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Satellite photos reveal the devastation of Guatemala's Fuego volcano
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Hotel La Reunión Golf Resort and Residences sits in the shadow of Guatemala's Volcán de Fuego, at about five miles away. Prior to the June 3 eruption, it was a verdant land, with well-manicured lawns.  Two days later, harrowing avalanches of scorching volcanic ash, rocky debris, and gas — called pyroclastic flows — smothered La Reunión and the surrounding land. Satellite images taken before and after the eruption reveal the devastation, which was not caused by lava flows, but by these speeding chaotic avalanches.  SEE ALSO: Why Guatemala's volcano erupted in deadly avalanches, but Hawaii's hasn't Fuego, an explosive volcano, erupts like this "intermittently," Stanley Mertzman, a volcanologist at Franklin and Marshall College, said over email. For anyone studying this mountain, he recommends that "your life insurance is paid up," and if the mountain erupts, "to stay out of the valleys." It's good then, that La Reunión evacuated early before some of these pyroclastic flows traveled down the steep flanks of Fuego, moving down low-lying channels and blanketing the land below in gray-brown volcanic soot.  Hotel La Reunion Golf Resort and Residences on April 7, 2018.Image: ©2018 DIGITALGLOBE, A MAXAR COMPANY Hotel La Reunion Golf Resort and Residences on June 6, 2018.Image: ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company In a statement the resort released on social media, La Reunión notes that it heeded evacuation warnings before the hot debris flows — which Mertzman said can range from 400 to over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit — pummeled the area. Not everyone around the volcano, however, was able to evacuate in time. As of June 6, the Guatemalan government reported 75 deaths due to Fuego's activity. Similar to La Reunión, the village of San Miguel Los Lotes has been buried in Fuego's sand-like, volcanic debris. "You can actually see gases emanating from the cooling warm mass," noted Mertzman. San Miguel Los Lotes on February 8, 2018.Image: ©2018 DIGITALGLOBE, A MAXAR COMPANY San Miguel Los Lotes on June 6, 2018.Image: ©2018 DIGITALGLOBE, A MAXAR COMPANY Images from the ground show devastation.  Many homes, cars, bodies, and animals — if not buried completely — have been coated in Fuego's grey soot.  A dead duck in Escuintla, Guatemala, on June 4.Image: Luis Soto/AP/REX/ShutterstockVolcano scientists keep an index of how explosive each volcano in the world is. The ranking ranges from 0 to 6, with 6 being the most explosive.  On a global scale, Fuego is decently explosive, falling between 3 and 4, said Mertzman.  As a counter example, Hawaii's Kilauea, which typically oozes lava and rarely kills people, falls somewhere between 0 and 1, he said.  WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?
Scientists: No way to know when Hawaii eruption will end
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
HONOLULU (AP) — Lava from the Kilauea volcano that flowed into Kapoho Bay has created nearly a mile of new land and officials with the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday the flow is still very active and there's no way to know when the eruption will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open.
Kim Jong Un impersonator questioned on arrival in Singapore
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SINGAPORE (AP) — A Kim Jong Un lookalike was detained and questioned upon his arrival in Singapore on Friday, days before a summit between the North Korean leader and President Donald Trump.
Amal Clooney Honored Husband George With the Most Loving Speech
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"My love, what I have found with you is the great love that I always hoped existed."
SpaceX planning massive expansion of rocket facilities on...
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
SpaceX is looking to build several new facilities at NASA's historic Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Documents reveal Elon Musk's space company is proposing a state of the art launch control center and a massive processing facility for its rockets.
France Is Voting on a Law Banning Fake News. Here’s How it Could Work
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Macron wants the law to stop fake news spreading in elections
Mediterranean could become a 'sea of plastic': WWF
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Mediterranean could become a "sea of plastic", the WWF warned on Friday in a report calling for measures to clean up one of the world's worst affected bodies of water. The WWF said the Mediterranean had record levels of "micro-plastics," the tiny pieces of plastic less than five millimetres (0.2 inches) in size which can be found increasingly in the food chain posing a threat to human health. Plastic represents 95 percent of the waste floating in the Mediterranean and on its beaches, with most coming from Turkey and Spain, followed by Italy, Egypt and France, the report said.
Trump's Immigration Policies Are Making It Harder for Foreign Doctors to Work in the U.S. — And That Could Hurt Patients
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's only the latest threat to foreign medical graduates
Hawaii's Kilauea Is Still Erupting and Spewing Destructive Lava. Scientists Say Have No Idea When It Will Stop
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's already destroyed a freshwater lake and 600 homes
North Korean’s leadership loves iPhones?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A new report claims North Korean’s leadership has a strong affinity for iPhones and American technology.
