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Science and politics: Hello, Governor

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Anthony Barnosky first thought the e-mail was a joke. As an expert in species extinctions who had just sounded the alarm over looming environmental crises, he had grown used to bizarre messages filling his inbox. There was the creepy e-mail enjoining him to “waste himself” to reduce carbon ...

Pay Penalty Haunts Recession Grads as U.S. Economy Mends

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She and other students who earned diplomas in the aftermath of the deepest U.S. recession since the 1930s are experiencing an earnings hangover that could last a lifetime, even as the labor market heals.Gambrill accepted the first paralegal job she could get after finishing classes at Towson University ...


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Following the Girl Summit 28 Too Many will work with a partner to develop a youth focused project which uses our research findings to develop tools and resources for community based action to tackle FGM.Raise the profile of our FGM programmes in 5 countries (Liberia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somaliland ...

Oil Sands Gushing Jobs Mark Divide in Canadian Economy

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Enbridge Inc. pipeline signs stand in the Athabasca Oil Sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on June 19, 2014. CloseEnbridge Inc. pipeline signs stand in the Athabasca Oil Sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on June 19, 2014. The oil- and gas-rich western province was responsible for all ...

Australia’s Core Inflation Accelerates Faster Than Forecast

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Australia’s core consumer prices gained more than economists forecast last quarter, affirming policy makers’ decision to adopt a neutral interest-rate stance.The trimmed mean gauge of core prices rose 0.8 percent from the previous quarter, the Bureau of Statistics said in Sydney today, compared with the median forecast of 25 economists for a 0.6 percent gain. The consumer price index advanced 0.5 percent from the previous three months, matching economists’ estimates. The currency rose as investors bet Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens is unlikely to cut the record-low 2.5 ...

ConocoPhillips Best Among 401(k) Plans With Facebook Last

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A first-of-its-kind ranking of 401(k) plans at the 250 biggest companies in the U.S. found that ConocoPhillips and Abbott Laboratories are among those that provide the most lucrative retirement benefits. Among the least generous are Facebook Inc. (FB), Inc. and Whole Foods Market Inc. The natural-foods grocer ...

UNHCR renews call on donors to support Central African Republic refugees

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 22 July 2014, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.As the outflow of mostly Muslim refugees continues from the Central African ...

785 of This Year's Unaccompanied Migrants Were Under 6 Years Old

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785 of This Year's Unaccompanied Migrants Were Under 6 Years OldLittle kids, including a troubling number of children age five or younger, make up the fastest-growing group of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the US border in fiscal year 2014. So far this year, nearly 7,500 kids under 13 ...

What Happens If Obama Loses the Halbig Case?

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What Happens If Obama Loses the Halbig Case?So let's suppose the Halbig case goes up to the Supreme Court and they rule for the plaintiffs: in a stroke, everyone enrolled in Obamacare through a federal exchange is no longer eligible for subsidies. What happens then? Is Obamacare doomed? Not at all. What happens is that people in blue states like California and New York, which operate their own exchanges, continue getting their federal subsidies. People in red states, which punted the job to the feds, will suddenly have their subsidies ...

Meet the Suitmaker Who Dresses 6'8" Lebron James

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July 22 (Bloomberg) -- Fashion Designer and Tailor Waraire Boswell discusses haute couture and fashion for NBA stars on “Market Makers.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Solar Energy ‘Lighting Up’ Professional Sports

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Rhone Resch July 23, 2014|0 CommentsWhen it comes to clean energy and sustainability, solar looks to be a shoo-in one day for the “green” Hall of Fame. Today, more and more sports teams, sports leagues and sports organizations are embracing the advantages of solar energy. Yesterday, the National ...

Inside Anonymous' Cyberwar Against the Israeli Government

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The shadowy hacker collective known as Anonymous has announced it will launch a round of cyber-attacks this Friday against the Israeli government, in retaliation for Israel's ongoing military intervention in Gaza. This onslaught would add to a wave of cyber assaults staged in recent weeks by hackers largely ...

The war in Gaza threatens Egypt too

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Cairo’s efforts to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, according to conventional wisdom, have largely been dictated by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s animosity toward Hamas. After all, Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Sisi’s government has declared a terrorist organization and regards as ...

France Prepared to Cancel Warship Sale to Russia

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French President Francois Hollande said he’s prepared to cancel the sale of a second Mistral helicopter carrier ship to Russia if the European Union decides to expand its sanctions against Russia.The second ship, due in 2016, hasn’t yet been paid for, making it possible to withhold the sale ...

