*Global Temperatures Are on Course for Another Record This Year:
The world is on pace to set another high temperature benchmark, with 2016 becoming the third year in a row of record heat. NASA scientists announced on Tuesday that global temperatures so far this year were much higher than in the first half of 2015. Gavin Schmidt
, the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, said that while the first six months of 2015 made it the hottest half-year ever recorded, “2016 really has blown that out of the water.” He said calculations showed there was a 99 percent probability that the full year would be hotter than 2015.
*Pokemon Go Players Risk Landmines in Bosnia:
An agency in Bosnia is pleading with Pokemon Go players to be more aware of their environment while hunting for virtual creatures, because distracted users have been unknowingly wandering into landmine-rich areas. “We received information that there are cases where users of the Pokemon Go app in Bosnia are entering into mined forests and risky areas in order to find Pokemon,” said the Facebook page for nongovernmental organization Posavina bez mina. “We ask all citizens to respect all signs warning them about mines and to not enter areas unfamiliar to them.” The mines are remnants from the 1990s conflict in the area.
*Turkey Bans Academics From Going Abroad:
Turkey has issued a blanket ban on academics leaving the country amid a wide-ranging purge of government workers, soldiers, journalists, judicial employees, universities, and police in the wake of last week’s failed coup. As many as 50,000 people have now been rounded up, arrested, or fired, according to reports. President Tayyip Erdoğan’s
crackdown, officials say, is intended to root out anyone with ties to Fethullah Gülen, the Islamic cleric in exile in the U.S. who loyalists say inspired the failed coup last week. Some detainees have been brutalized or humiliated in the process, reports say, as photos of captives sitting on the ground stripped down to their underwear were circulated on social media. Others claim the crackdown is just a means of suppressing dissent. State news reported Wednesday that on the night of the coup, some soldiers involved in the uprising were told they were going to “capture an important terrorist leader” and were not even aware of the attempt to overthrow Erdoğan’s government. Certain soldiers were only informed of their missions while en route to apprehend the president.
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***Upending conventions about how best to strength train, a new study finds that people who lift relatively light weights can build just as much strength and muscle size as those who grunt through sessions using much heftier weights — if they plan their workouts correctly.
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Garry Marshall, the creator of Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and director of countless films, died Tuesday. He was 81. A New York City native, Marshall had directed, produced, and starred in films and TV shows since the late 1950s—his biggest hits including the popular sitcoms about the 1950s, its spinoff Mork & Mindy, as well as films like Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries. His death was confirmed by Access Hollywood late Tuesday night. According to his publicist, Marshall died of complications from pneumonia following a stroke.
- The Bracken Bat Cave in Texas is the largest known bat colony in the world. Over 20 million bats live in the cave, which is more bats than there are people living in Mumbai, India—one of the world’s largest human cities. When the bats leave the cave, the group is so large that it looks like a huge storm on radar. The bats will eat over 200 tons of bugs in one night.
- Researchers were surprised to find that the female short-nosed fruit bat (Cynopterus sphinx) performs oral sex, or fellatio, on males to prolong copulation. Although fellatio has been observed in juvenile members of the chimpanzee-like bonobo, this is the first time fellatio has been seen in adult animals other than humans. Researchers argue that for bats, fellatio likely has evolutionary benefits.
- Some Mexican free-tailed bats can fly up to 250 miles (402 km) in a single night. They can fly up to 10,000 feet (3,048 m) high and reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour (97kph).
- A small colony of bats can eat over one ton of insects in one year, or more than 600 million bugs.
- A single bat can eat more than 600 bugs in one hour, which is like a person eating 20 pizzas a night.
- According to Bat Conservation International, 150 big brown bats can eat enough cucumber beetles in one summer to save farmers a billion dollars a year. Those beetles would have had 33 million larvae, which are what attack the crops.
The world’s largest bat is facing extinction due to hunting
- The world’s largest bat is the giant golden-crowned flying fox, a rare fruit bat. It has a wingspan of 5 to 6 feet (1.5 to 1.8 m).
- There are over 1,100 bat species in the world—only rodents have a greater number of species. In the United States, there are about 45 kinds of bats; the three most common are the Eptiesicus fuscus (big brown bat), Myotis lucifugus (little brown bat), and Tadarida brasilienis (Mexican free-tailed bat). Only three species of bats are vampire bats.
- In Southeast Asia, small club-footed bats roost inside bamboo stalks. To reach their home, the bats squeeze into an opening as small as 0.4 inches—about the width of a fingernail.
- In West Africa, small woolly bats live in large spider webs.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:
Turkey is a long way from Cleveland, where the Republicans are holding their presidential convention. But I’d urge you to study the recent failed military coup against Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
. America is not Turkey — but in terms of personality and political strategy, Erdogan and Donald Trump
were separated at birth. And the drama playing out in Turkey today is the story of just how off track a once successful country can get when a leader who demonizes all his rivals and dabbles in crazy conspiracy theories comes to believe that he alone is The Man — the only one who can make his country great again — and ensconces himself in power. Let’s start with Erdogan, who was prime minister from 2003 to 2014, but then maneuvered himself into the previously symbolic role of president and got all key powers shifted to that position. I confess that when I first heard the news of the July 15 coup attempt, my first instinct was to consult that great foreign policy expert Miss Manners, The Washington Post’s etiquette columnist, because I was asking myself, “What is the right response when bad things happen to bad people?” “Dear Miss Manners: I instinctively oppose military coups against democratically elected governments, like the one in Turkey. But am I a bad person if part of me felt that Turkey’s president had it coming?”
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What voters loathe about politicians: the elasticity of their convictions, the urgency of their self-interest and the alacrity with which they take an eraser to their past words.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: There are already about 20 million Muslims in the EU, a significant percentage of whom do not assimilate and reject Western liberal values, and among the latter, a small but significant number are what we call radicalized. Despite this, the leader of the most powerful country in Europe calls for nearly a million more Muslims from the most radicalized Muslim region in the world — the Middle East. It is inconceivable that this situation will long endure. Most people in the West do not share its elites’ broken moral compass.
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***Actress Shannen Doherty
has shaved her head amid a battle with breast cancer. Doherty posted several pictures on Instagram on Tuesday night showing her in various stages of cutting off her hair. She preceded the series of photos with one showing hair clippers, a cupcake pan and a box of chocolates. In the caption she added, “#cancersucks.” Doherty’s cancer was publicly revealed in a lawsuit filed against her former business managers last year. She claimed they mismanaged her money and allowed her health insurance to lapse. She said she didn’t go to the doctor until she had insurance and there was a delay in diagnosing the cancer. ***Los Angeles police say they have arrested Tom Sizemore
on suspicion of felony domestic violence. Officer Jane Kim
says the actor was arrested Tuesday morning and is being held on $50,000 bail. Kim says she cannot reveal any details about the alleged victim or the severity of any injuries. The 54-year-old actor has battled serious substance abuse problems over the years but has recently been working on the upcoming television series “Shooter.”
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