The GOP’s Gay Marriage Losers, Labor Pains & The Robots Are Coming: July 2, 2015

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Gay Marriage Ruling Could Be an Opportunity Wasted for GOP Hopefuls
By Klaus Marre
By taking the issue of gay marriage off the table once and for all, the Supreme Court provided Republican White House candidates with an opportunity to move on. But evangelical Christians will likely remain on the losing side of history.

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Americans Not In The Labor Force Soar By 640,000 To Record 93.6 Million; Participation Rate Drops To 1977 Levels
The Associated Press pitched the latest jobs report as a sign of a “healthy job market.” A closer look at the data reveals that it is not only “disappointing,” but indicative of a continued erosion of the workforce participation rate, a decline in the number of full-time jobs and stagnant wage growth.

Robots On The March
BBC Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones attended Europe’s largest robotics event and saw quite plainly just how close the future of robotics is to becoming a part of everyday life and to displacing humans in a variety of jobs. From sales assistants to childcare to checkout clerks and even as companions, Isaac Asimov’s predictions and warnings are more relevant than ever… particularly if you work side-by-side with robots in a German factory.

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Fourth Of July: The Biggest Numbers Behind America’s Birthday Party
Fire up the grill. Get some “safe and sane” fireworks. Or drive to someone else’s backyard barbecue… but don’t drive home. That is, if you don’t want to be one of the 127 fatal car crashes that happen each year on Uncle Sam’s birthday. (But hey! Not too bad for a nation of 321 million people… 128 times more Americans than were present at the nation’s birth!) Those are a couple of the numbers in this piece.

US Solar Is Producing 50 Percent More Electricity Than We Thought
A new analysis by the Solar Energy Industries Association found that the US—with a little help from Old Sol—produced 30.4 million megawatt-hours of electricity over the last year. California, Arizona and Hawaii lead the way, with 5% of their total demand coming from solar. Sadly, Alaska might not be too far away from joining the solar party.

WHY

Race and Gender Shape Views of Science in Surprising Ways
The Pew Research Center just released a new report on the intersection of politics and science in America. National Geographic went into the data and found that being a Republican or Democrat is not necessarily indicative of one’s view of climate change, evolution or a variety of science-related issues. Rather, views are determined by age, race, gender, religion, and education. For example, women are far more skeptical of GMOs and Millennials are almost twice as likely to be wary of vaccinations as older Americans. And men are far more comfortable with use of animals in research than women.

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