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Our monthly wrap-up of what’s been happening in the world.

https://t.co/ZjzQfVhTwZ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020

Trump gets tough on Twitter

Look, it miiiiiight be because his favourite social media hangoutdared to fact-check his tweets, theUS President has decided to rain down hammer blows on the little blue bird wecall Twitter.

There’s a bit of legal gear with the very catchy name “Section230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act”, which (very) basically says that platformsaren’t responsible for the content their users post, so they can’t get intotrouble for, say, xxx.

But now the big man wants to rein that in, changing the law toweaken those protections. And he’s only doing that because it’s illegal for himto shut the whole thing down.

Don’t worry: it’s all because he’s such a big believer in freedom of speech and legit believes Twitter silences conservative voices. Not because he’s mad they had a go at him for telling lies about postal voting and what-not.

Scientists spy on the creation of a new planet

Like galactic peeping Toms, Earth’s space scientists arespying on the birth of a new planet for the first time ever. Of course, thesethings take time, so they will be monitoring the difficult labour for a fairwhile before it actually becomes a proper hunk of rock orbiting a sun (the sun’sname is AB Aurigae, if you’re curious, and its 531 light years away from whereyou’re reading this).

Thegestating planet is about the same distance from AB Aurigae as Neptune is fromour sun, so it’s probably not going to be a future haven for life as weknow it, but it’s still important to increasing our understanding of howplanets form.

The pic above was taken with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, which lives in Chile. That bright yellow “twist” right in the middle is the soon-to-be planet. Exciting, no?

Aaaaand rugby league is back!

Complete with fake crowd noises and players who probablyaren’t at their usual level of performance after so long without “proper”training. Which actually makes it a bit more interesting to watch, in someways. Especially if you’rean Eels fan, eh?

AFL is also preparing to return, so we don’t have to spendour sport-watching energy on all those weird overseas non-contact gamey thingsanymore.

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