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People born with only one hand compensate with new neural pathways that re-organize parts of their brain, new research shows, possibly shaking up our fundamental understanding of how the brain operates.

Why it matters: Our brain could be organizing itself around the function of what it wants to accomplish — not the body part. "It's kind of mind blowing for me to think we could have been getting this wrong for so long," said Tamar Makin, a neuroscientist at University College London. "The implications, if this interpretation is correct, are massive."

The details: In the study, published in Current Biology, researchers looked at regions of the brain that would normally "light up" with the missing hand's activity. Instead, they found that the brain's activity was lighting up from the activity of other body parts (like the arm, foot and mouth) that were compensating for the missing hand. The participants' brains were scanned with functional MRI as they performed tasks.

What's next: This new study shows remarkable brain plasticity, which could lead to new research on how to encourage the brain to control artificial limbs or body parts.

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Trump casts himself as chief defender of American history in divisive speech at Rushmore

President Trump spoke out against a "merciless campaign" to wipe out American history during a Fourth of July celebration at Mount Rushmore.

Why it matters: Trump's "dark and divisive" speech comes as states continue to hit new coronavirus records and a national reckoning against racial inequities pushes forward, The New York Times writes. Trump's public approval is faltering heading toward the November elections, and he made an appeal to his base at Friday's spectacle, per The Washington Post.

Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback

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Drive-in movie theaters, the symbol of a bygone era before cellphones and constant distraction, are suddenly reemerging as a popular form of entertainment during the coronavirus crisis.

Why it matters: Indoor movie theaters are closed, but people still crave entertainment and a chance to get out of their houses. Watching a movie from the safety of a car is the next best thing.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 a.m. ET: 11,093,182 — Total deaths: 525,491 — Total recoveries — 5,890,052Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 a.m. ET: 2,795,163 — Total deaths: 129,437 — Total recoveries: 790,404 — Total tested: 34,213,497Map.
  3. States: ICU beds in Arizona's hot spot reach near capacity.
  4. Public health: The states where face coverings are mandatory Fauci says it has been a "very disturbing week" for the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S.
  5. Economy: The economy may recover just quickly enough to kill political interest in more stimulus.