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  • Watch Hillary Clinton Tell an Undocumented 19-Year-Old Why She Supports Immigration Reform

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    Patrick Caldwell
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    A 19-year-old undocumented immigrant confronted Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and not-quite-presidential candidate, about immigration reform at an event hosted by the Clinton Foundation Thursday. An hour into the panel discussion, which featured Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, the moderator, actress America Ferrera, called on a young woman at the front of the room to ask a question. "I have a very different glass ceiling than some of the girls here," the 19-year-old woman explained, fighting back tears. "For the first time publicly I want to say that I am an…
  • Watch Hillary Clinton Tell an Undocumented 19-Year-Old Why She Supports Immigration Reform

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    Patrick Caldwell
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    A 19-year-old undocumented immigrant confronted Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and not-quite-presidential candidate, about immigration reform at an event hosted by the Clinton Foundation Thursday. An hour into the panel discussion, which featured Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, the moderator, actress America Ferrera, called on a young woman at the front of the room to ask a question. "I have a very different glass ceiling than some of the girls here," the 19-year-old woman explained, fighting back tears. "For the first time publicly I want to say that I am an…
  • The Good News on Obamacare Just Keeps Rolling In

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    Kevin Drum
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The open enrollment period for Obamacare is finally (almost) over, and today the White House announced the final figures for signups via the exchanges: 8 million people signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For states that have Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces, 35 percent of those who signed up are under 35 years old, and 28 percent are between 18 and 34 years old, virtually the same youth percentage that signed up in Massachusetts in its first year of health reform. That's a little better than I expected. I was figuring the final number would be around 7.7…
  • Corn on Hardball: The GOP's Dangerous Decision to Support and Encourage Cliven Bundy

    Political Mojo | Mother Jones
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    Washington bureau chief David Corn spoke on MSNBC's "Hardball" about the Right's support of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has refused to pay standard grazing fees on federal land for the past 20 years. He pointed out the irony of the GOP supporting Bundy's fight for a free ride, as well as the danger of encouraging and validating potentially violent extremists.  
  • NASA Just Found the Most Earth-Like Planet Yet

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    Ben Dreyfuss
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Hello. Good day. NASA just announced that astronomers have discovered the most Earth-like planet yet. Kepler-186f is the first Goldilocks planet—not too hot for water, not too cold for water—ever identified that is roughly the same size as Earth. (It's a bit larger.) So, is there life on that planet? It hasn't been disqualified yet. So, maybe! But probably not. But maybe! But almost certainly not. But maybe! And even if there's not its mere existence means there are very likely more planets like it out there, meaning Earth is maybe not necessarily unique, meaning life is maybe not…
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  • Watch Hillary Clinton Tell an Undocumented 19-Year-Old Why She Supports Immigration Reform

    Patrick Caldwell
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    A 19-year-old undocumented immigrant confronted Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and not-quite-presidential candidate, about immigration reform at an event hosted by the Clinton Foundation Thursday. An hour into the panel discussion, which featured Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, the moderator, actress America Ferrera, called on a young woman at the front of the room to ask a question. "I have a very different glass ceiling than some of the girls here," the 19-year-old woman explained, fighting back tears. "For the first time publicly I want to say that I am an…
  • The Good News on Obamacare Just Keeps Rolling In

    Kevin Drum
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The open enrollment period for Obamacare is finally (almost) over, and today the White House announced the final figures for signups via the exchanges: 8 million people signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For states that have Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces, 35 percent of those who signed up are under 35 years old, and 28 percent are between 18 and 34 years old, virtually the same youth percentage that signed up in Massachusetts in its first year of health reform. That's a little better than I expected. I was figuring the final number would be around 7.7…
  • NASA Just Found the Most Earth-Like Planet Yet

    Ben Dreyfuss
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Hello. Good day. NASA just announced that astronomers have discovered the most Earth-like planet yet. Kepler-186f is the first Goldilocks planet—not too hot for water, not too cold for water—ever identified that is roughly the same size as Earth. (It's a bit larger.) So, is there life on that planet? It hasn't been disqualified yet. So, maybe! But probably not. But maybe! But almost certainly not. But maybe! And even if there's not its mere existence means there are very likely more planets like it out there, meaning Earth is maybe not necessarily unique, meaning life is maybe not…
  • It Turns Out That the Beautiful People Really Do Look Down on the Rest of Us

