Welcome to our Bite Size-Bulletin series! This is your chance to stay informed about important issues facing our world today. From scientific discoveries to socio-political protests and women’s rights, here’s some peace of mind that you’re somewhat informed.
Astronomers have discovered a new potentially habitable planet
A planet orbiting a distant star has been found to have water in its atmosphere which means there could be life outside of Earth. The planet, named K2-18b, reaches temperatures between zero and 40C and is twice the size of Earth.
The downside? K2-18b is 650 million miles away from Earth, so there’s no way to actually get there (then again, same goes for your pesky in-laws). But, never say never, something might be developed in the future.
Scientists create embryos of White Rhinos to save them from extinction
Scientists have created two embryos of the Northern White Rhino to bring them back from the brink of extinction. The only Northern White Rhinos left in the world are both females. However, conservationists have created viable embryos with sperm from deceased males.
Rhinos have been under threat for years because of their horns which have been traded in the black market. Check out the World Wildlife Fund to find out what they are doing to protect our wildlife and what you can do to help.
Indigenous tribes stand together to protect the Amazon
A report has been released by the MAAP which states that the Amazon fires are linked to land that was deforested earlier in the year and set ablaze again to complete the deforestation project. Indigenous tribes are outraged that their land and livelihood are being continually harmed by the loggers and miners.
The amount of fires in the Amazon has increased by 84% compared to last year. Indigenous group leaders have banded together saying that the fires are “Mother Nature’s cry, asking us to help her”.
Felicity Huffman is going to jail over the college admissions scandal
Actress Felicity Huffman, who admitted to paying $15,000 to have her daughter’s college entry exam answers secretly corrected in 2017, has been sentenced to 14 days behind bars.
Huffman has also been fined and ordered to do community service for her role in the scandal.
In a statement after her sentencing, Huffman said “There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period. I would like to apologise again to my daughter, my husband, my family and the educational community for my actions.”
“I especially want to apologise to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.”
The actress was one of 50 parents and coaches caught up in the scheme along with fellow actress Lori Loughlin. Loughlin and her husband pled not guilty and are currently awaiting trial.
In true Lifetime style, a movie is already being made about the incident and will air later in the year. We’re guessing neither Huffman nor Loughlin will make a cameo.
Rescue dog finds a new home with senior citizens
Get ready to ball your eyes out! A 6-year-old rescue dog named Journey was adopted by Sunrise Senior Living Center just one day before she was going to be euthanized.
If you or someone you know is thinking of buying a pet, please go and visit your local animal rescue centre. There are so many beautiful animals waiting to find loving homes.
Words by Tamara Bose