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Ebola virus mutating rapidly as it spreads

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On 24 May, Augustine Goba received a blood sample from a pregnant woman in Sierra Leone who had fallen ill after attending the funeral of an Ebola victim in Guinea. Twenty-four hours later, the test results came back positive. Goba, who directs a diagnostic lab at Kenema Government ...

How Does a 9-Year-Old Come to Shoot a Fully Automatic Weapon?

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A 9-year-old in Arizona accidentally killed her gun instructor on Monday when the Uzi he was teaching her to fire recoiled out of her control and shot him in the head. A video of the incident shows 39-year-old Charles Vacca switching the gun into automatic mode, then standing ...

This is What a Russian Invasion of Ukraine Looks Like

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It has become quite hard for Vladimir Putin to deny that Russia's activities in Eastern Europe are benign. On Thursday, Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, announced that "Russian forces have actually entered Ukraine." And at a State Department briefing, spokeswoman Jen Psaki called Russia's activities "an incursion and a ...

Google Launches Guest Mode For Chrome Beta

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Google is launching a new feature in the Chrome beta channel for Windows, Mac and Linux today that will make it easier — and safer — to let others use your computer. Typically, when you give your laptop to somebody else, it’s pretty trivial for the other person ...

Why Bill Gates’ Claims About the Cost of Renewable Energy Are So Important to Address

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Why doesn’t the leader of a $53 billion private foundation have the latest data on clean energy costs? Bill Gates is a very influential guy -- not just because he founded Microsoft, but because of his powerful foundation. With $53 billion in income, the Bill & Melinda Gates ...

In the Restaurant Biz, It Pays To Be a Man

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Via Wonkblog, here's a chart showing the pay gap between men and women in the restaurant industry. It comes from a but the premium goes up for the highest paying jobs. Busser and cashiers are paid nearly the same regardless of gender. But when you move up to ...

'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 ...

Top Immigration Court Hands Huge Win to Battered Women Seeking Asylum. Conservatives Freak Out.

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On Tuesday, the country's top immigration court ruled that some migrants escaping domestic violence may qualify for asylum in the US. The decision, from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), is a landmark: It's the first time that this court has recognized a protected group that primarily includes ...

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 ...

Powering the World’s Poorer Economies: A Response to Bill Gates and Jigar Shah

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates and SunEdison founder Jigar Shah have clashed in a heated debate over the best way to provide energy access to the world’s poor. Gates sides with Bjorn Lomborg (author of The Skeptical Environmentalist) in making a call for centralized, fossil-fuel-based electrification. Shah calls for ...

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 ...

Customer fined $250 for complaining, told "You are playing games with the wrong people"

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Public Citizen is helping Cindy Fox sue Accessory Outlet for charging her $250 when she complained that an Iphone case hadn't shipped when promised; the company's rep told her that he'd fine her even more for emailing him to protest, adding an ominous "You are playing games with ...

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 ...

WATCH: 'Christian' Family's Terrifying Response to Son Coming Out

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A video that alleges to show a self-proclaimed Christian family's reaction to their son, "Daniel," coming out offers a chilling first-hand look at the violence and rejection that can result when parents don't accept their child's sexual orientation. The video, which claims to be secretly recorded on what ...

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 ...

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," ...

Exclusive: GOP poll of women: Party 'stuck in past'

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A detailed report commissioned by two major Republican groups — including one backed by Karl Rove — paints a dismal picture for Republicans, concluding women voters view the party as “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion” and “stuck in the past.” Women are “barely receptive” to Republicans’ policies and the ...

Nintendo’s Mario Kart DLC Is The Best (And Also The Worst)

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Nintendo has seen better times. Back in June, the company announced a quarterly loss despite tripling sales of its flagship console, the Wii U. The numbers were bad, but look even worse when looking back with context: if Nintendo sold the Wii U at the same rate as ...

What's the Unemployment Rate? New Research Suggests We Have No Idea

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No U.S. economic statistic is more important than the unemployment rate, which was officially reported as 6.2 percent in July. Unlike gross domestic product, it’s not subject to revision, adding to its aura. But a new academic paper, highlighted in the New York Times, finds that a long-known ...

