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Olympics to Crack Down on Human Rights Abuses…After 2022

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Following widespread allegations of wrongdoing in both the Beijing and Sochi Olympics, human rights protections will be added to the contracts signed by future Olympic host cities. The International Olympic Committee's president presented this change to Human Rights Watch at an October 21 meeting. The new language will ...

William Gibson: The Future Will View Us "As a Joke"

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For evidence that the sci-fi future is encroaching on the present, look no further than William Gibson's latest book, The Peripheral, which opens a mere decade or so from now and includes a cameo for cronuts, those croissant-doughnut hybrids invented last year by a New York City chef.

Taylor Swift's New Album "1989" Just Leaked. Here Are Our Instant Reactions to Every Track.

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After Taylor Swift's album leaked online today ahead of schedule, we came to the important editorial conclusion it would be a disservice to our readers if we didn't review her latest offering. What follows is a transcript of the live conversation between Mother Jones Engagement Editor Ben Dreyfuss ...

Final Housekeeping Update

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According to my surgeon, yesterday's kyphoplasty went swimmingly well. I needed to be prepared for normal post-op recovery pain, but once I was through that my back should be in good shape. Unfortunately, "normal post-op recovery pain" turned out to be hours of excruciating, mind-numbing agony. At one ...

Cancer cells can ‘infect’ normal neighbours

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When a cancer cell throws out its trash, it can turn healthy neighbours into fellow tumour cells, researchers have found. Many cells, including cancerous ones, shed thousands of tiny membrane-bound vesicles called exosomes that contain proteins, DNA and RNA. The process is thought to be a waste-management system,

Things I am too hot to care about

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It’s the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea. They don’t get it! They’re not in that same life experience of paying the bills, doing the mortgage, kids, community, crime, education, health care. They’re like healthy and hot and running around without a ...

Behind the scenes as Lang Lang rehearses with his Youth Orchestra

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In celebration of the UN's 69th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, United Nations Messenger of Peace Lang Lang will give a concert at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday 24th October.On Wednesday, we went behind the scenes as Lang Lang and conductor Manuel Lopez-Gomez ...

The New Face of Transgender Youth

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By Brian Prowse-GanyWhat defines gender? Is it biology, the heart and mind, or some combination of both? As the debate surrounding transgender children swirls, one girl is sharing her personal story in the hope that she can help others.Jazz Jennings was born a boy, but started to show ...

Former GOP Staffer: Senate Candidate Joni Ernst "Did and Said Nothing" to Stop Sexual Harassment

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A lawsuit filed last week by a former GOP staffer in the Iowa state Senate claims that US Senate candidate Joni Ernst, a Republican, saw male colleagues sexually harass a female employee when Ernst served in the state Senate and "did and said" nothing to stop the abuse.

These Rules Can Protect Doctors and Nurses From Ebola—If They're Followed

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More than 200 nurses rallied outside the National Nurses Union headquarters in Oakland, California, on Tuesday, demanding more stringent protections from Ebola for healthcare workers. They carried signs reading "Stop Blaming Nurses. Stop Ebola." and wore red stickers declaring "I am Nina Pham" and "I am Amber Vinson"—the ...

Anti-Abortion Colorado Republican Candidate Tries to Pass Himself Off As Pro-Choice

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Bob Beauprez, the Republican candidate for governor of Colorado, just joined a growing club of GOP politicians—including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Senate hopeful Scott Brown of New Hampshire—who have grossly misrepresented their stance on women's reproductive rights. In an interview aired Wednesday on Colorado Public Radio, Beauprez,

Video: London activists occupy Airbus to protest Israel weapons deals

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More than twenty activists occupied the London offices of Airbus on Friday to protest the aerospace company’s military cooperation with Israel. “Staff were unable to arrive for work and senior executives agreed to meet the campaigners in a bid to end the occupation of the second floor office ...

The Stealth Campaign to Buy America’s Courts

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Cole County, Missouri, seems an unlikely place for a national Republican group to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s a small county of 75,000, and its leadership is solidly red, with few exceptions. One of those exceptions is Pat Joyce, a Democrat who’s held her seat on ...

What if video games could actually make you healthier?

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On October 6th, I find myself in the gleaming office of a Boston biotech. I've been seated in a clear plastic chair, where I am about to try an experimental medicine for a brain disorder I don't have. The space is home to PureTech Ventures, the parent company ...

How American Indians Could Save the Democrats' Senate Majority

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Earlier this year, Kevin Killer collected 1,193 signatures to put a referendum on the ballot to change the name of Shannon County, South Dakota. The county, which includes much of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, is named for former Dakota Territory Supreme Court Chief Justice Peter Shannon, who ...

How Groundbreaking Is DOE’s New $53M Solar Investment?

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With 40 new recipients, it depends on the company. The Department of Energy contends its SunShot investments are targeting the right places. Ernest Moniz is an all-of-the above kind of energy secretary. He's a supporter of advanced nuclear, natural gas, carbon sequestration and all kinds of renewables -- ...

