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Op-ed: K-12 Teachers, Let's Step Up for Our Trans Students

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Do you just, well, go? Go in, do what you have to do, and leave? Or have you ever had to think "Will I get hassled for walking into this bathroom? Will there be a stall? Will someone call the police?" These are some of the questions transgender ...

International Human Solidarity Day

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"The world shapes a new sustainable development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals, the largest anti-poverty campaign in history, by 2015. […]Only through collective action can we address such far reaching issues as poverty and growing inequality, climate change, chronic poverty and major health challenges, such as ...

Could Bacteria Help Convict Rapists?

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3 mentions2 hours ago
Could the trillions of bacteria living on the human body help identify and convict rapists? That's the question raised in a fascinating new study by a team of Australian researchers. The paper is the latest in a growing body of research on the microbiome, a term that refers ...

ZUCKERBERG'S GREATEST STEAL: Instagram Now Worth $35 Billion, According To Citi

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4 mentions2 hours ago
Mark Zuckerberg famously paid a now seemingly paltry sum of $1 billion for the service back in April 2012.Last week, Instagram announced that it had surpassed Twitter in terms of users, topping out at over 300 million. Its users are also an average of ~1.8x more engaged than ...

365 days: Nature's 10

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5 mentions23 hours ago
Andrea Accomazzo: Comet chaser | Suzanne Topalian: Cancer combatant | Radhika Nagpal: Robot-maker | Sheik Humarr Khan: Ebola doctor | David Spergel: Cosmic sceptic | Maryam Mirzakhani: Surface explorer | Pete Frates: Ice-bucket challenger | Koppillil Radhakrishnan: Rocket launcher | Masayo Takahashi: Stem-cell tester | Sjors Scheres: Structure ...

How Much More Rain Does California Need to End the Drought?

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2 mentions1 hour ago
Over the past two weeks, California has gotten a deluge of rain, lifting its reservoir levels and hydrating the soil in a state that is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in history. The chart above shows the state's drought levels pre- and post-storm, and ...

Tensions Are Rising Between US And EU Tech Companies

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2 mentions3 hours ago
There has been a huge expansion of services from companies like Uber, Amazon and Google in both the United States and Europe and not without protest. In Spain, Germany and the UK taxi unions have fought Uber’s attempts to expand into European markets. In the US, politicians have ...

Gay W. Virginia high school soccer player comes out by dancing with homecoming king

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5 mentions2 days ago
Michael Martin, an all-state goalie, slow danced with the guy who gave him the courage to be himself. Inspired by Robbie Rogers, Martin now hopes to inspire others. It was something I thought I'd never do -- dance a slow dance with the homecoming king at his high school. I am an 18-year-old senior all-state high school soccer goalie for Musselman High School in West Virginia. I also have been on the school's football, tennis and swim teams. And I am openly gay. Growing up in rural West Virginia, it's ...

Snapchat CEO Predicts Facebook Will Violently Implode The Same Way Yahoo Did

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3 mentions9 hours ago
During the dot-com boom, Yahoo reached a $128 billion market cap on massive, fast-growing advertising revenues. Then, when the bubble burst, Yahoo's market cap shrank to less than $10 billion. The reason: The companies buying Yahoo's ads weren't traditional brand advertisers — the kinds of companies that bought ...

Time Inc. Is Making A Huge Ambitious Bet To Become A Tech Company

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2 mentions7 hours ago
Time Inc. doesn’t just want to be known and just to operate as the publisher of popular magazines like Time, Sports Illustrated, InStyle and People any more. It wants to become a technology company too, launching its own products to rival the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Salesforce and ...

Unilever Has Dropped Its Lawsuit Against Just Mayo

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2 mentions8 hours ago
Unilever filed suit against Hampton Creek earlier this year claiming the name of the small California company's product amounted to false advertising. The consumer-products giant, whose U.S. arm is based in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, had said that "Just Mayo" has no eggs and therefore doesn't meet the ...

The year of outrage 2014: Everything you were angry about on social media this year.

