The Daily Populous

Monday April 5th, 2021 morning edition

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It hasn’t been tested yet and Nobel prize winners have taken opposite points of view concerning something called string theory.

I’m the co-founder of string field theory, which is one of the main branches of string theory, so I have some “skin in the game”.

String theory involves a great deal of theoretical physics, fiendish mathematics and mind-boggling abstraction.

I think the public is curious as to what the consequences of this theory could be.

The universe in some sense is like a chess game and for 2,000 years we’ve been trying to figure out how the pawns move.

And now we’re beginning to understand how the queen moves and how you get a checkmate.

The destiny of science is to become like grandmasters, to solve this puzzle that we call the universe. »

Egypt's first female ship captain fears for her career after she was blamed falsely for the Suez Canal blockage when she was aboard a vessel 200 miles away

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Online rumors and fake news headlines blamed her for the Ever Given grounding, she told the BBC.

Egypt's first female ship's captain was blamed for the Suez Canal blockage despite having been hundreds of miles away from the incident, she told BBC News.

This vessel was in Alexandria — more than 200 miles away from the site of the collision. »

Mark Zuckerberg's phone number appeared among the leaked data of Facebook users, according to a researcher

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The cell-phone number of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is among the personal information leaked online in a low-level hacking forum, according to a researcher.

Data including his name, location, marriage details, birth date, and Facebook user ID was exposed, according to The Sun.

In that incident, personal data from over 87 million Facebook users was improperly obtained by the political data-analytics firm. »

Growing California almonds takes more than half of US honeybees

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Just by looking at fully grown oranges, apples and almonds, the honeybee wouldn’t necessarily get marquee credit for their growth.

In the winter, Kutik, and commercial beekeepers throughout the country, send the majority of the nation's commercial bees to pollinate almonds blossoms.

With so much work to be done by American beekeepers and their bees, can the industry keep up with demand?. »

Big Meat and Dairy Companies Have Spent Millions Lobbying Against Climate Action, a New Study Finds

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The authors calculated that U.S. agribusiness, which includes meat and dairy companies and also other agricultural companies, spent $750 million on national political candidates from 2000 to 2020.

The authors said these companies also spent their lobbying money on issues beyond climate change, including the Farm Bill and farm subsidies.

But relative to each company’s revenue, Tyson spent double what Exxon spent on political campaigns and 33 percent more on lobbying. »