FROM John 'J.D.' Willson
Burmese Pythons Eating Up the Everglades Rabbits, raccoons, opossums and bobcats are almost things of the past in the Florida Everglades, where Burmese pythons are fighting with alligators to dominate the food chain. Released by pet owners over the years, the pythons have multiplied so much they're causing the decline of native animals. That's according to a report co-authored by J.D. Willson at Virginia Tech University and published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .
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.