Brazil is planning to build 34 new hydroelectric dams between by 2021 to raise its capacity to generate energy by more than 50%. The country is currently building the Jirau hydroelectric dam, which will reach five miles across the Madeira River and contain "more giant turbines than any other dam in the world." However, opponents are raising concerns about the environmental impact of the dam and other projects and the possibility of imposing a massive debt burden on future generations.
Seven San Francisco-area Chipotle restaurants will start selling a new vegan burrito made with locally-sourced tofu this week. The experiment has the potential to turn Oakland, Calif.-based Hodo Soy into a national player if the new dish takes off.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has introduced legislation that would require upgrading certain types of buildings to make them resist damage from earthquakes. A majority of the city's Board of Supervisors backs the mayor's proposal. "We’ve been talking for years and years about doing something, and our voluntary retrofit program doesn’t seem to work for everyone because the work is not getting done," said Supervisor Scott Wiener, who co-sponsored the bill.
More Asians and Hispanics applied to U.S. medical schools in 2011 than did African-Americans, and non-whites made up almost half of all applicants, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Since 2005, applicants of all races and ethnic groups have been more willing to enter family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics, the report said.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding a new meal program in a Washington state district that provides after-school meals for low-income students. The youth center serving the meals also is able to provide meals on Saturdays and is working to improve kitchen facilities. Center officials say the meals meet USDA standards for school meals.