Swastikas drawn on Polish embassy in Israel
- Jerusalem (CNN) - Poland's embassy in Tel Aviv was daubed with swastikas on Sunday, a day after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki caused outrage by claiming Jews were among the perpetrators of the Holocaust.
- The law, which, which makes it illegal to accuse the Polish nation of complicity in crimes committed by Nazi Germany, including the Holocaust, also bans the use of terms such as "Polish death camps" in relation to Auschwitz and other such camps located in Nazi-occupied Poland.
- Poland was the center of Ashkenazi Jewry before the Holocaust, with around 3.5 million Jews living in the country before the outbreak of World War II in 1939.
- According to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, between 30,000 and 35,000 Polish Jews were saved with the help of non-Jewish Polish citizens.
Students mobilize after Florida shooting as victims recover
- Anthony Borges, 15, was shot five times during the mass shooting at his high school, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
- In the grim aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, shooting that left classmates hospitalized and 17 people dead, many students who survived the bloodshed say they can no longer endure a cycle of gun violence followed by inaction.
- As the South Florida community grapples with the aftermath, a 15-year-old teenager was arrested Friday for posting a threat on Instagram to kill people at several Broward County schools.
- The FBI failed to act on a January 5 tip of information about "Cruz's gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting," the agency said.
Fire damages Tibet's hallowed Jokhang temple
- Beijing (CNN) - Fire appears to have engulfed the gilded roof of Tibetan Buddhism's holiest temple, though details on the extent of the damage are scarce even two days later.
- Chinese state-controlled media confirmed a blaze broke out Saturday at the Jokhang Temple in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, and reported that it was quickly brought under control.
- CNN could not independently confirm the authenticity of videos being shared online showing the fire, and could not reach authorities for comment due to the Lunar New Year holiday.
- The temple was also open Sunday but will be closed for the next few days as monks celebrate the New Year holiday, Xinhua reported.
- The square outside the temple has seen a number of anti-China demonstrations by Buddhist monks over the years, protesting what they say are consistent attempts by the Chinese government to suppress Tibetan culture and religious freedom.
Mute crickets can’t chirp but rub their wings together anyway
- Male crickets woo females by “singing”, which they do by vigorously rubbing their wings together.
- However, in the early 2000s researchers noticed that up to 95 per cent of male Hawaiian crickets (Teleogryllus oceanicus) on the islands of Kauai and Oahu had lost their voices.
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Students take battle for gun control to streets
- As survivors of Wednesday's school shooting demand that it be the last such massacre, marches are being planned around the country to amplify the students' message that action must be taken to end gun violence.
- Fourteen students and three teachers were killed and many injured when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week.
- In an emotional rally Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, politicians and Marjory Stoneman Douglas students called for a ban on weapons like the one used at the high school, and urged voters to kick out lawmakers who oppose the move or who take money from the National Rifle Association.
- Students who survived the shooting in Florida are also planning to protest in Washington, D.C. on March 24 at an event organized by March For Our Lives.
The More Gender Equality, the Fewer Women in STEM
- A new study explores a strange paradox: In countries that empower women, they are less likely to choose math and science professions.
- According to a new paper published in Psychological Science by the psychologists Gijsbert Stoet, at Leeds Beckett University, and David Geary, at the University of Missouri, it could have to do with the fact that women in countries with higher gender inequality are simply seeking the clearest possible path to financial freedom.
- What’s more, the countries that minted the most female college graduates in fields like science, engineering, or math were also some of the least gender-equal countries.
- In this study, the percentage of girls who did excel in science or math was still larger than the number of women who were graduating with STEM degrees.
Oxfam releases internal 2011 report into Haiti prostitution claims
- The report reveals details of the internal investigation's findings, including allegations three staff members under investigation had "physically threatened and intimidated" a witness.
- Allegations first emerged last week that a number of staff members, including the country director, had hired prostitutes at Oxfam properties while working in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
- Four staff were dismissed and another three others resigned following the investigation, including former Haiti country director Roland van Hauwermeiren.
- According to the document released Monday, allegations of sexual misconduct were first reported to Oxfam in July 2011 following an email from a source whose name has been redacted.
- Oxfam said it dispatched a team to Haiti to investigate the allegations and, during an interview with investigators, van Hauwermeiren admitted to hiring prostitutes on Oxfam property and agreed to resign.
Human-sheep hybrids pave way for diabetes cure and mass organ transplants
- Human-sheep hybrids have been created by scientists for the first time, opening the door to organs being grown inside the farmyard animals for use in transplants or to cure diabetes.
- A team at Stanford University successfully grew embryos inside a surrogate for three weeks which had both sheep and human cells.
- The next step is to implant human stem cells into sheep embryos which have been genetically modified so they cannot grow a pancreas, in the hope that human DNA will fill in the missing code.
- Last year, researchers from The Salk Institute in the US created human-pig hybrids but no lab has yet succeeded in growing an organ.
- To make the hybrids scientists transplanted human stem cells into preimplantation embryos of sheep.
Go inside one of China's largest factories
- The process -- which can take days to complete -- is an art in its own right, according to Wu Hongyong, director of production and technology at one of China's biggest firework companies.
- Having first invented gunpowder over 2,000 years ago, China now produces more fireworks than anywhere else in the world.
- The country is responsible for over 90% of America's Independence Day fireworks, exporting $307.8 million worth to the US for its July 4th celebrations in 2016 (the US produced just $10 million worth for the holiday that year).
- Each firework contains small balls of explosives, known as stars, that are responsible for the colorful light displays seen in the sky.
- The smoke they produce contains small metal particles, and studies have linked firework use to short-term declines in air quality.
- In 2014, a deadly firework factory accident in China's Hunan province resulted in the death of 12 workers.
Hundreds of creatures hidden in Mona Lisa
- But while all of the cartoons in his works are technically original, Sagaki admits that he is heavily inspired by artists and collectives like Osamu Tezuka, Fuji Fujiko and Studio Ghibli.
- The "Mona Lisa" isn't the only Old Master painting that Sagaki has reproduced using manga-inspired characters -- he has also created his own versions of Leonardo's "The Last Supper," Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" and Hokusai's "The Great Wave off Kanagawa," among others.
- He began reproducing famous artworks in his distinctive style back in 2004, seeing it as an interesting way to combine Western art with the manga and anime characters he'd loved as a child.
- The show's curator, Jason Sveinn, believes that the appeal of Sagaki's drawings lies partly in the way they treat manga and anime as serious art forms.