Planet discoveries and Space Elevators

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/2/26/planets-discovery700nasa.html Number of planets skyrockets: NASA scientists announce a new method that has helped verify more than 700 new planets http://www-refresh.vice-motherboard-test.appspot.com/blog/space-elevators-are-totally-possible-and-will-make-rockets-seem-dumb Space Elevators Are Totally Possible (and Will Make Rockets Seem Dumb)

In Fake Classes Scandal, UNC Fails Its Athletes—and Whistle-Blower

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-02-27/in-fake-classes-scandal-unc-fails-its-athletes-whistle-blower#p1 Mary Willingham makes public how college athletes are signed up to take fake classes and literacy rates of elementary students. Skipping class may lend more time to sports now but when that loan is called in, they’ll have a poor education, unable to guide themselves.

Oil & Natural Gas

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/2/6/report-finds-frackingcouldexacerbatewatershortageinmuchofus.html Report finds fracking drains water from drought-stricken states http://cleantechnica.com/2014/02/06/oil-sands-responsible-much-higher-levels-emissions-previously-thought-report-finds/ Oil Sands Responsible For Much Higher Levels Of Emissions Than Previously Thought, Report Finds http://cleantechnica.com/2014/02/22/will-late-natural-gas-provides-net-climate-benefit/ It Will Be Too Late Before Natural Gas Provides A Net Climate Benefit

Trio of unlinked articles

http://mashable.com/2014/02/20/girl-scout-cookies-marijuana/ Smart marketing. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-02-20/gun-control-and-the-constitution-should-we-amend-the-second-amendment Is it time to amend the 2nd amendment? http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/2/20/egypt-to-put-al-jazeerajournalistsontrial.html International freedom of the press.