A looming trade conflict with the United States over sugar is threatening to disrupt the livelihood of residents in sugar cane growing regions like the central Mexican town of Atencingo. Mexico has until June 5 to reach an agreement with Washington for its sugar exports to continue entering the US market duty-free. Mexico exported 1.1 million tonnes of sugar to the United States in 2016, according to government figures.
Late last month, fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn ‚ÄĒ under investigation by federal prosecutors, with his lawyer seeking immunity for him to testify to Congress ‚ÄĒmet with a small group of loyalists at a restaurant in the northern Virginia suburbs. But one overriding question among those present were his views on the president who had fired him from his national security advisor post. Flynn left little doubt about the answer. Not only did he remain loyal to President Trump; he indicated that he and the president were still in communication.
At least one person is dead and 12 more are injured after a speeding car plowed into a crowd into New York City‚Äôs Times Square Thursday, according to Reuters.¬†The New York City Police Department told Yahoo News the incident, which occurred around 12 p.m. local time, does not appear to be terror-related. A witness told Yahoo News that after the car came to a halt on the sidewalk, the driver attempted to flee on foot before being apprehended.
LONDON (AP) ‚ÄĒ A retired British television producer was convicted Thursday of trying to hire hit men to kill his partner, after a jury rejected his claim that he was merely conducting research for a thriller.
The Justice Department‚Äôs appointment of a special counsel to investigate ties between President Trump‚Äôs campaign and Russian officials should provide structure and some measure of order for a Washington situation that was threatening to spin out of control. Indeed, the presence of former FBI Director Robert Mueller III at the head of a semi-independent probe may provide the White House something of a respite. It provides a ready answer to further questions about Russia on developments both old and new.
As Mark Lowenthal climbed the CIA‚Äôs ranks, he prided himself on staying level-headed even in tense political moments. When popular CIA Director George Tenet resigned that July after US intelligence leads failed to turn up suspected weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, reports in The Wall Street Journal indicated that CIA rank-and-file officers had begun supporting President Bush‚Äôs Democratic rival, John Kerry. White House officials quickly seized on those rumors, accusing the agency of playing politics.
Fibonacci retracement is a very popular tool among technical traders and is based on the key numbers identified by mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci in the thirteenth century. However, Fibonacci's sequence ...
Solar power is bringing light to remote villages across India. Rural residents, long disconnected from the grid, are increasingly using solar panels and battery banks to charge mobile phones, illuminate light bulbs, and keep refrigerators humming. Advocates for rural electrification say solar "microgrids" can do much more. They'll boost a village's socioeconomic development by allowing kids to study at night, for instance, or by enabling residents to open local shops and use time-saving tools like electric water pumps and mills. However, that scenario is still only a dream in many places, researchers said in a paper published Wednesday in
Science Advances. SEE ALSO: Surprising developments in China, India could blunt Trump's climate rollbacks Solar microgrids in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state did little to improve household incomes, encourage business ownership, or reduce the long hours that people spend on daily household work, the new study found. Villagers did buy less kerosene for their lamps, since they could flip on light bulbs at night. But their lives were otherwise unchanged, according to a yearlong, randomized survey of nearly 1,300 households in 81 non-electrified rural communities. Rooftop solar panels in the Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh, India.Image: Johannes Urpelainen"For the most part, we found overwhelmingly little socioeconomic effect," Micha√ęl Aklin, the study's lead author and a political science professor at the University of Pittsburgh, said in an interview. That doesn't mean solar microgrids aren't worth the investment or won't deliver the promised results one day, he said. But it does show that local officials, energy companies, and NGOs alike need to address other pressing issues ‚ÄĒ such as underfunded schools or dismal job prospects ‚ÄĒ before rural electrification can really lift people out of poverty. "We're moving away from a slightly naive sense of this magical solution to having a more robust discussion," Aklin said. "Putting up a solar panel is not going to be enough. So what else do we need?" Rural electrification is a key part of the Indian government's plan to boost the economy in the nation of 1.3 billion people. About a quarter of the population, or more than 300 million people, still aren't connected to a reliable power source. A simple solar set-up in Uttar Pradesh, India.Image: Micha√ęl AklinIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged to meet these electrification goals by installing record amounts of renewable energy. In 2014, he set a target to increase India's solar power capacity to 100 gigawatts by 2022, about an eight-fold increase from today's 12.3 gigawatts.