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Coral reefs: Centuries of human impact

In her AAAS talk, ASU researcher Katie Cramer outlines the evidence of the long-ago human footprints that set the stage for the recent coral reef die-offs we are witnessing today. Her studies have examined the origins of Caribbean coral reef declines by tracking changes over the past 3,000 years in the composition of a variety of fossils found in reef sediment cores she collected from Panama, including coral skeletons, fish teeth, urchin spines, mollusk shells, and others.
Tags: Science, Panama, Caribbean, Asu, AAAS, Katie Cramer


Caribbean sharks in need of large marine protected areas

Governments must provide larger spatial protections in the Greater Caribbean for threatened, highly migratory species such as sharks, is the call from a diverse group of marine scientists including Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) PhD Candidate, Oliver Shipley.
Tags: Science, Caribbean, Stony Brook University School of Marine, Greater Caribbean


Study: Text messaging an effective tool to improve access to prenatal health information

Pregnant urban African American and immigrant Afro-Caribbean women are more likely to receive the prenatal health information they need if they are given access to mhealth apps like Text4baby. That is the finding of a new study from SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University School of Public Health.
Tags: Science, Caribbean


Blacks, Hispanics of Caribbean descent have higher stroke risk than white neighbors

Both blacks and Hispanics, mostly of Caribbean descent, were found to have a higher risk of stroke than non-Hispanic whites living in the same New York City neighborhoods.The increased stroke risk persisted into old age (70 and older), and it appeared to be related to low socioeconomic status and other heart disease and stroke risk factors.
Tags: Science, New York City, Caribbean


Ballast water could be driving the spread of devastating coral disease

Scientists investigating a devastating new coral disease infecting reefs from Florida to and throughout the Caribbean may be zeroing in on a culprit behind the unpredictable spread: ballast water from big ships.
Tags: Florida, Science, Caribbean


Magnitude 7.7 earthquake jolts Caribbean, sparks tsunami fears throughout region

A powerful earthquake struck the Caribbean on Tuesday afternoon, shaking parts of Jamaica and Cuba shortly after 2 p.m. local time and rising fears of a dangerous tsunami.The earthquake was originally rated a 7.3 by the USGS but was later upgraded to a 7.7. The epicenter of the earthquake was 78 miles (125 km) northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, and was shallow with a depth of just 6.2 miles (10 km).Shortly after the powerful earthquake jolted the Caribbean, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) wa...
Tags: Science, Connecticut, Peru, Miami, Jamaica, Cuba, Usgs, Pacific, Caribbean, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, U S Geological Survey, Miami Florida, Westport Connecticut, Miami International Airport, GEORGE TOWN Cayman Islands


Powerful Earthquake Jolts Caribbean Near Jamaica

On Tuesday afternoon, a major magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the coast of Jamaica. The shaking could reportedly be felt on land and tsunami warnings went up for Belize, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, and Jamaica.Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Earthquakes, Jamaica, Caribbean, Belize, Cayman Islands Cuba Honduras Mexico


Caterpillar loss in tropical forest linked to extreme rain, temperature events

Using a 22-year dataset of plant-caterpillar-parasitoid interactions collected within a patch of protected Costa Rican lowland Caribbean forest, scientists report declines in caterpillar and parasitoid diversity and density that are paralleled by losses in an important ecosystem service: biocontrol of herbivores by parasitoids. The study by University of Nevada, Reno researchers, published in Scientific Reports, reveals distressing declines among common caterpillar genera and the ecosystem servi...
Tags: Science, Caribbean, Caterpillar, University of Nevada Reno


Trace Metals in Leatherback Turtle Eggs May Harm Consumers

Leatherback turtle eggs in the Panamanian Caribbean may be harmful to the health of consumers, due to the concentrations of trace metals found in them. Increasing awareness among local doctors, health workers and the public about these risks may be beneficial for the conservation of this endangered species.
Tags: Science, Caribbean


