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After eluding scientists for nearly 80 years, the Clarion nightsnake (Hypsiglena ochrorhyncha unaocualrus), a nocturnal reptilian species that was initially discovered in the first half of the 19thcentury and then struck from the scientific record, was rediscovered by National Museum of Natural History researcher Daniel Mulcahy. The new snake species is found exclusively on the...
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A sea of white chefs in aprons and scores of racing waiters set a pair of Guinness world records in Mexico City, organizers said Saturday (Sunday, Manila time). Decked out in their pressed whites, 3,634 chefs crammed the base of the capital’s landmark Angel of Independence victory column. That was enough to shatter the old...
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People should avoid using skin creams in unlabeled or hand-labeled containers from Mexico following reports of mercury poisoning associated with the products, the state’s health department warned Thursday. The creams are used for lightening skin, for fading freckles, blemishes and age spots, and for treating acne, the state Department of Public Health said in a...
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A Mexican-U.S. team of scientists and divers discovered the oldest human remains in the Americas, belonging to an adolescent girl dubbed “Naia,” Mexico’s National Anthropology and History Institute,or INAH, said. The more-than-12,000-year-old skeleton was discovered in the Hoyo Negro archaeological site, located inside an underwater cave in the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Naia...
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Mexico’s government plans on Saturday to begin demobilizing a vigilante movement of assault-rifle-wielding ranchers and farmers that formed in the western state of Michoacan and succeeded in largely expelling the Knights Templar cartel when state and local authorities couldn’t. The ceremony in the town of Tepalcatepec, where the movement began in February 2013, will involve...
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The Mexican government expects to hold the first auctions of oil fields for private investors in the first half of 2015, officials said. High-level officials met with foreign correspondents on Tuesday to discuss the implementing regulations for the constitutional reforms approved last December to overhaul the energy industry. Congress plans to review the laws to...
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The rural communities of San Miguel and Santo Tomás Ajusco, to the south of Mexico City, are preserving 3,000 of their 7,619 hectares of forest in exchange for payment for environmental services. But the inequality in the communities is far from ecological. The 484 men and 120 women who own plots of between half a...
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Mexican politicians have introduced several bills to legalise marijuana. If they are approved, Mexico would join Uruguay and two US states in controlling the sale of the drug, rather than prohibiting it. Around 100,000 people have been killed or have gone missing in Mexico’s drug war since 2006. Some argue that legalising the drug could...
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The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) has discovered that the ancient Aztecs of Mexico were able to function as a zero-waste society, proving that the practices of indigenous peoples from the past could provide valuable insights and lessons about efficiently using resources and improving modern waste management systems. “While...
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Mexico plans to invest 180 billion pesos ($13.8 billion) in tourism infrastructure to turn the country into a global power in the industry, President Enrique Peña Nieto said. “Mexico has everything necessary to become a tourism power at the global level,” the president told industry leaders gathered at the 39th Tourism Fair in the Caribbean...
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The Mexican government is in the process of making regulatory changes that allow for import of U.S. beef and beef products derived from cattle of any age. This important development lifts the 30-month cattle age limit for U.S. beef and effectively removes the last of Mexico’s BSE-related restrictions. “This is an issue that USMEF has...
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The roles and aspirations of women in power were highlighted during the consumer fair CONSUMIAMI 2014; topics focused on women in power in the US and Latain America media, business and education sectors. Women and their influence in the workplace has been rising for decades and they now hold positions of power in most areas...
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The Mexican government has released its much-anticipated new rules on its oil sector, putting some meat on the bones of major energy reforms it announced last year. The rules appear to be crafted with the intention of attracting quick investment from international oil companies, according to the Wall Street Journal. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto...
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Scientists are making some headway in figuring out what is killing millions of sea stars in the waters off the Pacific coast, from British Columbia to Mexico. While a definitive answer eludes them, researchers suggest a pathogen — either bacterial or viral — is responsible for the death toll. “We don’t have an absolute answer...
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Mexican GDP will “accelerate” towards 4.3% next year, partly because of infrastructure and energy plans detailed by the government this week, analysts say. Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration put forward secondary legislation on energy reform to the Mexican senate on Wednesday, spelling out the fine print of plans set out last year. That followed the government’s...
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