Why Singapore? 6 Reasons the Asian City
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The equatorial city-state has security, neutrality and much more going for it
With an eye on Bernie Sanders, the Democratic National Committee adopts new restrictions for 2020 presidential candidates
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The party moves to make sure candidate's seeking its presidential nomination are, in fact, Democrats.
J.K. Rowling Gives 'Broke' Single Dad the Harry Potter Surprise of a Lifetime
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Wizarding world dreams do come true
Albert Einstein’s best ideas came when he was aimless. Yours can too
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Busy people don’t have epiphanies. Great realizations occur when we’re chilling—staring up at the sky, out at the sea, or wandering among trees. Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein is perhaps the best proof of this truth. Einstein is known for publishing “the most beautiful of theories” during the first half of the 20th century—scientific masterpieces…
Why the End of Miss America's Swimsuit Competition Is a Big Deal, According to Pageant History Experts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's been both a symbol of empowerment and a symbol of sexism
President Trump May Pardon Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Ali refused to enter the military during the Vietnam War, declaring himself a conscientious objector
These Before and After Satellite Images Show the Scale of the Destruction From the Guatemala Volcano
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A once lush, green resort is almost completely blanketed by grey ash
‘He Brought the World Into Our Homes.’ Friends and Fans Share Heartfelt Remembrances of Anthony Bourdain
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Many also called for more suicide prevention awareness
Trump considers pardon for Ali, invites protesting athletes to suggest 'friends' for clemency
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Trump spoke to reporters before departing for the G-7 summit in Canada, boasting of his pardons so far. He said he’s considering a pardon for the late boxer Muhammad Ali, whose conviction on draft evasion charges was overturned by the Supreme Court.
From fried chicken to used mattresses, the complete Scott Pruitt scandal dossier
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is under investigation over more than a dozen allegations of waste (including first-class air travel), abuse of power and ethical lapses. Here’s a list.
Trump repeats false claim that a 'Democrat bill' is to blame for his policy of separating migrant children from their parents
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump says Democrats are responsible for migrant children being taken from their parents. In fact, the child separations are the result of recent Trump administration policy.
Some like it not: Marilyn Monroe statue has church venting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Marilyn Monroe's rear is getting some leers in Connecticut. A 26-foot statue of the actress has been placed in a Stamford park across the street from a church, which is getting a full view of her behind. It depicts the famous scene from 1955's "The Seven Year Itch" where Monroe holds down her white dress as air blows up from a subway grate.
Trump at G7: Is discord over declining US
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Just about everyone agrees that the post-World-War-II order of institutions and alliances that the United States built and guided over seven decades is under siege and threatened. It’s a system of economic and security ties that expanded global prosperity and spread Western values of democratic governance and human rights around the world. For President Trump – who just last week slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on five of the other six countries whose leaders he’ll be sitting down with in Quebec (the US already hit the sixth, Japan, with tariffs earlier this year) – the fault lies largely with the allies and partners who have profited from the economic and security order at America’s expense.
With few choices, the poor take risk in volcano's path
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Amanda Santizo sits on the edge of a foam mattress where her elderly mother is sleeping on Tuesday afternoon. The volcano’s sudden eruption left an estimated 109 people dead and another 200 or more are still missing. “There are many homes located close to rivers, close to ravines, on mountain slopes.
'Hands off our president': Why Zuma's charges haven't nixed his support
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
In a cramped courtroom Friday morning, former South African president Jacob Zuma sat in the dock and listened quietly as the teams of lawyers in front of him asked to postpone his corruption trial for six more weeks to finish preparing their cases. For many South Africans, however, this simple moment was also a deeply symbolic one. For some, watching their former president appear in court to answer to charges of corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering is proof positive that their young democracy is capable of holding its leaders responsible for their misdeeds.
The power of truth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
A majority of nations in Latin America took an extraordinary step this week to solve a crisis in Venezuela that is literally spilling across their borders. At a meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS), they stated that a May 20 presidential election in Venezuela lacked legitimacy because it violated so many democratic norms. In effect, countries representing most of Latin America’s population declared that President Nicolás Maduro is not the legitimate leader of Venezuela.