    Kevin Drum
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    It turns out that beautiful people really do look down on the rest of us. Danielle Kurtzleben reports on a new study that assessed the attitudes of people after asking them to rate their own attractiveness: Participants who perceive themselves as attractive also tend to not only believe they are of higher social status but also to believe in group dominance — that some groups are just inferior. They also were more likely to believe in ideas that legitimized their status, like the idea that all Americans have equal shots at making it to the top. ....People who thought they were more…
  • Corn on Hardball: The GOP's Dangerous Decision to Support and Encourage Cliven Bundy

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    Washington bureau chief David Corn spoke on MSNBC's "Hardball" about the Right's support of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has refused to pay standard grazing fees on federal land for the past 20 years. He pointed out the irony of the GOP supporting Bundy's fight for a free ride, as well as the danger of encouraging and validating potentially violent extremists.  
 
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  • Watch Hillary Clinton Tell an Undocumented 19-Year-Old Why She Supports Immigration Reform

    Patrick Caldwell
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    A 19-year-old undocumented immigrant confronted Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and not-quite-presidential candidate, about immigration reform at an event hosted by the Clinton Foundation Thursday. An hour into the panel discussion, which featured Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, the moderator, actress America Ferrera, called on a young woman at the front of the room to ask a question. "I have a very different glass ceiling than some of the girls here," the 19-year-old woman explained, fighting back tears. "For the first time publicly I want to say that I am an…
  • What the Fort Hood Shooting Can Teach Us About the State of Veteran Aid

    Ann Jones
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. After an argument about a leave denied, Specialist Ivan Lopez pulled out a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and began a shooting spree at Fort Hood, America's biggest stateside base, that left three soldiers dead and 16 wounded. When he did so, he also pulled America's fading wars out of the closet. This time, a Fort Hood mass killing, the second in four and a half years, was committed by a man who was neither a religious nor a political "extremist." He seems to have been merely one of America's injured and troubled veterans who now…
  • Should You Be Worried About Your E-Cigarette Exploding?

    Dana Liebelson and Asawin Suebsaeng
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week, an 18-year-old bartender in North Yorkshire, England, was serving drinks when a colleague's electronic cigarette exploded, setting the bartender's dress on fire. This was not the first reported incident of an e-cigarette exploding—over the past few years, there have been more than a dozen similar reports. Specifically, it's e-cigarettes' lithium-ion batteries that combust. These batteries are also found in laptops and cellphones. But with e-cigarettes, the batteries are especially prone to overheating because smokers use incompatible chargers, overcharge the e-cigarettes, or…
  • How Rand Paul Bailed on His Bold Plan to Reform Big-Money Politics in Washington

    David Corn
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    This past weekend—days after Mother Jones revealed video of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) claiming that Dick Cheney exploited 9/11 to start the Iraq War to boost profits for Halliburton, the military contractor where Cheney had been CEO—Paul claimed in interviews with ABC News and Business Insider that he had never questioned Cheney's motives. He insisted he had merely noted that Cheney's Halliburton ties had posed the "chance for a conflict of interest." Paul was spinning—not acknowledging the actual comments. But when Paul was running for the US Senate in 2009 and 2010 as a…
  • Map: Is There a Risky Chemical Plant Near You?

    Jaeah Lee
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people, injured at least 200, and destroyed dozens of homes, schools, and a nursing home. In the wake of the disaster, we wondered: Can we locate the industrial sites in your community where similar incidents might occur? The answer to that question, it turns out, is not so simple. Even basic information about sites where hazardous chemicals are kept and what kinds of accidents can be anticipated is tucked away in official documents. Much of that data is not easily accessible due to post-9/11 security measures, making…
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  • The Good News on Obamacare Just Keeps Rolling In

