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Astronomers detect neutron stars colliding for the first time.

  On Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, Astronomers announces that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Virgo detector facilities, along with 70 other facilities across the world, had detected gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars. What are neutron stars and why do they collide? Neutron stars are the smallest and densest…

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South Carolina Businesses, Universities, Cities Commit to Paris Agreement

On June 1, President Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. With Trump’s withdrawal, the United States joins Nicaragua and Syria as the only U.N. member nations to reject the agreement. Signatories of the Paris Climate Agreement set their own benchmarks for climate change mitigation to keep temperature change…

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Trump signs executive order to move forward on Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL

On Jan. 24, Donald Trump signed an executive order pushing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines forward into action, despite the Obama administration’s efforts to block both projects over environmental and economic concerns. President Trump dismissed Obama’s policy and sealed a campaign promise with this executive order, which allows for both projects to be expedited…

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DAPL rerouted, partial victory for Standing Rock protestors

On Sunday, the United States Army Corps of Engineers announced that they will not give permission for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe. The announcement signified a hard-won, if incomplete, victory for the Standing Rock protestors and their allies. Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy explained that the Corps will be putting…

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Stuck in traffic? Help is on the way

In a referendum question on their ballot, Charleston County voters approved a half cent increase in sales tax that will generate revenue to reduce traffic on major roads, improve public transportation and preserve more green space. Charleston is expanding rapidly. It has been called a “millennial magnet” because of the startling number of young adults that…

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