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'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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Your Cell Phone Company Says Your Location Info Is Private. Think Again.

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On Sunday, the Washington Post published an expose revealing that private companies are peddling surveillance systems to foreign governments that track the location of cell phone users in the US and abroad. The report raised a basic question: How can this be happening when cell phone companies generally ...

Pew Study: Facebook, Twitter Users Held Back Views On Snowden

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The Pew Research Center report shows that Americans were more willing to have a conversation about NSA leaker Edward Snowden face-to-face than in discussion groups on Facebook or Twitter. Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Iceland's Seabird Colonies Are Vanishing, With "Massive" Chick Deaths

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Iceland is home to the world's largest Atlantic puffin colony, but the birds' breeding has been a "total failure" since 2005. FLATEY ISLAND, Iceland—When the days grew long, seabirds flocked to this hamlet on the edge of the Arctic to rear their chicks under the midnight sun. "Kria," ...

In Wake of Arizona Uzi Killing, NRA Tweets About Kids Having Fun With Guns

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There's no shortage of grim gun news in the United States, including regular killings involving children, but there was something particularly disturbing about an incident on Monday in which a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot her instructor to death with an Uzi. The tragedy unfolded at an Arizona gun ...

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Online Now Lets Developers Add Unlimited Stakeholders For Free

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Microsoft says it now has over 1.5 million users on Visual Studio Online, its hosted application lifecycle management service. Today, it is launching a new (and free) license for the service that makes it easier for developers to add extra stakeholders to a project who don’t need full ...

Michael Brown's Mom Laid Flowers Where He Was Shot—and Police Crushed Them

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As darkness fell on Canfield Drive on August 9, a makeshift memorial sprang up in the middle of the street where Michael Brown's body had been sprawled in plain view for more than four hours. Flowers and candles were scattered over the bloodstains on the pavement. Someone had ...

Schrödinger's cat caught on quantum film

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Schrödinger's cat is the poster child for quantum weirdness. Now it has been immortalised in a portrait created by one of the theory's strangest consequences: quantum entanglement. These images were generated using a cat stencil and entangled photons. The really spooky part is that the photons used to generate the image never interacted with the stencil, while the photons that illuminated the stencil were never seen by the camera. When two separate particles are entangled, measurements of their physical properties are correlated, and they effectively share a single quantum state.

40 Percent of Restaurant Workers Live in Near-Poverty

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It isn't just fast-food empires that rely on a low-paid, disempowered, and quite-often impoverished workforce. As a stomach-turning new report (PDF viewable here) from the Economic Policy Institute shows, the entire restaurant industry hides a dirty little labor secret under the tasteful lighting of the dining room. • ...

Quote of the Day: Let's Just Drop a Few Bombs and See What Happens

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From Bill Kristol, during an appearance on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham's show, bringing his megawatt analytic powers to bear on the problem of ISIS in Iraq: What’s the harm of bombing them at least for a few weeks and seeing what happens? I don’t think there’s much in the way of unanticipated side effects that are going to be bad there. You can't make this stuff up. We liberals often accuse folks like Kristol of mindlessly advocating military action all the time, no matter what. But we're exaggerating, aren't ...

Civil society gathers at UN to help shape new vision for global development, prosperity

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Mr. Maher Nasser, the Acting Head of UN DPI with the planning team of the conference at the last conference planning meeting. Photo: UN DPI/NGO 27 August 2014 – Civil society converged on United Nations Headquarters in New York today to make their voices heard regarding the future ...


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Geneva, 27 August 2014 – Mass atrocities by Government forces and non-State armed groups continue to take place in Syria, causing immeasurable suffering to civilians, according to a UN report released today. The report stated that the continuous influx of foreign fighters and the success of extremist groups – such the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham – were among the factors which had contributed to a spillover of violence affecting international peace and stability. “Risks of the conflict spreading further are palpable”, it emphasized. The report, based on 480 ...

Global Humanitarian Overview - Status Report, August 2014 - World

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2014 has seen a major surge in humanitarian crises around the world. Inter-agency strategic response and regional response plans now target over 76 million people in thirty-one countries compared to 52 million in December 2013. 102 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance compared ...

FBI Said to Be Probing Whether Russia Tied to JPMorgan Hacking

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Russian hackers attacked the U.S. financial system in mid-August, infiltrating and stealing data from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and at least one other bank, an incident the FBI is investigating as a possible retaliation for government-sponsored sanctions, according to two people familiar with the probe. The attack,

STUDY: Is U.S. Military Ready for Open Trans Service?

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The U.S. military could bring an immediate end to the ban on transgender service members, according to a new report. In the study, released this week, a nine-member commission determined that allowing open service by transgender people would be "neither excessively complex nor burdensome." This new report comes ...

Vivint Solar, Backed by Blackstone, Files For $200M IPO to Install and Finance PV

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Vivint Solar's $200 million IPO registration document appeared in the wee hours this morning and gave a little bit of background on the fast-growing solar installer and financier. Second only to SolarCity as an installer, Vivint Solar could also benefit from the increased access to capital afforded by ...

