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How the first airborne mammals took off, 100 million years before bats

via The Japan Times    Aug 10, 2017

In dense Chinese forests populated by dinosaurs 160 million years ago, two furry critters resembling flying squirrels glided from tree to tree, showing that even ...

Aircraft warning issued after Alaska volcano sends ash plume soaring

via The Japan Times    Aug 08, 2017

An Alaska volcano that has been erupting periodically for more than seven months sent up another ash cloud, prompting a warning to trans-continental aircraft.Bogoslof Volcano, ...

Taliban appears to have taken control of Afghanistan’s heroin industry

via The Japan Times    Aug 08, 2017

An Afghan policeman throws fuel over jerrycans containing confiscated acetic acid before setting them alight at a site on the outskirts of Herat on July 11. | AFP-JIJI

The Taliban — which banned poppy cultivation when it ruled Afghanistan — now appears to wield significant control over the war-torn country’s heroin production line, ...

The Bank of Japan’s head deserves a second term

By Daniel Moss
- via The Japan Times    Aug 08, 2017

Whether Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda is replaced or not when his term ends next April, the next few years look sure to bear his imprint. | BLOOMBERG

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should let BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda finish the work he started.

U.S. bear population surge means thousands more teeth for wildlife managers to sort

via The Japan Times    Aug 07, 2017

This Thursday photo provided by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Division taken in Bangor shows the tooth that is extracted from bears that are harvested by hunters in Maine. The growth of the bear population in the United States has provided scientists with a windfall of teeth, which are helpful for studying the health of bears. | JENNIFER VASHON/MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES

Carolyn Nistler is at the forefront of a boom in a resource that plays a key role in the management of American wildlife: bear teeth.Nistler, ...

Renegotiating NAFTA

By James M. Lindsay
- via Foreign Affairs    May 12, 2017

Andres Rozental and Rohinton Medhora join CFR's James M. Lindsay in examining the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

Hard Power’s Essential Soft Side

By Joseph S. Nye Jr.,Zachary Laub
- via Foreign Affairs    Mar 30, 2017

President Trump’s proposal to build up the military while slashing funds for diplomacy and foreign assistance misses how “soft power” can advance the national interest, says Josep...

Will Trump Carry Out His Foreign Policy Pledges?

By Claire Felter,Zachary Laub,James McBride
- via Foreign Affairs    Jan 30, 2017

President Donald Trump delivers remarks at Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2017. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

President Donald J. Trump has wide latitude to enact the sweeping changes to U.S. foreign policy that he has promised, but his executive authority is constrained by congressional legislation, treat...

At a Glance: Implementing the Trump Foreign Policy Agenda

By Claire Felter,Zachary Laub,James McBride
- via Foreign Affairs    Jan 26, 2017

President Donald Trump delivers remarks at Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2017. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

President Donald J. Trump has wide latitude to enact the sweeping changes to U.S. foreign policy that he has promised, but his executive authority is constrained by congressional legislation, treat...

The Biggest Issue That Carried Trump to Victory

By Edward Alden
- via Foreign Affairs    Nov 10, 2016

CFR’s Edward Alden argues that trade is the biggest economic issue to lead to Donald Trump’s election.

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