The Daily Populous

Sunday June 6th, 2021 evening edition

image for The true story of Tom and Eileen Lonergan, the couple who inspired the film Open Water.

On January 25, 1998, American tourists Tom and Eileen Lonergan boarded a dive boat in Queensland for a day out exploring the Great Barrier Reef.

The married couple from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had stopped off in Australia on their way home from Fiji and Tuvalu, where they had been serving in the Peace Corps for three years.

Eileen, 28, was an experienced scuba diver, and had encouraged Tom, 34, to take up the hobby as well.

They were excited to dive the world's largest coral reef system.

Two days later, on January 27, a bag containing the passports and belongings of Tom and Eileen was found on the dive boat.

48 hours after the couple went missing, a wide scale air and sea search was quickly organised, with everyone from Navy to civilians taking part.

But the couple - who would have been faced with the Queensland summer heat, no fresh water, and the depths and dangers of the open ocean - were never found. »

Scientists develop ‘cheap and easy’ method to extract lithium from seawater

Authored by

To address this issue, the team led by Zhiping Lai tried a method that had never been used before to extract lithium ions.

The ceramic membrane’s crystal structure contains holes just wide enough to let lithium ions pass through while blocking larger metal ions.

According to the researchers, the cell will probably need $5 of electricity to extract 1 kilogram of lithium from seawater. »

Manchin says he won't vote for Democrats' sweeping election reform bill

Authored by
image for

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wrote in a Charleston Gazette-Mail op-ed Sunday that he will not support congressional Democrats' expansive election and anti-corruption bill, suggesting the measure is partisan.

“I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening blinds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For The People Act," Manchin wrote.

Manchin said he would support another reform bill, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would effectively reinstate key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that were gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013. »

It’s time to ditch Chrome

Authored by
image for

Is Google too big and powerful, and do you need to ditch Chrome for good?

“If you’re using Chrome to browse the internet, even in private mode, Google is watching everything you do online, all the time.

“So under the hood they are still a form of Chrome”, says Sean Wright, an independent security researcher. »