    Kevin Drum
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The open enrollment period for Obamacare is finally (almost) over, and today the White House announced the final figures for signups via the exchanges: 8 million people signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For states that have Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces, 35 percent of those who signed up are under 35 years old, and 28 percent are between 18 and 34 years old, virtually the same youth percentage that signed up in Massachusetts in its first year of health reform. That's a little better than I expected. I was figuring the final number would be around 7.7…
  • It Turns Out That the Beautiful People Really Do Look Down on the Rest of Us

    Kevin Drum
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    It turns out that beautiful people really do look down on the rest of us. Danielle Kurtzleben reports on a new study that assessed the attitudes of people after asking them to rate their own attractiveness: Participants who perceive themselves as attractive also tend to not only believe they are of higher social status but also to believe in group dominance — that some groups are just inferior. They also were more likely to believe in ideas that legitimized their status, like the idea that all Americans have equal shots at making it to the top. ....People who thought they were more…
  • Americans Wildly Overestimate the Impact of Routine Mammographies

    Kevin Drum
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    Aaron Carroll passes along the following stunning chart about the actual efficacy of routine breast cancer screening on 50-year-old women: Obviously, there are circumstances where routine screening is a good idea—perhaps if you have a family history of breast cancer or other specific risk factors. But the best recent evidence suggests that routine screening for all women has a negligible effect. At best, it's very slightly positive. At worst it's literally zero because false positives lead to interventions that themselves carry a risk of death. The problem is that people don't believe…
  • Latest Gallup Result: 9-10 Million Newly Insured Under Obamacare

    Kevin Drum
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    Speaking of the uninsured, I inexplicably failed to blog about the latest Gallup results yesterday. Based on polling that goes through mid-April, Gallup now estimates that about 9-10 million people have gained insurance since Obamacare rolled out last year. If you assume that perhaps a million people lost insurance, that's a net increase of 8-9 million. Of this, about half gained insurance through the exchanges. The rest gained it through Medicaid and increased participation in employer plans. I'm not going to try to analyze this number any further. It basically represents good news, since…
  • Is the Census Recount of the Uninsured a Legitimate Scandal?

    Kevin Drum
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    A friend of mine thinks the decision by the Census Bureau to change the way it counts the uninsured—which will make it more difficult to make pre and post-Obamacare comparisons—is sleazier than I give it credit for: To me this is all about 2016. I think Democrats really want to be able to show a sharp contrast that will demonstrate the dramatic impact of an attempted repeal of the ACA, and stronger numbers on the uninsured would only help the ads that much more. The administration knows that a Republican president will be under terrific pressure to undercut and thwart the law…
 
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  • Corn on Hardball: The GOP's Dangerous Decision to Support and Encourage Cliven Bundy

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    Washington bureau chief David Corn spoke on MSNBC's "Hardball" about the Right's support of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has refused to pay standard grazing fees on federal land for the past 20 years. He pointed out the irony of the GOP supporting Bundy's fight for a free ride, as well as the danger of encouraging and validating potentially violent extremists.  
  • Rand Paul Really Doesn't Want to Talk About His McConnell Endorsement

    Tim Murphy
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    A tea party revolutionary four years ago, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has bucked many of his old supporters by backing Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, in McConnell's primary against Matt Bevin, a hedge fund executive backed by the Senate Conservatives Fund. Why would Paul do such a thing? He has been cagey, to say the least. "He asked me when there was nobody else in the race, and I said yes," the junior senator told Glenn Beck in February. Evidently even that was too verbose. Per the Glasgow (Ky.) Daily Times, Paul has now taken his answer off the record: After addressing about 30…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for April 17, 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Marines put out a controlled fire on a mobile aircraft fire training device at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma April 7 during a visit from Girl Scouts. The firefighting display showed how the Marines respond to an emergency situation. The mission of Girl Scouts of America is to build the courage, confidence and character of girls, who can then make the world a better place, according to their website. The Marines are aircraft rescue and firefighting specialists with ARFF, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, MCAS Futenma, Marine Corps Installations Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by…
  • Federal Court Rules North Dakota's Extreme Abortion Ban Unconstitutional

