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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 ...

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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 ...

Why Rick Scott's Facing a Tea Party Revolt in Florida

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Rick Scott was a tea party darling when he squeaked out a victory in 2010 to become governor of Florida with the help of an army of grassroots conservative activists. Four years later, Scott, facing a tight reelection race, is having trouble rallying his former soldiers to his ...

Quote of the Day: Go Away, I'm Performing Brain Surgery

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From the campaign of GOP House candidate Monica Wehby, declining to respond to allegations of plagiarism: 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,

Polling Cage Fight Heats Up Today

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I don’t like to call out other forecasters by name unless I have something positive to say about them.... But he wants to make an exception for one guy: Sam Wang. The guy is so preposterously deluded that something just has to be said: That model is wrong ...

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 ...

Tim Cook Interview: The iPhone 6, the Apple Watch, and Being Nice

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Steve Jobs’s office remains Steve Jobs’s office. After his death in 2011, Tim Cook, his friend and successor as Apple (AAPL) chief executive officer, decided to leave the sparsely decorated room on the fourth floor of 1 Infinite Loop untouched. It’s not a shrine or place of mourning,

How to Join 9,000 U.S. Taxpayers With Romney-Sized IRAs

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves from his campaign plane after a campaign rally at Avion Jet Center on Nov. 5, 2012. Close Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves from his campaign plane after a campaign rally at Avion Jet Center on Nov. 5, 2012. The Government Accountability ...

Why global violence against women and girls must become new UK priority

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A recent UN study found that one in 10 girls face sexual abuse. While these statistics may be shocking, they are not surprising. Violence against women and girls can be described as a global pandemic: 35% of women will experience one form of violence in their lifetime; 30% ...

10 big questions the Pew Research Center has tackled in the past decade

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Ten years ago, the Pew Research Center was established by The Pew Charitable Trusts to bring together several of Pew’s information initiatives. The new organization had a unique mission to offer nonpartisan, non-advocacy information to decision-makers and the public. The Center has amassed a large body of work ...

This Republican Tried To Stop North Carolina From Apologizing For A Racist Massacre. He’d Like Your Vote, Please.

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In 1898, furious that a mixed-race coalition had swept the city's municipal elections, white supremacists burned down a black-owned newspaper in Wilmington, North Carolina; overthrew the local government; and killed at least 25 black residents in a week of rioting. It was one of the worst single incidents ...

Scotland Independence, English Cities and the State of American Federalism

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As Scotland prepares to vote on independence this week, it is easy to dismiss the upheaval “across the pond” as irrelevant to American political institutions and arrangements. Despite our nation’s deep partisan divide and the occasional wild secession talk of demagogic politicians in Texas and elsewhere, an American ...

Bobby Jindal: "I'm Not an Evolutionary Biologist"

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At a breakfast event today, a journalist reportedly questioned Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal about whether he believes in evolution. This is pretty pertinent. Several years ago Jindal signed into law the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act. The law, according to the National Center for Science Education, "invites lessons ...

Ahead of independence vote, Britain pledges state funding to Scotland

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EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Britain promised to guarantee Scotland high levels of state funding, granting Scots greater control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday's vote on independence. With polls showing the decision on the fate of the United ...

Thick Middles Get Thicker as Americans Add Belly Fat

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Americans are getting more apple-shaped, packing inches onto their middles even amid signs the torrid pace of weight gain nationally has slowed. The average U.S. waist circumference steadily increased to 38.8 inches in 2012, up more than 1 inch in about a dozen years, according to a study ...

This GOP Benghazi Hearing Is Actually Worth Having

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Benghazi! It's back. On Wednesday, the select committee on Benghazi set up by House Speaker John Boehner—who yanked this conservative crusade from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and handed it to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)—will stage its first public hearing. In a surprising move that might disappoint right-wingers yearning ...

The Demise of a Group Backing Moderate Syrian Rebels Is a Bad Sign for Obama's Anti-ISIS Campaign

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Last week, President Barack Obama outlined his plan for expanding military action against ISIS, the murderous Islamic extremist group that controls territory in Iraq and Syria. His beefed-up campaign includes increased funding previously announced (up to $500 million) to train and arm supposedly moderate rebels in Syria who ...

Auth0 Raises $2.4M To Help Developers Plug Into Identity Platforms Like Facebook

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Auth0, a startup offering what it calls “identity-as-a-service”, is announcing that it has raised $2.4 million in seed funding. CEO Jon Gelsey told me that Auth0 (for those of you who have the same question I did: It’s pronounced “auth-zero”) is trying to solve a problem that team ...

The State of Food Insecurity in the World

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The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014 presents updated estimates of undernourishment and progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and World Food Summit (WFS) hunger targets. A stock-taking of where we stand on reducing hunger and malnutrition shows that progress in hunger reduction at the ...

