Brexit Passes – UK Will Leave EU January 31
On Wednesday, the British Parliament finally approved an agreement for the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU). Though the UK announced its plan to leave in March 2017, it took nearly two years for the country to reach an agreement with the EU on how to do that. It took longer still for the British Parliament to agree.
After Parliament rejected or blocked Brexit deals many times, Prime Minister Boris Johnson called a general election in December, hoping to get enough votes to approve the deal. He got his wish.
The Brexit bill finally passed on Wednesday. The House of Lords tried to change the bill to add protection for young refugees in the EU whose families are in the UK, but the House of Commons rejected all changes. Queen Elizabeth II agreed to the bill on Thursday.
Impeachment: Democrats Make the Case Against Trump
From Wednesday to Friday, seven Democratic “Impeachment Managers” from the US House of Representatives presented the case against Mr. Trump.
They went through the evidence gathered during the House investigation. The Managers said that Mr. Trump’s behavior made it clear that he should be found guilty and removed from office.
The days were long and full of speeches. The Senate had special rules during the impeachment, and senators weren’t allowed to use phones or drink coffee. Some senators seemed bored and a few even fell asleep.
On Saturday, Mr. Trump’s lawyers began their three days of defending the president, saying the president did nothing wrong.
Astronauts Bake the First Cookies in Space
In December, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) tried something new – baking chocolate chip cookies in space. Baking cookies may sound easy, but in space it’s a challenge.
There’s very little gravity on the ISS. That means heat doesn’t rise like it would in a regular oven, since there is no “down”. Also, the dough would just float around in the oven.
So the astronauts tested a special new oven. The Zero G Oven is shaped like a tube, and heats things from all sides. To keep the dough from flying around, it was sealed inside a special tray as it baked into a cookie.
It took astronaut Luca Parmitano several tries before his cookies came out well. The first few cookies came out undercooked. But he left the fourth and fifth cookies in the oven for over two hours, and they came out nice and brown.
Sadly, the astronauts weren’t allowed to taste the cookies. They had to put them in a freezer for testing back on Earth. Luckily, they had a small supply of cookies that were already baked.