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24 mentions9 hours ago
Art by Holly Allen, Juliana Jimenez, Derreck Johnson, Lisa Larson-Walker, Natalie Mattews-Ramo, Vivian Selbo, and Ellie Skrzat Following the news in 2014 is a bit like flying a kite in flat country during tornado season. Every so often, a whirlwind of outrage touches down, sowing destruction and chaos ...

The Chinese Government Is Getting Rich Selling Cigarettes

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3 mentions10 hours ago
The China National Tobacco Corp., which serves China’s 300 million smokers, is by far the largest cigarette maker in the world. In 2013 it manufactured about 2.5 trillion cigarettes. Its next largest competitor, Philip Morris International (PM), produced 880 billion. In terms of market share, China National is ...

Executions Just Hit a 20-Year Low

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3 mentions22 hours ago
There's some encouraging news this week in the usually gloomy realm of criminal justice. According to a new report from the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), there were fewer executions this year than in any year since 1994—and fewer new death sentences imposed than any year since 1974.

Lava Lamp

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2 mentions7 hours ago
What if I made a lava lamp out of real lava? What could I use as a clear medium? How close could I stand to watch it? I mean, it's not that reasonable. At the very least, I'm guessing you would lose your teaching license, and possibly some ...

This Lawmaker Wants Women to Get Permission From the Father Before Having an Abortion

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A Missouri Republican is pushing a bill that would allow a man who gets a woman pregnant to stop her from having an abortion. The measure would force a woman who wants an abortion to obtain written permission from the father first—unless she was the victim of "legitimate ...

Is your city or neighborhood poorer than 40 years ago?

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We recently released our latest report, Lost in Place: Why the persistence and spread of concentrated poverty–not gentrification–is our biggest urban challenge. It speaks to a national trend that’s been largely ignored– that urban poor are being concentrated into poorer neighborhoods, and that those neighborhoods are increasing in ...

Russia Has Already Blown Up the Global Economy Once. Will It Do It Again?

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2 mentions1 day ago
Just in case you're thinking that Russia's economic problems are little more than a fitting karmic payback for Vladimir Putin, you might want to think twice. When the global economy is fragile, sometimes even small events can send the whole system into cardiac arrest, and that affects everyone,

Wells Fargo Rides Retail Deposits to Be Most-Valuable Bank

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Behind Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC)’s ascent to the world’s most valuable bank lies a cheap and reliable source of funds favored by regulators and less popular with its largest rivals: retail bank deposits. Wells Fargo gets 78 percent of its funding from deposits, and 90 percent are ...

Malware Attacks Targeting Syrian ISIS Critics

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2 mentions7 hours ago
This report describes a malware attack with circumstantial links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In the interest of highlighting a developing threat, this post analyzes the attack and provides a list of Indicators of Compromise. A Syrian citizen media group critical of Islamic State of ...

7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

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The research vessel Falkor in August 2013.Courtesy of Mark Schropehide caption A ship full of marine scientists is floating over the deepest part of the world: the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. They're sending down probes to study life in one of the most hostile environments on the planet.

US Solar-Plus-Storage Market to Surpass $1 Billion by 2018

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3 mentions1 day ago
The market for behind-the-meter solar photovoltaics (PV) paired with energy storage will surpass $1 billion by 2018 in the United States, according to the latest report from GTM Research. The report, The Future of Solar-Plus-Storage in the U.S., forecasts the nation to install 318 cumulative megawatts of behind-the-meter ...

Palestinians in Lebanon push back against media incitement

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3 mentions10 hours ago
Our reporting on Palestine depends on your support. Please make a donation now to keep us strong in 2015. Learn more. Palestinian refugees in Lebanon have been trying to remain outside the consuming fire of Lebanese politics. Since the 2007 destruction of Nahr al-Bared refugee camp by the ...

UN and partners launch major aid plans for Syria and region

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3 mentions1 day ago
BERLIN (18 December 2014) – As Syria's war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners today launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting over US$8.4 billion in funds to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015. The ...

China is world's worst jailer of the press; global tally second worst on record

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5 mentions4 hours ago
Reports|Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Burma, Cameroon, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Swaziland, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam More than 200 journalists are imprisoned for their work for the third consecutive year, reflecting a global surge in authoritarianism.

