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Extreme Moneyball: Houston Astros' Jeff Luhnow Lets Data Reign

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Professional baseball is an insular business, so when Jeff Luhnow showed up for his first day of work as the St. Louis Cardinals’ vice president for baseball development, he already had two strikes against him: He was a former management consultant at McKinsey, brought in to shake up ...

A Map of Every Device in the World That's Connected to the Internet

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Where is the internet? This map might explain it better than any statistics could ever hope to: The red hot spots show where the most devices that can access the internet are located. This map was made on August 2 by John Matherly, the founder of Shodan, a ...

Austin, Texas Passes a New Law Making Solar a ‘Default’ Generation Resource

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The city of Austin may have just single-handedly propelled the Texas solar market into the top-ten leading states. Last night, the Austin city council voted in favor of a resolution that would increase the city's rooftop and utility-scale solar targets by 800 megawatts over the coming years. It ...

Icelandic volcano erupts

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A warning sign blocked the road to Bárðarbunga on 20 August, as volcanologists anticipated the eruption that began on 29 August. Iceland’s Bárðarbunga volcano erupted just after midnight local time on 29 August, sending small lava fountains into the air north of the ice cap that covers the ...

Nation of Privilege Versus Rule of Law

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These days, the word “privilege” has been reduced to a trite buzzword. That’s a shame, because it used to mean more than just being born into advantageous circumstances. The word, which means “private law” in old French, originally referred to a system in which different groups of people ...

Red-Light District Dims as Zurich Bankers Curb Spending

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A prostitute walks past so-called "sex boxes," opened in 2013 with the aim of getting prostitution off Zurich's street. Like the finance industry, the sex industry has opted for a lower profile on the outskirts of town. Close A prostitute walks past so-called "sex boxes," opened in 2013 ...

JPMorgan Hack Said to Span Months Via Multiple Flaws

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Hackers burrowed into the databanks of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and deftly dodged one of the world’s largest arrays of sophisticated detection systems for months. The attack, an outline of which was provided by two people familiar with the firm’s investigation, started in June at the digital equivalent ...

This 11-Year-Old Was Locked Up Trying to Cross the Border. Read the Heartfelt Letter She Sent Obama.

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On Tuesday, the nation's top immigration court allowed a Guatemalan woman who fled her abusive husband to petition for asylum in the United States. It's a landmark ruling that immigrant rights advocates hope will protect women who have escaped horrific marital violence in countries besides Guatemala. One of ...

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 ...

U.K. Terror Threat Raised to ‘Severe’ on New Intelligence From Syria and Iraq

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U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May said the government was raising the terror threat level to “Severe,” the second-highest level, based on new intelligence from Syria and Iraq. “The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West,” May said in a statement in London. “Some of those plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have traveled there from the U.K. and Europe to take part in those conflicts.” The “Severe” rating means an attack is “highly ...

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 ...

Cost to control Ebola shoots up

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World Health Organization projects 20,000 cases and requests US$490 million to control West Africa outbreak. Controlling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will require a cash infusion of up to US$490 million from international donors over the next six to nine months, the World Health Organization (WHO) said ...

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 ...

Op-ed: This Is What Happens When a Generation Is Raised on LGBT Visibility

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As I sat in the audience at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, I witnessed something I’d dreamed of seeing since my earliest days out of the closet. Every time J.Lo., Jay Z, or Beyoncé stepped onto the stage the audience around me erupted in cheers. Of ...

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 ...

Israel tech site paying “interns” to covertly plant stories in social media

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An investigation by The Electronic Intifada has revealed that the online publication Israel21c is hiring students as “digital ambassadors” to plant its stories in online discussion forums and social media without revealing that they work for the publication. Israel21c is part of propaganda efforts aimed to improve Israel’s ...

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's heavy toll on study authors

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The ongoing Ebola virus disease outbreak is taking an appalling toll on health workers in West Africa. More than 240 have been infected and more than 120 have died. At Kenema Government Hospital (KGH) in Sierra Leone, where the country’s first case was diagnosed, more than 2 dozen ...

New book reveals top-secret collusion between Israel, US during twenty years of “peace talks”

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“I’ll back you and protect you, I’m your guy … it’s very upsetting … all the Arabs are the same,” US President Bill Clinton told Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in a 19 July 2000 meeting during the failed Camp David summit with Palestinian Authority president Yasser Arafat.

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 ...

"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 ...

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," ...

One Drug. Two Prices. A Reporter Struggles to Find Out the Cost of His Son’s Prescription

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$15 or $30? Health reporter Charles Ornstein is charged two different prices for the same drug. Which one is right? His effort to find out illustrates consumer frustrations with the health care system. $15 or $30? Health reporter Charles Ornstein is charged two different prices for the same ...

Google Challenges Amazon For Drone Supremacy

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Need a tube of toothpaste, but don’t want to wait? Google wants to drone that to you, the Mountain View-based technology giant announced today. Google follows Amazon in announcing that it is building consumer delivery-facing drone technology. Amazon previously disclosed that it is working to build drones that can deliver small parcels to shoppers. The two companies have differing visions, however. Google’s plan appears slanted towards incredibly quick delivery, perhaps in as little as two minutes, a long profile in The Atlantic indicated. Amazon, instead, is focusing on a timeframe ...

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 ...

How Trayvon Martin’s Death Launched a New Generation of Black Activism

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On July 13, 2013, George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American 17-year-old walking home from a 7-Eleven. What The Washington Post and other media outlets had dubbed “the trial of the century” was over, with a deeply unsettling verdict. In ...

Ukraine: Rebel Forces Detain, Torture Civilians

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The basement of the security services building used by pro-Russia separatists as a detention place is seen in Sloviansk on July 6, 2014. Half-destroyed list of capture targets found in the Sloviansk security services building after insurgents left the city in early July. (Berlin) – Russian-backed insurgent forces ...

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 ...

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 ...

Imaging Studies Distinguish Imagination from Memory

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In a new study, Brigham Young University researchers explore where and how imagination happens in the brain. Graduate student researcher Stefania Ashby and her faculty mentor developed a methodology that incorporated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology in a series of experiments that helped them distinguish pure imagination from ...

Hacking The Bottom Line

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These questions are top of mind now that cloud and mobile apps like Dropbox, Google Apps and iCloud, as well as mobile banking apps pervade our everyday lives at home and at work. By 2020, there will be an estimated 6.5 connected devices per person. And as more ...

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 ...

New Study Finds Most Of Earth’s Oxygen Used For Complaining

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SEATTLE—Following a multiyear study of atmospheric gases and their role in organic processes on earth, a team of researchers at the University of Washington reported this week that the majority of the oxygen on the planet is used for complaining. “By carefully measuring the processes of gas exchange,

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 ...

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; ...

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 ...

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