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Protests soundtrack I Life on Pluto?

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Monday, 29 June 2020

 

Demonstrators danced to Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” and marchers chanted Ludacris’ “Move b—-, get out the way” to officers during recent protests. That hip-hop should emerge as the soundtrack to the current unrest is no surprise – rappers have been drawing our attention to police brutality for decades. As Tyina Steptoe of University of Arizona writes, the rich history of protest in Black American music stretches back to the beginning of the blues.

In other news, could there really be life on Pluto? NASA’s recent New Horizons mission has unveiled that Pluto is in fact a fascinating world. A new study suggests it has had a warm interior ever since it formed, and may still have a liquid, internal ocean under its icy crust that may be able to support life. So could we find living creatures beneath the thick ice crusts of these remote worlds? We certainly can’t rule it out.

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Rapper YG, center in white, at a June 7 protest over the death of George Floyd. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Hip-hop is the soundtrack to Black Lives Matter protests, continuing a tradition that dates back to the blues

Tyina Steptoe, University of Arizona

Rap songs from Public Enemy and Ludacris have been heard at marches over the killing of George Floyd. But the history of Black American music as a form of protest dates back to the 19th century.

Pluto, with its basin Sputnik Planitia on the right. NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Alex Parker

Life inside Pluto? Hot birth may have created internal ocean on dwarf planet

David Rothery, The Open University

Pluto began hot inside, study of its surface fractures suggests

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Hemant Khanna, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Strategies to cure various types of blindness are looking more plausible after a series of recent breakthroughs using gene editing and gene therapy.

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