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Mideast Buildup

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over 4 years ago

The Obama Administration is moving to put missile defense technology in Persian Gulf countries to deter Iran, a move that will require the presence of more U.S. troops in the region. "The Obama administration has increased the U.S. military presence near Iran and is accelerating installation of ...

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Solar Cells

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over 4 years ago

New solar cells that mimic photosynthesis are reaching the marketplace and being put in unusual places in order to recharge electrical devices like cell phones. "A new solar cell that imitates Mother Nature’s way of converting sunlight to energy is making its debut in a variety of consumer products ...

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Gandhi Returns

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over 4 years ago

Some of the Indian Independence leader Mahatma Gandhi's ashes have been scattered into the ocean off the coast of South Africa 62 years after his death. "The ashes were sprinkled on to the Indian Ocean in a Hindu ceremony attended by about 200 people to mark the 62nd anniversary of Gandhi's death ...

Politeia

Two Americas

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over 4 years ago

Over the course of 2009, the Dow Jones industrial index grew a healthy 17%. The Nasdaq grew a remarkable 41%. Over the same period the average compensation—the total cost of wages and benefits—for workers in the private sector grew just 1.5%. Adjusted for inflation, American workers made, on ...

Brave Green World

iPad Tablet Earns Greenish Marks

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over 4 years ago

If you haven’t yet had an iPod, Mac computer, or other Apple product expire on you (hopefully not mid-jog, as mine did – a real let-down), you’re in a small minority. Tech consumers of today have been bred to look for the newest and shiniest, rather than the most lasting. Which is why landfills are ...

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Big Boost

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over 4 years ago

Consumers and manufacturers helped the GDP grow nearly six percent last quarter, the highest growth rate in as many years. “The surge in U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter depended on more than manufacturing and investment. Households also played their part. Gross domestic product grew at a ...

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Liberal Fury

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over 4 years ago

The New Republic is one of many liberal publications criticizing Rahm Emanuel’s plan to put Obama’s economic agenda before passing healthcare reform. “Is health care reform dead? Megan McArdle says so, offering two arguments -- one persuasive, the other not. Her unpersuasive argument is that ...

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Thanks, Stratosphere

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over 4 years ago

Falling levels of water vapor in the stratosphere may be slowing the effects of global warming as part of a natural earth cycle. “A decade-long plateau in global warming appears to have occurred in large part because the stratosphere – the layer of atmosphere that few but airliners enter – got drier ...

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Fake Forests

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over 4 years ago

The first genetically modified forest has been planted by timber companies in the southeast replacing native pine with eucalyptus. “Genetic engineering is coming to the forests. While the practice of splicing foreign DNA into food crops has become common in corn and soy, few companies or researchers ...