Toyota has eye on moon with dreams of Mars

TOKYO -- Toyota is working with Japan's space agency on a vehicle to explore the lunar surface, with ambitions to help people live on the moon by 2040 and then go live on Mars, company officials said Friday.
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Asian stocks advance after Wall Street sinks for third day

Asian stock markets rose Friday as traders looked ahead to data on U.S. employment costs that might influence Federal Reserve decisions on planned interest rate hikes.
Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul gained. Hong Kong declined.
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New research by a
Matthew Regan's study of the thirteen-lined ground squirrel found in North America seems to confirm the theory of "urea nitrogen salvage," which suggests that some hibernating animals can pull off a "metabolic trick" in which their gut microbes recycle urea nitrogen – a waste product created in both the ground squirrel and in humans that is usually excreted in urine – and repurpose it to create new tissue proteins.
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It’s been theorized for years by both scientists and cat owners alike, but a new study appears to confirm it: cats have less brains now than they used to when they were wild.
According to a new study, domesticated cats have smaller brains than their wild cat ancestors, confirming older studies and opening up new insights into how domestication affects animals.
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'Embarrassment for the industry': Not all truckers support the 'freedom convoy'

A so-called 'freedom convoy' of truckers and supporters is on its way to Ottawa, protesting the federal government's vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers.
But not everyone from the trucking industry is on board with the convoy's messaging, especially as the rhetoric heats up and the movement attracts support from fringe groups.
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Jann Arden says pandemic has given her 'time to be reflective'

Canadian musician Jann Arden said writing her newest album in the middle of the pandemic gave her "a lot of time to be reflective."
The writing process for "Descendant," Arden's 15th studio album out Friday, began in the spring of 2020, in the early days of the global outbreak of COVID-19.
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'We have nothing now': Female taekwondo star banned from sport by Taliban

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN -- The room is freezing cold. There’s a gauzy curtain over the window that lets in soft morning light. The street outside feels forbidden and hostile. If not dangerous.
And now to the story of Anzorat Wali.
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NEW YORK, UKRAINE -- Welcome to New York.
No, not the land of soaring skyscrapers, bustling boroughs, and constant honking of taxis, but the city in Eastern Ukraine, about an hour-and-a-half away from the Russian border.
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COVID-19 hits one of the last uninfected places on the planet

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND -- When the coronavirus began spreading around the world, the remote Pacific archipelago of Kiribati closed its borders, ensuring the disease didn't reach its shores for nearly two full years.
Kiribati finally began reopening this month, allowing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to charter a plane to bring home 54 of the island nation's citizens.
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North Korea confirms missile tests as Kim visits munitions site

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA -- North Korea said Friday its two latest rounds of weapons tests this week were successful while vowing to bolster its nuclear "war deterrent" and speed up the development of more powerful warheads.
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Evangeline Lilly said she attended a rally against vaccine mandates in Washington, DC, last weekend -- the same event where Robert F. Kennedy Jr. invoked Nazi Germany and Anne Frank in a speech.
The "Ant-Man and the Wasp" star, in an Instagram post, said she attended the rally to "support bodily sovereignty" and that she believes "nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will, under the threat of .

Stormy Daniels testifies on Avenatti: 'He lied to me and betrayed me'

Stormy Daniels, an adult-film actress who was allegedly defrauded by Michael Avenatti, testified Thursday in federal court as part of the criminal trial against the celebrity attorney.
Daniels testified that Avenatti said he was going to get "a big payday" from winning her lawsuit against then-U.S.
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