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‘Big pile’ of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet known

Technology
NEW YORK -- Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around and was startled to see a tangle of wriggling snakes.“And quite a big pile — fully alive,” said Orkin, a music composer who lives near the Brooklyn park.They turned out to be eels that had escaped from one of two large plastic bags that split open as a man dragged them to the shoreline. After dumping the eels in the lake, the man walked away, explaining to bystanders that “I just want to save lives.”The illegal release late last month became a curiosity on social media, but the dumping of exotic animals in urban parks isn’t new. In cities across the country, nonnative birds, turtles, fish and lizards have settled into, and often disturbed, local ecosystems.New Yorkers free th
Why did Boseman’s ‘electrifying’ Black Panther have such an impact?

Why did Boseman’s ‘electrifying’ Black Panther have such an impact?

Entertainment
Chadwick Boseman's death at just 43 has stunned the movie world. Heralded as a "true original" who "shattered stereotypes" he won legions of fans for his role in Black Panther. But why was the film such an important cultural moment, as well as a box office phenomenon? Most importantly, it was the first big-budget superhero movie with a black hero, director and a majority black cast.The significance was not lost on fans, some of whom went to cinemas in traditional African clothing to celebrate its depiction of black heritage and the fictional kingdom of Wakanda. Image: Boseman's performance wowed audiences around the world. Pic: Marvel/Disney/Kobal/Shutterstock "It excited particularly young people - anybody who went to the early ...
Genetic impact of African slave trade revealed in DNA study

Genetic impact of African slave trade revealed in DNA study

Science
A major DNA study has shed new light on the fate of millions of Africans who were traded as slaves to the Americas between the 16th and 19th centuries.More than 50,000 people took part in the study, which was able to identify more details of the "genetic impact" the trade has had on present-day populations in the Americas.It lays bare the consequences of rape, maltreatment, disease and racism.More than 12.5m Africans were traded between 1515 and the mid-19th Century.Some two million of the enslaved men, women and children died en route to the Americas. Searching for my slave roots Moving to Ghana 'to escape racism' The DNA study was led by consumer genetics company 23andMe and included 30,000 people of African ancestry on both si...
Idris Elba says coronavirus had ‘traumatic’ impact on his mental state

Idris Elba says coronavirus had ‘traumatic’ impact on his mental state

Entertainment
Idris Elba has said having coronavirus had a "traumatic" impact on him mentally.The actor and his wife Sabrina Dhowre tested positive for COVID-19 early in the outbreak. He says he is now "fully recovered" and feeling "lucky to be alive and thankful for being able to kick" the virus, in an interview with the Radio Times. March: 'This is serious. Think about social d...
Hundreds arrested in Hong Kong protests, as analysts weigh in on national security law’s impact

Hundreds arrested in Hong Kong protests, as analysts weigh in on national security law’s impact

Finance
Protesters chant for five demands during street protests on Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China on July 1, 2020.Tommy Walker | NurPhoto | Getty ImagesAbout 370 protesters were arrested in Hong Kong on Wednesday — 10 of them were apprehended for breaching the new security law just one day after it took effect.The new law came into force late Tuesday night, hours after the top decision making body of China's parliament passed the controversial legislation.Police used water cannons to disperse thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong who poured out into the streets. In some cases, the protests turned violent. Seven officers were injured while on duty, police said.Opponents of the law say it undermines the city's autonomy that was promised when Hong Kong was handed over from the U.K. to C