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  • ¿Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? - Maria Konnikova January 23, 2018
    Ningún personaje de ficción es más conocido por sus poderes de intuición y observación que Sherlock Holmes. Pero, ¿es su inteligencia extraordinaria una invención de la ficción o podemos aprender a desarrollar estas habilidades, para mejorar nuestras vidas en el trabajo y en casa? A través de ¿ Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? , la periodista y psicóloga Ma […]
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  • El universo en una cáscara de nuez - Stephen Hawking January 23, 2018
    Stephen Hawking, uno de los pensadores más influyentes de nuestro tiempo, se ha convertido en un icono intelectual no sólo por la osadía de sus ideas científicas, sino también por la claridad y agudeza con que sabe expresarlas. En este libro, Hawking nos conduce hasta la frontera misma de la física teórica -donde la verdad supera muchas veces a la ficción— p […]
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  • La teoría del todo - Stephen W. Hawking January 23, 2018
    Una manera clara y amena de acercarse a los misterios del universo. En esta esclarecedora obra, el gran físico británico Stephen Hawking nos ofrece una historia del universo, del big bang a los agujeros negros. En siete pasos, Hawking logra explicar la historia del universo, desde las primeras teorías del mundo griego y de la época medieval hasta las más com […]
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  • El futuro de nuestra mente - Michio Kaku January 23, 2018
    Una nueva teoría sobre la conciencia y el futuro de los estudios de nuestra mente Por primera vez en la historia, gracias a escáneres de alta tecnología diseñados por físicos, se han desvelado secretos del cerebro, y lo que un día fuera territorio de la ciencia ficción, se ha convertido en una asombrosa realidad. Grabación de recuerdos, telepatía, vídeos de […]
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  • La física del futuro - Michio Kaku January 23, 2018
    Un recorrido asombroso a través de los próximos cien años de revolución científica. El futuro ya se está inventando en los laboratorios de los científicos más punteros de todo el mundo. Con toda probabilidad, en 2100 controlaremos los ordenadores a través de diminutos sensores cerebrales y podremos mover objetos con el poder de nuestras mentes, la inteligenc […]
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  • Sobre la teoría de la relatividad especial y general - Albert Einstein January 23, 2018
    Entre el Electromagnetismo y la Mecánica newtoniana existe una fórmula de bisagra: la teoría de la relatividad especial y general. La importancia del nuevo marco planteado por Albert Einstein se entiende por lo siguiente: la percepción del tiempo y el espacio es relativa al observador. ¿Qué significa esto? Si usted viaja a una velocidad mayor que la de la lu […]
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  • Ágilmente - Estanislao Bachrach January 23, 2018
    Bachrach es Doctor en biología molecular y explica el funcionamiento del cerebro. A través de ello, da consejos y herramientas para ser más creativos y felices en el trabajo y en la vida. La neurociencia es clara: el cerebro aprende hasta el último día de vida. La creatividad puede expandirse. Tu mente, mediante la aplicación de las técnicas correctas, puede […]
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  • Tricks Any Dog Can Do! - Susan Day January 23, 2018
    This great book comes with advice and guidance as to the best way to teach these tricks. It offers more than one method which the reader can choose depending upon their own situation. There is also advice to using treats and shows you how to not end up with a treat junkie! This books is from the desk of Susan Day, a canine behaviourist. Susan teaches obedien […]
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  • Breve historia de mi vida - Stephen Hawking January 23, 2018
    La mente maravillosa de Stephen Hawking ha deslumbrado al mundo entero revelando los misterios del universo. Ahora, por primera vez, el cosmólogo más brillante de nuestra era explora, con una mirada reveladora, su propia vida y evolución intelectual. Breve historia de mi vida cuenta el sorprendente viaje de Stephen Hawking desde su niñez […]
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  • Una mochila para el universo - Elsa Punset January 23, 2018
    ¿Cuánto debe durar un abrazo? ¿De qué sirve llorar? ¿Qué podemos hacer para cambiar nuestra suerte? ¿Tiene algún propósito el enamoramiento? ¿Y por qué es tan inevitable el desamor? ¿Cómo aprendemosa tener miedo? ¿A partir de qué edad empezamos a mentir? ¿Por qué sentimos envidia? ¿Cuántos amigos necesitamos para ser felices? ¿Podemos evitar estresarnos sin […]
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‘Dreamers,’ 7-Eleven, Michelle Williams: Your Thursday Briefing

