The Daily Populous

Wednesday May 22nd, 2019 morning edition

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On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed SB 5001, “concerning human remains,” making Washington the first state in the U.S. to legalize human composting.

The law, which takes effect May 1, 2020, recognizes “natural organic reduction” and alkaline hydrolysis (sometimes called “liquid cremation”) as acceptable means of disposition for human bodies.

The bill had passed both legislative chambers with ample, bipartisan majorities: 80-16 in the House and 38-11 in the Senate.

This paves the way for Recompose, a project to build the first urban “organic reduction” funeral home in the country.

Washington already has several “green cemeteries,” such as White Eagle Memorial Preserve in Klickitat County, where people can be buried without embalming, caskets or headstones.

The Recompose model is more like an urban crematorium (bodies go in, remains come out), but using the slower, less carbon-intensive means of “organic reduction,” or composting.

Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, a soil scientist at Washington State University, says that practice can turn a 1,500-pound steer — bones and all — into clean, odorless soil in a matter of months. »

More intelligent individuals are more likely to enjoy instrumental music, study finds

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New research published in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences provides additional evidence that more intelligent individuals are more likely to prefer instrumental music.

The study of 467 Croatian high school students found that higher scores on the intelligence test were associated with a preference for instrumental music, including ambient/chill out electronica, big band jazz, and classical music.

The study, “Intelligence, Music Preferences, and Uses of Music From the Perspective of Evolutionary Psychology“, was authored by Elena Račevska and Meri Tadinac. »

‘Breaking Bad’: ‘Ozymandias’ review, take two

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Those seven seconds are what “Breaking Bad” has been building to for the previous 59 hours.

They are Walter White finally, after so much time and so much sin, coming to terms with everything he has lost.

It's staggering how many horrible things happen in this hour, presented to us by writer Moira Walley-Beckett, director Rian Johnson and company. »

Arthur: Alabama Public Television bans gay wedding episode

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Alabama Public Television (APT) has refused to broadcast a cartoon which shows a same-sex wedding.

The first episode of the 22nd series of children's programme Arthur features the character Mr Ratburn marrying his aardvark partner, Patrick.

"I never thought I'd be going to battle for a gay rat wedding, but here we are," she said. »

Trump suddenly reverses course on Iran, says there is ‘no indication’ of threats

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On Monday, he suddenly reversed course, claiming that there was “no indication” of threats from the country that would require such a response.

Experts say the mixed messages have to do with the administration’s lack of a coordinated Iran strategy in general.

Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), last year. »