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World Leaders Decide COP15 Is Not the Most Important Meeting After All


It seems that we wont actually be getting any sort of climate agreement coming out of the meetings next month in Copenhagen, and we'll just be waiting until sometime in 2010 for everyone to get together and make a deal. This is because the Obama administration is pretty sure it's not going to get climate change legislation done in the next few weeks, while we're still dithering over health care. And because developing nations feel that developed nations aren't willing to assume the full cost burden on cutting and regulating appropriate shares of carbon emissions.These problems, I won't lie, seem like they could have been anticipated a little earlier than a month before the conference. We have our Guide to COP15 available now on the website. Look for our Guide to the mid-2010 Mexico City climate negotiations sometime next year, though it's easy to imagine world leaders will just kick the can a little further down the road then, too.
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Some beauty pageants, like the Miss America competition, have done away with the swimsuit portions of the competitions, thus dipping their toes in the 21st century. Other aspects of beauty pageants remain stuck in the 1950s, and we're not even talking about the whole "judging women mostly on their looks" thing. One beauty pageant winner was disqualified for being a mom, as if you can't be beautiful after you've had a kid. Now she's trying to get the Miss World competition to update their rules.

Veronika Didusenko won the Miss Ukraine pageant in 2018. After four days, she was disqualified because pageant officials found out she was a mom to 5-year-old son Alex, and had been married. Didusenko said she had been aware of Miss World's rule barring mother from competing, but was encouraged to compete anyways by pageant organizers.

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One mystery in our universe is a step closer to being solved. NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched last year to help scientists understand the sun. Now, it has returned its first findings. Four papers were published in the journal Nature detailing the findings of Parker's first two flybys. It's one small step for a solar probe, one giant leap for mankind.



It is astounding that we've advanced to the point where we've managed to build a probe capable of flying within 15 million miles from the surface of the sun, but here we are. Parker can withstand temperatures of up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit and travels at 430,000 miles per hour. It's the fastest human-made vehicle, and no other human-made object has been so close to the sun.

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Since the mid '90s the phrase "God Forgives, Brothers Don't" has been part of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's football team's lexicon.

Over the past few years, the team has taken the field flying a black skull-and-crossbones flag with an acronym for the phrase, "GFBD" on the skull's upper lip. Supporters of the team also use it on social media as #GFBD.

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