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Mount Holyoke Students Advocate For The Rights Of Transgender Students At Women’s Colleges

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This BuzzFeed homepage is tailored for our readers in the USA. Make it your default.This BuzzFeed homepage is tailored for our readers in the USA. Switch to USHave you seen BuzzFeed English? Come check it out! Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. sits about 10 miles away from Smith College, another women’s college in the state of Massachusetts. Both schools are single-sex institutions of higher learning, and both schools are also facing difficulties in accommodating transgender students. Earlier this year, students at Smith protested their college’s refusal to ...

Extreme Moneyball: Houston Astros' Jeff Luhnow Lets Data Reign

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Professional baseball is an insular business, so when Jeff Luhnow showed up for his first day of work as the St. Louis Cardinals’ vice president for baseball development, he already had two strikes against him: He was a former management consultant at McKinsey, brought in to shake up ...

A Map of Every Device in the World That's Connected to the Internet

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Where is the internet? This map might explain it better than any statistics could ever hope to: The red hot spots show where the most devices that can access the internet are located. This map was made on August 2 by John Matherly, the founder of Shodan, a ...

5 Terrifying Facts From the Leaked UN Climate Report

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How many synonyms for "grim" can I pack into one article? I had to consult the thesaurus: ghastly, horrid, awful, shocking, grisly, gruesome. This week, a big report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was leaked before publication, and it confirmed, yet again, the grim—dire, frightful—reality ...

This Elderly Gentleman Was Born With His Brain Hemispheres Disconnected. How Did It Affect Him? Barely At All

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In today's business world, disruption is a constant force that never lets up. At the annual WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive by Design, we celebrate the creative power of bold new ideas and the people that make them happen.See the event > WIRED.com © 2014 Condé Nast. All rights ...

Chart of the Day: When Women Fail, They Pay a Bigger Price Than Men

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The chart below is not part of a study that examines a statistically random set of data. It's quite informal, and probably suffers from some inherent sampling biases. Nonetheless, it's pretty astonishing: Here's the background: Kieran Snyder asked men and women working in the tech industry to share their performance reviews with her. Virtually all of them were high performers who got generally strong reviews. But it wasn't all positive: In the 177 reviews where people receive critical feedback, men and women receive different kinds. The critical feedback men receive ...

Austin, Texas Passes a New Law Making Solar a ‘Default’ Generation Resource

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The city of Austin may have just single-handedly propelled the Texas solar market into the top-ten leading states. Last night, the Austin city council voted in favor of a resolution that would increase the city's rooftop and utility-scale solar targets by 800 megawatts over the coming years. It ...

United Nations Millennium Development Goals

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The United Nations is not responsible for the content of any messages posted on this site or sites linked from this page. The inclusion of a message does not imply the endorsement of the message by the United Nations. 2015 is the Time for Global ActionThe opportunities that ...

Icelandic volcano erupts

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A warning sign blocked the road to Bárðarbunga on 20 August, as volcanologists anticipated the eruption that began on 29 August. Iceland’s Bárðarbunga volcano erupted just after midnight local time on 29 August, sending small lava fountains into the air north of the ice cap that covers the ...

Nation of Privilege Versus Rule of Law

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These days, the word “privilege” has been reduced to a trite buzzword. That’s a shame, because it used to mean more than just being born into advantageous circumstances. The word, which means “private law” in old French, originally referred to a system in which different groups of people ...

TripCast Is A Beautiful Travel Journal For iPhone

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A new mobile application called TripCast, built by the team that created photo-sharing app Cluster, allows travelers to privately share their photos with their friends back home. The app lets you create a travel journal of sorts, by not only collecting the photos and sharing them, but also ...

Scientists Cannot Explain This Crazy Ant Behavior, but They Love It

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Forget swarms of nanobots taking over the world—if something is going to band together to rise against humans, my money is on ants. Look at this video of them forming a chain to move something way bigger than any individual ant. Humans, faced with the same task, would ...

