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Nuclear Leaks

Missing
about 4 years ago

“The nuclear industry, once an environmental pariah, is recasting itself as green as it attempts to extend the life of many power plants and build new ones. But a leak of radioactive water at Vermont Yankee, along with similar incidents at more than 20 other US nuclear plants in recent years, has ...

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Tension Gulf

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about 4 years ago

The United States has exacerbated tensions with Iran by selling anti-missile systems to Washington’s Arab allies in the Gulf region.The United States has raised tensions with Iran by selling anti-missile systems to Washington’s Arab allies in the Gulf region. “The Obama Administration said yesterday ...

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Voodoo Children

Missing
about 4 years ago

The old religion of Voodoo is rising from the rubble in Haiti as, in the aftermath of one of the world’s worst earthquakes, priests and missionaries compete for the souls of the survivors. “Every evening, Monique Henri offers thanks to the voodoo deity Ogu Feray at a shrine in her home for sparing ...

Brave Green World

Pollinate Or Die

Red_fig
about 4 years ago

Cornell University recently released a study that highlighted a strange twist in the mostly symbiotic relationship between fig trees and fig wasps. The story usually goes like this: wasp lays eggs in fig fruit (a protective environment), wasp pollinates said fig, little waspies are safely hatched ...

Daylight Atheism

From the Mailbag: Atheists in the Closet

Dabanner
about 4 years ago

As much effort as we freethinkers put into making atheism a viable and socially accepted option, it's important to remember that it's still a difficult feat to extricate oneself from religion when one's family and social life are bound up with church attendance. Consider this e-mail I received a ...

Brave Green World

Made In China: Your Energy Future

Windturbine
about 4 years ago

Question: would you rather answer to a boss who has his own interests at heart (not yours), or to no boss at all? Would you rather the US switched from answering to the Middle East on oil and then immediately started answering to China on renewable and clean energy technologies – as the world moves ...

Politeia

Who's Afraid of Health Care Reform?

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about 4 years ago

The conventional wisdom is that Republican Scott Brown's upset victory in the special election to fill Ted Kennedy's vacant Senate seat was a referendum on health care reform. In a sense it's true. A majority of voters saw health care as the most important issue in the election, with most of Martha ...

Mind Matters

Worst Social Networking Idea Ever

Pillory_use_this
about 4 years ago

The Dalai Lama was stumped. He thought he knew about the mind, he said, but he'd never heard of the mental experience about which he'd been asked. Yet here was a roomful of people to whom it was familiar as hunger or thirst. What, he wanted to know, is this self-hatred of which you speak? It ...

As I Please

How Environmentally Friendly Is Wind Power?

Windfarm
about 4 years ago

Government Ministers in Britain are fond of reminding people here – and abroad – that this country has made much more progress in limiting CO2 emissions than comparable economies. There is some truth in this, and because of this record, British Ministers are also able to take the high ground over ...

Resurgence

To Build An Economy

Match
about 4 years ago

In the middle of a vigorous political debate last night, the topic of the economy came up. The man I was having this discussion with, a former corporate executive who had opened his own small business here in the Atlanta area, asked me whether or not I thought the president was doing anything to ...