Your Wednesday Briefing – The New York Times

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Your Wednesday Briefing – The New York Times

On the sixth day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian military operations increasingly shifted toward targeting civilian areas with powerful weapons. The United Nations said at least 136 civilians, including 13 children, have been killed so far. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of war crimes.

Ukrainian officials said that in Kyiv, a projectile hit the main radio and television tower, killing five people and shutting down television stations. The blast took place near the Babin Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, which was criticized by Israel. Separately, the video showed extensive damage to at least two large apartment buildings in the city of Borodyanka, about 35 miles northwest of the capital.

There were no reports of a major night attack on the main square of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, but earlier in the day an explosion destroyed a large administrative building in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, killing seven. People had died. More than 660,000 people have fled Ukraine, many of whom are traveling to Moldova and Poland.

Analysis: As was the case with the Spanish Civil War, the conscience of Europe has stirred, shunning taboos. Swedish, Finnish and Swiss neutrality has vanished. Even post-war Germany’s refusal to prioritize military spending or send weapons to conflict zones has ended.

In other news from the conflict:

  • Nearly 100 diplomats, many of them from Western countries, walked out of Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, in Geneva on Tuesday to protest against his country’s invasion of Ukraine.

In the first State of the Union address of his presidency, President Biden tried to convince gleaming Americans that the country was making impressive progress in containing the coronavirus pandemic and rebuilding the economy.

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Biden made a new pitch for his stalled social spending programs, which include expanded child care, elder care, preschool education, climate change initiatives and cutting prescription-drug prices. And he vowed to take action to curb inflation, saying, “My top priority is to get prices under control.”

Biden also vowed to “pay a price” to Russia for attacking Ukraine. He sparked a range of reactions, including an increased deployment of US troops to Europe and an aggressive Justice Department effort to seize the assets of Putin-affiliated oligarchs and government officials. Biden is committed to providing Ukraine with sufficient weapons, supplies and humanitarian aid for its “fight for independence.”

discord: The chamber exploded as Biden was paying tribute to American soldiers in flag-draped coffins. “You put them in – 13 of them!” Republican Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado chimed in, referring to service members killed during their return from Afghanistan last year. Biden did not respond.

Five months after vaccination, two doses of the Pfizer-BioEntech vaccine provide almost no protection against the common disease caused by the Omicron variant in adolescents aged 12 to 17 years, according to data published yesterday. Booster shots greatly increased protection.

The prevention of serious illness was hard to analyze. There were too few hospitalizations among young children to draw firm conclusions. In adolescents who were vaccinated more than 150 days ago, the effectiveness against serious disease was 70 percent or higher.

The findings follow data showing that two doses provided little protection against infection after one month in children aged 5 to 11 with the Omron variant. Vaccines have also been shown to provide less protection against infection in adults, particularly against the Omicron variant.

Over the past several years, more than 50 fertility doctors in the US have been accused of fraud in connection with donating sperm, according to legal experts and observers. Often, that fraud was only discovered as a result of DNA tests taken by their offspring.

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Above David Berry said after learning of his paternal origin, “When I look in the mirror, for better or for worse, I see the face of the Doctor.” “It’s liberation on the one hand. On the other, it’s a hard pill to swallow, because look what he did.”

Michelle McNeely turned to photography at The Times, elevating its visuals to the level of her written reporting. Executive editor Dean Baquet said, “She walked into the newsroom, where photography had long taken a back seat, and was forced to bring it to the front.” McNally has died at the age of 66.

Tyrannosaurus rex is the world’s most studied dinosaur, but a new paper argues for a radical reclassification into three distinct species: Tyrannosaurus rex (meaning king), Tyrannosaurus emperor (emperor) and Tyrannosaurus regina (queen).

“This paper could shake up the Paleo community, and the public who are used to good old T. rex,” said Gregory Paul, a freelance paleontologist and paleontologist and the paper’s author.

Tyrannosaur experts largely disagree with the findings. One called the evidence cited in the paper “endangeringly weak”. Another removed himself as a co-author before the paper went into publication. And the curators of museums with specimens of this famous dinosaur say they are not going to rename anything based on the proposal.

But naming dinosaur species is a subjective process, and the description of each new species is more of an argument than a declaration. To differentiate them in living animals, scientists typically rely on anatomy as well as genetic evidence. In the absence of prehistoric DNA, paleontologists rely on anatomical details of fossil bone—which can be found at different developmental stages or at different levels of completeness.

Read more about the T. rex family tree.

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