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The discovery of Homo floresiensis: Tales of the hobbit

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3 mentions6 hours ago
In 2004, researchers announced the discovery of Homo floresiensis, a small relative of modern humans that lived as recently as 18,000 years ago. The ‘hobbit’ is now considered the most important hominin fossil in a generation. Here, the scientists behind the find tell its story. THE CAST: Raden ...

The Making of the Warrior Cop

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4 mentions2 hours ago
By 7:30 on Thursday morning, the capacious ground-floor convention center of the Oakland Marriott was filled with SWAT teams. Mostly men, mostly white, dressed in camouflage or black fatigues, they stood in groups of eight or ten, some eating pastries, others sticking to coffee and a dip of ...

Scott Brown’s Big-Money Sellout

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3 mentions6 hours ago
Name a major super-PAC or dark-money outfit and there's a good chance it has helped Republican Scott Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts now trying to oust Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Karl Rove's American Crossroads? Check. The Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity? Check. The US Chamber ...

Why #Gamergaters Piss Me The F*** Off

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13 mentions2 hours ago
Because you’re lazy. You’re ignorant. You are a blithering collection of wannabe Wikipedia philosophers, drunk on your own buzzwords, incapable of forming an original thought. You display a lack of knowledge stunning in its scope, a fundamental disregard of history and human nature so pronounced that makes me ...

Fossils reveal 'beer-bellied' dinosaur

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5 mentions11 hours ago
With the longest forelimbs of any bipedal animal ever, the 11-metre-long Deinocheirus mirificus roamed the region that is now the Gobi Desert around 70 million years ago. A large bipedal dinosaur once known only from fossils of its long arms and a few isolated bone fragments turns out ...

Canada's Coverage of the Ottawa Shootings Put American Cable News to Shame

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6 mentions28 minutes ago
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation today gave a master class in calm, credible breaking news reporting. Anchored by the unflappable Peter Mansbridge, news of the shootings in Ottawa unfolded live on the CBC much like they do here in the United States: lots of sketchy details, conflicting reports, unreliable ...

Utilities and Clean Energy Advocates Find Common Ground on Distributed Generation

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2 mentions1 hour ago
EEI’s David Owens on NRDC’s Ralph Cavanagh: “I’m sometimes surprised that he and I do agree on many things.” It may come as a surprise to some, but David Owens, executive vice-president of the Edison Electric Institute, and Ralph Cavanagh, co-director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s energy ...

The Author of White Noise Reviews Taylor Swift's White Noise

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11 mentions7 hours ago
This morning, in Canada, "Track 3" from Taylor Swift's new album, "1989," rose to No. 1 on Canada's iTunes. This would not be notable—yet another Swift song, catapulting to the top of the charts—except for the song itself: "Track 3," it turned out, was simply eight seconds of ...

The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made #airnzhobbit

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2 mentions5 hours ago
As the official airline of Middle-earth, Air New Zealand has gone all out to celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Starring Elijah Wood and Sir Peter Jackson; we're thrilled to unveil The Most Epic Safety ...

Here's What's Happening With the Shooting at the Canadian Parliament

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3 mentions22 hours ago
Downtown Ottawa is under lockdown as police investigate reports of shootings in three locations: the National War Memorial, Parliament Hill, and the Rideau Center shopping mall. Police have confirmed reports that an unknown gunman shot a soldier standing guard by Canada's National War Memorial with a rifle, then ...

Fake news sites are using Facebook to spread Ebola panic

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5 mentions18 hours ago
There’s a scary story bouncing around Facebook, accruing hundreds of thousands of likes: the small town of Purdon, Texas, has been quarantined after a family of five was diagnosed with Ebola. The story is a total hoax, put out by a deeply cynical site called the National Report.

Fox News Thinks Young Women Are Too Busy with Tinder to "Get" Voting

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2 mentions21 hours ago
Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, a woman, shared some advice for us feeble-minded young ladies out here: Let's not burden ourselves with voting! After all, we're far too busy swiping for a man on Tinder to cast an educated vote in the midterm elections, or any election for ...

