Today’s quick hits, Nov. 18, 2020

Flash-frozen ‘murder hornets’ sent to DC: Five flash-frozen specimens of the 2-inch-long Asian giant hornet, taken from “nest zero” in Washington state, were shipped to the nation’s capital for preservation and study by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and the Smithsonian Institution. (USDA)

Britain to nix junk food ads online: In a more sweeping proposal than it previewed last summer, the British government unveiled a plan to ban online advertisements for junk food in an attempt to reduce obesity rates. (Guardian)

Senate sends grains bill to House: On a voice vote, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the U.S. Grain Standards Act, which allows USDA to collect user fees that defray the cost of federal grain inspection, and sent it to the House. (Senate Agriculture)

Drones and invasive species: In the fight against invasive weeds, scientists in Wyoming are experimenting with drones that can detect the electromagnetic energy produced by the unwanted plants. (Wyofile)