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Published: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:01:24 -0400

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The Latest: Scientists: Quake test of bridge design worked

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:03:52 -0400

(image) Scientists at Nevada earthquake lab are declaring success after testing new bridge designs they created to better withstand violent temblors and speed reconstruction after quake damage

The Sex Trafficking Fight Could Take Down a Bedrock Tech Law

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) A new bill would change part of the Communications Decency Act, which protects site operators for content posted by others.

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Reports: Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico entirely without power

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:00:12 -0400

(image) Multiple reports on Wednesday afternoon claimed the entire island of Puerto Rico was without power after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island with maximum sustained winds of up to 140 mph. SEE ALSO: Hurricane Maria may be the most destructive storm in Puerto Rico's history Local Spanish language publication El Nuevo Dia reported the outage, citing Abner Gomez, managing director of Puerto Rico's State Agency for Emergency Management and Disaster Management (AEMEAD). SEGUN DIRECTOR DE MANEJO DE EMERGENCIA, PUERTO RICO ESTÁ AL 100℅ SIN ENERGÍA ELÉCTRICA. — RUBEN SERRANO (@GUARETO1) September 20, 2017 Those reports eventually began to trickle in via the office to U.S. and international media outlets, as well. Blackout: 100% of Puerto Rico is without power, Puerto Rico Office of Emergency Management tells @ABC News - @JoshuaHoyos — Dan Linden (@DanLinden) September 20, 2017 According to the most recent U.S. Census, Puerto Rico is home to just over 3.4 million people who will now have to navigate the post-Maria days without power and with no word as to how long it'll take to restore that power. The complete outage isn't a surprise, however. Governor Ricardo Rossello said he expected it just as the storm prepared to make landfall. The reason: a dilapidated and already-failing utility infrastructure.  Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the island's sole power company, filed for bankruptcy in July after years of sliding that left it with $9 billion in bond debt.  And according to Reuters, the median age of Puerto Rico's power plants is 44 years old, ancient by industry standards. Just last September, a fire at one of these dilapidated plants knocked out power across the entire island with nearly half the island without power for a week. Image: PREPA internal documentThese old plants power the island by burning imported oil, a drain on the island's economy that has made its rates so expensive that Hawaii is the only U.S. state where energy costs more. And there are tons of other issues, from customer service to safety problems.  It also doesn't help that Hurricane Irma side-swiped the island just one week ago, knocking out power to at least a million people.  And now that Maria has hit, engulfing nearly the entire island with hurricane-force winds, that aging, already-damaged infrastructure is likely completely devastated, meaning the entire island could be without power for days, if not weeks, to come.  This is a developing story... WATCH: This is how hurricanes are named

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Rescuers in grim search for survivors of Mexico quake

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:28:13 -0400

(image) Rescuers dug Thursday for survivors of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 233 people in Mexico, as the nation watched anxiously for signs of life at a collapsed school in the capital. Firefighters, police, soldiers and volunteers worked frantically to remove rubble in scenes repeated across a swath of central states in Mexico's second killer earthquake this month. The most agonizing search was at a school in the south of Mexico City where 21 children -- aged between seven and 13 -- and five adults were crushed to death.

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Parasitic sea lice are causing a global salmon shortage

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:50:40 -0400

(image) Salmon stocks across the world are reportedly being depleted after the hugely popular fish became affected by a surge of parasitic sea lice.

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Bayer says needs more time for Monsanto deal approval

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:13:44 -0400

(image) German drugs and pesticides group Bayer said on Tuesday it was now likely to be early next year before it can complete its $66 billion deal to acquire U.S. group Monsanto, later than previously expected. The European Commission has been scrutinising the proposed takeover with a deadline of Jan. 8 but Bayer said in a statement it had asked the regulator for an extension on the investigation to Jan. 22, to which the EU Commission responded by saying it would take a decision shortly.

Ex-Mountie headed to US prison for smuggling narwhal tusks

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:16:42 -0400

(image) BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks was sentenced Wednesday to five years, two months in a U.S. prison for related money laundering counts.

Giant antennas in New Mexico search for cosmic discoveries

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:04:06 -0400

(image) Astronomers are using an array of giant antennas in the New Mexico desert for a years-long project aimed at producing the sharpest view ever of such a large portion of the sky using radio waves.

