4/21/15: Freddie Gray case, JHU Physicist wins award, a real-life Kermit the Frog, and More

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JHU: (HUB) Hopkins Condensed Matter Physicist Chia-Ling Chen received the IUPAP Magnetism Award and Neel Medal for his pioneering work in magnetic materials and nanostructures. The award that is given every three years goes to the professor and director of the Nanostructured Materials Lab who has performed research all over the field. Think superconductivity and giant magnetoresistance. I think I need to wiki this up. Who knew magnetic materials could be exotic?

LOCAL: (Baltimore Sun) Know the name Freddie Gray. We posted about the case yesterday and you’ll be hearing it a lot more. The 25-year-old black male was arrested last week “without force or incident” according to police court documents and yesterday’s news conference. But he was then critically injured during transport and died a week after despite immediate extensive surgery in shock trauma. He was arrested for fleeing police without cause and having a switchblade knife. The officers have been suspended while the investigation tries to find out what even happened.

US: (NYT) Sorry ice cream fans. There’s now one fewer option for buying chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream as the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes has been found in products from the company’s Texas plant and caused sickness in people in Kansas and Texas. Blue Bell announced its voluntary recall and its CEO apologized in a video on their website saying they are committed to doing the “100 percent right thing”.

INT: (BBC) In the wake of sinking of boat carrying 800 migrants over the weekend, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is warning that the number of deaths of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea could hit 30000 this year and the rate is already 30 times higher than last year. Among the 28 survivors are the captain and first mate who are both facing charges. Illegal transportation and purposeful shipwrecking have been issues with migrants in the area.

FUN/SCIENCE: (Washington Post) It’s a rainbow connection. The newly discovered glass frog in the Caribbean foothills of Costa Rica has brilliant green screen and bulging white eyes making it look so much like Kermit you just can’t help but smile.


  1. Marysol Encarnacion April 22, 2015 at 4:33 am

    The reason it’s called the glass frog is because its stomach is transparent. If that’s not the coolest thing, I don’t know what is!

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