Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:00:17 -0400
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at the annual U.S. Conferences of Mayors meeting in Miami Beach.
US halts Brazil beef imports after failed safety tests
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:52:08 -0400
The United States announced Thursday a halt to all imports of fresh beef from Brazil, the world's second-largest producer, citing "recurring" concerns after large shipments failed food safety tests. The ban will remain in place until satisfactory corrective actions are taken, the US Department of Agriculture said in a statement that will again put the reputation of Brazil's industry under the spotlight. All meat imported to the US from Brazil has been inspected since March, when some of the country's top meat producers became embroiled in a tainted-meat scandal.
Solar eclipse 2017: The best places to see the rare phenomenon this August
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:25:10 -0400
NASA produced these extremely accurate maps of the 2017 solar eclipse. On August 21, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cut through the entire continental United States. If you’re in the bull’s eye center of the moon’s shadow known as the totality — the sky will go dark for a few minutes in the middle of the day, stars will appear, birds will become confused and start chirping their nighttime songs.
US investigates after lab improperly ships nuclear material
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:06:23 -0400
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. regulators said Friday they are launching an investigation into the improper shipment of nuclear material from the laboratory that created the atomic bomb to other federal facilities this week, marking the latest safety lapse for Los Alamos National Laboratory as it faces growing criticism over its track record.
Ancient Egypt: 3,000-Year-Old Wooden Toe Discovered Near Luxor is World’s Oldest Prosthetic
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:15:13 -0400
A big wood-and-leather toe from Egypt is the oldest prosthetic discovered so far, researchers believe, and provides an insight into the world of ancient medicine. Researchers at the University of Basel found that the wooden toe had been refitted several times to the shape of the woman who wore it, that it had signs of wear and that the user, a priest's daughter, wanted the prosthetic device to be comfortable. "By using a sophisticated way of fixing the individual parts of the prosthesis to each other, the artificial limb had a balancing effect and gave, to some extent, a freedom of movement," Andrea Loprieno-Gnirs of the University of Basel told CNN.
Polish protesters demand halt to logging in primeval forest
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:53:43 -0400
Hundreds have marched in Warsaw to protest widespread logging in Europe's last primeval forest, a project undertaken taken by Poland's conservative government. The ruling Law and Justice party has allowed ...
We're learning more and more about the animals that vastly out-live humans
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:33:00 -0400
If humans have any hope of living forever, we should probably take a hint from the dozens of...
These 4 Animals Are Real Extinct American Creatures
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:00:02 -0400
They sound like mythical creatures but these prehistoric American animals were very real before they went extinct thousands of years ago.
Pets Help in Hospitals, But Safety May Be Lacking
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:18:00 -0400
Researchers found that hospitals typically had stricter health and safety policies for animal-visitation programs than eldercare facilities did. The facilities surveyed didn't always have strong policies in place to ensure that their animal therapy programs were safe and effective for both the participants and the visiting animals, said veterinarian Deborah Linder, the lead author of the study and associate director of the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction at Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts. People at health care facilities often assume that therapy-animal organizations have liability insurance, strong training programs for the animals, and testing standards for both the animals and their handlers, as well as rigorous health and grooming requirements for the animals, Linder told Live Science.
Study: egg shape depends on flying skills of bird
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:35:15 -0400
The rich variety in shapes of the eggs that birds lay -- elliptical, pointy, spherical -- seems to be linked to how well a given bird flies, researchers report. "In contrast to classic hypotheses, we discovered that flight may influence egg shape. Birds that are good fliers tend to lay asymmetric or elliptical eggs," said Mary Caswell Stoddard, a biologist at Princeton University and one of the lead authors of the study.