Round Two With Kim Jung-un

Grind for March 2nd, 2019
“I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine…before she realizes she’s reading.”

– Maya Angelou

Deja Vu

The Headline

Trump’s second summit with Kim Jong-un ends without progress

The Grind

President Trump’s second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended Thursday with no deal signed and little progress towards denuclearization.

North Korea “wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that,” said Trump, who described the tone of the meeting as ‘warm.’

“I could have 100% signed something,” he added. “I’d much rather do it right than do it fast.”

The Details

Trump’s account of the meeting differed from coverage in North Korea.

“What we proposed was not the removal of all sanctions, but the partial removal,” said Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho during an impromptu news conference in Hanoi, Vietnam.

According to Ri, the North wanted relief from 5 of 11 UN sanctions in exchange for the complete dismantling of the Yongbyon nuclear complex.

The US had demanded extra steps, he added, but did not provide details.

“Given the current level of trust between North Korea and the United States, this was the maximum step for denuclearization we could offer,” he said.

Pyongyang also offered to stop all nuclear and long-range missile tests “in order to lower the concerns of the United States.”

Trump says he hopes to meet with Kim again soon to continue negotiations, but Ri said the proposal presented this week would ‘never change.’

Say What??

The Headline

Scientists successfully enhance night vision in mice

The Grind

A team of Chinese scientists successfully altered mice so that they could see near-infrared light (as if they were wearing night-vision goggles).

To give the mice “super vision,” the team injected nanoparticles directly into the mice’s retains.

The nanoparticles enhanced typical “mammalian vision,” allowing the mice to see near-infrared light.

The Details

As described in a report published Thursday, the nanoparticles work by binding directly to cells in the retina that convert light into electric signals.

The experiment did not appear to have any adverse effects.

It remains unclear whether the same technique would work on humans, but the scientists are hopeful the same nanotech could be used to help restore lost retinal function (including the correction of red color blindness).

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