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  • Can Hard Drives Be Recycled? Google Is Trying To Find Out
    on August 3, 2021

    This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as a part of Climate Desk. At a laboratory inside a Google data center in Mayes County, Oklahoma, researchers spent the fall of 2019 disassembling old hard disk drives by hand in order to extract a two-inch-long component known as […]

  • A Top Georgia High School Has Everything—Except COVID Precautions
    on August 3, 2021

    One blazing hot morning last week, Stacy Efrat pulled into the parking lot of Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia, to attend freshman orientation with her 14-year-old son a week before the official start of the school year. As they walked towards the auditorium, they took in the scene of […]

  • Will This Court Case End the Mining Industry’s 150-Year Dominance of the West?
    on August 2, 2021

    Early one May morning, I escaped Tucson’s unrelenting grid and drove south through Pima County on Arizona’s state Route 83, into the heart of the Madrean Sky Islands, an almost mythical landscape of shadowy, isolated peaks where several biological zones overlap. The blue-gray Whetstone […]

  • COVID Is Spiking in Florida and Mississippi. Their GOP Governors Are Waging War Against Masks.
    on August 1, 2021

    On Saturday, Florida recorded 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, breaking its one-day record for new cases. But even as the state swells with fresh infections, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis remains hellbent on his war against mask mandates. He even recently barred school districts from instituting mask […]

  • Rudy Giuliani Is Reportedly Close to Broke—and Donald Trump Isn’t Taking His Calls
    on August 1, 2021

    Having raised more money than anyone else in the Republican Party so far this year, new filings show Donald Trump is flush with cash. Absolutely swimming in it. But even as the money flows in, the former president is reportedly stiffing one of his fiercest allies and loyal political surrogates, […]

  • Threat of Subpoenas for Kevin McCarthy and Jim Jordan Mounts
    on August 1, 2021

    As Republicans move full steam ahead with their disinformation campaign to completely rewrite the events of January 6, over in the real world, the threat of subpoenas for some of the most high-profile Trump loyalists is mounting.  On Sunday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of only two Republicans on the […]

  • Afghanistan’s Pandemic Response Falters as US Troops Withdraw
    on August 1, 2021

    This story was originally published by Undark and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Last month, Ajmal Omari found himself stuck in a taxi, waiting at one of the many Taliban checkpoints that have proliferated across Afghanistan over the past year. Omari, a 34-year-old […]

  • Evictions Are Coming. Democrats “Failed to Meet This Moment,” Say Democrats.
    on July 31, 2021

    The federal eviction moratorium ends today, and housing rights advocates and tenants around the country worry that anywhere between hundreds of thousands and millions of people will be thrown onto the streets in the coming days and weeks. Congressional Democrats on Friday night attempted to pass an […]

  • Your Odds of Going Back to the Office Are Dropping by the Day
    on July 30, 2021

    Some good news if you’re an office worker who can’t stand your boss, commuting, or both: Your odds of returning to the office in the coming weeks are falling.  Labor Day was supposed to be the big switch back to in-person work after 17 months of Zoom. Now, with the Delta variant surging across […]

  • Trump to DOJ: “Just Say That the Election Was Corrupt” and “Leave the Rest to Me”
    on July 30, 2021

    President Donald Trump pressured top Justice Department officials to say that the election was corrupt so that he and Congressional Republicans could use the finding to help overturn President Joe Biden’s victory, according to documents shared with lawmakers and obtained by the New York Times. […]