Lola Gayle, STEAM Register Ancient Mayans went through two periods of collapse. The first – called the Preclassic collapse – occurred in the second century A.D., and the second – called the Classic Maya collapse – occurred in the ninth century A.D., when many of the ancient civilization’s cities were abandoned. While both events are still…ADVERTISEMENT
To find aliens, an astrobiologist wants you to change the way you think of life
As scientists explore further into the universe, the probability of finding alien life is growing.But if we want to discover aliens, we need to get over ourselves first, astrobiologist Samantha Rolfetells Inverse. Ultimately, finding extraterrestrial life requires a complete overhaul of how humans define life.Here's the problem: Our understanding of life depends a pretty narrow range of experience — the only life we know of, after all, is that observed on Earth, Rolfe says.Which begs the question: Even if we could see an alien life form, would we recognize it as one?In fact, alien life may be ... (more…)
Trump betrays his promise to fight for America’s workers as he caves to pro-corporate zealots
Campaigning for the presidency in 2016, Donald Trump promised that, if he was elected, “American worker[s] will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.”
Has he kept this promise?
When it comes to protecting workers’ health and safety, his administration has been a disaster. Once in office, Trump packed the leadership of U.S. regulatory agencies with pro-corporate zealots, leading to predictable results. They repealed an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule requiring employers to keep accurate records of injuries, repealed a rule requiring that federal contractors follow safety and labor laws, and withdrew an OSHA policy allowing workers to participate in OSHA inspections. In addition, as the AFL-CIO noted, the Trump administration targeted job safety rules for toxic chemicals, mine examinations, and child labor protections for destruction. It also sharply reduced the number of OSHA inspectors. As of 2019, only 875 were enforcing health and safety regulations nationwide?the lowest level in the agency’s half-century of operation.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe nails it: Trump’s new spy chief did same foreign work ‘that got Paul Manafort sent to jail’
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough ripped President Donald Trump's new spy chief -- who just got busted for apparently breaking the same law as Paul Manafort.
The "Morning Joe" host blasted Rick Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, for lacking any relevant experience for the job, and now he may not even get the security clearance he needs to do the job.
"So he's doing work for a foreign politician, but he didn't register," Scarborough said. "That sounds like a crime. Haven't people been arrested for doing that? Sure as hell he knows he's not going to be able to get a security clearance."