¬† India's Remote Village Electrification Program has helped install thousands of subsidized solar panel systems and solar microgrids throughout rural India. But these, too, have had an underwhelming performance in many places, according to a 2016 study from India's central Chhattisgarh state. Without battery backups, solar panels provide little use to communities at night. If villagers aren't adequately trained to maintain them, systems can fall into disrepair. Residents who want more than just a light bulb's worth of power can easily overload the system if they plug in too many appliances at once, the study found. Even where systems work well, a few big chicken-and-egg problems remain, Aklin and other experts said. For instance, if rural residents can't afford a refrigerator or sewing machine, their electricity use will remain extremely low. With low demand, banks and investors won't want to finance a larger, more expensive microgrid that might not deliver a profit. So residents are left with a smaller set-up that only allows for a few hours' worth of phone or light bulb use. Smartphones connect to a solar-charged battery in the Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh, India.Image: Johannes UrpelainenIn another scenario, residents might have enough clean electricity to open a woodworking shop or a small textile business. But if the area has few job opportunities, the entrepreneurs will have few customers. A student could spend all night poring over her books, but if her school is failing, her education might not advance after all. "Electrification is important, but it's not necessarily sufficient. It's only one part of the puzzle," said Josh Agenbroad, who is a manager of the Rocky Mountain Institute's Sustainable Energy for Economic Development program. Agenbroad works primarily on energy access issues in African countries, though he has toured microgrids in India's Uttar Pradesh state.¬† He said he believed that providing electricity through microgrids and other sources could boost rural development ‚ÄĒ it just might not happen immediately. "It takes time from when you provide light to when people are able to drive economic growth and change things," he said. "Some of these grids have been around for two to three years, and economies don't pop up overnight." WATCH: This blooming solar system harvests energy from the sun like a flower
‚ÄúHow did the Grand Canyon form?‚ÄĚ is a question so commonly pondered that YouTube is rife with explanations. Go down into the long tail of Grand Canyon videos, and you‚Äôll eventually find at a two-part, 35-minute lecture by Andrew Snelling. The first sign this isn‚Äôt a typical geology lecture comes comes about a minute in, when Snelling proclaims, ‚ÄúThe Grand Canyon does provide a testament to the biblical account of Earth‚Äôs history.‚ÄĚ
Several nuclear explosion tests during the Cold War are responsible for altering space weather, including the Earth's magnetic environment, according to a Nasa study that examined newly-declassified data. The study concludes that Cold War-era nuclear tests created layers of artificial radiation belts typically generated by the sun. Not surprisingly, the erstwhile Soviet Union and the US caused most of man-made space weather disturbance between 1958 and 1962 while conducting high-altitude tests.
Robert Swan Mueller III, 72, who was just named special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election, is a jut-jawed former Marine with a bone-dry wit who retains traces of his Main Line Pennsylvania upbringing. At the Justice Department he was known as Bobby Three Sticks, a playful allusion to his patrician name, and, some say, to the three-fingered Boy Scout salute. He started as FBI director a week before 9/11, and oversaw the remaking of the bureau into an intelligence and counter-terrorism organization, charged with preventing new attacks as well as arresting the perpetrators.
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You can see a lot from 1 million miles away. The blues, greens and browns of Earth's oceans and land masses stand out against the blackness of space as clouds move above the planet's surface. And sometimes you see something you may not expect.¬† SEE ALSO: The planet Donald Trump doesn't want you to see Scientists working with NASA's EPIC camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft (DSCOVR), located about 1 million miles from Earth, have caught sight of hundreds of mysterious flashes of light reflecting off our planet over the course of a year. What could they be? Reflections of sunlight glinting off oceans? A really, really annoying guy with a flashlight? Aliens?¬† In reality, the flashes are likely coming from ice crystals high up in Earth's atmosphere, but it took scientists a fair bit of observation to figure that out. To solve the mystery, researchers started digging through old DSCOVR photos to try to figure out what the flashes could be, and they came across something interesting in the process: This isn't the first time a spacecraft has spotted these flashes of light. Famed astronomer and science communicator Carl Sagan actually saw bright flashes like those seen by DSCOVR in photos taken of Earth by the Galileo spacecraft, which explored Jupiter in the 1990s.¬† Initially, Sagan thought those flashes were reflective bits of the ocean, but the team of DSCOVR researchers saw the flashes over land as well, meaning that it couldn't just be a water-based phenomenon.¬† The scientists landed on the ice crystal explanation after realizing that the flashes were coming from a high altitude and couldn't be caused by lightning due to the limited spots on the globe where they appeared. A full view of the Earth with sun glint.Image: NASA's Goddard Space Flight CenterDSCOVR launched to space in 2015, and since that time, the spacecraft has taken hundreds of photos of the full sunlit side of the Earth, allowing researchers to see more than 800 of these flashes of light. ‚ÄúThe source of the flashes is definitely not on the ground," ¬†Alexander Marshak, DSCOVR scientist and co-author of a new study about the flashes in the journal
Geophysical Research Letters, said in a statement. "It‚Äôs definitely ice, and most likely solar reflection off of horizontally oriented particles." One day, these glints could be used to detect ice crystals and other atmospheric phenomenon on alien worlds hundreds of light-years from Earth. For now, though, scientists are going to keep using DSCOVR and other tools to study the glints at close-range.¬† WATCH: Google Earth Timelapse shows how man has altered the planet in 32 years
In an ancient Roman Necropolis located near Granada (southern Spain), archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a young man who had been suffering from a rare condition known as Scheuermann's disease, which would have given him a hunched back. The skeleton was discovered during excavation work in the late Roman Necropolis of Torrenueva in 2008. The site had long been used as a quay, but as the economic crisis at the end of 3rd century CE hit the Romans hard, it was abandoned and turned into a cemetery.
