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Francis Maude warned by scientists over 'chilling effect' of new media rules

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Letter to minister expresses fears that changes to the civil service code will effectively silence government scientists on important public issuesFriday 27 March 2015 14.16 EDTLast modified on Friday 27 March 2015 14.20 EDTFrancis Maude has been warned that changes to the civil service code threaten to stop ...

Why the Final Moments Inside the Germanwings Cockpit Are Heard and Not Seen

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The co-pilot who intentionally crashed a Germanwings flight into a mountainside remained calm during the last 10 minutes of his life. French investigators have described the sound of even breathing on the cockpit audio preserved in the doomed flight's black-box recorder. Accounts of the crash invariably reconstruct those ...


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In December 2012, after 120,000 Russians signed WWF-Russia’s Earth Hour petition, their Parliament successfully passed a long-awaited law ... Last day to save the #Amazon forest, where species such as the #Jaguar and Andean bear need YOU to protect their ...

Forget Elizabeth Warren. Another Female Senator Has a Shot to Fill the Senate's New Power Vacuum.

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In the nanoseconds after Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid announced Friday morning that he will give up his leadership post and retire in 2016, liberal groups raced to promote their go-to solution for almost any political problem: Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Much like the movement to draft Warren for ...

Ellen Pao Verdict (Temporarily) Thrown Out Because Jury Has Math Fail

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This is a breaking news story. We'll be updating this post regularly. Ellen Pao's $16 million lawsuit against her former employer, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, has captivated Silicon Valley for the past month. Pao, now the interim CEO of Reddit, sued her former employer on charges of ...

When Jeb Met Jeb: The Tragic True Story of a Governor and a Manatee

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It was the kind of feel-good photo op that campaigns love: A manatee nursed back to health from the brink of death and now set to be released back into the wild. And a GOP gubernatorial candidate seeking to show voters his softer side. As if in some ...

Get Your Shots, Wash Your Hands, Thanks, and Goodbye

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A little less than 5 years ago, editor Betsy Mason of WIRED Science called to ask whether I’d be interested in joining a new thing. WIRED was thinking about starting a science blog platform; she wondered whether I’d want to be one of the bloggers. I did very ...

Here's More Proof the U.S. Economy Is Beating the Rest of the World

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At first glance, the corporate profits data released today by the Commerce Department don't look good. Profits fell by 0.8 percent in 2014 from the prior year, the first decline since the middle of the recession. Below the surface, however, the weakness was concentrated in earnings from abroad.

Community Control Is Destroying America's Cities

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YIMBY Today: Newark Building Largest Indoor Urban Farm in the World in the Ironbound, More DOB Digest: Four-Story, Nine-Unit Building Planned for 123 Clinton Avenue in Clinton Hill, More First Look: 100 Varick Street, Shvo’s Future Addition to the SoHo Skyline YIMBY Today: Mixed-Use Building Proposed for 1640 ...

Instagram bans photo for showing menstruation

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What violates Instagram’s community guidelines? Periods, apparently. Instagram has an ugly history of policing bodies. Over the last year the social media site has come under fire for banning images of women’s pubic hair — even though, according to Mic, Instagram has tolerated men’s pubic hair. This week,


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Mr. President, Secretary General,Distinguished Members of the Council, Our discussion today – which we welcome and thank you for, Mr President – is a discussion both about tolerance, that breadth of view which acknowledges and embraces the differences between peoples; and its opposite: a maniacal ideology imposing conformity, harsh and cruel. The Preamble of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court begins: "Conscious that all peoples are united by common bonds, their cultures pieced together in a shared heritage, and concerned that this delicate mosaic may be shattered at ...

Walmart, Lowe's, Safeway, and Nordstrom Are Bankrolling a Nationwide Campaign to Gut Workers' Comp

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Nearly two dozen major corporations, including Walmart, Nordstrom, and Safeway, are bankrolling a quiet, multistate lobbying effort to make it harder for workers hurt on the job to access lost wages and medical care—the benefits collectively known as workers' compensation. The companies have financed a lobbying group, the ...

