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Friday Cat Blogging - 28 November 2014

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Today's theme is cat TV. On the left, Hilbert is camped out in front of the small TV in the dining room, perhaps hoping for a rerun of the squirrel docudrama that aired last week. On the right, Hopper is entranced by the big-screen TV in the study,

Officers Who Shot 12-Year-Old Holding Toy Gun Refused To Give Him First Aid

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The Cleveland officers who shot a 12-year-old boy holding a toy gun then failed to give him first aid for nearly four minutes. The boy was finally administered first aid when a detective and FBI agent arrived at the scene. According to newly surveillance video, Rice was shot ...

Everyone Loves Charts! Except For Those Who Don't.

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This post is going to end up being insufferably nerdly, so bear with me. It comes via Justin Wolfers, who tells us about a new study showing that if you present information, it's more persuasive if it includes a chart. Since my Wikipedia entry says I'm known for ...

Bullet-proof armour and hydrogen sieve add to graphene’s promise

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The world’s thinnest, strongest material — graphene – was first isolated a decade ago, but the single-atom-thick sheet of carbon is still turning up surprises. Thought to be an impermeable barrier, research reported in Nature1 this week shows that graphene in fact allows protons to pass through it,

Walmart Is Seeing Its Biggest Black Friday Protests Ever Today

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Black Friday is best known as the day when big-box retailers rake in money, but it has also become a time for some of their employees to demand a share of the proceeds. At Walmart, this year's Black Friday protests will be the widest-reaching ever, organizers say, with ...

India visit starts with a meeting with community members on safety

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Delhi — On Saturday at a packed gathering in south Delhi, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka started her first day in India with a meeting with community members. At an interactive discussion hosted by UN Women’s NGO partner Jagori, she heard first hand from women and girls ...

UNDP's Policy Notes on the Economic Impact of the Ebola Virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is impairing the ability of governments to raise revenues, increasing their exposure to domestic and foreign debts and may make them more dependent on aid. In total, the governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are experiencing a shortfall of US$ 328 ...

Physician, explain thyself: science English vs lay English

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Doctors and scientists may be brilliant in their fields but some may not be great at communicating their knowledge to the rest of us. This is obviously important when doctors are explaining things to their patients, as it is when research scientists are seeking to engage the public ...

BlackLivesMatter Bay Area Legal Fund

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Beneficiary: Supports the legal fees of Black folks doing direct action Location: Oakland, CA Organizer: Alicia Garza

Thanksgiving Cat Blogging - 27 November 2014

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This year we have new catblogging stars, and thus new cats dreaming about the traditional turkey clipart. In case you're curious, no, I didn't pose Hilbert. This is his natural way of sleeping. Have a nice day, everyone, and please avoid doing any shopping. Tomorrow is early enough.

I'm Pretty Thankful This Year. Here's Why.

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You might not expect someone who was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago to be feeling especially thankful right now. And it's true that I'm not excited about either the cancer itself or the fairly miserable effects of the weekly chemotherapy that's treating it. Nevertheless, this episode ...

Wiring the Brain: Top-down causation and the emergence of agency

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how the brain wires itself up during development, how the end result can vary in different people and what happens when it goes wrong

What Cleantech Should Be Thankful For

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Greentech Media offers up the places and policies that the clean energy industry should be grateful for in 2014. According to Rick Thompson, Greentech Media's co-founder and president, it's the power that distributed generation is starting to wield: “Cleantech should be thankful that it finally has a disruptive ...

Rwanda’s disappearing dissidents

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Emile Gafirita said he had evidence that Paul Kagame ordered the shooting down of the Rwandan presidential plane 20 years ago. And then he disappeared. NAIROBI, Kenya — The last time anyone saw Emile Gafirita was late on Nov. 13, when he left a restaurant in the Nairobi ...

Arctic conditions may become critical for polar bears by end of 21st century

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Shifts in the timing and duration of ice cover, especially the possible lengthening of ice-free periods, may impact polar bears under projected warming before the end of the 21st century, according to a study published November 26, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Stephen Hamilton from ...

Politico’s normal, awful story on EPA’s new air rule

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Tuesday night, the top story on was headlined, “‘The most expensive regulation ever.’” It is unremarkable in that it follows the same template as a thousand pieces like it, with quotes from both sides on all the right beats and no big factual errors. In a sense,

Leaked email: Save the Children trying to “contain” damage from Tony Blair award

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Tony Blair with Abdulfattah al-Sisi, the leader of the July 2013 military coup that topped Egypt’s first democratically elected president. Save the Children is trying to tamp down coverage and “contain” the damage from the award given to former UK prime minister Tony Blair by its US arm.

