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How Many Cows for an Educated Girl?

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As most people who follow development issues are well aware, educating women and girls is widely hailed as the single activity that most dramatically increases all other development goals. Among a host of other benefits, it reduces poverty, increases economic activity, improves nutrition and reduces conflict. This message ...

UNHCR gives qualified welcome to EU Mediterranean plans

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GENEVA, Italy, April 21 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday welcomed European plans to tackle the challenges of irregular migration in the Mediterranean, but said saving human lives at sea should remain the priority after hundreds of refugees and migrants lost their lives. The European Union ...

New Document Cache Shows the Real Roots of ISIS Are as Much Secular as Religious

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Spiegel has quite a fascinating report this week about the origins and growth of ISIS. It's a great counterpoint to Graeme Wood's Atlantic piece from February that focused on the Islamic and theological roots of ISIS and the territorial ambitions of its self-appointed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But ...

Every week or so, I go to the Senate floor to tell the stories of a handful of the 2,639 people who…

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Every week or so, I go to the Senate floor to tell the stories of a handful of the 646 people who are killed each week by guns in America. Some have questioned why I continue to return to the Senate floor, over and over, when it is ...

Scott Walker May Have Just Scored 2016's Biggest Sugar Daddies

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Charles and David Koch have already made it clear that they plan to do everything in their power to prevent Hillary Clinton (or, in case she stumbles, any other Democrat) from winning the presidency. The moguls hope to garner $889 million for the 2016 election from their networks,

Toni Morrison Knows All About the "Little Drop of Poison" in Your Childhood

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Toni Morrison is no stranger to historical fiction. Her last novel, Home, whisked readers into the shoes of a struggling Korean War veteran. A Mercy, the one before that, pictured life through the eyes of teenage bondswomen on a 17th-century Anglo-Dutch farm. And who could forget Beloved, her ...

Chart of the Day: Obamacare Is Popular!

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Guess what? Obamacare's popularity has been rising slowly but steadily for the past two years, and in April it hit a milestone. According to Kaiser, it is now more popular than unpopular. Not by much, but at least it's making progress. Kevin Drum is a political blogger for ...

Climate justice is intersectional feminism in action

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Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site.On a rainy Friday morning in mid-April, a group of Harvard University dining hall workers brought a petition about workplace conditions to the office of University President Drew Gilipin Faust.But President Faust wasn’t there. Instead, the employees presented ...

Tired of Remembering Passwords? Try Swallowing Them Instead.

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Chances are you're bad at passwords. Most of us are. A recent statistic offered up by Jonathan LeBlanc, the global head of developer advocacy at PayPal, suggests that nearly 10 percent of people have a password consisting of 123456, 12345678, or, simply, "password." LeBlanc has some bold thoughts ...

George Will Trashes the Dominant Business Theme of Our Time

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George Will, political commentator and serial mangler of climate science, wrote a column last week that lampoons American universities' latest strain of political correctness. It travels under that six-syllable Rorschach test of a word, sustainability. No argument there. The overuse of "sustainability" is more than a little ridiculous.

Hunting Ebola in Freetown: A day in the life of an epidemiologist

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Sometimes described as disease detectives, epidemiologists play a crucial role in every outbreak. "Our job is to find every single link. We need to find out who infected whom, how, and where" says Dr Katrina Roper, a WHO epidemiologist working in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Today more WHO outbreak ...

Over 30,000 Soccer Fans Support the Fight Against Ebola at 12th Annual Match Against Poverty

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United Nations Development Programme team led by Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane competed against French Saint Etienne All Stars with final score 7-9 Saint Etienne, France April 20, 2015 –The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) mobilized its team of top football players today to compete against a Saint Etienne All Stars, in France’s Ligue 1 club to raise both funds for and awareness to help West African nations recover from the Ebola virus crisis. Two thirds of the match proceeds will be used for recovery efforts in Guinea, Liberia ...

