Author: Nicole Roney

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The recent decision by the government to raise fuel prices has sparked outrage and protests throughout the country. The 10% increase in the cost of petrol and diesel has been met with strong opposition from the public, many of whom are already struggling to make ends meet in the face of a rising cost of living. Citizens across the nation see the fuel price hike as an additional burden on their finances, with some expressing anger over the government’s decision. Despite the government’s explanation that the increase is necessary to cover the rising cost of crude oil on the international…

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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is facing backlash over his plans to implement deportation flights to Rwanda this summer in an effort to discourage migrants from crossing the English Channel in small boats. The legislation for these controversial flights has been at a standstill for over two months due to a deadlock between the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Sunak is pushing for the swift approval of the legislation and has went as far as to keep Parliament in session until it is passed. The plan to deport migrants to Rwanda has been met with legal challenges…

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NASA’s Mars Sample Return Mission Faces Challenges Amid Budget Cuts NASA’s ambitious Mars Sample Return mission, aimed at bringing back samples collected by the Perseverance rover on Mars, is encountering hurdles due to budget cuts, complex mission design, and management issues. To address these challenges, the space agency recently announced plans to collaborate with private industry for the mission. One potential partner in this endeavor is SpaceX, with its Starship spacecraft being considered as a viable option for returning the precious samples from Mars. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, has expressed optimism about Starship’s capabilities, suggesting that it could potentially…

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Former US President Donald Trump made headlines once again as he appeared in the Manhattan criminal court in New York on Thursday, April 18, 2024. The trial surrounding Trump’s alleged involvement in hush money payments took a dramatic turn as he took to social media to criticize the judge and trial proceedings. Trump referred to the trial as a “witch hunt” and called for the judge to be removed from the case. His attorneys also made a request to delay the trial and move it to a new location citing concerns of bias among New York City residents. However, the…

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The Juno spacecraft recently conducted close flybys of Jupiter’s moon Io, known as the most volcanically active body in the solar system. During these flybys, Juno captured stunning images of erupting volcanoes and a massive 127-mile-long lava lake known as Loki Patera on Io’s surface. Maps created using data collected by Juno revealed that Io’s surface is remarkably smooth compared to other Galilean moons. Additionally, the spacecraft found that the poles of Io are colder than the mid-latitude regions. In addition to studying Io, Juno also collected important data on Jupiter itself, including its north polar cyclones and the abundance…

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NASA’s Juno spacecraft, on a mission to study Jupiter, has recently captured the first-ever image of the south polar region of Jupiter’s moon, Io. The data collected during flybys of Io has been transformed into animations showing mountains and a lava lake on the moon’s surface. At the European Geophysical Union General Assembly, Juno’s principal investigator, Scott Bolton, revealed these groundbreaking findings. The surface of Io was compared to Jupiter’s other Galilean moons, with the poles found to be colder than the middle latitudes. Continual flybys of Juno have allowed for improvements in the resolution of Jupiter’s northern polar cyclones.…

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Ruang Volcano Erupts in Indonesia, Officials Warn of Tsunami Risk The Ruang volcano in Indonesia has been causing chaos this week with multiple violent eruptions that have sent columns of lava, rock, and ash shooting as high as two miles into the sky. The 750-foot volcano has prompted officials to raise the alert level to the highest possible, warning of a potential tsunami risk. This isn’t the first time the Ruang volcano has wreaked havoc. In 1871, it erupted and collapsed into the water, resulting in the deaths of roughly 400 people. With this recent activity, over 800 local residents…

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The Philadelphia 76ers secured the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference with a nail-biting 105-104 victory over the Miami Heat in a Play-In matchup that had fans on the edge of their seats. Excellent bench play, particularly from Nicolas Batum who scored a season-high 20 points, played a crucial role in the 76ers’ triumph. Star player Joel Embiid led all scorers with an impressive stat line of 23 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists, showcasing his dominance on the court. The 76ers had to overcome a halftime deficit and struggled against Miami’s tough zone defense, but ultimately managed to…

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Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines is facing a crisis as the facility has reached full capacity due to a surge in respiratory illnesses among children. The hospital typically sees an increase in cold and flu cases during this time of year, but the current spike is unprecedented. Many children, including infants and toddlers, are being hospitalized for severe respiratory illnesses such as RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). According to data from the CDC, there has been a significant increase in COVID, flu, and RSV cases among children under four compared to last year. Dr. Waddell, a pediatrician at the hospital,…

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Twitch Set to Roll Out New TikTok-Style Discovery Feed After months of testing, Twitch has announced that its new TikTok-style discovery feed will be available to all users later this month. The feed will have separate tabs dedicated to clips and current livestreams, providing users with an easier way to discover new content on the platform. The discovery feed will launch as a tab within the mobile app, with the possibility of becoming the homepage for some users next month. All livestreams and clips that meet Twitch’s content guidelines are eligible to appear in the feed, giving creators a chance…

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