George W. Bush's Revenge: A Federal Appeals Court Goes on the Rampage

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6 mentions21 hours ago
When George W. Bush departed the White House, he left behind a giant deficit and expanded government spending for Medicare drug benefits that caused conservatives to grumble. But he did make a mark that right-wingers can cheer—by shaping the federal courts for years, perhaps decades. As Bush has ...

Political Polarization & Media Habits

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4 mentions2 days ago
When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds. There is little overlap in the news sources they turn to and trust. And whether discussing politics online or with friends, they are more likely than others to interact with like-minded individuals,

Stop Going Cuckoo for Coconuts

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4 mentions1 day ago
We've entered the age of the coconut. While the lactose intolerant quaff Starbucks' new coconut milk lattes, the gluten averse are busy baking with coconut flour. The number of coconut oil products—for both cooking and skin moisturizing—grew by 800 percent between 2008 and 2012. Of course, the craze ...

Lawsuits: Alabama Jailers Allowed 3 Inmates to Die of 19th-Century Ailments

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2 mentions1 day ago
On August 6, 2013, officers at the Madison County jail in Huntsville, Alabama, moved an inmate named Duendrez Woods to a medical watch cell. Woods, 19, was suffering from an open wound on his foot and had begun hallucinating. But the jail didn't provide him with any medical ...

Early Stage Investor Version One Ventures Closes $35M Second Fund

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The Vancouver-based early stage investment fund Version One Ventures, led by founder and current Andreessen Horowitz board partner Boris Wertz, has closed its second fund of $35 million today. The venture firm, which also has offices in Palo Alto, secured the funding from Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund, a ...

Glenn McQuaid's Bisexual Killer Hand Movie, Larry Fessend

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2 mentions18 hours ago
Since 1985, Larry Fessenden's Glass Eye Pix has been producing vibrant, interesting independent horror films, from Fessenden's own "Wendigo" to Glenn McQuaid's "I Sell the Dead" to Ti West's excellent "The House of the Devil." Fessenden and McQuaid can't always find enough money to turn their ambitious, idiosyncratic ...

Watch: 1966 Making of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Od

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2 mentions19 hours ago
As the UK re-release of Stanley Kubrick's untouchable 1968 masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey" looms, dive into the cosmic classic with this 1966 film chronicling the making of the film and "Kubrick's bizarre and incisive imagination." (Hat tip: Open Culture.) Titled "A Look Behind the Future," this charmingly ...


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3 mentions18 hours ago
Aging baby boomers and seniors would be better off going for a hike than sitting down in front of one of the many video games designed to aid the brain, a group of nearly 70 researchers asserted this week in a critique of some of the claims made ...

Lessons From Germany: Can the US Succeed With Its Own Energiewende?

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3 mentions6 hours ago
Germany has put itself on the world map in the past decade as an early adopter of energy generation from renewable sources. In 2013, 25% of the country’s energy came from renewable sources -- the highest percentage in the world. By 2050, as part of the country’s Energiewende ...

Global tuberculosis report 2013

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3 mentions17 hours ago
This is the eighteenth global report on tuberculosis (TB) published by WHO in a series that started in 1997. It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and financing TB prevention, care and control at global, regional and country levels using ...

Secure Messaging App Telegram Adds Usernames And Snapchat-Like Hold-To-View For Media

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2 mentions6 hours ago
Telegram, the security-focused messaging app, now lets you add friends without necessarily knowing their phone number. An update to the iOS and Android apps today has introduced the option to register a username, although all users must still bind their account to a phone number. The advantage of ...

Two SWAT Raids. Two Officers Dead. One Defendant Is Black, One White. Guess What Happened.

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7 mentions1 day ago
One Friday last May, the sun had not yet risen when a SWAT team ignited a flash-bang grenade outside Marvin Guy's apartment in Killeen, Texas. Officers were trying to climb in through a window when Guy, who had a criminal record and was suspected of possessing cocaine, opened ...

A Summary Of The Gamergate Movement That We Will ...

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13 mentions18 hours ago
Even if you’re only a casual internet user, chances are that by now you’ve probably heard something about the movement known as Gamergate. If you’re unfamiliar with what Gamergate is, we’ve taken the liberty of writing up a brief summary of the movement and its goals, which we ...

