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Are Cats Alien Invaders?

A Polish scientific institute has added house cats to a list of “invasive alien species.” Not that they are otherwordly, but because cats damage biodiversity […]

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Never Stiff Your Bartender

By J.C. Bruce Never stiff your bartender. That’s the lesson from how police were able to find and arrest the hooligans who burned Key West’s […]

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Are Cats Alien Invaders?

A Polish scientific institute has added house cats to a list of “invasive alien species.” Not that they are otherwordly, but because cats damage biodiversity […]

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  • U of A program helps new students navigate ‘hidden curriculum’ When fall classes start at the University of Arizona this month, first-year student Natalie Robinson will already know where to find her classes, the library, tutoring help and even free food. That’s because Robinson, who moved to Tucson from Nashville, …
  • Costa Rican Scientists Who Stand Out For Their Contribution To Medicine, Chemistry, And Astronomy (MENAFN- Costa Rica News) Karl Schosinsk, a microbiologist specializing in Clinical Chemistry; José María Gutiérrez, a specialist in Physiological Sciences; Mavis Montero, a researcher in Materials Chemistry; and Sandra Cauffman, deputy director of NASA …
  • James Lovelock, Whose Gaia Theory Saw the Earth as Alive, Dies at 103 James Lovelock, the maverick British ecologist whose work was essential to today’s understanding of man-made pollutants and their effect on climate and who captured the scientific world’s imagination with his Gaia theory, portraying the Earth as a living …
  • Summer 2022 recommended reading from MIT It is summertime once again, which means that many of us will find ourselves with new opportunities to dive into books. The following titles represent a selection of offerings published in the past year from MIT faculty and staff. Links are provided to …
  • 2022 Election: Ian Ross Name on ballot: Ian Ross Running for: State Senate – District 11 Political party: Democratic Campaign website: Current occupation: Former State Senate Legislative Aide Age: 31 Previous job history: Legislative Aide, Hawaiʻi State Senate; …
  • Daily Business Report: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 Cosmic Game Changer: Northrop Grumman and NASA’s James Webb space telescope By David Larter The report doesn’t read like something you’d expect from an acclaimed astronomer. “Hubble Space Telescope and Beyond: Exploration and the Search for Origins” …
  • NFL QB Russell Wilson to speak at Dartmouth Commencement Dartmouth College Russell Wilson, a top NFL quarterback who has been widely recognized for his community service, will deliver Dartmouth’s commencement address on June 12. A nine-time Pro Bowl player, Wilson has won 113 games, including playoffs, the most …
  • How the U of A is recruiting more local, underrepresented students College didn’t feel all the way real to Eddie Barron until he took a tour of the University of Arizona this March. He’s got good grades and an interest in government and policy, but hadn’t thought much about college until last fall — his senior year at …
  • Singh’s NASA dream; Fijian girl flying high Born and raised in Suva, Neharika Trishala Singh is now living the life she dreamt of when she was just a little girl. The 23-year-old is empowering women and girls by being Fiji’s first and only female and individual to be a part of the US National …
  • Astronauts will grow beef cells into artificial STEAK on the International Space Station If humans are to live on the moon and one day make it to Mars then scientists must come up a way for them to grow their own food. To that end, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) could soon be tucking into a tasty meal of fresh steak — but …



  • SUNDAY SHOWERS AND STORMS Happy Sunday, South Florida! Hopefully everyone had a great start to the weekend! Our Saturday started off a bit on the wetter side with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms across South Florida. But by the afternoon, most of the activity had …
  • Activity picking up next week in the Atlantic South Florida’s hot in July. Tell us something we don’t already know, especially this July, one of the warmer ones of the past 25 years. Even relatively “cooler” Julys in South Florida – like 2013, when daytime highs averaged below 90 degrees for the month …
  • LIVE | Ind vs WI, 5th T20I Scores & Updates: Rohit & Co. Look to Continue Winning Momentum LIVE | Ind vs WI, 5th T20I Scores & Updates Now that the series is in the pocket, you should not be surprised if the management of Team India makes wholesale changes for the fifth and final T20I on Sunday at Lauderhill, Florida.Also Read - IND vs WI …