    Nina Liss-Schultz
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    On Wednesday, a federal judge blocked a North Dakota law that would have banned all abortions after a heartbeat is detectable in the fetus, which can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The judge, Daniel Hovland, called the ban—which passed last year and was immediately challenged by the Red River Women's Clinic, the only abortion provider in the state—"invalid and unconstitutional," and said it would impose an "undue burden on women seeking to obtain an abortion." The North Dakota law is one of the most far-reaching abortion bans in the country. Many women aren't aware…
  • Martinez Aide Who Said Latino Icon "Sounds Like a Retard" Now Works at Agency Serving Mentally Disabled

    Julia Lurie
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    On Wednesday, Mother Jones published a story about New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, a rising GOP star, that draws on previously unreleased audio recordings from her 2010 campaign. In one of the many unflattering moments revealed by the tapes, Matt Kennicott, then Martinez's deputy campaign manager and policy director, comments on the accent of former House speaker Ben Luján, saying, "Somebody told me he's absolutely eloquent in Spanish, but his English? He sounds like a retard." As it turns out, Matt Kennicott now works for a state agency charged with providing key services to…
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  • NASA Just Found the Most Earth-Like Planet Yet

    Ben Dreyfuss
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Hello. Good day. NASA just announced that astronomers have discovered the most Earth-like planet yet. Kepler-186f is the first Goldilocks planet—not too hot for water, not too cold for water—ever identified that is roughly the same size as Earth. (It's a bit larger.) So, is there life on that planet? It hasn't been disqualified yet. So, maybe! But probably not. But maybe! But almost certainly not. But maybe! And even if there's not its mere existence means there are very likely more planets like it out there, meaning Earth is maybe not necessarily unique, meaning life is maybe not…
  • No, the "Blood Moon" Does Not Mean the World Is Ending

    Ben Dreyfuss
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Why is this night different from all other nights? Tonight the clouds will part, the heavens will open, the stars will shine, and the moon will bleed. Groovy! The blood moon, a deliciously named full lunar eclipse rendering the moon red, will be visible in the skies above North America around 2 a.m. Eastern time. In the olden days the sudden appearance of a big red bloody moon probably sent people into a panic. Terrified, they probably ran around screaming, "Help me! Help me! My God, the moon has turned red! The moon has turned red! We're all going to die!" But then the moon would…
  • Will Colbert Use "The Late Show" To Save the World?

    James West
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Jumping from his niche cable show on Comedy Central to a plum CBS slot will roughly triple Stephen Colbert's national television audience. So when he takes over David Letterman's late night show next year, we at Climate Desk be tracking one thing in particular with great interest: Will he bring his astute political satire about global warming to an even bigger audience? None of the current late night barons—Kimmel, Fallon, Ferguson among them—are especially notable for speaking out about climate change, though they occasionally work it into the odd…
  • Watch Harrison Ford Fight Climate Change In a Fighter Jet

    Tim McDonnell
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    Any film that opens with Harrison Ford buckling into a fighter jet for the sake of science can't be all bad. Especially when that's followed by Don Cheadle tromping through Texas cow country, followed by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman strapping on a flak jacket and pushing into the heart of Syria's civil war. It's almost enough to make you forget you're watching a show about climate change. But in fact, the new Showtime series Years of Living Dangerously is about just that, traversing the warming globe alongside an A-List cast that, as the season progresses, will include Matt Damon,…
  • Residents Displaced by Massive Sinkhole Reach $48 Million Settlement With Mining Company

    Tim Murphy
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    Twenty months after a 30-acre sinkhole opened up in the swamp behind their community, Bayou Corne, Louisiana, residents reached a $48 million settlement with the salt-mining company Texas Brine. Geologists say the company's collapsed storage caverns likely triggered the environmental catastrophe and the series of small earthquakes that accompanied it. The class-action lawsuit, filed by the 90 homeowners who hadn't taken buyout offers from the company, was scheduled to go to trial next week. Residents of the community of 300 have been under a mandatory evacuation order since August of 2012…
 
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  • Watch Hillary Clinton Tell an Undocumented 19-Year-Old Why She Supports Immigration Reform