Red-Light District Dims as Zurich Bankers Curb Spending

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A prostitute walks past so-called "sex boxes," opened in 2013 with the aim of getting prostitution off Zurich's street. Like the finance industry, the sex industry has opted for a lower profile on the outskirts of town. Close A prostitute walks past so-called "sex boxes," opened in 2013 ...

JPMorgan Hack Said to Span Months Via Multiple Flaws

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Hackers burrowed into the databanks of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and deftly dodged one of the world’s largest arrays of sophisticated detection systems for months. The attack, an outline of which was provided by two people familiar with the firm’s investigation, started in June at the digital equivalent ...

3 million Syrian refugees

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This 11-Year-Old Was Locked Up Trying to Cross the Border. Read the Heartfelt Letter She Sent Obama.

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On Tuesday, the nation's top immigration court allowed a Guatemalan woman who fled her abusive husband to petition for asylum in the United States. It's a landmark ruling that immigrant rights advocates hope will protect women who have escaped horrific marital violence in countries besides Guatemala. One of ...

Ebola virus mutating rapidly as it spreads

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On 24 May, Augustine Goba received a blood sample from a pregnant woman in Sierra Leone who had fallen ill after attending the funeral of an Ebola victim in Guinea. Twenty-four hours later, the test results came back positive. Goba, who directs a diagnostic lab at Kenema Government ...

U.K. Terror Threat Raised to ‘Severe’ on New Intelligence From Syria and Iraq

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U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May said the government was raising the terror threat level to “Severe,” the second-highest level, based on new intelligence from Syria and Iraq. “The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West,” May said in a statement in London. “Some of those plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have traveled there from the U.K. and Europe to take part in those conflicts.” The “Severe” rating means an attack is “highly ...

Zimperium Updates Its Security Suite To Protect Employees’ iOS Devices From Cyberattacks

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Zimperium, a mobile security company, provides a way to test if a public network has any vulnerabilities. Now, the company has updated its Mobile Threat Defense Suite to 2.0, bringing a new app to iOS devices — zIPS. zIPS (or Zimperium Intrusion Prevention System), which was released on ...

Would Solar Roadways Work? A Government Engineer Discusses the Controversial Technology

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The reaction was expected given how technically difficult it would be to execute their vision of electrifying roads and highways with reinforced solar panels. Some questioned whether the application for solar is even necessary.But one organization -- the most important agency governing America's roads -- was willing to ...

Mentally ill more likely to be victims of homicide

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According to Time to Change, over a third of the public think people with a mental health problem are likely to be violent. Homicide by people who are also patients with mental illness is perceived as contributing to negative public attitudes towards people with mental illness. Tragic and ...

Lyft-Off: Zimride’s Long Road To Overnight Success

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When John Zimmer and Logan Green launched a new ride-sharing service called Lyft in the spring of 2012, they instantly knew they had a hit on their hands. But that wasn’t always the case. Prior to creating Lyft as part of a hack-day project, the twenty-something, first-time entrepreneurs ...

ThemeBoard Will Let Designers Share Custom Keyboards On iOS 8

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Since the introduction of custom keyboards in iOS 8 at this year’s WWDC, we’ve seen a few implementations come from developers preparing solutions aiming to make the typing experience more convenient on the iPhone. Taphive’s ThemeBoard is something else — it’s a keyboard that mostly acts like Apple’s,

3 Factors Tied To Sky-High Suicide Rate Among MDs

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A new analysis finds an astonishingly high rate of suicide among physicians in the following categories: those who were found unfit to practice; those in solo practice; or those who were taking benzodiazepine (anti-anxiety) drugs. The analysis, published in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry, found that seven of ...

Your Brain Judges Trustworthiness Before You Know It

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Your brain makes a spontaneous judgment of whether or not another person’s face is trustworthy before you are even conscious of it, according to new research published in the Journal of Neuroscience. “Our findings suggest that the brain automatically responds to a face’s trustworthiness before it is even consciously perceived,” said study author Jonathan Freeman, Ph.D., an assistant professor in New York University’s Department of Psychology. “The results are consistent with an extensive body of research suggesting that we form spontaneous judgments of other people that can be largely outside ...

