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Things are heating up in eastern Ukraine. Here are three reasons why. 30.5.2016 Washington Post
Things are heating up in eastern Ukraine. Here are three reasons why.
It's raining men! Sweden sees historic gender balance shift 30.5.2016 AP Top News
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Famous for its efforts to put women on an equal footing with men, Sweden is experiencing a gender balance shift that has caught the country by surprise: For the first time since record-keeping began in 1749, it now has more men than women....
Philadelphia keeps stormwater out of sewers to protect rivers 30.5.2016 News
Tropical Storm Girard unleashed a torrent of water on West Philadelphia in March. Missed that news? It was not a real storm, but it might as well have been.
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Delco high schoolers fish for answers to food questions 30.5.2016 News
Students at Interboro High School in Prospect Park have been known to turn to tech-ed teachers Joe Fisher and Tom Speer with one of life's elemental questions: "Where do cheeseburgers come from?"
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Sanders breathes life into a Florida professor’s unlikely bid to oust the DNC chair 30.5.2016 Washington Post
Tim Canova’s primary fight against Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has become increasingly unpopular with the liberal base of the party, echoes the growing rift that divides Democrats in this election year.
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Trump weirdness in Fresno: Latinos who love him, police who charm the protesters 29.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

After listening to Donald Trump charm his audience for almost an hour — “Who’s gonna pay for the wall?” — I waded into the crowd at the Selland Arena to find Latino supporters.

Who were these people, exactly, who could vote for a man who has called Mexicans rapists and murderers, who insulted the...

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Michigan bills expand use of driverless cars beyond testing 28.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
LANSING, Mich. • The U.S. auto industry’s home state of Michigan is preparing for the advent of self-driving cars by pushing legislation to allow for public sales and operation — a significant expansion beyond an existing state law that sanctions such vehicles for testing only. While widespread use of driverless cars may be years away, lawmakers and transportation leaders say the technology is progressing so rapidly that Michigan must stay ahead of the curve or risk losing automotive research an...
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The Right Marches on Brazil 28.5.2016 Views
Sabrina Fernandes

Brazil’s new interim president Michel Temer’s motto seems to be: “Injure all at once, and perhaps, one day, return benefits little by little.” Existing social gains, especially those won by the Workers’ Party (PT), are already being eroded. His government hopes the Brazilian people will swallow this bitter pill in hopes of a vaguely defined payoff later.

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Driving Detroit: Pushing fuel economy to the max 28.5.2016 Yahoo: Business

Driving Detroit: Pushing fuel economy to the maxThe Shell Eco-Marathon brings wild-looking cars to the streets of Detroit in a bid for a more fuel-sipping automotive future.

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20th Street Elementary parents protest potential change in school management 28.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary
Not every parent at 20th Street Elementary School wants new leadership for their kids' school.  About 30 mothers gathered in front of the Los Angeles campus Friday morning with signs in English and Spanish, protesting a potential agreement that would give some control of school operations to the...
In Memory of Michael Mariotte—Activist, Journalist, Musician 28.5.2016 Views
Lawrence Reichard

Long-time anti-nuclear activist, journalist and punk rock drummer Michael Mariotte died May 16 at the age of 63 in his home in Kensington, Md., after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer.  Mariotte was executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) in Takoma Park, Md., for 27 years.  Under Mariotte's leadership NIRS became a key information resource for anti-nuclear activists around the world.  

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Britain's timid university lecturer protest will change nothing in a rigged system 27.5.2016 - News for the rest of us

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Solving "Wicked Problems" - the Road to a Better World? 27.5.2016 Green on
What makes a problem "wicked" rather than just daunting, formidable or really, really tough? Wicked problems are ones in which we operate with incomplete or contradictory and rapidly-changing information with a large number of stakeholders and with connections to many other problems. How to provide nutritious, satisfying and sufficient food for 9 billion of our neighbors in a sustainable and affordable way is an example of a wicked problem. By DNV GL Chief Sustainability Officer Bjørn K. Haugland; and Professor Kevin Noone, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES), Stockholm University. It's clear that dealing with wicked problems will require a far greater degree of collaboration and cooperation than most of us are used to applying in our day jobs. We will need to assemble new constellations in which not only stars shine, but where everyone can contribute to illumination. What is equally true, but perhaps less clear is that fixing these constellations in the sky requires ...
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Meet the Chinese American immigrants who are supporting Donald Trump 27.5.2016 LA Times: Nation

Ling Zeng got celebrity treatment at this week’s Donald Trump rally in Anaheim.

One after another, dozens of Trump supporters approached to snap pictures of Zeng and her friends, who wore matching T-shirts that read: “Chinese Americans love Trump.” 

After a campaign staffer invited the group to stand...

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Khalid Latif: A Muslim Imam Speaks Out 27.5.2016 American Prospect
(Photo: AP/Craig Ruttle) Khalid Latif addresses students, faculty, and clergy at the Kimmel Center at NYU on February 29, 2012. On the morning of the September 11 World Trade Center attacks in 2001, Khalid Latif was an 18-year-old undergraduate at New York University. During one of several campus evacuations that day, at the top of his dormitory stairway, Latif felt a forceful shove on his shoulders. Turning around, he faced the anger-stricken face of a fellow student who had attempted to push him down the stairs. Latif had already heard students voicing anti-Muslim sentiments that morning, and says he believes his visible identity as a Muslim made him a target. Now 33 and one of the nation’s most outspoken Muslim leaders, Latif says he knew that day that life for Muslims in America would never be the same. Today, as chaplain and director of the Islamic Center at NYU, Latif says he has seen anti-Muslim sentiment surge in this election cycle to a level unmatched since 9/11. The presumed Republican ...
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Kids these days ... 27.5.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
A raft of recent stories makes it easy to look down on college students. But a raft of other stories should make us think twice about that.
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Inspirational teachers share their story on improving student performance (CPD points) 27.5.2016 Planet Ark News
Join the very popular Grounds for Learning Teachers Webinar hosted by Planet Ark and Cool Australia on the 16th June from 4 - 5 pm.
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Odd spring births blooming bonanza in Cascades 27.5.2016 Seattle Times: Local

A roasting April and cool, wet May are yielding a hiker’s bonanza: a profusion of wildflowers and dazzling diversity of native plants just in time for the kickoff of the outdoor recreation season this holiday weekend.
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Spring comes sooner to urban heat islands, with potential consequences for wildlife 26.5.2016 Environmental News Network
With spring now fully sprung, a new study by University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers shows that buds burst earlier in dense urban areas than in their suburban and rural surroundings. This may be music to urban gardeners’ ears, but that tune could be alarming to some native and migratory birds and bugs.
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How Nanotechnology Can Help Us Grow More Food Using Less Energy and Water 26.5.2016 Green on
Ramesh Raliya , Washington University in St Louis and Pratim Biswas , Washington University in St Louis With the world's population expected to exceed nine billion by 2050 , scientists are working to develop new ways to meet rising global demand for food, energy and water without increasing the strain on natural resources. Organizations including the World Bank and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization are calling for more innovation to address the links between these sectors, often referred to as the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus. Nanotechnology - designing ultrasmall particles - is now emerging as a promising way to promote plant growth and development. This idea is part of the evolving science of precision agriculture , in which farmers use technology to target their use of water, fertilizer and other inputs. Precision farming makes agriculture more sustainable because it reduces waste. We recently published results from research in which we used nanoparticles, synthesized in our laboratory , in ...
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