Restoring Indonesia’s peatlands to their natural soggy glory

One-size-fits-all agriculture has robbed Indonesia’s peatlands of their moisture. Now the country is working to restore these historic swamps by embracing rather than fighting their boggy nature. Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 9:41 am Support Us

When Trump tweets, how should the media respond?

To some, Trump’s tweets are a distraction from real news. To others, they’re the president’s most direct form of communication with the world. Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 9:26 am Support Us

Winter, where are you? Please come back.

Our reporter communes with other cold-loving folk at an icy park in New Hampshire on the last day of the season. Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 8:56 am Support Us

A new view, a new life

“Work was my life,” writes today’s contributor, until he suffered a stroke and was certified as totally and permanently disabled. Then he experienced a change in perspective – a spiritual sense of identity – that transformed his life, bringing healing and joy. Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 8:41 am Support Us

US tests new rapid-deployment strategy in Europe

The U.S. has upped its military presence in Europe alongside NATO allies since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Some 34,000 American military personnel are currently stationed in Germany.  Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 8:27 am Support Us

Judge blocks oil, gas drilling over impacts on climate change

District Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled the U.S. government must consider the cumulative nature of climate change when leasing public lands for oil and gas drilling. His ruling will block drilling across about 500 square miles in Wyoming. Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 8:11 am Support Us

Rock on. How biopics are giving rock ’n’ roll new life.

Copycat biopics are blossoming now that Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ showed what’s possible. Does more artist involvement reveal a concern about their music enduring in an age of information overload? Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 7:56 am Support Us

Caring spiritually for our human environment

Today’s contributor found that a spiritual perspective of nature brought hope for sustainable solutions to environmental issues – and also freed him from recurring pain and breathing difficulties associated with smog in his city. Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 7:41 am Support Us

A look at New Zealand’s weapons ban

Within a week of the shooting in Christchurch, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has banned semi-automatic weapons. Unlike in the United States, where owning guns is considered a right, New Zealanders have been swift to support the ban. Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 7:26 am Support Us

A cyclone’s wake-up call on climate adaptation

This month’s massive storm in southern Africa highlights the need for helping poorer nations build up resilience against flooding. Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 7:11 am Support Us

In the growing gospel of ‘workism,’ is all work holy?

T.G.I.F.? For many millennials, it’s T.G.I.M. – thank God it’s Monday. But can “workism” – searching for a sense of purpose and identity on the job – work? Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 6:56 am Support Us

Policymakers hear the needs of communities, thanks to this group

Cohear, an organization in Ohio, sets up conversations between local officials and and ‘everyday experts.’ And those talks can help resolve acrimonious divides – from arguments about new developments to bullying in schools. Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 6:26 am Support Us

Slave photos fuel lawsuit against Harvard

A woman is suing Harvard University over its use of 19th century photos of two slaves, whom she claims as ancestors, that were commissioned by a Harvard biologist. The lawsuit says the continuing use of the images by the university is denigrating. Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 6:11 am Support Us

Can a lake have rights? Toledo votes yes.

Fed up with pollution-driven algae blooms on Lake Erie, residents of Toledo, Ohio, last month established the ‘Lake Erie Bill of Rights,’ marking a shift in how the law views humanity’s relationship with nature.   Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 5:56 am Support Us

Jordan Peele returns to horror with ‘Us’

The film is a more ambitious work than Peele’s ‘Get Out,’ but despite some extraordinary sequences, it’s also a lesser work. Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 5:41 am Support Us

A lesson in New Zealand’s new gun ban

After the Christchurch massacre, both left and right listened to each other’s fears about guns and gun control to quickly achieve a compromise. Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 5:41 am Support Us

Mueller concludes Trump-Russia probe; no new indictments

Special counsel Robert Mueller has turned over his long-awaited final report after a probe seeking evidence of possible collusion between the presidential campaign of Donald Trump and Russia.  Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 5:26 am Support Us

Is there a border crisis? Depends on how you measure it.

The past five months saw the record for families detained between ports of entry broken four times, according to officials. But overall apprehensions remain near historic lows. Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 4:56 am Support Us

A democracy without guardrails

American voters are no longer sending legislators to Washington to represent them, they are sending them to Washington with marching orders. And they are following every key vote on blogs and cable television. Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 4:41 am Support Us

Where nature has rights

Toledo, Ohio, isn’t the first community to try to enshrine “rights of nature” into law.  Full Story Here CS Monitor March 24, 2019 4:41 am Support Us

Status words reflect changing times

Terms that at first simply denote status come to acquire moral connotations – low-status words gain negative meanings and high-status words pick up positive ones. Full Story Here CS Monitor March 23, 2019 6:26 am Support Us

Finding and living up to our true potential

What if your academic grades aren’t all that you would want them to be? Today’s contributor was told he wasn’t equipped to succeed at school. He shares spiritual ideas that changed his perception of his potential, enabling him to successfully complete a bachelor’s as well as a master’s degree. Full Story Here CS Monitor March… Read More

High-fructose corn syrup enhances intestinal tumor growth in mice

Excessive consumption of beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is associated with obesity and with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Whether HFCS contributes directly to tumorigenesis is unclear. We investigated the effects of daily oral administration of HFCS in adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) mutant mice, which are predisposed to develop intestinal tumors. The… Read More

The Qingjiang biota–A Burgess Shale-type fossil Lagerstätte from the early Cambrian of South China

Burgess Shale–type fossil Lagerstätten provide the best evidence for deciphering the biotic patterns and magnitude of the Cambrian explosion. Here, we report a Lagerstätte from South China, the Qingjiang biota (~518 million years old), which is dominated by soft-bodied taxa from a distal shelf setting. The Qingjiang biota is distinguished by pristine carbonaceous preservation of… Read More

The reductive coupling of dinitrogen

The coupling of two or more molecules of dinitrogen (N2) occurs naturally under the radiative conditions present in the ionosphere and may be achieved synthetically under ultrahigh pressure or plasma conditions. However, the comparatively low N–N single-bond enthalpy generally renders the catenation of the strongly triple-bonded N2 diatomic unfavorable and the decomposition of nitrogen chains… Read More

Parallel adaptation of rabbit populations to myxoma virus

In the 1950s the myxoma virus was released into European rabbit populations in Australia and Europe, decimating populations and resulting in the rapid evolution of resistance. We investigated the genetic basis of resistance by comparing the exomes of rabbits collected before and after the pandemic. We found a strong pattern of parallel evolution, with selection… Read More

Response

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Activation of methane to CH3+: A selective industrial route to methanesulfonic acid

Direct methane functionalization to value-added products remains a challenge because of the propensity for overoxidation in many reaction environments. Sulfonation has emerged as an attractive approach for achieving the necessary selectivity. Here, we report a practical process for the production of methanesulfonic acid (MSA) from only two reactants: methane and sulfur trioxide. We have achieved… Read More