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Right-To-Die Bill Abandoned In California

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | July 7, 2015 | Politics
A California bill that would allow terminally ill patients to seek a physician-assisted death failed to advance in the state legislature on Tuesday. Hours ahead of a vote in the Assembly Health Committee, lawmakers pushing forward the End of Life Option Act abandoned efforts to enact the legislation amid...

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Refuses To Dismiss Murder Case Against Suge Knight

AP | Brennan Williams | July 7, 2015 | Black Voices
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge ruled Tuesday that Marion "Suge" Knight should stand trial on murder charges even though a key witness — one of the men he's accused of running over — refused to identify him in court. Cle "Bone" Sloan told detectives it was Knight who ran...

Ryan Reynolds Won't Be Playing Any More Superheroes After 'Deadpool'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | July 7, 2015 | Entertainment
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Here's What The Future Of Energy Might Look Like. And It's Pretty Amazing (VIDEO)

Jacqueline Howard | July 7, 2015 | Science
You're already familiar with solar power, wind power, and even water power. But when it comes to the future of energy, those renewable power sources soon could be old news. Scientists and engineers are now building mashup versions of the renewable sources we're using today with the goal of generating power with even greater efficiency and sustainability. "The next category is sort of putting together elements that already exist but haven’t been put together," John Rogers, senior energy analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists, told The Huffington Post in a telephone interview. "What comes to mind is solar and wind... or putting solar panels in places they haven't been put before." That's not all. Work is continuing on fusion energy, and scientists are also exploring ways to harness energy from space. Check out the video above, and/or read the transcript below for four promising sources of energy that may power our future. Don't forget to leave your thoughts in the comments below. C'mon, talk nerdy to me! CLICK HERE FOR FULL TRANSCRIPT Fossil fuels like coal or oil are great at providing power, but they also give us pollution, climate change, and even wars. That’s why scientists are seeking alternative and renewable sources of energy to power our future homes and cars. What will the future bring when it comes to energy? Here’s what scientists have determined either to be working or to have significant promise. Hey everyone. Jacqueline Howard here. Renewable sources of energy have been in use for quite some time now. We have water, wind, and solar. But these sources account for only 13 percent of America’s electricity generation. Looking ahead, scientists not only hope to combine these sources into hybrid versions of themselves, but there are also some untapped renewable sources of energy that show promise. Here are just a few examples of what you could see in the future that may seem totally sci-fi but are actually very real. 1. We may beam down energy from space. Now this sounds like something from an episode of The Jetsons. But Japan is mulling over plans to build a space-based solar power farm--essentially a giant satellite that would include several so-called solar collectors (kind of like solar panels) to capture solar energy that otherwise would bypass the Earth. The energy would be transmitted to us here on Earth in the form of either laser beams or microwaves. Of course, this concept is still in the early stages of development. 2. We may have solar panels in bizarre places. Here on Earth, we’ve captured the sun’s power using solar panels on rooftops, carports, and even in windows. But now, we may see these solar panels all over the place. In Korea, for instance, engineers have lined up solar panels that cover a bike path, providing a tunnel to travel through. On the other hand, in the Netherlands, engineers have put energy-generating solar panels in the surface of a bike path. And in California, solar panels are placed over water reservoirs, not only to generate energy but also to block sunlight that may cause the water to evaporate. That’s important, given the state’s ongoing drought. 3. We may see a wind-solar hybrid on steroids. Plans are afoot to build a massive 2,235-foot-tall tower in the Arizona desert that would produce clean energy. It would be the world’s second-tallest structure. Here’s how it would work. A series of pumps would send water to the top of the tower. The water would be injected out into a tunnel opening that’s part of the tower, creating a mist. There, the mist would mix with dry, desert air that had been heated by the sun. That dry air would absorb the water particles and become heavy, causing it to fall through the tunnel, creating wind that spins turbines at the base, which then power generators to produce electricity. 4. We may be fussing over fusion. Yes, fusion energy. It may not be renewable energy, but it still may be a power source for our future. It’s produced when hydrogen reaches a temperature in excess of 100 million degrees Celsius. At that point, the hydrogen is contained in a high-powered magnetic confinement system, where positively charged hydrogen atoms, stripped of their electrons, fuse to form helium. This fusion produces energy. An international research team is setting out to design and possibly operate the world’s first electricity-producing fusion power plant. It could produce energy around year 2027 at the earliest, but scientists are trying to think of a faster way to develop fusion energy as a viable source. After all, fusion is what powers our sun. At extreme temperatures in our star, atoms react the same way to produce energy. That means, for all of human existence, most of our energy has come from nuclear fusion. And think about the sources of energy we started using during the Industrial Revolution, some 225 years ago -- I’m talking about the oil, natural gas, and coal that powered buildings, machine tools, and transportation. Those fossil fuels are made of dead plant and animal matter that’s been compressed in the Earth for millions of years. Animals feed off of plants. Plants produce the material they need to grow through photosynthesis. The sun causes photosynthesis. See the connection here? Nearly all sources of energy are linked back to the sun. But do you think the sun will remain our biggest source of energy? Or will we move on to space solar or even man-made fusion? What will the future hold? Let me know your thoughts. See all Talk Nerdy to Me...

