Weekend Reads 10/31/15

Renewable Energy Is About To Boom In Africa

Some of the most cost-competitive photovoltaic projects worldwide are already in Africa. For example, the utility-scale solar in South Africa has a generation cost of $0.075 per kilowatt hour, and Gielen added that IRENA expects northern, eastern, and southern Africa to derive power from wind and hydro as well.

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"What Has Happened to Our Party?"

John Kasich is not happy about some of the things his fellow Republicans have been saying.

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Weekend Reads 10/24/15

Democrats are in denial. Their party is actually in deep trouble.

Elections for state legislature rarely make the national news, but they are the fundamental building blocks of American politics. Since they run the redistricting process for the US House of Representatives and for themselves, they are where the greatest level of electoral entrenchment is possible.

And in the wake of the 2014 midterms, Republicans have overwhelming dominance of America's state legislatures.

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Deadly Selfies?

A story has been making the rounds lately about selfie sticks being more deadly than sharks.

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Weekend Reads 10/17/15

This study is forcing economists to rethink high-deductible health insurance

In one sense, then, the high-deductible plan did accomplish a key goal: lower health spending. But when the researchers looked at why spending dropped, they found it had nothing to do with smarter shopping. The average price of a doctor visit wasn't dropping.

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Keep Your Eye on the Man, not the Dog

Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains the difference between climate and weather.

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The Creation of the World

A retelling of a Cherokee myth

When the world began there was only water and sky. The animals all lived in Galun'lati in the sky, and after a while it began to get crowded.

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Weekend Reads 10/10/15

7 Hobbies Science Says Will Make You Smarter

The general idea is that the brain can develop further and you can do it on purpose. Different activities stimulate different areas of your brain, so you can work on becoming unbeatable at your strengths as well as improving your weaknesses.

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True Conservatives

When Speaker of the House John Boehner announced his resignation last last week, the narrative quickly emerged that he was pushed out by conservative members of his own party, those identifying with the Tea Party caucus. And rumor has it that the same group seeks Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell resignation as well.

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