Look around today, February 18th 2020

Today’s Fascination:
A Cancer Killer
“A new type of immune cell which kills most cancers has been discovered by accident by British scientists, in a finding which could herald a major breakthrough in treatment.”

News Bits:

Orphaned Pluto
“Pluto was a planet in good standing for seventy-six years when in 2006, out of the blue, it was demoted and booted from our solar system’s family of planets. The stunning event – still hotly debated among astronomers – reveals more about astronomy’s messy subjectivity than Pluto’s stature.”

Chinese Change
Real or Pipe Dream?
“In contemporary China, profound political transformation can – and has – taken place in the absence of regime change or Western-style democratization.”

Markets find a way
“This off-the-books economy is, strictly speaking, not legal. But it is crucial to dozens of residents from Inwood and the Bronx, many of them recent immigrants.”



Exceptional Americans, Exceptional Things:
James E. West
“James West invented the first practical electret microphone, which uses a charged material instead of needing a polarizing power supply. It is commonly used in cellphones, cameras and digital recorders around the world. West won the Benjamin Franklin Medal in electrical engineering from the Franklin Institute in 2010.”


Today’s Featured Video:
Hidden Presidents’ Day Facts