Puerto Rican astronaut affected by double hurricanes

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:46:04 -0400

(image) Space station's Joe Acaba had home flooded by one hurricane, family's homeland hit by another

New Group of Iranian Hackers Linked to Destructive Malware

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) A suspected Iranian government hacking team known as APT33 may be planting computer-killing code in networks around the world.

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So, Australia just had its warmest winter on record

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:13:58 -0400

(image) Australians have just wrapped up the warmest winter on record, according to a new report. The Climate Council's report, titled Hot and Dry: Australia’s Weird Winter, found that Australia's winter had the highest maximum temperatures on record — reaching nearly 2ºC above average. SEE ALSO: 'Game of Thrones' star on climate change: 'A threat maybe even graver than the White Walkers' But while Australians were able to leave a few layers at home, ecologist Professor Lesley Hughes reminds y'all that it's not a positive thing — how about that climate change? “Without any meaningful action to tackle climate change, we will continue to see many more hot winters, just like this, as global temperatures rise,” she said on the Climate Council website. "We must take meaningful action to strongly reduce Australia’s emissions from fossil fuels." According to the Climate Council, Australia's average winter temperatures have increased by approximately 1ºC since 1910, thanks to the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, a big source for the country. SEE ALSO: How M&M’S is taking a stand against climate change with wind power The report comes at a time when Australia's energy policy is under high scrutiny, especially in regards to the country's ability to meet emission reduction targets set at the Paris climate change conference. The report draws attention to Australia’s energy system, a largely coal-based system, which is described as "ageing, inefficient and polluting, and has proved unable to cope with escalating extreme weather, like heatwaves." Australia's not just warmer in winter, but drier Outside of warming, maximum heat temperatures weren't the only records broken over the winter, according to the report, with over 260 heat and low rainfall records smashed.  It was the driest winter recorded since 2002, and second driest Australian June on record. Bushfire risk is above normal for approximately one third of Australia, and the season will begin earlier in in Australia’s southeast. Here's a neat little infographic from the report's findings that paints a pretty concerning picture: Image: Climate council.According to the report, Australia is on track for a warmer than average spring. Nothing important after that though, just Australia's characteristically blistering hot summer. Bondi's going to be crowded. WATCH: Giant icebergs are a big tourist draw in Newfoundland, and a warning sign

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Glowing Slinky-Like 'Creature' Is Actually a Mass of Eggs

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:36:00 -0400

(image) A massive, glowing, Slinky-like "creature" photographed by a scuba diver off the coast of Australia has spurred intense speculation about what the mystery beast could be. Speculation swirled that the psychedelic creature was a giant pyrosome, a free-floating sea squirt made of thousands of tiny clones. But if people look closely at the video, they'll see that the mass does not have a solid exterior as those two animal types have, but is instead incredibly transparent, Helm said in an earlier blog post about squid egg cases.

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Nominee for EPA chemical safety post has deep industry ties

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:35:54 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency has for years accepted payments for criticizing studies that raised concerns about the safety of his clients' products, according to a review of financial records and his published work by The Associated Press.

The last days of a 'village' in China's Silicon Valley

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:20:44 -0400

(image) Surrounded by the sleek hi-tech campuses and luxury condominiums of "Beijing's Silicon Valley", migrants from the countryside recreate village life, cooking in outdoor communal areas, playing cards and showering in the street. For months, the authorities have bricked up and torn down thousands of shops and homes that are deemed to violate Beijing's zoning laws as the government seeks to give the capital a facelift and limit the population to 23 million people by 2020. Migrants from China's relatively undeveloped southwestern region have lived precariously for two decades here in Zhongguancun -- which is also the base of hi-tech companies including Lenovo, Baidu, Tencent and Sohu, which help their own employees from other regions obtain legal rights to live in the capital.

