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By:  |  March 16, 2022  |    758 Words

Men walk past a closed McDonald’s restaurant, March 15, 2022, in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Konstantin Zavrazhin/Getty Images)

Big Business Shuns Russia Over Ukraine Invasion

The US and European marketplace protests Russia by refusing to do business there.

In February, Russia invaded its neighbor, Ukraine. Fighting is still going on over control of the area – but wars are fought with more than just weapons. Other things can have a big impact, such as public opinion or the economy. Even businesses can influence a conflict – and that’s what lots of US and European companies are trying to do.

To protest Russia’s actions, many companies are now refusing to do business there. In some cases, the companies protested the war after pressure on social media. Will this compel Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the attack on Ukraine?

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(Photo by Peter Witt via the US Fish and Wildlife Service Facebook)

Fast food and Hollywood movies are two big American exports. Now, Russians will be running short on both. Disney is one of the most well-known corporations to take action against the Russian government. Read more…

 

Bat Falcon Spotted in United States for the First Time

Spotted in Texas, this is the first sighting of the species within the United States.

A small bird of prey, typically found in Central and South America, has been spotted in the deep south of Texas. This animal has never been seen in the US before. The bat falcon is attracting bird watchers from all over the United States and even Europe hoping to catch a glimpse of this remarkable creature.

The bat falcon is a beautifully colored, carnivorous bird that typically lives in woodlands and forests in Mexico and countries throughout Central and South America, like Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil.

These animals spend much of their time perched high in a tree to have a better vantage point for hunting prey. They do much of their hunting at dusk and dawn and feed primarily on bats, other birds, small rodents, and large insects. Read more…

 

No More Meat? New York Mayor Decrees Vegan Fridays for Schools

Mayor Eric Adams is making it his mission to get kids eating more plants.

A student eats a vegan meal served for lunch (with milk as a drink) in New York, 2022. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

“Where’s the beef?” might become a weekly question in public school cafeterias across New York City. The city has a new mayor, and he says it’s time to get kids in the Big Apple eating, well, apples – and other plant-based foods. In a stated effort to improve the health of school students, Mayor Eric Adams has limited Friday lunch choices to vegan-only options. He is calling it Vegan Fridays.

A vegan diet does not allow any food from an animal source, such as meat, eggs, cheese, milk, or fish. The Friday meal will be entirely vegan, but the kids will have access to milk and some other animal-based options if they ask for it.

Vegan diets have become more popular over the last few years – but is this way of eating healthy? A plant-based diet tends to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. It can help with weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. Mayor Adams credits his vegan diet with reversing his type 2 diabetes symptoms. On the other hand, several nutrients are harder to come by if you exclude animal products. Read more…

 

A Lot Is Happening on and Around the Moon

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(Photo credit should read FRANK RUMPENHORST/DPA/AFP via Getty Images)

From collisions to discoveries, and more!

The Moon, with a diameter of roughly 2,160 miles, is the Earth’s only natural satellite. For years, scientists have studied it, as it is one of the most visible and recognizable objects in the sky. Lunar activity is captured by satellites that orbit the moon continuously. Recently, the celestial body collided with something floating around in space. The impact marked the first time a manmade object accidentally struck the Moon. But that isn’t all that’s going on up there.

On Friday, March 4, 2022, a rocket booster is believed to have crashed into the surface of the Moon after floating in space for nearly eight years. Scientists are not entirely sure that contact was made with the Moon, as the orbiting satellites have not yet passed by the area assumed to be hit. It could take weeks or even months before they know for sure.  Read more…

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