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Harry and Meghan; Time is really nothing but an illusion; Super Seniors; Circumnavigating the world

More than 100,000 well-wishers descended on the town of Windsor to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day, where the couple tied the knot at St. George’s Chapel this morning.

A 2-year Stanford study shows the productivity boost of working from home – Inc.

Time is really nothing but an illusion, according to quantum physics – Quartz // Tell that to my aging body.

Could the DNA of these ‘super seniors’ hold the secret to healthy aging? – Globe and Mail

Vermont moves closer to creating a wholesaler program for importing drugs from CanadaStat

A Canadian-developed Ebola vaccine has arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Globe and Mail

The unplanned circumnavigated the world – Medium

Sadly, it happened again. And it’s happening at an alarming rate. Yesterday, at least 10 people were killed and another 10 were wounded in Texas school shooting. In the 93 days since a gunman killed 17 staff and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, there have been 23 more gun incidents at American schools and universities.

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May 19

1743: French physicist Jean-Pierre Christin published the design of a mercury thermometer with the centigrade scale, with 0 representing the freezing point of water and 100 its boiling point.

1845: Captain Sir John Franklin and his ill-fated Arctic expedition departed from Greenhithe, England. 129 men would die on the expedition.

1911: Parks Canada, the world’s first national park service, is established.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Guardian US has invited students from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot dead to direct our coverage of the March for Our Lives demonstrations

The Guardian:

No one is better placed to tell the story of the burgeoning movement to change gun laws in America than the young survivors of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

That’s why the Guardian’s US colleagues are stepping aside today.

They’ve invited student journalists from the Eagle Eye, the award-winning newspaper at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, to serve as our guest editors for the next 48 hours and oversee the Guardian’s coverage of March for Our Lives, the massive student-led protest unfolding in Washington and across America. We’re sending 11 students to the nation’s capital as Guardian correspondents, contributing to our live coverage all day on Saturday.

March for Our Lives – A nationwide demonstration organized by survivors of Parkland, Florida school shooting takes place on Sunday

Your Guide to March for Our Lives Rallies From New York to L.A. – Time Magazine:

More than 500,000 people — in major cities like New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Portland — are expected to march in solidarity with the Florida shooting survivors to advocate for gun control and school safety.

Following the shooting — now the deadliest high school shooting in the country — the students from Parkland, along with students around the country, have been taking action: Visiting statehouses to demand legislative action, staging walkouts, and organizing marches.

 

Parkland Florida student Emma Gonzalez has more Twitter followers than the NRA

As I write this, Emma Gonzalez has 1.17 million followers. I’m one of them. You can too. 

Valerie Strauss, writing for the Washington Post:

@Emma4Change is high school senior Emma González, 18, who has quickly become a national figure since she became a vocal proponent of gun control after surviving the Feb. 14 killings of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

She joined Twitter this month and already has 1.15 million followers. The National Rifle Association, which she opposes and which has long opposed gun-control measures,  joined the social media platform in February 2009. It has 606,000 Twitter followers.

One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts about gun control

NPR reported on this last week, but it’s worth revisiting.

Sheera Frenkel and Daisuke Wakabayashi, NY Times:

One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.

The accounts addressed the news with the speed of a cable news network. Some adopted the hashtag #guncontrolnow. Others used #gunreformnow and #Parklandshooting. Earlier on Wednesday, before the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., many of those accounts had been focused on the investigation by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

“This is pretty typical for them, to hop on breaking news like this,” said Jonathon Morgan, chief executive of New Knowledge, a company that tracks online disinformation campaigns. “The bots focus on anything that is divisive for Americans. Almost systematically.”

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