The Week in Stories Around the Globe

Here’s What You Should Know About The Dakota Pipeline Protest

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“Protesters from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have been joined by supporters from other tribes and many non-Native American allies, both at the protest camp in North Dakota and in solidarity demonstrations throughout the world. Actor Mark Ruffalo and civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson also joined protesters at the reservation last week.

Other high-profile supporters, including actress Shailene Woodley, reporter Amy Goodman and documentary filmmaker Deia Schlosberg, have either been arrested or faced charges for participating in or documenting the demonstrations.”

#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #WaterProtectors #NativeLivesMatter

This Blue Alien Planet Is Not at All Earth-Like

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“The alien planet HD 189733b is a beautiful blue dot in a sea of inky blackness, just like Earth. But that’s where the similarities between the two worlds end.

For starters, HD 189733b is much bigger and hotter than Earth; it’s about the size of Jupiter and zips around its host star in just 2.2 Earth days. That orbit is so close that the exoplanet is probably tidally locked, always showing one face to its star, just as the moon always shows one face (the near side) to Earth.”

#HotJupiter#TheUniverse#Space#Science

They fled Colombia’s violence and built a city where women call the shots

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“The City of Women has always been under siege,” said Lamadrid. But that siege is taking place amid the backdrop of national impunity. Of the 144 cases they’ve reported to authorities about forced displacement and sexual violence, none have been resolved, she said.

And then there are the more subtle conflicts, like deeply rooted chauvinism.

“Initially, some of the men disliked living in a place called the City of Women,” Lamadrid said. “But then they realized that we were the ones giving them homes.”

It’s about to get easier for African innovators to protect their inventions

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“African countries are automating their intellectual property registration (IP) processes, making it easy for their enterprising citizens to secure and transform their innovations into marketable assets. The process could play a role in changing the continent’s fortunes as individuals and organizations find it less cumbersome to secure and commercialize their innovations.”

#Rwanda #Malawi #SouthAfrica#Mozambique #IntellectualProperty

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