Inside the mind of a prolific Southern California bank robber.
A podcast we're enjoying at the moment, "The Score: Bank Robber Diaries." There's only one episode out, so we'll see, but it's got one heck of an opening.
Here's the description from the producers:
The Score: Bank Robber Diaries reveals the story of Joe Loya - the so-called “Beirut Bandit” - and his transformation from abused child to prolific bank robber, violent convict, ex-con, writer and ultimately, a reconciled son.
Looking back on 150 years of Nature.
As part of its anniversary, the research journal recently published a series of articles—written for the general public—to assess the lasting impact of 10 key papers from its archive. Here are three:
The now famous ‘Photograph 51’, together with other unpublished data of Franklin’s that Perutz had shown Watson and Crick, told the pair that DNA did indeed form a helix, and that the structure consisted of two chains running in opposite directions. Watson was stumped, however, over how the bases could pair up between the two. He made cardboard cutouts of the bases, trying to fit them together, but nothing seemed to work.
The Montreal Protocol led to global CFC production and consumption phase-outs by 2010, and now the Antarctic ozone hole is slowly healing10. The protocol thus prevented the ozone layer from collapsing19 and is a signature success story for global environmental policy.
When the paper appeared, the Taung Child and 32-year-old Dart became world famous overnight. Yet not everyone was receptive to new ideas about human evolution. Indeed, five months later, a court case known as the Scopes monkey trial began in the United States to settle whether evolution could be taught in Tennessee schools. The immediate reaction to Dart’s paper was mainly enthusiastic, but he soon became a target of ‘you’ll-burn-in-hell’ letters from religious fundamentalists, and his former London colleagues published harsh criticisms of his research. Dart’s main champion, the physician Robert Broom, remarked4: “It makes one rub one’s eyes. Here was a man who had made one of the greatest discoveries in the world’s history — a discovery that may yet rank in importance with Darwin’s Origin of Species; and English culture treats him as if he had been a naughty schoolboy.”
That beluga whale playing fetch in your social media might be a Russian asset.
���� ever seen a Beluga whale fetch? A Beluga whale was recorded playing fetch with a Rugby World Cup ball near the Arctic Pole �� | Here’s a couple Beluga whale facts: 1) Beluga whales are known as "sea canaries," as they are one of the most the most vocal of all whales. 2) The vertebrae in a beluga’s neck is not fused together, giving it the unusual ability to turn its head up, down and side-to-side. - source: worldwildlife.org #science #belugawhale #whale #ocean
Delightful when this pops up in your social media feeds, but you're probably wondering, given Vladimir Putin's infiltration of everything else in your life, is that whale a Russian spy? From a report in The Independent:
Experts suggest the whale could be Hvaldimir, a malnourished male beluga who is thought to be a lost “spy” animal trained by the Russian Navy. Hvaldimir was first reported in April 2019, when he was discovered near northern Norway with a harness attached to his body and a label that said “Equipment of Saint Petersburg”. The whale has been known to go up to boats to ask for food and play fetch and appears to be tame, suggesting he is used to interacting with humans.