By Craig Hlavaty Updated 11:15 am CST, Thursday, December 6, 2018 PHOTOS: Houston's greatest inventions To say that Houston has helped birth a few inventions that have gone on to change certain aspects of our everyday lives is an understatement. There was the invention of breast implants by Dr. Thomas D. Cronin and Dr. Frank J. Gerow in 1962 which helped Houston become an international destination for augmentation. >>>See some of Houston's other world-saving inventions... less PHOTOS: Houston's greatest inventions To say that Houston has helped birth a few inventions that have gone on to change certain aspects of our everyday lives is an understatement. There was the invention of ... more Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images Image 1 of / 43 Caption … [Read more...] about A few of the world-changing things that have been invented in Houston
The recent commentary by John Spry (“Oppose Minnesota’s undemocratic single-payer health plan proposal,” Nov. 1) criticizing the proposed Minnesota Health Plan (MHP) contains inaccuracies and a severely distorted view of how the plan would work. The Minnesota Health Plan is a proposal to cover every Minnesotan for all their medical needs. It would be legally required to put medical decision-making in the hands of patients and their doctors. Spry falsely claims that the Minnesota Health Plan Board “would have control over life and death decisions.” While his statement is wrong about the MHP proposal, it does accurately describe the current health system, where insurance companies, employers, and government frequently overrule choices on life-and-death decisions that doctors and patients make. Today, decisions on which drugs are provided, which treatments are covered, and which medical providers can be seen, are determined by limited … [Read more...] about John Marty: Minnesota Health Plan would cover everyone, save money. And it is democratic
The Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, has already lost about 50% of its coral cover as a result of climate change. There are estimates that it could all be gone by 2050 unless major action is taken. The world’s largest coral reef ecosystem is made up of nearly 3,000 individual reefs, and is some 2,300 kilometres long. It is home to 400 different types of coral and more than 1,500 species of fish. In recent years, it has experienced severe cyclone damage and coral bleaching, as the rising temperature of the water causes corals to expel the algae living in their tissues, not only making them turn white but depriving themselves of their source of food. Reefs provide an essential ecosystem for a quarter of all marine life. Without reefs, billions of marine creatures would suffer, millions of people would lose their most significant food source, and many would lose their jobs. Click on the video above to see how two Australian universities paired … [Read more...] about Saving the Great Barrier Reef
Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service Published 4:31 PM EST Nov 8, 2018 In the explosive opening sequence of “Overlord,” American soldiers hurtle out of a fiery cargo plane over the Normandy coast on the evening of June 5, 1944. These killer first five minutes signal we’re in for a wild ride with this dark, intense and bloody take on a World War II flick. If anyone ever wished “Saving Private Ryan” were more of a B-movie splatterfest, “Overlord” is the movie for you. We’re taken on the journey through the eyes of a nervous newbie private named Boyce (Jovan Adepo), who is all wide eyes and empathy and wouldn’t kill even a mouse. He’s surrounded by your standard-issue World War II movie types. There’s Ford (Wyatt Russell, never better), a grizzled, scarred explosives expert who has seen some things. There’s the fast-talking Tibbet (John Magaro), whose bark is worse than his bite, and swaggering Sgt. Rensin (Bokeem … [Read more...] about ‘Overlord’ turns World War II into gory fan fiction
A plane flies past the clock outside of the City National Civic at about 8:15 p.m. in downtown San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) Looking west in downtown San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) A woman walks outside of the San Jose City Hall Rotunda in downtown San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) A plane flies past the Bank of Italy building in downtown San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 04: A bicyclist makes his way around Lake Merritt as vivid colors fill the sky at sunset in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) The Salesforce Tower is seen at sunset in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) … [Read more...] about Californians voted to allow Daylight Saving Time all year — now what?