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Swedish Government May Potentially Resign 

By: Oliver Pechter of Business Insider 

The Swedish government could potentially resign today. 

The Swedish opposition movement Alliansen is putting forward a motion of no confidence against interior minister Anders Ygeman, defence minister Peter Hultqvist and infrastructure minister Anna Johansson following an IT-scandal at the Swedish Transport Agency earlier this month, which involved the leaking of private citizen data to foreign contractors.

“We at Alliansen want to raise a motion of no confidence against the three responsible ministers for their failures to take responsibility during the crisis,” said the Moderates party leader Anna Kinberg Batra.

“It is obvious that the three ministers have neglected their duties… it may have threatened the security of Sweden,” says Annie Lööf.

“But we are not demanding that the government should resign,” says Jan Björklund.

The Alliance elaborated their decision further in a debate article in Svenska Dagbladet.

“The security crisis puts individual citizens as well as the entire nation’s security at risk. It’s very serious. We have found major shortcomings in the government’s work and responsibility during the handling of the crisis.”

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2 Chainz Turns Pink Trap House To HIV Clinic

Compliments of the BBC

The Atlanta rapper took to Instagram to tell people about the the pop-up clinic and to “come get tested and know your status”.

The house was originally used to promote his new album Pretty Girls like Trap Music, which was released in June.

It has since been used as a church and community centre, and has been welcomed by residents as a tourist attraction.

A trap house is a term for somewhere you go to buy drugs from a dealer – similar to a drugs den.

The HIV clinic was supported by the Fulton County Board of Health, and charities Atlanta AIDS and Test Atlanta.

In a caption on Instagram, 2 Chainz said: “Inside the ‘pink traphouse’ something seldom shown, art, kids, music, good vibes, inspiration etc. The word trap is and was associated with a negative connotation.

“We will see after we get thru injected some cultural ideas the move the needle inch by inch”.

The pink house has also been used as a “trap church,” which involved many local groups coming together and urging the public to support organisations to help residents of the poorest neighbourhoods.

Portraits of famous musicians, like Tupac and the Weeknd, can also be bought at the house, and it also functions as a salon, offering nail and hair appointments to local residents.

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Pope Francis Calls for Christians, Jews, and Muslims to Pray for Peace

Compliments of Vatican Radio

Pope Francis has appealed for prayers and international participation in the “One Minute for Peace” initiative to be held:

Thursday, 8 June, at 1:00 PM Rome time.

He said the initiative represents “a short moment of prayer on the recurrence of the meeting in the Vatican between me, the late Israeli President Peres, and the Palestinian President Abbas”.

Their encounter took place in the Vatican Gardens on 8 June 2014, during which the three men prayed together for peace.

The Holy Father said, “In our days, there is a great need to pray – Christians, Jews, and Muslims – for peace.”

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New CO2 Plant Can Recylce Green House Gases In The Atmosphere 

By: Karla Lant of Futurism 

Yesterday, the world’s first commercial carbon capture plant began sucking carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the air around it. Perched atop a Zurich waste incineration facility, the Climeworks carbon capture plant comprises three stacked shipping containers that hold six CO2 collectors each. Spongey filters absorb CO2 as fans pull air through the collectors until they are fully saturated, a process that takes about two or three hours.

The container then closes, and the process reverses. The collector is heated to 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit), and the pure CO2 is released in a form that can be buried underground, made into other products, or sold.

According to Climeworks, the startup that created this carbon capture facility, hundreds of thousands more like it will be needed by midcentury if we want to remain below the limits set by the Paris Agreement. However, to keep the planet’s temperature from increasing by more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), we’ll need to do something more than simply lowering global emissions.

“We really only have less than 20 years left at current emission rates to have a good chance of limiting emissions to less than 2°C,” Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment director Chris Field told Fast Company. “So it’s a big challenge to do it simply by decreasing emissions from energy, transportation, and agriculture.”

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Even Fewer Media Briefings To Be Expected From The Trump Administration As Media Director Resigns

Compliments of The BBC 

The White House communications director has resigned only three months after being hired by President Donald Trump.

