Chris

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Scientists detect giant underground aquifer on Mars, raising hope of life on the planet

Radar has found something big under the surface<p>Mars hosts a huge underground aquifer of liquid water, according to a group of scientists who say they have found convincing evidence. The underground lake hasn’t been seen directly, but if it’s real, it’s a discovery that substantially increases the …

Mars Express

Humans Have Changed Earth's Seasons For The First Time, Study Shows

"This is the kind of stuff you don't want to be right about."<p>Poring over four decades of satellite data, climate scientists have concluded for the …

Climate Change

A New Study Says Nearly 6,000 Died In Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria. The Government Still Says 64 People Died.

“Our results indicate that the official death count of 64 is a substantial underestimate of the true burden of mortality after Hurricane Maria.”<p>The number of people who died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria was at least 70 times higher than the official death toll, according to a study …

Japanese scientists invent floating 'firefly' light

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese engineering researchers say they have created a tiny electronic light the size of a firefly which rides waves of ultrasound, and could eventually figure in applications ranging from moving displays to projection mapping.<p>Named Luciola for its resemblance to the firefly, …

Demonstration

Tesla Just Started Six More Battery Projects in Puerto Rico

The plan follows the successful deployment of a solar array at a children's hospital.<p>Tesla is bringing several more battery pack projects to Puerto …

The EPA has approved the release of weaponized mosquitoes in 20 US states

The US Environmental Protection Agency has given its approval for MosquitoMate, a Kentucky-based biotechnology company, to release its bacteria-infected male mosquitoes in several parts of the United States.<p>The EPA approval was first reported by Nature on Monday (Nov. 6), and confirmed by the …

Mosquitoes

AT&T's 'Flying COW' drone provides cell service to Puerto Rico

These days, it's just as important to have communication up and running after a major disaster as it is to have power, food and drinkable water. The FCC approved $77 million to fix communications in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, while Project Loon (a collaboration with AT&T, Alphabet and …

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s Governor Seems To Indicate An Investigation Is Happening Into Hurricane-Related Deaths

He also criticized the Army Corps of Engineers for what he said were slow efforts to get the power grid up and running.<p>Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Thursday that there is an investigation ongoing into which deaths “meet the criteria for direct or indirect deaths” related to Hurricane …

Rick Perry calls Puerto Rico a country, while Trump offers tepid words of support

<b>A car drives under tilted power line poles in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico. (Getty/Ricardo Arduengo)</b><p>After having spent most of his time insulting Puerto Ricans, Trump tries a different approach Friday — it fails too<p>Charlie May<p>October 13, 2017 2:06pm (UTC)<p>Since Hurricane …

The Crisis in Puerto Rico Is a Racial Issue. Here’s Why

Last week, CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and asked if he thought President Donald Trump’s punishing response to …

Take your white friends to see Rat Film and watch them closely

Theo Anthony’s bold new documentary captures the inner chaos of political awakening.<p>My viewing of <i>Rat Film</i>, an experimental feature documentary from …

The 5 most inappropriate things Donald Trump said at a Puerto Rico disaster briefing

Donald Trump finally made it to Puerto Rico today, two weeks after Category 4 Hurricane Maria made landfall and devastated the island. He brought the …

Exclusive Aerial Photos Capture Puerto Rico's Devastation

Hurricane Maria flooded the island's coastal areas and blew apart homes inland.<p>Hurricane Maria has left Puerto Rico “totally devastated," according to a photographer who took exclusive pictures of the island Friday and Saturday.<p>San Juan-based Dennis Manuel Rivera captured the damage from widespread …

Clinton calls out Trump administration's response to Puerto Rico devastation

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton called out the Trump administration Sunday for its response to the devastation in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.<p>"President Trump, Sec. Mattis, and DOD should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens," …

Puerto Rico

Lakes of mercury and human sacrifices – after 1,800 years, Teotihuacan reveals its treasures

When archaeologists found a tunnel under Mexico’s ‘birthplace of the gods’, they could only dream of the riches they would discover. Now its wonders – from jewel-eyed figures to necklaces of human teeth – are being revealed to the world<p>In 2003, a tunnel was discovered beneath the Feathered Serpent …

Archaeology

Hurricane Maria Bears Down on Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria roared toward eastern Puerto Rico early Wednesday as the most powerful storm to threaten the region in almost 90 years.<p>Maria was a Category 5 hurricane — the strongest there is — when it killed one person and injured two others as it hit the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe on Monday …

Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria Takes Aim at Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Hurricane Maria was strengthening fast into a monster storm Monday as it barreled toward Puerto Rico and other Irma-battered Caribbean islands.<p>Maria grew — in less than 24 hours — from a tropical storm into a Category 4 hurricane that the National Hurricane Center called an "extremely dangerous" …

Puerto Ricans extend help to island neighbors

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico, dealt only a glancing blow by Hurricane Irma, has become an impromptu emergency hub for its Caribbean neighbors …

Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Are Part of the US Too

As Hurricane Irma loomed larger and larger in the first days of September, there was much media speculation about when and how it would “make …

Caribbean

Japan's new mushroom solar farms produce sustainable energy and food

Japan’s agricultural sector could find a much-needed boost with an innovative approach to growing that combines solar power generation and mushroom …

The next DACA? Trump administration turns to another class of immigrants

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> As the nation's immigrant community grapples with President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a similar move could be looming for hundreds of thousands of other immigrants who have been permitted to build lives in the United …

Immigration

The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students, explained in a cartoon - Vox

We stunt upward mobility and make college a finishing school for the affluent.<p>A few years ago, hundreds of college administrators received a survey in the mail. It was designed to figure out what they believed it takes to succeed in college.<p>The survey listed 12 skills that colleges generally expect …

President Trump Just Banned Transgender People From the U.S. Military. Here’s What to Know

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that transgender individuals will not be able to serve in the military “in any capacity,” reversing …

Here’s What You Need To Know About Trump’s “Election Integrity” Commission

Widespread voter fraud isn’t real, but Trump’s commission is. It convened for the first time on Wednesday.<p>You probably aren’t obsessed with President Trump's campaign to uncover the millions of fraudulent votes that were cast in the last election, because — hey — it never happened. Trump's claim …

Artificial Sweeteners Are Linked to Weight Gain—Not Weight Loss

Artificial sweeteners might seem like a low- or no-calorie way to enjoy sweet food and not gain weight. But a new study links them to the opposite.<p>In …

Cologne celebrates Europe's biggest LGBT parade

Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered again in Cologne this year, calling for equal rights and tolerance. Germany's recent "marriage for all" …

Kiev hosts largely incident-free gay pride march

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian politicians and foreign diplomats joined thousands marching for gay pride in Kiev on Sunday, carrying banners and waving rainbow and Ukrainian flags in a parade flanked by a thick cordon of helmeted police.<p>Participants take part in the equality march in Kiev, Ukraine, …

New Solar Paint Transforms Your House Into A Source of Clean Energy

Researchers have developed a solar paint that can absorb water vapour and split it to generate hydrogen — the cleanest source of energy.<p>The paint …

California goes without Washington

<b>San Francisco, California (CNN) —</b> In the space of 24 hours, California Gov. Jerry Brown flew out of China after signing bilateral climate change deals and meeting with President Xi Jinping in Beijing and returned home to host the German environment minister in San Francisco.<p>Showing almost no sign …

Jerry Brown