Scott Brown Sure Posts a Lot of Photos of Himself Working Out

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"Nothing like starting off the morning with a triathlon," tweeted former Sen. Scott Brown on August 10th. The Massachusetts transplant is gearing up for his campaign against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) this fall by literally running for office. He's also biking. And swimming. And hiking. And taking jump ...

Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’

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A major insight into human behavior from pre-internet era studies of communication is the tendency of people not to speak up about policy issues in public—or among their family, friends, and work colleagues—when they believe their own point of view is not widely shared. This tendency is called the “spiral of silence.”1 Some social media creators and supporters have hoped that social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter might produce different enough discussion venues that those with minority views might feel freer to express their opinions, thus broadening public discourse ...

High seas tragedies leave more than 300 dead on the Mediterranean in past week

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GENEVA, August 26 (UNHCR) – More than 300 people have died while trying to make irregular sea crossings from North Africa to Europe in the past week, bringing the death toll this year from sinking vesels on the Mediterranean to almost 1,900, including some 1,600 since June. "The ...

BlackRock Appointed by ECB as ABS-Program Consultant

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The European Central Bank appointed BlackRock Inc. (BLK), the world’s biggest money manager, to advise on developing a program to buy asset-backed securities. BlackRock Solutions, a unit of the New York-based company, will provide advice on the design and implementation of a potential ABS-purchase plan, an ECB spokesman said in response to e-mailed questions. Safeguards against any conflict of interest are included in the agreement, the spokesman said. ECB President Mario Draghi said in June that the central bank is intensifying preparations to purchase ABS as it strives to revive ...

LG G Watch R Will Offer A Circular Smartwatch With Android Wear In Q4 2014

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LG is doubling up on Android Wear smartwatch devices in 2014, with a circular smartwatch destined for release later this year, by the end of the fourth quarter. The LG G Watch R (presumably the R is for round) will get a proper introduction at IFA 2014 this ...

8 Building Blocks for Resilience

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Resilience is the ability to adapt to stress and change,to bounce back and rebound from negative experiences and the wear and tear of daily life. Resilience is a skills set that may be learned and practiced and benefits grow and accumulate over time. Activate the Relaxation Response: Dr.

Why I let my children walk to the corner store — and why other parents should, too

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Of all the adventures my lucky children had this summer — swimming in two oceans, hanging out on their bearded uncle’s commercial salmon fishing boat, endless Popsicles — the biggest one, they told me, was just 495 feet away in their own D.C. neighborhood. They got to walk ...

WHO calls for stronger action on climate-related health risks

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27 August 2014 ¦ GENEVA - Previously unrecognized health benefits could be realized from fast action to reduce climate change and its consequences. For example, changes in energy and transport policies could save millions of lives annually from diseases caused by high levels of air pollution. The right energy and transport policies could also reduce the burden of disease associated with physical inactivity and traffic injury.Measures to adapt to climate change could also save lives around the world by ensuring that communities are better prepared to deal with the impact ...

Why We're In A Golden Age of Global Investigative Journalism

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In our world, the news about the news is often grim. Newspapers are shrinking, folding up, or being cut loose by their parent companies. Layoffs are up and staffs are down. That investigative reporter who covered the state capitol—she's not there anymore. Newspapers like the Los Angeles Times,

Twitch: Has Amazon Acquired the Next ESPN?

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Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Ethan Kurzweil, a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, and Bloomberg's Brad Stone discuss Amazon buying Twitch for $970 million and the rapid evolution of television platforms. They speak on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

“These are war crimes,” says father of Gaza family wiped out by Israeli airstrike

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Issam Jouda mourns during the funeral of his wife and four children in Jabaliya, northern Gaza, on 24 August. An elder cousin daubed the blood that dripped from a wound near Thaer Jouda’s left eye Tuesday afternoon as the nine-year-old lay in a bed in Gaza City’s al-Shifa ...

CEO Lynn Jurich on the Future of Sunrun and Residential Solar

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It's a tumultuous high-growth era for residential solar in the U.S., and privately held Sunrun is in the thick of it. The company and its rooftop solar installer partners deployed about 100 megawatts of residential solar in 2013, half of what publicly traded market leader SolarCity did in ...

Soda Tax May Be Best Bet for Reducing Obesity in Kids

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A new study suggests a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) such as sodas, energy drinks, sweet teas, and sports drinks would reduce obesity in adolescents more than other policies. Researchers believe the tax would be more effective than renewed exercise promotions or an advertising ban and that the ...

Caught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires (Exclusive)

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At a secret meeting of elite donors convened by the Koch brothers, McConnell laid out his plan for shrinking the federal government and whined about having to vote on minimum wage bills. Last week, in an interview with Politico, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) outlined his plan ...

NBC Advertiser Runs Far, Far Away From Show Promoting Shark Slaughter

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NBC’s show “Shark Hunters” has come under fire yet again, and this time advertisers for the network are noticing.The show, which features fishermen hunting for and killing sharks that are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN Red List in a tournament, is the target of a petition that ...