That Night Richard Nixon Called Ben Bradlee

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A friend once remarked that Ben Bradlee was "a man's man," to which my wife replied, "he's also quite a woman's man." Woman or man, it was hard to find anyone as engaging and fun to be around as Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, who died tonight at age 93.

Watch: Shailene Woodley and Gregg Araki Talk 'White Bird

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2 mentions20 hours ago
Gregg Araki and Shailene Woodley discuss their new film "White Bird in a Blizzard" in a recent interview at the Soho Apple store with Indiewire's Eric Kohn. Topics ranged from the theme of patriarchy to multidimensional characters and how Woodley felt the first time she watched "Mysterious Skin." ...

How The Hot Zone Created the Worst Myths About Ebola

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2 mentions19 hours ago
As an infectious disease epidemiologist and a science communicator in the midst of the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, The Hot Zone is one of the banes of my existence. The Hot Zone was first released in 1994, the year I graduated high school. Like many readers, that ...

In Their Own Words: Men of Color Explain Why They Take PrEP

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Earlier this month, we profiled gay and bisexual men for their reasons for taking PrEP, a daily pill that can reduce HIV transmission by up to 99 percent if taken daily as prescribed. While many readers expressed gratitude for giving a spotlight to PrEP, many also pointed out ...

How the World Series Might Just Help the GOP Win the Senate

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3 mentions24 hours ago
Kansas City sports fans aren't used to celebrating. The town's NFL team, The Chiefs, hasn't won a playoff game since 1994. The Royals, the other major sports franchise in town, hadn't made a playoff appearance since 1985. But local baseball fans are experiencing a rare bit of jubilation ...

Costumes to make zombie Einstein proud

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6 mentions1 day ago
These physics-themed Halloween costume ideas are sure to entertain—and maybe even educate. Terrifying, we know. So you haven’t picked a Halloween costume, and the big night is fast approaching. If you’re looking for something a little funny, a little nerdy and sure to impress fellow physics fans, look ...

Cheap Solar Power Just Became An Employee Benefit For More Than 100,000 People

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6 mentions21 hours ago
If free donuts, gym memberships, or flex pay programs aren’t your preferred employee benefit, cheap solar systems could soon be an option. On Wednesday, three major companies — Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly-Clark — announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing ...

WFP And World Bank Scale Up Government Logistical Capacity In Response To Ebola

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4 mentions1 day ago
This follows a memorandum of understanding between the Government of Sierra Leone and the UN Agencies to implement the US$ 28 million World Bank-funded Ebola Response Project, of which US$ 9.5 million was allocated to WFP to deliver food and non-food items. As of 20 October 2014, WFP ...

Ant Financial: The Greatest Victory Is That Which Requires No Battle

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2 mentions4 hours ago
Editor’s note: Christoffer O. Hernæs is Executive Vice President of Strategy, Innovation and Analysis of Sparebank 1 Group, Norway’s second-largest financial institution. He was previously a partner at Core Group, where he worked with strategy development and innovation for the TMT and financial service. Not long after the ...

Acoustic tags track 'frenzy swimming' in baby sea turtles

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6 mentions23 hours ago
As soon as a baby sea turtle hatches, it races to the water’s edge and vanishes into the waves. Scientists have used small satellite transmitters to track older, juvenile sea turtles; they’ve never been able to follow the hatchlings. But now researchers on the island of Boa Vista ...

Let’s stop neglecting dating violence survivors

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In the past few years, campus sexual assault has dominated headlines from The New York Times to USA Today, Rolling Stone to The Nation. Just last month, the White House released the It’s On Us anti-sexual assault campaign. All throughout, student activists have invoked the promise of Title ...

SOSVentures Takes On Y Combinator With A Pure Biotech Accelerator

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2 mentions18 hours ago
International VC firm SOSVentures is capitalizing on the now buzz worthy biotech investment trend with the creation of IndieBio, the first accelerator to focus on just life sciences. Y Combinator raised a few eyebrows when it accepted five biotech companies out of the 80 startups in its program ...

PLOS Medicine: How to Make More Published Research True

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EssayEssays are opinion pieces on a topic of broad interest to a general medical audience. Affiliations: Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS), Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States of America, Department of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford, California, United States of America, Department of Health Research and ...