Europe To Build Only 192 GW of Wind Power Capacity by 2020

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Alex Morales, Bloomberg News July 23, 2014|0 CommentsLONDON -- Falling power demand and an economic slump in Europe prompted the region’s wind-turbine industry group to cut its forecast for installations through 2020. The 28-nation European Union will probably build a total of 192 gigawatts of wind-energy capacity by the end of this decade, the European Wind Energy Association said in a report released today in Brussels. That’s a sixth lower than the 230 gigawatts the group forecast in 2009 and reiterated two years later. “A cocktail of regulatory uncertainty, ongoing ...

Forget the Death Spiral: Electric Vehicles Offer a Major Growth Opportunity for Utilities

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Energy use in the U.S. can be split into two large pies. One pie is electricity use in homes, buildings and industry. The other is transportation, which is powered primarily by liquid fuels like gasoline and diesel.There are some exceptions, as well as a few overlapping categories of ...

Ethiopia Becomes China’s China in Search for Cheap Labor

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Ethiopian workers strolling through the parking lot of Huajian Shoes’ factory outside Addis Ababa last month chose the wrong day to leave their shirts untucked.Company President Zhang Huarong, just arrived on a visit from China, spotted them through the window, sprang up and ran outside. The former People’s ...

Largest aquatic insect in the world found in China

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New species of Megaloptera insect, shown with a chicken's egg for scale. Credit: China News Service/Zhong XinHello, giant friend, and welcome. Please step through the hallowed gates of “World’s Biggest” and join your freakishly long, abnormally bulky peers. Now if you could all just arrange yourselves from largest ...

Mozilla’s Asm.js Technology Makes Its Commercial Debut With Dungeon Defenders For The Web

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For the longest time, web-based gaming meant that you had to install (often dubious) plugins to make games run smoothly in your browser. WebGL and other technologies changed that a bit in recent years, but because JavaScript isn’t exactly a speed freak, plugin-free gaming never quite took off.

The (Possibly) Frightening Implications of the Halbig Case

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The (Possibly) Frightening Implications of the Halbig CaseIn the Halbig case that struck down subsidies on federal Obamacare exchanges earlier today, one of the key issues was deference to agency interpretation of the law. Longstanding precedent holds that courts should generally defer to agency interpretations as long as they're plausible. They don't have to be perfect. They don't even have to be the best possible interpretations. They merely have to make sense. So if and when this case makes it up to the Supreme Court, what's going to happen? A ...

Europe Agrees to Levy Moderate New Sanctions Against Russia

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Europe Agrees to Levy Moderate New Sanctions Against RussiaThe EU will widen its sanctions against Russia to include more individuals and consider targeting the defence sector, the Dutch foreign minister says. Frans Timmermans said "unanimous" and "forceful" decisions had been taken on enhanced sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict. ....A new sanctions list naming individuals and organisations will be drawn up by EU ambassadors by Thursday, Mr Timmermans told reporters after meeting his EU colleagues in Brussels. He said there was also agreement that the European Commission would look ...

The Latest Legal Attack Against Obamacare

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The Latest Legal Attack Against ObamacareToday, the US District Court for the District of Columbia* will hear arguments in one of the last lingering legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act. The suit, Halbig v. Sebelius, argues that a single phrase in the law creates a loophole big ...

Israel pounds Gaza despite international peace efforts

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GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, saying no ceasefire was near as top U.S. and U.N. diplomats pursued talks on halting fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held discussions in neighboring Egypt, while U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon flew to Israel to see Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and meet on Wednesday with the Palestinian prime minister in the occupied West Bank. However, there was no let-up in the fighting around Gaza, with plumes of black smoke spiraling ...

Watch: Exclusive Trailer for Rory Kennedy's 'Last Days in Vietnam' Asks Who Goes and Who Gets Left Behind

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Rory Kennedy's hard-hitting war documentary "Last Days in Vietnam," which premiered at Sundance earlier this year to rave reviews, focuses on the emergency evacuation of U.S. forces in the final days of the Vietnam War."Last Days in Vietnam" is not only a tale of heroism, but on a ...