    Patrick Caldwell
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    A 19-year-old undocumented immigrant confronted Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and not-quite-presidential candidate, about immigration reform at an event hosted by the Clinton Foundation Thursday. An hour into the panel discussion, which featured Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, the moderator, actress America Ferrera, called on a young woman at the front of the room to ask a question. "I have a very different glass ceiling than some of the girls here," the 19-year-old woman explained, fighting back tears. "For the first time publicly I want to say that I am an…
  • What the Fort Hood Shooting Can Teach Us About the State of Veteran Aid

    Ann Jones
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. After an argument about a leave denied, Specialist Ivan Lopez pulled out a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and began a shooting spree at Fort Hood, America's biggest stateside base, that left three soldiers dead and 16 wounded. When he did so, he also pulled America's fading wars out of the closet. This time, a Fort Hood mass killing, the second in four and a half years, was committed by a man who was neither a religious nor a political "extremist." He seems to have been merely one of America's injured and troubled veterans who now…
  • How Rand Paul Bailed on His Bold Plan to Reform Big-Money Politics in Washington

    David Corn
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    This past weekend—days after Mother Jones revealed video of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) claiming that Dick Cheney exploited 9/11 to start the Iraq War to boost profits for Halliburton, the military contractor where Cheney had been CEO—Paul claimed in interviews with ABC News and Business Insider that he had never questioned Cheney's motives. He insisted he had merely noted that Cheney's Halliburton ties had posed the "chance for a conflict of interest." Paul was spinning—not acknowledging the actual comments. But when Paul was running for the US Senate in 2009 and 2010 as a…
  • Rick Perry Dismantled Texas' Public Integrity Unit. Now He's Facing a Grand Jury.

    Patrick Caldwell
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Rick Perry—Republican Texas governor, failed 2012 presidential candidate, and potential 2016 retread contender—is battling legal trouble at home, thanks to his controversial veto that demolished the state office tasked with investigating political scandals. On Monday, a Texas judge convened a grand jury to probe Perry's decision last year to ax funding for the state's Public Integrity Unit. The special prosecutor investigating the case, Michael McCrum, has not filed any charges. But earlier this month he said, "I cannot elaborate on what exactly is concerning me, but I can tell…
  • The Hottest Conservative Campaign Gimmick of 2014: Free Guns

    Tim Murphy
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ron Paul announced recently that he is giving away a gun because "there can be no liberty without the ability to defend it." As part of its "Defend Liberty Gun Giveaway," one lucky donor to the former Texas congressman's organization, Campaign for Liberty, will receive a DDM4 AR-15. But Paul isn't alone. More than a dozen candidates for national and local office have offered up free firearms to their supporters during the 2014 election cycle, with gifts ranging from pistols to shotguns to an AR-15 customized by the gubernatorial candidate himself. It's the year's hottest conservative…
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  • Should You Be Worried About Your E-Cigarette Exploding?

    Dana Liebelson and Asawin Suebsaeng
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week, an 18-year-old bartender in North Yorkshire, England, was serving drinks when a colleague's electronic cigarette exploded, setting the bartender's dress on fire. This was not the first reported incident of an e-cigarette exploding—over the past few years, there have been more than a dozen similar reports. Specifically, it's e-cigarettes' lithium-ion batteries that combust. These batteries are also found in laptops and cellphones. But with e-cigarettes, the batteries are especially prone to overheating because smokers use incompatible chargers, overcharge the e-cigarettes, or…
  • Map: Is There a Risky Chemical Plant Near You?

    Jaeah Lee
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people, injured at least 200, and destroyed dozens of homes, schools, and a nursing home. In the wake of the disaster, we wondered: Can we locate the industrial sites in your community where similar incidents might occur? The answer to that question, it turns out, is not so simple. Even basic information about sites where hazardous chemicals are kept and what kinds of accidents can be anticipated is tucked away in official documents. Much of that data is not easily accessible due to post-9/11 security measures, making…
  • A Single Pot Plant Uses HOW Much Water?!