Atlassian Acquires Open Source Video Conferencing Company BlueJimp To Power HipChat’s Video Chat

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Atlassian, the company behind developer and collaboration tools like JIRA, Confluence and HipChat, today announced that it has acquired the video conferencing service BlueJimp. BlueJimp, which is headquartered in Strasbourg, France, is the company behind Jitsi, a popular open-source chat and video conferencing tool. BlueJimp’s technology will replace ...

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GENEVA (20 April 2015) - In the wake of the loss of 700 or more lives after a boat carrying migrants capsized at the weekend, the UN Human Rights Chief on Monday urged European Union governments to take a “more sophisticated, more courageous and less callous approach” to coping with the flows of migrants towards Europe. “As we learn of yet more men, women and children who have lost their lives in their search for better and safer lives abroad, I am horrified but not surprised by this latest tragedy.

NYC Apartments, Art Top Gold as Stores of Wealth, Says Fink

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Gold’s traditional role as a store of wealth has been usurped by contemporary art and apartments in cities such as New York and London, according to Laurence D. Fink, head of the world’s biggest asset manager. “Historically gold was a great instrument for storing of wealth,” the chairman ...

El-Erian: The Biggest Risk for The Fed Is That They Are Too Successful

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and her colleagues have stressed in recent speeches that monetary policy will remain unusually easy after they begin to tighten for the first time in almost a decade.In what Mohamed El-Erian calls a historic experiment, the Fed wants to both tighten its policy ...

Chimpanzees Take a Huge Step Toward (Some) Human Rights

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According to a New York judge, two chimpanzees now have a right that until Monday was reserved for humans. The chimps, used in research at Stony Brook University, may never actually be released, but the court’s move represents a historic change in thinking about animal rights. Here’s what ...

Euro-Area Debt Levels Surge to Record, Led by Greece

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Government debt in the euro area surged to the highest levels since the introduction of the single currency, underscoring the challenges still confronting the 19-nation bloc as it wrestles with Greece over new aid payments. Greece’s debt pile swelled to a new high of 177.1 percent of gross domestic product at the end of 2014, up from 175 percent a year earlier, the European Union’s statistics office in Luxembourg said today. For the euro zone as a whole, government debt rose to a record 91.9 percent of GDP last year ...

Times Coverage of Ebola: Pulitzer-Winning Articles and More

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The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has been the worst in history, claiming more than 10,000 lives. To convey the scale of the outbreak, The Times has mobilized dozens of reporters, photographers, video journalists and others over the last year, producing more than 400 articles, including about 50 ...

Where Are The Big Ideas in Neuroscience? (Part 1)

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By “big” ideas, I mean schools of thought, philosophies, or movements. Psychology has had, and continues to have, plenty of them: behaviorism, cognitivism, Freudianism, social constructionism, to name a few. But whenever I’ve tried to think of the neuroscience equivalents of these big ideas, I’ve drawn a blank.

Tales From City of Hope #1: The Buzzcut Has Landed

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Well, I'm here at City of Hope. On Tuesday at 7 am the final round of chemotherapy begins. I'm staying in a little studio apartment in Parsons Village, which is on the grounds of the City of Hope campus. The picture on the right provides a glimpse of ...

Review: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is Proof We Don't Need

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By Eric Kohn | Indiewire Tue Apr 21 17:02:34 EDT 2015 It takes less than five minutes before "Avengers: Age of Ultron" reveals its glamor shot of its six main heroes barreling forward in glorious slo-mo. In the previous movie, Joss Whedon spent much of the dazzling running ...

Are we watching a paradigm shift? 7 hot trends in cognitive neuroscience according to me

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In the spirit of procrastination, here is a random list I made up of things that seem to be trending in cognitive neuroscience right now, with a quick description of each. These are purely pulled from the depths of speculation, so please do feel free to disagree. Most ...