Scots Referendum Tension Spills Over as Miliband Jostled

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The Scottish nationalist trying to wave a flag behind Labour Party leader Ed Miliband’s head found his path blocked by an elderly opponent of independence. So with both hands, he shoved the man out of the way. The incident in an Edinburgh shopping mall happened during what was ...

Diversity: Pride in science

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The sciences can be a sanctuary for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, but biases may still discourage many from coming out. “I was the golden child,” says Justin Trotter, thinking back to his teenage years living near the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County, Florida. The handsome,

Calpers Is Done With Hedge Funds; Paid $135 Million in Fees Last Year for 7.1% Return

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The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s decision to divest its entire $4 billion from hedge funds came after officials concluded the program couldn’t be expanded enough to justify the costs. “Our hedge fund allocation was quite small,” interim Chief Investment Officer Ted Eliopoulos said today on Bloomberg Television’s ...

Poverty in U.S. Declines for First Time Since Before Recession

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Marty Matthews, a 52-year-old from Washington, is among those who could soon be on firmer financial footing. Matthews started a new construction job in Laurel, Maryland, this week after losing his old job as a contractor for the Department of Defense in January. Close Marty Matthews, a 52-year-old ...

Some See Garbage, Others See an Opportunity: Installing Solar on Landfills

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Philip Hall,Borrego Solar Systems, Inc.September 17, 2014|0 CommentsGreen Mountain Power just broke ground on a 2-MW photovoltaic plant in Rutland, Vermont. While some other large PV systems planned for the area have met with strong opposition (some residents worry large, ground-mount solar arrays will be an eyesore ...

Leaked email reveals ADL advice to universities urging anti-Palestine crackdown

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As college students go back to class across the US, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is urging a renewed crackdown on Palestine solidarity activism on campus – and at least one California university leader appears to be receptive. University of California, Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi’s office shared an email ...

The Neurocritic: Should Policy Makers and Financial Institutions Have Access to Billions of Brain Scans?

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Deconstructing the most sensationalistic recent findings in Human Brain Imaging, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Psychopharmacology Born in West Virginia in 1980, The Neurocritic embarked upon a roadtrip across America at the age of thirteen with his mother. She abandoned him when they reached San Francisco and The Neurocritic descended ...

Europe: National Courts Extend Reach of Justice

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Protesters, with photos of victims killed in chemical attacks in Iraq, gather outside the district courthouse in The Hague on November 21, 2005, as the trial opens against Dutch businessman Frans van Anraat. The court convicted Van Anraat of complicity in war crimes for having supplied Saddam Hussein ...

DataFox Pushes Its Business Intelligence Service Into Beta

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Last week at Disrupt SF, DataFox pitched what it called a “predictive intelligence” service, aimed at bringing a wealth of data concerning corporations — their landmarks, hiring trends, funding and valuation — to everyone. For a deep dive into how the product works, who is on the founding ...

Palestinians to ask UN for recognition as state soon, Abbas tells Herzog

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Herzog meets with Abbas in Ramallah. (photo credit:OFFICE OF ISAAC HERZOG (LABOR)) Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stood his ground, saying he plans to ask the UN for recognition in several ways, when opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) visited him in Ramallah Wednesday.Abbas told Herzog he also plans ...

The 50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media

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It was hard enough picking a single most influential LGBT person for this list (and, in the end, it was a tie), so you can imagine the trouble we had narrowing down our picks to 50 and then ranking each. To do it, first we asked a number ...

Early Intervention Can Curb Aggression in Kids

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Timely new research discovers aggressive children are less likely to become violent criminals or psychiatrically troubled adults if they receive early school and home-based interventions. The Fast-Track Project study, by researchers at Duke, Pennsylvania State, Vanderbilt universities and the University of Washington, began in 1991 with the screening ...

Calpers to Exit Hedge Funds, Citing Expenses, Complexity

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The California Public Employees’ Retirement System plans to divest the entire $4 billion that it has with hedge funds, saying they’re too expensive and complex. The decision to eliminate 24 hedge funds and six hedge fund-of-funds, isn’t related to the performance of the program, said Ted Eliopoulos, the interim chief investment officer. The board of the $298 billion pension, known as Calpers, hasn’t decided where to invest the money after the pullout, which will take about a year, he said. “We concluded that we would eliminate the hedge fund program ...

Hitchcock thriller reveals busy mind in 'vegetative' man

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Brain scans from a man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years show activity similar to that of healthy viewers. A dozen volunteers watched Alfred Hitchcock for science while lying motionless in a magnetic-resonance scanner. Another participant, a man who has lived in a vegetative ...

Patek Philippe and Rolex: Building a Solid Watch Portfolio

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Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) –- Building a solid portfolio of watches takes research and time. So where to begin? Steve Kivel from NY's Central Watch has some advice on how to get the best return on your timepieces. (Source: Bloomberg)

Tim Cook on Steve Jobs' Legacy, Office, and Apple

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Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook, who succeeded Steve Jobs, discusses the legacy of the company's founder and their friendship. "Charlie Rose" airs weeknights on Bloomberg Television at 8p & 10p ET.

