The Daily Populous

Sunday August 30th, 2020 day edition

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One hundred and sixty-two years ago, some fossilised bones were collected from the shore beneath Black Ven at Charmouth in west Dorset.

They were sent to Richard Owen at the British Museum in London, who was at the time the acknowledged expert on fossils in Britain – among many other achievements, he had invented the word dinosaur.

These bones clearly belonged to a dinosaur, but were a jumble of the remains of several different animals.

Owen encouraged the finder, James Harrison, to look for more specimens in order to clarify matters.

Within a year, Harrison had recovered a near-complete skeleton of one animal.

Until that moment, dinosaurs had only been known from teeth and a few scattered bones, so their structure and appearance had been entirely speculative.

The world had its first dinosaur skeleton and it was in the hands of the man who had invented the word. »

Covid-19 vaccine may be mandatory in Portugal

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Graça Freitas during the usual press conference on Covid-19 in Portugal stated that “Portuguese legislation allows a vaccine to be used in an epidemic and in defence of public health to be mandatory.”.

The prime minister announced the purchase of 6.9 million vaccines against Covid-19, worth €20 million, adding that in Portugal vaccination will be “universal and free”.

In the case of the vaccine now purchased, this information is not yet available and, therefore, this decision cannot be made for now. »

Elon Musk Says Neuralink Is Like a Fitbit in Your Skull

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The Neuralink is an implant that directly interfaces with a person’s brain, reading signals from the brain, and even altering them to fix problems.

It’s essentially a “Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires,” Musk explained.

According to Musk, to install a Neuralink, a tiny piece of your skull is removed and the Neuralink is slotted in, where it will sit flush with the skull (no electronics jutting out). »

Controversial law allows police to seize and sell cars of non-lawbreakers, keeping the proceeds

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When the driver, Syrgeo Perez, 30, refused a breathalyzer, he was arrested on suspicion of DWI and troopers seized Dietrich's car using Minnesota's forfeiture law.

Lawyers and lawmakers who've been trying to change Minnesota's forfeiture law say State Patrol held Dietrich to an unreasonable standard.

"If there's no lien on the vehicle, the police and the prosecutor get 100 percent of those proceeds," Ramsay said. »