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In the wake of the Parkland shooting, many have been shocked to see the teenage survivors of the attack emerge as passionate, articulate activists. Even more shocking is the fact that their activism seems like it might make an impact on the perpetually intractable issue of gun violence in America. But according to Adam Fletcher, co-founder of The Freechild Institute, we shouldn’t be surprised to see children leading the way. Brooke talks to Fletcher about the history of youth-led activism and why older generations are perpetually unwilling to acknowledge their strength.
Once those policy reforms are implemented and begin to take effect, we will see a continued decrease in the prison population, primarily because we’ll see some people in prison serving shorter amounts of time, because they earned reductions in their sentences as a result of participating in treatment programs and things like that.
Prof Charlie Jeffery, senior vice-principal at the University of Edinburgh, said: “I’m very proud of the university’s decision. Climate change is one of the world’s biggest challenges. Over the past few years, we have thought hard about how to respond to that challenge. This change in our investment strategy is a vital step on that journey.”
MIT’s Miracle Energy Breakthrough (Michael S.)
As the lead researcher for the project, Professor Michael Strano, explains, the resonator works by one of its sides capturing heat from the air. This heat then slowly “oozes” into the other side of the device. The temperatures in the two sides are always different, and this difference is used to produce electricity through thermoelectric.
My parents used to have milk delivered this way when I was a child, and going to fetch the cold glass bottles that had been sitting out since 4am on the doorstep like drunks was thrilling, the milkman coming to the house in the night like Father Christmas. Milk floats still exist when you look for them — they’re just pimped-up vans rather than rattling 16mph mobility scooters. But going cold turkey with plastic isn’t easy. Our first attempt at a weekly shop is a disaster. Arthur has by now agreed reluctantly to ‘join in’ (like it’s an environmentally friendly party game) but we’re in Sainsbury’s for about half a day trying to work out what we can buy.
In practice, detecting this signal has proved hugely challenging, however, and has eluded astronomers for more than a decade. The dip is swamped by other, more local, sources of radio waves. And the expansion of the universe means the signal is “red-shifted” away from its original characteristic wavelength by an amount that depends on precisely when the first stars switched on. So scientists were also not sure exactly where in the spectrum they should be looking –and some predicted the task would prove impossible.
Those kinds of perks can create complications for policymakers. In California, for instance, a movement is already afoot to shift taxes on transportation away from gas and toward per-mile usage. But in the longer run, the extra effort is worth the trouble, especially if and when driverless technology begins cutting down on travel time spent behind the wheel.
Ice Huts (tmn)
I have always been fascinated with small structures. My earliest recollection of shelter was as a 6 year old growing up in Trinidad. It was a guard house for our neighbour. No more than three walls and a lean to roof, it was a simple solution to shade the harsh sun and protect from tropical rains. These shelters, built by individuals with available materials, inspired me to take notice.
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