• Best of late-night TV Jimmy Kimmel celebrated the 2,000th false or misleading claim from the White House, as tracked by The Washington Post. • Quotation of the day “It’s like watching a telenovela. Every day is different. Now we’re just going to the stressful part of the telenovela where you wonder what will happen to the protagonist.” Continue reading the main story — Francis Madi, 28, who arrived in the U.S. from Venezuela in 2003, on the tension she and other “Dreamers” feel as they watch their fate being debated. Back Story In the 1850s, a U.S. Army lieutenant exploring the Grand Canyon made one of history’s less accurate predictions, saying that the area had no financial value and that his party would probably be the last to visit […]

Republican Party goes after Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy

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Environmental Leader Rep. Grijalva Speaks out about Crucial Issues for Latinos and the Nation as a Whole

In his 12-year legislative career in Congress, Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) has been a champion of the environment and the protection of public health from the daily bombardment of toxic pollution. As the ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, his work on issues such as environmental justice (EJ), climate change and the protection of our special places has set a very high standard for the rest of his colleagues on Capitol Hill. As the representative of a border district, he has been a staunch opponent to the construction of the wall along the Mexican border alleging cost effectiveness concerns and the damage to critical habitat areas. Grijalva, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has been a leading voice in Congress in support of the DREAM Act and immigration reform with a path to citizenship. He has also strongly opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership –a trade agreement involving 12 Pacific Rim nations and signed by all its members in New Zealand on Feb. 4th– alleging it “will harm our air, land and water, and destroy jobs and depress wages.” In this interview with the Sierra Club at his Capitol Hill office, Rep. Grijalva talks about the TPP; Latinos, climate change and toxic pollution; the National Park Service’s centennial; Latino’s attendance to national parks; diversity in the environmental movement, and voter suppression, among others. Sierra Club: We Latinos suffer the consequences of environmental degradation and therefore of the climate crisis in a disproportionate way. Yet we are more in favor of switching to a clean energy economy and decisive government intervention to fight climate change than just about any other community in the country. Where is the disconnect? Raúl Grijalva: Unfortunately, I think the disconnect is historic. When you cite a permitted use of an emissions plant, nine times out of ten they are going to be in or near a Latino or African-American community. When you decide where a landfill is going to go, it’s always near or adjacent to those communities. When it’s a heavy industrial use, it’s for those communities. You have this pattern going on, and it’s been going on for the same reason a lot of other things have gone on–it has been institutionalized. Those communities have limited political power; therefore, it’s easy to do it there than anywhere else. Unfortunately, the elected leaders even from those communities don’t view is as a priority to push back. They see it as a cost of doing business. They see it as the jobs agenda, and kind of ignore the health and welfare repercussions and the effect on kids, such as lead poisoning, or high levels of asthma in East Los Angeles, or TCE [trichloroethylene] contamination and spiking cancer rates in my own hometown of Tucson. When issues of clean air and clean water come to the fore, our community isn’t always factored in as to how critical it is just for them. And the ravages of climate change are going to hit the poorest of the poor first, and those with means are going to be able to somehow mitigate, and those without are going to take the brunt. That’s true worldwide and it’s true in this country as well. I think it has been institutionalized, it has been a slow response, and for many years, if I may say so, even though it has changed a lot for the last five or six years, for mainstream advocates for the environment this has not been a priority issue. And I say that with all due respect and the acknowledgement that they have made a change. The conservation agenda was a top-burner issue, the preservation of habitat, species, etc. And I think Latinos do see the connection between that effort and their own wellbeing. What we are trying to do in the House Committee on Natural Resources, on which I serve, is to connect the two–the environmental justice agenda and preserving the conservation laws that have served us well. SC: Yet even after the historic Paris Agreement and almost 200 hundred nations currently fighting the climate crisis, practically the entire Republican delegation here in Congress keeps either denying or ignoring the worst threat to the country’s national security, and, more importantly, the future of humanity as a whole. Why? RG: I think they are bought. I think it’s a rigged process and it’s corrupt. And I don’t mean corrupt in the indictable sense. I mean corrupt in the way decisions are made. So you have Big Gas, Big Oil and other extraction industries up here for whom fossil fuels have been the base for their profits and business model, who have effectively shut down any objective discussion. And they have been able to lobby and cow the Republican leadership and much of its membership not to even discuss the issue. When we