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  • 2022 world’s most handsome men alive from each country beautiful people Beauty is power. Like a knife, both beauty and power are helpful if used properly but dangerous if abused. Physical beauty is about symmetry. Color has little, if not nothing, to do with it. But more than symmetry, beauty is magic. …
  • Results of Sunday’s CONCACAF matches  There were wins yesterday for Cuba, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, and St Lucia In the CONCACAF Nations League Football Championship. Cuba defeated Antigua and Barbuda 3-1 in Group A in Cuba. Guadeloupe beat Barbados 2-1 in Guadeloupe in Group A in Guadeloupe. …
  • CONCACAF Nations League 2022-23: All you need to know The second edition of the CONCACAF Nations League began in June 2022. Here's a guide for all you need to know about the competition. JUMP TO: Format | Groups | Fixtures | Dates for USMNT and Mexico | Final Four | Promotion/Relegation | CONCACAF …
  • AI and machine learning are improving weather forecasts, but they won't replace human experts Meteorologist Todd Dankers monitors weather patterns in Boulder, Colorado, Oct. 24, 2018. Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images A century ago, English mathematician Lewis Fry Richardson proposed a startling idea for that time: constructing a …
  • Panam Sports marathon of meetings with Olympic committees MAY 24, 2022 Panam Sports President Neven Ilic met with the President and Secretary General of each National Olympic Committee of the continent over the course of 12 days in April and May to determine their needs, current projects and plans for the future. …

Are Cats Alien Invaders?

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A Polish scientific institute has added house cats to a list of “invasive alien species.” Not that they are otherwordly, but because cats damage biodiversity by hunting and killing birds and mammals. Biologists at the Polish Academy of Sciences, which maintains the list, were stunned by the reaction of cat lovers, who are furious. Maybe a certain group of Polish […]

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About that robot attack

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A robot in Moscow violated Isaac Asimov’s First Law of Robots when it broke the finger of a 7-year-old boy. The kid was playing the robot during a chess tournament and apparently reached for a piece out of turn. The robotic arm grabbed his finger and crushed it. In case it’s been a while since you read Asimov’s I Robot, the […]

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Honorary Florida Man Award Goes to…


A 53-year-old Oklahoma man was arrested after police said he killed his friend for summoning Bigfoot to murder him. Larry Doll Sanders was fishing with Jimmy Knighten, also 53, when he realized Knighten “intended to feed him to Sasquatch/Bigfoot,” according to police reports. The incident took place on the Canadian River about 85 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. Police said […]

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Tasty Tumble into Chocolate Vat Not So Sweet

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It sounds like a dream come true: Swimming in a tub of liquid chocolate. But it was a nightmare for a pair of workers at a candy factory when they fell into a partially filled vat and had to be rescued by emergency responders. The mishap occurred in Elizabethtown, Pa., at the Mars Wrigley plant. It’s unclear how the workers […]

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The Cage Will Keep You Spellbound

The Cage

A few weeks ago I was watching Jeopardy when a contestant was introduced as a novelist from Sarasota. I was curious about this fellow Florida writer and looked up Bonnie Kistler on Amazon and discovered her latest book, The Cage, and ordered it. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, The Cage is the finest mystery I have read in years. Move over Gillian Flynn, there’s a new […]

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Fun Fourth of July Facts

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Fun Facts to Help Celebrate July 4th In addition to fireworks and hotdogs, here are a few tidbits you can share with your friends while celebrating Independence Day. While July 4, 1776 is the date the Declaration of Independence was published, the vote to approve the document actually took place two days before. So, technically, July 2 is the day independence from […]

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Check Out My July Newsletter


Did Elvis really sing to a hound dog on television?  Is falling into a vat of chocolate a dream come true or a nightmare? Did Abraham Lincoln pay more in taxes during the Civil War than Donald Trump did in his first two years in office? The answers to these and other vital questions are in my July SHARPEN UP […]

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