Rhode Island killing it: The University of Alabama has released a map revealing the statistically worst things about every state. Rhode Island came in first for the highest rate of illicit drug use, with around 12.5 percent of the population using. Just another fact to add to one of the strangest states in the country. Check out your home state’s fact at Policy Mic.
Too cool to miss: Scientists at Harvard and MIT have successfully created “photonic molecules,” a phenomenon that occurs when photons bind together into a solid state. The coolest part: these molecules could potentially be used to make light sabers. Light sabers. Harvard Professor of Physics Mikhail Lukin stated “It’s not an in-apt analogy to compare this to light sabers. When these photons interact with each other, they’re pushing against and deflect each other. The physics of what’s happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies.” Maybe they’ll use real light sabers for Star War VII. Just maybe (International Business Times).
At it again: This morning the House passed a bill delaying the Affordable Care Act for another year. They then attached this bill to a bill that would fund the government through December 15. The bill also includes the repeal of a tax on medical supplies intended to help fund the healthcare law. If the Senate does not accept these terms before Tuesday, the beginning of the new fiscal year, the government will be forced to shut down. The last government shutdown was in 1996. If no consensus is reached, federal agencies will be forced to put a great portion of their employees on furlough. Congress members are not optimistic about the upcoming deadline (Wall Street Journal).
We’ll miss ya: Breaking Bad will end its five-year run on AMC tonight at 9 p.m. Get prepared for a straight week of nostalgic internet posts.
Possible improving relations: Last week, President Obama spoke on the phone with the current president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani. This marked the first time a United States president has spoken directly to an Iranian leader since 1979. The Iranian foreign minister claims an agreement can be reached if the U.S. breaks the sanctions against Tehran and allows peaceful nuclear enrichment. Though relations seem to be improving, the U.S. and Iran still have much work in front of them if they want to alleviate tensions and create trust between them that has not existed for the past 30 years (New York Times).