Immigrant Contributions, Sacrifices Underscore that U.S. is a ‘Nation of Immigrants’

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is replacing its mission statement and removing its description of the U.S. as a “nation of immigrants.” The change signals that the agency no longer sees “promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship” as part of its mission. The following is a quote from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of…

Michigan House approves divisive bill to make English official state language

With a national debate centered around gun control reaching a fever pitch, Michigan’s Republican-led House of Representatives has decided now is the time to address what they seem to feel is a very urgent and important issue: Making English Michigan’s official language. Without warning, Republicans rammed House Bill 4053 through last month. The vote passed…

Report: Donald Trump misled the public about freeing UCLA basketball players

President Donald Trump wasn’t entirely truthful about saving three UCLA basketball players stranded in China for shoplifting, according to a new ESPN report. Twelve hours after being arrested for stealing sunglasses and beaded bracelets at Louis Vuitton and two other stores in Hangzhou, China, UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were released…

Ben Mitchell Announces Congressional Candidacy

Social Democrat Ben Mitchell Announces Congressional Candidacy. Westminster, Vermont:  Social Democrat Ben Mitchell is formally announcing his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives at the Westminster Town Meeting on Saturday, March 3.  A Westminster resident for more than twenty years, Mr. Mitchell describes himself as “an insurgent, anti-corporate Congressional candidate, bringing the principle of Democracy…

Renewable Energy from Evaporating Water

Simple devices made of bacterial spores, glue, and plastic may allow capturing energy from evaporating water. This video explains the motivation behind our work and the exciting process of scientifically driven innovation. The contents are based on the publication: “Scaling up nanoscale water-driven energy conversion into evaporation-driven engines and generators”, Nature Communications, 6:7346 (2015). http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms8346…