May 13, 2019

Plastic bag found in deepest part of the ocean

Among the pink snailfish and prawn-like crustaceans Victor Vescovo encountered as he broke the record for the world's deepest dive, he also saw something a bit more alarming: a plastic bag.

Driving the news: Vescovo dove nearly 7 miles into the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, BBC reports.

The big picture: In the past decade, plastic has begun to be detected in some of the most remote spots of the ocean, among marine creatures — and even in the air.

  • Last year, a study of old footage identified a plastic bag lying 35,756 feet into the Mariana Trench, per HuffPost.
  • Sailors found a considerable amount of microplastics in water samples at Point Nemo, the most remote spot in the world's oceans.
    • Microplastics can take thousands of years to degrade and can cause health problems for marine life if ingested.

Go deeper: Plastics are "potentially everywhere"

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Police officer in George Floyd killing arrested

A protester with a sign with George Floyd's last words. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer involved in the killing of George Floyd, was taken into custody Friday by Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to the Star Tribune's Briana Bierschbach.

The state of play: Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said that there was no additional charging information yet, as that decision is in the jurisdiction of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Trump forces fateful choices on Twitter and Facebook

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump's war with Twitter is confronting social media platforms with a hard dilemma: whether to take fuller responsibility for what people say on their services, or to step back and assume a more quasi-governmental role.

The big picture: Facebook is trying to be more like a government committing to impartiality and protecting free speech and building mechanisms for arbitration. Twitter, pushed by Trump's inflammatory messages, is opting to more aggressively enforce conduct rules on its private property, like a mall owner enforcing rules inside the gates.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 5,851,494 — Total deaths: 362,238 — Total recoveries — 2,445,181Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 1,729,185 — Total deaths: 101,706 — Total recoveries: 399,991 — Total tested: 15,646,041Map.
  3. 2020: North Carolina asks RNC if convention will honor Trump's wish for no masks or social distancing.
  4. Public health: Hydroxychloroquine prescription fills exploded in March —How the U.S. might distribute a vaccine.
  5. Transportation: National mobility keeps rising as more states reopen economies.
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