Weekly Roundup: Stories you might have missed (Aug 11)

It’s been a long week and there isn’t always time to keep up with all the crazy things going on in the world. So we’ve put together a handy list of stories you might have missed in our Weekly Roundup for August 11, 2017.

Climate change report leaks amid fears that Trump will try to block its release

A draft report on climate change compiled by 13 federal agencies was published by the New York Times on Monday. It is part of a national study which Congress commissions every four years in order to asses the state of the climate. Those who worked on the report claim it is the most comprehensive study on climate change yet, projecting as much as a 2 degree change in global temperature within the century. The draft report is awaiting approval from the president, but was leaked to the non-profit digital library Internet Archive in January as scientists feared the White House would not permit its publication.

Among other observations and projections the report found that coastal areas are at great risk from rising sea levels:

“It is very likely that the accelerated rate of Arctic warming will have a significant consequence for the United States due to accelerating land and sea ice melting that is driving changes in the ocean including sea level rise threatening our coastal communities.” 

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Archaeologists discovered a secret room in the Great Pyramid at Giza

A team of archaeologists from the ScanPyramids Project, a partnership between Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute and Cairo University, is using infrared thermography to scan the site of the Great Pyramid for secret chambers. The team believes it may have located a hidden room within the world wonder as the cavity they’ve discovered within the structure holds the same dimensions as other rooms. Others are more skeptical of the claims, though the projects success could mean that other ancient sites could be explored using the same method.

As Newsweek reported on Monday:

It is hoped the success of the new technology will lead to further discoveries. British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves believes the remains of 14th-century-B.C. Egyptian queen Nefertiti were hidden in a secret chamber in the tomb of Tutankhamun.

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E-sports may become an Olympic event by 2024

E-sports, or professional video gaming, could become an Olympic sport when Paris hosts the international tournament in 2024. French Olympic officials are reportedly considering adding video games to the list of sports in an attempt to keep the Olympic Games fresh and relevant to a younger audience. Games rumored to be on the list of potential Olympic events will feature DOTA2 and FIFA. The final decision on which sports will make the list won’t be made until after the Tokyo 2020 games. The French hosts are taking a cue from the Asian Games which hosts a range of sports from traditional athletic events like archery to board games. The E-sports industry raked in nearly $500 million in 2016 with a global audience of 226 million.

Co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee,Tony Estanguet, told the Associated Press on Tuesday:

“We have to look at it because we can’t say, ’It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics,’” Estanguet said in an interview with the AP in London. “The youth, yes they are interested in esport and this kind of thing. Let’s look at it. Let’s meet them. Let’s try if we can find some bridges.”

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FBI raided the home of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort

The home of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was raided on July 26th by FBI agents in search of documents concerning Special Council Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s connections with Russia. Manafort, who resigned in August of 2016 due to connections he had with pro-Russian Ukrainian officials, has reportedly been cooperating with investigators. He has already provided more than 300 pages of documents to investigators including notes from a meeting with Donald Trump Jr and a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in the June of 2016. Some of the documents seized in the raid, with which the former campaign manager cooperated, are believed to have already been provided. Still, the issuing of a search warrant suggests that investigators consider Manafort untrustworthy while the raid is believed to have been a message from Mueller that the investigation is not to be taken lightly.

As the Washington Post reported on Wednesday:

The raid also could have been intended to send a message to Trump’s former campaign chairman that he should not expect gentle treatment or legal courtesies from Mueller’s team members, who already have begun combing through Manafort’s complicated financial past.

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Study finds marijuana smokers may be at higher risk of having heart problems

A study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, shows that marijuana users may be at higher risk of having heart problems. The long term study was conducted on 1,213 participants which underwent follow-ups with the researchers and began in 2005. It also examined the risks of other substance use, including tobacco, on the cardiovascular system and found that marijuana users were at the highest risk of high blood pressure. However, researchers pointed out that they could not be sure whether those who had reported marijuana use were long term smokers or one time users of the substance. Participants who had reported marijuana use were assumed to have been routine smokers by the authors of the study who pointed out that the results were consistent with the known effects of marijuana on the cardiovascular system.

As Reuters reported on Wednesday:

The results showed marijuana users had a 3.42-times higher risk of death from hypertension than non-users, and a 1.04 greater risk for each year of use.

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