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  • St. Augustine, Florida, United States
    2020 C.E. November 6

    Florida votes to increase outdated minimum wage to $15

    Voters in Florida tossed their outdated $8.56 per hour minimum wage in this election as the state became the eighth in the country to adopt a $15 minimum wage. Like many other states, Florida will introduce the raise slowly, upping it to $10 next year and raising it by $1 each year until it reaches $15 in 2026.


  • matthew ansley ihl Q F VYA unsplash
    2020 C.E. November 6

    Prop 17 restores voting rights for 50,000 paroled citizens in California

    50,000 more Californians were welcomed back into the democratic process this election as the state celebrates the passing of Prop 17. The proposition, which passed with support from 59 percent of voters, will allow paroled citizens convicted of felonies to vote.


  • Sunderland carbon-neutral sketch
    2020 C.E.

    Sunderland’s riverfront to house UK’s first carbon-neutral community

    Designed to “reinvent the heart of Sunderland,” the masterplan design will include 1,000 new energy-efficient homes in four mixed-use residential neighborhoods for a population of 2,500.


  • Psilocybe semilanceata
    2020 C.E. November 5

    Oregon becomes the first state in the U.S. to legalize access to magic mushrooms

    Measure 109 apart it distinct from decriminalization efforts in that it offers a legal pathway to psilocybin therapy. It will establish a state-regulated program for using and obtaining them. In essence, accessing psilocybin as an adult in Oregon would be about as easy as signing up for counseling.


  • fusion medical animation rnr D FNUNY unsplash
    2020 C.E. November 5

    New AI from MIT can detect COVID-19 by listening to coughs

    After the team from MIT trained its model on tens of thousands of cough and dialog samples, the technology recognized 98.5 percent of coughs from people with confirmed COVID-19 cases. It identified 100 percent of people who were ostensibly asymptomatic, too.


  • Tesla Australia battery illustration
    2020 C.E. November 5

    Tesla to build massive 300-megawatt battery in Australia

    The battery will be built near Geelong, southwest of Melbourne, and will offer 450 megawatt-hours of energy storage. It's three times bigger than the original 100-MW Tesla system built in South Australia, which was the biggest in the world when it was built just three years ago.


  • Delaware's Sarah McBride
    2020 C.E. November 4

    Delaware Democrat Sarah McBride to become nation’s first-ever transgender state senator

    McBride, a former spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, overwhelmingly beat Republican candidate Steve Washington in Delaware's 1st District, a heavily Democratic district that includes the city of Wilmington.


  • A gray Nissan 350z
    2020 C.E. November 4

    Nissan to go 100% electric and hybrid in China by 2025

    Nissan is taking active steps to meet China’s recently-announced plans to follow a similar “eco-friendly” vehicle model throughout mainland China as soon as 2035. As part of its response, Nissan will announce 9 all-new or updated electrified cars between now and the 2025 model year, according to Nikkei Asia.


  • Cannabis leaves
    2020 C.E. November 4

    Arizona, New Jersey, South Dakota vote to legalize recreational marijuana

    Voters have approved ballot measures to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona and New Jersey, and both recreational and medical use in in South Dakota. Results have not yet been determined for Montana's ballot questions on recreational marijuana and Mississippi's medical marijuana measure.


  • Nanaia Mahuta
    2020 C.E. November 3

    New Zealand PM appoints first female indigenous foreign minister

    After being re-elected in a landslide victory last month, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern continues to make positive progressive change in the country. Yesterday, she appointed Nanaia Mahuta as the country’s first indigenous female foreign minister.


  • St. Augustine, Florida, United States
    2020 C.E. November 6

    Florida votes to increase outdated minimum wage to $15

    Voters in Florida tossed their outdated $8.56 per hour minimum wage in this election as the state became the eighth in the country to adopt a $15 minimum wage. Like many other states, Florida will introduce the raise slowly, upping it to $10 next year and raising it by $1 each year until it reaches $15 in 2026.


  • matthew ansley ihl Q F VYA unsplash
    2020 C.E. November 6

    Prop 17 restores voting rights for 50,000 paroled citizens in California

    50,000 more Californians were welcomed back into the democratic process this election as the state celebrates the passing of Prop 17. The proposition, which passed with support from 59 percent of voters, will allow paroled citizens convicted of felonies to vote.


  • Sunderland carbon-neutral sketch
    2020 C.E.

    Sunderland’s riverfront to house UK’s first carbon-neutral community

    Designed to “reinvent the heart of Sunderland,” the masterplan design will include 1,000 new energy-efficient homes in four mixed-use residential neighborhoods for a population of 2,500.


  • Psilocybe semilanceata
    2020 C.E. November 5

    Oregon becomes the first state in the U.S. to legalize access to magic mushrooms

    Measure 109 apart it distinct from decriminalization efforts in that it offers a legal pathway to psilocybin therapy. It will establish a state-regulated program for using and obtaining them. In essence, accessing psilocybin as an adult in Oregon would be about as easy as signing up for counseling.


  • fusion medical animation rnr D FNUNY unsplash
    2020 C.E. November 5

    New AI from MIT can detect COVID-19 by listening to coughs

    After the team from MIT trained its model on tens of thousands of cough and dialog samples, the technology recognized 98.5 percent of coughs from people with confirmed COVID-19 cases. It identified 100 percent of people who were ostensibly asymptomatic, too.


  • Tesla Australia battery illustration
    2020 C.E. November 5

    Tesla to build massive 300-megawatt battery in Australia

    The battery will be built near Geelong, southwest of Melbourne, and will offer 450 megawatt-hours of energy storage. It's three times bigger than the original 100-MW Tesla system built in South Australia, which was the biggest in the world when it was built just three years ago.


  • Delaware's Sarah McBride
    2020 C.E. November 4

    Delaware Democrat Sarah McBride to become nation’s first-ever transgender state senator

    McBride, a former spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, overwhelmingly beat Republican candidate Steve Washington in Delaware's 1st District, a heavily Democratic district that includes the city of Wilmington.


  • A gray Nissan 350z
    2020 C.E. November 4

    Nissan to go 100% electric and hybrid in China by 2025

    Nissan is taking active steps to meet China’s recently-announced plans to follow a similar “eco-friendly” vehicle model throughout mainland China as soon as 2035. As part of its response, Nissan will announce 9 all-new or updated electrified cars between now and the 2025 model year, according to Nikkei Asia.


  • Cannabis leaves
    2020 C.E. November 4

    Arizona, New Jersey, South Dakota vote to legalize recreational marijuana

    Voters have approved ballot measures to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona and New Jersey, and both recreational and medical use in in South Dakota. Results have not yet been determined for Montana's ballot questions on recreational marijuana and Mississippi's medical marijuana measure.


  • Nanaia Mahuta
    2020 C.E. November 3

    New Zealand PM appoints first female indigenous foreign minister

    After being re-elected in a landslide victory last month, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern continues to make positive progressive change in the country. Yesterday, she appointed Nanaia Mahuta as the country’s first indigenous female foreign minister.



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