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, October 24. What W

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ExistsDirector: Eduardo SánchezCast: Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Denise Williamson, Samuel Davis, Brian SteeleSynopsis: "When brothers Brian and Matt Tover secretly sneak out to their Uncle's long abandoned cabin in East Texas for a party weekend with their friends, they find themselves stalked by the legendary ...

United Nations Day, 24 October

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"This year again, we saw the United Nations come together on armed conflict, human rights, the environment and many other issues. We continue to show what collective action can do. We can do even more. In a world that is more connected, we must be more united. On ...

GamerGate: What it Is and How to Help Stop It (Even If Yo

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Like most great tragedies of the internet age, it all started with the abuse of technology, mob mentality and a broken heart. Zoe Quinn, an indie game developer, became the target of internet death threats after an ex-boyfriend revealed numerous allegations of infidelity on his blog. These allegations ...

Flowers, Fungi & Felines: An Unusual Epidemic in Brazil - Body Horrors

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Rose-thorn disease sounds like a malady of lovesick teenagers, an illness of romance reserved for budding Romeos and Juliets swooning from their first forays into passion and lovesickness, an affliction arising from the shocking stick and sting of heartbreak. The sweet name of this malady, however, in no ...

NPR Reduces Its Environment Team to One Reporter

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Earlier this year, the news outlet had three full-time reporters and one editor dedicated to covering the issue within NPR's science desk. One remains—and he is covering it only part-time. A few reporters on other desks occasionally cover the topic as well. The move to shift reporters off ...

The Further Adventures of Germ Girl

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A father worried about Ebola arriving in the UK has taken his teenage daughter out of school because it will not let her wear a facemask. Jon O’Brien, from Turvey, Bedfordshire, said staff at Sharnbrook Upper School told him that wearing a mask “wouldn’t be appropriate”. The father said it was his “right as a concerned parent”. Bedford Borough Council said parents who remove children from school without “legitimate reason” may be prosecuted. “Under the Education Act, we are required to ensure that an individual’s access to education is not ...

Are Utilities Investing Enough in Distribution to Boost Resilience and Support Renewables?

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Investor-owned utilities in the United States have made increased investments in the electricity distribution system over the past two decades, according to data compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Investments are down from a peak of $20 billion in 2012, but 2013 levels are still higher than ...

Fishing for a living in the desert wastes of northern Kenya

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KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya, October 22 (UNHCR) – Noah Ilambona has been a fisherman all his life, so the refugee from Burundi felt completely lost when he ended up in the arid reaches of north-west Kenya after fleeing home in 2010 with his wife and first child. "I ...

Renewable Energy Contractors Benefit from PACE Financing

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Douglas Elbinger,GreenLancer.comOctober 24, 2014|0 CommentsAccording to current energy data, commercial and industrial buildings use about 60 percent of the energy generated in the U.S. and about a third of this energy, especially in older buildings, is wasted due to inefficiency. But how do we know which third,

No Type: Trap Feminism Pt. 2

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I’ve been thinking a lot about trap feminism and what it means since I first wrote about it in January. In this introductory piece — which was mostly a purge of initial ideas that I had been bouncing back and forth with friends — I identified some of ...

5 Unbelievable Ocean Mysteries We Still Haven't Solved

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Those large, beautiful bodies of water are home to an infinite number of strange creatures and bewildering phenomena. The average ocean depth is 14,000 feet deep — that leaves a lot of room for the mysterious, the mythical and everything in between. "The ocean is 95% unexplored, unknown,

Kevin Vickers, Canada's Badass National Hero, Is a Portrait of Humility

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Kevin Vickers, Canada's sergeant at arms since 2006, is being heralded worldwide as a national hero after he reportedly shot and killed an armed assailant in the nation's Parliament building Wednesday morning. It was a highly emotional moment when Vickers returned to Parliament today—watch the video above—and was ...

The UN Refugee Agency

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Empire of Dirt: How GamerGate’s misogynistic policing of “gamer identity” degrades the whole gaming community

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As GamerGate’s cyber sandstorm rolls into its third month, the mainstream press has now covered it from virtually every angle conceivable, often with no small amount of frustration at its incoherence and nesting dolls of ideological self-delusion. Its cresting tidal wave of outrage has dredged up the worst ...

Ebola crisis: Mali confirms first infection case

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It said a two-year-old girl had tested positive for the haemorrhagic virus. Reports say she recently returned from the neighbouring Guinea. More than 4,800 people have died of Ebola - mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - since March. Meanwhile, an international team of scientists has been ...

Life Story, First Steps, Barnacle goose freefall

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Within the first few hours after hatching a barnacle goose gosling must make a giant leap from it's clifftop nest falling over 400ft in order to reach the ground below. This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will ...

Gremlins Christmas sweater

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The Gremlins Christmas sweater ($85) is a joint project of Middle of Beyond (previously) and Mondo Tees. It ships in December.

