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Exclusive: A US-backed militia runs amok in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Before dawn on June 1, a group of U.S. special forces and Afghan army commandos arrived by helicopter to the east of Alizai, a farming hamlet in Andar district in Taliban-controlled territory in central Afghanistan. They moved from house to house, arresting any fighting-age men ...

Science and politics: Hello, Governor

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Anthony Barnosky first thought the e-mail was a joke. As an expert in species extinctions who had just sounded the alarm over looming environmental crises, he had grown used to bizarre messages filling his inbox. There was the creepy e-mail enjoining him to “waste himself” to reduce carbon ...

How America Finances the Destruction in Gaza—and the Clean-Up

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On Monday, Israeli warplanes fired 182 missiles into Gaza, Israeli ships launched 146 shells into the territory, and Israeli tanks shot 721 shells, with all these attacks striking 66 structures and killing 107 Palestinians (including 35 children), while Hamas launched 101 rockets toward Israel, and 13 Israeli soldiers ...

That Antioxidant You're Taking Is Snake Oil

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Plants can't move. They're sitting targets for every insect, two- and four-legged creature, and air-borne fungus and bacteria that swirls around them. But they're not defenseless, we've learned. Under pressure from millions of years of attacks, they've evolved to produce compounds that repel these predators. Known as phyotochemicals,

Recession Graduates Grind Away With Low Pay as U.S. Mends

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She and other students who earned diplomas in the aftermath of the deepest U.S. recession since the 1930s are experiencing an earnings hangover that could last a lifetime, even as the labor market heals.Gambrill accepted the first paralegal job she could get after finishing classes at Towson University ...

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Following the Girl Summit 28 Too Many will work with a partner to develop a youth focused project which uses our research findings to develop tools and resources for community based action to tackle FGM.Raise the profile of our FGM programmes in 5 countries (Liberia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somaliland ...

Oil Sands Gushing Jobs Mark Divide in Canadian Economy

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Enbridge Inc. pipeline signs stand in the Athabasca Oil Sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on June 19, 2014. CloseEnbridge Inc. pipeline signs stand in the Athabasca Oil Sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on June 19, 2014. The oil- and gas-rich western province was responsible for all ...

Sleep Deprivation and False Memories

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Author Contributions K. M. Fenn, S. J. Frenda, L. Patihis, and E. F. Loftus developed the study concept and contributed to the study design. Testing and data collection were performed by L. Patihis and S. J. Frenda (Experiment 1) and by K. M. Fenn and H. C. Lewis ...

Australia’s Core Inflation Accelerates Faster Than Forecast

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Australia’s core consumer prices gained more than economists forecast last quarter, affirming policy makers’ decision to adopt a neutral interest-rate stance.The trimmed mean gauge of core prices rose 0.8 percent from the previous quarter, the Bureau of Statistics said in Sydney today, compared with the median forecast of 25 economists for a 0.6 percent gain. The consumer price index advanced 0.5 percent from the previous three months, matching economists’ estimates. The currency rose as investors bet Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens is unlikely to cut the record-low 2.5 ...

The Best 401(k)s: Retire at 60 From Conoco With $3.8 Million; Facebook Last

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A first-of-its-kind ranking of 401(k) plans at the 250 biggest companies in the U.S. found that ConocoPhillips and Abbott Laboratories are among those that provide the most lucrative retirement benefits. Among the least generous are Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Whole Foods Market Inc. The natural-foods grocer offers ...

UNHCR renews call on donors to support Central African Republic refugees

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 22 July 2014, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.As the outflow of mostly Muslim refugees continues from the Central African ...

785 of This Year's Unaccompanied Migrants Were Under 6 Years Old

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785 of This Year's Unaccompanied Migrants Were Under 6 Years OldLittle kids, including a troubling number of children age five or younger, make up the fastest-growing group of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the US border in fiscal year 2014. So far this year, nearly 7,500 kids under 13 ...

What Happens If Obama Loses the Halbig Case?

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What Happens If Obama Loses the Halbig Case?So let's suppose the Halbig case goes up to the Supreme Court and they rule for the plaintiffs: in a stroke, everyone enrolled in Obamacare through a federal exchange is no longer eligible for subsidies. What happens then? Is Obamacare doomed?

