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Why Racism Is Bad For Your Brain

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In his press conference Monday discussing the shooting of an unarmed black teenager and the ongoing crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama addressed the continuing prevalence of racial inequality in the US. "You have young men of color in many communities who are more likely to end up ...

Drug saves monkeys from close relative of Ebola

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A medicine administered days after infection can save monkeys from a deadly virus related to Ebola, researchers report in Science Translational Medicine1. “This clearly starts to move into the realm of being a therapy, rather than a post-exposure treatment,” says virologist Gene Olinger, principal science adviser for contract-research ...

Thai Junta Chief Likely to Become Prime Minister Today

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Thailand’s military ruler Prayuth Chan-Ocha has already given himself absolute power as head of the junta that controls the country. Now he’s looking to add legitimacy by taking on the role of prime minister. It will be tough to convince critics that his probable appointment to the premiership ...

Meet the Locals Trying to Keep the Peace in Ferguson

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Peace prevailed last night in Ferguson, Missouri—for the most part. There were a few bottles hurled at the cops, and dozens of arrests, but no gunshots, looting, teargas plumes, or fusillades of rubber bullets. Largely to thank for this turn of events are the Peacekeepers, a group comprised ...

U.S. Military Bans The Intercept

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The U.S. military is banning and blocking employees from visiting The Intercept in an apparent effort to censor news reports that contain leaked government secrets. According to multiple military sources, a notice has been circulated to units within the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps warning staff that they are prohibited from reading stories published by The Intercept on the grounds that they may contain classified information. The ban appears to apply to all employees—including those with top-secret security clearance—and is aimed at preventing classified information from being viewed ...

Remembering James Foley, And The Awful Calculus Of a Hostage's Family

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When I first saw the image of James Foley kneeling before a masked Islamic State member gripping a knife, I wanted to look away, forget, and go for a walk outside. I know the dragging uncertainty of living years and months in the power of someone who sees ...

Housekeeping Note

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That's it for the day. I'm off to the hospital for yet another test that will undoubtedly show nothing wrong with me. But you don't know until you look, do you? See you tomorrow. Kevin Drum is a political blogger for Mother Jones. For more of his stories, click here. RSS | Twitter MoJo Troll Patrol encourages readers to sign in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Disqus, or OpenID to comment. Please read our comment policy before posting.

Tesla Model S Software Update Brings iPhone Unlocking And Ignition Start

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Tesla owners have been looking forward to OS 6.0, a software update for their vehicles, for a while now, but it’s finally rolling out to vehicle owners, reports Electrek. The system adds a bunch of new features for Model S vehicles, including a new Calendar app for in-car ...

Atelier Lets You Shop For Luxury Specs By Webcam

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Virtual fitting room technologies have come a long way in recent years, thanks to myriad startups attacking the problem of figuring out whether physical stuff fits you without actually having to schlep to a store to try something on. But trying stuff on remotely remains a compromise — ...

Sanitation for all: The MDGs and beyond

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There has been significant progress over the last twenty years by governments, global citizens and the private sector in tackling the main obstacles to sustainable development: poverty and disease. The Millennium Development Goals have shown us what can be achieved with successfully applied targeted financial policies and human ...

INTERVIEW: UN System Coordinator on Ebola dispels myths, pledges support for West Africa’s efforts to halt outbreak

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Senior UN System Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease, David Nabarro, talks with UN News Centre about efforts to contain unprecedented outbreak in West Africa. UN Photo/Mark Garten 20 August 2014 – As the World Health Organization (WHO) ramps up its response to the unprecedented outbreak of the Ebola ...

Spotify Pushes Popular Playlists With A New Tastemaker Tab

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Spotify, now with 40 million users, looks like it’s adding another new feature that it hopes will help get the long tail of those registered music listeners more active on its platform. A tab has appeared called “Tastemakers” — a list of people whose names may not at ...

Can These New Small Wind Companies Finally Duplicate the Success of the Solar Industry?

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While solar has exploded in the U.S., small wind has struggled to grow. Two startups are hoping to change that. One of the biggest changes for solar came nearly a decade ago, when Congress created the 30-percent investment tax credit for the technology in a sweeping 2005 energy ...