    Tom Philpott
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Like college sophomores philosophizing over bong hits late at night, the California North Coast's booming marijuana farms languish in the smoky haze of paradox. On the one hand, they're hyperregulated—that is to say, illegal (with the exception of farms licensed to grow for the medical trade). On the other hand, being illegal, they're essentially not regulated at all, as my colleague Josh Harkinson showed in a recent piece. A rogue grower tending a plot on a California state park isn't worried about running afoul of state fish-and-wildlife authorities for illegally diverting a…
  • Here's What Fracking Can Do to Your Health

    Tim McDonnell
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    If you know one thing about fracking, it might be that the wells have been linked to explosive tap water. Of course, a tendency toward combustion isn't the biggest problem with gas-infused water; it's what could happen to you when you drink it. Although the natural gas industry is notoriously tight-lipped about the ingredients of the chemical cocktails that get pumped down into wells, by now it's widely known that the list often includes some pretty scary, dangerous stuff, including hydrochloric acid and ethylene glycol (a.k.a. antifreeze). It's also no secret that well sites release…
  • Turns Out, You Can Make Solar Panels Work in Cloudy Cities

    Jenny Xie
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    This story originally appeared in The Atlantic Cities and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Solar panels have always made sense in cities that get a lot of sun, at least intuitively. But in recent years, scientists have figured out ways to make them more useful for perpetually gloomy cities like London and Seattle. The solution comes down to organic photovoltaics. Unlike traditional solar panels, made of silicon, OPV cells are made of organic semiconductors, which can be 3D-printed or coated over large areas, as seen in the video below. The promise of OPV's isn't…
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  • The 2,000-Year History of GPS Tracking

    Brett Brownell
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Boston Globe technology writer Hiawatha Bray recalls the moment that inspired him to write his new book, You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves. "I got a phone around 2003 or so," he says. "And when you turned the phone on—it was a Verizon dumb phone, it wasn't anything fancy—it said, 'GPS'. And I said, 'GPS? There's GPS in my phone?'" He asked around and discovered that yes, there was GPS in his phone, due to a 1994 FCC ruling. At the time, cellphone usage was increasing rapidly, but 911 and other…
  • Q&A: Ken Burns on Why Memorizing the Gettysburg Address Matters

    Dave Gilson
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Since it was founded in 1978, the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont, has required its students to memorize and publicly recite the Gettysburg Address every year. In his new film, The Address, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns follows the students at this small, all-boys school as they grapple with internalizing Abraham Lincoln's two-minute speech. The twist: All the kids have learning disabilities, including speech and language deficits, that make their struggles and—spoiler alert—triumphs all the more poignant. Think of it as Ken Burns' Spellbound. The 90-minute film, culled from…
  • Pop on Steroids and Blistering Punk in EMA's and Screaming Females' New Releases

    Jon Young
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Screaming Females Don Giovanni Records EMAThe Future's VoidMatador Screaming FemalesLive at the Hideout Don Giovanni In pop music, there's plain old noise, which can be plenty of fun, and then there's smart noise, which can be even more fun. On The Future\'s Void, her stunning sequel to Past Life Martyred Saints, EMA (Erika M. Anderson) unleashes a thrilling sonic firestorm that defies simple categories. Think Kate Bush's luminous chamber pop on steroids, turned inside-out by a healthy dose of punk aggression and filtered through damaged electronic effects. Howling, snarling and sometimes…
  • Exclusive Video: Kithkin's Soundtrack for the Apocalypse:

    Gabrielle Canon
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Civilization as we know it is going to collapse—someday at least. Judging by what climate scientists are saying—or what some are gleaning from the buffalo running around Yellowstone—it could be a lot sooner than we’d like. The band Kithkin, hailing from the frigid (and fictitious), tree-worshiping Northwestern nation of Cascadia (consisting of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia), plans to make the most of it by offering audiences the chance to go down dancing. With their aptly named debut album, Rituals, Trances & Ecstasies for Humans in the Face of Collapse…
  • Quiz: Who's More Metal, the Cat or the Owner?

    Brett Brownell and Tasneem Raja
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Metal Cats, a new book that compiles photos of headbangers with their felines, made us wonder: Who's more metal, cat or owner? Take the quiz below, featuring some of the book's photos, to find out.   Photos from Metal Cats by Alexandra Crockett, published by powerHouse Books.
 
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