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Jim Walsh's new CD "drops" today, as they say in the biz. Get the scoop at the Walsh Files.

Corey Anderson has his 4th of July playlist at American Idle.

THESE DAYS

The low-energy light bulb and other efficient lighting systems could prevent a cumulative total of 16 billion tons of carbon from being added to the world's atmosphere over the next 25 years, according to a report by the International Energy Agency.

Is the carrot or the stick the more effective encouragement? Both are equally effective, suggests a new study that found an important reward center in the brain responds similarly to avoiding punishment or gaining a prize.

College students and graduates will be pushed deeper into debt as interest rates on Stafford loans--the basic student loan--rise from 5.3 percent to 7.14 percent on old loans and to 6.8 percent on new loans.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Matt Gray not only blogs, but is also co-adminstrator of the Twin Cities Flickr Group. Check out the latest words and photos at his blog.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Euro-techno ode to Jabba the Hutt

David Leaf and John Scheinfeld examine John Lennon's life during the Vietnam era as the former Beatle becomes an anti-war activist in The U.S. vs. John Lennon.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

-- review the rest of the Declaration of Independence here

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