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Karen Graham

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



Town destroyed in wildfire has cancer-causing chemical in water

Paradise - Paradise, California was nearly destroyed in November 2018 by the nation's worst wildfire in over a century. The wildfire took the lives of 85 people, but the town's troubles are not over yet. The drinking water supply is contaminated with benzene.

An air-breathing rocket engine gets green light for major tests

A new air-breathing rocket engine is ready for a major round of testing in the next 18 months after having passed a preliminary design review by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Anybody have a disc drive? — Mueller report delivered on CD-ROMs

Congress and the American people have been waiting for quite a while to read Special Prosecutor Mueller's report on the "Russia investigation." And the Justice Department hand-delivered the report to Congress at about 11 a.m. Thursday - on CD-ROMs.

Climate change behind dangerous air turbulence for airlines

Sara Nelson, the president of the 50,000 members strong Association of Flight Attendants union, has spoken out on the dangers of climate change and its impact on airlines, airline employees, and travelers.

Canopy Growth strikes deal to have right to buy Acreage Holdings

Canopy, which was sitting on a pile of cash after a high-profile investment last year from alcohol giant Constellation Brands Inc., has agreed to buy the New York-based Acreage Holdings Inc. for $3.4 billion contingent on marijuana being legalized in U.S.

German company patents gene-edited bacteria to make cannabinoids

Frankfurt - Farmako, a research-based pharmaceutical company headquartered in Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany has applied for a worldwide patent for cannabinoid synthesis - it is the production of cannabinoids from a novel microorganism using glucose.

Migrant camps in Mexico overflowing as large caravan moves north

More than 5,000 migrants left Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico Tuesday morning to begin the long journey through Mexico to the United States. Amid pressure from the Trump Administration, Mexico is leaving hundreds of migrants stranded in unsanitary camps.

Op-Ed: Microsoft doubles-down on sustainability, but is it enough?

On Monday, Microsoft announced they would nearly double their internal carbon fee to $15 per metric ton on all carbon emissions, meaning the company will charge itself more for its emissions from operations, buildings, and data centers.

Independent satellite data verifies reality of global warming

A high-profile NASA temperature data set, which has pronounced the last five years the hottest on record and the globe a full degree Celsius warmer than in the late 1800s, has found new backing from independent satellite records.

Collision Toronto to feature innovative and disruptive startups

Collision, one of the world’s biggest tech conferences, is coming to Toronto's Enercare Centre May 20 - 23. The conference will bring together over 25,000 attendees in what has become the fastest-growing tech conference in North America.

First-generation solar electric car to be built in Sweden in 2020

Munich - The first-generation Sion, an solar electric vehicle (SEV) developed by the German mobility provider Sono Motors will be manufactured in Sweden, the company announced on Wednesday.

SpaceX loses center core of its Falcon Heavy to rough seas

A booster from SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Rocket may have survived space, but it toppled over after landing on a platform out at sea.

Regular cannabis users need more surgical anesthesia — study

An interesting, small-scale study on the effects of surgical sedation on regular cannabis users has turned up some interesting results that show users may need two times the level of sedation required by nonusers when undergoing medical procedures

Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris is on fire

Par - A fire has broken out at the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, Images on social media show flames and plumes of smoke billowing into the air above the 850-year-old Gothic building.

Reintroduction of the Safe Banking Act would cover cannabis

U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) have reintroduced the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act in the U.S. Senate as the House companion bill, HR 1595, gains momentum.

Aphria shares tumble as company posts loss and writes down assets

Shares of Canadian cannabis maker Aphria were down more than 12 percent in trading Monday after the company swung to a fiscal third-quarter loss despite soaring revenue.

Op-Ed: Retailers prepare for '4/20' holiday as cannabis appeal spreads

It took me a while to figure out what "4/20 Day" was all about. I have since learned it's the stoner equivalent of a Hallmark holiday. April 20 falls on a Saturday this year, and retailers are getting ready for big sales.

World's largest plane takes to the skies for the first time

After years of development, Stratolaunch Systems' gigantic rocket launching plane, weighing 500,000 pounds and with a wingspan of 385-feet, lifted off shortly after 10 AM ET from Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California on its first test flight.

NASA selects SpaceX to provide launch services for DART mission

Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has been awarded a launch services contract for NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, scheduled to take place in June 2021.

Benzos added to fentanyl causing hard-to-revive overdose problems

Vancouver - A drug chemically similar to medication for anxiety and sleep disorders that is being cut into heroin and fentanyl is suspected of contributing to a spate of overdoses that leave some users unconscious for hours at a time.
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