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3 scientists win Nobel Prize for uncovering inner workings of the biological clock

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The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded on Monday morning to Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young for their discoveries of the molecular underpinnings of the circadian rhythms that help organisms adapt to our 24-hour days.

The scientists “were able to peek inside our biological clock and elucidate its inner workings,” said Thomas Perlmann, Secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, who announced the prize in Stockholm. “Their discoveries explain how plants, animals, and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronized with the Earth’s revolutions.” Read more…

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World View successfully launches its first stratollite from its Tucson HQ

 Stratospheric balloon launch startup World View has completed its inaugural launch from its new Tucson, Arizona-based headquarters, the company announced today. The new HQ was officially opened back in February, but since then it’s been preparing the facility for regular launch operations, culminating in today’s debut take-off. World View is trying to carve out novel territory… Read More

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FEMA Administrator blames logistics for slow Puerto Rico relief, gets major Twitter reality check

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On Sunday morning, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long spoke with Fox News about the devastating post-Maria situation in Puerto Rico, and let’s just say things didn’t go so well.

In his discussion Long referred to the hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico as “the most logistically challenging event the United States has ever seen,” prompting the internet to ask the following question: “R u serious, bro?”

Long’s response came after Fox News host Chris Wallace played a clip of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz shutting down Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke. Read more…

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After Math: Fly me to the Moon (and then on to Mars)

This was a stellar week for space exploration. Elon Musk showed off a new rocket and announced plans to colonize Mars by 2022. Lockheed Martin showed of its prototype all-in-one rocket-spacecraft design. And the US and Russia agreed to go live on the…

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Artificial intelligence is about the people, not the machines

 b From hedge funds to venture capital firms, everyone in finance has some idea about how data and quantitative analysis will reshape their industry. Firms like Signal Fire track engineers as they move from company to company to draw attention to growing startups. And funds like Numerai and Quantopian are putting faith in quants to determine optimal trading strategies. Bridgewater Associates,… Read More

on "poor leadership." Pictures tell a very different story.

While the president sunk to an inexcusable new low on Saturday, images coming out of the storm-ravaged U.S. territory show us what's really going on. It is much as San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz described it: "This is a 'people are dying' story."

With a non-existent power grid and completely decimated infrastructure, the people of Puerto Rico are actively suffering as you read this on Sept. 30, 2017. There's no end in sight, either, as fixes for even the most basic functions of life in the 21st century — electricity, and everything it provides — are said to be many months away. Read more...

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10 days after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is still fighting for life

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Donald Trump blames Puerto Rico’s continuing struggles on “poor leadership.” Pictures tell a very different story.

While the president sunk to an inexcusable new low on Saturday, images coming out of the storm-ravaged U.S. territory show us what’s really going on. It is much as San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz described it: “This is a ‘people are dying’ story.”

With a non-existent power grid and completely decimated infrastructure, the people of Puerto Rico are actively suffering as you read this on Sept. 30, 2017. There’s no end in sight, either, as fixes for even the most basic functions of life in the 21st century — electricity, and everything it provides — are said to be many months away. Read more…

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...Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They....

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Trump lashed out at San Juan’s mayor after she begged for help in Puerto Rico

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In a truly low moment among low moments, President Donald Trump attacked Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturday morning after she criticized his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria. 

The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017

…Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They….

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Trump administration got a 5-day warning that Maria would be a disaster, so why the surprise?

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In 1900, a fierce hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, where its wall of water pushed ashore, killing between 6,000 and 12,000 people. The Galveston hurricane remains the deadliest hurricane on record in U.S. history, mainly because none of those storm victims had any idea that the storm was coming. 

Fast forward more than a century, to when Hurricane Maria tore across the Caribbean, decimating islands including Dominica, St. Croix, and eventually, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. This time, an armada of weather observing systems ensured that no one was surprised by the Category 5 storm, including federal disaster management officials and the White House. Read more…

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San Juan mayor to Trump: ‘We are dying’

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On Friday afternoon, an emotional Carmen Yulín Cruz, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, gave a passionate press conference in which she ripped the federal U.S. response to Hurricane Maria and made a plea for help.

Addressing members of the media, Cruz slammed FEMA’s response, saying, “If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying. And you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy.”

She added, “I am done being polite, I’m done being politically correct, I’m mad as hell because my peoples’ lives are at stake… I’m asking members of the press to send a mayday call all over the world. We are dying here.”                                                                                               Read more…

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Rabbi in Puerto Rico pleads for help as congregation suffers on eve of Yom Kippur

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Rabbi Mendel Zarchi and his wife Rachel Zarchi have spent 19 years building up a small Jewish congregation in Puerto Rico. To do so, they’ve drawn from Jewish communities as far away as Canada, Israel, and other nations. 

Right now, the rabbi is busy preparing for Yom Kippur services, which begin on Friday at sundown and mark the start of the most holy day of year for the Jewish people. However, he is doing so in an environment of destruction, squalor, and a mounting humanitarian crisis. 

In a series of emails to supporters around the world, which were provided by a supporter of the Chabad of Puerto Rico congregation, Rabbi Zarchi provided striking documentation of how a bad situation immediately after the storm has transformed into a truly desperate one today.  Read more…

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