White House Reboots Its Tech Staff

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A number of moves this week: The White House announced its intention for Danny Marti to be its new piracy guru, departing national CTO Todd Park will return to Silicon Valley, but keep working for the government, Google X’s Megan Smith is said to be a top contender ...

An Interview With Max Gurvits, Boy VC

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Max Gurvits is an investor. Based in Bulgaria, the peripatetic VC is almost everywhere, showing up at events around the world and scouting out some amazing ideas. I talked to him about how he became a VC at a comparatively young age and what it takes to make ...

How Does a 9-Year-Old Come to Shoot a Fully Automatic Weapon?

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A 9-year-old in Arizona accidentally killed her gun instructor on Monday when the Uzi he was teaching her to fire recoiled out of her control and shot him in the head. A video of the incident shows 39-year-old Charles Vacca switching the gun into automatic mode, then standing ...

This is What a Russian Invasion of Ukraine Looks Like

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It has become quite hard for Vladimir Putin to deny that Russia's activities in Eastern Europe are benign. On Thursday, Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, announced that "Russian forces have actually entered Ukraine." And at a State Department briefing, spokeswoman Jen Psaki called Russia's activities "an incursion and a ...

Cost to control Ebola shoots up

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World Health Organization projects 20,000 cases and requests US$490 million to control West Africa outbreak. Controlling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will require a cash infusion of up to US$490 million from international donors over the next six to nine months, the World Health Organization (WHO) said ...

Fracking Has Contaminated Drinking Water In Pennsylvania 243 Times, State Agency Reports

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For the first time, Pennsylvania has made public 243 cases of contamination of private drinking wells from oil and gas drilling operations. As the AP reports, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection posted details about the contamination cases online on Thursday. The cases occurred in 22 counties, with Susquehanna,

Google Launches Guest Mode For Chrome Beta

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Google is launching a new feature in the Chrome beta channel for Windows, Mac and Linux today that will make it easier — and safer — to let others use your computer. Typically, when you give your laptop to somebody else, it’s pretty trivial for the other person ...

Why Bill Gates’ Claims About the Cost of Renewable Energy Are So Important to Address

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Why doesn’t the leader of a $53 billion private foundation have the latest data on clean energy costs? Bill Gates is a very influential guy -- not just because he founded Microsoft, but because of his powerful foundation. With $53 billion in income, the Bill & Melinda Gates ...

Mikael Hed Steps Down As CEO Of Wavering Angry Birds Maker Rovio, Pekka Rantala Steps In

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A changing of the hoodie at Rovio, the Finalnd-based creator of the catapulting Angry Birds series of casual games that has seen its profit fall by more than half in the last year: its CEO Mikael Hed is stepping down, and he is passing on the reigns to ...

Op-ed: This Is What Happens When a Generation Is Raised on LGBT Visibility

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As I sat in the audience at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, I witnessed something I’d dreamed of seeing since my earliest days out of the closet. Every time J.Lo., Jay Z, or Beyoncé stepped onto the stage the audience around me erupted in cheers. Of ...

Starfish Aims To Prevent Accidental Heatstroke Deaths By Alerting Parents To Children Left In Cars

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New, first-time parents are terrified that they’re going to somehow accidentally hurt their baby – they will drop the child, or hit that weird soft spot on the baby’s head. Or maybe they’ll forget to put the baby on their back to sleep, and they will die of ...

How Trayvon Martin’s Death Launched a New Generation of Black Activism

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On July 13, 2013, George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American 17-year-old walking home from a 7-Eleven. What The Washington Post and other media outlets had dubbed “the trial of the century” was over, with a deeply unsettling verdict. In ...

In the Restaurant Biz, It Pays To Be a Man

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Via Wonkblog, here's a chart showing the pay gap between men and women in the restaurant industry. It comes from a but the premium goes up for the highest paying jobs. Busser and cashiers are paid nearly the same regardless of gender. But when you move up to ...

Manhattanization could be the best thing ever for Toronto: Hume

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What makes Manhattan unique, writes Christopher Hume, is not the number of skyscrapers or their height; it’s the city’s passionate embrace of density. Ignore the hand-wringing. Forget the predictions of doom and gloom. The Manhattanization of Toronto will be best thing to happen to this city. Though the ...

