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In Colorado, a glimpse of renewable energy’s insanely cheap future

Even with storage, new renewables beat existing coal.<p>This month, energy nerds are very excited about a utility bid solicitation.<p>Wait, hear me out. It really is exciting!<p>Usually, when we talk about how renewable energy will evolve in the next five years, we rely on analysts and projections. This is …

Renewable Energy

Berlin Artists Transform Hateful Swastika Graffiti Into Creative Works of Friendly Street Art

Neighborhood activist and street artist Ibo Omari of Die kulturellen Erben e.V. in Berlin, Germany, has created “#PaintBack“, an empowering artistic …

German Idea to Fight Anti-Semitism: Make Immigrants Tour Concentration Camps

Alarmed by displays of anti-Semitism among new immigrants to Germany, a German politician has offered a novel idea that appears to be gaining traction: required visits to Nazi concentration camp memorials.<p>The idea, proposed by Sawsan Chebli, a Berlin state legislator of Palestinian heritage, …

Israel

Ethiopia will no longer allow foreigners to adopt its children

Foreigners hoping to adopt children from Africa will have to strike Ethiopia off their list.<p>The country’s parliament has pulled the plug on international adoptions by foreigners in a bid to protect children from possible abuse by their new parents. That possibility was highlighted in 2012 when, in …

Africa

When Deportation Is a Death Sentence

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the U.S. may face violence and murder in their home countries. What happens when they are forced to return?<p>On June 9, 2009, just after 2 <i>A.M.</i>, Laura S. left the restaurant where she waitressed, in Pharr, Texas, and drove off in her white Chevy. She was in an …

Immigration

Portuguese town encourages children to smoke at Epiphany

VALE DE SALGUEIRO, Portugal (AP) — The Epiphany celebrations in the Portuguese village of Vale de Salgueiro feature a tradition that each year causes …

Solstice

President steps in over Islamophobic abuse of Austria's New Year Baby

Austria’s president was forced to intervene yesterday after the first child to be born in the country in 2018 was subjected to a torrent of racist online abuse when it emerged the new-born's parents were Muslim.<p>President Alexander Van der Bellen, a 73-year-old liberal green politician, pointedly …

Europe

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

When the world looks at the United States, it sees a land of exceptions: a time-tested if noisy democracy, a crusader in foreign policy, an exporter of beloved music and film.<p>But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many …

Guns

Dark chocolate is now a health food. Here’s how that happened. - Vox

The Mars company has sponsored hundreds of scientific studies to show cocoa is good for you.<p>A year after James Cadbury, the 30-something great-great-great-grandson of the British chocolatier John Cadbury, launched his luxury cocoa startup in 2016, he introduced an avocado chocolate bar.<p>Cadbury …

Bahá'í Temple in Chile: The universal house of worship - CNN Style

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Chile

The real-world uses for virtual reality

<b>Think of virtual reality and you will probably conjure up images of fantastical landscapes in a game or film set.</b><p>But VR can also be embedded in reality to give people more understanding of the world around them.<p>Increasingly it is being used as a tool by journalists, teachers, healthcare workers and …

Virtual Reality

God, sex or evolution – why did humans start making art?

Why did human beings invent art? Why do we make it, look at it, revere it and want to possess it?<p>Mona (the Museum of Old and New Art) in Tasmania offers some bold and provocative answers. I heard about its latest exhibition, On the Origins of Art, from participant Mat Collishaw, whose art is …

Art

“This is Not a Sweatshirt” Sweatshirt Helps Victims of Sex Trafficking

Eco Fashion

Your slacktivism isn't as useless as everyone thinks

Slacktivism, the lazy person's activism, which often involves signing an online petition from one's couch, has been the subject of hate since the …

Clever Kickstarter board game teaches activists the skills they need for victory

Building a successful social movement doesn't just take passion and dedication. It requires strategy and organizing to turn a group of committed …

The 12 Most Important Health Innovations Of The Year

These are the Best Of What's New<p><i>Read about the other Best of What’s New winners from the November/December 2016 issue</i> of Popular Science.

