March 23rd – News Wrap Up

Top Stories from Today —

Trump to House Republicans: pass healthcare bill on Friday or he’ll move on (WA Post)

All-male White House health bill photo sparks anger (BBC)

The Senate voted to undo rules covering your internet privacy (WA Post)

Lawmakers demand information on Flynn’s Russian ties (CNN)

Democrats plan to filibuster to thwart Gorsuch nomination (NYT)

Taliban take an Afghan district, Sangin, that many Marines died to keep (NYT)
NASA Hubble telescope discovers the first ‘runaway’ black hole (engadget) 

New view of dinosaurs could radically reshape their family tree (LA Times) 

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Hedy Lemarr – Inventor of Wi-Fi 

An actress who performed along the greats like Judy Garland and Clark Gable in the Golden Age of Hollywood was so much more than a movie star. 

It was Hedy’s idea for a secret communication system, specifically to guide torpedoes using “frequency hopping” during WWII.

Her invention is used for Wi-Fi, GPS, and most military communication.

She signed her patent over to the Navy who shelved the idea and told her to make money for the war instead of ‘silly inventing’. She never made a dime or got the credit she deserved.

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March 20th – News Wrap Up

Top Stories from Today —

Highlights from the House hearing on Russian interference in US Election (NYT) 

Neil Gorsuch nomination hearing for Supreme Court Justice (NYT) 

Republicans announce changes to their healthcare bill (WA Post)

Studies shed light on opioid exposure among US children and teens (Fox News)

WA state trying to find source of diesel spill on Columbia River (OPB.org)

Uber president resigns amid scandals (triblive.com)

Ketamine for depression treatment? (NPR) 

Mary Sherman Morgan – First Female Rocket Scientist 

Having a baby out of wedlock and no college degree did not keep Mary Sherman Morgan from competing in the Space Race.

She worked at a munitions factory during WWII, and after the war ended she started working at North American Aviation. 

She developed the rocket fuel Hydyne which helped launch the United States’ first satellite Explorer I in 1958. Although most of the credit went to lead engineer Werner von Braun, her invention saved America’s space program (which became NASA later that same year).

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