African elephant numbers collapsing

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Long-awaited study suggests that many of the continent's elephant populations could be wiped out in ten years. The most comprehensive survey of elephant poaching to date has estimated that 100,000 African elephants were illegally killed between 2010 and 2012. These levels of poaching have driven a decrease of ...

Syrian woman gives birth to quintuplets weeks after fleeing Iraq

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QAMISHLI, Syria, August 20 (UNHCR) – A 27-year-old Syrian woman has given birth to quintuplets in northern Syria weeks after fleeing her home in neighbouring Iraq on foot. Tamam, an ethnic Yazidi, gave birth by Caesarean section last Thursday at a hospital in the city of Qamishli. "She ...

Syria: Journalist’s Execution a War Crime

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(New York) – The apparent execution of the freelance journalist James Foley on August 19, 2014 in Syria by the Islamic State would be a war crime if confirmed. Groups detaining journalists should immediately and unconditionally release them.The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq ...

The Head of The Missouri GOP Thinks Voter Registration Drives in Ferguson Are "Disgusting"

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Over the last couple days, voter registration booths have been popping up in Ferguson. There was one by the ruined site of the recently burnt-down QuikTrip convenience store, which has become a central gathering site of the protests, and another near the site where Michael Brown was shot.

3 Takeaways From NextWave: Dollars Are Still Being Put to Work for Greentech

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So it's been a couple of weeks now since the NextWave Greentech Investing conference, and I thought I would share three of my takeaways from an interesting day of speakers and panels. And again, my thanks to Greentech Media for organizing the event and once again inviting me ...

Nook And Samsung Announce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, An Android Tablet For Reading

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In an effort to bring the Nook platform to a more familiar – and more fully-featured – device, Nook has announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a 7-inch tablet made primarily by Samsung. It includes something called the “Barnes & Noble Advantage,” a deeply linked app that ...

Here's Why You Shouldn't Ignore Short Films at Festivals

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By Mallory Andrews | IndiewireWed Aug 20 10:00:00 EDT 2014 Among the offerings in the Pardi di domani, tight storytelling is on display in Grégoire Graesslin's "Helix Aspersa" (to explain the title would ruin slowly unfolding thematic underpinnings), Sarah Arnold's confidently directed"Totems" and Martin Eldralin's audaciously humanist ...

Chartio’s New Data Pipeline Makes Analyzing And Visualizing Data Easier

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Chartio, a business intelligence service that lets you explore your data from a wide variety of sources, is launching a new service today that should make getting started with data analysis and visualization quite a bit easier. The new Data Pipeline, which Chartio co-founder and CTO Dave Fowler ...

Ebola situation in Nigeria and Guinea: encouraging signs

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The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa continues to evolve, with cases confirmed in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. At present, no cases have been confirmed anywhere else in the world outside these 4 countries.The situation in Lagos, Nigeria, where the first imported case was detected in July, looks reassuring. At present, the city’s 12 confirmed cases are all part of a single chain of transmission. Those infected by the initial case include medical staff involved in his treatment, a patient in the same hospital, and a ...

Startup Marketing And How Emotion Drives Customer Action

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Put down the calculator and ignore the data for a second. Contrary to popular belief, startup marketing is not all about quantitative metrics and growth hacking. It’s time to start mapping out what creates a connection between you and your customer. Specifically, I am talking about driving customer ...

What an Introvert Sounds Like

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Do our Facebook posts reflect our true personalities? Incrementally, probably not. But in aggregate, the things we say on social media paint a fairly accurate portrait of our inner selves. A team of University of Pennsylvania scientists is using Facebook status updates to find commonalities in the words ...

Despite FAA Setbacks, Amazon Prime Air Makes Notable Engineering, NASA And Aerospace Hires

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Something big is going on with Amazon Prime Air, the e-commerce giant’s research project focused on delivering packages in 30 minutes or less using unmanned drones. And it’s not the dubious story about drone testing in India, which frankly, doesn’t pass the sniff test in terms of accuracy.

40 Under 40: Michael Lannan's 'Looking' Is More Than Gay 'Sex and the City'

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The Entertainers: Michael Lannan's HBO series Looking is an honest glimpse at what it means to be young and gay.At first glance, Michael Lannan’s Looking could be mistaken for a gay Sex and the City, but watch a few episodes and that description becomes wildly reductive. The earlier ...

