Lessons from the Lone Star State: A surge in wind power on the Texas grid didn’t cause reliability problems (and brought down electricity prices) because regulators improved the efficiency of wholesale electricity markets.
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Energy Secretary Rick Perry wants to know if wind and solar are compromising the reliability of the grid and hurting coal power. The answer lies in his home state of Texas.
Models present styles during the ‘Walk of Islam’ fashion show in Berlin in 2004.
Islamic fashion is a rapidly growing industry: Muslim spending on fashion is expected to reach US$488 billion by 2019. What has led to this growth?
What is the origin of Easter eggs?
A scholar explains the rich historical roots of Easter and how it has evolved over the centuries.
Basilica of San Vitale, a church in Ravenna, Italy,
The movie 'The Case for Christ' is released this weekend. A scholar takes a close look at the claims for the historicity of Jesus' resurrection.
Old school: Much of the power plant and transmission network we rely on has been around for decades.
Trump has pledged to invest big in infrastructure. An analysis shows the electric grid will need hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade just to keep things as they are.
A patient who relied on Medicaid and a nurse in Mississippi.
President Trump has proposed a major funding shift for Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that pays for health care for about 75 million poor people. Would the safety net fray if he did so?
President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
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An address that's normally a call for unity instead mirrored the rhetoric of his campaign: unfocused, contradictory and divisive.
Making New Year resolutions?
Research shows that kindness towards oneself, or self compassion, could improve motivation.
Parents go to great lengths to make their kids believe the Santa myth.
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Most children are not likely to believe that fish live on the moon. What makes children accept some stories and be skeptical about others?
Are OPEC’s cuts all smoke?
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To see why, one must only consider the core economic principle of supply and demand.
Hillary Clinton supporters at a Clinton watch party in Austin, Texas.
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How southern accents, Puerto Ricans and bias at the polls could change the map of traditional swing states as we know it.
A voter at a polling station during the New York primary elections in the Manhattan borough of New York City.
How white Republicans and white Democrats feel about Muslims is influencing their candidate choice as well as willingness to vote in the 2016 election.
While Green Party candidates win elections and make policy in Germany, here the Green Party barely registers. Why? Contrasting electoral systems, and the fact that U.S. Greens run as purists, not as politicians.
Let’s see how this works.
Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Most people have a very limited understanding of what engineers do – and we engineers don't do a good job of expanding that view. But if we did, the benefits could be impressive.
Prendre des photos pour les partager sur les réseaux sociaux, une fin en soi ?
Notre tendance à documenter visuellement nos vies via les réseaux sociaux transforme en profondeur notre rapport à l’attention.
U.S. Coast Guard vessels battle the fire on the Deepwater Horizon while searching for survivors from the rig’s 126-person crew.
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The new movie 'Deepwater Horizon' depicts the blowout that triggered the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A professor of petroleum engineering assesses what the film gets right and wrong.
Patient and doctor in hospital room.
Almost half of all needle sticks in a hospital may be unnecessary, a recent study shows. There's a way to be done with one, thus avoiding the pain of extra sticks.
What do black Americans experience in the school system?
What are the race-related struggles that African-American students experience throughout their school years? Here's the story of Tyrone.
Mandoza at the South African music Awards in 2012.
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Kwaito music star Mandoza was an important symbolic figure in the post-apartheid cultural scene. His success and his refusal to relinquish his tsotsi identity redefined what kind of man could be respected in a free South African.
Domestic energy production, both fossil fuels and renewables, has surged in the past decade, yet policy priorities haven’t.
Presidential candidates need to talk more about energy and address a tough question: what does the government do well on energy policy and what it should stay out of?