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Michael Sam, Who Is Better At Football Than You Will Ever Be At Anything, Has Been Cut By the Rams

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Mount Holyoke Students Advocate For The Rights Of Transgender Students At Women’s Colleges

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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! Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. sits about 10 miles away from Smith College, another women’s college in the state of Massachusetts. Both schools are single-sex institutions of higher learning, and both schools are also facing difficulties in accommodating transgender students. Earlier this year, students at Smith protested their college’s refusal to ...

Review: Ethan Hawke's "Seymour: An Introduction"

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Ethan Hawke's career is distinguished by contemplative roles, notably the ones associated with Richard Linklater, though in his limited output as a director — the two narrative dramas "Chelsea Walls" and "The Hottest State" — he hasn't found the same degree of perceptive material. But that has changed ...

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 ...

Review: Nick Broomfield's 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper'

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British documentarian Nick Broomfield is a frequent presence in his projects, which is often distracting when he has nothing to do with them. In "Tales of the Grim Sleeper," however, the ebullient investigative filmmaker recedes to the background and lets his furious subjects lead the way. Though Broomfield ...

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 ...

AnandTech Founder Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From Writing

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We don’t always note when fellow tech writers hang up their hats, as those posts can start to seem a bit inside baseball-y. There are times when we just can’t help it, though. This is gonna be one of those times. Anand Lal Shimpi, namesake founder of the ...

How The Digital Revolution Can Fix Scientific Publishing And Speed Up Discoveries

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Editor’s note: Daniel Marovitz is CEO of Faculty of 1000. Prior to that, he was the CEO and co-founder of buzzumi, a cloud, enterprise software company. Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishing is big business. It generates $19 billion in revenue per year, the majority of which is ...

Toronto's chief planner prepared daughter to walk alone at 9

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Toronto's chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, says her daughter Alexandra, now 14, started walking to school on her own at age 9. The experience increased Alexandra's confidence, freedom, awareness of her neighbourhood and sense of responsibility. When I was a kid, no one really thought twice about walking to ...

Rape and Sexual Slavery Inside an ISIS Prison

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ERBIL, Iraq — Thousands of Iraq’s Yazidis, driven from their homes by ISIS and trapped in the desperate siege of Mt. Sinjar, have captured the world’s attention and received some relief from U.S. airstrikes and humanitarian aid. But hundreds of Yazidi women taken by ISIS and held in ...

Thursday Night Dear Colleague Letter

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Good evening! We’ve worked together for a few years now. Today you sent an email to the Chair that described my work as “pathetic” and asked, “Do she otherwise contribute to the Dept? [sic])” Only you didn’t send it to the Chair of our department. You sent it ...

5 Terrifying Facts From the Leaked UN Climate Report

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How many synonyms for "grim" can I pack into one article? I had to consult the thesaurus: ghastly, horrid, awful, shocking, grisly, gruesome. This week, a big report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was leaked before publication, and it confirmed, yet again, the grim—dire, frightful—reality ...

Egypt: Dissolution Ultimatum for Independent Groups

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(London) – Independent organizations in Egypt face a looming crackdown, 45 international and national human rights groups from across the globe said today in a joint statement.The Egyptian Social Solidarity Ministry placed an advertisement in leading state newspaper Al-Ahram on July 18, 2014, giving all Egyptian and international nongovernmental organizationsuntil September 2 to register under Law 84/2002, a restrictive measure passed during the Mubarak rule. This law empowers the government to shut down any group virtually at will, freeze its assets, confiscate its property, reject nominees to its governing board,

This Elderly Gentleman Was Born With His Brain Hemispheres Disconnected. How Did It Affect Him? Barely At All

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In today's business world, disruption is a constant force that never lets up. At the annual WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive by Design, we celebrate the creative power of bold new ideas and the people that make them happen.See the event > © 2014 Condé Nast. All rights ...

Chart of the Day: When Women Fail, They Pay a Bigger Price Than Men

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The chart below is not part of a study that examines a statistically random set of data. It's quite informal, and probably suffers from some inherent sampling biases. Nonetheless, it's pretty astonishing: Here's the background: Kieran Snyder asked men and women working in the tech industry to share their performance reviews with her. Virtually all of them were high performers who got generally strong reviews. But it wasn't all positive: In the 177 reviews where people receive critical feedback, men and women receive different kinds. The critical feedback men receive ...

Bahraini Activist Detained on Arrival to Kingdom

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Police detained Bahraini human rights campaigner Maryam al-Khawaja after her arrival in the Gulf country on Saturday, her mother said. Al-Khawaja has dual Bahraini and Danish citizenship. Her mother, Khadija al-Musawi, told The Associated Press that her daughter was refused entry after presenting her Danish passport and 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 ...

See for yourself: Aerial and panoramic views show devastation in Gaza

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The video above, published by the Gaza-based video production company MediaTown, shows an aerial view of the devastated Shujaiya neighborhood of Gaza City. On 20 July, the area was subjected to indiscriminate artillery bombardment by Israel that was so intense that it shocked even US military officers. A ...

United Nations Millennium Development Goals

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The United Nations is not responsible for the content of any messages posted on this site or sites linked from this page. The inclusion of a message does not imply the endorsement of the message by the United Nations. 2015 is the Time for Global ActionThe opportunities that ...

Manhattanization could be the best thing ever for Toronto: Hume

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What makes Manhattan unique, writes Christopher Hume, is not the number of skyscrapers or their height; it’s the city’s passionate embrace of density. Ignore the hand-wringing. Forget the predictions of doom and gloom. The Manhattanization of Toronto will be best thing to happen to this city. Though the ...

3 million Syrian refugees

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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 ...