A Second Act For The Internet Of Things

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Editor’s note: David Hirsch is co-founder and partner of Metamorphic Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm headquarterd in New York City. Prior to Metamorphic, he spent eight years at Google where he was on the founding team that launched Google’s advertising monetization strategy and execution. There has been ...

Lakes under the ice: Antarctica’s secret garden

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Samples from a lake hidden under 800 metres of ice contain thousands of microbes and hint at vast ecosystems yet to be discovered. Douglas Fox recounts his trip to Antarctica with a team of scientists, and their attempt to drill down to a subglacial lake buried deep below ...

Ebola Is Killing Women In Far Greater Numbers Than Men

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This BuzzFeed homepage is tailored for our readers in the USA. Make it your default.This BuzzFeed homepage is tailored for our readers in the USA. Switch to USHave you seen BuzzFeed English? Come check it out! A Liberian health official estimates 75% of Ebola deaths are women. That’s because they are the nation’s caregivers. A woman and her children wait outside a new Ebola treatment center run by Doctors Without Borders.John Moore / Getty Images MONROVIA — Ebola is killing Kona Kupee, who loved her husband too much. Kupee ...

A Lifetime of Waiting

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Hagadera refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, is just 100 kilometres from the Somali border. For Sarah, it might as well be a million. Like so many others living here, she was born a refugee and raised in the camp after her mother fled war-torn Somalia a quarter of ...

Study Finds Veterans Mostly Satisfied with VA Mental Health Care

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Despite recent allegations of misconduct and uproar over delays to obtaining care, a new RAND Corporation study finds U.S. veterans are generally satisfied with the mental health care they receive from the Veterans Health Administration (VA). However, the study, conducted in 2008 and 2009, found that patients with ...

Cities Are Making Spiders Grow Bigger and Multiply Faster

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In today's business world, disruption is a constant force that never lets up. At the annual WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive by Design, we celebrate the creative power of bold new ideas and the people that make them happen.See the event > © 2014 Condé Nast. All rights ...

Australia Chills Hopes for $20 Billion Clean Energy Industry

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Mike Anderson, James Paton and Jason Scott, BloombergAugust 20, 2014|0 CommentsSYDNEY -- Australia is frightening developers away from renewable energy even before the government decides whether to overhaul targets for the industry’s growth. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s decision to take advice on renewable energy targets from a skeptic about the causes of global warming prompted at least two developers to reconsider plans for wind and solar farms. Earlier this week, the company planning a giant solar plant in Mildura pulled out of the project citing the risk the government ...

Our Sinking World

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It was a slow Sunday morning in January, Papua New Guinea’s rainy season, and the sun was making a rare appearance, lighting up the green and gold island where I was staying. I decided to walk its perimeter, but found it difficult: Large sections of the trail around ...

A Call for Minimum Service Standards

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At $37 million for two miles of track, Salt Lake City’s new S-Line, sometimes referred to as the Sugar House Streetcar, was one of the cheapest rail transit projects recently completed in the United States, with per-mile costs equivalent to the typical bus rapid transit project. From a ...

Apple Soars to Record Amid Optimism About Coming Products

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Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s stock closed at an all-time high, surpassing a 2012 record as investors look ahead to new products such as bigger-screen iPhones and a wristwatch-like device that may jump-start revenue growth. Apple rose 1.4 percent to $100.53, topping the split-adjusted record of $100.30 reached on Sept.

Retraction: Generation of pluripotent stem cells from adult human testis

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Nature 456, 344–349 (2008); doi:10.1038/nature07404 Corrigendum Nature 460, 1044 (2009); doi:10.1038/nature08353Brief Communication Arising Nature 465, E1 (2010; doi: 10.1038/nature09089) The authors have provided new data to correct errors presented in this Article. Nature has peer-reviewed all evidence provided by the authors to the editors. The images presented in ...

GoDaddy Acquires MailChimp Competitor Mad Mimi To Beef Up Its Email Marketing Service

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GoDaddy has closed on the acquisition of MailChimp competitor Mad Mimi, the companies are announcing this morning. The move is meant to further expand the web hosting provider’s product suite aimed at small businesses, while filling a hole in GoDaddy’s line-up where it was previously lacking a more ...

