An alternative energy engineer shares her thoughts on the pros and cons of solar, wind energy, tidal energy, and nuclear.

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Rodolfo Clix, Sao Paulo, Brazil

I’ve been an alternative energy engineer for 7 years, receiving research grants from the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and Australian Academy of Science, to name a few. People ask me all the time “why don’t we just install solar panels on every surface everywhere?”. Well, it’s the same reason we don’t all just quit our jobs and make a living picking pennies out of fountains. Here’s a quick rundown of the various alternative energies.

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The Secret Love Language of Pop Culture References

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“I’m Pickle Rick!” yells a college-aged goth walking down the street with friends, all holwing with laughter. Several passersby give their boisterous noise the stinkeye.
“Snake jazz!” Yells another one, and the crew of misfits hiss, snap their fingers, and giggle.

Several more passersby express disapproval at the chaos. give the rowdy young adults the stinkeye, but a few in-the-know fans of the adult animated show “Rick and Morty” smirk. A good joke? Yes. A great joke? Maybe. But our goths don’t care. A reference is an inside joke, made funnier by…


A $100 smartphone that doesn’t suck

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Perhaps your iPhone or Galaxy goes on the fritz and you need to get yourself back in business within the day. Or perhaps you already have a family plan and you just need a phone pronto. Well consider the Blu V50, currently retailing for $110 at Best Buy.

This is a $100 phone that will certainly do the job. Ignore, momentarily, that it only gets 4G/4G LTE wireless — it connects at moderately-fast speeds barely noticeably slower than your iPhone. It’s Android 10 Operating system lets you run most apps with reasonable speed — this reporter was able to perform…


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“Hearts all a’glow”. Image by Shawn Campbell (CC BY 2.0)

Listen up, ladies, I’m about to let you in on a little secret: you don’t need a boyfriend or husband to be happy. Monogamy? What is this, the 1950s? These days, we understand that love is infinite and meant to be shared as freely as possible. We are complicated beings, and no one partner should be expected to meet all of your emotional and physical needs. For these past eight years, I have proudly identified as poly, as long as I have more partners than any of my other partners.

I was first introduced to polyamory in college, by Jason…


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This is a week we lost Sentator John McCain at age 81, but who was Senator John McCain. I mean, really, who was John McCain? So my research has shown that Senator McCain was a pretty cool dude. He was famous for making allies with both Republicans and Democrats, which, in my humble opinion, means he would not have made an awful president. Let me take you through his history so you can see why he was actually a really cool dude.

So when John McCain was. like, in his teens and twenties, he was in the Naval Academy and…


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Life is tough. In this new 21st century economy, rife with incomprehensible tax laws, it becomes difficult to protect one’s assets. Therefore, I offer the solution for the modern woman: declare your vagina a limited Liability Corporation (LLC), as I have done. It’s easy, liberating, and the benefits are numerous. For example:

  1. I Can Reallocate My Vagina’s Tax Burdens to Investors

One of the great reasons to declare your vagina an LLC is so that the income of your vagina is treated as the income as your investors, so income cannot be taxed within the vaginal entity, or subject to…

Maura Sateriale

comedienne, writer, scientist, eats burritos

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