Putin says he has the right to send Russian troops into Eastern Ukraine, and John Kerry spent five hours today meeting with diplomats in Geneva about growing tensions in the region. General Mills says that if you “like” us, you can’t sue us. LA controller Ron Galperin has discovered a $10M stash of unused arts funding that can’t be spent. In our Lab Rats science segment, we look at the latest Space X rocket launch, private space exploration, and a year-long experiment on astronaut twins Mark and Scott Kelly. Also, condors have been brought back from the brink of extinction. But raising them in captivity using hand puppets has made them kinda... well... stupid.
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When it comes to arts funding, there’s never enough money. But a recent audit by L.A.’s city controller reveals that $10 million for public art has been sitting in an account - unused - for years. That’s almost as much as the entire budget of LA’s Cultural Affairs Department.
SpaceX is scheduled to launch a rocket tomorrow to carry supplies to the International Space Station. Since the space shuttles were mothballed, the US has relied on Russian rockets. But now, just as Ukraine is causing a diplomatic rift with Russia, Space X is providing a domestic and privately-owned alternative. Also, we hear about a year-long “space twins” experiment with astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly.
In 1987, condors were on the brink of extinction. There were only 22 of them left in California. Scientists captured those 22 birds and created a successful breeding program that has saved the species. The only problem is that the offspring are raised in captivity by zookeepers and scientists using hand puppets, and that has created a generation of socially inept condors.