Obama To Meet With Ebola Survivor Nina Pham At White House

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President Barack Obama will meet with Dallas nurse Nina Pham on Friday afternoon in the Oval Office, the White House announced. The National Institutes of Health announced Friday morning that Pham no longer tested positive for Ebola. Officials were making plans to discharge her from the Bethesda, Maryland,

Why do media value Israeli children's lives more than those of Palestinian kids?

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A young Palestinian man named Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi rammed his car into pedestrians exiting the Ammunition Hill light rail station in northern Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing three-month-old Haya Zissel Brown and injuring at least seven others. Israeli officials instantly labeled the crash a terrorist attack, which US media ...

Elizabeth Warren's Latest Comment About Running For President Is the Most Cryptic Yet

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With 106 weeks until the next presidential election, speculating about a potential Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) candidacy is like going on a long car ride with a six-year-old. "Are you running?" No. "How about now?" No. "Now?" No. "Now?" No. "What about now?" No. "Are you running?" No.

The discovery of Homo floresiensis: Tales of the hobbit

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In 2004, researchers announced the discovery of Homo floresiensis, a small relative of modern humans that lived as recently as 18,000 years ago. The ‘hobbit’ is now considered the most important hominin fossil in a generation. Here, the scientists behind the find tell its story. THE CAST: Raden ...

The Queen sends first tweet to launch Science Museum gallery

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"It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R." That was the Queen's first ever tweet - sent through the @BritishMonarchy account - heralding the launch of a major new exhibition at London's Science ...

#YouthEngage tweetathon: join the worldwide Twitter chat on 24 October

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Young people and youth advocates: find your region, tweet your interest, and on the day, join the conversation! When David Cameron delivered a speech in 2006 calling for people to “hug a hoodie”, the British Prime Minister was trying to say that he got young people; that he ...

Yet More Housekeeping

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By the time you read this, I should be sedated and ready for a something-plasty, a procedure that injects bone cement into my fractured L3 lumbar vertebra. In other words, I will become a low-grade Wolverine in one teeny-tiny part of my body. According to the doctors, the ...

The Making of the Warrior Cop

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By 7:30 on Thursday morning, the capacious ground-floor convention center of the Oakland Marriott was filled with SWAT teams. Mostly men, mostly white, dressed in camouflage or black fatigues, they stood in groups of eight or ten, some eating pastries, others sticking to coffee and a dip of ...

Colorado Senate Race May Deal Major Blow To Civil Liberties

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) isn’t the only one sweating out his tough re-election. Civil liberties groups are dreading the prospect of Senate without Udall, and say a loss to Republican challenger Rep. Cory Gardner may mean major setbacks for transparency. “A Senate without Udall is a ...

Science chief warns on acid oceans

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The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions. The oceans absorb about a third of the CO2 that’s being produced by industrial society, and this is changing the chemistry of seawater. Sir Mark Walport warns that the acidity of ...

Posting

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In 1963, Jacques Cousteau lived for 30 days in an underwater laboratory positioned on the floor of the Red Sea, and set a world record in the process. This summer, his grandson Fabien Cousteau broke that record. Cousteau the younger lived for 31 days aboard the Aquarius,

Human Transit: basics: the math of park-and-ride

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In the Los Angeles Times, Laura J. Nelson worries about inadequate free Park-and-Ride on the Los Angeles rapid transit network.As usual, the headline is far more misleading than the article: "Lack of parking drives many away from mass transit" When a transit agency provides free or underpriced parking ...

Washington Voters Will Weigh Competing Gun Control Measures On Heels Of School Shooting

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WASHINGTON -- A shooting at a suburban Washington state high school on Friday is likely to intensify an already heated debate over two competing state ballot measures related to gun background checks, both of which will go before voters on Nov. 4. Information on the shooting was still ...

Utilities and Clean Energy Advocates Find Common Ground on Distributed Generation

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EEI’s David Owens on NRDC’s Ralph Cavanagh: “I’m sometimes surprised that he and I do agree on many things.” It may come as a surprise to some, but David Owens, executive vice-president of the Edison Electric Institute, and Ralph Cavanagh, co-director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s energy ...

Scott Brown’s Big-Money Sellout

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Name a major super-PAC or dark-money outfit and there's a good chance it has helped Republican Scott Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts now trying to oust Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Karl Rove's American Crossroads? Check. The Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity? Check. The US Chamber ...

Sprung From The Ashes Of Formspring, Spring.me Raises $5M To Create The “Friendliest Social Network”

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Spring.me, the new social network that was previously Formspring, has raised a total of $5 million in debt and equity seed funding from investors including Right Click Capital, Tank Stream Ventures, Nextec Strategic Capital, and Rubicon Project Founder Craig Roah. The company plans to use the funding to ...

Are We Disenchanted With Women's Empowerment?

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A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a room full of women philanthropists at the Women Moving Millions Summit in New York where the theme was 'power' and how it can be used to transform the lives of girls and women worldwide.Suddenly the cast of a new ...
 

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