Midnight In The Desert — united states

One of the United States' greatest mysteries

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One of the United States' greatest mysteries

The drone of the man’s oak didgeridoo reverberated off the granite. “Not that I know when Doomsday is,” he said, parting his lips from the mouthpiece and pointing toward the 19ft tall thick, grey stones a few yards from us. “But whenever it hits, this is right where I’d want to be.” I met Anthony, a hitchhiker from North Carolina, at the site of the Georgia Guidestones, a mysterious six-piece granite monument atop a desolate hill in the small town of Elberton, Georgia. He had stopped at the site on his way to see the Coral Castle – another mysterious...

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The Power of Collective Memory

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The Power of Collective Memory

In China, people remember the period from roughly 1849 to 1949 as the “century of humiliation.” The time was turbulent, from the First Opium War (a defeat by the British) through many other defeats and unfavorable treaties in which Chinese people were dominated by the Japanese, French and English. Although the century was declared over in 1949 when the People’s Republic of China was established, the Chinese remember the sting of those times and still interpret modern events through them. For example, in 1999 during the NATO bombing of Belgrade as a part of the war in (former) Yugoslavia, U.S....

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U.S. Needs Smarter Disaster Planning

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U.S. Needs Smarter Disaster Planning

Disaster-struck communities tend to rebuild from floods and violent storms using decision making tools that rely too much on past data, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said yesterday. But that won't be helpful with sea-level rise and other unpredictable climate change-related risks of the future. "The lesson we keep learning is that past data is not keeping up with changing environmental trends, population densities, technology," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate during a gathering at the National Academy of Sciences focused on resilience. "Can we build back to what the past data says? If you look at sea-level...

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The U.S. Takes Its First Shot at Zika

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The U.S. Takes Its First Shot at Zika

Roughly a year after Brazilian doctors and researchers first suspected a link between a spate of alarming birth defects and the Zika virus, a cadre of potential vaccines are now headed for testing in humans. The flurry of action—at breakneck speed compared with most vaccine development—shows how a health emergency and a guaranteed global market can prod this process to move a lot faster than usual, with streamlined approvals and millions of dollars in government support. The first candidate Zika vaccine is headed for the earliest stages of human trials in the next few weeks. By August a similar vaccine...

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Record heat sparks warnings, boosts fires in western United States

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Record heat sparks warnings, boosts fires in western United States

Wildfire warnings were posted across parts of three Western U.S. states on Sunday as a heat wave baked the region in record, triple-digit temperatures, stoking flames in California from the coastal foothills outside Santa Barbara to desert brush near the Mexican border. Excessive heat advisories and "red flag warnings" for extreme fire conditions were in effect across southern portions of California, Nevada and Arizona, the National Weather Service reported on the eve of the first official day of summer. In the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank, the mercury topped out at 109 degrees Fahrenheit (42.8 Celsius), shattering the prior record...

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