Study puts the 'Carib' in 'Caribbean,' boosting credibility of Columbus' cannibal claims

Christopher Columbus' accounts of the Caribbean include descriptions of fierce raiders who abducted women and cannibalized men -- stories long dismissed as myths. But a new study of skulls suggests Columbus may have been telling the truth.
Tags: Science, Columbus, Caribbean, Christopher Columbus


Large 'herbivores of the sea' help keep coral reefs healthy

Selective fishing can disrupt the delicate balance maintained between corals and algae in embattled Caribbean coral reefs.
Tags: Science, Caribbean


Denying Professor Tenure, Harvard Sparks a Debate Over Ethnic Studies

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The news spread quickly, angering Latino students and others at Harvard: One of the few professors who specialized in Latino and Caribbean studies and devoted time to mentoring students of color had been denied tenure.The students sprang into action, occupying an administration building last month and also disrupting a faculty meeting. They submitted a letter to administrators demanding transparency about the tenure process and the creation of an ethnic studies department. An...
Tags: Science, Obama, Colombia, Harvard, United States, Harvard University, Yale, New York Times, Dartmouth, Caribbean, Ho, Don, Harvard Yard, Harvard Divinity School, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, African American Studies


Caribbean settlement began in Greater Antilles, say University of Oregon researchers

A fresh, comprehensive look at archaeological data suggests that seafaring South Americans settled first on the large northernmost islands of the Greater Antilles rather than gradually moving northward from the much closer, smaller islands of the Lesser Antilles.
Tags: Science, Caribbean, Greater Antilles, Greater Antilles say University of Oregon


How the Navy Blew $30 Billion on 10 ‘Cheap’ Ships

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyOnly the U.S. military could set out to quickly build a lot of inexpensive weapons and, instead, slowly build only a handful of very expensive ones. Case in point: the Littoral Combat Ship, the U.S. Navy’s latest financial boondoggle. The LCS was supposed to help save the Navy. Instead, it threatened to sink it.Over the last 15 years the sailing branch has spent $30 billion on LCSs. In 2019 all it has to show for all that time and money is 10 combat-rea...
Tags: Science, Navy, Washington, Singapore, America, Middle East, Pentagon, Back, Lockheed Martin, George W Bush, Caribbean, Northrop Grumman, Clark, Congressional Research Service, U S Navy, U S Pacific Fleet


Can a lightning strike bring down a passenger jet?

There remains some confusion as to what was responsible for the crash-landing of an Aeroflot aircraft in Moscow on Sunday, but it is understood the Sukhoi Superjet100 was struck by lightning. The Russian-made aircraft returned to the airport shortly after take-off, bounced hard on landing and burst into flames, killing 41 of the 78 people on-board. The investigative committee is said to be considering three possible causes - poor training of the flight crew and ground personnel, a technical malf...
Tags: Science, Maryland, Indonesia, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, US, Francois Hollande, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Airbus, Boeing, Caribbean, Federal Aviation Administration, Falcon, Bogota


Scientology cruise ship leaves St Lucia after measles quarantine

Church of Scientology vessel held in port after contagious disease detected onboardA cruise ship quarantined for a reported case of measles has left the Caribbean island of St Lucia after health officials supplied 100 doses of vaccine to the ship, according to reports.The Church of Scientology cruise ship was confined to port this week by island health officials after the highly contagious disease was detected onboard. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Religion, Americas, World news, Infectious Diseases, Scientology, St Lucia, Caribbean, Church of Scientology


Scientology cruise ship quarantined in St. Lucia gets measles vaccine

Health officials for the Caribbean island of St. Lucia furnished 100 free doses of measles vaccine to a Church of Scientology cruise ship placed under quarantine in port after the highly contagious disease was diagnosed on board, the island's chief medical officer said on Thursday. St. Lucia health officials have confirmed one case of measles aboard the ship that has been docked in a port near the island nation's capital Castries since Tuesday, Dr. Merlene Frederick-James said in a video statem...
Tags: Science, St Lucia, Caribbean, Castries, Merlene Frederick James


