Ethan Kung

Ethan Kung

Australia’s “Koala War” Explained

On September 10, Australian politics was left in disarray as the New South Wales Party (N.S.W./Nationals) threatened to leave the country’s conservative Liberal Party coalition. The Nationals planned to turn over a ban on land clearing in marsupial habitats, a move rejected strongly by the Liberal Party.  The National Party, which has traditionally represented rural …

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China Launches Secretive New Spacecraft

According to China’s state-run news organization Xinhua, the country successfully launched a “reusable spacecraft” on September 4 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center . Reportedly spending an undisclosed time in orbit, the craft was carried by a Long March-2F carrier, a model in use since 1999. As of writing, the experimental rocket’s appearance and purpose …

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11,000 Bolts of Lightning Strike California, Sparking Major Wildfires

From August 16-19, California was struck by an estimated 11,000 lightning bolts, helping spark 360 fires across the state. Having already burned through 500,000 acres of land, the wildfires arrive as California contends with necessary blackouts and a record-breaking heatwave.  California governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, citing excessive heat and …

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Ring of Neolithic Underground Structures Discovered near Stonehenge

Archaeologists in the United Kingdom have discovered a large underground structure near the famous prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in Wiltshire County, England. The so-called “mega-monuments” consist of enormous 1.2 miles wide, 16 feet deep underground shafts, each roughly 500 years younger than their nearby counterpart. Though their purpose is unclear, researchers from the University of …

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#ZimbabweanLivesMatter: Citizens Protest Government Abuses

The worldwide Black Lives Matter movement has inspired a popular new slogan in Zimbabwe: #ZimbabweanLivesMatter. Originally inspired by protest shutdowns and prolonged human rights violations, the hashtag went viral on August 4 following promotion from numerous celebrities and 700,000 tweets in its support.  For weeks, Zimbabwe has seen mass demonstrations in the country’s two largest …

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