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September 2, 2017

A Hidden Figure No More

Former NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson is seen after President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Katherine Johnson, an African-American physicist and mathematician and also one of NASA’s “computers,” or someone who made math calculations for different space projects for NASA, turned 99 years old on August 26th. How did she celebrate her birthday? With loved ones and by attending a dedication ceremony in her hometown of White Sulphur Springs where the local library named the building after her, the Community Room after her father, and the road leading to the library, “Katherine Coleman Johnson Way”. Thank you for sharing your math skills with NASA. Without you, NASA would not have sent a spacecraft around Earth, landed another on the moon, and sent astronauts safely into space and back. When asked by a reporter what kind of advice she’d give to inspire others to achieve their goals, Ms. Johnson simply said, “Just get up and do them.” Happy Birthday, Ms. Johnson! You heard it kids, have a goal and just get up and do it! Katherine Johnson did and look at what she was able to achieve!


Breaking Up Is Hard(er) To Do

Breaking up with someone is not easy unless you’re a Muslim man living in India—that is until last week. There’s a Muslim law that allows husbands to instantly divorce their wives by saying or texting—yes, we said texting—the word “talaq” or the word “divorce” in Arabic three times. No more, said India’s highest court! Last week, India made this form of divorce illegal in India.


Amazon Drives Down Prices at Whole Foods

A dozen locally farmed organic eggs now costs you less at Whole Foods Grocery Stores this week, but it’s not because it’s this week’s special. Nope, it’s because Amazon.com recently acquired (or bought) the grocery chain and decided that one of the first things it would do is lower the prices at the historically expensive stores. Sweet, right?


New Balance vs. New Boom

Sounds similar right? Well, the design of the logo was too. Recently New Balance won a huge lawsuit over New Boom in China where things like fake products are often overlooked. Well, not anymore! New Balance argued that not only did New Boom use a logo that closely resembled theirs, but that by using the logo New Boom tricked New Balance customers into thinking that they were purchasing something from New Balance. The judge for the case agreed, making it a significant win for a U.S. company and the rightful use of logos!


Remembering a Princess

By Auguel [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
People around the world are remembering Princess Diana, or the “People’s Princess,” twenty years after she was killed in a horrific car accident while being chased by paparazzi in Paris. She was known for her beauty, fashion, and ability to relate to others—especially children and commoners (people like you and me!)—but perhaps what she was best known for was changing the image of the Royal family from one that was untouchable and emotionless, to one that was more relatable and connected. On the anniversary of her death, people placed flowers in front of Kensington Palace, while her sons, Princes William and Harry, visited the Kensington Palace memorial garden, a garden that was created in honor of Princess Diana.


The Tale of a Boxer and a Mixed Martial Artist

It was an unusual pairing, but it happened. Undefeated champion boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. came out of retirement to battle champion mixed martial artist (MMA) Conor McGregor in the boxing ring. The highly anticipated fight was an end to boxing for one and possibly the beginning for another. Although the odds were against McGregor—some predicted that Mayweather would knock him out early on—he managed to stay in the match for ten rounds. At the end of the match, Mayweather was declared the winner and officially announced his retirement from boxing, while McGregor hinted that this might not be his last boxing match.


There’s a Sea Dragon in the Museum?

I, Drow male [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
We don’t know about you, but when we find something amazing that we never even knew we had, it’s the best feeling ever! That’s probably what paleontologist Sven Sachs felt when he stumbled upon the largest-ever “sea dragon” fossil at a museum that had been labeled something else in the Ichthyosaurus family. After some more examination, Mr. Sachs discovered that not only was the fossil the largest-ever “sea dragon” or Ichthyosaurus somersetensis, but it was also pregnant! That’s two sea dragons in one!


Repeat After Me: Sharks are Friends, Not Food.

By Barry Peters (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
It’s not okay to fish off of the Galapagos Islands and twenty fisherman on the Chinese ship Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 found out the hard way. Earlier this week, these fishermen were caught with over 6,600 sharks and other near-extinct and endangered species on board their ship. The captain of the ship was sentenced to four years in jail, his three assistants sentenced to three years each, and the remaining sixteen crew members were sentenced to one year. So, repeat after me: Sharks are friends, not food.