In the Know: July 18, 2014

“This is a tragic day in what has already been a tragic year for Malaysia… If it transpires that the plane was indeed shot down, we insist that the perpetrators must swiftly be brought to justice.” Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, regarding the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet [reportedly] struck down by a Russian SA-series missile over Ukraine

Nation
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper submitted signatures on Tuesday to put a measure that would split California in six separate states, saying that that a state as big as California needs to be broken up to be more representative and more competitive.

World
A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed with 298 people aboard in a rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine on Thursday and U.S. intelligence suggests plane brought down by missile; Ukraine government and pro-Russia separatists deny any responsibility for downing aircraft.

Thousands of Israeli soldiers backed by tanks and massive bulldozers invaded the Gaza Strip on Thursday night, the Israeli military said, announcing it had launched a major, open-ended ground offensive in the Palestinian territory.

Politics
Talks over Iran’s nuclear program are likely to be extended another few months while negotiators work out a final deal. During that time, Iran will still be expected to comply with its obligations under the current deal, which keeps its program under lock and key.

Business
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella announced Thursday that up to 18,000 of his employees will get pink slips in the next year. The cuts are the largest in the company’s history and they will hit nearly 15 percent of its workforce.

Rupert Murdoch (of Fox News fame) tried to buy Time Warner this week, but the media giant said, “no thanks.” Not that he’ll give up so easily.

Health
A recent analysis has revealed that due to a number of factors, the incidence of stroke in the U.S. has gone down over the past two decades. Good news for the future.

Science
An intensifying Typhoon Rammasun, packing winds estimated at up to 160 mph (equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane), is heading toward southeastern China and should make landfall late today.

Women’s Affairs
After years of deadlock and division, the Church of England voted on Monday to allow women to become bishops, overturning centuries of tradition and overcoming a long-running dispute that had undermined the unity of Anglicans.

We know that women are underrepresented in the tech and engineering spaces, but a gender divide exists in scientific laboratories too, as recent study shows it may be even worse in labs run by the most elite male scientists.

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