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Computer ownership, internet connection varies widely across U.S.

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Nearly 25 years after the birth of the world wide web, most Americans have computers and internet access, but the nation remains a patchwork of connectivity, with some metro areas full of high-speed connections and other areas much less plugged in. That’s according to a Pew Research Center ...

Genetics: Under the skin

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Nicholas Wade Penguin:2014.ISBN: 978-1594204463 Michael Yudell Columbia University Press:2014.ISBN: 978-0231168748 Robert Wald Sussman Harvard University Press:2014.ISBN: 978-0674417311 Is race biologically real? A clutch of books published this year argue the question. All miss the point. Michael Yudell's Race Unmasked and Robert Sussman's The Myth of Race can be ...

When I Was 5, I, Um -- What Were We Just Talking About?

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I remember approximately diddley-squat1 about my childhood. But why? Melissa Dahl explains the latest research to me today: The way parents tend to talk to their sons is different from the way they talk to their daughters. Mothers tend to introduce more snippets of new information in conversations ...

Obama Signs Order to Take Away Your Antibiotics

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The Obama administration on Thursday announced measures to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, outlining a national strategy that includes incentives for the development of new drugs, tighter stewardship of existing ones, and improvements in tracking the use of antibiotics and the microbes that are resistant to ...

Alibaba Group Said to Raise $21.8 Billion in Record U.S. IPO

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Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA), the e-commerce company started in 1999 with $60,000 cobbled together by Jack Ma, today cemented its status as a symbol of China’s economic emergence by raising $21.8 billion in a U.S. initial public offering. The company and shareholders including Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) sold ...

Scientists react to Scottish 'no' vote

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'No' wins 55% of vote, but promises of more devolved powers for Scotland mean there could still be change for science. Scotland's scientists, like its entire population, are likely sleeping off a night of celebration or commiseration after a historic referendum that saw the country vote to remain ...

This map shows all the countries that have declared independence from the United Kingdom

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Scots will head to the polls on Thursday to vote on a referendum that could make Scotland an independent nation, making the 307-year-old United Kingdom not so united anymore.There's been a scramble to convince the country's 4.2 million registered voters to vote "no," after a major poll last ...

"NO." Scotland Will Not Leave the United Kingdom

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David Cameron has been spared his worst fear: Being the Tory who lost England's hat. The Guardian has called the independence referendum and it appears that voters have declined to strike out on their own. Scotland will not leave the United Kingdom. "No" was the slight favorite heading ...

Finalists for Renewable Energy World Projects of the Year 2014 Revealed

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Renewable Energy World EditorsSeptember 19, 2014|0 CommentsTulsa, OK and Nashua, NH --The editors of Renewable Energy World and Power Engineering magazines and their respective websites have announced eleven finalists for the annual Projects of the Year Awards program. The finalists for Best Renewable Project are NRG Energy’s ...

Verizon Will Be Getting iPhone 6-Friendly WiFi Calling In 2015

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A quick update for those trying to figure out which carriers will/won’t support the iPhone 6’s WiFi calling feature any time soon: T-Mobile is a go. AT&T will get it in 2015. Now Verizon is pledging to support it next year, too. Word of the new feature ...

Microsoft Wants Minecraft To Make It Cool. Good Luck.

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Microsoft rattled the gaming world this week when it announced it would spend $2.5 billion to acquire Minecraft, a wildly popular indie videogame. By buying the game, Microsoft hopes to tap into players' wallets. But what's less clear is whether Microsoft can win over gamers, some of whom ...

UK Engineers 3D Print Their Own Raspberry Pi Laptop

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Is there anything a robotic system for the extrusion of plastic in to solid forms over time can’t do? We present to you today the Pi-Top, a Raspberry Pi-based laptop that is completely 3D printed and lasts for hours on a single charge. The kit, which will launch ...

Scottish Anti-Independence Campaign Leads After Half of Results

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An anti-independence Better Together campaigner holds a sheet of stickers reading "Vote No" during a demonstration in Edinburgh, U.K. An anti-independence Better Together campaigner holds a sheet of stickers reading "Vote No" during a demonstration in Edinburgh, U.K. Close An anti-independence Better Together campaigner holds a sheet of ...

