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This is every US state's most important trading partner   
The US economy is an enormous behemoth, made up of the 51 component economies of the states and Washington, DC. As international trade is an important part of the national economy, it's also a big part of many state economies as well. The US Census Bureau tracks imports and exports of goods, broken...
Bill Gates is building a smart city in Arizona   
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has purchased nearly 25,000 acres of land in southwestern Arizona for the construction of a brand-new "smart city," AZ Central reports. In conjunction with Belmont Partners, who holds the property, Gates's investment firm Cascade Investment LLC has committed $8...
Nearly half of US adults have high blood pressure according to new guidelines   
Tighter blood pressure guidelines from U.S. heart organisations mean millions more people need to make lifestyle changes, or start taking medication, in order to avoid cardiovascular problems. Americans with blood pressure of 130/80 or higher should be treated, down from the previous trigger of 140...
The long and winding road to Jamaica   
The indications are this new German government will struggle to take advantage of the foreign policy opportunities presented by this election. Six weeks have passed since Election Day in Germany. Yet the prospective coalition partners have still not dared to enter into formal negotiations about the ...
Google parent Alphabet is building a model smart city – but will people want to live there?   
High rents. Long commutes. Crowds, pollution and traffic. Is this your experience of city living? From e-bikes to congestion charges and from pop-up urinals to outdoor gyms, experts have spent decades trying to improve the quality of life in our cities. Now the company that owns Google has chosen t...
Does the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty have a future?   
By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace?Today there are two questions about the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty: is it worth saving, and if so, can it be saved?Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, and one of the architects of the treaty, thinks so. Earlier...
Tesla is bringing power back to Puerto Rico's hospitals   
In brief Elon Musk's efforts to bring electricity back to Puerto Rico has finally proven successful. A local children's hospital had its power restored thanks to a combination of solar energy and Tesla's Powerwall energy storage batteries. The first of Elon Musk’s solar energy-Powerwall projects ha...
Bill Gates is investing $1.7 billion in education   
Bill and Melinda Gates have pledged to commit $1.7 billion over the next five years to bolstering public education in the US. The money will get divided into three buckets: public school curriculum, "big bets," and charter schools. The investment is the largest the Gateses have made since entering ...
Washington DC is a blueprint for better cities. Here's why   
With its focus on renewable energy sources and eco-friendly buildings, Washington D.C is setting new standards for cities not just in the U.S. but also globally. The U.S. capital recently received the highest level of certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standar...
This is what Americans are afraid of most   
Just in time for Halloween, Chapman University has released its fourth annual survey of American fears. Among other things, the survey asks respondents how afraid they are of more than 70 scary subjects, including spiders, medical bills and thermonuclear war. Relative to last year, the list shows t...
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