TIME animals

This Orphaned Tree Kangaroo Was Raised by a Surrogate Wallaby Mother

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Adelaide Zoo

"If we wanted to save the joey we had to try our luck"

Zoo keepers in Adelaide, Australia, saved the life of an orphaned tree kangaroo by using a surrogate wallaby mother, in what the zoo says is a world first.

The joey, known as Makaia, was left orphaned at just five weeks when zoo keepers discovered that a fallen tree branch had killed his mother. As Makaia was too young to be hand-reared, the Adelaide Zoo staff decided to try to “cross-foster” the little kangaroo, placing the joey into the pouch of a surrogate wallaby mother.

While cross-fostering has been successfully done before, Adelaide Zoo veterinarian David McLelland said that this was the first attempt with a tree kangaroo. “Not only are tree kangaroos distant relatives of wallabies, they also have many behavioural and physical differences,” McLelland said in a press release on the Adelaide Zoo website. “We had no idea if the yellow-foot would accept the tree kangaroo joey, but if we wanted to save the joey we had to try our luck.”

TIME space

You Can See Venus and Jupiter Come Very Close Together Tuesday Night

The two planets will appear to be a double star to the naked eye

The two brightest planets that can be seen from Earth will come this close to one another on Tuesday evening.

For anyone looking at a clear sky in North America, Venus and Jupiter will be just one-third of a degree apart in a phenomenon known as a conjunction and will have the appearance of a double star to the naked eye.

The stunning sight will be the culmination of the planets’ movement over the past few weeks, as they have been slowly creeping toward one another. According to Sky & Telescope magazine, conjunctions between the two planets aren’t actually that uncommon—there was a Venus and Jupiter conjunction last August and there will be another one in October.

But the publication’s Alan MacRobert also points out that though “[t]hese planetary groupings in the sky have no effect on Earth or human affairs,” the conjunction “can lift our attention away from our own little world into the enormous things beyond.”

TIME faith

This Is Pope Francis’ Schedule for His Upcoming Trip to the U.S.

Includes trips to Washington, New York and Philadelphia

The Vatican has released the full schedule for Pope Francis’ September Apostolic Journey to the U.S., which includes meeting with President Obama at the White House, an address at the U.N. General Assembly in New York and a “multi-religious service” at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

The trip marks the Pope’s first visit to the U.S. since becoming pontiff and will also include a stop in Philadelphia for the “World Meeting of Families,” a church-sponsored gathering that takes place once every three years. The six-day trip will take place between Sept. 22 and Sept 27, and was first announced in November 2014.

See the full schedule of the Pope’s trip here.

TIME celebrity

Watch Marshawn Lynch Prove Just How Much He Loves Skittles for Conan O’Brien

The late-night host made the running back's dream come true

When Marshawn Lynch appeared on Conan Monday night, host Conan O’Brien seized the opportunity to let the Seattle Seahawks running back immerse himself in his favorite candy.

As Lynch’s love of Skittles is well-known, O’Brien set up an “end zone” full of the fruity candy and encouraged the football player to jump in backwards — which happens to be Lynch’s signature move.

Lynch was more than keen and, unsurprisingly, O’Brien was only too happy to join him.

TIME health

One Factor That Kept the Women of 1960 Away From Birth Control Pills: Cost

Bottle of Enovid tabs 10mg, early 1960s. Front three quarter view. Graduated grey background.
David Exton—SSPL via Getty Images Bottle of Enovid tabs 10mg, early 1960s.

Fifty-five years ago, "the Pill" hit the market

The road to safe and effective birth control in the U.S. was long and winding — with more than a few bumps along the way. But 55 years ago today, June 23, 1960, marks the day when the birth control pill was first available for purchase in the U.S. for contraceptive purposes.

Previously, the Food and Drug Administration had approved hormone pills to treat menstrual disorders, such as irregular periods or PMS. But in May of 1960, the FDA had cleared Enovid, the trade name of an oral contraceptive by G.D. Searle and Company, and by June 23, “the Pill” — as oral contraceptives would soon be commonly known — was on the market.

And it was exactly what women had been waiting for. Because of the country’s squeamishness over birth control — anti-obscenity laws had prohibited even doctors from discussing contraceptives in the early 20th century — women had long been resorting to other, often unreliable and sometimes dangerous, methods to prevent pregnancy. Access to a dependable, safe form of birth control offered women a freedom that was previously unknown.

But there was initially one major downside to Enovid — the price. Taking stock of the Pill’s success, a little more than six months after it hit the market, TIME noted in February 1961 that:

Enovid proved to have remarkably few undesirable side effects: in her first month or two on the pills, a woman may be nauseated, and may gain weight. The main trouble with Enovid, as with all progestins, was cost. The pills were priced to retail at 50 cents or 55 cents each, and one a day for 20 days meant $10 or $11 a month. Last week Searle cut it price by 30%, which should bring the retail price down to $7 or $8… And Searle promptly cut this a further 50% by convincing the FDA that five milligrams will inhibit ovulation just as well as ten, making the net cost to the consumer $3.50 to $4 a month.