Mike Dubke, an experienced Republican strategist, was hired in March to revamp the White House media strategy.

As part of the shake-up, White House press secretary Sean Spicer will reportedly hold on to his position, but there will be fewer media briefings.

The reshuffle follows reports of disarray in the White House communications team.

Mr Dubke tendered his resignation on 18 May and is leaving on good terms, according to Axios News, a politics website which first reported his exit.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Mr Dubke had agreed to stay on until Mr Trump returned from his trip to the Middle East and Europe on Saturday.

“Mike tendered his resignation just before the President’s historic international trip and offered to remain onboard until a transition is concluded,” said Mr Priebus.

“Mike will assist with the transition and be a strong advocate for the President and the President’s policies moving forward.”

According to news website Politico, Mr Dubke, 47, provided few details on his departure in an email to friends.

“The reasons for my departure are personal,” he wrote, “but it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration.

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Real Life Hover Board Reaches Heights of 10,000ft and Speeds Up To 90 mph 

By: Kelly Mclaughlin For Mailonline

A Frenchman whose hoverboard invention is being considered by the US Army for usage by combat soldiers was spotted flying his super-fast device over a lake in Arizona.
Franky Zapata, a former professional jet ski driver, was seen flying his Flyboard Air hoverboard over Lake Havasu earlier this month.

In footage of the flight, Zapata is seen hovering dozens of feet above the Lake Havasu beach as onlookers watched the amazing flight.


Wearing a protective helmet and flight suit, he zooms past palm trees and over water and sand during the minute-long video.

Upon finishing the flight, Zapata lands on a nearby platform and is helped down by a nearby onlooker.
FLYBOARD AIR: KEY STATS

The Flyboard Air claims to allow users to fly untethered through the sky to an incredible height of 10,000ft (3,048m).
That’s equal to the height of nearly seven Empire State buildings stacked on top of each other.
It uses an ‘Independent Propulsion Unit’ to fly for about 10 minutes and has a top speed of 93mph (150 km/h).  
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Asian Influenza Virus Has The Potential Of Being The Next Global Pandemic

By: The CDC ( Center Of Disease Control )

Human infections with an Asian lineage avian influenza A (H7N9) virus (“Asian H7N9”) were first reported in China in March 2013. Annual epidemics of sporadic human infections with Asian H7N9 viruses in China have been reported since that time. China is currently experiencing its 5th epidemic of Asian H7N9 human infections. This is the largest annual epidemic to date. As of May 1, 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported 623 human infections with Asian H7N9 virus during the 5th epidemic, making it the largest annual epidemic to date. This brings the total cumulative number of human infections with Asian lineage H7N9 reported by WHO to 1,421. Additional infections have been reported, but not yet publically announced by WHO. During epidemics one through four, about 40 percent of people confirmed with Asian H7N9 virus infection died.
Epidemiology
Most human infections with avian influenza viruses, including Asian H7N9 virus, have occurred after exposure to poultry; Asian H7N9 viruses continue to circulate in poultry in China. Most reported patients with H7N9 virus infection have had severe respiratory illness (e.g., pneumonia). Rare instances of limited person-to-person spread of this virus have been identified in China, but there is no evidence of sustained person-to-person spread. Some human infections with Asian H7N9 have been reported outside of mainland China, but most of these infections have occurred among people who had traveled to mainland China before becoming ill. Asian H7N9 viruses have not been detected in people or birds in the United States.
CDC Risk Assessment
While the current risk to the public’s health posed by Asian H7N9 virus is low, the pandemic potential of this virus is concerning. Influenza viruses constantly change and it is possible that this virus could gain the ability to spread easily and sustainably among people, triggering a global outbreak of disease (i.e., a pandemic). In fact, of the novel influenza A viruses that are of special concern to public health, Asian lineage H7N9 virus is rated by the Influenza Risk Assessment Tool (IRAT) as having the greatest potential to cause a pandemic, as well as potentially posing the greatest risk to severely impact public health.
It is likely that sporadic human infections with Asian H7N9 virus associated with poultry exposure will continue to occur in China. There is also a possibility of Asian H7N9 virus spreading to poultry in neighboring countries and human infections associated with poultry exposure may be detected in neighboring countries. Asian H7N9 infections may continue to be detected among travelers returning from countries where this virus is present. However, as long as there is no evidence of ongoing, sustained person-to-person spread, the public health risk assessment would not change substantially.

