Celestial Bodies

In 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU), which promotes and safeguards the science of astronomy, passed a resolution that classified all celestial bodies, (except satellites) in our solar system into three distinct categories – planets, dwarf planets, and small Solar System Bodies. To qualify as a planet, the body had to orbit around the sun, have sufficient mass for its self-gravity to pull it into a round shape, and have cleared the neighborhood around its orbit. Since Pluto did not meet the third criterion, it was downgraded to a dwarf planet.

Watch Out! April Fools' Day Is This Saturday!

By Meera Dolasia on March 30, 2017
Watch Out! April Fools' Day Is This Saturday!

In case it has slipped your mind, this Saturday is April 1st, or, as is popularly called, Fools’ Day. The origin of this fun day, when pranking people is encouraged, is hazy. Some believe the tradition began in 1852 when the world transitioned from the Julian calendar, which started the year in April, to the currently used Gregorian calendar. Others think it was to celebrate the start of spring. Though individuals often prank each other, it is corporations that really get into the spirit with elaborate gags. Here are a few that were credible enough to fool people for days.

President Trump Signs "Energy Independence" Executive Order

By Meera Dolasia on March 29, 2017
President Trump Signs "Energy Independence" Executive Order

While campaigning to be the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump often referred to global warming as a “hoax” and promised Americans that, if elected, he would lift all “job-killing (climate change0 restrictions.” On Tuesday, March 29, the US leader made good on his promise with an executive order that reverses many of the regulations the Obama administration put in place to protect the environment.

Humpback Whales Form Mysterious Super-Groups Off The Coast Of South Africa

By Maitreyi Mantha on March 28, 2017
Humpback Whales Form Mysterious Super-Groups Off The Coast Of South Africa

Like the rest of their species, the Southern Hemisphere humpbacks, or Megaptera novaeangliae, are not social animals. The baleen whales typically prefer to remain solo or amalgamate in small groups which disperse quickly. However, since 2011, researchers from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town have been observing a new phenomenon off the coast of South Africa — large swarms of whales, comprising anywhere from 20 to 200 individuals. Professor Ken Findlay and his team reported seeing 22 instances of the large groups on three different occasions in 2011, 2014, and 2015.

Video Of The Week — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Pilots An Avatar-Style Robot

By Meera Dolasia on March 27, 2017
Video Of The Week — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Pilots An Avatar-Style Robot

On Sunday, March 20, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, was observed behaving like a kid in a candy store — and for a good reason too. The beaming billionaire was among the first to be given the opportunity to pilot a 14-foot-tall mechanical robot, dubbed Method-2, at the opening of the Amazon-hosted MARS 2017 conference. Dedicated to Machine learning, home Automation, Robotics, and Space Exploration (hence the acronym MARS), the three-day invite-only event was attended by 130 guests from the business, entertainment, and robotics sectors.

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