The Antarctic is melting even in the middle of subzero winter

The Antarctic is melting even in the middle of subzero winter

Summer melting on the Ross ice shelfColin Harris / era-images / Alamy Stock Photo By Andy Coghlan The average winter temperature on the Antarctic peninsula is a chilly -15°C. Yet automated instruments on the Larsen C ice shelf have recorded extensive surface melting even during the long, dark winter. When wind blows over high mountains, […]

Donald Trump Ordered Syria Strike Based on a Secret Legal Justification Even Congress Can’t See

Donald Trump Ordered Syria Strike Based on a Secret Legal Justification Even Congress Can’t See

On Friday night, President Trump ordered the U.S. military to conduct a bombing attack against the government of Syria without congressional authorization. How can this be constitutional, given the fact that Article I, Section 8 of America’s founding document declares that “The Congress shall have Power … To declare War”? The deeply bizarre and alarming answer is […]

Earth had water even before the collision that made the moon

Earth had water even before the collision that made the moon

Earth’s oceans may have withstood the smash-up that made the moonTodd Gipstein/National Geographic/Getty By New Scientist staff and Press Association Earth may have had water for far longer than we thought. The planet may have had lakes and oceans even before the giant impact that created the moon, and it could have survived that colossal […]

The saying Area in American Reformatory Is Evident, and Low income Is Creating Even worse

The saying Area in American Reformatory Is Evident, and Low income Is Creating Even worse

The American criminal justice system’s glaring racial disparities are well known: Black people make up nearly 40 percent of America’s incarcerated population and are more than five times as likely as whites to be behind bars. A new paper from the People’s Policy Project, a progressive think tank, looks at how economic inequality exacerbates this longstanding racial divide.   Using data from […]

Immigration Is the Only Thing Saving Connecticut From an Even Worse Budget Crisis

Immigration Is the Only Thing Saving Connecticut From an Even Worse Budget Crisis

Connecticut’s state motto—”Qui Transtulit Sustinet”—translates to “he who transplanted, sustains.” It’s a nod to the people who founded the Connecticut colony: immigrants who first fled religious persecution in England, then moved again out of disagreements with the ways their fellow colonists were running Massachusetts. In the past few years, thousands of residents have transplanted themselves […]

Even a small cut in global warming will help slow sea level rise

Even a small cut in global warming will help slow sea level rise

Prairie Pictures/Getty When it comes to avoiding dangerous rises in sea level, every little bit of global warming we can avoid will make a difference. In Paris in December 2015, world leaders agreed to try to limit warming to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, and if possible keep it within 1.5 °C. While a 2 […]

California Is Taxing the Hell Out of Pot, but Washington Is Even Greedier

California Is Taxing the Hell Out of Pot, but Washington Is Even Greedier

Marijuana merchants in California, who began legally serving recreational customers on Monday, complain that they are overtaxed, and they have a point. Of the eight states that have legalized marijuana for nonmedical use, California has the second highest total taxes, beaten only by Washington, where legal recreational sales began in 2014. Alaska, where state-licensed pot […]

Do You Even Know Your Rights?

Do You Even Know Your Rights?

Donald Trump wants to make America great again. I, for one, would prefer to make America free again. “We the people” have the power to make and break the government. We are the masters and they are the servants. Clearly, our national priorities need to be re-prioritized. *Follow us here at Newsbud Twitter **Subscribe here […]