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June 27th, 2023

Good morning, and happy Tuesday! Aboard the International Space Station, NASA just recycled 98% of all astronaut urine and sweat, filtering it into drinking water…and they’re stoked. Per NASA, the achievement is an important milestone for low-orbit space missions that aim to provide the basic needs of astronauts without resupply missions. Would you drink urine if it were filtered to drinkable water?

In Today’s Brief

  • Ukraine: Pilots get training for F-16s
  • Club Q: Shooter gets life in prison
  • Jesse Watters: Gets Carlson’s slot
  • Honda: Recalls nearly 1.2M vehicles

...and more

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FDA guidance on psychedelics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published new draft guidance on investigations into psychedelic drugs such as LSD, MDMA, and psilocybin (aka magic mushrooms), detailing considerations for their clinical trials for the first time.

In a press release, FDA officials acknowledged the “growing interest in the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs in recent years” and that the drugs “show initial promise as potential treatments” for a variety of conditions, including substance abuse, PTSD, depression, and anxiety disorders. The new draft guidance is intended to advise researchers on aspects such as clinical study design, trial conduct, data collection, subject safety, and the potential for abuse of the drugs.

The FDA added that if the guidance does become final, researchers must comply with the DEA, which classifies LSD, MDMA, and psilocybin as Schedule I controlled substances that have a high addictive potential and have no currently accepted medical use.

Putin & Pregozhin updates

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed his country for the first time since an alleged mutiny of Wagner mercenary troops led by the group’s founder Yevgeny Prigozhin occurred over the weekend.

During his remarks, the Russian president declared that any mutiny attempt on the country’s military leadership would have failed. He then ordered Wagner troops who participated in the rebellion to either swear allegiance to Russia or leave for Belarus, where Prigozhin is expected to go per a deal apparently brokered by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. While he didn’t mention Prigozhin by name, Putin accused “the organizers of the rebellion” of “betraying their country, their people…and those who were drawn into the crime.”

This past weekend’s events have raised questions about Putin’s power within Russia and heightened concerns about stability in the region amid Russia’s 16-month war on Ukraine, where the Wagner Group had been fighting on Moscow’s behalf.

Battery pioneer dies at 100

John B. Goodenough, a professor who played a critical role in the development of lithium-ion batteries, passed away on Sunday at the age of 100, the University of Texas at Austin announced.

The university said in a statement that Goodenough’s discovery “led to the wireless revolution and put electronic devices in the hands of people worldwide.” Goodenough identified and developed the critical cathode materials that provided the high-energy density needed to power electronics. In 1979, he and his research team found that by using lithium cobalt oxide as the cathode of a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, it would be possible to achieve a high density of stored energy with an anode other than metallic lithium.

In 2019, he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his battery work at the age of 97, making him the oldest person ever to be given the honor. Lithium-ion batteries power countless devices such as smartphones, laptop computers, and the majority of electric vehicles.

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Around the Globe

  • A far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party candidate secured election to become a district leader for the first time in what is being called a “watershed” moment in the country’s politics (More)
  • Prince William launched an initiative to end homelessness in the U.K. over a period of five years; recent research indicates that over 300K people throughout the U.K. have no permanent housing on any given night (More)
  • Denmark has begun training Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 jets and said the retirement of the country’s fleet of aging U.S. fighter aircraft has been moved up two years (More)

On the Homefront

  • President Biden announced a high-speed internet initiative consisting of an investment of more than $40B to ensure every household in the nation would have access by 2030 using cables made in the U.S. (More)
  • The shooter who killed five at the LGBTQ+ nightclub Club Q in Colorado last year was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder and attempted murder (More)
  • The House Weaponization Subcommittee led by Rep. Jim Jordan accused the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of censoring Americans “directly and through third-party intermediaries” during the Biden administration (More)

Glitz & Games

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  • Angela Bassett, Mel Brooks, and Carol Littleton will receive honorary Oscars in November, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced (More)
  • Jesse Watters will fill Tucker Carlson’s old timeslot in Fox News’ programming schedule; the departure of Carlson, the most-watched cable news host in U.S. history, has led to a downturn in Fox’s primetime ratings (More)
  • Olivia Rodrigo reveals her sophomore album ‘Guts’ will be released on September 8th via Geffen Records; the news follows the announcement of the album’s first single, “Vampire,” which comes out June 30th (More)

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Business & Markets

  • Major indexes closed lower to start the week, extending their losses from Friday (Dow -0.04%, Nasdaq -1.16%, S&P 500 -0.45%)
  • Enterprise software company Databricks announced it will acquire AI startup MosaicML, a company creating generative AI tools similar to OpenAI and its chatbot ChatGPT (More)
  • Honda has recalled nearly 1.2M vehicles in the U.S. due to a faulty rearview camera; the recalled vehicles include the 2018-2023 Honda Odyssey, 2019-2023 Honda Passport, and 2019-2022 Honda Pilot (More)

Tips & Tricks

  • Feel Good: Meet Eddie Thompson III, a father who was reunited with his grown-up son Shay through the organization Miracle Messages after being separated for more 10 years due to bouts of housing insecurity - as it turns out, Eddie’s son had been searching for him the entire time they were separated, as well
  • Sneak Peek: Watch Norman Reedus wander around aimlessly in France in the first look trailer for The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, his character’s upcoming spinoff from The Walking Dead
  • Bump This: Jack-of-all-musical-trades Diplo teams up with vocal powerhouse Elle King on the uptempo country foot-stomping single “Without You” - listen on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube
  • Chow Down: Level up your kitchen skills by watching this video that teaches you a homemade recipe for baked cod with crispy garlic potatoes
  • Nerd Out: Read up on how the world’s largest hydro-solar power plant recently entered into full operation in China at an elevation of around 15K feet above sea level; the power station in Sichuan can reportedly save over 600K tons of standard coal every year by combining both solar and hydropower to produce electricity
  • Hot Goss: A Florida man was bitten by a shark and dragged off his boat during a fishing trip in Everglades National Park last week, and the incident was captured on video (he was reportedly airlifted to the hospital and treated for a hand injury)
  • Life Hack: We often hear the success stories of those who experienced a meteoric rise to the top during their younger days, but success comes later in life for more people than we realize - here are some ways to catch up in your career if you consider yourself a “late starter”


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Looking Back…

On June 27th: The yen is adopted as Japan’s official monetary unit when the government suspends the exchange of clan notes (1871); Mormon church founder Joseph Smith is killed by an armed mob in Carthage, Illinois (1844); Djibouti gains its independence from France (1977); author and educator Helen Keller is born (1880).

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