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#NotRacists Be Like: The Top 10 Phrases Used by People Who Claim They Are Not Racist

This is not about racists. This is about <i>not-racists</i>. You’ve seen them before: the special class of white people who say racist shit and do racist …

Black Lives Matter

Why We Never Talk About Black-on-Black Crime: An Answer to White America’s Most Pressing Question

You’ve heard it before. It is the most frequent response to any accusation of police brutality. It is the repeated sleight of hand used to distract …

Black Lives Matter

Hey Higher Ed, Why Not Focus On Teaching?

Stanford physics and education professor Carl Wieman won a Nobel Prize for his innovative, break-through work in quantum mechanics. Wieman has since levered the prestige and power of that prize to call attention to the need to transform undergraduate teaching, especially science education.<p>Wieman's …

Pedagogy

The world’s largest floating solar power plant just went online in China

China has announced that the largest floating photovoltaic (PV) facility on earth has finally been completed and connected to the local power grid. …

solarpowerplant

Salon.com

White Savior Syndrome: Even In Fight Against Racism, Black People Are Falling Victim to It

During a 2011 interview, funnyman, author and civil rights activist Dick Gregory vehemently rejected a comparison between John Brown and Nat Turner, …

Black History

Texas lawmakers pass controversial bathroom, adoption bills

<b>(CNN) —</b> Texas lawmakers call it a push for conservative values. Critics call it discrimination.<p>In a flurry of activity before the state's legislative session wraps May 29, Texas lawmakers are pushing through controversial bills that affect children and touch on hot-button issues of sexuality and …

LGBTQI

Flynn To Take The 5th, Refuses To Turn Over Documents To Senate Panel

<b>Updated at 6 p.m. ET</b><p>Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn is invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination on Monday, refusing to hand over documents subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee.<p>The panel wants to see documents relating to Flynn's interactions with …

New report about Antarctica is horrible news for global warming alarmists

Warming on the Antarctic Peninsula has long been touted by supporters of the theory man is destroying the planet by using fossil fuels as proof of the dangers of global warming. Al Gore, the face of the world-is-going-to-end climate movement, has visited Antarctica on at least two occasions to …

Yes, You Can Measure White Privilege

Whenever anyone slips the words “white privilege” into a conversation, it immediately builds an impenetrable wall. For some white people, the words …

New York Becomes Only State to Offer Free Four-Year College

New York will be the only state in the country to offer universal public college tuition coverage for working- and middle-class residents after the program was included in the budget package approved Sunday night.<p>The state's Excelsior Scholarship program will be rolled out in tiers over the next …

College & University

This writer asked women to share their mansplaining experiences, and the results were hilariously sad

Talking about mansplaining with other women can be just the release you need sometimes. Because <i>women get it</i>. Men? Not so much. It’s hard to explain …

Women’s groups can’t believe Vice President Pence won the first-ever “Working for Women” award

The vice president will be honored by a Washington-based conservative nonprofit that created the award this year<p>Vice President Mike Pence will be honored with an award for his efforts in helping women, which has stumped women's and civil right's groups that view Pence as an antagonist to women's …

War On Terror: Who Is Abu Khayr al-Masri? Al Qaeda Second In Command Killed In Drone Strike In Syria

Ahmad Hasan Abu Khayr al-Masri, al Qaeda’s second in command, reportedly was killed Sunday in a drone strike in Syria.<p>Israeli broadcaster Arutz Sheva …

Prices For Solar Panels Keep Falling, So Why Isn’t It Cheaper To Get Solar?

