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From Puerto Rico's ruins, an opportunity to build back better
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
As Puerto Rico continues the slow process of recovery from September’s near-knockout one-two punch of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the phrase “build back better” has become something of a mantra. From the governor’s office to still-dark industrial parks, from roofless homes to flattened community health centers, the imperative to “reconstruir mejor” has sprouted as quickly as the fresh green shoots bursting from the swaths of bowed trees that now define the tropical island’s landscape. Speaking Thursday to a convention of Puerto Rican builders, Governor Ricardo Rosselló said that in the wake of the destruction of Maria, the island was at a crossroads where it could choose to build a more resilient future, with safer roads, better-placed schools and housing, and a stronger health system.
Why More Veterans Should Run for Office
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The founders of WithHonor.org write about the next generation of U.S. veterans planning to run for office
Tucker: Facebook is destroying America and its kids
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
update at bright cove
U.S. and Russia Are Nearing an Agreement on Resolving the Syrian Civil War
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If clinched, the deal is expected to be announced in Vietnam
'Too Stark of a Reminder.' Texas Church Where 26 Were Killed Will Be Demolished, Pastor Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Pastor Frank Pomeroy told leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention earlier this week that it would be too painful to continue using First Baptist Church as a place of worship
Joe Biden: 'I Regret That I Am Not President'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
But he doesn't regret his decision not to run
Hundreds of Dead Sea Turtles Discovered Floating in Pacific in Mystery Mass Death
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Off the coast of El Salvador, researchers have discovered a disturbing sight—300-400 dead, floating sea turtles. “Red Tide” refers to a massive algal bloom, which turns the water red. Too much algae is toxic to many animals, including sea turtles.
Pete Souza On His Obama Book, White House Years and Instagram Account
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Former White House photographer Pete Souza talks to TIME about his new Obama book and the wide-range of photos he's taken over the years.
Voters Deliver a Big Win for Democrats, and a Blow to Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
One year after their stinging defeat, Democrats bounced back in the off-year gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey.
The White House Targeted Two of the Most Sympathetic Groups of Immigrants. Here's Why
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
the Trump Administration's treatment of temporary protected status and DACA shows just how hard a line it is taking on immigration
Saudi Arabia Detains 201 People in $100 Billion Corruption Probe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Critics and observers say the purge is a power grab by the crown prince to sideline potential rivals and critics
House Committee Approves Far
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The bill plans to simplify the tax code and reduce corporate taxes
The Last Thing Iran Wants Is Full
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It would almost certainly lose a direct match-up — and it's winning the proxy wars it is fighting
Malaysia rescues 140 pangolins from suspected smugglers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Dozens of live pangolins were seized from suspected traffickers close to Malaysia's border with Thailand, officials said Wednesday, thwarting the latest attempt to smuggle the critically endangered creatures. The pangolins, the world's most heavily trafficked mammals, were recovered on Tuesday in two separate raids in the northern Malaysian state of Kedah. Pangolins -- also known as scaly anteaters -- fetch a high price on the black market as their meat is prized as a delicacy and their body parts as ingredients in traditional medicine in some areas of Asia and Africa.
Top Diplomat Says U.S. Has Lost 60% of Its Career Ambassadors Under President Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
She wrote that diplomatic leadership ranks are being “depleted at a dizzying speed”
Koala found with ears cut off in Australia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A koala has been found dead in Australia with both its ears cut off, the latest in a spate of animal mutilations that police Friday called "troublesome and disgusting". An emergency services worker stumbled across the grisly find on a road at Warrnambool, some 225 kilometres (140 miles) from Melbourne in Victoria state on Monday. "Police members are investigating what can only be described as a very troublesome and disgusting incident involving the mutilation of a koala," said Warrnambool Sergeant Pat Day.
Brazil soy growers ask court to cancel Monsanto's Intacta patent
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By Ana Mano SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Soybean growers in Mato Grosso, Brazil's largest producing state, have asked a court to cancel Monsanto's Intacta RR2 PRO patent claiming irregularities, including the company's alleged failure to prove it brings de facto technological innovation. The Mato Grosso branch of Aprosoja, the association representing the growers that filed the lawsuit at a federal court on Wednesday, claimed "the patent does not fully reveal the invention so as to allow, at the end of the exclusivity period, any person can freely have access to it." That requirement "avoids that a company controls a technology for an undetermined period of time," Aprosoja said, adding Intacta's patent protection extends through October 2022.