You have likely at some point heard the saying known as Murphy‚Äôs Law: Everything that can go wrong will. The phrase has a dour fatalism to it‚ÄĒif everything‚Äôs bound to fail, why bother trying? But time has distorted the law‚Äôs intended meaning entirely. There really was a Murphy, and the law that bears his name‚Ä¶
Scientists examining the deaths of female desert tortoises near Joshua Tree National Park say it appears the animals died while exhausting their water and energy to lay eggs during California's drought
¬†Robert Swan Mueller III, 72, who was just named special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election, is a jut-jawed former Marine with a bone-dry wit who retains traces of his Main Line Pennsylvania upbringing.¬†At the Justice Department he was known as Bobby Three Sticks, a playful allusion to his patrician name, and, some say, to the three-fingered Boy Scout salute. 4.¬† When President Bill Clinton took office he left the department and went to work for a law firm in Boston, focusing on white-collar crime.
FBI Director Robert Mueller speaks before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing about the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 19, 2013. It was a win for the rule of law, and for the stability of the country, in the eyes of many and Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike expressed support for the move.
Reality star and model Courtney Stodden speaks out about the decisions she‚Äôs made and her struggles with mental health and substance abuse. ‚ÄúI feel like I‚Äôve lived so many lives at such a young age!‚ÄĚ says Courtney. ‚ÄėIt‚Äôs exhausting.‚ÄĚ She explains that she fell in love with actor¬†Doug Hutchison while taking acting classes from him and married him eight months they started communicating ‚Äď she was 16 and he was 50. Adding to the stress, Courtney suffered a miscarriage.
Veterinarian Dr. Arvid Edward, star of Amazon‚Äôs ‚ÄúPet Doctors of Atlanta,‚ÄĚ is a frequent guest of The Doctors, commenting on pet dilemmas great and small. Now Dr. Edward is here to tell his story. ‚ÄúNo matter how healthy you are, cancer doesn‚Äôt discriminate,‚ÄĚ says Dr. Edward, ‚ÄúAnd it can affect anybody at any time.‚ÄĚ His own brother Sylvan is a case in point ‚Äď Sylvan exercised regularly, but noticed he was becoming more and more fatigued.
A dangerous bacteria found in hospitals might have originated from an ancestor that lived in the guts of the first animals to walk on land, according to a new study. The bacteria, called Enterococcus, is a so-called superbug, meaning it is resistant to antibiotics and cleaning products. By analyzing the genomes and growing patterns of Enterococcus, the researchers "were able to rewind the clock back to their earliest existence and piece together a picture of how these organisms were shaped into what they are today," study co-author Ashlee Earl, group leader for the Bacterial Genomics Group at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, said in a statement.
A mouse that was born from the bioprosthetic ovary lays next to its mother mouse. A mouse with 3D-printed ovaries has successfully given birth to healthy pups, according to a new study. For the study, published today in the journal Nature Communications, the team replaced a mouse‚Äôs ovaries with 3D-printed ones.
A new global survey about the firing of corporate leaders, which is quite positive about changes in public thought, may help explain some of the heightened scrutiny of President Trump for his recent actions. It analyzed successions of chief executive officers at 2,500 of the world‚Äôs largest public companies over the past 10 years. The forced turnovers rose from 1.6 percent of all successions in 2007-11 to 3.3 percent in 2012-16.
Because the study is the first of its kind, everything the researchers discovered is new, Wong told Live Science. In March 2016, Wong found the first known live colony of T. rex ants in a piece of rotting wood stuck in the ground in Singapore's Mandai area, just south of Malaysia and north of the Singapore Zoo.
Greenpeace launched a campaign Tuesday to denounce a major Canadian forestry company's lawsuit against the group -- the latest shot in a longstanding dispute between them. The multimillion dollar lawsuit that Resolute Forest Products filed against Greenpeace last year is "aimed at muzzling civil society" and "intimidating critics," the environmental activist group said. As part of its campaign Greenpeace appealed to publishers to honor their commitments not to buy paper sourced from old, endangered boreal forests in Canada.
Around 20 million sanitary pads, tampons and applicators are dumped in landfills across the United States every year ‚Äď and it takes hundreds of years for the products to biodegrade inside plastic bags. A group of students at the University of Utah have invented an answer to this problem ‚Äď the world's first totally biodegradable sanitary towel. Called the SHERO pad, it is made from all-natural materials and it's thinner than other similar sustainable products, making it more comfortable.