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TECH

Memory That Lasts Forever: A Coin That Can Store 360TB of Data for 14 Billion Years
Futurism

Previously, we shared an amazing breakthrough: The ability to store data on slivers of quartz glass for 300 million years. Now, you don’t have to worry about what will happen to your data after those 300 millions years are up—researchers have upped the storage and lifespan of the quartz glass. Your data can be stored safely for 14 billion years.

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The Real Cost of Robotics
By Dmitry Slepov

TechCrunch

Why is the media taking such an interest now? Because today, the robotics industry has a set of fresh economic and political messages: Robots are becoming affordable.Anyone can benefit from purchasing a robot; Robots will increase our production efficiency; Robots will allow us to “reshore” (run away from China); We will be able to make things in our country again;We will get rid of workers — they are just too expensive and too lazy and kids these days don’t want factory jobs anyway.

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Hydrogen Car Breaks Two World Records In Less than a Week
Futurism

The London Hydrogen Network Expansion project just broke two world records, thanks to their Hyundai fuel cell electric vehicle. The Hyundai ix35 FCEV set a new record for longest-ever continuous journey in a hydrogen car after it drove over 6,000 miles in six days. The car also broke the world record for longest distance travelled on a single tank of hydrogen—it hit the 644-kilometer mark (400-miles) without running out of fuel.

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SUSTAINABILITY

100% Water Sustainability Could Be Possible In The Near Future
By Nicole Fisher

Forbes

When it comes to job training, the UN has failed. Nonprofits are taking charge, implementing programs aimed at sustainability and professional development.  Organizations like The Adventure Project report that their programs have helped create hundreds of jobs, given thousands of people in places like sub-saharan Africa access to clean water, and taught them how to identify and fix problems so they can have continued access.  

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The Beer, Science and Sustainability Behind Hellbender Brewery
By Ali Follman
DC Inno

The future of sustainability is beer.  The co-founders of The Hellbender Brewery in Washington D.C. are brewing more than ale. They have developed a sustainable business model that is profitable and wastes nothing!

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LABOR & ECONOMY

Impact of renewables in 2015 revealed by UN-backed study
Euractiv

Renewable energy sources added more generation capacity than all other technologies combined in 2015.  A world record total of €361 billion was invested in renewables across the globe, a major new UN-backed report has found.

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Trade policy is no longer just for political nerds
The Guardian

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have something in common. Both are hostile to the free trade deals that Barack Obama has been negotiating, and both have been campaigning on a platform of putting American workers first. One thing is certain: if either of these two political insurgents makes it to the White House, there will be no great rush to provide easier access to the world’s biggest market. The agreement that Obama has been seeking with the European Union, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), will be dead in the water.

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New Report Predicts Over 100,000 Legal Jobs Will Be Automated
Futurism

Traditionally, the target of technological automation has been mechanical labor and factory jobs, but improvements in robotics and artificial intelligence has now caused this trend to extend beyond blue-collar jobs and into white-collar jobs, such as accounting and law. A new analysis from Deloitte Insight states that within the next two decades, an estimated 114,00 jobs in the legal sector will have a high chance of having been replaced with automated machines and algorithms. The report predicts “profound reforms” across the legal profession with the 114,000 jobs representing over 39% of jobs in the legal sector.

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GLOBAL CONFLICT & DEVELOPMENT

New Turkey-PKK peace talks: An inevitability postponed
By Nigar Göksel and Berkay Mandiraci
Hurriyet Daily News

When a two-and-a-half-year ceasefire collapsed in July 2015, the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) entered into a dark, dangerous tunnel from which it will take a great effort from both sides to find a peaceful exit. The tragic paradox is that the previous peace efforts were born of a realization by the leaderships of both sides that there can be no winner from military confrontation. The problem is not just that within seven months the fighting had killed around 900 people, including at least 240 civilians. It is that the two sides threw away many of the achievements of a decade of peace efforts, causing massive new polarization within Turkey that will be harder than ever to repair.

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I Love the UN, But It Is Failing
By Anthony Banbury

The New York Times

The world faces a range of terrifying crises, from the threat of climate change to terrorist breeding grounds in places like Syria, Iraq and Somalia. The United Nations is uniquely placed to meet these challenges, and it is doing invaluable work, like protecting civilians and delivering humanitarian aid in South Sudan and elsewhere. But in terms of its overall mission, thanks to colossal mismanagement, the United Nations is failing.

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Fueling Terror: How Extremists Are Made
By S. Alexander Hasiam and Stphen D. Reicher

Scientific American

Although we may think of terrorists as sadists and psychopaths, social psychology suggests they are mostly ordinary people, driven by group dynamics to do harm for a cause they believe to be noble and just. Terrorism reconfigures these group dynamics so that extreme leadership seems more appealing to everyone. Just as ISIS feeds off immoderate politicians in the West, for example, so do those immoderate politicians feed off ISIS to draw support for themselves.

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AMERICAN COMMUNITIES

As racial hate groups rise, strategies to shut them down
By Charlayne Hunter-Gault
PBS

What motivates hate groups and domestic terrorists? With the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist movements making a resurgence, PBS special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks to Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center about solutions to stop the hate and encourage tolerance.

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Behold Wisconsin’s new voter ID law
By Sarah Smith
Salon

On April 5, when voters cast ballots in Wisconsin’s Republican and Democratic primaries, the state’s controversial voter ID bill will face its biggest test since Governor Scott Walker signed it into law in 2011. For the first time in a major election, citizens will be required to show approved forms of identification in order to vote. The law mandates that the state run a public-service campaign “in conjunction with the first regularly scheduled primary and election” to educate voters on what forms of ID are acceptable. But Wisconsin has failed to appropriate funds for the public education campaign. The result is that thousands of citizens may be turned away from the polls simply because they did not understand what form of identification they needed to vote.

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The 'Sanders Democrat' is Paving the Way for the Radical Left
By Bhaskar Sunkara
Common Dreams

A lot has changed in a decade. The financial crisis made the hope of shared prosperity for all even more fleeting. Capitalism, it seemed, had little to offer for a new generation. After years of dormancy, social movements are once again visible and active. Whatever their respective shortcomings, movements such as Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter and the student uprising in Wisconsin captured the imaginations of millions. Worker ownership of the means of production is not on the agenda for Sanders socialists just yet, nor are other questions about democratic control and social rights, ones key to the traditional socialist worldview. But increased interest in socialism generally does make it clear that discontent with decades of stagnating wages and the pain caused by the 2008 economic crisis are starting to take a political form.

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