Meet the Suitmaker Who Dresses 6'8" Lebron James

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July 22 (Bloomberg) -- Fashion Designer and Tailor Waraire Boswell discusses haute couture and fashion for NBA stars on “Market Makers.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Solar Energy ‘Lighting Up’ Professional Sports

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Rhone Resch July 23, 2014|1 CommentsWhen it comes to clean energy and sustainability, solar looks to be a shoo-in one day for the “green” Hall of Fame. Today, more and more sports teams, sports leagues and sports organizations are embracing the advantages of solar energy. Yesterday, the National ...

Pseudo-poo! All that glitters isn't fecal gold

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Coprolite? Or copro-might-be-just-a-rock? A problematic specimen from ancient Washington state. Image by Mark A. Wilson, in the public domain.Fossil feces are the stuff of legend. Not only do they have the “gee-whiz-gross” factor, but they also preserve evidence of diet, parasites, and paleoecology in long-dead animals. An paleontological ...

Inside Anonymous' Cyberwar Against the Israeli Government

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The shadowy hacker collective known as Anonymous has announced it will launch a round of cyber-attacks this Friday against the Israeli government, in retaliation for Israel's ongoing military intervention in Gaza. This onslaught would add to a wave of cyber assaults staged in recent weeks by hackers largely ...

The war in Gaza threatens Egypt too

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Cairo’s efforts to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, according to conventional wisdom, have largely been dictated by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s animosity toward Hamas. After all, Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Sisi’s government has declared a terrorist organization and regards as ...

France Prepared to Cancel Warship Sale to Russia

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French President Francois Hollande said he’s prepared to cancel the sale of a second Mistral helicopter carrier ship to Russia if the European Union decides to expand its sanctions against Russia.The second ship, due in 2016, hasn’t yet been paid for, making it possible to withhold the sale ...

Foursquare Teases Its Redesigned Recommendation App, New Logo

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After making the interesting decision to split its business and user experience in half, foursquare has today shown off the new version of foursquare proper for the first time.The new foursquare ditches the old logo and the old color scheme and the old way of using foursquare. This ...

Europe To Build Only 192 GW of Wind Power Capacity by 2020

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Alex Morales, Bloomberg News July 23, 2014|0 CommentsLONDON -- Falling power demand and an economic slump in Europe prompted the region’s wind-turbine industry group to cut its forecast for installations through 2020. The 28-nation European Union will probably build a total of 192 gigawatts of wind-energy capacity by the end of this decade, the European Wind Energy Association said in a report released today in Brussels. That’s a sixth lower than the 230 gigawatts the group forecast in 2009 and reiterated two years later. “A cocktail of regulatory uncertainty, ongoing ...

Forget the Death Spiral: Electric Vehicles Offer a Major Growth Opportunity for Utilities

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Energy use in the U.S. can be split into two large pies. One pie is electricity use in homes, buildings and industry. The other is transportation, which is powered primarily by liquid fuels like gasoline and diesel.There are some exceptions, as well as a few overlapping categories of ...

Be Still, My Heart: Beyoncé As Rosie the Riveter

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Be Still, My Heart: Beyoncé As Rosie the RiveterOn Tuesday, Beyoncé, a whisper of perfection in an otherwise cruel and inhumane world, posted this photo of her as Rosie the Riveter to Instagram. Beyoncé has become somewhat of a feminist hero recently, putting overtly feminist lyrics into her ...

Ethiopia Becomes China’s China in Global Search for Cheap Labor

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Ethiopian workers strolling through the parking lot of Huajian Shoes’ factory outside Addis Ababa last month chose the wrong day to leave their shirts untucked.Company President Zhang Huarong, just arrived on a visit from China, spotted them through the window, sprang up and ran outside. The former People’s ...

Largest aquatic insect in the world found in China

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New species of Megaloptera insect, shown with a chicken's egg for scale. Credit: China News Service/Zhong XinHello, giant friend, and welcome. Please step through the hallowed gates of “World’s Biggest” and join your freakishly long, abnormally bulky peers. Now if you could all just arrange yourselves from largest ...

Mozilla’s Asm.js Technology Makes Its Commercial Debut With Dungeon Defenders For The Web

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For the longest time, web-based gaming meant that you had to install (often dubious) plugins to make games run smoothly in your browser. WebGL and other technologies changed that a bit in recent years, but because JavaScript isn’t exactly a speed freak, plugin-free gaming never quite took off.