Top UN official aloof as Gaza is “submerged in despair”

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A Palestinian makes his way through a flooded street during heavy rains in Gaza City on 27 November, the result of a fierce winter storm which has battered the region for days. A senior UN official has declined to respond to mounting warnings that the failure of his ...


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Thanksgiving for lone soldiers: Serving to Turkey to those who serve Israel

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Dozens of IDF lone soldiers attended a traditional Thanksgiving feast on Thursday hosted by the American Jewish Committee (AJC).Soldiers from various IDF units attended the event held in show of appreciation for the troops.“The IDF has an unconventional secret weapon in the young women and men who serve ...

It’s Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson’s Just Did

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Demonstrators march through the streets on Sunday in St. Louis, Missouri, protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. A St. Louis County grand jury on Monday decided not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson in the August killing of teenager Michael Brown. The decision wasn’t ...

Zano Is A Sky Selfie Micro-Drone That Flies Itself

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Holy autonomous micro-drones batman! Wondering how you’re going to line up your next dronie? Aka a selfie taken from up high by a passing UAV so you don’t get a photo of yourself remote controlling a drone… Well, never fear: a U.K.-based firm is building a micro-drone that ...

Turtles starving to death in wake of Queensland cyclones, floods

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Marine wildlife such as turtles and dugongs are still starving to death as a result of Cyclone Larry, Cyclone Yasi and the Brisbane floods, researchers at James Cook University in far north Queensland say. Queensland Government figures show more than 5,000 turtles had washed up dead or dying ...

Immune system offers clues to cancer treatment

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Some bladder cancers appear susceptible to a treatment that interferes with a tumour's ability to suppress a patient's immune response. In the quest to develop personalized cancer therapies, researchers are increasingly examining an individual's immune response to cancer to find ways to tailor treatments. The shift comes with ...

We Fact Checked Aaron Sorkin's Climate Science on "The Newsroom"

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I watch too much TV drama, so I can say this with a degree of certainty: It's rare that climate change comes up. (Television news programs also contain "tepid" coverage, in general, according to watchdog group Media Matters). That's why it was so weird/exciting for this climate reporter ...

How The Father Of Soviet Pornography Became A Crusader Against “Gay Propaganda”

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This BuzzFeed homepage is tailored for our readers in the USA. Make it your default.This BuzzFeed homepage is tailored for our readers in the USA. Switch to USHave you seen BuzzFeed English? Come check it out! “I was the father of the sexual revolution, and now I’m ...

This God-Loving Public Safety Officer Wants Obama Shot

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Last week, President Barack Obama took executive action to protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from immediate deportation, leading to a predictable tide of right-wing outrage. Critics denounced Obama as an emperor, an autocrat, a felon, and a potential instigator of ethnic cleansing. But a public safety officer—yes, a ...

Europe Wants To Make Its Memory Hole Global

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Europe’s privacy regulators want the right to be forgotten to go global. In a new set of guidelines agreed Wednesday in Brussels, the body representing the EU’s 28 national privacy regulators said that search engines should apply the bloc’s new right to be forgotten to all of their ...

Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay Explain Black Friday Boycot

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On Wednesday, as the Ferguson fallout generated heated conversations and riots around the country, "Fruitvale Station" director Ryan Coogler announced plans for a different approach. This Friday, Coogler, joined by "Selma" director Ava DuVernay and a number of celebrities, will take part in a movement dubbed Blackout — ...

#StopTheParade Protesters Descend On New York's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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This BuzzFeed homepage is tailored for our readers in the USA. Make it your default.This BuzzFeed homepage is tailored for our readers in the USA. Switch to USHave you seen BuzzFeed English? Come check it out! Protesters with Ferguson on their minds and a high-profile incident with ...

The 5 Biggest Clean Energy Turkeys of 2014

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Since BuzzFeed has already captured the market for the dumbest things ever said on Facebook, Twitter and the rest of the internet, we'll stick to what we know: energy. We're a little bit more highbrow here, so we're certainly not calling the people on our 2014 turkey list ...

Artists Vs. Walmart

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"This graphic was inspired by the video Stand Up, Live Better, documenting the multiple struggles of Walmart workers. This piece documents the main issues around the larger fight for workers rights.” -Fiona Avocado "This image honors Black families, who are especially impacted by poverty wages and racial wealth ...

A DISEASE SPREAD THROUGH LOVE AND SYMPATHY by United Nations Development Programme

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Physicists just discovered two new subatomic particles. Here's why that matters.

