Protests soundtrack I Life on Pluto?

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Monday, 29 June 2020


Demonstrators danced to Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” and marchers chanted Ludacris’ “Move b—-, get out the way” to officers during recent protests. That hip-hop should emerge as the soundtrack to the current unrest is no surprise – rappers have been drawing our attention to police brutality for decades. As Tyina Steptoe of University of Arizona writes, the rich history of protest in Black American music stretches back to the beginning of the blues.

In other news, could there really be life on Pluto? NASA’s recent New Horizons mission has unveiled that Pluto is in fact a fascinating world. A new study suggests it has had a warm interior ever since it formed, and may still have a liquid, internal ocean under its icy crust that may be able to support life. So could we find living creatures beneath the thick ice crusts of these remote worlds? We certainly can’t rule it out.

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Rapper YG, center in white, at a June 7 protest over the death of George Floyd. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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