4 Signs the Arctic Is Getting Baked by Climate Change

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2 mentions1 day ago
If you're looking for the ground zero of climate change, head to the Arctic. Nowhere else on Earth is changing as quickly or as dramatically; air temperatures there are rising twice as fast as at lower latitudes. In the summer of 2012, Arctic sea ice reached the lowest ...

Obama's Very Sly Cuban Move

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5 mentions2 days ago
For years, President Barack Obama faced a tough problem: what to do about Alan Gross, the US subcontractor imprisoned in Cuban? And this dilemma encapsulated the larger puzzle of how to change US-Cuba relations, which have been frozen in a Cold War narrative. The Cubans arrested Gross in ...

Comet lander's location still eludes scientists

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More than a month after the Philae spacecraft bounced to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, European Space Agency scientists still have not been able to figure out where it came to rest. The probe landed off-kilter on 12 November. Knowing where Philae now lies is crucial to understand ...

Radical Anti-Choice Measures To Be Considered by Missouri Lawmakers in 2015

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3 mentions16 hours ago
Missouri in 2014 led all state legislatures in introducing bills designed to restrict reproductive rights. It appears that lawmakers in the state are working to ensure that Missouri may once again earn that distinction in 2015. (Missouri Capitol via Shutterstock) Missouri in 2014 led all state legislatures in ...

The War on Reproductive Rights Will Get a Lot Uglier Next Year

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3 mentions15 hours ago
After a record-shattering year in 2013, the pace of harsh anti-abortion bills introduced in 2014 slowed down. Elections cut short the legislative calendar in many states, and the general assemblies in Texas and North Dakota, two anti-abortion heavyweights, didn't meet. Next year, Republicans will control 11 more legislative ...

57,000-Gallon Oil Spill In Canada Forces Closure Of Pipeline To U.S.

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Enbridge, Inc. an energy delivery company based in Alberta, Canada, experienced an oil spill from one of its pipelines on Wednesday. Canadian energy delivery company Enbridge Inc. has temporarily shut down and isolated one of its crude oil pipelines that connects to the United States after a 1,350-barrel,

Young Fidel Castro Wrote FDR to Ask for 10 Bucks

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2 mentions2 days ago
In November 1940, a young Cuban student named Fidel Castro sent a handwritten letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Writing in English, Castro congratulated the president on his reelection and requested "a ten dollars bill green american…because never, I have not seen a ten dollars bill green american ...

Google Public Policy Blog: The MPAA’s Attempt to Revive SOPA Through A State Attorney General

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The MPAA isn't trying to censor the internet - they are trying to defend their intellectual property which Google compromises by deliberately turning a blind eye to certain apps and content on YouTube. Here is an example of an app from the Google Play Store that facilitates piracy:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kmc.onechannel.tvshowsWhile ...

Breaking: Gaza rocket explodes in southern Israel, no injuries

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2 mentions6 hours ago
A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip exploded in open territory near the Eshkol Regional Council on Friday around noon, the IDF confirmed.The 'red alert' rocket siren was sounded in southern Israeli communities in the area, and residents reported of hearing explosions. No injuries or damage were reported.

BREAKING: US To Normalize Relations With Cuba

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3 mentions2 days ago
The United States and Cuba will begin talks to normalize relations, including opening an embassy in Havana and putting to rest one most enduring Cold War standoffs, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The landmark initiatives appeared to be set in motion by a surprise prisoner swap that freed ...

Furious Twitter Investor Demolishes CEO Dick Costolo: 'He Shouldn't Be Running The Company Anymore'

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3 mentions2 days ago
"Selling stock speaks louder than any words. As the CEO, how do you look the employees in the eye when you are busy grabbing a lifeboat? He has lost their respect, and obviously the respect of the market. The people who work at Twitter know the potential, and ...

