Mueller report, new antidepressant, selfie in space and Jmore Juniors

Alan Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz at NEP Studios in New York, Feb. 3, 2016. (John Lamparski/Getty Images for Hulu)

Alan Dershowitz is ready to write an introduction to the Mueller report

Alan Dershowitz is at the ready for more writing — and he already knows what he writes is flying off the virtual bookshelves. Dershowitz is selling special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation with an introduction by, you guessed it, the outspoken Harvard law professor himself. Amazon is scheduled to ship the book at the end of the month, and it’s already the No. 3 bestseller in its Civics and Citizenship category and ranked 617th among all books, the Boston Globe reported. Amazon also is touting it as the No. 1 best-seller in the popular category of Federal Jurisdictional Law. It says the book will be 960 pages and be available in paperback or on Kindle. Meanwhile, Amazon also is selling The Washington Post’s version of the Mueller report, with related materials from the newspaper, at 720 pages in paperback or on Kindle and the same delivery date.–JTA

Read more: Alan Dershowitz is ready to write an introduction to the Mueller report. It’s already a No. 1 seller on Amazon.

Also see: 7 Jewish Things to Look for When Mueller Wraps Up His Investigation

FDA approves new antidepressant

Doctors have a new weapon in the fight against particularly pernicious depression: a drug based on the powerful anesthetic ketamine, according to Science News. The drug — called Spravato and developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. — was approved on March 5 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for severely depressed people who haven’t responded to two courses of other treatments. The first ketamine-based antidepressant, Spravato is a nasal spray that must be delivered in a doctor’s office, and is intended to be used in addition to an oral antidepressant.

Read more: FDA has approved the first ketamine-based antidepressant


Graphic of the Beresheet spacecraft (Courtesy/SpaceIL)

Beresheet takes selfie in space

The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet took its first selfie more than 23,000 miles from earth. The selfie shows Earth in the background – with Australia visible — as well as a plaque installed on the spacecraft that shows an Israeli flag and the words “Am Yisrael Chai” (the nation of Israel lives) and “Small Country, Big Dreams.” The spacecraft transmitted the image sent March 5 back to the control room, located in Yehud, in central Israel. Several days earlier, the spacecraft conducted a successful maneuver to put it into an elliptical orbit around the Earth. The spacecraft had missed a scheduled maneuver when its computer reset unexpectedly and automatically canceled the engine burn, but it remains on schedule to touch down on the moon on or around April 11.–JTA


Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg (Photo courtesy Flickr)

Michael Bloomberg not running

Michael Bloomberg will not run for president in 2020. In an op-ed on the Bloomberg site, the former New York City mayor and Jewish billionaire businessman said he is “clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination in such a crowded field.” “We cannot allow the primary process to drag the party to an extreme that would diminish our chances in the general election,” he added. Bloomberg also plans to devote more time and money to environmental causes, including a new initiative with the Sierra Club, and continue his push for gun control.

Read more: Michael Bloomberg Announces He Will Not Run for President in 2020

Jmore Juniors

Jmore Juniors

Jmore Juniors

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