In spite of the initial cost of the Pill, 400,000 women saw their doctors about getting a prescription that first year — even though $10 in 1960 was the equivalent, with inflation, of nearly $80 today. By 1963, after the price had dropped, the number of women had risen to 2.3 million.

Just three years later, in 1966, TIME summed up just how quickly and thoroughly American women had taken to oral contraceptives, writing, “No previous medical phenomenon has ever quite matched the headlong U.S. rush to use the oral contraceptives now universally known as ‘the pills.’”

TIME Bizarre

Naked Man Screaming ‘I’m on Fire’ Streaks Walmart to Shower in Milk

“The first question I would have would be, ‘why?’” Pike County Sheriff Rodney Scott said

Two men have been arrested in Kentucky after a man ran naked — save for shoes, socks and a Halloween mask — through a Walmart and filmed it.

In the video above, which includes footage from the stunt that was filmed and uploaded to YouTube on June 17, the man can be seen running around in the store, screaming “I’m on fire” and pouring milk over his head.

According to WOWK-TV, David Daniels and Timothy Smith were arrested for the stunt on Saturday and were taken to the Pike County Detention Center where they will be held without bond until they appear in court.

“The first question I would have would be, ‘why?’” Pike County Sheriff Rodney Scott says in the clip above. “Why would they want to do it?”

Why, indeed.

TIME Business

Sorry Witches, You Won’t Be Able to Buy Spells on Etsy Anymore

The online marketplace bans the sale of metaphysical items

Etsy, the leading hub for online sellers of handmade twee goods, has banned the sale of metaphysical items — including spells, hexes and potions.

Per Etsy’s new policy, which was implemented earlier this month, they are cracking down on the sale of items that make dubious promises. Their new policy reads: “Any metaphysical service that promises or suggests it will effect a physical change (e.g., weight loss) or other outcome (e.g., love, revenge) is not allowed, even if it delivers a tangible item.”

Several Etsy shops selling such items have already been notified of the policy changes and suspended.

While the new rules are ostensibly there to protect customers from getting suckered into buying products that don’t do what they claim to do, critics say the policy changes amount to an attack on certain beliefs, aka religious discrimination. According to an online petition protesting the new policy, banning the sale of metaphysical items amounts to “discrimination against Pagan and Wiccan faiths.”

And Iyá Ekundayo, a Brazilian self-described priestess who sells traditional medicines, told the Washington Post, “It [is] a Witch Hunt. They went after people supposedly offering tangible and intangible items and services [promising] end results, but steered away from anything in the Christian and Judaism sections.”

But in a statement to the Post, Etsy spokeswoman Sara Cohen said:

“Etsy strongly believes in freedom of thought, expression, and religion, and we will never institute a policy that discriminates against sellers for their religious beliefs or practices.”

Cohen added that Etsy only allows the sale of products, rather than services, and the ban’s aim was to “protect our community from business practices that prey upon vulnerable and desperate shoppers.”

TIME celebrities

Charlie Sheen Did Not Have a Happy Father’s Day

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Gregg DeGuire—WireImage Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen arrive at the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton January 20, 2002 in Beverly Hills, California.

Judging by Twitter, anyway

While dads around the world were enjoying Father’s Day on Sunday, Charlie Sheen was once again ranting on Twitter.

The target of the actor’s ire was his ex-wife Denise Richards, with whom he has two daughters and a lot of baggage — the two split in 2005 after Richards accused Sheen of threatening her. On Sunday, Sheen seemed to resurrect some of that bad blood by tweeting: “D Richards is a heretic washed up piglet Shame pile.”

“Happy Father’s Day!!!” he added.

The actor also tweeted “Brooke M is a sexy rok star whom I adore,” seemingly in reference to another ex-wife, Brooke Mueller. While those tweets have since been deleted, Sheen also posted an expletive-filled “open letter” about Richards, which can still be found online. In the letter, which is addressed to “the media,” Sheen calls Richards the “worst mom alive” and “a despicable charlatan.”

For her part, Richards appeared to take the high road with this tweet:

Read next: See the Throwback Picture Michelle Obama Shared on Father’s Day

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TIME Television

5 Things To Know About New Top Gear Host Chris Evans

Host Chris Evans poses backstage during the 'BBC Children In Need Rocks' at Eventim on Nov. 12, 2013 in London.
Dave J Hogan—Getty Images Host Chris Evans poses backstage during the BBC's Children In Need Rocks on Nov. 12, 2013, in London

Number one: He's not Captain America

The BBC announced on Tuesday that a new host has been chosen to replace Jeremy Clarkson on the hit auto show Top Gear — British TV and radio personality Chris Evans. The 49-year-old car lover signed a three-year deal as the lead presenter of an all-new line-up for the show, after Clarkson was fired for assaulting a producer.

