The Daily Populous

Friday June 15th, 2018 evening edition

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There are an estimated 4,800 jaguars in Mexico, found the study, carried out by a consortium of institutions and academics with remotely activated cameras triggered by sensors.

That was a 20-percent increase from the first edition of the study, carried out in 2010.

The jaguar, the largest feline in the Americas, can weigh up to 100 kilos (220 pounds), though the ones found in Mexico rarely weigh more than 60 kilos.

The yellow, black-spotted cats are found in 18 countries across the Americas, 90 percent of them in the Amazon rainforest.

In Mexico, however, a conservation program launched in 2005 and overseen by Mexico's national parks service has bolstered the jaguar's population growth, said the lead researcher on the study, Gerardo Ceballos of the Ecology Institute at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Researchers from 16 institutions and 25 academic groups carried out the study across 10 Mexican states, using a total of 396 cameras.

Explore further: Newborn jaguar cubs draw fans at Mexico wildlife park. »

People more likely to trust, cooperate if they can tolerate ambiguity, study finds

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New research led by a Brown University faculty member shows that behavior in social situations is influenced by the ability to accept uncertain outcomes.

Assessing someone’s motives or intentions, which are often hidden, is difficult, and gauging how to behave toward others involves weighing possible outcomes and personal consequences.

They then played social games in which they had to decide whether to cooperate with or trust other players. »

Taking Migrant Children From Parents Is Illegal, U.N. Tells U.S.

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It has also said that some adults falsely claim to be the parents of accompanying children, a genuine problem, and that it has to sort out their claims.

In fact, no law requires separating children from families, and the practice was put in place by his administration just months ago.

The Times found in April that over six months, about 700 children had been taken from people claiming to be their parents. »

Canadian citizen held for months after border agents dismiss papers as fake

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Olajide Ogunye, 47, is suing for $10m after eight months in custody despite producing citizenship documents and a government-issued health card.

A Canadian man is suing the country’s government after he was arrested by border agents and detained for eight months – despite producing evidence of his citizenship.

Ogunye was approached by border agents and detained outside his Toronto home in June 2016, even though he produced citizenship papers and a government-issued health card. »

With Operation Popeye, the U.S. government made weather an instrument of war

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While the meeting was labeled “top secret,” the topic at hand was rather mundane: They were there to discuss the weather.

Eventually, the federal government would declassify its Popeye documents and international laws aimed at preventing similar projects would be on the books.

Given the rise of geo-engineering projects, both from municipal governments and private companies, some experts believe Popeye is newly relevant. »