For Republicans, It's All Going According to Plan

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For Republicans, It's All Going According to PlanSteve Benen draws a contrast today between an activist president who's at least trying to get things done, and a dysfunctional Congress than can't even make the attempt: Remember the VA crisis? Lawmakers quickly approved a reform bill, which now appears likely to fail because of House Republicans’ reluctance to compromise. Remember the plan to address the border crisis? The plan was for Congress to act before taking August off, but that now appears unlikely, too. The effort to extend unemployment benefits is ...

Car Loans Could Be the Next Subprime Crisis. Thanks, Republicans!

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Car Loans Could Be the Next Subprime Crisis. Thanks, Republicans!Would you buy a subprime-loan crisis from this man? A new New York Times investigation reveals that used car dealers are doling out giant loans to millions of poor Americans with bad credit. Many of these dealers are using ...

Driving Resources into Energy Innovation

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On July 23, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC) will gather experts, business leaders, academics and policymakers to assess the state of American energy innovation and new approaches to drive more resources into it.AEIC was founded in 2010 and is led by business leaders Norm Augustine, John Doerr, Bill Gates, Chad Holliday, Jeff Immelt and Tom Linebarger. AEIC’s mission is to foster strong economic growth, create jobs in new industries and reestablish America’s energy technology leadership through robust public and private investment in the development of ...

A Texan Future For Myrmecos

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On January 1st I will be starting as Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas in Austin.* I can’t even begin to convey how excited I am about this unexpected progression of my career. I will be managing a working research collection of over 1 million invertebrates,

Members of previously uncontacted tribe infected with flu

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Out there. Three members of a recently contacted tribe walk with weapons in hand in Brazil; some members of this tribe contracted influenza during contact.Late last week, Brazil’s Indian affairs department (FUNAI) publicly announced an event that many anthropologists and medical researchers had feared. In the remote Brazilian ...

Great moments in Science (if Twitter had existed)

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Twitter is the source of a great deal of modern news, and scientists are often encouraged to tweet about their research. So what if Twitter had been around during the times of historic scientific breakthroughs and discoveries? A lot of news these days comes from, or is about,

POP Gets $700K To Make Prototyping Apps Easy, Releases Second Version

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POP, an app that lets developers quickly turn paper sketches into prototypes for mobile apps, has raised an angel round of $700,000 from ZPark, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups (which POP participated in last year) , and other investors. POP, which launched for iPhone first, also released a ...

This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

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Motorola has teamed up with a company called VivaLnk to make a temporary tattoo that can unlock a smartphone, no PIN required. Slap it on your skin, hold your phone up to it, and bam — phone unlocked.Who needs gestural passwords or face recognition when you can unlock ...

Yahoo Acquiring Analytics Company Flurry to Boost Mobile

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Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) is adding to its mobile lineup with the acquisition of analytics company Flurry Inc.Yahoo said today it is buying the San Francisco-based startup, which analyzes data from mobile-phone users to help developers better understand their audiences, because “mobile is at the center of everything we do.” Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer, who is in the midst of trying to turn around the Web portal, has stepped up acquisitions as she looks for new ways to jump start revenue growth. Last ...

Wacom Launches Bamboo Paper On Android, Windows 8 And Kindle Fire

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Drawing tablet and digitizer hardware maker Wacom is expanding the availability of its homegrown note-taking app today, with a launch that brings the previously iPad-only app to devices powered by Android and Windows 8, and to Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. The note-taking app is optimized for handwritten notes ...

8 Strategies That Can Help Greentech Hardware Startups Win

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Someone reached out to me the other day to ask about greentech startups, and during the discussion mentioned having heard that it typically takes at least $100 million to successfully develop and commercialize a green technology.I replied that I knew of plenty of startups in our sector that ...

Open Labs Launches Stagelight 2.0, Signs Deals With Lenovo, Dell, Microsoft And Guitar Center

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Tons of news from Stagelight by Open Labs today. The Linkin Park- and Timbaland-backed production software for amateur musicians for the PC now comes preloaded on Lenovo and Dell laptops, tablets and computers. Additionally, Open Labs has signed distribution agreements with Intel, Microsoft and Guitar Center. The company ...

Zach Galifianakis Leads 'Mistaken For Strangers: The Play,' Based on The National Documentary

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Since 1999, indie rock band The National has been making dark, soulful and heartbreaking music. In honor of the band's success, a documentary film, "Mistaken for Strangers," was released in 2013 and chronicled the band's long journey. Now, Funny Or Die has decided to adapt the acclaimed documentary ...