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Last week, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider — the particle accelerator used to discover the Higgs Boson in 2012 — announced that they discovered two subatomic particles, the baryons Xi_b'- and Xi_b*-. Physics might be the most complex of all scientific fields, and at times, it can be hard to explain its fundamental concepts in basic English. But with the help of Patrick Koppenburg — one of the scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) involved in this new discovery — here's a comprehensible guide to these new particles,

Academia and food: stale snacks and strange research

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Are you a PhD student surviving on left-over crisps? Studies show that sound effects alone can help freshen up old food Whether you like it or not, the festive season is approaching. Soon, we will be eating all sorts of delicious things that are really bad for us,

Obama Has Really Gotten Inside the GOP's Head

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Jeremy Peters writes in the New York Times today that the tea party has morphed from an enraged bunch of economic populists to an enraged bunch of anti-immigration zealots. And by cracky, they want Republicans to crush the tyrant Obama for his immigration insolence and they want them ...

What If Your Boss Suddenly Told You to Come to Work on Thanksgiving?

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Michelle Flores thought she had everything worked out for Thanksgiving. The 20-year-old San Francisco State junior was planning to join friends this Thursday to make pineapple-crusted ham, a family favorite. But last Friday, the Safeway where Flores works as a part-time cashier informed her that she'd be expected ...

Contrary to what you read in Nature, Open Access has not caused the growth in science publishing

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I wasn’t planning on spending my Thanksgiving delving into PubMed statistics to refute yet another bogus claim about open access publishing. But being a vegan, I didn’t really have much else to do anyway. So… The newest Nature has an Op-Ed from Martijn Arns, a brain researcher in ...

Albino dolphin WON'T be slaughtered after capture by Japanese fishermen

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A rare albino dolphin has been captured by Japanese fishermen and could be sold for up to £300,000 to be displayed in captivity. The fishermen killed 11 other dolphins in a shallow cove in Taiji, Wakayama, central Japan, according to members of the Sea Shepherd conservationist group. They ...

Secretary-General Appoints Abdou Dieng of Senegal Ebola Crisis Manager for Guinea

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Abdou Dieng of Senegal as the Ebola Crisis Manager for Guinea, as part of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), succeeding Marcel Rudasingwa.In this role, Mr. Dieng will continue the Mission’s work with the Government ...

The Most Popular Enterprise Sync and Share Product Might Surprise You

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451 Research released a report this week with details on the enterprise sync and share market and what they found may surprise you. It certainly surprised me. That’s because the most popular sync and share tool in the enterprise today is not Box or even Microsoft OneDrive. It’s ...

Firefox Redesigns Its Search Interface Ahead Of Yahoo Switch

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Last week we learned that Mozilla had made a pact with Yahoo to switch Firefox’s the default search engine in to a yet-to-be launched new version of Yahoo’s Bing-powered search experience. At that time, we already noted how easy it is to switch between search engines in Firefox ...

Great white sharks: 10 myths debunked

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Every time you enter the ocean, anywhere on Earth with a temperate or subtropical climate, you cross into the domain of the great white shark. But almost everything the average human thinks he or she knows about these sharks – other than the fact that they are big ...

Former FDIC Chief Sheila Bair Joins DLA Piper Law Firm

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Sheila Bair, the former chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., has joined DLA Piper as a senior policy adviser in the firm’s Washington office. Bair will provide strategic advice about developments in the financial markets. She will focus on DLA Piper’s international practice, the firm said today in a statement. Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Can Ron Paul and Conservative Evangelicals Save a Texas Death-Row Inmate?

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When Scott Panetti represented himself in a Texas capital murder case in 1995, wearing a purple cowboy suit and calling himself "Sarge," he called as a witness a veterinarian who once lived across the street from him. Panetti questioned the vet about the time he euthanized Little Blue,

Exactly 2 New Yorkers Voted for Taylor Swift for Governor

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One New York City voter wanted Pope Francis to be governor instead of Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo. Two wanted Taylor Swift. Some wanted Anthony Weiner or were wistful for Andrew's dad, Mario, who was New York's governor for 12 years. These are among the celebrities who received write-in ...

Israel accuses UN investigators of turning blind eye to terrorism

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A bullet hole in a door of the Jerusalem synagogue where two Palestinian terrorists killed four rabbis and a police officer, November 19, 2014. (photo credit:REUTERS) Israel on Thursday accused United Nations special investigators of ignoring the deaths of innocent Israelis and singling out the Jewish state by ...

Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham

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Turkey establishing industrial zone in West Bank

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Turkey plans to build a tax-free industrial zone in the West Bank city of Jenin, according to a memorandum of understanding signed on Wednesday.“This will not only be an organized industrial zone, but a free zone as well, offering unique and massive advantages to all investors, whether they ...

Israel slams Ankara: This is no way for a NATO state to act

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Israeli officials used diplomatic language on Thursday when responding to revelations that the Hamas cell uncovered in the West Bank received orders and training from operatives in Turkey, but this belied anger that Hamas has apparently moved the center of its overseas operations from Syria to Turkey.Following Thursday’s ...

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