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As a response to the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that claimed the lives of 31 people last weekend, a human rights organization has issued a warning to all people traveling to the United States.

The Amnesty International advisory was announced "in light of ongoing high levels of gun violence in the country."

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For many volunteer firefighters, balancing outside jobs, family and friends, and any additional extracurricular endeavors is often a struggle, but Lieutenant Devon Collins says it hasn’t been that complicated for him, and his family particularly understands. “It’s actually quite simple at the moment. My dad was an NYPD search and rescue scuba diver for 20 years,” Collins says, “so he and my mom are quite a bit more immune to the worrying that my friends parents likely feel knowing that their son voluntarily runs into burning buildings.” Even in spite of the hazards of his volunteer post, Collins counts himself lucky to be carrying on the family tradition of selfless service. In celebration of Fire Prevention Month, GOOD is partnering with Nest to share the personal stories of Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department in Breezy Point, New York. Here, we take a closer look into the life of Lieutenant Devon Collins; his firehouse, what motivated him to become a volunteer firefighter, and the daily struggles and triumphs of his profession.

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Chile Uses Earthquake Communication Technology To Saves Lives

On Monday evening a powerful earthquake shook northern Chile. Six people were reported to have been killed. The 8.2 magnitude quake also...

On Monday evening a powerful earthquake shook northern Chile. Six people were reported to have been killed. The 8.2 magnitude quake also triggered a six-foot tsunami. More lives could have been lost had it not been for the Chile's early tsunami warning system.\n

Chilean authorities warned people of the impending tsunami using Twitter, text messaging, and good old fashioned sirens. People quickly fled to higher ground after hearing the tsunami warning, remembering the huge earthquake of 2010.\n
In the immediate aftermath of the last large earthquake phone networks became critically overloaded. The BBC reports that in 2011 the Chilean government implemented a new instant alert technology. The software uses a geo-targeted system to allow authorities to send out simultaneous mass alerts across the internet, cell phones, television, and radio. The messages can be sent to millions within seconds, even when all systems are busy. \n

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There are around 2.6 million miles of paved roads in the United States, and more than 11 million miles worldwide. What if they could be put to use generating electricity, through solar panels?

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