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  1. That doesn't sound like a green light: During a Wednesday press conference, President Joe Biden gave Russia what some called a “green light” to invade Ukraine with minimal consequences. Biden said he expects Russian President Vladimir Putin to take some sort of action to “move in” and invade Ukraine, and that the U.S. response “depends on what he does,” according to The Washington Post. “I probably shouldn’t go any further, but … I think it will hurt him badly,” Biden said. “He’s never seen sanctions like the ones I promised would be imposed if he moves,” Biden said. “What you’re going to see is that Russia will be held accountable if it invades.”
  2. Cold fusion remains elusive—but these scientists may revive the quest (nationalgeographic.com) “For the last 60 years we’ve been at this, and I think the progress has been enormous,” he adds. “But we still continue to have a challenge to make nuclear fusion power inexpensively available to people.” But what if cleverly structured materials could somehow lower the energy needed for fusion? That's what chemists Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons at the University of Utah thought they had achieved. The duo ran electricity through a rod of palladium in so-called heavy water, a form of water where the hydrogen atoms are replaced with hydrogen's heavier sibling deuterium. At a press conference on March 23, 1989, Fleischmann and Pons announced that their setup emitted hundreds of times more heat than the chemistry could account for. Their interpretation: Deuterium nuclei within the palladium were fusing. The news made headlines around the world. Had humankind's energy woes been solved once and for all?
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