The Daily Populous

Thursday September 20th, 2018 morning edition

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The criminal life has not been hard for ivory smugglers.

Operating on vast, unwatched swaths of the African savanna, poachers slaughter elephants for their tusks, which move up through a pyramid of middlemen until they’re loaded en masse into shipping containers and dispatched at international ports.

There are customs agents there, but out of roughly one billion containers shipped around the world each year, only one to two percent can be inspected.

As the staggering statistics on the illegal ivory trade show, it’s pretty easy to make tons of ivory disappear.

Catching the culprits requires tracing the ivory back to the people who wrested it from the elephants, but doing so is no easy task.

These are professional criminals, and they’ve developed a suite of tricks to avoid detection or at least only get caught with smaller seizures.

“I am very passionate about my work and when the patterns started emerging, it was indescribably exciting and energizing,” Wasser tells Inverse. »

Sir Peter Jackson may testify against Harvey Weinstein in Ashley Judd case

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Sir Peter Jackson may testify against Harvey Weinstein in Ashley Judd case.

Kiwi director Sir Peter Jackson has spoken with the legal team of Hollywood actress Ashley Judd regarding her defamation and sexual harassment civil case against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

CHRISTOPHER POLK/GETTY Ashley Judd claims Harvey Weinstein's words to Peter Jackson cost her a key role in the Lord of the Rings. »

RemoveDEBRIS Performs World’s First In-Orbit Space Junk Capture

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Development of the RemoveDEBRIS satellite was funded by the European Commision and ten international partners.

Testing of the experimental space junk net was conducted on September 16 with the satellite successfully capturing a target cubesat travelling at 27,000 kph (17,000 mph).

In addition to the net, the RemoveDEBRIS satellite carries a second novel solution to the problem of space debris. »

Cuba's new president backs same-sex marriage

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Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said in his first interview since taking office in April that he supports a proposed change to the constitution to allow same-sex marriage.

Diaz-Canel, 58, joins Cuban lawmaker Mariela Castro in support of legalizing gay marriage in the country.

At a news conference in May, Mariela Castro said she would push for same-sex marriage to be included in the country’s constitutional reform process, which began in July. »