US Solar Manufacturer Suniva To Build 200-MW Facility in Michigan

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Meg Cichon, Associate Editor, July 22, 2014|1 CommentsMassachusetts, USA -- U.S.-based solar cell and module maker Suniva announced that it will open a second manufacturing facility in 2014, set to be located in Michigan. The 200-MW facility will produce its high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules. Construction at the Michigan site will begin in Q4 2014, and is expected to bring up to 350 local jobs once fully operational. Suniva chose Michigan, a state not particularly known for solar, due to its knowledgeable workforce and central location, according ...

Video: Oceana Exposes Illegal Drift Gillnet Use in Italy

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Containers filled with drift gillnets in Italy, photographed during a 2006 Oceana expedition. (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo de Ana)Earlier this month, Oceana in Europe and Italian journalist Sabrina Giannini gathered evidence of Italian fishermen using illegal drift gillnets in the swordfish fishery at the Port of Bagnara Calabra ...

Spider gene study reveals tangled evolution

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This female orb-weaving araneoid spider (Eriophora) from the Amazonian rainforest waits at the centre of its web for prey to arrive.There’s more than one way to catch a fly. Spider webs look like the perfect trap for ensnaring insects, but a spider ‘tree of life’ based on hundreds ...

GLAAD Report: Hollywood Doing More Harm Than Good With LGBT Representations (Especially Paramount and Warner Brothers)

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by /bent Tue Jul 22 08:53:30 EDT 2014 2 CommentsGLAAD released its second annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI) today, and the news was depressing as you'd expect.The report maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people in films released by the seven largest motion picture ...

Emberlight Turns Any Dimmable Bulb Into A “Smart” Light You Control With Your Phone

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Smart light bulbs – like the Philips’ Hue connected bulbs or those from LG, GE or Samsung - are an easy jumping off point for those wanted to experiment in the “connected home” arena without the complexity or costs involved with the installation of a full “smart home” ...

Hamas gunmen shoot at IDF from hospital, prompting return fire

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The Tree of Life: Turning down an endowed lectureship because their gender ratio is too skewed towards males #WomenInSTEM

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Just got this invitation.I have edited it to remove some of the identifying factors since I think the specific details do not matter.

LinkedIn Will Acquire Business Marketing Company Bizo For $175M

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LinkedIn just announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Bizo, a company that helps advertisers reach a businesses and professionals.Bizo spun off from ZoomInfo back in 2008. It raised a total of $20 million in venture funding (at least as of its Series B two years ...

What’s Hotter Than Hottest Hot? The Last Two Months

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The average temperature of Earth’s surface last month exceeded all Junes before it, since record keeping began in 1880, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.That may sound familiar, because it’s the same language used to describe the month of May, which was the ...

Psychiatric Genomics Consortium

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The PGC has made the full results from all published PGC studies available for download. The results files are available below along with the LD pruned version suitable for polygenic profile scoring.These data are provided "as is", and without warranty, for scientific and educational use only. If you download these data, you acknowledge that these data will be used only for non-commercial research purposes; that the investigator is in compliance with all applicable state, local, and federal laws or regulations and institutional policies regarding human subjects and genetics research; that ...

“Mom, My School Bus Is a Peaking Power Plant” and Other Things We Didn’t Say When We Were Kids

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It is amazing that we get to see things we never thought were possible within our lifetime. The smartphone is a great example — who could imagine that we’d have technology more advanced than what we saw on Star Trek as a kid?Innovations in energy storage technologies fall into this category too. We’re beginning to see the energy and transportation sectors collide in new applications that create new value streams. Electric vehicle fleets have the ability to provide aggregated bi-directional power for other uses including supporting the electric grid, integration ...

Wage Stagnation Is No Illusion

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Wage Stagnation Is No IllusionBloomberg has a long article today wondering whether wage stagnation is mainly due to demographic shifts: 25- to 34-year-olds will make up 22.5 percent of the workforce by 2022, compared with 21.6 percent in 2012....Meanwhile, the share of 45- to 54-year-olds in their best ...

The Defender Is What You Get When You Combine A Camera, Automated 9-1-1, And Pepper Spray

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Which is why it’s somewhat shocking that technology hasn’t already been leveraged to provide additional personal protection to people on the go. But the Defender looks to change all that.It’s a new pocket-sized device that combines a camera, a 24/7 monitoring system for police and health services, and ...

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