Planetary Protection Workshop (Forward Contamination)

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This is the second of three posts about the planetary protection workshop I attended at NASA Ames from March 24-26, 2015. The first is here (and here.) Forward contamination, in the context of planetary protection, refers to the transport of microbes from Earth to Mars. The title of ...

Not Yet Dead: Pressure Mounts To Resist Georgia's 'Religious Liberty' Bill

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"Not Yet Dead: Pressure Mounts To Resist Georgia’s ‘Religious Liberty’ Bill" Activists protest Georgia’s “religious freedom” bill at a March 17 rally in Atlanta. Despite initial optimism that Georgia’s discriminatory “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) had been sufficiently halted in committee on Thursday, activists worry that it could ...

Jeremy Piven Wants You To Know That He's Not an Asshole

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Jeremy Piven wants you to know he's boring. Or, rather, he's nothing like Ari Gold, the brash, utterly tactless, yet somehow likable Hollywood agent he portrayed over eight seasons of HBO's Entourage—racking up three Emmys and a Golden Globe for best supporting actor. Piven grew up a long ...

Yellen Sees Gradual Pace of Rate Increases Starting This Year

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(Bloomberg) -- Chair Janet Yellen said she expects the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year, and that subsequent increases will be gradual without following a predictable path. “I expect that conditions may warrant an increase in the federal funds rate target sometime this year,” Yellen said ...

Oil Is Tumbling Again

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The price of crude is falling sharply this afternoon, and is down around 5 percent on the day. Earlier today, the Baker Hughes Rig Count showed the smallest decline in active rigs in months, one small sign that tapering off in drilling may be coming to an end.

9 basic concepts Americans fail to grasp

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To hear the far-right ideologues of Fox News and AM talk radio tell it, life in Europe is hell on Earth. Taxes are high, sexual promiscuity prevails, universal healthcare doesn’t work, and millions of people don’t even speak English as their primary language! Those who run around screaming ...

Why the Most Popular Cities Are Out of Reach for Young Professionals

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Here’s one sign that your rent is too high and you can’t afford to buy a home: You live in a city that isn’t building enough new houses and apartments to keep up with the pace of a growing population. That sounds elementary, but new research from Zillow ...

We Could Stop Global Warming With This Fix—But It's Probably a Terrible Idea

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Back in the late 1990s, Ken Caldeira set out to disprove the "ludicrous" idea that we could reverse global warming by filling the sky with chemicals that would partially block the sun. A few years earlier, Mount Pinatubo had erupted in the Philippines, sending tiny sulfate particles—known as ...

Earth Hour

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Organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Hour encourages individuals, companies, organizations and Governments throughout the world to switch off their lights for one hour at 8:30 p.m., local time worldwide on 29 March. The event also recognizes that everyone’s involvement is needed in order ...

A Physicist Is Building a Time Machine to Reconnect With His Dead Father

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American theoretical physicist Dr. Ronald Mallett pours dry ice into a ring laser at a laboratory at the University of Connecticut on March 23, 2015. The hour is late. His scientific papers were published years ago, filled with equations wrought by the energies of a younger man. But ...

Earth Hour 2015

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"Climate Change is a people problem. This is the time to Use #YourPower. Join the global movement to #ChangeClimateChange." UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voices the United Nations' support for Earth Hour 2015! Visit to Use #YourPower to Change Climate Change today. SubscribeSubscribedUnsubscribe79,702Subscription preferences Loading...Loading... Working...SubscribeSubscribedUnsubscribe79,702Subscription preferences ...

Five Things Everyone Will Be Talking About Today

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Aluminum coins to be minted into 1 Japanese yen coins are held for a photograph at the Akao Aluminum Co. plant in Tokyo. Japan noflation, Yemen, Oil, and Greece. Here's your super-fast rundown of what's been happening, and what to look out for: At first look, today's inflation ...

