The Daily Populous

Tuesday May 29th, 2018 evening edition

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More than 120 pregnant whales were slaughtered in the latest Japanese whale hunt in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean, new documents show, reigniting calls for Australia to step up efforts to stop the annual killing spree.

A further 114 immature whales were killed as part of the so-called “scientific” whaling program, according to meeting papers from the International Whaling Commission’s scientific committee meeting this month.

A minke whale is unloaded in Kushiro, a port on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, in 2013.

Japan insists on conducting its annual summer whale hunt – including killing in Australian whale sanctuaries - despite international condemnation.

The latest figures show that of 333 minke Antarctic whales killed last summer, 181 were females.

Some 122 females, or 67 per cent, were pregnant.

The hunt killed 61 immature males and 53 immature females – 114 in total. »

Why do the sun and moon seem like the same size?

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So the sun and moon appear nearly the same size as seen from Earth.

And that’s why we on Earth can sometimes witness that most amazing of spectacles, a total eclipse of the sun.

EarthSky asked Myles Standish about the similarity in the size of Earth’s moon and sun, as seen from Earth. »

Liege shooting: Two police officers and civilian dead in Belgium

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The gunman also took a female cleaner hostage at a school before being killed by police.

Image copyright EPA Image caption A bomb squad was sent to the scene of the shooting in Liege, Belgium.

Belgian broadcaster RTBF said the gunman was let out from prison on temporary release on Monday where he had been serving time on drug offences. »

Zombie ants’ final resting place sealed by the trees

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A fungus that turns infected ants into powerless ‘zombies’ has adapted to climate conditions in different locales by modifying its victims’ behaviour.

After the fungus (Ophiocordyceps unilateralis) infects an ant, it commandeers the host’s nervous system, forcing the insect to march up a tree to grab a twig or leaf in its jaws.

In tropical climates, where trees do not shed their leaves, zombie ants were more likely to bite leaves than twigs. »

Did Trump Violate Ethics Rules With China Theme Park Deal? House Democrats Demand Federal Investigation Into $500 Million Loan

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More than 60 House Democrats are calling for an ethics investigation over the "extremely short time frame" between a $500 million loan the Chinese government made to an Indonesian theme park with Trump Organization properties, and President Donald Trump's move to save the Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE.

Related: Democrats Back 'Impeach Trump' Candidates, Poll Shows.

The White House and the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Newsweek on Monday. »