Medical Technology

Professor's death could see Taiwan become first Asian country to allow same-sex marriage

Campaigners believe a ‘breakthrough’ is near after draft bill tabled by ruling party to amend family law in favour of LGBT rights<p>The death of a gay professor could propel Taiwan into becoming the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage by the end of next year.<p>More than 80,000 LGBT …

LGBTQI

China wants to give all of its citizens a score – and their rating could affect every area of their lives

Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and …

An ‘Iron Man’ Cover Is The Latest Example Of Why Pinup Artists Shouldn’t Draw Teenagers

<b>UPDATE 10/20/16 4:15PM EDT</b><p>Midtown Comics has pulled the <i>Invincible Iron Man #1</i> variant cover by J. Scott Williams of Riri Williams out of her Ironheart armor. A quick peek at Midtown Comics site show the variant with a bold “DO NOT USE (Item Canceled)” declaration. Marvel representatives confirmed …

This wearable badge links to software that could blur your face in unwanted social media photos

But a new physical badge is designed to give people control over their own image by signalling to algorithms that the wearer does not wish to be photographed, so their face can be automatically blurred in photos.<p>Maintaining control of how photos of you are shared online<p>"The easiest example for us I …

Social Media

Thai woman forced to kneel before late king's portrait

Video footage shows woman accused of insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej being publicly shamed<p>A Thai woman accused of insulting the country’s late king has been forced to kneel before his portrait outside a police station on the island of KohSamui as hundreds of people demanded an apology.<p>The woman’s …

Thailand

The Female Sharia Judges of India

Can women-run Islamic courts bring gender justice to India’s Muslims? One group that is training India’s first class of female ‘qazis,’ or Islamic …

Religion

Japanese politicians upset South Korea with visit to Yasukuni shrine

Controversial Tokyo shrine honours 14 Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals, straining relations with neighbours China and the two Koreas<p>A Japanese cabinet minister and dozens of members of parliament have visited the Yasukuni shrine for war dead, seen in China and the two Koreas as a symbol …

Japan

When Recycling Doesn’t Reduce as Much Waste as You Think

They’re called the three R’s of sustainability: reduce, reuse, and recycle. But according to a new study, people are more likely to focus on …

This gallery shows art exclusively by mental health patients

In an unassuming corner of Hornsey, two therapists are leading a quiet revolution to change the way that mental health care is provided, talked about and seen. From the ground floor of the Clarendon Recovery College, last week they launched Outsider Gallery, London’s first mental health art …

Mental Health

Mom Explains Why She Killed Her 2 Kids: ‘I Gave Them a Choice’ to Live or Die

An Indiana mother said she gave her two young children a “choice” to live or die before she smothered them to death with her hands.<p>Amber Pasztor, who …

This Smog-Eating Tower Is Cleaning Beijing's Dirty Air

Talking to designer Daan Roosegaarde about the large-scale structure creating a sphere of clean air in China.<p>Last week brought the public opening of the Smog Free Tower in Beijing, a 7-meter high structure that’s being billed as the largest outdoor air purifier in the world—it collects 75% of pm2.5 …

Pollution

Mexico: Pastor accused of raping 8-year-old girl ordered to buy her father beer as compensation

Human rights groups have reacted angrily after 55-year-old man arrested on a charge of aggravated rape.<p>A pastor accused of raping an eight-year-old …

Liquid assets: how the business of bottled water went mad

How did a substance that falls from the air, springs from the earth and comes out of your tap become a hyperactive multibillion-dollar business?<p>The dress code of the clientele in Planet Organic, Notting Hill is gym chic. On a hot day in mid-August, the men wore mid-thigh shorts, pectoral-enhancing …

Water

Thailand’s detention of Joshua Wong shows how deeply some Southeast Asian nations are in China’s orbit

Thai authorities yesterday (Oct. 5) detained Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong at Bangkok’s airport and barred him from attending an event at a university, drawing attention once more to how Thailand and some neighboring countries are increasingly bowing to China’s demands.<p>In response, …

China