The (Possibly) Frightening Implications of the Halbig Case

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The (Possibly) Frightening Implications of the Halbig CaseIn the Halbig case that struck down subsidies on federal Obamacare exchanges earlier today, one of the key issues was deference to agency interpretation of the law. Longstanding precedent holds that courts should generally defer to agency interpretations as long as they're plausible. They don't have to be perfect. They don't even have to be the best possible interpretations. They merely have to make sense. The DC circuit court decided that there really wasn't any serious ambiguity in the law, and therefore no ...

Europe Agrees to Levy Moderate New Sanctions Against Russia

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Europe Agrees to Levy Moderate New Sanctions Against RussiaThe EU will widen its sanctions against Russia to include more individuals and consider targeting the defence sector, the Dutch foreign minister says. Frans Timmermans said "unanimous" and "forceful" decisions had been taken on enhanced sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict. ....A new sanctions list naming individuals and organisations will be drawn up by EU ambassadors by Thursday, Mr Timmermans told reporters after meeting his EU colleagues in Brussels. He said there was also agreement that the European Commission would look ...

Airware Preps Launch Of Its Commercial Drone Operating System With $25M From Kleiner

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Building a drone’s hardware and software from scratch is tough and expensive, but open source drone kits are inflexible. So to power businesses looking to customize drones for commercial uses from agriculture to industrial inspections, Airware has raised a $25 million Series B led by Kleiner Perkins. The ...

17 of the Best Filmmakers Over 75

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No one can compete with Woody Allen. The sheer quantity of films he writes and directs year after year would be impressive, even if his movies weren't often equally as astounding. While we all know how long he's been working, it's still easy to forget the man is ...

The Latest Legal Attack Against Obamacare

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The Latest Legal Attack Against ObamacareToday, the US District Court for the District of Columbia* will hear arguments in one of the last lingering legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act. The suit, Halbig v. Sebelius, argues that a single phrase in the law creates a loophole big ...

Israel pounds Gaza despite international peace efforts

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GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, saying no ceasefire was near as top U.S. and United Nations diplomats pursued talks on halting the fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held discussions in neighbouring Egypt, while U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv and later with the Palestinian prime minister in the occupied West Bank. However, there was no let-up in the fighting around Gaza, with plumes of black smoke spiralling into ...

Watch: Exclusive Trailer for Rory Kennedy's 'Last Days in Vietnam' Asks Who Goes and Who Gets Left Behind

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Rory Kennedy's hard-hitting war documentary "Last Days in Vietnam," which premiered at Sundance earlier this year to rave reviews, focuses on the emergency evacuation of U.S. forces in the final days of the Vietnam War."Last Days in Vietnam" is not only a tale of heroism, but on a ...

For Republicans, It's All Going According to Plan

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For Republicans, It's All Going According to PlanSteve Benen draws a contrast today between an activist president who's at least trying to get things done, and a dysfunctional Congress than can't even make the attempt: Remember the VA crisis? Lawmakers quickly approved a reform bill, which now appears likely to fail because of House Republicans’ reluctance to compromise. Remember the plan to address the border crisis? The plan was for Congress to act before taking August off, but that now appears unlikely, too. The effort to extend unemployment benefits is ...

Assets of Fuel Cell Vendor ClearEdge Acquired by Korean Conglomerate for $32.4M

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Doosan of South Korea, a conglomerate with $21 billion in 2013 revenue, just purchased the remains of bankrupt fuel-cell aspirant ClearEdge Power. The assets and debt sold for $32.4 million, according to the Yonhap News Agency, which reported that ClearEdge had 2013 revenue of $68 million. Dow Jones ...

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The situation in the occupied Gaza Strip is critical for the civilians living there and requires your urgent attention. Since Israel announced its military operation “Protective Edge” on 7 July, Gaza has been subjected to daily intensive bombardment from the air, land and sea, employing well over 2,100 air strikes alone. The hostilities have resulted in the deaths of more than 600 Palestinians, including at least 147 children and 74 women.This is the third serious escalation of hostilities in my six years as High Commissioner. As we saw during the ...

Car Loans Could Be the Next Subprime Crisis. Thanks, Republicans!

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Car Loans Could Be the Next Subprime Crisis. Thanks, Republicans!Would you buy a subprime-loan crisis from this man? A new New York Times investigation reveals that used car dealers are doling out giant loans to millions of poor Americans with bad credit. Many of these dealers are using ...

Driving Resources into Energy Innovation

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On July 23, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC) will gather experts, business leaders, academics and policymakers to assess the state of American energy innovation and new approaches to drive more resources into it.AEIC was founded in 2010 and is led by business leaders Norm Augustine, John Doerr, Bill Gates, Chad Holliday, Jeff Immelt and Tom Linebarger. AEIC’s mission is to foster strong economic growth, create jobs in new industries and reestablish America’s energy technology leadership through robust public and private investment in the development of ...