Nick D’Aloisio of Yahoo’s News Digest: I’m in Charge

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Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Project Manager at Yahoo News Digest Nick D’Aloisio discusses Yahoo’s News Digest and mobile strategy on “Market Makers.” (Source: Bloomberg) This point? There sorts of places that people get the news but what is exciting about this new app is we really make an ...

The Walmart Heirs Give a Measly Amount To Charity

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The Walmart heirs are infamous for their wealth and penny-pinching. Christy, Jim, Alice, and Rob Walton wouldn't be the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth richest Americans, respectively, if not for Walmart's relentless exploitation of its low-wage workers. But Waltons' stinginess also extends to their philanthropy. According to a ...

The perspectival shift: how experiments on unconscious processing don’t justify the claims made f...

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1. Strong claims about unconscious processing are unjustified Recently, there has been widespread focus on studies of unconscious processing that have come out of the field of 'social priming' (Yong, 2012; Shanks et al, 2013; Doyen et al, 2012). This focus has primarily been on the replicability (Pashler & Wagenmakers, 2012) and attendant claims of statistical and methodological impropriety (Newell & Shanks, 2014; Simmons, Nelson & Simonsohn, 2011). The logic of the claims made has received less attention. In this commentary I draw attention to certain limitations on the inferences ...

Pennsylvania High School Suspends Student Editor For Refusing To Print The Word 'Redskins'

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The newsroom of the Playwickian, the student newspaper at Neshaminy High School just outside of Philadelphia. School officials at Neshaminy High School in Pennsylvania have issued suspensions for the student editor and faculty adviser of the student newspaper there after the paper refused to print the word “Redskins,” ...

Keyboard Apps Dominate The App Store’s Top Charts After iOS 8 Release

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As the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus go on sale today, many consumers will be getting their hands on Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 8, for the first time. And what are iOS 8 users downloading from the App Store? From the looks of things, it’s keyboards.

Zuli and Logitech Team Up to Make Smartphones Into Home Automation Sensors

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We’re seeing a lot of activity in the smart home field these days. Players like Google and Apple are vying with broadband providers, security firms, home improvement stores, and of course, the home energy management crowd, to find the right combination of technology and service to get people ...

5 Key Themes Emerging From the 'New Science of Cities'

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In the most innovate incubators of urban research, the lessons of Jane Jacobs are more vital than ever. In the past few years, a remarkable body of scientific research has begun to shed new light on the dynamic behavior of cities, carrying important implications for city-makers. Researchers at ...

Photos: On International Coastal Cleanup Day, Five Ways to Help the Oceans

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Oceana in Belize picking up trash on World Oceans Day this past summer. (Photo: Alexander Ellis / Oceana in Belize) Marine debris has become a major issue facing the oceans today. It’s estimated that 10 to 20 million tons of plastic trash make their way to the ocean ...

Why high-profile journals have more retractions

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Two papers from 2011 resurfaced on social media recently: splashy retractions and female Viking fighters. Based on data from Altmetric is supported by Macmillan Science and Education, which owns Nature Publishing Group. Amid a wave of recent journal article retractions, researchers are taking to social media to ...

Europe Seeks A Common Appeals Process For The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’

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Data protection regulators in Europe are working on creating a common set of guidelines for handling appeals by individuals whose requests to search engines to de-index personal information, under the region’s recent right to be forgotten ruling, have been refused. The Article 29 Working Party (WP29), which is ...

Everything You Need to Know About the CIA Torture Report in Under 4 Minutes

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If someone tries to hide something from you for ten years, it's probably pretty embarrassing or shameful. Over the past ten years, the CIA has misled Congress about their post-9/11 torture program, withheld evidence and tried to cover up the facts. In the next few weeks, a new ...

Dirty Secret of $1 Trillion Loans Is When You Get Money Back

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Imagine a trillion-dollar market that runs on faxes and phone calls while routinely tying up investors’ money for months before they get any return. That’s not fiction: It’s the unregulated market for leveraged corporate loans. In a financial system that is increasingly automated, the origination and trading of ...