Google: Project Loon has provided internet access to 100,000 people in Puerto Rico
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's been nearly two months since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, and the island is still in the midst of a long road to recovery. While most of its people have gained access to potable water, more than 25 percent of Puerto Rico is still without reliable telecommunications service, cutting them off from the outside world.  Google's parent company Alphabet is trying to help return connection for the people of Puerto Rico. Project Loon, the aerial internet endeavor from the X innovation lab, was given FCC permission and began launching its LTE-beaming balloons over the island last month.  After a few weeks of service, Alphabet says the efforts have paid off. Project Loon's reps claim the balloons have been able to bring basic internet connectivity to more than 100,000 people in Puerto Rico.  SEE ALSO: Tesla installs Powerpack and Powerwall batteries at hospital in Puerto Rico The Loon team joined forces with AT&T and T-Mobile for the efforts, which sends the balloons some 65,000 feet in the air to create a network that relays LTE signals to telecom partners on the ground below (in this case, AT&T and T-Mobile). People on the ground can then access the internet using LTE-connected devices.  This augmented connectivity is essential for those who haven't yet regained access to normal communications, so the project's effectiveness has been extremely important. There's still much work to begun to bring Puerto Rico back up to full strength, so hopefully, special projects like Loon can continue to serve as a temporary reprieve as larger recovery efforts are undertaken. WATCH: House that can be built in a day is 30 times more affordable than a Beijing apartment
Animals aplenty, space at a premium in Africa's oldest zoo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Under the tall trees in the expansive Giza Zoo in the centre of the Egyptian capital, children throw morsels to several monkeys, trying to elicit a funny reaction. "We wish the natural environment could be recreated for the animals. It's not normal for an elephant to live in a tight space and on hard ground," said Mona Khalil, who heads the Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals.
The Atlantic Daily: Learned the Hard Way
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
What We’re Following Election Day: Voters in Virginia, New Jersey, and several other states brought a wave of Democrats into office in Tuesday’s gubernatorial and legislative races. The results are being interpreted as a referendum on the Trump presidency—which, by a number of measures, hasn’t been going well. For the Democratic Party, the victories could foreshadow a path to regain control of Congress, though Republicans’ strong coalition of older, white, blue-collar voters will likely remain an obstacle in 2018. For all Americans, writes Eliot A. Cohen, the current political moment is a challenge to recover civic courage.
Nurse May Have Killed More Than 100 Patients at 2 Hospitals, Prosecutors Say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He is already serving a life sentence for two murders
NASA And Uber Are Working Together To Bring Us Flying Cars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Is the future finally here?
A Man Who Raped an Elderly Nun in India Has Been Sentenced to Life Behind Bars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
India's small christian community has come under attack in recent years
What a Work of Art Can Teach Us About Dishonest Portrayals of Immigrants
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
French artist JR's portrait of a Dreamer is important rebuttal for Trump administration's dark, dishonest portrayal of immigrants.
21 Affordable Holiday Gifts That Look Really Expensive
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Give the gift of luxury this holiday season ― and we don’t mean in the form of a $275 pencil sharpener or a $1,500 paper clip bookmark.
Bill Nye: Science Guy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Bill Nye is a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. The former star of the popular kids show "Bill Nye The Science Guy" is now the CEO of The Planetary Society, an organization founded by Bill's mentor Carl Sagan, where he's launching a solar propelled spacecraft into the cosmos and advocating for the importance of science, research, and discovery in public life. With intimate and exclusive access —as well as plenty of wonder and whimsy — this behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution, and a science-based world view. The film features Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan, and many others.
Roy Moore scandal in Alabama might slow Bannon’s insurgency, GOP leaders hope
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
When Steve Bannon backed Roy Moore in the Republican Senate primary in Alabama, it looked like a shrewd move, and Bannon said his target was the Senate Majority Leader. Now that Moore’s candidacy is in question, so is Bannon’s influence.
'That's art?' Baby turns heads in Manhattan auction house window
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
By Roselle Chen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sculpture of a baby sleeping in an unusual New York City exhibit has Park Avenue window-shoppers alerting auction house staff that a child has been “forgotten in the display.” Sculpted after artist Duane Hanson's son, the lifelike artwork, titled "Baby in a Carriage, 1983," is valued at about $80,000 to $120,000, according to director of American art at Heritage Auctions in Manhattan. If you could watch our footage of this baby in the window, it would crack you up because truly all day, people, women, children, mothers, grandfathers, cops will stop and look at it and wonder truly for a second, or more than a second, is that really a baby?", Director of American art at Heritage Auctions, Aviva Lehmann, told Reuters, adding that this "is exactly what Hanson wanted you to think." The polyvinyl piece of a sleeping toddler wearing a lightlue sweatshirt and matching sweatpants, is topped off with a head of blonde human hair, furthering its authenticity.
The Maker of Arkansas’ Execution Drug Says Its Products Are Not Meant for Death Penalty
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The state may have violated the company's agreements with distributors
Mysterious heat source beneath Antarctica could be melting ice, NASA believes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It could have important knock-on effects during periods where there is already significant ice loss
Christians Took to Twitter to Rebuke This Man's Tweet About a Transgender Politician
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A man's question for Christian parents about the first transgender elected official has gone viral because it backfired.
