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The discovery of Homo floresiensis: Tales of the hobbit

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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 ...

Fossils reveal 'beer-bellied' dinosaur

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5 mentions4 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 ...

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

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11 mentions33 minutes 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 ...

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

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5 mentions8 hours 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 ...

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

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3 mentions16 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 mentions12 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 mentions14 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 mentions15 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 mentions19 hours 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 mentions21 hours 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 ...

Glenn McQuaid's Bisexual Killer Hand Movie, Larry Fessend

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2 mentions12 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 mentions13 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 ...


favicon Neuroscientists speak out against brain game hype
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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 ...

Global tuberculosis report 2013

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3 mentions11 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 ...

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

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7 mentions21 hours 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 mentions12 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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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 mentions13 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 mentions17 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 mentions20 hours 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 mentions15 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 ...

Acoustic tags track 'frenzy swimming' in baby sea turtles

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6 mentions17 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 mentions12 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 ...

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

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15 mentions2 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 ...

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

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3 mentions9 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 ...

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

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3 mentions20 hours 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 mentions3 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 mentions9 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 ...

“Syria’s Refugees Are Our Family. Help them now.”

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3 mentions18 hours ago
“We really are the same, we really are part of one family. And, at its best, family does all it can to support each other.” - Neil Gaiman.Please visit to help now. If you’re in the UK, you can also text NEED2510 to 70070 to donate £10 ...

Groupon Goes After Yelp And Google With Millions Of Individual Business Pages

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Groupon today took one more step ahead in its bid to be the go-to place for local businesses and their e-commerce efforts: it has launched a new format and online presence called Pages. This is online directory that will give businesses their own home page on Groupon’s site,

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 ...

"A Golden Age to Spy on Everyone:" A Conversation With Director Laura Poitras

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2 mentions2 days ago
Here's a Ripley's Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Imagine the kind of system needed just ...

Report: Palestinians accept US request to delay Security Council bid for statehood

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The London-based pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Thursday that the Palestinian Authority has agreed to delay by two months its plan to seek a Security Council resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines within three years. The paper quoted Palestinian sources in Ramallah as ...

We Spent $7.6 Billion To Crush The Afghan Opium Trade—And It's Doing Better Than Ever

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4 mentions2 days ago
Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is at record levels, according to a new report from the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. That's despite more than a decade of American efforts to knock out the Afghan drug trade—at a cost of roughly $7.6 billion. SIGAR's ...

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 ...

Colorado Dems: We Caught James O'Keefe And His Friends Trying to Bait Us Into Approving Voter Fraud

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James O'Keefe, the conservative provocateur, has been on the prowl in Colorado, the setting of a close Senate race between Democratic incumbent Mark Udall and GOP Rep. Cory Gardner, as well as a nip-and-tuck governor's contest. Last week, O'Keefe and two of his collaborators tried to bait Democratic ...

Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant

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8 mentions2 days ago
A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord. Darek Fidyka, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame. The treatment,

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

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2 mentions14 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 ...

Tanzania grants citizenship to 162,000 Burundian refugees in historic decision

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GENEVA, October 17, (UNHCR) The UN refugee agency has welcomed Tanzania's decision to grant citizenship to 162,156 former Burundian refugees, marking the largest group in UNHCR's history to which naturalisation has been offered by a country of first asylum as a solution to decades in exile. Tanzanian authorities ...

42 Years of the Marine Mammal Protection Act

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8 mentions15 hours ago
Marine mammals are some of the most beloved animals in our ocean. Whether you have a soft spot for majestic whales, playful seals or adorable sea otters, you have reason to celebrate. Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, an important piece of legislation ...

Israeli official: EU proposal to negotiate West Bank redlines is a death warrant

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The E1 territory, located outside of Jerusalem and within the jurisdiction of the Ma'aleh Adumim settlement. (photo credit:TOVAH LAZAROFF) The European Union is asking Jerusalem to weave the rope with which they will come to hang Israel, a senior diplomatic official said Wednesday in response to reports that ...

Toyota Warns Against Using Front Seats Amid Air-Bag Probe

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Worldwide, about 2.27 million Toyota vehicles had been affected by the recalls, the company said in June. Close Worldwide, about 2.27 million Toyota vehicles had been affected by the recalls, the company said in June. Worldwide, about 2.27 million Toyota vehicles had been affected by the recalls, the ...

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