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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.