Africa’s New Free Trade Agreement Could Mark the Dawn of a New Era

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) came into force on 1 January, 2021. Once it becomes fully implemented and operational by 2030, the AfCFTA could be the world’s biggest fully-realized free-trade zone by area. The bloc has a potential market of 1.3 billion people and a combined gross domestic product of $2.5 trillion. This … Continue reading Africa’s New Free Trade Agreement Could Mark the Dawn of a New Era

How to turn plastic waste in your recycle bin into profit

Joshua M. Pearce, Michigan Technological University People will recycle if they can make money doing so. In places where cash is offered for cans and bottles, metal and glass recycling has been a great success. Sadly, the incentives have been weaker for recycling plastic. As of 2015, only 9% of plastic waste is recycled. The … Continue reading How to turn plastic waste in your recycle bin into profit

The Sunburst hack was massive and devastating – 5 observations from a cybersecurity expert

The Sunburst hack was massive and devastating – 5 observations from a cybersecurity expert Federal government agencies, from the Treasury Department to the National Nuclear Security Administration, have been compromised by the attack. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Paulo Shakarian, Arizona State University So much remains unknown about what is now being called the Sunburst hack, the … Continue reading The Sunburst hack was massive and devastating – 5 observations from a cybersecurity expert

Scientists suggest US embassies were hit with high-power microwaves – here’s how the weapons work

Edl Schamiloglu, University of New Mexico The mystery ailment that has afflicted U.S. embassy staff and CIA officers off and on over the last four years in Cuba, China, Russia and other countries appears to have been caused by high-power microwaves, according to a report released by the National Academies. A committee of 19 experts … Continue reading Scientists suggest US embassies were hit with high-power microwaves – here’s how the weapons work

Fragments of energy – not waves or particles – may be the fundamental building blocks of the universe

Larry M. Silverberg, North Carolina State University Matter is what makes up the universe, but what makes up matter? This question has long been tricky for those who think about it – especially for the physicists. Reflecting recent trends in physics, my colleague Jeffrey Eischen and I have described an updated way to think about … Continue reading Fragments of energy – not waves or particles – may be the fundamental building blocks of the universe

Second House ‘Minibus,’ With $1 Trillion Onboard, Careens Off Road Into a Fiscal, Policy Wreck

The House of Representatives will likely vote later this week on H.R. 7617, a 1,165-page behemoth that would spend more than $1 trillion in taxpayers’ money and put a raft of troubling policies into place. The bill is what’s called a “minibus,” one that would fund the majority of federal government activity, including the departments of Commerce, Defense, … Continue reading Second House ‘Minibus,’ With $1 Trillion Onboard, Careens Off Road Into a Fiscal, Policy Wreck

What Betsy DeVos Gets Wrong (and Homeschoolers Get Right) about Reopening Schools

While the pandemic itself is generating much uncertainty, the battle over back-to-school is causing downright whiplash. Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that schools work to reopen for in-person learning this fall. The physician group stated that it “strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with … Continue reading What Betsy DeVos Gets Wrong (and Homeschoolers Get Right) about Reopening Schools

Where Have All the Coins Gone?

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert,” the economist Milton Friedman once quipped, “in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.” The U.S. Mint, to its credit, had a much longer run. The Federal Reserve, which purchases coins from the Mint and distributes them to depository institutions, announced it would begin rationing coins “based … Continue reading Where Have All the Coins Gone?

3 States Account for 42 Percent of All COVID-19 Deaths in America. Why?

In a recent article in The Atlantic, Thomas Chatterton Williams decried America’s handling of the coronavirus. The words “utter disaster” are used, and Williams, an expatriate, contrasts America’s response to that of France, where he currently lives. “As Donald Trump’s America continues to shatter records for daily infections, France, like most other developed nations and … Continue reading 3 States Account for 42 Percent of All COVID-19 Deaths in America. Why?

How to manage plant pests and diseases in your victory garden

Home gardening is having a boom year across the U.S. Whether they’re growing their own food in response to pandemic shortages or just looking for a diversion, numerous aspiring gardeners have constructed their first raised beds, and seeds are flying off suppliers’ shelves. Now that gardens are largely planted, much of the work for the … Continue reading How to manage plant pests and diseases in your victory garden