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Scientists Want to Make a Malaria-Resistant Mosquito

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Malaria has long bedeviled those who have sought to eradicate it, particularly in Africa. According to the World Health Organization, in 2012, the disease caused an estimated 627,000 deaths—the majority of those were African children. But now scientists are focusing on a promising new line of research: genetically ...

Obama's Immigration Plan is Both Good Policy and Remarkably Shrewd Politics

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There are questions about whether President Obama's immigration plan is legal. There are questions about whether it's good policy. And then there are questions about whether it's smart politics. On the latter point, I'd say that Obama has been unusually shrewd, almost single-handedly demolishing the plans of Republican ...

Meet the Fortune 500 Companies Funding the Political Resegregation of America

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Over the past four to five years, the United States has been resegregated—politically. In states where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans and presidential races can be nail-biters, skillful Republican operatives have mounted racially-minded gerrymandering efforts—the redrawing of congressional and state legislative districts—that have led to congressional delegations stacked with ...

4 Stupid Conservative Arguments Against Net Neutrality, Debunked

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Last week, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas set off a firestorm of ridicule when he took to Twitter in an attempt to mock the concept of net neutrality: "Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government. — Senator ...

Meet The Trans Teen Who Just Won $25K to Make Schools Trans-Inclusive

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Eli Erlick — the 19-year-old dynamo behind Trans Student Education Resources — knows firsthand the need for more trans-inclusive policies and awareness in schools. After co-founding TSER at age 16, the trans activist now says her inspiration for establishing a nonprofit that helps educate both schools and trans ...

WATCH: Yes, Trans Women Are Harassed Daily

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In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, media advocacy group GLAAD spoke with three trans women of color to shed light on the kind of harassment they experience on a daily basis. The powerful video features Miasha Forbes, a Brooklyn-based activist with the Center for HIV Educational Studies ...

Man’s headaches due to parasitic worm living in his brain for four years

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A man who went to see his doctor after suffering headaches and experiencing strange smells was found to have been living for more than four years with a rare parasitic worm in his brain. In the first case of its kind in Britain, the ribbon-shaped tapeworm was found ...

Has Obama Gone Too Far? Five Key Questions Answered About the Legality of His Immigration Plan.

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I've been paying only moderate attention to the whole issue of President Obama's executive order on immigration, and it's only over the past few days that I've started trying to learn more about the legal issues involved. And I confess that I've been a little surprised by what ...

LEAKED: Internal Uber Deck Reveals Staggering Revenue And Growth Metrics

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Uber is a four-year-old mobile ride service company that could soon generate $10 billion of revenue per year. How much revenue is Uber currently generating? How many active users does it have, and how many people are driving for it in cities around the world? Business Insider obtained ...

How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue : Shots

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Surprise! Not one of these things contains a single speck of blue pigment.Evan Leeson/Bob Peterson/lowjumpingfrog/Look Into My Eyes/Flickrhide caption Until about 600 million years ago, seeing colors didn't matter so much to Earth's inhabitants — nobody had eyes. "Before the eye evolved, you just wouldn't have seen what ...

The FBI Is Very Excited About This Machine That Can Scan Your DNA in 90 Minutes

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Robert Schueren shook my hand firmly, handed me his business card, and flipped it over, revealing a short list of letters and numbers. "Here is my DNA profile." He smiled. "I have nothing to hide." I had come to meet Schueren, the CEO of IntegenX, at his company's ...

These Laws Let Accused Rapists Off the Hook

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On January 23, 2014, Bart Bareither walked into the Marion County Sheriff's Department in Indianapolis. The 39-year-old computer engineer confessed to having raped a nursing student nine years earlier, while he was a teaching assistant at Indiana University. "He had a sincere demeanor. His head was bowed. It ...

AAS Issues Statement on "Shirtgate"/"Shirtstorm"

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The following statement was issued on 19 November 2014 by the Executive Committee of the American Astronomical Society on behalf of the AAS Council: The past few days have seen extensive international discussion of an incident (known online as #shirtstorm or #shirtgate) in which a participant in a ...

No, the Culture Wars Haven't Heated Up. It Just Seems Like They Have.

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Andrew Sullivan cogitates today on the seemingly endless outpouring of outrage over relatively small lapses in decent behavior: I wonder also if our digital life hasn’t made all this far worse. When you sit in a room with a laptop and write about other people and their flaws,

Meanwhile, Here's The Chatter About That Huge Financing Uber Is Doing...

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It's wall-to-wall Uber in the news these days, with threats and privacy gaffes and pay controversies and tweetstorms and calls for senior executives' heads. Meanwhile, Uber's "ruthless execution" and financial performance continue to astound those who are privvy to them.As we reported last week, sources familiar with Uber's ...

Is Dianne Feinstein Crafting a Secret Water Deal to Help Big Pistachio?

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is negotiating a behind-closed-doors deal with Republican lawmakers to pass a bill that would ostensibly address California's drought—an effort that has uncorked a flood of criticism from environmental circles. Feinstein's quiet push for a compromise drought bill that's palatable to Big Ag-aligned House Republicans ...