Jerry Weintraub, Hollywood Producer Behind 'Ocean's Eleven,' Dead At 77

AP | Jade Walker | July 7, 2015 | Entertainment
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the last of the classic Hollywood showmen, Jerry Weintraub built his show business empire on a Rolodex and chutzpah. The Brooklyn-born son of a Bronx jeweler, Weintraub rose from the mailroom of a talent agency to become a top concert promoter before shifting into...

Los Angeles Police Chief Must Answer Questions About Ezell Ford Shooting

AP | Michael McLaughlin | July 6, 2015 | Crime
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles police chief must answer questions about a high-profile officer-involved shooting of a black man last year, a federal judge ruled Monday, citing contradictions between the chief's statements and a commission's finding that the shooting wasn't justified. Police Chief Charlie Beck will have to...

Girl And Guy Prank Complete Strangers With Some Extreme PDA

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | July 6, 2015 | Comedy
Definitely putting the P in PDA. Farah Brook, the comedian who went around Grand Central Station trying to kiss total strangers, is back with a new video, this time showcasing some very public displays of affection to a lot of unsuspecting New Yorkers. In honor of International Kissing Day, Brook and a guy friend innocently asked total strangers to take a picture of them. The couple then proceeded to get extremely affectionate while the stranger looked on, unsure of what to do next. Eventually, some strangers just simply walk away, awkwardly (and hilariously) laying the camera down on the ground, while Brook and the guy continue to go at it. Also on...

How To Defend Yourself Against A Shark Week Fan, Because They're Convo-Killing Machines

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | July 6, 2015 | Comedy
Da-dum ... da-dum ... Shark Week is here again -- and for us non-Shark Week folk, that means suffering through a week of people yammering on and on about how awesome Shark Week is. And it potentially means the death of thousands of otherwise rich and lively conversations about anything...

American Apparel Is Laying Off More Employees And Closing Stores

Alexander C. Kaufman | July 6, 2015 | Business
NEW YORK -- American Apparel said Monday it plans to lay off workers and shutter stores with weak sales. The Los Angeles-based company hopes to slash $30 million in operating expenses over the next 18 months. A spokeswoman declined to comment on the number of stores that will close and...

20 Photos That Highlight The Beautiful Diversity Of Plus-Size Bodies

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | July 6, 2015 | Women
Corissa Enneking is here to remind everyone that there is a lot more diversity in the plus-size community than the few plus-size women we see in magazines and on the runway. In June, the fat-positive writer and fashion blogger created a body-positive campaign...

'True Detective' Episode 3 Finally Has Us Chasing Clues

Matthew Jacobs | July 7, 2015 | Entertainment
Spoiler alert for "True Detective" Season 2, Episode 3, "Maybe Tomorrow." Well, looky there: last week's "True Detective" cliffhanger turned into a lot of sound and fury, as anyone could have predicted. Ray is still very much alive and swimming around in the Caspere investigation, despite his best...

God In The Movies: The Actors Who Grabbed The Biggest Role In Hollywood

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | July 5, 2015 | Religion
The ancient Greeks used a crane to lift actors playing God onto the stage, where they'd promptly settle differences and bring the script to a swift, dramatic ending. God is still making appearances in popular entertainment today, although the actors who speak for the divine have ranged...

If Mexicans Toasted The 4th Of July The Way Americans Toast Cinco De Mayo

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | July 3, 2015 | Comedy
Official beverage of America: Natural Light. Every year on the 5th of May, Americans consume tacos and tequila in honor of -- wait, what is it for? ... oh, really? -- Mexico's military victory over France in the Battle of Puebla. If you're of Mexican descent, you've probably grown a...