Netanyahu could be disqualified from Likud leadership race

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3 mentions7 hours ago
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, December 7, 2014.. (photo credit:EMIL SALMAN/POOL) Likud Comptroller Shai Galili invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a pre-disqualification hearing Friday, on grounds that he improperly used Likud resources in his leadership primary run.Netanyahu will have to write ...

Congress Is Finally Going to Make Local Law Enforcement Report How Many People They Kill

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4 mentions2 days ago
Over the weekend, tens of thousands of marchers rallied against police brutality, standing in solidarity with families who have lost loved ones to police violence. With public scrutiny zeroed in on deaths at the hands of law enforcement, one thing is noticeably missing: A federal record of just ...

Our Chief Correspondent Is About To Publish A Huge Expose Of Marissa Mayer And Yahoo — Get It Here!

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The book includes all sorts of never-before-revealed details and stories about one of the world's most charismatic and inspiring CEOs, as well as the ongoing revitalization of the digital-media powerhouse known as Yahoo! And while you're waiting, read 1) Nick's cover story in the New York Times Magazine ...

Above-and-Beyond Responses: Part 1

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A variety of views in regard to this issue are reflected in these big thinkers’ imaginings of what may happen by 2025. Vint Cerf, Google vice president and chief Internet evangelist, responded, “The public will become more sophisticated about security and safety. Corporations and service providers will feel ...

Report: Hamas using diverted Gaza reconstruction materials for tunnel reparations

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4 mentions2 hours ago
The entrance to a tunnel exposed by the Israeli military is seen on the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border. (photo credit:REUTERS) Hamas has reportedly begun repairing its network of underground infiltration tunnels damaged in the summer war with Israel, Israel Radio cited unnamed Palestinian sources as saying.

Speaking Tour

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3 mentions21 hours ago
Feministing is a labor of love and all our staff has other full-time jobs to support their work on the site. Your donation is much appreciated, and much needed. “The [Feministing Editors] are all intelligent, courageous women who are effective at talking about feminism and a wide range ...

Why I want Obama to veto Abbas' UN resolution on Palestine

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The UN Security Council may vote as soon as today on a resolution setting a twelve-month deadline to achieve a Palestinian-Israeli peace deal and calling on Israel to withdraw from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip by the end of 2017. The draft was formally put forward ...

International Migrants Day

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"Let us make migration work for the benefit of migrants and countries alike. We owe this to the millions of migrants who, through their courage, vitality and dreams, help make our societies more prosperous, resilient and diverse." "There are 232 million people living outside their country of birth,

UN and partners seek US$8.4 billion for new Syria programme in 2015

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BERLIN, Germany, December 18 (UNHCR) – As Syria's war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners today launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting more than US$8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015. The ...

The Future of Privacy

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The terms of citizenship and social life are rapidly changing in the digital age. No issue highlights this any better than privacy, always a fluid and context-situated concept and more so now as the boundary between being private and being public is shifting. “We have seen the emergence ...

Rate Guidance and Inflation Outlook Dominate Fed Agenda

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Here’s what to look for when the Federal Open Market Committee releases its policy statement along with quarterly economic projections at 2 p.m. today in Washington, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen holds a press conference at 2:30 p.m. -- Forward guidance: The Federal Reserve will drop its ...

Hamas' deputy chief says it has patched up ties with Iran

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GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas and Iran have repaired a close political and military relationship frayed by the Syrian civil war, the Palestinian Islamist group's deputy leader said on Wednesday. Patching up ties with Tehran could ease Hamas's financial and political isolation. Israel is blockading the Gaza Strip, while ...

Major coral bleaching in Pacific may become worst die-off in 20 years, say experts

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Warm sea temperatures are causing massive coral reef die-off across the Northern Pacific in what could be the start of an historic bleaching event around the world Scientists warn extreme sea temperatures could cause a “historic” coral reef die-off around the world over the coming months, following a ...

For Sale: “Your Name Here” in a Prestigious Science Journal

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Klaus Kayser has been publishing electronic journals for so long he can remember mailing them to subscribers on floppy disks. His 19 years of experience have made him keenly aware of the problem of scientific fraud. In his view, he takes extraordinary measures to protect the journal he ...
 

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