But while Clarkson and his former co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May have built up a devoted fanbase around the globe — Top Gear is watched by a staggering 350 million viewers worldwide — Evans is relatively unknown outside the U.K. Before he takes the wheel of the show, which will begin production in the next few weeks, here are five things to know about the new Top Gear host.

1. He’s not Captain America — That’s an entirely different Chris Evans, who has not only starred in the Captain America and Avengers franchises, but also appeared in Scott Pilgrim vs The World and Snowpiercer.

2. But he has had an incredibly successful broadcast career — Not only has Evans hosted more than a dozen popular radio and television shows in the U.K., he also founded his own media production company in 1994. In 2000, that company — which had grown considerably since — was sold for £225 million ($354 million), which landed Evans on the Sunday Times of London’s Rich List.

3. Though he’s no stranger to controversy — Just like former Top Gear host Clarkson, Evans has gotten into a fair share of trouble over the years. (It’s no surprise that Evans and Clarkson are long-time friends.) His list of transgressions includes: grilling his assistant about her sex life live on the radio, refusing to show up for work after taking his crew on a 17-hour bender, making jokes about Anne Frank on-air and being photographed passed out in front of a stripper.

4. He (reportedly) dated a Spice Girl — In addition to being a constant presence on TV and the radio in the U.K., Evans has also been a fixture in the British tabloids for his love life. He’s been married three times — once to British pop star-turned-actress Billie Piper, who was still a teenager at the time of the wedding — and has been romantically linked to “Kids in America” singer Kim Wilde, one time model Rachel Tatton-Brown and former Ginger Spice, Gerri Halliwell.

5. He has the blessing of Top Gear‘s former hosts — Evans told BBC Radio 2 in an interview that he had texted Clarkson, Hammond and May before his hosting gig was announced and that both Hammond and Clarkson had replied with a genial “good luck.”

TIME United Kingdom

Michelle Obama Greeted By Screams and Cheers in London School Visit to Promote Girls’ Education

The choir sang "Something Inside So Strong " before the First Lady announced a U.S.-U.K. partnership to promote girl's education in Congo

Michelle Obama’s arrival at a girls’ school in London on Tuesday morning was marked by screaming.

The First Lady visited the Mulberry School for Girls in the U.K. capital’s East End, as part of her “Let Girls Learn” initiative that aims to get girls around the world into education. Upon arrival at the school’s courtyard Obama was greeted by hundreds of students, aged 11 to 18, along with with ear-splitting cheers and screams and furious flag-waving. As Obama waved to the girls lining the packed balcony overlooking the courtyard, the school choir sang “Something Inside So Strong,” before a student recited the poem “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou as another student danced. All of the performances were greeted with clapping and fist pumps from the First Lady.

Once the students had finished, Obama hugged the performers before heading inside the school for a roundtable discussion and a formal address. In her speech to the students, Obama spoke with emotion in her voice, telling them, “Girls like you inspire and impress me every single day.” She told the enthralled audience that she saw herself in them, recounting how she had grown up in a working class neighborhood in the south side of Chicago and had often struggled to balance family obligations and schoolwork, though she “worked hard” wanting to get into a top university. Mulberry School is rated “outstanding” by the U.K.’s Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills and though most of its students come from low-income households, 80% go on to university after graduating.

Obama also told the girls, the majority of whom are Muslim, that even though they might “hear what folks are saying about your religion and wonder if people will ever see past your headscarves,” they should not be dissuaded by the barriers they faced. “The world needs more girls like you,” she said, and “with an education from this amazing school you all have every chance you need to rise above the noise and fulfill every one of your dreams.”

The First Lady’s visit to the school coincided with the announcement that the U.S. and the U.K. were launching a new partnership that would see nearly $180 million being put towards girls’ education in the developing world, particularly those affected by conflict, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo. As part of the new program, the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) and USAID have pledged to help more girls in the Congo access education programs, with a particular focus on accelerated programs for adolescent girls who have missed out on school. The program will see some 755,000 girls benefit over the next five years, according to officials.

In addition to announcing the new partnership, Obama also stressed the importance of getting girls in the U.S. and U.K. involved in improving access to education for girls around the world. Speaking at a roundtable discussion with other officials, volunteers and academics in the library of Mulberry School — where biographies and memoirs of extraordinary women like Emily Bronte, Maya Angelou and Emmeline Pankhurst were on display — the First Lady said she tells her teenage daughters, Sasha and Malia, that “instead of tweeting what you had for lunch, why don’t you tweet what you learned at school and share it with girls around the world.”

This was a message she also emphasized to the Mulberry students. After praising the education the girls had received at the school, Obama told the students she wanted them to pay it forward. “Your job is to reach back and help someone up.”

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