Who Subsidizes Restaurant Workers' Pitiful Wages? You Do

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For Americans who like to eat out occasionally, the full-service restaurant industry is full of relatively affordable options—think Olive Garden, Applebees, or Chili's. But these spots aren't exactly a bargain once a hefty hidden cost is factored in: The amount of taxpayer assistance that goes to workers earning ...

#InterfaithWorks

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Watch the event live on UN WebTV: http://webtv.un.org Join the online conversation using hashtags #ToleranceReconciliation & #InterfaithWorks.A high-level debate will take place on 21-22 April 2015 at UN Headquarters with religious leaders from around the world to look at ways of promoting tolerance and reconciliation, and as a ...

China Has Even More Megacities Than You Thought

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How many megacities does China have? The United Nations puts it at six. Try 15. China is urbanizing at a staggering rate—in 35 years, it has added more than 500 million people to its cities. As a result, it looks like the world has vastly underestimated the size ...

The BP Oil Spill Happened 5 Years Ago Today. We're Still Paying the Price.

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The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago today, killing 11 men and sending nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the sea. After the well was finally plugged, the national media went home, but the story is still very much unfolding ...

A healthy soil is a living soil

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Our soils support our planet's biodiversity and they host a quarter of the total Soil is one of nature's most complex ecosystems and one of the most diverse habitats on earth: it contains a myriad of different organisms, which interact and contribute to the global cycles that make ...

The Government Killed 8 Eagles, 730 Cats, and a Million Starlings Last Year

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President Obama finally released his kill list, and it's 46 pages long. No, not the list of suspected terrorists targeted for extrajudicial killing—the Department of Agriculture's tally of every animal it killed or euthanized over the last fiscal year. All 2,713,570 of them, from 319 different species. The ...

Google Brings Street View To Loch Ness

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Exactly eighty-one years ago today, the Daily Mail printed what is now the most famous photo of the Loch Ness Monster. To celebrate this special day in cryptozoology, Google today launched its Street View imagery of the famous lake. You can now use Street View to explore both ...

5 Numbers That Will Shape the Future of US Solar in 2015 and 2016

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NRG Energy Exec Questions Why Solar Is the ‘Bad Boy,’ While Efficiency Is Good Report: ‘Load Defection’ From Customer-Owned Solar and Batteries Is Already Here Will Railed Solar Racking Systems Soon Be Obsolete in the Residential Sector?

Razorfish’s Jeff Dachis Launches One Drop, An App For Diabetics To Log And Share Info With Each Other

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Co-founder of digital marketing agency Razorfish Jeff Dachis has a new app for diabetes called One Drop, which just launched in the App Store today. Dachis has always been a health-minded individual. He eats well, works out and runs marathons. So, it was a bit of a shock ...

Stop Calling. Schedule Local Biz Appointments With MyTime, Which Just Scored $9.3M

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“I don’t know anyone who likes calling businesses. It’s not fast or convenient, and it definitely doesn’t feel like the future.” Mark Zuckerberg may as well have been explaining the need for MyTime when he said that last month about Messenger’s upcoming business chat feature. But while Facebook’s ...

April 20th to April 22nd #NoworNever the Past, Present, and Future of #ClimateCrisis in NYC

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This Monday begins three days of action to demonstrate the solidarity, sanity, and vision that we need to unite and confront a climate poisoned by capitalism, kicking off a season of climate action. This is a crucial year to move New York City to meet the urgency of ...

This Woman Turned Her Stoner Instagram Feed Into a Career

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Before Caroline Goldfarb posts a photo to Instagram under the handle officialseanpenn, she sends a group text to three of her closest confidants. Many are images of celebrities with a strong gay following, such as Barbra Streisand or Kathy Griffin, and her informal board—all gay men—is quick to ...

Amazon Expands Its Travel Footprint With New “Local Getaways” Site, Amazon Destinations

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Amazon last night rolled out a new travel site it’s calling Amazon Destinations, which focuses on helping customers find “getaway destinations” within driving distance of their homes. Currently, Amazon Destinations features hotel selections in three U.S. metro areas: L.A., New York and Seattle, the company says. This is ...

