Scientists discover the oldest Homo sapien, older than previous estimates.

Remnants of a human jaw found at Moroccan site. (Image courtesy to Jean-Jacques Hublin, MPI-EVA, Leipzig)

Scientists discovered the oldest Homo sapien located at the Moroccan site Jebel Irhoud. The fossils shows that the human species existed 100 000 years earlier than previously thought. Scientists originally began excavating at the site in 2004, and have since found remnants of a human skull, jaw, teeth, limbs as well as some tools. In order to pinpoint the time period of the buried tools, the scientists used a method of dating called thermoluminescence. The scientists concluded that the tools were many hundreds of thousands of years old.

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Kuwait mediating crisis between Qatar and Arab nations.

A picture of Qatar. (Image courtesy of Associated Press)

On 6 June 2017, Kuwait began mediating between Qatar and several Arab nations that cut their relationships with the country, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Qatar is accused of supporting terror groups although it has denied any allegations. The countries have cut off all trade routes and stopped transporting food into Qatar. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, is backing Qatar, where over ten thousand American soldiers are stationed. Other countries are reacting to the crisis as well; the Philippines have stopped its supply of Filipino workers.

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Snake venom key ingredient in experimental drug.

Protein found in snake venom can be used in antiplatelet drugs. (Image courtesy to CNN)

A new experimental drug has prevented excessive clotting in mice after an injury. One of the main components of this drug is a protein found in snake venom. Bleeding is a common side-effect of antiplatelet drugs, a daily medication for many heart patients. By experimenting with snake venom, scientists are advancing toward reducing the impact of the unwanted side-effects of antiplatelet drugs. Due to some safety issues and regulations, this drug has not yet been tested on humans, but scientists will continue to research different types of snake venom and hope to advance the treatment for heart patients.

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Theresa May loses early election.

British Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street. (Image courtesy of Getty Images)

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for Brexit is now compromised after she lost her majority government in the early election on 8 June. Her opponent, Jeremy Corbyn, gained thirty-one extra seats and May lost twelve. Her strategy to leave the European Union (EU) is now in question as Corbyn is against the plan. May had hoped to gain a greater majority in the early election but her gamble did not pay off and the future of the UK is now uncertain. Many leaders expressed their concern for the country and its Brexit negotiations. Time is also against May’s side because the talks with the EU must conclude in less than two years and costs could be over a hundred billion pounds.

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Yemen faces a deadly cholera epidemic.

A girl suffering from cholera lies on the ground in a hospital. (Image courtesy of Reuters)

Yemen is facing a cholera outbreak with about one hundred thousand cases already. The war-torn country is facing Saudi blockades, which makes access to food and clean water extremely difficult. Cholera can kill a person in hours if they do not get fluids and almost eight hundred people have already died at an average of one person per hour. More than half of Yemen’s hospitals are out of service and millions do not have access to clean water. The United States estimates about two billion American dollars could save the country from disaster but only half that amount has been pledged.

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