Good morning. Scientists throughout the years have established many different fundamental laws of the universe: the law of conservation of energy, Newton’s laws of motion… and Georgia engineer David Hu’s law of urination, which states that all mammals weighing more than 2.2 lbs empty their full bladders in around 20 seconds.
“It takes a long time to grow an old friend.”
– John Leonard
The Raucous Iowa Caucus
As of Wednesday night, 97% of Iowa precincts had reported results from Monday’s Democratic caucus. The results were unexpectedly delayed Monday night due to technical issues with the mobile app used by precinct chairs across Iowa.
How it went down…
The mobile app in question was built by tech startup Shadow Inc., and reportedly experienced several problems in preliminary tests last week.
Multiple Iowa officials reported the app crashing on Monday night, and in at least three cases numbers transmitted through the app did not match the paper vote tally.
Precinct chairs were recommended to forgo the app and call in their results to the Iowa Democratic Party’s hotline, which was unprepared for the sudden volume of calls.
The Iowa Democratic Party chairman has said the party was able to verify the vote counts through “proper required documentation,” and there is no indication of any outside effort to affect the results, which are being released on a rolling basis.
And the winner is… The latest results (with 1,711 out of 1,765 precincts reporting):
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The Senate voted 52-48 and 53-47 to acquit President Trump on the two articles of impeachment – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Mitt Romney (R-UT) was the only senator to go against party lines with his ‘Yes’ vote on the abuse of power charge.
Wisconsin health officials confirmed the 12th case of the coronavirus in the U.S. on Wednesday. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $100 million towards the fight against the coronavirus as the WHO asked the global community for $675 million in aid.
On Thursday, China announced it will cut tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. goods in half, effective Feb. 14. The move is timed in conjunction with the U.S.’ decision in January to halve tariffs on $120 billion of Chinese goods also effective Feb. 14.
In its earnings call on Wednesday, Spotify disclosed plans to purchase The Ringer, a sports and entertainment media company best known for its 30-odd podcast titles (terms were not disclosed). Spotify also reported the amount of paying premium users increased to 124 million – the company hopes to end 2020 around 150 million.
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner announced his intentions to step down effective June 1 and become executive chairman. Weiner will be succeeded by Ryan Rolansky, the Microsoft-owned company’s senior vice president of product.
Just Do It
Nike announced that versions of its latest high-tech Alphafly sneakers will comply with new design restrictions introduced by the International Association of Athletics Federations last week. This means Nike’s new generation of long-distance running shoes (the Alphafly and the Vaporfly) will be allowed in the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Curious about the tech involved in Nike’s latest shoes? Check out an overview of the data behind the design.
Stand and Deliver
Chance Veazey was just starting college when a car accident completely altered his life. Chance had just been named a starter for the University of Georgia’s baseball team two days prior, but the accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Facing a long recovery ahead of him, Chance relied heavily on the support system of his best friends, family, and college sweetheart-turned-fiancé, Molly.
As they planned their big day, Chance was inspired by a video of another man in a wheelchair who was able to partake in a special wedding tradition with a little assistance. Chance had his two best friends hold him upright while he shared the first dance with Molly. As his new bride rested her head on Chance’s chest, his supporting groomsmen stood alongside him. More than a few tears were shed at the incredible display that showcased the true meaning of love and friendship.
It’s hard enough when a loved one is experiencing a medical emergency, but for one Florida family, things got even worse before they got better – the family-of-four’s minivan ran out of gas while they were en-route to the hospital. Thanks to the speed and skills of first-responders, the ailing family member was transported to the local hospital via ambulance – however, three remaining family members were left without transportation by the side of the road.
But the firefighters of Hernando County once again rose up to meet the challenge. They pushed the family’s minivan to a gas station, paid for the fuel, and even fixed a leaky tire. Thanks to Captain Dennis Noble and firefighters Joe Clark and Duane Norman, the family was grateful to be put back on the road again, finding some comfort in the help of strangers on a truly stressful day.
Light fright… researchers at security firm Check Point have discovered a vulnerability that can allow hackers to exploit smart light bulbs to hijack your home network.
Here Comes The Moon… researchers at UC Davis have proposed a concept for all-new “anti-solar panels” that can generate limited amounts of electricity at night by inverting the solar panel energy process.
Testing 1, 2, 3… America’s newest military branch, the U.S. Space Force, conducted its first ever missile test, sending a Minuteman III projectile 4,000 miles from California to an island in the Pacific Ocean.
A curious collaboration… a recent viral Twitter video sheds light on a unique friendship between two very different wild predators in California – a coyote and a badger.
The First Order
Which pizza chain was the first to offer online ordering back in 1994?
A) Pizza Hut B) Domino’s Pizza C) Marco’s Pizza D) Jet’s Pizza