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2611, 2018

Give thanks that we no longer live on the precipice

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Suddenly, a great miracle happened! Beginning around 1800, health, prosperity and life expectancy began to climb … slowly but inexorably at first, then more rapidly and dramatically. Today, the average American lives longer, healthier and better than even royalty did a mere century ago. How did this happen? What was suddenly present that had been absent before, to cause this incredible transformation?

2411, 2018

100% renewable deception

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There are a number of studies that seem to say that 100% renewables is feasible without filling the world with batteries. How do they do that? It turns out that there are several common tricks.

2011, 2018

Harnessing the power of the stars — Could fusion power the future?

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Promising work is being done in fusion that involves accepting the massive heat involved and dealing with it. This is done inside a container called a “tokamak.” This unwieldly acronym is the one to know. It comes from Russian terms that together basically mean doughnut-shaped device that uses magnets to control hot plasma.

2011, 2018

An agricultural solution in search of a problem

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By John Thoming Almond milk, as well as soy milk and other such products, have been on the market for decades. So, why the sudden interest in tripping up California’s almond farmers with an unfair and ill-conceived regulation?

2011, 2018

Silicon Valley and free speech

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According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, four of the world’s ten largest market cap corporations are Silicon Valley companies and two of the remaining ten largest are Chinese information tech companies. How does that power impact civil liberties?

2011, 2018

The International Space Station turns 20

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As the International Space Station turns twenty, read President Reagan's speech "directing NASA to develop a permanently manned space station and to do it within a decade."

2011, 2018

Was the Colorado energy plan made in Minneapolis?

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The Colorado Energy Plan (CEP) proposed by Xcel Energy surprised people by its boldness, which some critics called reckless. It turns out that the CEP is just part of an Xcel-wide corporate strategy, which has little to do with Colorado.

2011, 2018

Brown fiddled while California burned

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Historians have found no conclusive evidence that the Emperor Nero was playing his lyre during Rome's great fire. He wasn't even in the city. Future historians will have no problem documenting that Governor Brown and the Greens chose ideology over effective forest management, fire fighting and prevention.

2011, 2018

The frightful cost of Virginia offshore wind

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By Steve Goreham The wholesale price for electricity in Virginia is about 3 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The electricity produced from the two offshore turbines will receive 78 cents per kWh, or a staggering 26 times the wholesale price.