The Daily Populous

Thursday May 6th, 2021 day edition

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Pulling the panda back from the brink.

The panda is on the road to recovery.

For fifty years, it has been the world's most beloved conservation icon and WWF's symbol.

Back in the 1980s, there were as few as 1,114 pandas in China.

But the most recent survey in 2014 estimated that there were 1,864 pandas living in the wild.

After 30 years of slow but steady progress, the IUCN has now changed the panda's status on the Red List of Threatened Species.

The decision is a recognition of the hard work of the Chinese government, local communities, nature reserve staff and WWF over many years. »

'Let's Do Insulin Next,' Says Ocasio-Cortez After Biden Backs IP Waiver to Boost Covid-19 Vaccine Access

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List of reasons to not waive patent protections on insulin: — RootsAction (@Roots_Action) May 5, 2021.

Current conditions are far from what the discoverers of insulin envisioned nearly a century ago, as Vox detailed in 2019:.

Banting's co-inventors, James Collip and Charles Best, sold the insulin patent to the University of Toronto for a mere $1. »

Ikea-like pasta is the Earth-friendly food of the future

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“Based on our geometrical calculation, flatly pack macaroni pasta could save more than 60% of the packaging space,” Yao tells Inverse.

Once it hits the water, this pasta flower begins to spring from its flat-packed shape into a delicate flower.

Using different patterns of stamped grooves on these pasta noodles researchers can create any number of 3D pasta shapes that spring to life in water. »

New homes cost $36,000 more because of an epic shortage of lumber

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While lumber prices have gone up, we have been able to pass it on to the consumer with higher prices for homes.".

And because the housing market is on fire, the lumber shortage is costing many prospective home buyers even more money.

At the same time, demand for lumber is also being driven by a surge of renovations and expansions of existing homes. »

Montana plans to cancel unemployment benefits to address ‘severe workforce shortage’

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Starting June 27, Montanans will lose access to the extra $300 in weekly unemployment benefits, but maintain their regular benefits.

Those relying on the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, which gives additional weeks of unemployment benefits to workers, will stop receiving benefits.

The state also plans to reinstate the requirement that stipulates workers must be actively searching for a job to qualify for unemployment benefits. »