Frog skin secretions offer the first ray of hope in a deadly fungal epidemic

The early 2000s were a great time to study amphibians in Panama. At night, dozens of species sang out in chorus while researchers measured and photographed frogafter frog, often hiking to remote sites hours from the nearest road. Jamie Voyles and Cori Richards-Zawacki were both graduate students at the time, just at the start of their scientific careers, and Panama’s amphibians offered a plethora of research possibilities. Continue reading Frog skin secretions offer the first ray of hope in a deadly fungal epidemic

New Exhibition in Oakland Traces the History of Hip-Hop

On August 11, 1973, Clive Campbell (aka DJ Kool Herc) set up two turntables inside the rec room of an apartment complex in the West Bronx for his sister’s birthday party. As he volleyed between the drum breaks on each record, creating a new sound that had never been heard before, little did he realize that his DJ set would mark the birthplace of hip-hop.

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US visa applications may soon require five years of social media info

The State Department wants to require all US visa applicants, both immigrant and non, disclose their social media handles to the US government, CNN reports. In documents that the department will file to the Federal Register tomorrow, it proposes that nearly every individual applying for a US visa be required to hand over any social media handles used on certain platforms in the past five years as well as submit any telephone numbers and email addresses used during that same time period.

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Amazon Lost $53 Billion in One Day Because Trump Has Opinions

With politicians, users, and even its own employees furious with Facebook in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it’s hard to imagine that a company could be more screwed than the social network. But we live in Trump world now, and his “obsession” with punishing Amazon is causing investors to flee at a cost of $53 billion. Continue reading Amazon Lost $53 Billion in One Day Because Trump Has Opinions

U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall Collection Will Get Its First State-Commissioned Statue of a Black American

The Statuary Hall Collection in the U.S. Capitol includes two statues from each of the 50 states, depicting notable people in the states’ histories. Most of the collection, displayed in National Statuary Hall and throughout the Capitol, depict white men. Now, for the first time, a state-commissioned statue representing a black American will join their ranks. Continue reading U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall Collection Will Get Its First State-Commissioned Statue of a Black American

Linda Brown, at the Center of Brown v. Board of Education, Has Died

In September 1950, Oliver Brown walked his young daughter to her neighborhood school in Topeka, Kansas. When he tried to enroll her in the all-white Sumner School, however, she was denied a spot because she was black. The rejection set in motion one of the most famous court cases in United States History, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. The 1954 Supreme Court decision that followed struck down the half-century old “separate-but-equal” standard, ushering in an era of school de-segregation. On Sunday, Linda Brown, the little girl at the center of that monumental ruling, died in Topeka at the age of 75, Neil Genzlinger at The New York Times reports.

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