Om Audio Levitating Speaker Turns Sci-Fi Into Hi-Fi

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Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) –- Californian startup Om Audio has used crowd-funding tactics to bring their levitating sound system into reality. Bloomberg’s Jessica Howard discovers there's a good reason for it. (Source: Bloomberg)

Standalone Kinect For Xbox One Will Go On Sale October 7 For $149.99

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Starting October 7, consumers who opted to buy an Xbox One without a Kinect will be able to snag one for $149.99. Microsoft unbundled the Kinect device from the Xbox One in a bid to lower the price of its current-generation console. Since then, according to the company, Xbox One sales have increased by more than 100 percent. The Xbox One is part of Microsoft’s larger Windows strategy, utilizing part of the shared Windows core. Its success or failure isn’t therefore merely a gaming play for the software company; the ...

European Travel Planner Platform, GoEuro, Pulls In Another $27M For Regional Expansion

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Berlin-based multi-mode travel planner platform GoEuro has closed a $27 million Series A funding round led by New Enterprise Associates, seven months on from topping up its seed funding with another multi-million dollar cash injection. The new funding will be specifically targeted at market expansion and ramping up ...

Another Indiana woman is being charged with feticide after seeking medical help

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A few years after Indiana tried to charge Bei Bei Shuai with feticide after she attempted suicide, the state is now going after another woman for the crime. Purvi Patel went to the ER with vaginal bleeding after delivering a fetus at home. Initially, prosecutors charged Patel with ...

"Hands Up, Don't Ship!" Minneapolis UPS workers protest shipments to Missouri police

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A dozen part-time UPS workers in Minneapolis took protest action on the job August 22, after discovering ties between Missouri law enforcement and a company, Law Enforcement Targets, whose shipments we handle each day. Some of us removed the company’s packages from trucks that would deliver them to ...

"A clumsy army beating Palestinians into submission": TIME correspondent's Nablus diary from 1990

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Murray J. Gart interviews Yasser Arafat on a plane en route to Baghdad on 25 October 1988. (Thomas Hartwell/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images) An excerpt from the unpublished memoirs of the former TIME journalist Murray J. Gart describing the occupied West Bank city of Nablus at the height ...

Pinterest Investor Fritz Lanman Working On Two Different Companies

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Less than two years after selling his company Livestar to Pinterest, early Pinterest and Square investor Fritz Lanman is up to his old entrepreneurial tricks. Lanman, a former Microsoft VP who continues to make angel investments (he led the seed round of Class Pass), is trying out the ...

Protestors block and delay Israeli ships up and down US West Coast

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Over the past two weeks, activists in port cities along the West Coast of the United States staged picket lines to prevent or delay vessels operated by Israel’s Zim shipping line from offloading cargo. The actions had been planned at the height of Israel’s assault on the Gaza ... Launches Kato Teams, A Free Chat Platform for Businesses

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There’s a lot of Alt + Tab (or if you’re on a Mac: Command + Tab) going on when we work, and it can sometimes be overwhelming. Kato Teams has similar features to other team chat services such as Hipchat or Slack, but what makes it unique is ...

Dumbo Octopus Gives Rare View [Video]

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Don’t let the name fool you—the Dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis) is no dummy. And those protrusions on the side of its body are not—like its cartoon namesake flaunts—big ears, but rather fins, which help it swim above the seafloor. This strange and wonderfuloctopus was recorded by a remotely operated ...

Antler Farm

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They thrive because we’ve killed off their predators — the wolves and cougars, the coyotes and bobcats. They wander across patches of property that have been designed by hunters to attract them and, sometimes, to protect them. But across the country, at farms in Texas and Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and ...

Can young blood stem the ravages of old age?

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Jess Zimmerman is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Hairpin, Dame Magazine and The Guardian, among others. She edits the essay collection The Archipelago, and lives in Brooklyn. Saul Villeda, who leads a stem-cell research lab at the University of California, San Francisco,

Obama's Iraq Policy Has Been Pretty Masterly

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I'm not a diehard supporter of Barack Obama's foreign policy. Some of his actions I just plain disagree with: the surge in Afghanistan, the enormous increase in drone use, his almost inhuman patience in putting up with Bibi Netanyahu's nearly open contempt for him. Then there are other ...

Amazon Promotes Its Student Program With 50 College Scholarships

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Amazon announced this morning that it will be offering 50 full-time, undergraduate students with a college scholarship that includes $5,000 toward their tuition as well as an additional $500 to spend on textbooks at Amazon. The scholarships, which will be merit-based, will be distributed in time for fall ...

Disney Files Patents To Use Drones In Park Shows

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If Disney isn’t already the most magical place on earth, it soon will be. The mega-amusement park has filed three patents to use drones within the park, first spotted by MarketWatch. Within the patents, Disney lists a few different use cases for the drones. The first is that ...

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks about a world in crisis

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A tense stand-off in Ukraine, the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, devastation in Gaza - and all the while, ISIS grows in strength in the heart of the Middle East and racial tensions come to a head in the United States. A fractured world and United Nations Secretary-General ...

NOAA lists 20 coral species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act

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By giving us your feedback, you can help improve your experience. This short, anonymous survey only takes just a few minutes to complete 11 questions. Thank you for your input! Acropora globiceps coral listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. This species occurs in the Indo-Pacific; ...

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