The Daily Populous

Thursday February 15th, 2018 night edition

image for Russian opposition leader Navalny's name shifts snow in Moscow

Moscow residents say they have found that the only way to get the council to clear snow is to write the name of opposition leader Alexei Navalny on it.

One user said the move prompted immediate reaction and that council workers removed the graffiti "within hours".

Mr Navalny is Russia's best-known critic of President Vladimir Putin, and state media never mention him by name.

President Putin famously refuses to call Mr Navalny by his name, usually referring to him as "that person" when asked about him.

Moscow has seen huge snowdrifts pile this year, and has experienced some of the heaviest snowfall in decades.

Image copyright ALEXANDRA DALSBAEK Image caption Alexei Navalny recently called out protesters in support of his call to boycott the 18 March election.

He nearly lost his sight in one eye after being attacked with an antiseptic green dye in Moscow last year. »

Senate Bill Would Create National Broadband Access Standard

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The FCC is being asked to set a national standard to determine whether mobile and broadband in rural areas is "reasonably comparable" to service in urban areas.

That request came in a bipartisan bill, the Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Act of 2018, introduced Tuesday (Feb. 13) by Sens.

"While progress has been made, too many rural areas continue to fall behind," said Capito, chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus. »

Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station

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An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering a fresh batch of supplies for the crew.

(Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service photo via AP) An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering a fresh batch of supplies for the crew.

Explore further: Russian supply ship docks at International Space Station. »

Poor fitness linked to weaker brain fiber, higher dementia risk

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In particular, a new study from UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute suggests that the lower the fitness level, the faster the deterioration of vital nerve fibers in the brain.

This deterioration results in cognitive decline, including memory issues characteristic of dementia patients.

The researchers determined that lower fitness levels were associated with weaker white matter, which in turn correlated with lower brain function. »

Grandfather, 80, becomes Spain’s oldest Erasmus student

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He is 80 years old, has suffered a heart attack and quadruple bypass, but on Monday this Spanish grandfather will head off to start a new semester as an Erasmus student in Italy.

El "abuelo" Miguel se va de Erasmus a los 80: "Mis compañeros me preguntan cómo se hace el testamento" — El Español (@elespanolcom) February 14, 2018.

Then at 75-years-old he suffered a heart attack and was given a quadruple heart bypass. »