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Scientist Successfully Remove HIV From Lab Mice 

By:Mia De Graaf of Dailymail

Scientists have cured living animals of HIV using CRISPR gene-editing, a new study claims. 

The virus remains elusive due to the its ability to hide away in latent reservoirs. 

But now, in new research published this week, US scientists showed they could completely remove HIV DNA from human cells implanted into mice – preventing further infection.

It is the first time scientists have ever achieved complete elimination in animal models – paving the way to a human clinical trial.

Most exciting, the study by at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and the University of Pittsburgh involved a ‘humanized’ model in which mice were transplanted with human immune cells and infected with the virus.  

The new work, led by Dr Wenhui Hu at LKSOM, builds on the same team’s previous research, in which they managed to delete HIV-1 from the genome of most tissues.

A year later, they have been able to eliminate the virus from every tissue.  

‘Our new study is more comprehensive,’ Dr. Hu said. 

‘We confirmed the data from our previous work and have improved the efficiency of our gene editing strategy. We also show that the strategy is effective in two additional mouse models, one representing acute infection in mouse cells and the other representing chronic, or latent, infection in human cells.’

The team tested three groups of mice.

In the first, they infected mice with HIV-1.

In the second, they infected mice with a severe case of EcoHIV (the mouse equivalent of human HIV-1).

The third used a ‘humanized’ mouse model, engrafted with human immune cells, that was infected with HIV-1.  

Treating the first group, they managed to genetically inactivate HIV-1, reducing the RNA expression of viral genes by up to 95 percent, confirming their earlier findings.

The second group has an added challenge: the virus is more prone to vociferously spread and multiply. 

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Potential Terrorist Attack In Sweden As Truck Driver Plows Into Pedestrian 

Compliments of BBC

A lorry has smashed into a store in central Stockholm, killing at least three people, Swedish police say.

Several people were also injured in the incident on Drottninggatan (Queen Street), one of the city’s major pedestrian streets.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said everything pointed to an act of terrorism.

Local media reported one arrest, but police have said no-one is being held.

The lorry was hijacked earlier on Friday, its owner said.

The crash happened at the Ahlens department store just before 15:00 local time (13:00 GMT).

Swedish brewery Spendrups said its lorry had been stolen on its way to a restaurant delivery.

“Someone jumped into the driver’s cabin and drove off with the vehicle while the driver was unloading,” a brewery spokesperson told the TT news agency.

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Can Psychedelics Aid With Depression? 

Compliments of The CBC

We think of psychedelic drugs, hallucinogens, as party drugs. Drugs that let us escape our minds, and even let us feel like we’re escaping our bodies.

Magic mushrooms, Ayahuasca and Peyote have long been understood by non-western cultures to free the mind and help heal emotional trauma.

Today, researchers are discovering that the drug, ketamine, can do the same thing. Ketamine or “Special K” is known on the street as an illicit party drug. It can give users an out-of-body experience, a feeling of dissociation.

But ketamine is intended for use by doctors and veterinarians as an anaesthetic. It also has a darker side as the so called “date rape drug”.

Dr. Pierre Blier is leading research at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre using low doses of ketamine to treat patients with severe and treatment-resistant depression, and in particular, patients who have thoughts of suicide.

In fact, pharmaceutical companies are conducting multi-centre clinical trials on ketamine, and researchers are optimistic that an intra-nasal version may be on the market as soon as 2019.

Dr. David Nutt has looked at the brains of people while they’ve been on LSD, but also on other hallucinogens like psilocybin, the ingredient that makes magic mushrooms “magic.”

And he thinks the findings — as they relate to people with depression, in particular — are too powerful to ignore.

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