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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The reality is that the price of what are called "core" clean energy technologies -- including solar power, onshore and offshore wind, and batteries -- have seen "spectacular gains in cost-competitiveness" in just the last year, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report released Tuesday. Modernizing and decarbonizing the country's aging energy infrastructure now has so many economic, environmental, and health benefits that the overall benefit of strong climate action would be enormous. read more


Monday, March 25, 2019

The hormonal or endocrine and the central nervous system work closley together Before surgery, most trans women take hormone therapy to encourage their transition, but some quit taking estrogen and other hormones after surgery Off hormones, they experience similar symptoms to menopause, which can also come with brain fog A new Brazilian and Canadian study found that being on estrogen improved the way the trans womens' brain regions communicated It boosted connections between the thalamus and areas for fine motor skills, memory and learning, emotions and sensory perception read more


Politics abhors a vacuum and Attorney General Bill Barr filled it Sunday when he tried to exonerate Donald Trump using the "Mueller report" as a fig leaf. Barr acted as judge and jury in a three page letter deeming Trump's innocence without any evidence, explanation, or even the Mueller report itself First, let me start with a fact. We have not seen the Mueller report. Let me repeat that ... We have not seen the Mueller report. Not one page. Not one paragraph. Not one period. Nothing. So, we have no idea what is in it, what Mueller did, what Mueller said, and what, if anything, Barr used from it to make his decisions. Speaking of decisions, if Barr is to be believed – and that's a big if – then Mueller wrote a report that didn't make one decision regarding any crimes he examined. Is this possible? It is hard to believe and highly unusual, if true.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

The marginalization of trans student athletes is rooted in the same harmful history of gender discrimination and stereotyping that has impeded the achievement of gender equality in sports as a whole. Old stereotypes regarding athleticism, biology, and gender are being directed at transgender girls, who are frequently told outright that they are not girls (and conversely transgender boys are told they are not really boys). This policing of gender has been used to justify subjecting transgender student athletes to numerous additional barriers to participating in sports, from onerous medical requirements to segregation in locker rooms to outright bans on their participation. The truth is, transgender women and girls have been competing in sports at all levels for years, and there is no research supporting the claim that they maintain a competitive advantage. As Yearwood rightfully pointed out, all athletes, cis and trans, compete with different advantages, but only some are questioned: read more


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