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Update on The Israel-Hamas War; A Mars Express Satellite Captures Amazing Video Imaging of "Labyrinth of Night"; Whale of a Tale. Aired 4- 4:10a ET
Aired October 18, 2023 - 04:00 ET
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COY WIRE, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hello, lovely people. It`s Wednesday, October 18th, I`m Coy Wire. This is CNN 10, coming to you from San Diego today
where I`m interviewing absolute legend. I have to be enigmatic about it. So I can`t tell you who it is just yet. But here`s a clue, this person had a
video game created about them.
All right, let`s start this show today with an update on the conflict in Israel and Gaza. I know it`s been a lot to take in, so we`ll have a special
show tomorrow to talk about how this war has affected people on the ground, as well as people like you and me who are watching this all unfold. More
than 4,000 people have died since Hamas attacked Israel, nearly two weeks ago. Many of those deaths have been in Gaza, which is still under siege by
Israel following Hamas attack.
Israel announced last week that it would cut off electricity, food, water, and fuel to the Palestinian enclave. Tens of thousands of Palestinians are
trying to flee the violence. And many are calling for a ceasefire. As of Tuesday, that hadn`t happened today. President Joe Biden is in Israel to
show his support, but also to look for ways to ease the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. He`ll meet with regional leaders in the neighboring country of
Jordan, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Here is CNN`s John
Lorinc, with more.
JOHN LORINC, CNNRADIO ANCHOR (voice-over): As the war between Israel and Hamas escalates presidential Biden will meet with Israeli officials,
including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Wednesday, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
ANTONY BLINKEN, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: United States and Israel have agreed to develop a plan that will enable humanitarian aid from donor
nations and multilateral organizations to reach civilians in Gaza and them alone, including the possibility of creating areas to help keep civilians
out of harm`s way.
LORINC: Blinken adds that Biden will "reaffirm the United States` solidarity with Israel." That`s a stance agreed upon by the Senate`s
majority and minority leaders.
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER, (D) MAJORITY LEADER: I will be working with the administration on putting together an emergency supplemental that will give
Israel the tools it needs to defend itself.
SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL, (R) KENTUCKY MINORITY LEADER: The surest way to stop violence against Israelis and oppression of Palestinians is to wipe
terrorists like Hamas from the face of the earth.
LORINC: The 26 Marine expeditionary unit is headed to the waters off the coast of Israel. And the Pentagon is preparing U.S. troops for a potential
deployment to the country for medical and logistical support. But the Biden White House is still looking for a diplomatic solution.
JOHN KIRBY, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL COORDINATOR FOR STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS: The President still believes even for all this conflict, he
still believes in the promise of a two-state solution that the Palestinians deserve, their own state, a place where they can call home.
LORINC: I`m John Lorinc reporting.
WIRE: Ten second trivia. What planet is closest to earth when it passes by? Mercury, Venus, Mars or Jupiter? It might not be the closest on average,
but Venus` orbit brings it closer to earth than any other planet. Our next story, though, is about Mars.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Take a flight over a section of Mars known as the Labyrinth of Night. Noctis Labyrinthus is a vast system of steep
intersecting valleys. That is added steepest more than three times deeper than the Grand Canyon. Since 2003, the European Space Agency`s Mars Express
Mission has been closely imaging Mars` terrain with high resolution stereo cameras. The cameras have revealed information on Mars` landscape,
including mapping its subsurface and even its atmosphere. Noctis Labyrinthus, this is the length of Italy and was formed due to vulcanism
that stretched and cracked the surface to create the valley.
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WIRE: Whale, it`s time for an uplifting tale, a tale about a tale, a whale`s tale. Scientists have developed a new way to track these Marine
mammoths whales are mammals. Just like humans, they nurse their young and need air to breathe, to do that. They use blow holes on their backs,
producing those famous spouts that we see. And without those spouts, we wouldn`t have our next story as we`re about to find out it all started with
a cloud of whale snot.
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DR. IAIN KERR, CEO, OCEAN ALLIANCE: Unlike Jurassic Park, if we lose these animals, they`re gone forever.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For years, scientists have been attaching GPS tax to whales in order to monitor the population`s movements and wellbeing.
KERR: They have these incredibly talented groups of people in a small inflatable with a long pole, the tag at the end of the pole, and they`d get
close to the whale. The problem is the whale didn`t know what was going on.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was potentially loud and even frightening for the animal.
KERR: The act of collecting the data, we often felt could change the data.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now, this team is trying something new, drones. But how could tagging whales with drones work?
Ocean Alliance is a Marine Mammal Research and Conservation group led by Dr. Iain Kerr, working out of an old converted pink factory in Gloucester,
KERR: One day I got covered in a cloud of whale snot that was smelly and sticky, and I`m like, wait a minute. I smell an idea. We started our drones
for whale research program with a drone. We called SnotBot.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: SnotBot was partly funded by Kickstarter campaign featuring a purist, Sir Patrick Stewart.
SIR PATRICK STEWART: Iain, what the heck is that?
KERR: We`re really looking for ways to collect biological data without harassing the animals. And here comes our drones. We get that exhalation
and then we just drop the tag. And with these suction cups, it sticks under the back and the whale never knows. It`s been to the doctor.
When we look at whale snot, first of all, we`ve got DNA. Is it male? Is it female? Many species of whales were hunted to near extinction. Have we
reached a genetic bottleneck or, you know, are we OK? And then the tag is saying, how deep does it go? Where does it feed? How does it feed? It`s
been incredibly exciting because we`ve tagged a whale and then five seconds later it`s fed. So clearly the act of putting the tag on the whale hasn`t
affected the animal`s behavior. I was looking for a tool that perhaps could democratize ocean size.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thanks to 3D printing Ocean Alliance has been able to quickly iterate on their designs and make them easily accessible.
CHRIS ZADRA, DRONE PROGRAMS MANAGER, OCEAN ALLIANCE: We`re just one group. We can`t go all over the world, and work with every single population of
whales. The more we could reduce this down into its simplest form that would make it sort of the easiest for other researchers to adopt.
KERR: When you get out in the field, sometimes I just have to stop and take a breath. What an experience.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: By being able to tag and study whales without affecting their behavior, Ocean Alliance says we can truly see how humans affect the
animals and ecosystem in ways we couldn`t before.
KERR: Fishing, pollution, noise. If we don`t understand the impacts on these animals, how can we mitigate them?
WIRE: We`re literally in love with today`s story getting a 10 out of 10 from here, the nearby San Diego zoo, a baby tiger debut times two. Happy
belated birthday to two Sumatran tiger Cubs who explored their new habitat for the first-time last week. These siblings are looking good, feeling
good. The little tiger boy Hutan and the tiger girl Puteri are about three months old. And news of their recent birth is possum. The population of
Sumatran tigers is nearing catastrophic levels listed as a critically endangered species. Only an estimated 400 to 600 Sumatran tigers remain on
All right, meow, congrats to the winners of #YourWordWednesday, Mr. Dye`s class at Weston Middle School in Western Connecticut submitted enigmatic to
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