A teaspoon of soil from the Amazon contains as many as 1,800 microscopic life forms, of which 400 are fungi.

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the first full-scale demonstration of an asteroid deflection technology for planetary defense, is set for 2022. The DART spacecraft will execute a kinetic impact, deliberately crashing into an asteroid to change its motion in space.

As a teenager in the late 1980s, James Dewitt “J Dilla” Yancey worked as a junior police cadet for the Detroit Police Department. Several years later however, after suffering through one too many many incidents of police harassment and racial profiling as young adult, his opinion of the police would change as he would record “Fuck the Police” in 2001.

In an interview years later, his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, gave further detail on Dilla’s reason and motivation for the song: “That song was totally true. He caught so much flack from the police for being a clean young man. The police department was down the street from where we lived, and every time he pulled off they’d stop him and harass him. They even tossed the car once looking for something; because he was young and clean-cut, they thought he was selling drugs. [D12 rapper] Proof was at the house one evening when James had another run-in with them. He had only gone to the gas station which was three doors away. I told him not to get upset because he was hurt to tears. He was so angry and just tired of being harassed, so I told him, ‘Look, this is what you do: you go downstairs and make a song about it, and you laugh in their face.’ And that’s when he came up with the 'F the Police’ thing. And people are still singing it today! Every time I go somewhere, that’s one of the songs they play.” [+]

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These are up-to-date values for Rt, a key measure of how fast the virus is growing. It’s the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person. If Rt is above 1.0, the virus will spread quickly. When Rt is below 1.0, the virus will stop spreading.

Five years ago, Stephenson-Goodknight didn’t have her own Wikipedia page. For most of her life, she didn’t contribute to the website at all. But Stephenson-Goodknight has become a superstar in the community, and a pioneer for gender equality on a platform deeply in need of articles about women. She has written over 5,000 articles for the website, nearly 1,400 dedicated to women specifically.

That’s not insignificant, given that only 18 percent of Wikipedia’s biography entries are about women.

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An estimated 65,000 doctors trained in other countries are ineligible to practice here because they haven’t met U.S. requirements that they have a year of resident training stateside.

Nationwide, an estimated 30,000 so-called Dreamers work in health care. Yet along with their brothers, sisters and cousins, all are poised to lose their status in June, when the virus may still be raging

"With about 200,000 people flowing into and out of jails every week, there are great risks not only for the detained, but also for jail workers and surrounding communities."

"We’d like to help," said the Rev. George Nicholas, chairman of the African American Health Equity Task Force. Yet he says no one has contacted the task force, which formed in 2014 to address health disparities. So the group, along with the Buffalo Center for Health Equity and others, is preparing a news release to put the issue on the table.

That’s par for the course. It’s routine around here for policymakers and elected leaders to hatch plans to address community concerns without involving the ground-level experts within those communities.