The Daily Populous

Wednesday May 25th, 2022 morning edition

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The U.S. will close the last avenue for Russia to pay back its billions in debt to international investors on Wednesday, making a Russian default on its debts for the first time since the Bolshevik Revolution all but inevitable.

File - Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing, May 10, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Since the first rounds of sanctions, the Treasury Department has given banks a license to process any dollar-denominated bond payments from Russia.

Without the license to use U.S. banks to pay its debts, Russia would have no ability to repay its international bond investors.

The Russian Finance Ministry prepaid two bonds on Friday that were due this month to get ahead of the May 25 deadline.

Russia has not defaulted on its international debts since the 1917 Revolution, when the Russian Empire collapsed and the Soviet Union was created. »

Study reveals fish in Florida waters contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs

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A recently published three-year study out of Florida International University discovered pharmaceuticals present in bonefish living off the South Florida coast.

MIAMI – A recently published three-year study out of Florida International University discovered pharmaceuticals present in the blood and tissue of bonefish living off the South Florida coast.

Examples of drugs found in the fish include blood pressure medications, antidepressants, prostate treatments, antibiotics and pain relievers, researchers said. »

How to Make Biden’s Free World Strategy Work

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Yet critics of the democracy-autocracy thesis aren’t wrong to argue that the world isn’t quite so simple.

He must then flesh out his concept of the “free world,” a familiar term that can be more flexible than it sounds.

But it is this combination of autocracy, capability, and aggressive conduct that the free world must organize itself to meet. »

Stacey Abrams wins Democratic gubernatorial primary in Georgia

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Stacey Abrams is the winner of the Democratic nomination for governor in Georgia, NBC News projected Tuesday.

Abrams will face a rematch with incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp, who was secretary of state when he narrowly defeated her in 2018.

Abrams was born in Madison, Wisconsin, grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi, and moved to Georgia in high school. »

Cheap gel film pulls buckets of drinking water per day from thin air

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have now demonstrated a low-cost gel film that can pull many liters of water per day out of even very dry air.

Those two components work together to make a gel film that can absorb water from the air and then release it on demand, without requiring much energy.

In tests, the gel film was able to wring an astonishing amount of water out of the air. »