first got the outline of the program for the Natural Resources Committee by my Republican colleagues, they did not mention the words “climate change.” We got it in there, but the fact of the matter is that it wasn’t there to begin with. I think that as long as those industries and interests continue to cling on and try to maximize what they can do with fossil fuels, you will have the reciprocal lack of attention over here. And more importantly, you will see the contributions toward those campaigns skewed that way. I am not going to get any of it. A lot of people on my side of the isle won’t get any of it. But it’s skewed that way with super PACs. The Koch brothers make their living off that energy, and they are going to spend almost a billion dollars in this 2016 campaign. That’s the corrupting influence and that’s how these votes are bought. SC: Trans-Canada won’t give up after President Obama rejected the permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline. They have invoked Chapter 11 of NAFTA and sued the U.S. government for what they think is their rightful pursuit of profits. This litigation will be resolved outside U.S. legal jurisdiction and behind closed doors. They are not learning, are they? RG: No, and that shows their arrogance. I hate to invoke that whole issue of sovereignty here, but this is a sovereign decision by our government and our government backed by the majority of the American people to say no. So by using the mechanism of NAFTA, which many people have warned about–even regarding the TPP [Trans Pacific Trade Agreement]–we are losing control of the decision-making process that is important to your people and to your environment. And here we are being sued. I think it’s the height of arrogance, and I wish the Canadian government and its new prime minister would chime in a little more and emphasize to TransCanada that the decision has been made and it’s time to move on. And the fact that the pipeline would be transporting the dirtiest of oils makes it particularly arrogant because communities along the line were against it, tribal nations both in Canada and here in the U.S. were against it, the bulk of scientific minds in this country didn’t see it as beneficial and it would not have contributed anything for energy independence. It was all for export for this company. It didn’t seem as if it was going to appear at the pumps. SC: Yet the TPP would be NAFTA on steroids. The equivalent of NAFTA’s Chapter 11 in the TPP gives corporations a lot of power over the sovereignty of the signing nations. What is your position on the agreement? RG: Oh, I am opposed to it. I am opposed to the fast track for those reasons and others. I asked our negotiator during a meeting: The president is four-square, 100 percent behind the Paris Accord and is going to do whatever he can administratively to meet the goals of the Clean Power Plan and other objectives. But isn’t it a contradiction where the stated position of the administration regarding coal-fired plants, reducing our fossil fuels dependency is in conflict with what we are doing with the TPP? There is a contradiction because we are losing that ability to make those decisions. That’s the problem with having a trade agreement that still places the profit motive ahead of any other motives. Should making money be part of any trade agreement? Absolutely. Everybody wants to make money. But there are other factors–human, environmental, etc.–that need to be put up front as well. SC: The National Park Service celebrates its centennial this year. Yet the assault on our special places continues on many fronts, including corporations trying to trademark–steal, really–many of Yosemite’s most iconic names. You are a champion of the preservation and promotion of our special places. What can you do to stop this onslaught? RG: I think the Secretary of the Interior’s role will be critical in these months that are left in this administration to indicate that any efforts on that part will be met with both legal and administrative resistance, to the utmost. One thing is to give to the trust to celebrate the centennial, and another is to be demanding naming rights. We worry that people are going to want to be associated with the big, iconic places–Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, etc.–and that we have a lot of other public lands in need of infrastructure repair and staff support. This is one of the dangers. If these places are seen as a brand name, then we begin to lose some of the independence and the special nature of that site. That’s the last thing I want to see in that respect. I don’t think we will see anything legislatively that is going to be done. But I do think any legal efforts that a company might take, or any efforts to sell the branding rights to a company for a contribution, should be resisted both legally and administratively. It would diminish and demean what we mean by special places. SC: There is a proposal to designate much of the Grand Canyon watershed on federal land outside of the national park as a national monument. What is the status of this effort? RG: This is my legislation. It’s call the Grand Canyon Monument Act, where we are adding the canyon’s watershed, which is 1.2 million acres, to what has already been set aside by former Secretary [Ken] Salazar in terms of no uranium mining in that area. We want to create a permanent protection buffer for the watershed and the river itself and prevent toxic and dangerous uranium mining along the rim of the canyon. We’ve got a great deal of support from the tribes affiliated with the Grand Canyon. I doubt this legislation will ever get a fair hearing in this House of Representatives, but we have created a template of stakeholders to