Scientology cruise chip quarantined off St Lucia over measles outbreak, says coastguard

A cruise ship reportedly owned and operated by the Church of Scientology has been quarantined off the coast of St Lucia after a case of measles was diagnosed on board.The Caribbean island’s health authorities barred any passengers or crew from leaving the boat while in port after learning of the measles case from “two reputable sources”.Almost 300 passengers and crew are believed to be on board the vessel, with one person diagnosed with the highly infections viral illness.The boat is called Free...
Tags: Science, Youtube, Nbc News, US, Los Angeles, MMR, St Lucia, Caribbean, Curacao, Ron Hubbard, Lucian, Church of Scientology, Frederick James, Merlene Frederick James, St Lucia Coast Guard, Castries Scientology


Scientology cruise ship quarantined off Saint Lucia over measles outbreak, says coastguard

A cruise ship reportedly owned and operated by the Church of Scientology has been quarantined off the coast of Saint Lucia after a case of measles was diagnosed on board.The Caribbean island’s health authorities barred any passengers or crew from leaving the boat while in port after learning of the measles case from “two reputable sources”.Almost 300 passengers and crew are believed to be on board the vessel, with one person diagnosed with the highly infections viral illness.The boat is called F...
Tags: Science, Nbc News, US, Los Angeles, MMR, Caribbean, Curacao, Saint Lucia, Ron Hubbard, Lucia, Lucian, Church of Scientology, Frederick James, Merlene Frederick James, Saint Lucia coast guard, NBC News The Scientology


Scientology cruise ship quarantined off St Lucia over measles outbreak, says coastguard

A cruise ship reportedly owned and operated by the Church of Scientology has been quarantined off the coast of St Lucia after a case of measles was diagnosed on board.The Caribbean island’s health authorities barred any passengers or crew from leaving the boat while in port after learning of the measles case from “two reputable sources”.Almost 300 passengers and crew are believed to be on board the vessel, with one person diagnosed with the highly infections viral illness.The boat is called Free...
Tags: Science, Youtube, Nbc News, US, Los Angeles, MMR, St Lucia, Caribbean, Curacao, Ron Hubbard, Lucian, Church of Scientology, Frederick James, Merlene Frederick James, St Lucia Coast Guard, Castries Scientology


Scientology cruise chip quarantined off St Lucia over measles case, says coast guard

A cruise ship reportedly owned and operated by the Church of Scientology has been quarantined off the coast of St Lucia after a case of measles was diagnosed on board.The Caribbean island’s health authorities barred any passengers or crew from leaving the boat while in port after learning of the measles case from “two reputable sources”.Almost 300 passengers and crew are believed to be on board the vessel, with one person diagnosed with the highly infections viral illness.The boat is called Free...
Tags: Science, Youtube, Nbc News, US, Los Angeles, MMR, St Lucia, Caribbean, Curacao, Coast Guard, Ron Hubbard, Lucian, Church of Scientology, Frederick James, Merlene Frederick James, St Lucia Coast Guard


Caribbean nation of St. Lucia quarantines cruise ship over measles case

Dr. Merlene Frederick-James said in a video statement posted to YouTube on Tuesday that the St. Lucia Ministry of Health ordered the restriction after conferring with the Pan American Health Organization and others about the risk of exposure to islanders. The ministry learned of the confirmed measles case from "two reputable sources," and in light of current measles outbreaks in the United States and the highly infectious nature of the disease "we thought it prudent that we quarantine the ship,...
Tags: Science, Youtube, Nbc News, United States, St Lucia, Caribbean, Pan American Health Organization, Frederick James, Merlene Frederick James, St Lucia Ministry of Health, St Lucia Coast Guard


