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Posted by on Jul 29, 2021 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Can a Giant Laser Control the Weather? Have you ever heard the story of Ben Franklin ”discovering” electricity with a kite and a key in a thunderstorm? Now, scientists in Switzerland are trying something similar (if much more high tech) with a giant laser. A team of researchers led by Swiss physicist Jean-Pierre Wolf has […]

Biden Hosts Earth Day Climate Summit

Biden Hosts Earth Day Climate Summit

Posted by on Apr 29, 2021 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s Election Central post describes President Biden’s discussion with other world leaders about how to set policy to combat climate change. On Friday April 23, 2021, in honor of Earth Day, President Biden hosted a virtual global summit to discuss climate change with other world leaders. Here, Election Central takes a closer look at […]

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Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Children in Spain Return Outdoors No doubt about it, shelter-in-place and social distancing orders are challenging. Many of us miss our friends, classmates, and participating in the activities we once loved and perhaps took for granted. But in many other places in the world, you’d face even harsher restrictions than you do in the United […]

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Posted by on Mar 5, 2020 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Coronavirus Hits the U.S. No doubt you’ve already heard plenty about coronavirus (otherwise known as COVID-19). But how worried should you really be? As of February 28, there are more than 78,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,700 deaths in China alone. In the rest of the world, there are at least 4,000 confirmed cases–15 […]

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Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

The Price of an Epidemic By now, you’ve likely heard about coronavirus, and you’re probably aware that it’s not a good thing. The disease continues to spread worldwide; just last week, the number of cases in Italy spiked from three to 152 in just a few days. South Korea has raised its national threat level […]

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Turkey Invades Syria Last week, Turkish forces invaded northern Syria, causing many civilians to flee an area that has already been war-torn for several years. Turkey is attacking a Kurdish-led militia called the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Why? Because Turkey claims that the SDF has ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is a […]

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Posted by on Sep 3, 2019 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Sick Migrants Face Deportation In its latest blow to the immigrant community, the Trump administration revealed last week that immigrants with serious medical conditions will no longer be allowed to extend their stay in the United States to receive treatment, and will face immediate deportation. There was no official announcement to the public about this […]

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Posted by on Aug 13, 2019 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Responding to Tragedy Last week, btw brought you the story of dual mass shootings that occurred within less than a day of each other in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and left at least 31 people dead. Gun safety advocates had hoped that the twin tragedies would spark renewed interest in gun safety legislation, […]

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2019 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

#RickyRenuncia (Ricky Resign) Be careful what you put in a text message. That’s a lesson that Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello learned the hard way earlier this month when nearly 900 pages of sexist, homophobic, profane, and otherwise offensive texts that he exchanged with his top officials were made public. Once the texts (which mocked […]

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2019 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Oregon Republicans Hide to Avoid Climate Vote Earlier this month, btw brought you the story of Oregon’s new climate change bill. In essence, the bill would require companies to purchase a certain number of “permits” for their pollutants (fewer and fewer permits will be available over time), and would then use that money to invest […]