India Heat Wave Triggers Clashes Over Water ; Huge Dead Zone Coming to Gulf of Mexico ; and More Picks 6/11

India Heat Wave Triggers Clashes Over Water (Chris)

The author writes, “With temperatures nearing record highs across India, residents of some areas started fighting over access to water. Authorities in Madhya Pradesh have deployed police to escort water tankers.”

As He Blocks Election Security Bills, McConnell Takes Checks From Voting Machine Lobbyists (Chris)

From Sludge:Several of the lobbyists working for ES&S and Dominion Voting Systems have recently made contributions to McConnell’s campaign and joint fundraising committee.”

How Your Body Processes Food Is Only Partially Down to Your Genes (Gerry)

The author writes, “according to a new study … just 50 per cent of our response to glucose, and less than 20 per cent of our response to dietary fats is genetic, meaning that even identical twins respond very differently to the same meal.”

Near-Record Dead Zone Predicted in the Gulf of Mexico This Summer (Mili)

From USA Today: “This year’s zone should be about 8,717 square miles, an area roughly the size of New Hampshire, according to researchers at Louisiana State University. The average Gulf dead zone is about 5,309 square miles; the record is 8,776 square miles set in 2017. A dead zone occurs at the bottom of a body of water when there isn’t enough oxygen in the water to support marine life. Also known as hypoxia, it’s created by nutrient runoff, mostly from over-application of fertilizer on agricultural fields during the spring.”

A 16-Million-Year-Old Tree Tells a Deep Story of the Passage of Time (Mili)

The author writes, “[This] sequoia is an invitation to begin thinking about how we fit into the vast timescale that includes everything from fossils of armored amoebas called forams to the great Tyrannosaurus rex.”