News for the Week (10/5/2018)

Hoover Dam Plan Would Allow for Renewable Energy Storage

A $3 billion dollar project has been proposed to add pumps to the Hoover Dam to lift water up into the reservoir using solar and wind energy. This allows the dam to function like a giant battery, storing renewable energy for times when demand exceeds supply.

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North Korea and South Korea Begin Clearing Mines from the DMZ

The two Koreas will work together to remove land mines and explosives from their shared border: the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). Click this link to learn more: Link

Nobel Prize Awarded for New Cancer Therapy

The 2018 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo for establishing an entirely new principle for cancer therapy. A certain protein acts as a brake on the immune system and that by releasing this brake, one can make the immune system more efficient at battling cancer. Click here to read more: Link

Americans Have More Faith in Legislatures When Male/Female Ratios More Equal

Research from Vanderbilt University looked at the role of women in legislative bodies. The lead author stated, “Including women in political decision-making improves the public perception that political decisions are legitimate and that political institutions are working fairly.”

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