By LUKE DITTRICH MAY 14, 2019 Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico’s “monkey island.” The surviving primates could help scientists learn about the psychological response to traumatizing events. The Health Issue Can CBD Really Do All That? Was It a Sonic Attack on U.S. Diplomats or TK? Children Don’t Come Here to Die, They Come Here to Live Their Last Days Primal Fear: Can Monkeys Help Unlock the Secrets of Trauma? Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico’s “monkey island.” The surviving primates could help scientists learn about the psychological response to traumatizing events. By LUKE DITTRICH MAY 14, 2019 On Valentine’s Day, 2018, five months after Hurricane Maria made landfall, Daniel Phillips stood at the edge of a denuded forest on the eastern half of a 38-acre island known as Cayo Santiago, a clipboard in his hand, his eyes on the monkeys. The island sits about a half-mile off the … [Read more...] about Primal Fear: Can Monkeys Help Unlock the Secrets of Trauma?
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FORT MYERS, FLA. – Wilin Rosario was 23 when he replaced Ramon Hernandez as the No. 1 catcher for the Colorado Rockies in 2012. He started 100 games behind the plate, hit 28 home runs with 71 RBI, and finished fourth in the NL’s Rookie of the Year voting, which was led by Bryce Harper. Rosario started 103 games at catcher in 2013. Again, he produced power numbers, 21 homers and 79 RBI, and with a .292 average. This wasn’t a big surprise. In 2011, Wilin was rated as the No. 21 prospect in the minors by MLB.com. In January 2014, it appeared a long and lucrative big-league career awaited this husky young catcher from the Dominican. That wasn’t the case with Eddie Rosario, then a 22-year-old the Twins had drafted out of Puerto Rico in the fourth round in 2010. He had ripped up Class A Fort Myers and succeeded at Class AA New Britain. My son, Mr. Baseball, and I had been in Arizona in November 2013 to watch the Twins’ prospects in the Fall League. Mostly, we … [Read more...] about Two Rosarios in Twins organization in close quarters, but different worlds
(CNN)When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, it left devastation in its wake. It took nearly 11 months to restore power across the island and five months to fully restore the island's main water service. Almost 3,000 people were killed, according to official estimates. But beyond the human tragedy, a new study has found that Maria changed the makeup of the forests that cover more than half the island, with certain species declining after the storm and others increasing. And the research suggests this could be a portent of changes that could come to forests across much of the Atlantic Tropics, as climate change drives more powerful storms. Glacier melt on Everest exposes bodies of dead climbers One potential effect is that these forests, rather than being net carbon stores, could actually become net carbon emitters, adding more carbon to the atmosphere. In other words, as the forests increasingly become victims of climate change, they would also contribute … [Read more...] about Stronger hurricanes could decimate forests and accelerate climate change, warns study
On Thursday, we learned President Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who is headed for prison, will testify in a televised hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee. It marked the beginning of season three of what's been called the "Donald Trump Reality Show" with a fresh plot, and new characters ushered in by voters in the midterm election who gave Democrats control of the House of Representatives. Among the recently empowered is Congressman Elijah Cummings, the new chairman of the House oversight committee. It has the constitutional authority to investigate anything it wants, creating serious problems for the Trump administration and making Cummings one of the most powerful people in Washington. Rep. Elijah Cummings' life: "pain, passion and purpose" Elijah Cummings has been a familiar face on Capitol Hill for a long time, a respected 13-term Maryland congressman who has served on the oversight and reform committee under four different presidents. … [Read more...] about Elijah Cummings’ new power as House Oversight Committee chairman
The 116th Congress was sworn into office this past week, even as the government remained in a partial shutdown. A record number of women have been elected to the House of Representatives. So far, one newcomer is getting most of the attention, from both the left and from the right. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is 29 years-old. She'd never run for elective office before and was working as a waitress and bartender when she launched her campaign. She unseated one of the most powerful Democrats in the House in the primary. Like Senator Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez is a Democratic Socialist. She believes in universal healthcare, tuition-free public college, and massive government investment to combat climate change. She's been described as both an inspiring and idealistic insurgent, and as a naïve and ill-informed newcomer - as the future of the Democratic party, and as a potential obstacle to its success. Few rookie members of Congress have put such bold ideas on the … [Read more...] about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The rookie congresswoman challenging the Democratic establishment