The Daily Populous

Monday August 14th, 2023 day edition

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Scientists keep peeling back new layers of life on our planet like a seemingly endless onion.

Underneath the seafloor of this well-studied site, the international team of researchers found veins of subsurface fluids swimming with life that has never been seen before.

"This truly remarkable discovery of a new ecosystem, hidden beneath another ecosystem, provides fresh evidence that life exists in incredible places.".

Scientists only discovered hydrothermal vents, which gush hot, mineral-rich fluids in the deep ocean, in the 1970s.

In the past 46 years of research, however, no one had ever thought to peer beneath the ocean's hot springs.

Stripping back the seafloor's shell has now revealed a colorful ecosystem of worms, snails, and chemosynthetic bacteria, which don't rely on sunlight but on minerals for energy.

These deep-sea creatures seem to travel underneath the seafloor through volcanic fluids to colonize new habitats. »

Massachusetts passed a 4% millionaire's tax last year. Now every public school student is going to get free lunch.

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Revenue from the new income tax is being used to give kids in the state free lunch and breakfast at school.

Massachusetts is the eighth state to start free lunches since a pandemic-era federal program expired.

Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey signed the budget on Wednesday, making Massachusetts the eighth state to adopt a free school lunch plan since federal free school lunches which started during the COVID-19 pandemic ended. »

Kansas newspaper says co-owner, 98, dies from stress after police search

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Marion County Police also searched the newspaper office on Friday, seizing personal cell phones, computers and the newspaper server, among other equipment, the Record said.

The Kansas Press Association described the search as "unprecedented" and "an assault on the very foundation of democracy.".

The Washington-based Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press also condemned the police search and demanded that all seized materials be returned. »

Iran backs Japan’s call for Kuril Islands talks with Russia amid Moscow ‘betrayal’ in Gulf territorial dispute

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The Japanese envoy noted that Russia has halted bilateral talks over the Kuril Islands since invading Ukraine.

Kharrazi, notably, stated that Tehran opposes military interventions and violations of countries’ sovereignty, while advocating bilateral discussions to resolve the Kuril dispute.

His stance on discussions mirrors Russia's position taken last week over the Iranian islands claimed by the UAE. »