Politics Monday: Tamara Keith And Amy Walter On Biden’s Legislative Agenda

NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Lisa Desjardins to discuss the latest in politics, including President Biden’s ambitious plans for American families, the status of the Republican party and its support for former President Trump, the fate of Democrats in upcoming elections, and the politicization of COVID-19 vaccines.

Timelapse Views: Messina – Sicily, Italy (4K Video)

Messina is a harbor city in northeast Sicily, separated from mainland Italy by the Strait of Messina. It’s known for the Norman Messina Cathedral, with its Gothic portal, 15th-century windows and an astronomical clock on the bell tower. Nearby are marble fountains decorated with mythological figures, like the Fontana di Orione, with its carved inscriptions, and the Neptune Fountain, topped by a statue of the sea god. 

Analysis: How Electricity Bills Have Risen Over Time

Retail energy companies compete with local utilities to give U.S. consumers more choice. But in nearly every state where they operate, retailers have charged more than regulated incumbents, meaning you may be paying more for your electricity than your neighbors. Here’s why. Photo Illustration: Jacob Reynolds

Walks: Soprabolzano – Northern Italy (Video)

Soprabolzano, belonging to the municipality of Renon, is located on the high plateau extending above the provincial capital, at an altitude of 1,221 m asl.

In order to reach Soprabolzano you can take the modern cableway starting from Bolzano, which is by the way not only a comfortable, but also a very fast means of transport. Originally this cableway used to be a rack railway, in 1966 it was replaced by a cableway that used to be in operation until 2007. After a construction period of 2 years, the 4,560 m long 3-S cableway was put into operation, transporting people from Bolzano to Soprabolzano. From Soprabolzano to Collalbo, however, still today the historical train is operating.

Travel: Alaska Tourism’s Post-Pandemic Comeback

Alaskan tourism was slammed by the pandemic, including charter tours. One business owner said he typically had as many as 700 tourists a summer, but last year there were just 12. In a push to get tourism to rebound, Alaska is offering to vaccinate tourists for free and with so many already vaccinated there, many are hopeful for the upcoming season.

French Estates: ‘Cheverny Chateau’ – Loire Valley

We take you to discover a magnificent stately home located in #France​’s #LoireValley​. The #Château​ of #Cheverny​ is listed as a historical monument and it also inspired #Tintin​ creator Hergé for the family home of Captain Haddock. One in three visitors to Cheverny comes for the world of Tintin, an important source of income. The same family has carefully maintained the castle and grounds for more than six centuries, with each generation laying a new stone to the edifice.

The Château de Cheverny is a grand estate which has been in the same family for over six centuries. Cheverny has always been lived in and every generation has made a great effort to take care and embellish it with a true passion.

Science: Rise Of ‘Exascale Supercomputers’ (Video)

The next generation of computing is on the horizon, and several new machines may just smash all the records…with two nations neck and neck in a race to get there first.

The ENIAC was capable of about 400 FLOPS. FLOPS stands for floating-point operations per second, which basically tells us how many calculations the computer can do per second. This makes measuring FLOPS a way of calculating computing power. So, the ENIAC was sitting at 400 FLOPS in 1945, and in the ten years it was operational, it may have performed more calculations than all of humanity had up until that point in time—that was the kind of leap digital computing gave us. From that 400 FLOPS we upgraded to 10,000 FLOPS, and then a million, a billion, a trillion, a quadrillion FLOPS. That’s petascale computing, and that’s the level of today’s most powerful supercomputers. But what’s coming next is exascale computing. That’s zeroes. 1 quintillion operations per second. Exascale computers will be a thousand times better performing than the petascale machines we have now. Or, to put it another way, if you wanted to do the same number of calculations that an exascale computer can do in ONE second…you’d be doing math for over 31 billion years.

Reviews: 2021 Tab CS-S Teardrop Camper (Video)

The Clamshell embodies the traditional teardrop design featuring a well-equipped kitchen located in the back hatch. Inside, you’ll find a spacious face to face dinette that converts into a comfortable sleeping area. The cabin is completed by a wet bath that includes a toilet, sink, and shower. 

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Morning News Podcast: Ireland Reunification & Diplomacy, Art Immersion

The province’s largest party aligned with Britain has lost its leader; in the 100 years since the island was split it has rarely seemed so close to reuniting. Diplomacy, as with so much else, had to go online during the pandemic—and emerged more efficient and inclusive than many expected. And how art-lovers are getting ever more fully immersed