The Real Reason America's Founding Fathers Gave Presidents the Power to Pardon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The idea is simple but the consequences aren't
An Obama Confidant Opens Up on Eight Years in the White House
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Giving an intimate glance at what the former President was like
President Trump and Kim Jong Un Are Preparing to Finally Meet. Here's What to Know About Their Singapore Summit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
From the location of the meeting to what might be on the agenda
The Sister of Dutch Queen Maxima Has Been Found Dead in an Apparent Suicide
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Inés Zorreguieta, a native Argentinian, was 33
Arizona Police Face Scrutiny After Video Shows a Man Being Beaten
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Three officers and a sergeant are on leave while the department investigates
Weekend Recipe: A Flourless Orange Cake
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A refreshing summer treat
A Former Senate Aide Has Been Indicted for Lying to the FBI About Contact With Reporters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Prosecutors say James Wolfe lied about contacts he had with three reporters
Scientists reap data from Hawaii's rumbling Kilauea volcano
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Kilauea volcano may be disrupting life in paradise with its bursts of ash and bright-orange lava, but it also has scientists wide-eyed, eager to advance what's known about volcanoes.
Germany's Bayer closes $63 billion Monsanto takeover, plans to drop US company's name
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
German conglomerate Bayer on Thursday closed its $63 billion merger with St. Louis-based agribusiness giant Monsanto. The closing sets the stage for the 117-year-old agribusiness brand name "Monsanto" to be dropped by Bayer. Monsanto has become a lightning rod for anti-GMO activists.
Suicide Rates Are Rising In Nearly Every State, CDC Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"This is essentially a problem everywhere"
Yellowstone boss says Trump administration forcing him out
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park's superintendent said Thursday that he's being forced out in an apparent "punitive action" following disagreements with the Trump administration over how many bison the park can sustain, a longstanding source of conflict between park officials and ranchers in neighboring Montana.
Trump says 'let Russia back in' to G
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
On his way to a G-7 summit in Canada on Friday, President Trump suggested that Russia be allowed back into the group of the world’s top economic powers.
Protests erupt at G
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
After a tense standoff between police and anti-G7 protesters Friday morning, officers have peacefully cleared demonstrators and re-opened a road leading to the summit site of La Malbaie. Police in riot gear declared the protest illegal a few minutes after it began and encircled about 100 protesters who had blocked a road leading to the small town north of Québec City where G7 leaders are gathering for a two-day summit. Protesters said they achieved their goals of shutting down Québec City after the legislature was closed down on Friday and many businesses decided to shut their doors.
Trump on Giuliani: 'Rudy is Rudy'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
When President Trump was asked about the comments Rudy Giuliani has made during the past week, the president defended Giuliani’s comments and job.
Next up for prison reform: how best to use education as a path forward
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
To the organ sounds of Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” Robert Pratt sits upright in his royal-blue front-row chair. For Mr. Pratt, this is his second graduation ceremony, his second try at balancing a mortarboard hat on his closely cropped head. A week earlier he had joined 500 other graduates from Asnuntuck Community College – the class of 2018 – inside a columnated concert hall.
New NASA chief vows US will always have astronauts in orbit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
WASHINGTON (AP) — Major changes could be ahead for the International Space Station but there will always be an American astronaut in orbit, NASA's new boss said Wednesday.
As Immigration Facilities Fill Up, Detainees Are Being Transferred to Federal Prisons
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Immigration authorities said they're running out of room amid President Donald Trump's crackdown
Anthony Bourdain dead at 61: Remembrances pour in for celebrity chef and CNN host
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Fans, friends and colleagues are reacting with shock and sadness to news of the celebrity chef and CNN host's apparent suicide.
Cops rescue pig near a Dunkin' Donuts, name him 'Pork Roll'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say they found a lost pet pig wandering near a local Dunkin' Donuts and nicknamed it "Pork Roll."
Astronauts give pope personalized space suit, add white cape
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Astronauts from the International Space Station gave Pope Francis his own blue jump suit on Friday but to distinguish him from ordinary planetary pilgrims like themselves they added a white cape. "Since clothes make the man, we thought we'd have a flight suit like ours made for you," Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli told the pope at a meeting in the Vatican also attended by four other Space Station veterans - three Americans and one Russian. Nespoli said the suit was identical to theirs and made of the same material.
With artificial bone marrow, scientists aim to decode blood disease
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
To better understand blood diseases, researchers have engineered an artificial bone marrow that overcomes the limitations of previous models. The new model offers the possibility to better understand how blood diseases can be treated.
Obama official: 'We should have done more' on Russian interference in 2016 election
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Ben Rhodes details the former president's missteps in dealing with the threat of a Russian propaganda campaign.
Malady mongers: How drug companies sell treatments by inventing diseases
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Drug companies regularly pathologize everyday experiences and market diseases in order to sell new drugs. Disease mongering is among the pharmaceutical industry’s most effective, and least understood, marketing tactics. Experts say it plays a large role in a prescription drug epidemic in the U.S. today.
President Trump Commutes Woman's Life Sentence After Kim Kardashian Asked Him To
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Alice Marie Johnson served two decades behind bars for low-level drug offenses