Now that we’ve made the tech affordable, we have to turn our attention to the less sexy parts of the business.<p>It’s never been cheaper to go solar. The installed price for home solar systems is less than half of what it was eight years ago. More than 1 million U.S. homes have now taken the plunge, …

The west’s largest coal plant – and seventh biggest source of CO2 emissions in the U.S. – may close

<b>FILE - This May 14, 2012, file photo, shows the Reid-Gardner power station on the Moapa Indian Reservation, in Moapa, Nev. Nevada’s main electric utility is agreeing to pay $4.3 million to clean up contamination at the coal-fired power plant near Las Vegas that neighboring Native Americans blame</b> …

Fossil Fuels

Baby anteater is best friends with a giant stuffed teddy bear

Unlikely animal friendships come in all shapes and sizes, but this bond between a tiny anteater and a big stuffed teddy has to be one of the less …

We’re probably underestimating how quickly electric vehicles will disrupt the oil market

Unpredictably rapid growth happens pretty predictably.<p>Just about every analyst agrees that the electric vehicle market is poised for rapid growth. But how rapid?<p>It’s not an idle question. The rate of EV growth will have huge implications for oil markets, auto markets, and electric utilities. Yet it …

Fossil Fuels

What Will Happen If The U.S. Withdraws From The Paris Climate Agreement

Trump’s EPA transition leader says the administration will soon move to leave the groundbreaking climate agreement. How will that work, and what will it mean for clean energy in America, and the fate of the world?<p>After reviving the Keystone XL Pipeline, pushing for the Dakota Access Pipeline, and …

Amplification of Cretaceous Warmth by Biological Cloud Feedbacks

That’s the title of an article in <i>Science</i> today (available here with subs.) I’m giving a talk this morning so don’t have a lot of time to comment on …

ISIS radicals see Trump's executive order as 'blessed ban'

Jihadist groups on Sunday celebrated the Trump administration's ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying the new policy validates …

Donald Trump

An Airport Protest in Support of Religious Freedom

Fury over the Trump administration’s immigrant ban found purpose after travelers from abroad were detained at U.S. airports.<p>It was already shaping up to be a strange day when New York Representatives Jarrold Nadler and Nydia Velázquez arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport shortly after …

Here's how to volunteer at 6 organizations that could really use the help after today

Inauguration Day is upon us and, as we already know, the next four years are going to be very different for all of us. Whether or not that’s a good …

Why Is It Taking So Long To Figure Out Planet Nine?

<i>We have the mass and orbital parameters of a large planet in the outer solar system. Astronomers don’t seem to care?</i><p>Nothing short of caring deeply can cause astronomers to publish such a burst of papers on an as-yet theoretical planet, too distant to have already been captured by our numerous …

The Women's March is more than an anti-Trump protest. Here's what participants want.

Hint: a lot of different things.<p>“What are they doing out there?” “What do they want?” “What’s their goal?”<p>If there’s a protest or demonstration, you can count on an observer asking these questions from the sidelines. And, to be fair, the answer is less than obvious when tens of thousands of diverse …

Feminism

India built the world’s largest solar plant in record time

India’s push for solar power is gaining steam.<p>At the end of November, the country turned on the world’s largest solar power plant spanning 10 km sq in Kamuthi in the state of Tamil Nadu. It packs 648 megawatts of power—nearly 100 more than California’s Topaz Solar Farm, which was previously the …

Renewable Energy

33 Feminist Gifts For All The Badass Women You Love

Calling all girl gangs 👸<p>Gift ― errr, I mean holiday ― season is upon us! And what better way to celebrate than by giving the gift of feminist swag?<p>From Phoebe Robinson’s new book <i>You Can’t Touch My Hair</i>, to GRL PWR mugs and all the ways you can “support your local girl gang” ― there’s a present in …

Texas will now require funeral services whenever a woman has an abortion

Doctors in Texas will now be required to hire funeral services any time a woman ends or loses a pregnancy<p>In June anti-choice activists in Texas suffered a serious setback in their attempts to make abortion as miserable as possible for women. That was when the Supreme Court overturned a series of …

Students Adore Argentina’s First Preschool Teacher With Down Syndrome

A woman in Argentina became the country’s first nursery school teacher with Down Syndrome<p>Every time you worry that the world is getting worse, a …

One nation, under no god: Atheists, more than any religion, have been excluded from the election

<b>(YamabikaY via Shutterstock)</b><p>Religious affiliation remains a litmus test, and the idea of an atheist in office gets religious zealots up in arms<p>Thor Benson<p>October 30, 2016 3:00pm (UTC)<p>I am an atheist. I do not advertise this fact often or shame those who are religious. Occasionally I may poke fun at …

Religion