push for that designation. All the tribes–Hopi, Sunni, Havasupai, Hualapai, Navajo, Apache–have religious, cultural and sacred site identification with the Canyon. They have become the drivers behind this designation and we are very gratified that they have. We have done a poll and the support for the designation is overwhelming in Arizona and nationally. [They will hold a presser on Feb. 13th at the Grand Canyon with all the tribes to show support for the designation.] SC: We Latinos have this very special attachment to the land that we call “el terruño.” We consider protecting the land not only a family value, but a religious one as well. Yet, visitation by Latinos to national parks and other protected lands is dismally low. What can be done legislatively to improve this deficit? RG: Things can be done both legislatively and administratively. We need to integrate Latinos into the staff functions of the national parks. That has to be priority number one. On the legislative side, we need to begin to provide resources to the Park Service so that they can partner with schools, community groups, and civic organizations in Latino communities so you begin to encourage the use of our national parks. When you have a park 15 minutes from an urban center like Tucson that is 30 or 40 percent Latino, but park visitation by Latinos is low, that says a lot. The reasons are partly the cost, but I also think that it’s also about the welcome mat, about how you deal with the culture managing our parks and our special places so that it is culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate. I have talked to the director of the National Park Service about putting together a concerted effort to take the parks to the community. The strength of preserving our public lands has been based on the constituents’ use of that land. And as our nation changes demographically, so too must that be reflected in the visitation rates because over the long haul, for the protection and preservation of these special places and the enhancement of these special places, we are going to need a representative cross section of America to be users of these park lands. It behooves us to make that accommodation now, as opposed to waiting. If we kick the issue down the road we could lose a generation of people who could have been our partners, and more importantly, the voters and supporters of these parks. SC: Even though the Sierra Club is in the midst of the biggest diversity drive in its history, the environmental movement as a whole has a long way to go to become as diverse as our country is. What can the big green organizations do to improve this record? RG: Be coalition partners in efforts that might not be what big green groups are used to working on, and thinking outside the box in terms of building coalitions with diverse communities over issues such as clean air and water. These organizations need to dedicate staff and resources to the very critical aspects of education, outreach, and training. That is going to be essential down the road. They also need to diversify in terms of the issues that we take on and the faces that represent those issues. These efforts need to be so integrated into the organization that is just not an adjunct to it. SC: So more emphasis on environmental justice, environmental protection, and the health of our communities, correct? RG: And your personnel. You identify with those issues and build a relationship based on solidarity and coalition building. Let me give you an example involving Defenders of Wildlife in Tucson. When legislation was passed to build a 1,200-mile wall along the border, all environmental laws were suspended in order to stop immigration. Human rights, immigrant rights, and Latino organizations all opposed it. At the same time, Defenders opposed the lifting of all these environmental laws. As a consequence, they talked and came to the conclusion that each side needed to support the other side’s issue. So these human rights organizations became great advocates for preserving the environment. And Defenders became great advocates for humane treatment of people on the border and comprehensive immigration reform. So all of a sudden they both are allies and that alliance is healthy. SC: Latinos will again be a decisive voting force come November. Yet we continue to see efforts across the country to make harder and harder for us to exercise our constitutional right to vote. What can you and other members of Congress do to at least slow down this tide of voter suppression in our country? RG: We need to immediately push back against those suppressing efforts. We are concentrating on so-called preclearance states under the Voting Rights Act that are building barriers to the right to vote, such as purges, language requirements, moving precincts so that people who are accustomed to using the same voting place for 20 years all of a sudden find that their voting place is gone. Then they have to go miles and miles to vote. Those are all tactics to suppress the vote. I think it will require discipline on the part of all the organizations fighting suppression. I also think this should be an educational campaign, and that’s what we are going to do in my district, educate the voters. And then, this is all about your own defense. Tu voto es para defender tu familia, a ti mismo, a tu comunidad y los valores que apoyas. [Your vote is about defending your family, yourself, your community and the values you support.] And we also are going to concentrate a great deal on vote by mail, so they don’t have to put up with any of that. In my district, last time we had the biggest turn out, and almost 60 percent of voters voted by mail. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