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 ...

In-App Is An App That Searches In Your Apps

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Are users itching for a better way to search through the information contained within their mobile apps, bypassing the web and traditional search? Developer Steve Taylor decided to find out, and is now launching an iOS application called In-App which is essentially a Google-like search engine where links ...

Taiwan-Based Streaming Music Service KKBOX Raises $104M To Expand Overseas

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KKBOX, a Taiwan-based company that has provided streaming music services in Asia since before Spotify was founded, announced (link in Chinese) that it has raised $104 million from Singapore GIC (formerly known as the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation). KKBOX co-founder and CEO Chris Lin said that the ...

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.

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 ...

TempoIQ: Taking on Solar and Smart Grid Data in Real Time

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Time has critical implications for the distributed energy infrastructure that Greentech Media has dubbed the grid edge. Electricity operates by its own inflexible split-second rules, which means that sensors, networks and software being built to manage solar PV, batteries, smart thermostats, plug-in electric vehicles and other grid-edge agents ...

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. • ...

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 ...

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 ...


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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 ...

"Let Men Be Men": Fox News Hosts Defend Catcalling

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Previously:The Show That Sexism Built: Fox Drops All Pretense With Outnumbered"Girls Like Pretty Ponies, And Boys Like Toy Trucks": Fox's Outnumbered Is Absurdly Sexist Our blog section features rapid response fact-checks of conservative misinformation, links to media criticism from around the web, commentary, analysis and breaking news from ...

Why build protected bike lanes, in one happy quote

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A father and son comfortably bike down a slow Arlington street. They approach the new Hayes Street cycletrack. The father asks "Want to take the special bike lane?" The son responds with an excited "Yeah!"That one brief conversation sums up why protected bike lanes are so great: They ...

Video: Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at 6-year-old children on their way to school

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The new school year started four days ago in the occupied West Bank, and Israeli soldiers have fired tear gas and hurled stun grenades at Palestinian elementary school students on at least two occasions already.In the Nablus-area village of Burin, which is surrounded by illegal Jewish-only Israeli settlements,

Scientists and cheesemakers gather for (microbial) culture

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Microbiologists are on a quest to catalogue and control the bacteria that make each raw-milk cheese unique. When Rachel Dutton looks at a wheel of cheese, she sees a menagerie. “I fall in love every time I look at a cheese rind. They’re wonderful microbial ecosystems,” she says.

VHX Updates Its Admin Panel To Make Do-It-Yourself Videos Sales Even Easier

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A little more than two years ago, VHX launched a platform that is designed to allow pretty much anyone to begin selling their videos online. Now it’s making that process easier, with an update to the admin consoles of its site, providing the tools independent producers need to ...

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,

No, Kirsten Gillibrand Shouldn't Have To Name Her Harassers

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Just a few hours after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) went public with accounts of sexual harassment from her fellow lawmakers, a cadre of mostly male reporters took to the airwaves and Internet to question her credibility. Politico’s senior congressional reporter, John Bresnahan, posted “I challenge this story. I ...

Missouri police sued for $40 million over actions in Ferguson protests

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(Reuters) - A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, says law enforcement met a broad public outcry over the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown with "militaristic displays of force and weaponry," (and) engaged U.S. citizens "as if they were war combatants." The lawsuit ...

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 ...

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 ...

Model Slams Swimsuit Company For Photoshopping Her To Look Skinnier: 'This Industry Is Crazy'

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An Australian model is speaking out against a company that altered a photo of her body to appear several sizes smaller, saying she was “extremely shocked” to see the photoshopped image online after agreeing to participate in a photoshoot for the swimwear brand Fella Swim. Meaghan Kausman posted ...

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 ...

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; ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Talks in Stockholm – the Land of Nobel

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I’ve been traveling (and recovering) enough that I’ve not blogged as much as I want. I’ll weasel out of that by posting some videos. Here’s the first post. This is almost a completely new talk – it barely mentions my cancer story. Stockholm is the home of Karolinska Insitute, which is the home of the Nobel Prize. On the day before my talk, wife Ginny and I went to the Nobel Museum and looked at the exhibits about the winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Trying to ...

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 ...

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