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Ancient Shipwrecks Discovered at Depths of Black Sea's Dead Zone Perfectly Preserved After Thousands of Years

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:34:22 -0400

(image) The Black Sea Maritime Project (MAP)—a two-year investigation of Bulgaria’s Black Sea waters—involved local and international experts who found 60 previously lost shipwrecks spanning 2,500 years in the history of a coastline that has been port to many of Europe’s major empires. Dozens of old ships lie preserved in low-oxygen waters off the coast of Bulgaria, where ships from the Roman Empire, Byzantium and Ottoman ports once docked.

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William Shatner's return to space is a thriller

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:35:00 -0400

(image) Actor William Shatner, "Zero-G: Green Space" author, talks about his new book, science fiction as a prediction of the future and the race to space.

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President Trump, North Korea and a Brief History of Nuclear Threats

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:39 -0400

(image) A nuclear power has threatened another state with destruction in the past—but the previous episode does not bode well for President Trump

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Cities Turn to Other Cities for Help Fighting Climate Change

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0400

(image) If every city with more than 100,000 people stepped up, they could account for 40 percent of the Paris accord's emissions cuts.

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Convicted Charleston Church Killer Wants to Fire His 'Biological Enemy' Jewish and Indian Lawyers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:53:40 -0400

(image) A white supremacist who was sentenced to death in the 2015 massacre of nine black worshippers has told a federal appeals court he wants to fire his appellate attorneys

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Internal watchdog says EPA mismanaging toxic site cleanups

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:09:27 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleanups at some U.S. hazardous waste sites have stopped or slowed down because the Environmental Protection Agency does not manage its Superfund staff effectively to match its workload, an internal government watchdog said Tuesday.

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1,000-Year-Old Tomb of Maya King Discovered in Guatemala

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:45:00 -0400

(image) Archaeologists digging under a Maya palace in Guatemala say they have opened the tomb of a royal and found a jade mask and bones, both painted bright red. The tomb was unearthed at the site of El Perú-Waka' in the rainforest of northern Guatemala. A wealthy royal family once ruled Waka' and controlled what was a major trade route along the San Pedro River.

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France's Macron at UN defends Iran, climate deals

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:11:52 -0400

(image) French President Emmanuel Macron stood firm Tuesday that landmark agreements on Iran and climate change would not change as he gently nudged Donald Trump to return to the fold. Macron, like Trump appearing for the first time at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders, met his US counterpart on Monday for their latest meeting -- which appeared to be friendly but did not bridge differences.

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Campi Flegrei Eruption Risk: Hot Zone Feeding One of the World’s Most Dangerous Supervolcanoes Discovered

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:52:49 -0400

(image) Campi Flegrei is a huge caldera—a crater that often forms after the mouth of a volcano has collapsed following an eruption—that sits to the west of Naples. The last time Campi Flegrei erupted was in 1538, but this was a relatively minor event. Around 40,000 years ago, it produced a “super colossal” eruption, ejecting an estimated 48 cubic miles of magma.

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An 8-year-old just published her first paper in an academic journal about her love of bugs

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:00:33 -0400

(image) Sophia Spencer has done more at the age of eight than most of us will do in a lifetime. Spencer, who lives in Canada, was one of two authors of a paper published earlier this month in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. She and Morgan Jackson, an entomologist who works at the…

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Climate Change Is Already Making People Sicker

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:50:42 -0400

(image) Climate change is a prominent topic at the United Nations General Assembly, and the link to health is becoming more apparent.

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Google Paid HTC $1.1 Billion To Turn Itself Into a Phone Maker

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:07:17 -0400

(image) It's not quite an acquisition, but Google's agreement with HTC fast-tracks its efforts to take over the gadget world.

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Juno Jupiter Images: NASA Captures Gas Giant in Incredible Detail During Close Approach

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:41:47 -0400

(image) Each flyby, a community of Jupiter fans that spans the globe chooses what features JunoCam should focus its lens on. Occasionally more of the frame is black than Jupiter. Here, the image processor was particularly intrigued by the dark ring visible just above the center of the image.

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Satan's Enigma: 'Possessed' Nun's 17th-Century Letter Deciphered

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:43:00 -0400

(image) A mysterious letter written more than 300 years ago by a Sicilian nun who claimed to be possessed by Satan has finally been deciphered. Scientists used a deep-web code breaker to read the letter. The message — indeed devilish — describes God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as "dead weights," the researcher said.

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