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Mines students are invited to an open house concerning the in-tersection of highway 6 and 19th Street. CSM has pledged $1 mil-lion to the $25 million project due
to how much this project aﬀects
student life. A community meeting will be held Monday, April 14 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Fossil Trace Clubhouse. Students are encour-aged to attend. The Blue Key Honor Society, in collaboration with the Golden Chamber of Commerce, is host-ing a school supply donation drive. The purpose of the drive, which will be held from April 7th to May 9th, is to collect school supplies for economically disadvantaged chil-dren in Commerce City. Donation boxes can be found at the Golden Chamber of Commerce and on
the ﬁrst ﬂoor of the Student Cen-
ter outside of the Student Activities
oﬃ ce. Donation items may include
notebooks, writing utensils, gently used backpacks, calculators, et cetera. All donations will be greatly appreciated.Senator Scott Gefroe intro-duced a bill in the State Senate to ban red light cameras and photo radar vans within the state of Colorado. While Gefroe previously introduced the bill in 2012, his re-cent attempts have garnered more attention. He has backing from several prominent lawmakers in-cluding Senate President Morgan Carole and House Speaker Mark Ferrandino. The Colorado Rockies will now
take the ﬁeld to a new theme song.
Emmy Award-winning composer Charles Denler developed the new song “Take the Field.” The piece will be played in full at the begin-ning of every Rockies game and smaller portions of the song will be played during commercials. 80 members of the Colorado Sym-phony Orchestra recorded the piece in February.
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La Serena, Chile
- Re-searchers at the Las Campa-nas Observatory outside of La Serena, Chile, have observed six luminous blue stars in the leading section of the Magel-lanic Stream. The stars are believed to be new, coming from the gas of the Magellanic Clouds, as they are too new to have come from any other place in space. The Magellanic Clouds are two nearby galaxies that unlike other nearby sys-tems in that they are full with gas capable of forming stars. The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision has
struck down the decades-old aggregate po-litical spending cap
on a First Amendment basis. While the $2600 per candidate per election limit is still legal, individuals are no longer limited in the total amount of political contributions that can be made every two years. Justice Breyer, in his dissenting opinion writes that the ruling would allow “a single individual to contribute millions of dollars to a political par-ty or to a candidate’s campaign”.Mississippi has passed Senate Bill 2681, known as
the Missis-sippi Religious Freedom Res-toration Act
. This bill will allow businesses and individuals to deny products or services to an individ-ual or organization if servicing the individual or organization would “substantially burden an indi-vidual’s religious exercise”. LGBT advocacy groups are condemning the bill and drawing comparisons to Arizona’s SB 1062 which failed to pass after a large amount of na-tional outrage regarding the impli-cations of the bill.
Protests against the milita-rization of American law en-forcement
have sparked in re-sponse to the shooting death of a homeless man in Albuquerque
by police oﬃ cers. The shooting was captured on one of the oﬃ -
cer’s helmet cameras and depicts James Boyd, a homeless man being asked to gather his things and leave the foothills outside the city. As he gathered his things, a
ﬂashbang grenade was thrown to-
wards him and he was then shot
by law oﬃ cials. Earlier this week,
protests leading to serial arrests were staged in response to the shooting as well as the city’s claim that the shooting was in self-de-fense. The European parliament has passed a law that cements net neutrality in Europe and makes it
illegal for mobile phone com-panies to charge roaming fees within EU member states
. This law will make it so that internet service providers within Europe cannot throttle or block packages
from speciﬁc sites. One of the ar-
ticles of the originally proposed bill that did not pass is an article outlining methods to enforce net neutrality. In response to the annexa-tion of Crimea,
NATO has an-nounced that it will suspend “all practical civilian and mili-tary cooperation” with Russia
. This will involve the ending of all cooperation between NATO and Russia, with the exception of the their joint anti-narcotics opera-tions in Afghanistan, as well as de-ployments to reinforce the military assets of NATO member states in Eastern Europe.
Police oﬃ cers in Keller, Texas
announcing the lo-cation of speed traps to pro-mote safer driving
. This is being done in an attempt to get drivers to slow down in the areas where speed traps normally are instead of only when motorists see a po-lice vehicle. While initially met with skepticism, the response by the public has been overwhelmingly positive. The move has been fol-lowed by the Dallas Police Depart-ment.
- A study coming from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences shows that,
similar to adults, infants show a very speciﬁc touch receptor is activated in response to stroking at a speciﬁc velocity known
as pleasant touch. In infants, pleasant touch corresponds to increased engagement with the device used to create the stroking velocity, in this experiment a paintbrush, as well as a decreased heartbeat. Researchers are linking this to a vital role that touch plays in early childhood development.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Biolo-gist Shelley Adamo of Dalhousie University has discovered a form of sexually transmitted cricket disease that both renders its host infertile but also acts as an aphrodisiac to encourage host transfer. The virus was discovered after some of the crickets under study had stopped producing eggs and were found to have swollen, blue, fat bodies that had hexagonal viral particles inside. In addition to acting as an aphrodi-
siac, the virus also turns oﬀ signal-
ing that makes sick crickets appear to be less attractive mating part-ners; normally due to the changes, diseased crickets are seen to be less attractive.
- Researchers at the Univer-sity of Rome led by Dr. Luciano Less have
conﬁrmed that the ice covered water ocean
of Enceladus is liquid underneath ice rather than wholly ice. The water is kept liquid be-cause of the generation of waves which, in turn, creates internal friction and thus heat. Enceladus is also notable because this ocean is in contact with the moon’s rocky core, which means that elements useful to life such as phosphorus, sulfur, and potas-sium are able to leech into the ocean.