Wednesday Morning Briefing (U.S. Edition)

Oh Captain, My Captain: The WHO has a new leader. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Ethiopia, was elected Director-General during the current World Health Assembly. He succeeds Dr. Margaret Chan, who has been in office since 2007.

Slow and Steady: Sanofi and Regeneron continue their foray into the immunology business with Kevzara, a rheumatoid arthritis drug. It is expected to net $5 billion or more by 2022.

Deep Sea Diving: A team of Chinese researchers descended into the Mariana Trench, the deepest in the world. After a three hour descent, they took samples of seawater, rocks, and a few inhabitants.

So That’s How They Do It: Researchers have figured out the mechanics behind flamingos ability to sleep standing on one leg. They discovered that the birds exerted less force and held steadier while asleep. Their findings suggest that sleeping on one leg simply takes less energy.

Forget Aliens Covenant: KIC 8462852, also known as Tabby’s Star, is at it again, dimming in its erratic, non-orbiting, alien-life-enthusiast-teasing kind of way. It is the first clear “dip” astronomers have seen since 2013, when a cluster of events occurred and speculation of an alien megastructure began to circulate.

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