A Texan Future For Myrmecos

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On January 1st I will be starting as Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas in Austin.* I can’t even begin to convey how excited I am about this unexpected progression of my career. I will be managing a working research collection of over 1 million invertebrates,

Members of previously uncontacted tribe infected with flu

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Out there. Three members of a recently contacted tribe walk with weapons in hand in Brazil; some members of this tribe contracted influenza during contact.Late last week, Brazil’s Indian affairs department (FUNAI) publicly announced an event that many anthropologists and medical researchers had feared. In the remote Brazilian ...

Great moments in Science (if Twitter had existed)

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Twitter is the source of a great deal of modern news, and scientists are often encouraged to tweet about their research. So what if Twitter had been around during the times of historic scientific breakthroughs and discoveries? A lot of news these days comes from, or is about,

POP Gets $700K To Make Prototyping Apps Easy, Releases Second Version

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POP, an app that lets developers quickly turn paper sketches into prototypes for mobile apps, has raised an angel round of $700,000 from ZPark, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups (which POP participated in last year) , and other investors. POP, which launched for iPhone first, also released a ...

The Pressures Driving Adaptive Re-Use and Silicon Valley’s Strange Reverse Commute

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Given Google’s recent purchase of a building on the Embarcadero and the city’s move to effectively block Pinterest from relocating its headquarters into a specially-zoned building in the design district, I wanted to point out a few things.San Francisco is now at record employment levels after adding 60,000 ...

Motorola, VivaLnk Make A Temporary Tattoo That Can Unlock A Smartphone Without A PIN

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Motorola has teamed up with a company called VivaLnk to make a temporary tattoo that can unlock a smartphone, no PIN required. Slap it on your skin, hold your phone up to it, and bam — phone unlocked.Who needs gestural passwords or face recognition when you can unlock ...

Yahoo Buying Startup Flurry for More Than $300 Million

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Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) is adding to its mobile lineup with the acquisition of analytics company Flurry Inc.Yahoo is paying more than $300 million for the San Francisco-based startup, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified because the talks were private. Flurry analyzes data from smartphone users so developers can better understand their audiences, and helps brands target ads on devices, giving Yahoo more pathways for mobile promotions. Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer, who has called mobile a key part of her turnaround ...

Wacom Launches Bamboo Paper On Android, Windows 8 And Kindle Fire

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Drawing tablet and digitizer hardware maker Wacom is expanding the availability of its homegrown note-taking app today, with a launch that brings the previously iPad-only app to devices powered by Android and Windows 8, and to Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. The note-taking app is optimized for handwritten notes ...

8 Strategies That Can Help Greentech Hardware Startups Win

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Someone reached out to me the other day to ask about greentech startups, and during the discussion mentioned having heard that it typically takes at least $100 million to successfully develop and commercialize a green technology.I replied that I knew of plenty of startups in our sector that ...

Open Labs Launches Stagelight 2.0, Signs Deals With Lenovo, Dell, Microsoft And Guitar Center

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Tons of news from Stagelight by Open Labs today. The Linkin Park- and Timbaland-backed production software for amateur musicians for the PC now comes preloaded on Lenovo and Dell laptops, tablets and computers. Additionally, Open Labs has signed distribution agreements with Intel, Microsoft and Guitar Center. The company ...

Zach Galifianakis Leads 'Mistaken For Strangers: The Play,' Based on The National Documentary

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Since 1999, indie rock band The National has been making dark, soulful and heartbreaking music. In honor of the band's success, a documentary film, "Mistaken for Strangers," was released in 2013 and chronicled the band's long journey. Now, Funny Or Die has decided to adapt the acclaimed documentary ...

US Solar Manufacturer Suniva To Build 200-MW Facility in Michigan

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Meg Cichon, Associate Editor, RenewableEnergyWorld.com July 22, 2014|1 CommentsMassachusetts, USA -- U.S.-based solar cell and module maker Suniva announced that it will open a second manufacturing facility in 2014, set to be located in Michigan. The facility will be able to churn out up to 200 MW of capacity of its high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules. Construction at the Michigan site will begin in Q4 2014, and is expected to bring up to 350 local jobs once fully operational. Suniva chose Michigan, a state not particularly known for ...
 

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