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A man reads the newspaper by flashlight during the Northeast Blackout in August 2003. AP Photo/Joe Kohen

Keeping the electricity grid running – 4 essential reads

Fifteen years after the Northeast Blackout of 2003 cut power to 50 million people in the US and Canada, experts explain that many threats to the electricity grid remain.
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the television shortly after the opening bell. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The US needs to get over its obsession with GDP

Economists, politicians and the media watch GDP closely. But it isn't the best way to measure the health of the US economy.
A stretchable electronic device whose design is inspired by the cut-paper art called kirigami. Doug Levere/University at Buffalo

Ancient arts are inspiring modern electronics

What's the connection between kids making paper snowflakes and wearable devices that stretch and bend with your body? Engineers who find design inspirations from many sources.
What’s this digital token good for, anyway? knipsdesign/Shutterstock.com

What is a blockchain token?

Tokens, the next stage in the development of blockchain technologies, can help expand blockchains' uses beyond simply exchanging money.
An exam room at the Planned Parenthood South Austin Health Center in Texas. REUTERS/Ilana Panich-Linsman

Who chooses abortion? More women than you might think

One in 4 US women receives an abortion sometime in her life. Who are the women who choose to end their pregnancies?
Papa John himself resigned from the company after a report said he used a racial slur. Reuters/Danny Moloshok

What is a ‘poison pill’?

Papa John's is hoping to use the corporate strategy to prevent founder John Schnatter from taking back control over the pizza chain.
Did anyone check the number of candles on here? KikoStock/Shutterstock.com

How old is my pet in dog years or cat years? A veterinarian explains

Based on his age in 'dog years,' could your animal pal legally buy alcohol? Or would he be cashing in on his senior discount? Veterinarians are more interested in life stage than a particular number.
What can researchers learn from how people use emoji during tragedies? The Conversation

Understanding the emoji of solidarity

New research discovered how people use emoji to express their concern and support during tragedies and disasters.

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