No Justice, No Football: Ferguson Demonstrators Bring Struggle to NFL Sunday

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There has been no peace in Ferguson, Missouri, since the shooting death of the unarmed Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. Now community members are saying that as long as the justice is both delayed and denied, it is obscene for the games to go on in ...

Three Extreme Anti-Abortion Measures Voters Could Approve In November

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States have approved more anti-abortion measures during the past three years than during the entire preceding decade. And this fall, voters themselves will also have the chance to decide whether to approve or block extreme anti-abortion ballot initiatives in three states. Ballot measures in Colorado and North Dakota ...

Five Signs the Dark-Money Apocalypse Is Upon Us

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It's the home stretch of the 2014 election season. No single theme or issue has dominated the midterms, but 2014 is on pace to be the Year of Dark Money. Nonprofit groups, some well-known (such as the US Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity, founded by the ...

Fantastic Fest Celebrat

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It's extreme understatement to say that Fantastic Fest isn't like most film festivals. However, as the Austin-based genre festival kicks off its 10th year at Alamo Drafthouse's South Lamar location today, its ability to stand out in the overrun festival circuit remains its crowning achievement. Co-founded by Alamo ...

Canadian Solar Joins China Solar Financing Club

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Canadian Solar has joined a growing field of Chinese solar panel makers entering the risky business of speculative development in China, with its launch of a new locally-based fund for solar power construction. The move follows the establishment of self-financed vehicles for similar speculative construction by rivals Trina,

Are we listening to Syria's women?

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For the millions of women and girls whose lives have been uprooted by the more than three-year-old Syrian crisis, daily life is an exhausting struggle – from searching for clean water and food for their families, to navigating foreign cities or refugee camps while trying to stay safe ...

Will the BrightSource-Abengoa Tower Be the Last CSP Project in the US?

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Can concentrated solar thermal (with or without storage) ever compete with photovoltaics in electrical generation? Late last week, the California Energy Commission approved the Palen Concentrating Solar Plant (CSP) project -- after scaling down the project from two 750-foot 250-megawatt towers to one tower on a smaller piece ...

US House unanimously condemns swell of anti-Semitism in Europe, Middle East

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NEW YORK - The House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution on Thursday night condemning the surfacing of broad anti-Semitism worldwide, and in Europe especially this summer throughout the Gaza conflict.The resolution, written by congressmen Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Kay Granger (R-TX),


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Genomicist Neil Hall sparked an online tempest this summer by proposing a “Kardashian Index,” or K-index—a comparison of a scientist’s number of Twitter followers with their citations. Scientists with a high score on the index, named after the reality TV star Kim Kardashian, one of the most popular ...

Randy Eurasians Surprise Scientists With Ancient Sex Romp

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A sexually prolific group of Northern Eurasians roamed the ancient world, mating with everyone from the ancestors of Native Americans to Eastern Europeans, say Harvard researchers who suggest the findings should expand existing views of how modern man came to be. The research, released today by the journal ...

“Very sexy and a bit alarming”: Sarah Waters on her historical thrillers

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Topics: Books, Fiction, Interviews, Author Interviews, Sarah Waters, The Paying Guests, Historical Fiction, crime fiction, Lesbians, Entertainment News All the way back in 1998, Sarah Waters announced her roguish intentions toward the historical novel with her first book, “Tipping the Velvet,” a romp about a cross-dressing lesbian stage ...

US Senate elevates Israel's status as 'major strategic partner'

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NEW YORK - An omnibus bill full of measures improving the relationship between Israel and the United States has passed the US Senate, after delay since May.The bill declares Israel a "major strategic partner" of the US, enhances Israel's trade status to expedite export licensing, increases cooperation on ...

(2014/09/19) Welcome to Night Vale’s Jeffrey Cranor on pizza, ISIS, and Geraldo

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Episode #1087: Allison and Jamie are joined by Citizen Radio’s John Frusciante (@johnjfrusciante) and Welcome to Night Vale’s Jeffrey Cranor (@happierman) to discuss pizza, ISIS, and Geraldo. Also, Darren Wilson testified before a St. Louis County Grand Jury and politicians never, ever seem to learn about mission creep.

