Starving Grasshoppers? How Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels May Promote an ‘Insect Apocalypse’

Coronavirus Slows Money Laundering to a Crawl ; A New Generation of Plants That Glow ; and More Picks

Rising CO2 levels, insect decline, theory
The author writes, “Empty calories may be grasshoppers' downfall. Many insect populations are declining, and a provocative new hypothesis suggests one problem is that rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) are making plants less nutritious. That could spell trouble not just for insects, but for plant eaters of all sizes.” Photo credit: Klaudia Pizoń / Wikimedia (CC BY 4.0)
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Redacted FBI Document Hints at Israeli Efforts to Help Trump in 2016 (DonkeyHotey)

From the Times of Israel: “Roger Stone … was in contact with one or more apparently well-connected Israelis at the height of the 2016 US presidential campaign, one of whom warned Stone that Trump was ‘going to be defeated unless we intervene’ and promised ‘we have critical intell [sic].’”

Florida Medical Examiners Were Releasing COVID-19 Death Data. The State Made Them Stop. (DonkeyHotey)

The authors write, “When the medical examiners’ list was available, it showed more deaths than the state’s count.”

Coronavirus Slows Money Laundering to a Crawl (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “The coronavirus pandemic has slowed trade-based money laundering systems that drug trafficking groups use to repatriate profits and move Chinese capital into Southern California. With storefronts closed, supply chains in disarray and the global economy in peril, these complex schemes are hobbled and cash is backing up in Los Angeles.”

The Amazon Lockdown (Russ)

The author writes, “At a time when much of the retail sector is collapsing, Amazon is strengthening its competitive position in ways that could outlast the pandemic — and raise antitrust concerns.”

Gorgeously Glowing Plants Shine Brightly Throughout Their Life Cycle (Dana)

From Science Alert: “Unlike previous genetically engineered glowing plants, which used bioluminescent bacteria or firefly DNA, these plants were engineered using the DNA of bioluminescent fungi.”

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