'Wandering stones' of Death Valley explained

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Scientists spot ice shoving rocks on Racetrack Playa in California, resolving a longstanding geological enigma. Ending a half-century of geological speculation, scientists have finally seen the process that causes rocks to move atop Racetrack Playa, a desert lake bed in the mountains above Death Valley, California. Researchers watched ...

Israel tech site paying “interns” to covertly plant stories in social media

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An investigation by The Electronic Intifada has revealed that the online publication Israel21c is hiring students as “digital ambassadors” to plant its stories in online discussion forums and social media without revealing that they work for the publication. Israel21c is part of propaganda efforts aimed to improve Israel’s ...

Top Immigration Court Hands Huge Win to Battered Women Seeking Asylum. Conservatives Freak Out.

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On Tuesday, the country's top immigration court ruled that some migrants escaping domestic violence may qualify for asylum in the US. The decision, from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), is a landmark: It's the first time that this court has recognized a protected group that primarily includes ...

Remember the Wendy Davis Filibuster? The Law She Fought Is Driving Dozens of Abortion Clinics Out of Business

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At the new Planned Parenthood clinic in Dallas earlier this month, exam rooms were stocked, desks, chairs, and computers were installed, even a few phones had started to ring. Construction workers came in and out, and the waiting room stood empty, save for a corner stack of moving ...

Muslim Basketball Player Speaks Out Against International Federation's Ban On Religious Headwear

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India’s Amritpal Singh (right) opted to play even after FIBA officials banned him from wearing a turban, but said he was “humiliated.” The International Basketball Association’s ban on religious headwear like turbans, hijabs, and yarmulkes worn by some Sikh, Muslim, and Jewish basketball players is an “extremely disrespectful” ...

Powering the World’s Poorer Economies: A Response to Bill Gates and Jigar Shah

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates and SunEdison founder Jigar Shah have clashed in a heated debate over the best way to provide energy access to the world’s poor. Gates sides with Bjorn Lomborg (author of The Skeptical Environmentalist) in making a call for centralized, fossil-fuel-based electrification. Shah calls for ...

Ebola's heavy toll on study authors

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The ongoing Ebola virus disease outbreak is taking an appalling toll on health workers in West Africa. More than 240 have been infected and more than 120 have died. At Kenema Government Hospital (KGH) in Sierra Leone, where the country’s first case was diagnosed, more than 2 dozen ...

New book reveals top-secret collusion between Israel, US during twenty years of “peace talks”

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“I’ll back you and protect you, I’m your guy … it’s very upsetting … all the Arabs are the same,” US President Bill Clinton told Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in a 19 July 2000 meeting during the failed Camp David summit with Palestinian Authority president Yasser Arafat.

Nokia’s Here Maps Its Future On Samsung With Its First Android And Tizen Apps

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Opera may have taken some of the wind out of the Nokia brand with the news that its browser will be replacing Nokia’s on the now-Microsoft-owned, winding down, feature handset business. But today the Finnish company that has remained after the Microsoft handset sale had some interesting news ...

Ebola Cases May Surpass 20,000, WHO Says in Updated Plan

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More than 20,000 people may be infected with the Ebola virus before the outbreak in West Africa is controlled, the World Health Organization said as it sought $490 million in funding. The number of people falling ill is accelerating, with more than 40 percent of the infections happening in the past 21 days, the Geneva-based United Nations agency said in an e-mailed statement today. In some areas, the number of cases may be two to four times higher than reported, the WHO said in a separate document, a so-called road ...

"Let Men Be Men": Fox News Hosts Defend Catcalling

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Previously:The Show That Sexism Built: Fox Drops All Pretense With Outnumbered"Girls Like Pretty Ponies, And Boys Like Toy Trucks": Fox's Outnumbered Is Absurdly Sexist Our blog section features rapid response fact-checks of conservative misinformation, links to media criticism from around the web, commentary, analysis and breaking news from ...
 

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