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The top 10 news stories on our radar today.
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  1. Rain Created to Stop ‘Life Threatening’ Smog

    On Friday Indonesia “deployed helicopters to artificially create rain to fight raging fires that have choked Singapore with smog,” which has hit potentially deadly levels. The Telegraph


  2. Summer Solstice and the First Day of Summer

    “Summer officially begins this week as the summer solstice marks the longest day of the year. For Americans, summer will begin either on Thursday or Friday—depending on which time zone you live in.”
    National Geographic


  3. Scientists Create First 3-D Digital Brain

    “The reconstruction shows the brain’s anatomy in microscopic detail, enabling researchers to see features smaller than a strand of hair.” BBC


  4. Map: Literal Meanings of Places

    “It’s easy to think of words such as California or Texas or New York as just the places on the map, but those words actually meant something, once, and those meanings offer a little glimpse into history.” Slate


  5. 6 Syrian World Heritage Sites Now Endangered

    “All six of Syria’s world heritage sties have been put on an endangered list by the UN’s cultural organisation amid mounting international concern about the country’s increasingly destructive civil war.” The Guardian


  6. Trees Save One Life a Year in Major U.S. Cities

    “Researchers recently calculated that urban forests help save one or more people from dying every year in each of 10 major cities studied.” Grist


  7. Book: ‘A History of Food in 100 Recipes’

    From ancient Egypt to the 1950s, William Sitwell’s new book is guided by “recipes, in all forms, left behind by the foodies whose tastes have helped shape the sophistication of our palates.” NPR


  8. Arkansas Dogs Gives Prisoners Second Chance

    “Arkansas has a number of dogs behind bars, but they’re not in the pound. They’re part of a program called Paws in Prison that pairs pooches with prisoners for obedience training.” AP


  9. Extremism Rises Among Myanmar Buddhists

    “Amid hate-filled speeches and violence, a nationwide fundamentalist movement has grown with an agenda that now includes boycotts of Muslim-made goods.” New York Times


  10. Video: Batman Theme Song—Performed by Bats

    “One European group has created a soundtrack to the ‘Batman’ theme tune using the most natural of acoustic choices: the sounds of real bats.” Complete with Nat Geo WILD footage! NBC

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