The Daily Populous

Thursday January 30th, 2020 evening edition

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GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham was "in the loop" about efforts to dig up dirt on the Bidens in Ukraine, Lev Parnas claimed in an interview on Wednesday.

But Parnas also said he did not know if Graham was "deeply involved" and clarified that he had not been in direct contact with the senator.

Parnas arrived in Washington on Wednesday to listen to the ongoing Senate impeachment trial, which entered its question-and-answer phase yesterday.

Asked why he wanted to be in Washington for the impeachment trial, Parnas said: "I think it's important that the truth gets out and witnesses get called.

Speaking about Sen. Graham, Parnas claimed to have "a lot of information about his dealings" due to his relationship with Giuliani.

Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, claims GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham "was in the loop" about their efforts in Ukraine to uncover dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

CNN host Cooper asked: "So you're saying Sen. Lindsey Graham knew about you and Mr. Giuliani's efforts in Ukraine?". »

Studios Re-up Kodak Deals to Keep Celluloid Film Alive

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The five major studios — Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros. — have inked new deals with Kodak, the film manufacturer said Wednesday, committing to buying undisclosed amounts of motion picture celluloid and thus guaranteeing its continued use for the foreseeable future.

The first such pacts between Kodak and the studios were struck in early 2015, roughly 18 months after the film manufacturer emerged from bankruptcy protection.

At the time, its film sales had plummeted as the use of digital imaging technology rose, and the agreements were designed to keep Kodak’s film manufacturing business going. »

Minnesota Will Pay Homeowners to Replace Lawns with Bee-Friendly Wildflowers, Clover and Native Grasses

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Minnesota is asking homeowners to turn their lawns into prairie to help bring back the bees.

Minnesota just allocated nearly a million dollars in incentives for people to transform their lawns into bee-friendly wildflowers, clover and native grasses.

The state is asking citizens to stop spraying herbicide, stop mowing so often, and let their lawns re-wild into a more natural state. »

Make ban on Chinese wildlife markets permanent, says environment expert

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A temporary ban on wildlife markets in China to curb the spread of coronavirus is “not enough” and should be made permanent, a prominent Chinese environmental leader has told the Guardian.

The national ban means the trade of wild animals will not be allowed in markets, restaurants or on e-commerce sites until the coronavirus outbreak ends, Chinese officials said on Sunday.

We have had similar diseases caused by illegal wildlife trafficking and if we don’t ban the trade these diseases will happen again.”. »

Tobacco smoking and somatic mutations in human bronchial epithelium

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b, Clean-up of mutation calls using the Xenome pipeline for one of the samples that was more heavily contaminated by the mouse feeder layer.

The Venn diagram on the left shows the overlap in mutation calls before and after removing non-human reads by Xenome.

f, Comparison of mutational burden in normal bronchial epithelial cells that neighbour a carcinoma in situ (CIS) versus cells distant from the CIS in five patients. »