The Daily Populous

Sunday May 10th, 2020 day edition

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A previously unseen asteroid the size of a truck flew about 4,350 miles (7,000 kilometers) over the Pacific Ocean on Monday, making it one of the closest passes by our planet on record.

Astronomers had no notice of asteroid 2020 JJ's existence, as it was discovered using the Mt.

Lemmon Survey in Arizona right around the time it reached its closest point to us.

Rather, it says something about how astronomers and their technology are becoming better at spotting ever-smaller and closer asteroids.

Consider that asteroid 1998 OR2, which made headlines recently for its close pass (not nearly as close as 2020 JJ), is a mile across.

Close asteroid passes like this aren't really anything worth worrying about, but it's always worth keeping an eye on what's going on near our planet.

You can catch some interesting sights by watching the sky this week, like the Eta Aquarid meteor shower and the last supermoon of the year. »

White individuals on average react positively to a Black person referring to them with the n-word

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Previous studies investigated the use of racial slurs by White individuals toward Black individuals and the reclaiming of disparaging words among racial minorities.

They also viewed Black racial slurs used by Black individuals toward White individuals as more affiliative.

To examine how African Americans viewed Black individuals using Black racial slurs toward White individuals, the researchers conducted a similar experiment with 211 Black participants. »

Democrats File Lawsuit to Make Absentee Mail-In Voting Accessible to Everyone During Pandemic

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One issue that comes up repeatedly as the coronavirus pandemic interferes with the 2020 election season is how to ensure that people can vote safely.

This suit was also filed in a federal court over officials’ failure to ensure that all voters can vote by mail during the pandemic.

If people are discouraged from voting or have to make choices about choosing between voting and being able to protect their health, that’s not a good plan for democracy. »