The Daily Populous

Thursday June 28th, 2018 morning edition

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Mars was a fully formed planet — crust and all — within just 20 million years of the solar system’s birth.

That rapid formation means the Red Planet probably got a 100-million-year jump on Earth in terms of habitability, new research suggests.

That’s just 20 million years after the disk of gas around the sun gave birth to the solar system’s planets.

The emergence of a planet’s outermost shell, or crust, is the final stage in the formation of terrestrial planets like Mars, Earth, Venus and Mercury.

As the magma ocean cools and crystallizes, it forms a dense metallic core, and then an outer crust.

Simulations of the whole process takes suggest this occurs on timescales of 30 million to as long as 100 million years.

Mars also would have solidified about 100 million years before Earth did — giving the Red Planet a head start on habitability. »

Anthony Kennedy retiring from Supreme Court

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Justice Anthony Kennedy, a crucial swing vote on the Supreme Court, announced Wednesday he's retiring at the end of July, giving President Donald Trump another chance to fundamentally reshape the highest court in the land.

In a statement, the Supreme Court said the 81-year-old Kennedy will step down effective July 31.

Kennedy wants to spend more time with his family, even though they were content with him staying on the court. »

Russia Says Canada Weed Legalization Is a 'Breach' of International Legal Obligations

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Russia has come out strongly against Canada’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana, calling the move a “breach” of its “international legal obligations.”.

Last week, Canada became the second nation in the world and the first member of the wealthy G-7 to pass legislation to legalize recreational marijuana.

“Canada is aware that there will be international opposition from some countries,” as well as that its move could “violate international drug control treaties,” Hetzer said. »

World Cup 2018: Germany out of tournament after losing to South Korea

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Defending champions Germany have been eliminated from the World Cup at the group stage following defeat by South Korea, in one of the biggest shocks in the competition's history.

Manager Low, who led Germany to World Cup glory four years ago, will face strong questions over his selections both before and during this tournament.

Son Heung-Min's goal for South Korea (95:52) was the latest goal Germany have ever conceded in a World Cup match (excluding extra-time). »