FROM Brian Switek
Underwater Cave in Madagascar Is Packed with 1,000 Year Old Fossils The subcontinent of Madagascar off southeastern Africa is hot spot of biodiversity, where plants and animals evolved differently than any place else in the world. When humans arrived some 2000 years ago mass extinctions followed. Now scientists have discovered a trove of fossils that could reveal a vanished ecology. In a cave, 130 feet below the floor of the ocean off Madagascar, scientists have found hundreds of bones of extinct animals -- lemurs the size of gorillas and elephant birds. Science writer Brian Switek blogs about fossils at National Geographic . He's also author of My Beloved Brontosaurus : On the Road with Old Bones, New Science and Our Favorite Dinosaurs.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.