Trump Rolls Back Obama-era Climate Change Protections, Spinach Leaf Heart, and More

During his campaign, Trump promised to undo former President Obama’s sweeping plan to curb global warming. Today he signed an executive order that will do just that. 

As part of this, Trump will initiate a review of the Clean Power Plan — which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal plants — and will lift a 14-month-old moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands. 

This is all in an effort to undo what Trump said was Obama’s “war on coal.” Republicans blame the loss of coal jobs on these regulations, even though mines have been losing jobs for years. Read the story from NPR. 

Spinach Leaf Heart

Scientists dissolved all the cellular material inside a spinach leaf, leaving the vascular structure. They then soaked the leaf in human heart cells and pumped liquid through the veins, essentially making the leaf into a human heart. And here’s how they did it. Read the story from Popular Science. 

Sanctuary Cities

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that billions of federal dollars would be cut from sanctuary cities, or cities that won’t enforce the Trump administration’s immigration laws. Now those cities are promising legal fights. Read the story from NPR. 

Self-Driving Cars

A self-driving Uber car crashed into another car and landed on its side. Nobody was hurt, but it serves as a stark reminder that there’s a lot left to learn before self-driving cars hit the road. Read the story from The AP. 

What Book You Missed

When it comes to wine, it seems people fall into one of two camps: either they obsess over a wine's terroir and legs, or they order a beer. This is one of the first wine books that seems to address both parties. The author, Bianca Bosker, is far from a wine aficionado. Inspired, though, by the passion of elite sommeliers, she sets off to understand the cult of taste around wine. By turns curious and skeptical, this book is full of tidbits that will fascinate oenophiles, without alienating oenophobes.