The immigrant maps of America: Genome study of over 770,000 people reveals the ancestral origins of each part of the country

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Scientists from AncestryDNA analysed genome-wide genotype data from 774,516 Americans

This allowed researchers to identify the genetic ‘clusters’ within, or the genetic communities

The study reveals ancestral origins and migration patterns for specific groups across the country

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Top 20 countries that make up most of the $91.5B global gaming business

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Only a fraction of the countries in the world make up the bulk of the tons of money spent on video games. The top 20 nations alone will spend $83 billion on video games by the end of 2015, according to intelligence firm Newzoo.

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U.S. and Britain join forces to produce clean energy from ‘laser fusion’

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The United States has joined forces with Britain to investigate a hi-tech new way of producing ‘clean energy’ – not from wind or waves, but from firing huge arrays of high-powered lasers at pellets of hydrogen.

 

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Regional accents in the U.S. are getting stronger

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Regional accents are the hallmark of who you are and are a tie to communities.

The United States is an international melting pot and the average American makes a dozen moves in a lifetime.  And regional accents are alive and well in America. ,William Labov, a professor of linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, says, in fact, regional accents are becoming stronger and more different from each other although it’s not entirely clear why.

 

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Top 5 worst places in the U.S. to retire

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Lists of the best place to retire in the United States are easy to find.  AARP has one; so do Forbes, U.S. News and a host of retiree-oriented websites. The same cities and states tend to appear on each list — Tucson, Ariz.! Austin, Texas! — in part because the things that matter most as people pick a place to retire — proximity to good medical care, tax advantages for seniors, nice climate and safe streets — never really go out of style.

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‘Born in the USA’ – More chinese women traveling to U.S. to give birth

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When Chinese children are born in America, they automatically become U.S. citizens.

An increasing number of  well-off Chinese women are going to the United States to give birth to their children. Having an American passport can certainly be beneficial, it can also be more of a hassle than one might expect.

 

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American Economy Vulnerable to Rare Earth Shortages

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China produces nearly all the world’s supply of the minerals.

The United States is too reliant on China for minerals crucial to new clean energy technologies, making the American economy vulnerable to shortages of materials needed for a range of green products — from compact fluorescent light bulbs to electric cars to giant wind turbines.

 

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New Research Shows How the Prison-Poverty Cycle Creates ‘Toxic Persons’ Condemned to Failure

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California’s failed prison system – states like California now spend more on locking people up than on funding higher education.

Forty years after the United States began its experimentation with mass incarceration policies, the country is increasingly divided economically. In new research published in the review Daedalus, a group of leading criminologists coordinated by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences  argued that much of that growing inequality, which Slate‘s Timothy Noah has chronicled, is linked to the increasingly widespread use of prisons and jails.

 

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U.S. Passport a Powerful Lure for Pregnant Chinese Women

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Expectant Chinese mothers travel to the United States to give birth.

What can $1,475 buy you in modern China? Not a Tiffany diamond or a mini-sedan, say Robert Zhou and Daisy Chao. But for that price, they guarantee you something more lasting, with unquestioned future benefits: a U.S. passport and citizenship for your new baby.

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