Revealed: TSA’s Secret 92-Point Behavior Checklist to Spot Terrorists

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Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms. Add one point each. Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points. These are just a few of the suspicious signs that the Transportation Security Administration directs its officers to look out for — and score — in airport travelers, according to ...

Yes There's a Bush and a Clinton, but the 2016 Elections Represent Something Scary and New

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Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, but knew that someone needed to do? Consider this piece my version of that, and let me put what I do understand about it in a nutshell: based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could ...

Tech Titans Blast New Anti-Gay Law In Indiana

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It’s hard to believe, after how far the gay rights movement has come, that we’re still doing this. But here we are. Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed into law a bill that allows private businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian consumers, according to CNN. The “Restoration ...

SEC Rule Change Gives Startups An A+ For Capital Formation

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Editor’s Note: Chris Tyrrell is the chief executive of OfferBoard Group, and Chair of the industry trade association CFIRA. Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a new set of rules implementing Title IV of the JOBS Act. These changes affect Regulation A small public ...

Astronaut twins study raises questions about genetic privacy

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NASA research on Mark and Scott Kelly may never get published. Don't let the moustache fool you: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (right) and his brother Mark are identical twins. When NASA astronaut Scott Kelly launches on a one-year mission to the International Space Station on 28 March, he ...

The Jury Has Reached A Verdict In Ellen Pao Vs. Kleiner Perkins

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After several days of deliberations, a San Francisco Superior Court jury has come to a conclusion in Ellen Pao Vs. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the gender discrimination trial that began with a lawsuit filed in May 2012 and has culminated this past month in a closely watched ...

WFP Food Gives Women And Adolescent Girls In Afghanistan A Chance To Be Literate

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Shabnam, 24, proudly shows her bead work in a WFP-supported vocational training center in Shakardara district in Kabul. In a country where girls are rarely allowed to attend school, WFP's food serves as a powerful incentive for male family members to send the women - mothers and adolescent ...

Community vs. Corporation: From Ohio to Oregon, Citizens Escalating Fight for Home Rule

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Across the country, battles are raging as communities attempt to protect the air, soil and water within their borders and the safety of their residents. These battles are taking the form of debates about whether state regulations can or should erase local home rule. Colorado and Texas are ...

Exclusive: Watch Reggie Watts' Bizarre Short Film 'Brasil

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By Eric Kohn | Indiewire Fri Mar 27 10:34:23 EDT 2015 READ MORE: Watch: Reggie Watts Cameos in Twisty 'Creative Control' Trailer Editor's note: Before he became the bandleader for "The Late Late Show With James Corden," performance artist Reggie Watts appeared in the SXSW film "Creative Control," ...

Eventually, Two Billionaires Will Duke It Out For President Every Four Years

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This is from yesterday, but I really can't pass it up. Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger write in the Washington Post that presidential candidates are no longer much interested in "bundlers" who can raise a paltry million dollars or so for their campaigns. Terry Neese, a successful bundler ...

Diver rolled by giant manta ray off Peru

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Josh Stewart being swept up by a manta ray; video screen grab Giant mantas are revered by divers, who find their presence soothing because they’re so gentle, and soar through the ocean with such grace. But during a recent expedition to a remote area off Peru, Josh Stewart ...

Facebook Launches 3 New Open-Source Tools For Android Developers

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Most of Facebook’s announcements at its F8 developer conference this week were iOS-centric, but today, the company also released three new open source tools for Android developers. The first is a performance segmentation library called Year Class that is meant to help developers quickly figure out what kind ...

Virginia state agency cancels Jerusalem trip citing Israeli discrimination

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The state agency that regulates the legal profession in Virginia has canceled a planned seminar in Jerusalem following objections over Israel’s discrimination against Americans of Palestinian, Arab and Muslim ancestry. “Certain members of the Virginia State Bar and other individuals have expressed objections to the VSB’s plan to ...