Thousands of dolphins migrate along the coast of South Africa

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Hundreds of dolphins are seen diving through the sparkling waters as they migrate along the Eastern Cape of South Africa. On the last leg of their annual 6,000mile migration, the dolphins can be seen joyfully breaking the surface, and jumping across the waves off the coast of Port ...

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 ...

TripCast Is A Beautiful Travel Journal For iPhone

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A new mobile application called TripCast, built by the team that created photo-sharing app Cluster, allows travelers to privately share their photos with their friends back home. The app lets you create a travel journal of sorts, by not only collecting the photos and sharing them, but also ...

Scientists Cannot Explain This Crazy Ant Behavior, but They Love It

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Forget swarms of nanobots taking over the world—if something is going to band together to rise against humans, my money is on ants. Look at this video of them forming a chain to move something way bigger than any individual ant. Humans, faced with the same task, would ...

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 ...

My #doubtfireface Suicide Prevention Challenge

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You’ve heard and seen many of the ALS videos over the past month.I even did one with my son. (see my ALS ice bucket challenge). A new challenge is hitting the viral video “Doubtfire Face for Suicide Prevention” started by Michael Scotti Jr. as tribute to Robin Williams.I ...

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 ...

Ferguson Police Chief, Now An International 'Bad Guy,' Wants To Help His City Move Forward

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FERGUSON, Mo. -- Nearly three weeks after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by one of his police officers, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson is a man under a lot of pressure. In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the chief's actions came under strong criticism. Against the recommendations ...

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 ...

Zimperium Updates Its Security Suite To Protect Employees’ iOS Devices From Cyberattacks

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Zimperium, a mobile security company, provides a way to test if a public network has any vulnerabilities. Now, the company has updated its Mobile Threat Defense Suite to 2.0, bringing a new app to iOS devices — zIPS. zIPS (or Zimperium Intrusion Prevention System), which was released on ...

Multi-Factor Analysis Of Y-Combinator’s Summer 2014 Class

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In my previous article, I wrote about how multi-factor analysis of startups helps avoid decision biases such as availability — anchoring or the famous “herd mentality.” The merits of the theories behind this approach go back to the 1950’s. But based on the feedback our team received, we ...

Bahraini activist detained on arrival to kingdom

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MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Police detained Bahraini human rights campaigner Maryam al-Khawaja after her arrival in the Gulf country on Saturday, her mother said. Al-Khawaja has dual Bahraini and Danish citizenship. Her mother, Khadija al-Musawi, told The Associated Press that her daughter was refused entry after presenting her Danish passport and a Bahraini identification card, and at one point was surrounded by police. The activist has said she wanted to visit her jailed father, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is on hunger strike to protest his detention. Bahraini authorities had no immediate ...

Would Solar Roadways Work? A Government Engineer Discusses the Controversial Technology

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The reaction was expected given how technically difficult it would be to execute their vision of electrifying roads and highways with reinforced solar panels. Some questioned whether the application for solar is even necessary.But one organization -- the most important agency governing America's roads -- was willing to ...

Mentally ill more likely to be victims of homicide

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According to Time to Change, over a third of the public think people with a mental health problem are likely to be violent. Homicide by people who are also patients with mental illness is perceived as contributing to negative public attitudes towards people with mental illness. Tragic and ...

Fatah blasts Hamas over 'crimes' during Gaza operation

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Fatah’s Central Committee on Saturday night issued a strong condemnation of Hamas, accusing the Islamist movement of targeting Fatah cadres during the war and stealing humanitarian aid. The attack is seen as a sign of increased tensions between the two parties in the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge ...

Weight Loss Surgery for Obesity May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s

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In fact, researchers theorize that bariatric surgery could help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s in obese people. Past research how shown that obese people face a 35 percent higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s than people at a normal weight. “When we studied obese women prior to bariatric surgery,

Lyft-Off: Zimride’s Long Road To Overnight Success

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When John Zimmer and Logan Green launched a new ride-sharing service called Lyft in the spring of 2012, they instantly knew they had a hit on their hands. But that wasn’t always the case. Prior to creating Lyft as part of a hack-day project, the twenty-something, first-time entrepreneurs ...

ThemeBoard Will Let Designers Share Custom Keyboards On iOS 8

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Since the introduction of custom keyboards in iOS 8 at this year’s WWDC, we’ve seen a few implementations come from developers preparing solutions aiming to make the typing experience more convenient on the iPhone. Taphive’s ThemeBoard is something else — it’s a keyboard that mostly acts like Apple’s,

3 Factors Tied To Sky-High Suicide Rate Among MDs

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A new analysis finds an astonishingly high rate of suicide among physicians in the following categories: those who were found unfit to practice; those in solo practice; or those who were taking benzodiazepine (anti-anxiety) drugs. The analysis, published in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry, found that seven of ...

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Your Brain Judges Trustworthiness Before You Know It

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Your brain makes a spontaneous judgment of whether or not another person’s face is trustworthy before you are even conscious of it, according to new research published in the Journal of Neuroscience. “Our findings suggest that the brain automatically responds to a face’s trustworthiness before it is even consciously perceived,” said study author Jonathan Freeman, Ph.D., an assistant professor in New York University’s Department of Psychology. “The results are consistent with an extensive body of research suggesting that we form spontaneous judgments of other people that can be largely outside ...

White House Reboots Its Tech Staff

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A number of moves this week: The White House announced its intention for Danny Marti to be its new piracy guru, departing national CTO Todd Park will return to Silicon Valley, but keep working for the government, Google X’s Megan Smith is said to be a top contender ...

An Interview With Max Gurvits, Boy VC

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Max Gurvits is an investor. Based in Bulgaria, the peripatetic VC is almost everywhere, showing up at events around the world and scouting out some amazing ideas. I talked to him about how he became a VC at a comparatively young age and what it takes to make ...

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 ...

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