Jim Webb Wanted to Punch George W. Bush. Now He Wants His Old Job.

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Jim Webb is running for president. The former secretary of the navy and Virginia senator launched a presidential exploratory committee on Thursday, becoming the first Democrat to formally dip his toe in the 2016 waters. Webb explained his candidacy in a video that looks like it was filmed ...

Watch a Wall of Snow Consume Buffalo, NY

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Today it is literally freezing in every state in America. But no where has been hit harder than Buffalo, NY, which yesterday got buried under 70 inches of snow. Yeah, seven-zero, as in nearly six feet. At least six people there have died, and one hundred are still ...

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Those We've Lost in 2014

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Nearly every two weeks, a person is killed somewhere in the world for expressing gender nonconformity. This sobering statistic does not include the numerous other deaths that never receive media attention or are not reported to police, making the full scope of lives lost to senseless antitrans prejudice ...

A Follow-Up: Why the Working and Middle Classes Don't Like Obamacare Much

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Here's an interesting chart that follows up on a post I wrote a few days ago about Democrats and the white working class. Basically, I made the point that Democrats have recently done a lot for the poor but very little for the working and middle classes, and ...

Valleywag Lead Editor Nitasha Tiku Joins The Verge

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Less than one month ago, Nitasha Tiku was promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Gawker's tech lifestyle section, Valleywag, in place of Sam Biddle. She seemed committed, telling us that Valleywag was well-positioned to continue driving conversations around key issues in technology, including diversity, brogrammers, and Silicon Valley's "awkward transition ...

Jack Shafer on losing his job, and the state of things

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I called up the legendary media critic Jack Shafer after word got out he'd been laid off at Reuters. There was some idea of putting it all together into an article but he speaks too well for himself for us to publish it any other way than as a Q and A. So here you go. Shafer: I thought I was lucky at Slate, where they treated my like a prince. But at Reuters, they treated me like a king, and I had a great run. I don’t fit their ...

Google Says It Can Now Launch Up To 20 Project Loon Balloons Per Day

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Google’s Project Loon, the company’s effort to deliver Internet access from balloons that travel around the world in the stratosphere, continues to make strides toward a commercial launch. A few days ago we heard that Google will launch a test with Australia’s largest telco provider Telstra next month ...

Everyone In The New York Tech Scene Thinks Uber Should Fire Its CEO And SVP

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We swung by a few startup parties last night, and despite the festive mood of the evening all anyone could talk about was Uber. Almost every startup founder or serial entrepreneur we spoke to was adamant that either Uber SVP Emil Michael, or CEO Travis Kalanick, or both ...

Rachel Maddow says Obama's proposed immigration move on 'same scale' as action by George H.W. Bush

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President Barack Obama’s unilateral move to lift the risk of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants has so incensed rank-and-file Republicans, their leaders are actively tamping down potential cries for impeachment. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said that sort of outrage is "bogus," and she went to the history ...

I’m Out

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Today, I am retiring from the NBA after 13 seasons. Most people reading this probably don’t know me from SportsCenter. Most people know me as “the gay basketball player.” I have been an openly gay man for approximately three percent of my life. I have been a professional ...

Costolo’s Family Trusts Sell 50% of Twitter Stock This Month

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Twitter Inc. (TWTR) Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo’s family trusts sold half their shares in the social network this month, accelerating sales that started in July. The Richard Costolo 2001 Living Trust and Lorin Costolo 2001 Living Trust, named for his wife, sold 283,460 shares in transactions on Nov. 3 and Nov. 17 for $11.6 million, according to regulatory filings. Costolo owns 36,028 shares in the company directly, 509,828 unvested restricted stock units and 283,460 shares in the trusts after the sales. Up until July, the CEO and his family ...

BIll Cosby Rape Allegations: Why America Took So Long to Wake Up

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This spring, I taught a graduate seminar on magazine feature writing. One of the assignments was Robert Huber’s 2006 Philadelphia Magazine story, “Dr. Huxtable & Mr. Hyde,” a thorough run-down of several rape allegations against Bill Cosby, interwoven with the various charges Cosby himself was leveling at black ...

Three students shot in Florida university library, gunman killed

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TALLAHASSEE Fla. - (Reuters) - Three students were shot and wounded when a gunman opened fire inside a Florida State University library early on Thursday, and campus police shot the suspect dead, officials said. Officers confronted the attacker outside Florida State University's Strozier Library soon after midnight, ordered ...

Newtown Group Demands Jay Leno Cancel his Performance at Gun Lobby Trade Show

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On Tuesday, several gun violence-prevention groups called on the comedian to cancel his appearance at January's Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT), an annual event put on by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is based in Newtown, Connecticut. A petition posted by the Coalition to Stop Gun ...

Fewer Than 300,000 in U.S. File Jobless Claims for 10th Week

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Companies are holding on to more workers to keep pace with demand for domestic goods and services that has held up even as growth in overseas markets cools. As a result, firings have lingered near historically low levels and payrolls are rising, giving U.S. households a needed lift ...