Photo: Grand Canyon’s Havasu Falls are a picture of paradise

Just one of many surreal scenes hiding in the country’s 15th oldest national park. […]

A new material made from orange peels could remove mercury pollution from the ocean

It is effective at removing mercury from both water and soil. […]

New Report Confirms Arizona Marijuana Initiative Revenue Estimate, Rebuffs Opponents

An independent Arizona-based research organization reports a proposed 2016 ballot measure to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol would likely raise more revenue for education in Arizona than initiative backers originally estimated. According to the Grand Canyon Institute, a “centrist think-thank led by a bipartisan group of former state lawmakers, economists, community leaders, and academicians,” […]

Nature’s: It’s All Over Me

“Nature it’s all over me, get it off.” ~ Melman from Madagascar After I graduated from high school in 1995 my dad took me and my twin sister to the Grand Canyon. I don’t remember being overly impressed with it, though I was a teenager who was on a vacation with her dad, so that is not really much of a surprise. It wasn’t until we jumped out of an airplane and skydived, that I began to understand the vastness of that area?–?it would be twenty years until I returned and began to understood its awe-inspiring beauty. My family and I entered the mighty Colorado River on a 7-day wilderness rafting adventure that would have me more out of my element than anything I could have ever imagined (and I had imagined a great many things). I am a city kid, born and raised (…on the playground is where I spent most of my days…); the only time I had every gone camping was when I volunteered at a camp for kids with HIV/AIDS when I was in my late teens. The other camp counselors knew how out of my element I really was and would play “sounds of the city” over the loud speaker at night so that I would feel more at ease. So, it is no surprise that on the first night on the river, I could not fall asleep until I heard the sound of a singular airplane, miles overhead, roar by (ah, sounds of city…and I was fast asleep). My family jokes that I wouldn’t last but a few hours on those reality shows “Man vs. Wild” or “Naked And Afraid”, and they are probably right. I have many food allergies, so putting me into a wilderness environment sans hospital or cellular service without a quick and easy escape route, is a big anxiety trigger for me. I am also a healthcare provider and I like to know my closest route to medical care if needed. So being trapped in a place that you cannot get out of, unless an emergency does occurs?–?which we were assured would only take about 3 hours by helicopter?–?is actually less than reassuring! Couple that with my irrational fear of all things creepy and crawly and you will understand why I was not looking forward to this isolation. My motto for most of my adult life, however, has been feel the fear and do it anyway! And so, I did. Just a note: on day 5 of our trip a scorpion visited us in our camp, and on day 6 I am certain a rattlesnake joined me at the OSCAR (that is what our guides called our human waste bucket). Not so irrational after all! This trip exposed me to beauty and adventure that words nor pictures can describe. The Grand Canyon covers over a million acres of land with 270 miles cut through by the Colorado River. The walls of the canyon are hundreds of millions of years old, geological master pieces that formed over billion of years. I heart science and so the geological history that is, and lies within, the Grand Canyon, along with the night sky, the mere memory of which still takes my breath away, was worth every second of my city-kid anxiety. At night, we would set up our cots and sleep with the sounds of the mighty Colorado River rushing by, lulling us to sleep, covered by a blanket of stars that were so vivid and close that you could have covered yourself up with them. The inter-sanctum of the canyon itself, can’t be explained or described by mere words on a page, it is just not possible. We would hike through the canyon and emerge into these oasis’ that only exist in movies, or so I thought– picture Land Before Time’s Great Valley scene but in high-definition. The water was a color blue only seen in digitally enhanced photos that I didn’t think actually possible in real life, and had I not seen it with my own eyes, I may have denied its existence all together. The beauty is still so vibrant due in part to how few people are actually allowed to raft down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon each year. We were told that because the number of rafting tours is limited, we were only a small percentage of people who get to experience it in this way (about 10,000 a year). This helps to keep the Grand Canyon preserved for generations to come?–?our duty as occupants of this fine earth and all its natural wonders! This was not a vacation for the faint of heart, this was a vacation of extremes?–?extreme temperatures as the Colorado River, starting just below the Glen Canyon dam was a chilly 46 degrees F. The water at that point is pulled from the bottom of the dam and never sees the warmth of the sun. Therefore, when we rafted through one of the biggest rapids of the trip on day one (the 2nd and 9th largest degree of difficulty rapids in the US lie within the stretch of the Colorado River from mile 0 to mile 188), it was no surprise that we were literally left speechless, for as soon as we were hit with that mighty Colorado rapid, the wind was knocked out of us. Not to worry though, the outside temperature ranged anywhere between 108-118 degrees F, and we were quickly dried out, warmed up and begging for some relief from the sun. All of this made for a very sound sleep on night #1 (after the airplane flew by, of course). When we were not rafting on the river, we were hiking up the canyon and over ledges no wider than a foot in certain sections, with the canyon wall jutting out at us and nowhere to go but down. At one point we could have literally plummeted to our deaths had any of us made one small error in judgment! Keep in mind also that my 9 year old daughter was on this trip…my parental anxiety, it was through the roof on those days. You have to feel the fear if you are to reap the best rewards, and experiencing the Grand Canyon that intimately was one of the best rewards I could have ever reaped. The US National Parks and other canyons like Antelope Canyon on Navaho land, are this country’s best kept natural wonders, and everyone should take in their majestic beauty and immerse themselves in their mind-blowing vastness. Because, “we must take adventures to know where we truly belong.” For me, the realization of how much one can push themselves outside of their comfort zone, in combination with the hypnotic power of being out in the best this country has to offer, has changed me. Nature was all over me, and I did not want to get it off. If given the chance, it could be all over you too! — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]