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Karen Graham

Editor-at-Large based in Richmond, VA, United States. Joined on Sep 22, 2013
Expertise in Ethnic cultures, Government, Pharmaceuticals, Charity & volunteer work, Science & space,   see all» Education, Unemployment, Health, Politics, Women's health, Environment & green living

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NOAA's next-generation weather satellite system launched today

The first in a series of four highly sophisticated, next-generation polar-orbiting satellites was launched in the early morning hours of Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Drones could help crop management take off according to study

The use of drones, unmanned aerial systems, could help farmers determine if their crop is growing satisfactorily, according to a recent study conducted by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture researchers.

Head-to-head study compared two opioid addiction treatments

In a first of its kind study sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the effectiveness of two treatments for opioid addiction, Suboxone, and naltrexone were compared.

Lithium under pressure as electric car revolution takes off

As the electric vehicle market continues to grow, metal recyclers are honing their processes and technologies to extract metals from batteries more cheaply and efficiently.

Keystone Pipeline spill comes on eve of decision on Keystone XL

Amherst - After a drop in pressure was detected in its operating system in South Dakota, the Keystone Pipeline, operated by TransCanada, was shut down at 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning CST.

260-million-year-old fossil forest discovered in Antarctica

Long ago, Antarctica was covered in forests. The ancient trees were able to withstand prolonged periods of pure sunlight or complete darkness, transitioning rapidly between the seasons. But they were victims of the world's greatest mass extinction event.

Half of U.S. spending power joins alliance to phase out coal

Bonn - Twenty countries and two more U.S. states have joined an international alliance to phase out coal from power generation before 2030, environment ministers said on Thursday.

Norway wealth fund plans to drop oil and gas stocks

Oslo - Norway’s trillion-dollar sovereign wealth fund has proposed dropping its investments in oil and gas stocks, saying that doing so would make the country’s wealth “less vulnerable to a permanent drop in oil and gas prices”.

A.I. and digital tools invading U.S. jobs at all skill levels

With the growing use of artificial intelligence and digital tools in the workplace, very few occupations will be left unaffected. Most surprising is the striking uptick in lower-skilled jobs requiring digital tools.

FDA is warning Americans to stay away from kratom

At a time when we have hit a critical point in the opioid epidemic, the FDA has found that patients believe they can use kratom to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms, and this is cause for concern because of the drug's side effects and risk of death.

Science confirms Hurricane Harvey made worse by climate change

When Hurricane Harvey dumped 60 inches of rain in Houston, Texas in August, many people described the event as "biblical." And in a new study of this year's hurricane season, scientists conclude we need to be prepared for more of these extreme events.

Man-made St. Elmo's fire created in open air for the first time

For the first time, engineers at Caltech have created a stable ring of plasma in the open air—essentially capturing lightning in a bottle, but without the bottle.

FDA Approves Pill With Digital Tracking System

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first digital pill for the US which tracks if patients have taken their medication. The pill called Abilify MyCite is fitted with a tiny indigestible sensor.

Two energy companies investigated for contracts with Puerto Rico

Montana's Whitefish Energy is due to leave Puerto Rico on November 30, after their contract with the island's power company was terminated two weeks ago. But there is more dirty laundry being pulled out for scrutiny and it concerns money, as usual.

Pollution so bad in New Delhi United Airlines halts flights

New Delhi - The air in New Deli has remained "hazardous" for days. Illegal crop burning, vehicle emissions, industrial pollution and dust from sprawling construction sites have contributed to the public health emergency and there is no end in sight.

With immigrants targeted, U.S. farms look to automation

The Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigrants has hit the U.S. agricultural sector rather hard, especially when seven out of 10 farm workers are undocumented. Rather than fight this policy, many farms are looking to automation and robotics.

Finding cracks in nuclear reactors using a form of A.I.

A system under development at Purdue University uses artificial intelligence to detect cracks captured in videos of nuclear reactors and represents a future inspection technology to help reduce accidents and maintenance costs.

Lab-grown mosquitoes to combat disease-carrying mosquitoes

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the release of lab-reared mosquitoes infected with the bacterium Wolbachia pipientis into the wilds of 20 states and Washington, DC.

Alaska gets China backing for liquid natural gas project

A liquid natural gas deal between China and Alaska was announced Thursday, just one among the $250 billion in U.S.-China deals unveiled this week during President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing.

Google maps street-level pollution in major California areas

Two of Google's Street View cars have completed a street-level, air-quality scan of the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and California's Central Valley.
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