Dangerous Deliveries: Ebola Devastates Women's Health In Liberia

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A pregnant woman waits for help in a cab outside John F. Kennedy hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, September 15. Then closed, the hospital's maternity ward reopened in October and is now one of the few places in Monrovia delivering babies.The Washington Post/Getty Imageshide caption For more than two ...

Transforming Images: Four Decades of Trans-Inclusive Entertainment

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While there has been a welcome increase in transgender characters in film and television in the last five years, it is important to recognize the TV series and movies which have included trans people in their stories over the past several decades. Explore this interactive timeline for a ...

US media erase Israeli state and settler violence

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Palestinians protest at the recent killing — by Israeli police — of Kheir Hamdan in the Galilee village of Kufr Kana. As Tuesday’s grisly murder of five Israelis in a Jerusalem synagogue by two Palestinian assailants continues to dominate headlines, major media outlets are actively erasing the Israeli ...

Mongoose Lookouts Carefully Weigh Risks (and Sing While They Do It) - Inkfish

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If you were assigned to watch a dozen dwarf mongooses on the savannah, would you know how to keep them safe? Or would half of them get snatched by snakes before you finished checking the dictionary to make sure they weren’t really a dozen mongeese? Luckily these animals ...

Universal Children's Day

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"We were all children once. And we all share the desire for the well-being of our children, which has always been and will continue to be the most universally cherished aspiration of humankind." We the Children: End-decade review of the follow-upto the World Summit for ChildrenReport of the ...

“You inspire me,” Alicia Keys tells singer who fundraises for Israeli army

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Idan Raichel helps Israeli government whitewash crimes against Palestinians, critics say. (Masa Israel Journey/Flickr) Tolerance, “global fusion,” and“cross-cultural” are all phrases Israeli singer Idan Raichel uses to describe his music on his website. Of Eastern European descent, the formerly dreadlocked artist who dons a head wrap and sometimes ...

It's time to fix our broken immigration system

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Our immigration system has been broken for decades. And every day we wait to act, millions of undocumented immigrants are living in the shadows: Those who want to pay taxes and play by the same rules as everyone else have no way to live right by the law.

Airbnb Rolls Out Million-Dollar Liability Insurance Program For Hosts

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Airbnb today announced an additional liability insurance program that will provide U.S. hosts with up to $1 million worth of protection in the case a guest is accidentally injured anywhere in a host’s building or on their property during their stay. The Insurance extends to both hosts and ...

House Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research

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Topics: Keystone XL pipeline, House Republicans, EPA, anti-science, Sustainability News, News, Politics News Congressional climate wars were dominated Tuesday by the U.S. Senate, which spent the day debating, and ultimately failing to pass, a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. While all that was happening,

BIS officials prepare for ‘further cuts’

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Transgender Day of Remembrance #TDOR - November 20

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Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were ...

Indirect costs: Keeping the lights on

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Every year, the US government gives research institutions billions of dollars towards infrastructure and administrative support. A Nature investigation reveals who is benefiting most. Last year, Stanford University in California received US$358 million in biomedical-research funding from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). Much of that money ...

It Turns Out That Ferguson Is Pretty Typical of America

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The Ferguson police department famously arrests blacks at a rate three times higher than other races. A USA Today investigation shows just how commonplace that is: At least 1,581 other police departments across the USA arrest black people at rates even more skewed than in Ferguson, a USA ...

Neuronal "Superhub" Might Generate Consciousness

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Point to any one organ in the body, and doctors can tell you something about what it does and what happens if that organ is injured by accident or disease or is removed by surgery—whether it be the pituitary gland, the kidney or the inner ear. Yet like ...

CNN's Don Lemon Tells Woman Accusing Bill Cosby of Rape She Could Have Bitten Her Way to Safety

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Following weeks of renewed rape allegations against comedian Bill Cosby, CNN host Don Lemon wanted Joan Tarshis, who has accused Cosby of sexual assault, to know she could have escaped the alleged 1969 attack, if she had used her teeth as a weapon during oral sex. Lemon, insisting ...

Seed Lab Creates A Seamless Connection Between You And Your Kettle

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A few months ago, the guys at Seed Labs showed me an Internet of things product that piqued my interest. While the product isn’t quite fully-baked, it was essentially a low power Bluetooth chip that could fit into any device – a lightbulb, a kettle, a toaster – ...

Recipe for disaster, as Israel allows more civilians to carry guns

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Israeli settlers in the West Bank, including eastern occupied Jerusalem, are already often armed to the teeth. Israeli minister of public security Yitzhak Aharonovitch approved a measure on Thursday that eases gun restrictions, expanding gun license eligibility to tens of thousands of people who previously did not qualify.

Antonin Scalia's Son Now Works For Snoopy

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When Democrats in Congress tried to fix the financial system in 2010, one of their main goals was to end the plague of giant financial institutions that had attained too-big-to-fail status—gargantuan banks and non-banks (say, insurance companies) that could one day collapse and, consequently, sink the entire economy ...

U.S. entrepreneur considered suing Uber over tracking activities

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneur and author whose location in an Uber vehicle was allegedly broadcast to a roomful of party-goers without his permission considered legal action against the company and consulted an attorney, he said on Wednesday. Peter Sims said he ultimately ...
 

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