How many more Gaza children must die before Israel is taken to war crimes court?

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In this interview on Gaza’s al-Kitab TV, Palestinian writer and activist Haidar Eid explains the importance of the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. “Boycott has become a culture of resistance and solidarity that has been established in the international culture that stands in solidarity with the ...

What would happen if Palestine joined the International Criminal Court?

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What would happen if Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas signs up to join the International Criminal Court (ICC)? The question has acquired a certain urgency amid the Israeli attack on Gaza and reports that the Palestinian political parties, including Hamas, are now committed to joining it. The first ...

Vine Finally Lets You Import Video From Your Camera Roll

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With more than 100 million people watching Vines across the web each month, and over 1 billion loops played every day, Vine has just released an update to the app that finally lets users import video from their camera. Twitter’s video sharing app has always required users to ...

Video: “Israel has failed to achieve its goals through terror,” says Ali Abunimah

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With the end of the ceasefire and the failure of permanent truce negotiations mediated by Egypt, Israel resumed its full-scale massacre in Gaza, killing 22 people on Wednesday. Why did the truce talks break down? I discussed this question on Al Jazeera English on Wednesday evening, explaining that ...

Cop Being Sued Over Beating Is Now a Ferguson City Councilwoman

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In 2009, police in Ferguson, Missouri arrested Henry M. Davis on suspicion of driving under the influence and took him to jail. What followed is described in court documents as "physical contact between the officers and Mr. Davis." One officer, Kim Tihen, allegedly "struck [Davis] in his head ...

Cops Shoot People Dead Every Day. Why Did Ferguson Become Such A Huge Deal?

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WASHINGTON -- Last year, 16-year-old Kimani Gray died after New York Police Department officers shot him seven times. The police had accosted the Brooklyn teen because he was fumbling with his waistband as if he had a gun, which they said he then pointed at them. Eyewitnesses said ...

The Huffington Post Is Not Leaving Ferguson

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It's a question on the minds of nearly every resident, who know the camera crews will eventually fold up their sticks and pack up their vans, the West Florissant McDonald's will transform from an international media filing center into a trivia question. But the local police will still ...

Menlo, Benioff And More Pour $35M Into Flash Virtualization Startup PernixData

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Another big funding round for the world of enterprise storage — a business that has seen a lot of disruption in the move towards cloud services and virtualization. PernixData, a one-year old company that has built a platform for flash virtualization, which helps speed up the computing performance ...

Rick Perry Indictment Highlights the Hack Gap Once Again

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Simon Maloy finds five pundits arguing that last week's indictment of Rick Perry was flimsy and obviously politically motivated: Who are these five pundits downplaying the case against Texas’ Republican governor? In order: New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait, MSNBC host Ari Melber, political scientist and and the American Prospect contributor Scott Lemieux, the Center for American Progress’ Ian Millhiser, New Republic’s Alec MacGillis. Five guys who work/write for big-name liberal publications or organizations. This, friends, is the Hack Gap in action. Ah yes, the hack gap. Where would we be ...

A Blueprint for Reclaiming Religious Liberty Post-Hobby Lobby

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The Center for American Progress helps advance progressive ideas through a range of projects in key issue areas. The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. Read more → Board of Directors · Staff & Fellows · Jobs · Internships Religious liberty is woven into the very fabric of our nation. It defines the boundaries of our government and serves as a measuring stick for freedom. We are a nation of diverse religious beliefs and ...

Uber Hires Former Obama Adviser Plouffe as Lyft COO Exits

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A file photo shows David Plouffe, a campaign manager for then Senator Barack Obama, speaking on day four of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, on Aug. 28, 2008. Close A file photo shows David Plouffe, a campaign manager for then Senator Barack Obama, speaking on day ...

Talking On Tablets On The Rise In Asia

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The phone-sized tablet — aka the phablet — was born in Asia, so it’s fitting that the region is now apparently driving a trend for talking on even larger slabs of glass and plastic. Aka: ‘I’m on the pad phone.’ Analyst IDC says tablets with a screen of ...

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