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Scientists cook up new recipes for taking salt out of seawater

August 17th, 2019 at 2:09 am » Comments Off

As populations boom and chronic droughts persist, coastal cities like Carlsbad in Southern California have increasingly turned to ocean desalination to supplement a dwindling fresh water supply. Now scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) investigating how to make desalination less expensive have hit on promising design rules for making […]

76 billion opioid pills: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic

August 8th, 2019 at 11:47 am » Comments Off

 The data in the DEA database tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States, including oxycodone, above. America’s largest drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012 as the nation’s deadliest drug epidemic spun out of control, according to previously undisclosed […]

Could A.I. help get homeless youth off the streets?

July 31st, 2019 at 11:54 am » Comments Off

By identifying patterns in successful rehousing, a research team in L.A. is working to make the housing system more efficient In Hollywood, nestled between a strip mall and a recording studio where bands like the Rolling Stones have recorded, the residents of a small homeless encampment greet passers by with a friendly “Hi, hello, how […]

Global tourism hits record highs – but who goes where on holiday?

July 30th, 2019 at 12:32 pm » Comments Off

As the holiday season approaches, we look at the rise and rise of tourism and find out where the world’s 1.4bn international travellers go on vacation How many people travel abroad on holiday? Tourism is on the rise. In 2018 there were a record 1.4bn international tourist arrivals, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNTWO), […]

The writing on the wall: America’s retirement crisis by the numbers

July 28th, 2019 at 2:00 am » Comments Off

Thousands of Americans are at risk of going broke in retirement, and it’s only going to get worse. These days, overwhelming student loan debt and the uncertain future of Social Security’s solvency garner most of the attention, but there’s another equally severe financial crisis looming on the horizon for millions of Americans. Thousands of people […]

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