After terror attack, Netanyahu vows quiet will be restored to Jerusalem

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a consultation with police in Jerusalem, October 23, 2014.. (photo credit:AMOS BEN-GERSHOM/GPO) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday ordered an additional Border Police company to Jerusalem as part of a number of new measures designed to bolster security in the city.“United Jerusalem was ...

Island Nation Sets Up World’s First Crowdfunded Marine Protected Area

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15 mentions9 hours ago
The Pacific island nation of Palau made waves in the ocean conservation world earlier this year with an announcement that they plan on turning their territorial waters into a no-take marine protected area. Part of the solution to supporting this project will rely on crowdfunding, a growing staple ...

Texas Just Won the Right to Disenfranchise 600,000 People. It's Not the First Time.

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6 mentions2 days ago
On Saturday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas' harsh voter ID law could remain in effect for the upcoming midterm elections, potentially disenfranchising some 600,000 mostly black and Latino voters. In her dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that the law may be "purposefully discriminatory" and warned ...

Man Who Believes God Speaks to Us Through "Duck Dynasty" Is About to Be Texas' Second-in-Command

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6 mentions2 days ago
As a Texas state senator, Dan Patrick has conducted himself in a manner consistent with the shock jock he once was. Patrick—who is now the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor—has railed against everything from separation of church and state to Mexican coyotes who supposedly speak Urdu. He's even ...

Violence in capital continues as Palestinians hurl stones at kindergarten in east Jerusalem

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Palestinian youths hurl stones during clashes with Israeli police in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz, September 7.. (photo credit:AMMAR AWAD / REUTERS) Jerusalem police said on Thursday that masked Arab assailants hurled stones at a kindergarten in the Ma’aleh Zeitim neighborhood, not far from the Palestinian ...

Glamsquad Raises $7 Million For On-Demand Hair Styling And Beauty Services

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3 mentions15 hours ago
New York-based Glamsquad, an on-demand beauty business now headed by Gilt Groupe co-founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson who joined earlier this year as co-founder and CEO, has now raised $7 million in Series A funding in a round led by SoftBank Capital. The company launched in January of this ...

Pro-Israel German-language Jewish magazine launches

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) appears on a large screen as she makes an address during an anti-Semitism in Berlin.. (photo credit:REUTERS) BERLIN – Seated in a café in the Hotel Kempinski in the bustling downtown shopping area of Berlin, Dr. Rafael Korenzecher explains why he launched Jüdische ...

If You Could Build a Solar-Friendly Grid From Scratch, How Would You Do it?

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3 mentions1 day ago
The 20th-century electric grid is an extraordinary feat of engineering that has been a core driver of economic progress in developed countries. But it's finally starting to show its limitations in the 21st century. The grid of the past valued what was once necessary: centralization, powerful and cheap ...

Google Acquires Firebase To Help Developers Build Better Real-Time Apps

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4 mentions10 hours ago
Full coverage | Video | Battlefield contestants | Agenda Google today announced that it has acquired Firebase, a backend service that helps developers build realtime apps for iOS, Android and the web that can store and sync data instantly. Firebase currently has almost 110,000 registered developers on its ...

BBC backs report that omitted killings of Palestinians during Gaza truce

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3 mentions15 hours ago
A Palestinian woman hangs laundry in her home in Shujaiya, badly damaged during Israel’s summertime attack on Gaza, 12 October. The BBC’s obliviousness to the reality of Israeli aggression against Gaza has been staggeringly highlighted in a BBC Trust ruling issued at the beginning of October that endorses ...

Maine ocean acidification group to issue report

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3 mentions3 hours ago
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine committee charged with studying the impacts of ocean acidification on the state's environment is expected to issue a draft of its recommendations. The Maine Ocean Acidification Study Commission is meeting on Tuesday in Augusta to finish the draft. A spokeswoman says the ...

New Marine Protected Area proposed for Myanmar

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The proposed establishment of a new Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Myeik archipelago has received enthusiastic support by participants in a workshop held recently in Myanmar's Tanintharyi region. The MPA has been proposed in a bid to conserve the Myeik archipelago's unique biodiversity from the serious threats ...

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