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Are Plug-in Hybrid Cars Worse For Environment Than Factory Tests Suggest?
Currently accounting for 3% of new car sales, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are sold as low-carbon alternatives to fossil fuel and conventional hybrid cars. But a new report threatens to shatter their green credentials.
Open Source Licensing Could Keep Big Pharma From Making Huge Profits Off Taxpayer-Funded Research
An international, multi-billion-dollar race is underway to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, and progress is moving at record speed, but with nationalistic, competitive undertones.
The Fourth Agricultural Revolution Is Coming – But Who Will Really Benefit?
Depending on who you listen to, artificial intelligence may either free us from monotonous labor and unleash huge productivity gains, or create a dystopia of mass unemployment and automated oppression.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Helped Shape The Modern Era Of Women’s Rights
Decades before she joined the court, Ginsburg’s work as an attorney in the 1970s fundamentally changed the Supreme Court’s approach to women’s rights, and the modern skepticism about sex-based policies stems in no small way from her lawyering.
Big Pharma’s Safety Pledge Isn’t Enough To Build Public Confidence In COVID-19 Vaccine – Here’s What Will
While I doubt the biotech pledge will do much to increase public confidence in a COVID-19 vaccine, Congress can take meaningful steps to do so. Specifically, lawmakers can create what I call a coronavirus social safety net.
The Pandemic Has Revealed The Cracks In US Manufacturing: Here’s How To Fix Them
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed glaring deficiencies in the U.S. manufacturing sector’s ability to provide necessary products – especially amidst a crisis.
Labor Day Celebrates Earning A Living, But Remember What Work Really Means
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on U.S. employment is dire. Economists estimate that 1 in 5 workers have lost their jobs. Yet there can be more to work, and Labor Day provides an opportunity to see how, through the writings of Simone Weil.
How Worried Should We Be About The Coronavirus Resurgence In Europe?
In recent days, France has recorded its highest daily tally of the new cases since the height of the pandemic in April, while Spain faces the continent’s most significant resurgence in infections.
How A New Solar And Lighting Technology Could Propel A Renewable Energy Transformation
The demand for cheaper, greener electricity means that the energy landscape is changing faster than at any other point in history.
US Unemployment Data Fail To Capture Covid-19’s Full Impact
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed dangerous weaknesses in America’s aging public data system. In one of the greatest jobs crises in the past 100 years, the labor force measures of employment and unemployment are too often unreliable and irrelevant.
Shinzo Abe Leaves Office A Diminished Figure With An Unfulfilled Legacy
Abe kept up his political success based around his core economic policy, prominently marketed as “Abenomics”. This comprised the three “arrows” of record stimulus spending, quantitative easing, and attempts at deregulation.
Mail-in Voting Does Not Cause Fraud, But Judges Are Buying The GOP’s Argument That It Does
The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee filed lawsuits recently against New Jersey and Nevada to prevent expansive vote-by-mail efforts in those states.
A Dismantled Post Office Destroys More Than Mail Service
The USPS is under threat of collapse and privatization. This comes after years of federal political maneuvering that has effectively depleted revenues and staffing,issues now amplified by new cuts to overtime worker pay and slowed delivery.
Energy Is A Basic Need, And Many Americans Are Struggling To Afford It In The COVID-19 Recession
Several months into the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, lower-income families are struggling to pay their energy bills.
Telework Mostly Benefits White, Affluent Americans – And Offers Few Climate Benefits
Back in in 2018 – in the pre-pandemic world – about 5% of the U.S. workforce teleworked from home. That changed dramatically with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic; by May 2020 that number had jumped to about 35%.
Is Swine Flu Going To Be The Next Pandemic?
The world has been worried about pandemic diseases for many years. Before COVID-19, attention was focused on influenza viruses as the most likely cause. A recent paper reminds us that the threat from flu remains very real.
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