The Week In Stories Around the Globe

A Chapter In U.S. History Often Ignored: The Flight Of Runaway Slaves To Mexico

“The thing that really caught my eye was that African Americans were going to another country and actually treated better, knowing we had freedoms in Mexico that we didn’t have in the United States,” says Duntavian Thomas, a 24-year-old kinesiology major from Nacogdoches. “As soon as African Americans touched down on Mexican soil, we were free.”

#Mexico #Slavery #theunitedstates

In Nigeria, an agonising wait for parents of 300 abducted girls

Nigeria has seen several such attacks and kidnappings in recent years. On Saturday, 24 students, six staff and eight relatives were released after being abducted on February 17 from the Government Science College Kagara in Niger state.

#Nigeria #Girls #Terrorism

The unintended environmental benefit of Cuba’s isolation

Cuba’s tourism and trade are expected to grow in the coming years, and Borroto-Páez says he hopes its policymakers will scale up actions to protect the island from invasives, and help “preserve the exceptional biodiversity of the West Indies.”

#Cuba #ecology #Nature #carribean

NASA Study: To Find an Extraterrestrial Civilization, Pollution Could Be the Solution

If there’s an advanced extraterrestrial civilization inhabiting a nearby star system, we might be able to detect it using its own atmospheric pollution, according to new NASA research. The study looked at the presence of nitrogen dioxide gas (NO2), which on Earth is produced by burning fossil fuels but can also come from non-industrial sources such as biology, lightning, and volcanoes.

#NASA #EXOPLANET #extraterrestrial

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