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President Biden signs the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act in the East Room of the White House on Thursday.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 14:23

June 19 is a commemoration of the end of chattel slavery in the United States, marking the day enslaved people in Texas were finally freed — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

WISA Woodsat, seen in an artist's rendering, is billed as the world's first wooden satellite. It's set to be launched from New Zealand before the end of the year.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 14:18

In Europe, engineers are planning to send a plywood-sheathed satellite into orbit to test how well the venerable construction material holds up in space.

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 12:54

President Biden has asked the intelligence community to investigate whether or not the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China. Vanity Fair reporter Katherine Eban shares her findings.

Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Chris Looney displays a dead Asian giant hornet, a sample sent from Japan and brought in for research last year in Blaine, Wash.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 12:24

Because of its withered condition and the fact that male giant hornets don't typically emerge until July, officials believe the hornet was likely from a previous season and just recently found.

Texas Rep. Chip Roy, seen here at a press conference on May 20, was one of 14 House Republicans who voted against making June 19 a federal holiday.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:51

Many Republican lawmakers cited concerns over the actual name of the holiday and whether it conflates with the July 4th federal holiday.

Former Zambian president, Kenneth Kaunda, attends the inauguration ceremony of the Patriotic Front's Edgar Lungu, in Lusaka. The country's first president, Kaunda, 97, was admitted to hospital on June 14, 2021, as the southern African country battles a surge in COVID-19.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:50

Zambia's first president and champion of African independence Kenneth Kaunda has died at the age of 97, the country's president Edgar Lungu announced on Facebook Thursday evening.

A general view of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2013. The embassy is facing a coronavirus outbreak, according to the State Department.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:41

Military hospital ICU resources are at full capacity and the embassy has been forced to "create temporary, on-compound COVID-19 wards," according to a note sent to embassy staff.

With six conservative justices, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a Catholic group in its dispute with the city of Philadelphia over LGBTQ couples and foster care.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:34

The decision marks a triumph for a new brand of conservatism on the court, which is putting the Constitution's guarantee to the free exercise of religion at the highest level of protection.

An iPhone screengrab of Snapchat's speed filter, which allows users to record and share how fast they are moving. Snap told NPR that it is eliminating the tool.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:27

The messaging app popular with teens is dropping a feature first launched in 2013. After several deadly car crashes involving the filter, Snap was the target of numerous lawsuits.

Lordstown Motors shows off a model of its electric pickup truck, Endurance, in Lordstown, Ohio, on June 25, 2020. The auto maker is under pressure after saying it was running out of cash, raising questions about the future of the crop of startups that have entered the industry.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:24

The electric vehicle startup had a string of terrible news, capped by the abrupt departure of its CEO. Its troubles are raising questions about the startups that have entered the auto industry.

Code Switch host and senior producer Shereen Marisol Meraji.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:19

We are thrilled (and, frankly, devastated) to announce that Code Switch host and senior producer Shereen Marisol Meraji will be leaving Code Switch in August for a couple of new opportunities.

A teen gets a dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine last month at Holtz Children's Hospital in Miami. Nearly 7 million U.S. teens and preteens (ages 12 through 17) have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine so far, the CDC says.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 10:24

Health officials are investigating reports of mostly mild, temporary and treatable heart inflammation that may or may not be causally linked to vaccination with an mRNA vaccine against COVID-19.

A demonstrator holds a sign in support of the Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last November. On Thursday, the justices did just that.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 10:17

The 7-2 decision threw out the challenge to the law, saying Texas and other objecting GOP-dominated states were not required to pay anything under the mandate provision and thus lacked standing.

Security personnel stand guard outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology during the February 3 visit of the World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that triggered a pandemic.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 08:28

In the wake of heated debate over the unproven lab leak theory, the world is calling on China to cooperate with investigations. But efforts to delve into this matter seem to be stalling.

British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee is selling the source code for the World Wide Web as an NFT. Here, Berners-Lee delivers a speech during an event at the CERN in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 07:33

The original source code for the World Wide Web, written by British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee, is being auctioned as a non-fungible token.

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