U.S. approves plans to release weaponized mosquitoes — for your own good
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed off on a plan to release weaponized lab-grown mosquitoes to hunt down and destroy other disease-carrying mosquitoes. Here's how it works.
Trump environment nominees pressed on federal climate report
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as his top environmental adviser said Wednesday she is unconvinced by a new U.S. government assessment reaffirming that manmade carbon emissions are the primary cause of climate change.
Mystery of ‘zombie’ star with supernova explosion which has not stopped for 50 years
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Astronomers just spotted something very, very strange
France to oppose EU's 5
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
France will oppose a European Commission proposal to renew authorisation for controversial weedkiller glyphosate for five years instead of 10, saying Wednesday the new cutoff should be three years. "France's position is three years," Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot, a celebrity green activist, told French media ahead of a vote by the 28 EU member states in Brussels on Thursday. The Commission, the EU's executive arm, had originally recommended approving the herbicide's use for another decade from December 15 but experts balked amid growing uproar over its alleged dangers.
TripAdvisor's New Warning Label Fails To Offer Clear Safety Message For Travelers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
TripAdvisor rolled out a new label identifying businesses where claims of sexual assault and other serious safety issues occurred, but the language used in the new badge lacks any keywords that would clearly warn travelers or indicate the nature of the claims.
Ewe look familiar: Study shows sheep can recognize human faces
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Researchers at Cambridge University have trained eight female Welsh mountain sheep to recognize four celebrities and distinguish them from unfamiliar people. “Face recognition is a sophisticated process, but they’ve got big brains, they see other sheep, and they use this processing to recognize one another," Cambridge University Professor Jenny Morton, one of the study's authors, told The Guardian. The research was published today in Royal Society Open Science, and scientists said the work might have implications for learning about neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington's and Parkinson's, two neurodegenerative diseases.
GOP figures call on Moore to leave Alabama race after allegations of sexual misconduct
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a slew of other Republicans called on Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama to “step aside” if new allegations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl — in 1979, when he was 32 — are true.
Why Trump's efforts on North Korea aren't apt to win over Putin
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
On the face of things, the burgeoning crisis over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs is an issue where Russia, China, and the US are basically on the same page. All want to curb the Pyongyang regime's nuclear ambitions, and ought to be able to work together. If Mr. Trump continues to beat the drum for greater sanctions and political pressure against Pyongyang, Mr. Putin seems certain to reject any US proposal, experts say.
Support for teachers: One
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
For the past three years, Ms. Schonfeld has had biweekly video calls Daniel Guerrero, a veteran teacher coach with the Cambridge-based organization BetterLesson. Mr. Guerrero, who has been recognized for his approach to classroom discipline, has helped Schonfeld develop lesson plans, learn classroom management skills, and cope with isolation. This is Schonfeld's 13th year of teaching, but she is convinced that every educator – no matter how experienced – can benefit from a coach.
As more House Republicans head for the exits, Democrats see glimmers of a wave
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
When Rep. Charlie Dent (R) of Pennsylvania announced in September that he would not seek reelection next year, political pundits speculated this might be an early sign of trouble for Republicans. Since Dent’s announcement, a slew of Republicans have followed suit. Some plan to seek higher office back home or run for the Senate.
An awakening to end mass shootings?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Other than small efforts by a few states to better regulate guns, does the United States have a grand strategy to end mass shootings? Given recent statistics, the lack of one seems odd. Two of the worst mass killings – in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and Las Vegas – took place in the past two months.
U.K. Cabinet Minister Priti Patel Resigns Over Secret Israel Meetings
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Priti Patel's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu caused a scandal in Theresa May's embattled government
Religious Belief Has Nothing to Do With Being Irrational, Say Scientists
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Trust in the supernatural isn't a cognitive issue.
Special Report: The decisions behind Monsanto's weed
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Monsanto had readied new genetically modified soybeans seeds. The company had to choose whether to immediately start selling the seeds or wait for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sign off on the safety of the companion herbicide. Because Monsanto had bred the dicamba-resistant trait into its entire stock of soybeans, the only alternative would have been “to not sell a single soybean in the United States” that year, Monsanto Vice President of Global Strategy Scott Partridge told Reuters in an interview.
16 Gifts For Your BFF Who Needs Help Nailing This Adulthood Thing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
You’re on your own, but might not be able to do your own taxes without ringing up your dad.
Shooting on busy I
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Authorities are swarming over Interstate 95 in Providence, following a midmorning shooting on the busy stretch of road.
Drivers get turkeys instead of traffic tickets in Montana
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Some Montana drivers got Thanksgiving turkeys instead of tickets when they were pulled over by traffic officers.
Unjust desserts: Suspect hands out doughnuts during robbery
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HOUSTON (AP) — A suspect robbing a Houston doughnut shop handed out doughnuts to customers whose cellphones he stole.