In Israel, racism is the winning ballot

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Haneen Zoabi was a lightning rod for incitement during the elections campaign. The elections for the twentieth Israeli Knesset, or parliament, were not lacking in drama: there were media ploys, political realignments and several surprises as the right-wing Likud party, contrary to many expectations, defeated the Zionist Union,

Middle East War Suddenly Getting a Lot More Warlike

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I'm a little behind on the news right now, but it sure looks like things are getting a whole lot hotter in the Middle East. Here are a few headlines: Tikrit airstrikes draw U.S. into battle between militants and Iraqi forces Obama Says He Will Delay Withdrawal of ...

Powerful films from 5 young people: What health inequality looks like in the US

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For some of us, it’s easy to choose to be healthy. We can’t control whether disease or accidents strike, but we can decide where we live and what we eat, as well as if, when and how much we’ll exercise. Some of us live in a culture of ...

Arab states should “strike” Gaza like Yemen, says advisor to Mahmoud Abbas

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PA Chief Islamic Justice Mahmoud al-Habbash, who has called for Arab states to “strike” Gaza, seen with Mahmoud Abbas during a 2012 tour of Ramallah. A senior Palestinian Authority official has called on Arab states to “strike” Gaza, following the example of the Saudi-led bombing raids on Yemen.

3 Times the Old Ted Cruz Contradicted the New Ted Cruz

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Presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) talks a good game as an uncompromising conservative. But before he vowed to destroy Obamacare only to admit he may use it, before he forsook rock'n'roll—back when he was a private appellate lawyer charging $695 an hour, Cruz forcefully argued positions that ...

Dolphin dies due to plastic bags in stomach

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The marine mammal may have mistaken plastic bags floating in the sea for jellyfish, which is part of its diet. KOTA KINABALU: The intestinal tract of a dolphin found in a weakened state in the shallow waters of Likas Bay here about two weeks ago was filled with ...

Great Barrier Reef protection zones help boost fish stocks 'to pre-European times'

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Long-term study in the reef’s marine park finds an 80% difference in the biomass of coral trout between areas where fishing is allowed and no-go zonesThursday 26 March 2015 23.45 EDTLast modified on Thursday 26 March 2015 23.48 EDTThe expansion of no-fishing zones across the Great Barrier Reef ...

3D Robotics Launches DroneKit, Its API For Building Drone Apps

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3D Robotics, the largest U.S.-based drone manufacturer, today announced the launch of DroneKit, its open-source API for writing drone apps. Because 3D Robotics has always taken a platform approach, DroneKit will work with any drone that uses its APM autopilot (and while there are quite a few of ...

U.K. government scientists hit with media restrictions

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The U.K. government wants scientists at the Met Office and other government institutes to ask permission before giving interviews. Advocates for science communication in the United Kingdom have expressed “deep concern” about a change to the Civil Service Code for public workers, including researchers at government agencies. The ...

Watch: President Obama Gets Real About The Drug War With

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By Liz Shannon Miller | Indiewire Fri Mar 27 10:49:57 EDT 2015 READ MORE: 'The Wire' Changed His Life and 'Treme' Defined An Era: Wendell Pierce on Creating Great Art on TV The President of the United States has been on the record for a while as being ...

Girls will drive development

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2 mentions2 days ago Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UN Undersecretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, 25 March 2015 — Africa, Development Debates, Girls & Women Adolescent girls are the creators, nurturers and builders of both their own and the world’s future. They can play an enormous role in bringing about sustainable development.

The 'Reach' of Anti-Choice Hyde Amendment May Get Wider

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Reproductive health and justice advocates are objecting that the popular bill still includes Hyde Amendment language to prohibit community health centers from performing abortions except in very limited circumstances.(Shutterstock) The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday easily passed a bipartisan bill that would permanently fix the way Medicare ...

Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Steps into the Ring in 'Southpaw'

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By Zack Sharf | Indiewire Fri Mar 27 10:38:21 EDT 2015 READ MORE: First Look: Jake Gyllenhaal Is Ripped In Boxing Pic ‘Southpaw’ Thanks to tremendous work in films like "Prisoners," "Enemy" and last year's "Nightcrawler," Jake Gyllenhaal has become one of the more reliable dramatic actors currently ...

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