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October 12, 2021
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor on Tuesday promised less bureaucracy and fewer lines at government offices as he unveiled an online system to digitally connect various state agencies.
October 6, 2021
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's government announced Wednesday that it plans to offer free, high-speed internet to the more than 300 public housing projects across the U.S. territory.Public Housing Administrator Alejandro Salgado said nearly all units will have internet access by the end of next year as part of the $11.8 million project.
September 1, 2021
Officials have attributed seven deaths to the powerful storm. But past hurricanes, including Katrina and Maria, offer lessons about early fatality counts.
The Associated Press
August 30, 2021
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's governor on Monday announced new restrictions to fight a rise in COVID-19 cases, including closing certain private businesses and banning alcohol sales after
August 30, 2021
The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) describes hydrazines as clear, colorless liquids with an ammonia-like odor. There are numerous kinds of hydrazine compounds made for industry that are highly reactive and can easily catch fire., , , , Workers may be harmed from exposure to hydrazine reports the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The level of harm depends upon the dose, duration and work being done. ATSDR states that breathing hydrazines for...
August 30, 2021
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August 23, 2021
There are a number of commercial, military, public-use and even private airports throughout the islands of Puerto Rico. Many of these airports are used by piston-engine aircraft that operate on leaded aviation gasoline, also known as avgas. Avgas from these aircraft are the largest remaining aggregate source of lead emissions to air in the United States according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)., , , , The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports that owners and operato...
August 16, 2021
While lead-based paints are still widely considered the most likely source of lead exposure for most people, another surface coating risk exists in some older properties in Puerto Rico and across the globe. The culprit, aging varnishes that contain lead., , , , According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services:, , Lead in varnish is typically found on floors, stairs, doors, windows and wood trim, and even old baby cribs. Even if a varnish surface is intact, the child can swallow some le...
August 9, 2021
Safe + Sound Week takes place from August 9th through the 15th this year. It is the fifth annual week of recognition by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a coalition of safety organizations and thousands of businesses. Each supports the concept that every workplace should have a safety and health program that includes management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and...
August 3, 2021
Puerto Rico's warm and humid climate can create health and safety challenges for workers in many outdoor occupations. However, heat stress is not just a concern for those with outdoor occupations. A number of indoor occupations can also expose workers to thermal stressors if there is poor ventilation or a lack of air conditioning, workers have regular contact with heated objects or radiant heat sources, or due to physical activities that are part of the job. , , , , Exposure to extreme heat o...
August 3, 2021
El mercado global de juegos está comenzando a recuperarse de la pandemia de COVID-19, y ahora se llevan a cabo eventos en vivo después de más de un año de cancelaciones. Monografie está listo para traer de vuelta sus eventos SAGSE y está presentando un formato ligeramente diferente para celebrar. El evento SAGSE Miami contará con la participación de expertos de toda la industria del juego. Betcris, la marca líder de apuestas deportivas e iGaming de América Latina, participará y también es...
By The Associated Press
August 3, 2021
___Tyson Foods, Microsoft to require vaccination for US workersARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Meat processer Tyson Foods will require all of its U.S. employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, becoming one of the first major employer of front-line workers to so amid a resurgence of the virus.
Thomas Frank, E&E News
July 23, 2021
Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.
July 12, 2021
Nanomaterials are generally defined as engineered structures, devices and systems that have a length scale between 1 and 100 nanometers. The technology promises scientific advancement in many sectors, including medicine, consumer products, energy, materials and manufacturing. However, at this exceptionally small size, materials begin to exhibit unique properties that affect physical, chemical and biological behavior., , , , Nanoscale silver particles are one of the most widely used nanomateri...
July 7, 2021
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that each year, thousands of people are blinded from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection. OSHA standards require employers to ensure the safety of all employees in the work environment and this includes eye and face protection. It must be provided whenever necessary to protect against chemical, environmental, radiological or mechanical irritants...
July 7, 2021
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $307 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in 34 states and Puerto Rico (PDF, 224 KB). The investments being announced today follow President Biden's announcement last week of a Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework that will make the largest investment in clean drinking water in American history. The Framework will replace all of the nat...
Marshall Brain, Craig Freudenrich, Ph.D., Robert Lamb
July 2, 2021
How often have you watched a weather forecaster point to a spiral-shaped cloudy mass with a sense of dread and fascination? What fuels these ferocious storms?
June 28, 2021
The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) describes phosgene (COCl2) as a colorless nonflammable gas that has the odor of freshly cut hay. It is a manufactured chemical and as a gas at room temperature (70o F) is heavier than air, but is sometimes stored as a liquid under pressure or refrigeration., , , , In World War 1, phosgene was used as a chemical weapon (choking agent) and is known by its military designation CG. Today, it is used in the manufacture of other chemi...
June 21, 2021
San Juan, founded by the Spanish 500 years ago, has a rich architectural history and is home to some buildings dating back hundreds of years. Many of these old colonial buildings have had a number of uses over time., , , , While the vast majority of homes and buildings across the islands were built much more recently, a number of them have also been repurposed over time. Indeed, renovating an existing building is often the most cost-effective way to provide for the changing needs of a communi...
Science X staff
June 17, 2021
As part of a wide-ranging conservation effort, a group of Oakland University researchers has been mapping the DNA of Amazon parrot species from the Caribbean.
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