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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon spoke at Yale University on Tuesday. He called on universities and the international community to do more to protect ancient historic sites in the Middle East and north Africa from extremist groups, like ISIS.

Ban cited Palmyra in Syria and Timbuktu in northern Mali. Both areas have ancient historic sites. Both have been ravaged by extremist groups in the last few years. He also mentioned Bamyan in Afghanistan, where the Taliban destroyed two giant Buddha statues in 2001.

A federal judge has ruled that the federal government is subject to the public trust doctrine, which holds that the government has a responsibility to protect public resources for future generations.

A lawsuit claims the government is violating that trust by permitting continued production and burning of fossil fuels. It was filed in Oregon by 21 children and teenagers, and climate scientist James Hansen.

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Everyone has a price. The phrase dates back to ancient Rome, but a new Yale University study tried to find out if that extends to babies.

Arber Tasimi,a graduate student at Yale’s infant cognition lab, spends a lot of time around that one group of people who should be pure and innocent, if anyone is. He and his colleagues showed a group of 64 babies two puppet shows. One starred a nice puppet who helped the other puppets get toys from a box. The other starred a mean puppet who slammed the box lid closed.

Police in Connecticut have made 764 gun seizures in the last 14 years or so, since the state’s gun seizure law was passed. The law allows guns to be taken away from people who are viewed as a risk to themselves or others. That’s according to data from a research study released Thursday.

Ebong Udoma

An app that helps doctors keep in touch with patients in Uganda, another that helps teachers keep up with technology in Zambia, and a website that tells the stories of Rwandan genocide survivors. These are just some of the businesses that have been developed by a group of young African entrepreneurs, sought out by President Obama.  The entrepreneurs are part of the president’s Young African Leaders Initiative – in which 500 hundred sub-Saharan Africans between the ages of 25 and 35 have been brought to study at US universities this summer.

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