Texas Slammed for Paying Discredited Abortion Foe

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In the first six months of 2014, Texas paid a controversial marriage therapist named Vincent Rue $42,000 to prepare the state's defense of a draconian anti-abortion law. It turns out that wasn't such a great idea. On Friday, when US District Judge Lee Yeakel struck down part of ...

Mothers of the disappeared in Latin America feel Gaza's pain

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Women hold posters of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners outside the Red Cross offices in Jerusalem in June. This past summer, as Israeli weapons deindustrialized Gaza and decimated its civilians, leftist publications in Latin America began circulating a 2012 essay by the renowned Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano. Writing in ...

2 Iranians with fake Israeli passports arrested in Kenya

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Kenyan authorities reportedly arrested two Iranians in Nairobi who tried to reach Israel using fake Israeli passports.The two men, both in their early 20s, were arrested several days ago, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Friday.The passports were forgeries based stolen Israeli passports. The news site revealed only the first names ...

Palestinians fleeing Syria charged $400 per month to rent garages in Beirut

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A Palestinian refugee girl from Syria writes her wish for the future during a psychosocial support activity organized by UNRWA in April 2014. On Tuesday, 9 September, Palestinian refugees from Syria descended from across Lebanon to Beirut. They gathered in a group of approximately two hundred to protest ...

Threatened photographs are window on historic Palestine

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boatmen_at_jaffa_1867-1914.jpgBoatmen at Jaffa, c. 1867-1914. (Maison Bonfils / British Library Endangered Archives Programme) Between its establishment in 1867 as the first photographic studio in Beirut and the start of the First World War, the Maison Bonfils photography studio produced thousands of images of Palestine, Syria and Lebanon.

Outgoing Likud No. 2 Sa'ar says rift with Netanyahu contributed to decision to quit politics

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Gideon Sa'ar (L) and his wife, Channel 1 newscaster Geula Even.. (photo credit:FACEBOOK) Outgoing Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s contentious relationship with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu contributed to his surprise resignation this week, the former confirmed in interviews with Israeli television on Friday.Sa’ar, who was seen in Israeli political ...

Japan’s Exports Fall Less Than Economists Forecast in Abe Boost

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Japan’s exports declined less than forecast in August, providing support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he weighs whether the economy can bear another increase in the sales tax. Overseas shipments fell 1.3 percent from a year earlier, the finance ministry said in Tokyo today, compared with the median estimate for a 2.6 percent drop in a Bloomberg News survey of 25 economists. Imports fell 1.5 percent, leaving a deficit of 948.5 billion yen ($8.7 billion). Abe must decide whether to raise the sales levy to 10 percent next year ...

Climate simulation doubles Sahara's age

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A shrinking sea off northern Africa triggered the desert's formation 7 million years ago, study suggest. The desertification of northern Africa may have started 7 million years ago, or more than twice as long ago as earlier estimates of the Sahara's age, climate simulations suggest1. The findings also ...

Home Depot Hack Exposed Up To 56 Million Credit Cards

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Almost immediately after word broke that Home Depot had been hacked, security experts were noting that the breach was likely even worse than the massive Target hack that had preceded it. Sure enough: Home Depot has just confirmed the scale of the breach. All in all, as many ...

WomanServants Will Let You Order Around Hot Girls For $125 Per Hour

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Editor’s Note: Yesterday, we ran a story about a new startup called ManServants, which facilitates the rental of “hot men” for $125. As most of the commenters note, the service is incredibly sexist and has no place in a society striving for gender equality.To examine my thoughts towards ...

Airbnb CFO Andrew Swain Has Left The Company

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Airbnb CFO Andrew Swain has left the company — or so his email auto-responder states, sources told TechCrunch. We quickly tested the claim for ourselves and, sure enough, it’s true. “Email Not Received,” the subject line of Swain’s auto-responder reads. “Andrew Swain has recently left the company. If ...

Buffett’s Salty Steak Draws Warning From Wells Fargo CEO

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Wells Fargo & Co. Chief Executive Officer John Stumpf, telling the story of his first meal with Warren Buffett in Omaha, Nebraska, said the billionaire investor’s eating habits came as a shock. Stumpf, responding to a question about Buffett at the National Press Club in Washington today, said ...

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