Pop Culture Highs And Lows Of 2015 Thus Far

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | July 3, 2015 | Entertainment
We were pretty bored around the midway point last year, but 2015 has given us more than enough to celebrate (and condemn). It's been a wild six months, and pop culture is no exception. Our list of the peaks and troughs ranges from a heroic coming out and...

Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills California Woman

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | July 3, 2015 | Healthy Living
A 21-year-old woman from Bishop, California, has reportedly died from a rare but devastating infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba. Inyo County public health officials told the Reno Gazette-Journal that the woman died on June 20 after being infected by Naegleria fowleri, a microscopic amoeba usually...

Things From Your 4th Of July Party That You'll Rethink On The 5th Of July

Andy McDonald | July 3, 2015 | Comedy
It's the day after that you might remember the most. We all look forward to having a great time on the 4th of July. But what we don't look forward to is the day after, when perhaps we're feeling an enormous amount of regret for things that transpired on our...

Anonymous Artists Smuggle Mysterious Treehouse Into An LA Park, Hearts Explode Accordingly

Priscilla Frank | July 2, 2015 | Arts
If you head to Los Angeles' Griffith Park, start on the Charlie Turner Trailhead for the Mt. Hollywood Hiking Trail, across the parking lot from the entrance to the Griffith Observatory. Keep walking through the Berlin Forest until you cross a bridge spanning the Mt. Hollywood Drive...

The Story Of The High Schooler Who Got A B- For Designing The Current American Flag

Sara Boboltz | July 5, 2015 | Arts
For the 4th of July, here's the little-known story of a kid, his impossible teacher, and our glorious 50-star flag. In 1958, a 17-year-old Bob Heft set out to complete an open-ended assignment for his American History class in Lancaster, Ohio. "Like a science fair" project, he would later explain, students could make whatever they wanted. To hear him speak about it, it's clear Heft has told this tale countless times. Inspired by the Betsy Ross story -- legend has it, the seamstress was called upon by George Washington himself to design the flag during the Revolutionary War -- Heft set about ambitiously making his own. At the time, there were only 48 states in the union. But, working off a hunch that Alaska and Hawaii would soon join, Heft added an extra couple stars. The teacher was unimpressed. "He said, 'Why you got too many stars? You don't even know how many states we have,'" Heft recalled. (Harsh, teach.) He earned a B- for his efforts -- which involved dissecting a 48-star flag his parents had received as a wedding gift and sewing it back together himself with knowledge he'd gleaned by watching his mother. The whole process had taken over 12 hours, he later told The Houston Chronicle. He'd even asked his grandmother to help, but she'd refused, upset that he'd ruined a perfectly good flag. Bob Heft spins a yarn. "Now, a B-minus ain't that bad of a grade," Heft admitted. "However, a friend of mine, Jim, he'd picked up five leaves off the ground -- he's taping these leaves down to the notebook and labeling them elm, hickory, maple -- and the teacher gave him the grade of an A. I was really -- I was upset." An A for leaves taped to paper, and a B- for a hand-sewn emblem of our great nation. The teacher -- who, at this point, may have simply had it out for young Bob Heft -- said he'd bump up the grade if the U.S. government officially adopted his design. The sheer indignity of it all gave Heft the momentum he needed. In August 1959, 21 letters and 18 phone calls later -- not to his parents' great pleasure upon seeing their phone bill -- Heft got a call from then President Dwight D. Eisenhower, inviting Heft to see his creation hoisted up the flagpole. But Heft was working and didn't know if his boss would let him take a quick vacation. So, to his boss' horror, he put the president on hold. (It all worked out, of course.) On July 4, 1960, the 50-star flag was officially raised over Fort McHenry in Maryland, with Heft standing proudly by. True to his word, Heft's teacher gave him that hard-sought A. Bob Heft later become a teacher himself. He kept a brisk schedule of motivational speaking engagements -- over 200 in his last year -- and died in December 2009. At the time of his death, his school project was safely tucked away in storage. Happy 4th! Eisenhower shows off the new 50-star design in August 1959....

How The Oil Industry Got Two Regulators Fired For Doing Their Jobs

Mollie Reilly | July 2, 2015 | Politics
“They are a huge, huge spending force."

Here Is How Phil Jackson And The Knicks Can Win Free Agency

Jordan Schultz | July 2, 2015 | Sports
Cap space can quickly become a tricky issue in the NBA free agency market. In the case of the New York Knicks, perhaps the league's most dysfunctional organization, the open market offers a chance to begin righting a ship that took a series of wrong turns somewhere between Allan Houston,...
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