Michael Downer

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Weirdness: This Video Uses Super Mario Bros. 2 to Illustrate the Consequences of Capitalism

You just never know what will show up on YouTube next - everything from education to entertainment is a mere click away and new videos go viral every …

Gun laws back up for debate at state legislature

<b>GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.</b> Gun control and the laws implemented by a democratic majority in the state house and senate two years ago are being hotly …

Guns

Gay Marriage Begins in Alabama Despite Top Judge's Order

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Can science be the solution if it is part of the problem?

The World Economic Forum brought together the world’s richest and most powerful in Davos last month. Looking through the programme, it was clear that science and technology was at the heart of their discussions. In fact the World Economic Forum’s website boasted that they were welcoming “an …

Economics

William And Kate Decline To Support Benedict Cumberbatch's Campaign To Pardon Gay Men Like Alan Turing

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today rejected a plea to get involved in a campaign to pardon tens of thousands of gay men convicted alongside …

An Algae Farm Designed To Suck Up Highway Pollution

Car exhaust turns out to be the perfect fuel for making algae grow.<p>A highway overpass might seem like an unlikely place for a garden, but if you’re growing algae, it’s ideal: All algae need to thrive are sunlight and CO2. The pollution from cars driving below is actually an asset.<p>In a prototype …

Algae

Congress Revives Gingrich-Era Law To Thwart Obama

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress aim to revamp an anti-regulatory law from the Newt Gingrich era in an effort to paralyze new financial, environmental and labor rules with a never-ending string of court challenges.<p>Next week, the House will consider a bill to amend the Unfunded Mandates Reform …

Pivotal time for trans people as rigid notion of gender challenged: TRFN | Reuters

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For Kate Bornstein, the American author and pioneer gender activist, this is a pivotal time in history for transgender people as the rigid concept of two sexes is challenged by a growing number of individuals who don’t conform to either.<p>Some even suggest the …

LGBTQI

What Is Community Solar? It's Coming To California

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. just received regulatory approval to offer its customers an option to buy enough solar energy to account for 100% of their electricity needs. It’s part of a statewide effort to provide clean energy to Californians who aren’t able to own or lease their own rooftop solar …

Solar Power

Alabama on a collision course with the Supreme Court over gay marriage

Alabama could be on the edge of a constitutional crisis because of tensions over same-sex marriage that have pitted the state’s chief justice against …