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The 10 Happiest Countries

Once again, Panama leads the pack

(Newser) - US citizens who want a happier life may want to leave the country. The Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index has issued its second annual list of country rankings, looking at 145 countries and how their residents fare in various "well-being elements." Those elements: a sense of purpose, social relationships,... More »

What Proteins in Pablo Neruda's Remains Suggest

Reuters views forensic experts' initial report, still no sign he was poisoned

(Newser) - It's another strike against the claim of Pablo Neruda's chauffeur, who contends that agents of Augusto Pinochet poisoned the acclaimed Chilean poet by injecting something into his stomach while he was being treated for cancer. Neruda died in 1973 and was exhumed 40 years later; in late 2013,... More »

Chile Volcano Spawns Earthquakes

Officials warn of 'even more aggressive' eruption

(Newser) - Southern Chile is on red alert after twin eruptions of the Calbuco volcano, with authorities warning that a third and "even more aggressive" eruption could be imminent. Two earthquakes, the bigger of which had a magnitude of 3, occurred in the area last night, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

Incredible Images of Volcano's First Eruption in 43 Years

A huge ash cloud billows from Chile's Calbuco volcano

(Newser) - The volcano's giant ash cloud stretched far into the sky over an area of Chile's south that's lightly populated, but the incredible images are making their way around the world. The Calbuco volcano erupted yesterday for the first time in almost 43 years, spurring the evacuation of... More »

Chile Busts Woman Hospital Said Had an Abortion

25-year-old arrested for illegal act after she came in for severe stomach pain

(Newser) - A 25-year-old woman who showed up at a Chilean public hospital Sunday with severe stomach pains and vaginal bleeding was arrested after a doctor suspected she used a drug to induce her own abortion, the Guardian reports. The unidentified patient at the Carlos Cisternas facility is still under medical supervision... More »

World's Oldest Mummies Are Turning to Jelly

Experts find rising humidity destructive to Chile's Chinchorro mummies

(Newser) - For millennia, Chile's man-made Chinchorro mummies, the oldest in the world, have remained in roughly the same stable condition—the result of a sophisticated mummification process that dates back 7,000 years. Now, they're turning to "black ooze," LiveScience reports. Researchers say that over the last... More »

'You Could Breathe the Pain': '61 Plane Wreck Found

It was carrying players for a top Chilean soccer team

(Newser) - Mountaineers in Chile say they've discovered what's left of a plane that disappeared in 1961. The plane crashed in the Andes; all those aboard were believed to have died. The BBC and AP give the number as 24, while AFP reports it was 34. Eight of them were... More »

Kentucky Teacher, 22, Murdered in Chile

Erica Hagan found dead on campus of Baptist college

(Newser) - Georgetown College in Kentucky is mourning a recent graduate murdered while teaching in Chile. Erica Faith Hagan, 22, was found dead in her apartment on the campus of a Baptist college over the weekend, Fox News reports. Police in Temuco, the country's fourth-largest city, say she had been hit... More »

Google Maps Car May Have Killed a Dog: PETA

Organization calls on company to donate $1K to neutering group

(Newser) - Animal-rights activists are calling on Google to donate cash to help animals—because, they say, it looks like a Street View car killed a dog. PETA has posted a pair of photos on a blog that show a dog running, then lying, on a street in Chile, the San Francisco ... More »

Chilean Sailor Comes Out, Makes History

Mauricio Ruiz is first openly gay member of Chilean Armed Forces

(Newser) - Chilean sailor Mauricio Ruiz is the first person enlisted in the Chilean Armed Forces to come out as homosexual, because, as he says, gays have "no reason to hide," the BBC reports. "We can do anything, be marines or in any branch (of the military). We deserve... More »

Mountain Blasted to Build World's Biggest Telescope

'Extremely Large Telescope' will see to edge of universe

(Newser) - To look further into space and time than ever before possible, astronomers needed to get a mountaintop out of the way first. The top of Chile's Cerro Armazones mountain was blasted to rubble Thursday to clear the way for the European Southern Observatory's Extremely Large Telescope, which will... More »

It's a Blob. It's Green Sherbet. No...

The weird Llareta plant grows in Chile's Atacama Desert

(Newser) - Hikers in the Andes Mountains could mistake it for a green blob. Or melting lime sherbet. But what seems like a weird, lumpy thing is really Llareta, a plant of the Apiaceae family that's related to fennel, carrots, and parsley, NPR reports. Two neat factoids: It's actually firm,... More »

16 Dead as Chile's Historic Valparaiso Burns

500 homes destroyed so far in Valparaiso

(Newser) - Chile has been rocked by earthquakes lately , and now a fire raging in the colorful port city of Valparaiso has killed at least 16 people and destroyed 500 homes, President Michelle Bachelet said today. More than 10,000 people have been evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a... More »

7.6 Aftershock Shakes Chile

Low death toll credited to strict building codes

(Newser) - A second strong earthquake has hit Chile, the day after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake shook the country, forcing a million people to flee their homes but causing surprisingly few deaths. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was among those evacuated after the 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit last night, the BBC reports.... More »

8.2 Chile Quake: 6 Die, 300 Women Escape Prison

Cops battle looters as thousands flee coast

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of Chileans have fled their homes for higher ground after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake caused 8-foot waves, power outages, fires, and landslides, the BBC reports. At least six people have been killed, which the AP notes is "a remarkably low toll for such a powerful... More »

6-Foot Waves Hit Chile After 8.2 Quake

Hawaii could possibly see a tsunami, but no watch or warning issued yet

(Newser) - A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast tonight, and officials ordered an evacuation of coastal areas before an expected tsunami; waves measuring almost 6.5 feet already were striking cities on the coast, and authorities said a tsunami was expected to come ashore later. There were... More »

7.0 Earthquake Hits Off Coast of Chile

No major tsunami threat so far

(Newser) - A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile today and forced Chilean officials to order an evacuation along the northern coastline, Reuters reports. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake hit at a depth of 21 miles and was centered 40 miles northwest of the port city... More »

How an Ancient Whale Graveyard Appeared in Chile

2011 find mystified experts

(Newser) - Researchers were left scratching their heads in 2011 when they came upon a trove of whale fossils between 6 million and 9 million years old, of all places in Chile's Atacama Desert. It featured dozens of specimens, accounting for "at least 10 different kinds of marine animals, recurring... More »

How Did 'White Gold' End Up in Chile's Desert?

Scientists think nitrates came from ancient groundwater, not evaporation from the sea

(Newser) - Chile's Atacama Desert—the world's highest and driest—is packed with what's been called "white gold": nitrate deposits that have been historically important. The nitrates found there were key to World War I bombs and battling iodine deficiency, LiveScience reports. But until now, just how the... More »

5 Big Lakes That Are Disappearing

Blame shifting climate, drought: Smithsonian

(Newser) - Climate change, sinkholes, human water use—the reasons are many, but the result is the same: Lakes across the world have shrunk or disappeared completely, and in the Smithsonian , Sarah Zielinski tells their stories. Among them:
  • It's called the Dead Sea, but it's technically a lake, and it'
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