Dispute with U.S. energy trader worsens Haiti's fuel crisis

The capital Port-au-Prince’s fragile power grid was dealt a blow when Novum Energy Trading Corp suspended shipments in February, leaving residents without electricity for days and many gas stations with no fuel at the pumps. Novum says the government owes it $40 million in overdue payments for fuel. The Western Hemisphere's poorest nation, Haiti long relied on fuel shipments from nearby OPEC member Venezuela, which offered cheap financing to several Caribbean nations to buy its gasoline, diese...
Tags: Science, Opec, Venezuela, Haiti, Caribbean, Port Au Prince, Western Hemisphere, Novum, Novum Energy Trading Corp


Row with U.S. energy trader worsens Haiti's fuel crisis

Novum says the government owes it $40 million in overdue payments for fuel. The Western Hemisphere's poorest nation, Haiti long relied on fuel shipments from nearby OPEC member Venezuela, which offered cheap financing to several Caribbean nations to buy its gasoline, diesel and other products through a program called Petrocaribe.     But the scheme fell apart last year due to economic turmoil in Venezuela, forcing Haiti - a nation of 11 million people - to return to international markets.    ...
Tags: Science, Opec, Venezuela, Haiti, Caribbean, Western Hemisphere, Petrocaribe, Novum


Cufflinks and the Caribbean: How Virgin Galactic kept space tourists' interest and money

Virgin Galactic's goal to fly tourists into space as early as this summer is about 12 years later than initially promised by its founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson. Right up there with a few minutes in space on Gislason’s bucket list is his time on earth with other space enthusiasts and Branson, a fellow adrenaline junkie known as much for his globe-trotting stunts as for starting his own airline. “It’s more than just a trip to space, it’s a huge, ongoing event,” said Icelandic t...
Tags: Science, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Branson, Caribbean, Gíslason


Study offers insight into biological changes among invasive species

A remote island in the Caribbean could offer clues as to how invasive species are able to colonise new territories and then thrive in them, a new study by the University of Plymouth suggests.
Tags: Science, Caribbean, University of Plymouth


Stalled Aramco IPO sets back deal-making at U.S. subsidiary Motiva

Saudi Aramco's delayed initial public offering is sidelining grand North American expansion plans at its U.S. refining subsidiary Motiva Enterprises LLC, people familiar with the matter said, at a time when its rivals grew their market share. After dissolving a partnership with Royal Dutch Shell PLC two years ago, Motiva set out to rebuild and boost market share in the Americas. It evaluated deals for LyondellBasell Industries NV's Houston refinery, with the Caribbean government of Curacao, an...
Tags: Science, Americas, Houston, Caribbean, Curacao, Saudi Aramco, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, U S, Aramco IPO, LyondellBasell Industries NV, Motiva Enterprises LLC, Motiva


Venezuela, China in focus for Trump meeting with Caribbean leaders

Trump will meet with leaders from the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida. The response to OPEC-member Venezuela's political crisis has split the members of the Caribbean Community, known as CARICOM. The organization has officially advocated for talks between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Guaido.
Tags: Science, Opec, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Caribbean, CARICOM, Trump, Saint Lucia, Palm Beach Florida, Caribbean Community, Venezuela China, Bahamas Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica


Titans Has Found Its Slade Wilson

The Picard show adds another mysterious main cast member. Get a look at how Alien is celebrating its 40th anniversary. John Carpenter’s Syfy anthology is no more. Plus, the Pirates of the Caribbean reboot may have a new writer, and get ready for Gemini Man to maybe mess with your eyes. Spoilers, go!Read more...
Tags: Science, Gotham, Alien, What We Do In The Shadows, The Flash, Tolkien, Caribbean, Pirates Of The Caribbean, John Carpenter, Titans, Picard, Slade Wilson, Captive State, Gemini Man, Rawhead Rex, Charlies Angels


How new species arise in the sea

How can a species split into several new species if they still live close to each other and are able to interbreed? Using a group of Caribbean reef fishes as a model system, a team of scientists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute has found that natural selection can couple the evolution of genes for vision and color pattern. The team has published its findings today in the international journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.
Tags: Science, Caribbean, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Nature Ecology



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