Peer-To-Peer Pet Boarding Marketplace DogVacay Launches Daycare

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Have you ever seen a home security video of what dogs do when their owners go to work? I like to imagine that they chill out and celebrate like teenagers whose parents are away, but that’s not usually the case. They typically either mope in the same spot ...

Adults Are The Future

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As someone who has publicly stumbled into a career in space, I often get asked about my interest in space as a little girl – if I had dreams of being an astronaut growing up, if I begged to go to space camp. These questions often bother me, not for being asked, but in the way they’re asked. In a sense, they’re not even questions. The interviewer is throwing me what they believe to be a softball question, assuming with almost certainty that I’ll have a quaint heart-warming story about ...

This new Twitter feature has a lot of people really upset

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Today, the world caught wind of a new plan by Twitter to enable all users to receive direct messages from anybody, regardless of whether or not you're following them. Twitter's direct messaging system usually only lets you send private, one-to-one messages to users who follow you on the ...

Did Hillel board member inappropriately advise Stanford on divestment request?

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Members of Students for Justice in Palestine at Stanford say board member of pro-Israel group should not have advised the university on their divestment request. (via Stanford SJP) A board member of an Israel-aligned group played a key role in discussions which led administrators at California’s Stanford University ...

Ben & Jerry's made a stoner version of Apple's classic '1984' ad in honor of 4/20

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In honor of stoner holiday 4/20, Ben & Jerry's has released an ice cream burrito, the BRRR-ito.The company announced the new product in a parody of Apple's legendary "1984" commercial, which is "widely considered the greatest commercial in Super Bowl history." Both commercials feature rows of zombie-like people ...

Ellen Page explored legal action against Sony after nude video-game images leaked online

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Jason Kempin/Getty ImagesEllen Page has never appeared nude in a film. She did, however, appear nude in a video game. As a result Page explored legal action, emails from the Sony email breach show, according to the WikiLeaks archive of leaked Sony emails. The game, "Beyond: Two Souls," ...

Watch John Oliver make fun of patent trolls on 'Last Week Tonight'

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Last Week Tonight with John OliverJohn Oliver is not a fan of patent trolls. In the latest episode of "Last Week Tonight," Oliver skewers patent trolls, or companies that make most of their money not from producing goods or providing services, but by amassing the rights to numerous ...

Judge Lets Cop Walk After Deadly Shooting Because He Thought The Charges Weren’t Severe Enough

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"Judge Lets Cop Walk After Deadly Shooting Because He Thought The Charges Weren’t Severe Enough" A photographic display during a protest outside the Chicago Police headquarters before the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson. Late Monday, a Cook County judge acquitted ...

Microsoft Announces Azure Service Fabric, A New Framework For Building Highly Scalable Cloud Services

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Microsoft today announced Azure Service Fabric, a new Azure service that aims to make it easier for developers at startups and ISVs to create highly scalable cloud applications. The idea is to give developers the tools necessary to build cloud apps without ever having to worry about scaling ...

Early Twitter Vets Launch Color Genomics To Make Genetic Screenings For Breast Cancer Affordable

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I’m always excited when an experienced team from the consumer mobile world crosses over into a complex and formidable area like healthcare or biotech. With Color Genomics, we’re getting just that. Elad Gil and Othman Laraki, who sold Mixer Labs to Twitter six years ago and went on ...

UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration

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Note: Before the Committee of Experts on Public Administration was renamed it was called the Group of Experts in Public Administration and Finance. Click here to see sessions 12 to 15 of the Group of Experts in Public Administration and Finance Since its conversion from a Group into ...

The U.S. Economy Keeps Disappointing

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A woman walks past the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C., U.S. The U.S. economy had a disappointing start to the year, and for now there isn't much evidence of a strong comeback. U.S. indicators are continuing to undershoot analysts’ estimates, according to the Bloomberg ...
 

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