Rehabilitation Redux

The Colombian government and the country’s largest remaining guerrilla group are planning to restart peace talks, four years after the initial negotiations were suspended amid disagreements between the two parties, the Associated Press reported. After meeting in Venezuela’s capital this week, delegates of the Colombian government...

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Celestial Clash

NASA’s Cassini space probe collected a myriad of data about Saturn before its mission ended in 2017. Now, that data is helping scientists learn more about the planet and how it got its fascinating rings, Science Magazine reported. Past research has shown that the water-ice rings encircling...

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Across the Rio Grande

A US federal court rejected the Mexican government’s $10 billion lawsuit against US-based gun manufacturers, which accused the companies of facilitating the trafficking of weapons across the US-Mexico border to drug cartels, Reuters reported. Last year, the Mexican government sued a number of gunmakers, including Smith...

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Favorite Weapon

Past studies have shown that the tentacles in octopuses have minds of their own, but that doesn’t mean catching prey is challenging for them – that’s because of leadership and delegation, scientists said in a new study. Scientists tested how the California two-spot octopus species reacted...

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Rinse, Repeat

Five years after Hurricane Maria knocked out Puerto Rico’s electrical grid, it’s déjà vu. Hundreds of thousands of residents of the US territory are without power because of Hurricane Fiona, reviving memories of when Maria killed thousands, turned off the lights for months for three...

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Detente

Former leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva secured a narrow lead in Brazil’s presidential elections Sunday but failed to win enough votes to avoid a runoff against far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, NPR reported. With the majority of the votes counted, da Silva had won 48.4...

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No Limits

Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled this week that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha can remain in office, after previously suspending him as it considered whether the former military leader had exceeded his term limit, the Guardian reported. In August, opposition parties petitioned the high court, saying that Prayuth...

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Ancient Toxicity

The ancient Mayans left grandiose sites filled with intricate art and majestic pyramids in what is now Central America. But archaeologists recently discovered that the Mesoamerican civilization had major mercury pollution in its cities, Cosmos Magazine reported. Researchers reviewed available data on mercury pollution at 10 different...

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Holding the Line

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins’ ruling party secured a decisive victory in Latvia’s weekend elections, even as voters punished a party favored by ethnic Russians, Bloomberg reported. Preliminary results showed that Karins’ New Unity party won nearly 19 percent of the vote, while the opposition Union...

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Target Acquired

NASA successfully crashed a spacecraft into a 520-foot-long asteroid last week, marking a big step forward in the agency’s quest to protect civilization from cataclysmic space rocks, USA Today reported. The 1,260-pound Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft – or DART for short– collided with the 11-billion-pound asteroid Dimorphos...

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