The Supreme Court May Be About To Save—Or Destroy—Gay Marriage

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Supporters of gay marriage have been on a roll: In the past year, federal courts across the country have nullified same-sex marriage bans in more than a dozen states. Yet these victories are complicated by the lack of a national legal standard on gay marriage: For now, it ...

Obama Has Indeed Learned Some Foreign Policy Lessons, Just Not the Ones the Establishment Likes

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Over at FP, David Rothkopf has a long and critical examination of President Obama's foreign policy. Unfortunately, it starts with a biting assessment from "one of America's most dependable Middle Eastern allies," which is almost single-handedly enough to disqualify it as serious analysis. Anyone who still thinks that ...

Bidgely to Disaggregate the Demand Side of Hawaii’s Solar-Rich Grid

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Distributed solar power is having a big impact on Hawaii’s grid, leading state utilities and regulators to look to a variety of technologies to help it manage this new edge-of-the-grid resource. That includes smart meters and smart solar inverters, networked electric vehicle chargers, fast-responding demand response, and both ...

Mobile Photo And Video Platform Mobli Acquires Pheed

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Mobli, a Tel Aviv-based photo- and video-sharing platform that raised a $60 million round led by Carlos Slim almost a year ago, just acquired Pheed to boost its monetization capabilities. Pheed has 5 million registered users, while Mobli has 22 million. Neither company isn’t disclosing daily or monthly ...

Senior Hamas official: Abbas is afraid of Palestinian elections

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SENIOR HAMAS LEADER Mahmoud Zahar (second right), appearing in public for the first time since the 50-day began, attends a rally in Gaza City celebrating the cease-fire that began yesterday evening.. (photo credit:REUTERS) Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar said Wednesday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was afraid ...

Inmates Aren’t the Only Victims of the Prison-Industrial Complex

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Prison-reform advocates tend to focus on the plight of those behind bars. But the enforcers of this draconian system are victims as well. The Allan B. Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas (Courtesy of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice) The worst part of Dave’s job as a death-row ...

Traders Are Blaming Today's Tech Stock Sell-Off On Alibaba ... And It Isn't Even Public Yet

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But on Monday the Chinese e-commerce giant was being blamed for the more than 1.2% drop in the tech-heavy Nasdaq. Rich Barry, floor governor at the New York Stock Exchange, wrote in his afternoon commentary on Monday: "Strange moves in the market today, and some astute market-watchers are ...

Gaza goes back to school

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School is now home and shelter for thousands. Students are displaced or dead, injured or orphaned. Teacher throws her body on the children to hide them. Books are smoke and ashes. Gaza, Khan Younis, Jabaliya, Beit Hanoun - still standing. Beit Lahiya, Deir al-Balah, Bani Suhaila – we’re ...

Apple Created A New Website Just To Let People Delete That U2 Album From Their iTunes Account

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The website provides step by step instructions for taking the U2 album "Songs of Innocence" out of your iTunes account. Apple's tutorial page provides a link to a separate website where you can click "Remove Album" to confirm that you'd like the U2 album deleted from your library.

HRW Says Disabled Children In Russia Face Violence, Isolation, Neglect

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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty broadcasts in 28 languages. Most of our programs are available on FM and medium-wave frequencies of local radio stations in the countries of our broadcast area. If you are having problems listening to programs on the internet, please read our technical help ...

Class of 2014

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applying mathematical approaches to the analysis and modeling of brain connectivity and enhancing our understanding of how these connections give rise to the functions the brain performs. expanding the expressive potential of the graphic form in intricate narratives that explore the complexities of familial relationships. breaking down legal ...

This Robot Can Load A Dishwasher — Thus Solving A Massive Mathematical Problem In Robotics

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"Boris 2" was first showcased at the British Science Festival in Birmingham last Thursday. Boris's blue arms and silver hands allow him to grasp objects like a human can. The machine cost £350,000 ($570,000) and took five years to develop. Once its development is complete, it will represent ...

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GENEVA (15 September 2014) - Disability rights worldwide have reached a major milestone after the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified by the 150th country. Guyana became the latest state to ratify the Convention, which has been in force since 2008 and has seen one of the fastest rates of ratification of any of the international human rights treaties. “The 150th ratification is evidence of the commitment by the international community to promote and protect the human rights of persons with disabilities,” said Maria Soledad ...

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For 14 days, Vancouver Design Week will turn the city into a petri dish of design process, practice, and perspectives; through a wide range of independent and collaborative programming. From talks to tours, exhibits to workshops, parties to pop-ups, design across disciplines will open its doors for conversations,

Apple Patents A Strange Physics-Based GUI For iPad File And Folder Manipulation

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Apple had an interesting patent granted to it today by the USPTO (via AppleInsider), which describes a graphic user interface on the iPad that more closely resembles a desktop arrangement of files and folders than the current app-based iOS UX. The most interesting part of the patent might ...
 

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