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Political Polarization & Media Habits

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4 mentions19 hours ago
When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds. There is little overlap in the news sources they turn to and trust. And whether discussing politics online or with friends, they are more likely than others to interact with like-minded individuals,

George W. Bush's Revenge: A Federal Appeals Court Goes on the Rampage

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When George W. Bush departed the White House, he left behind a giant deficit and expanded government spending for Medicare drug benefits that caused conservatives to grumble. But he did make a mark that right-wingers can cheer—by shaping the federal courts for years, perhaps decades. As Bush has ...

Two SWAT Raids. Two Officers Dead. One Defendant Is Black, One White. Guess What Happened.

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One Friday last May, the sun had not yet risen when a SWAT team ignited a flash-bang grenade outside Marvin Guy's apartment in Killeen, Texas. Officers were trying to climb in through a window when Guy, who had a criminal record and was suspected of possessing cocaine, opened ...

WFP And World Bank Scale Up Government Logistical Capacity In Response To Ebola

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This follows a memorandum of understanding between the Government of Sierra Leone and the UN Agencies to implement the US$ 28 million World Bank-funded Ebola Response Project, of which US$ 9.5 million was allocated to WFP to deliver food and non-food items. As of 20 October 2014, WFP ...

Let’s stop neglecting dating violence survivors

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In the past few years, campus sexual assault has dominated headlines from The New York Times to USA Today, Rolling Stone to The Nation. Just last month, the White House released the It’s On Us anti-sexual assault campaign. All throughout, student activists have invoked the promise of Title ...

That Night Richard Nixon Called Ben Bradlee

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A friend once remarked that Ben Bradlee was "a man's man," to which my wife replied, "he's also quite a woman's man." Woman or man, it was hard to find anyone as engaging and fun to be around as Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, who died tonight at age 93.

Texas Just Won the Right to Disenfranchise 600,000 People. It's Not the First Time.

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On Saturday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas' harsh voter ID law could remain in effect for the upcoming midterm elections, potentially disenfranchising some 600,000 mostly black and Latino voters. In her dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that the law may be "purposefully discriminatory" and warned ...

Man Who Believes God Speaks to Us Through "Duck Dynasty" Is About to Be Texas' Second-in-Command

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6 mentions22 hours ago
As a Texas state senator, Dan Patrick has conducted himself in a manner consistent with the shock jock he once was. Patrick—who is now the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor—has railed against everything from separation of church and state to Mexican coyotes who supposedly speak Urdu. He's even ...

PLOS Medicine: How to Make More Published Research True

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EssayEssays are opinion pieces on a topic of broad interest to a general medical audience. Affiliations: Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS), Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States of America, Department of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford, California, United States of America, Department of Health Research and ...

Google Acquires Firebase To Help Developers Build Better Real-Time Apps

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Full coverage | Video | Battlefield contestants | Agenda Google today announced that it has acquired Firebase, a backend service that helps developers build realtime apps for iOS, Android and the web that can store and sync data instantly. Firebase currently has almost 110,000 registered developers on its ...

“Syria’s Refugees Are Our Family. Help them now.”

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“We really are the same, we really are part of one family. And, at its best, family does all it can to support each other.” - Neil Gaiman.Please visit to help now. If you’re in the UK, you can also text NEED2510 to 70070 to donate £10 ...

"A Golden Age to Spy on Everyone:" A Conversation With Director Laura Poitras

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Here's a Ripley's Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Imagine the kind of system needed just ...

We Spent $7.6 Billion To Crush The Afghan Opium Trade—And It's Doing Better Than Ever

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4 mentions20 hours ago
Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is at record levels, according to a new report from the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. That's despite more than a decade of American efforts to knock out the Afghan drug trade—at a cost of roughly $7.6 billion. SIGAR's ...

Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant

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A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord. Darek Fidyka, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame. The treatment,

Colorado Dems: We Caught James O'Keefe And His Friends Trying to Bait Us Into Approving Voter Fraud

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James O'Keefe, the conservative provocateur, has been on the prowl in Colorado, the setting of a close Senate race between Democratic incumbent Mark Udall and GOP Rep. Cory Gardner, as well as a nip-and-tuck governor's contest. Last week, O'Keefe and two of his collaborators tried to bait Democratic ...

Tanzania grants citizenship to 162,000 Burundian refugees in historic decision

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GENEVA, October 17, (UNHCR) The UN refugee agency has welcomed Tanzania's decision to grant citizenship to 162,156 former Burundian refugees, marking the largest group in UNHCR's history to which naturalisation has been offered by a country of first asylum as a solution to decades in exile. Tanzanian authorities ...

Toyota Warns Against Using Front Seats Amid Air-Bag Probe

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Worldwide, about 2.27 million Toyota vehicles had been affected by the recalls, the company said in June. Close Worldwide, about 2.27 million Toyota vehicles had been affected by the recalls, the company said in June. Worldwide, about 2.27 million Toyota vehicles had been affected by the recalls, the ...

Interview: 'John Wick' Star Keanu Reeves On Not Receivin

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Fifteen years since "The Matrix," Keanu Reeves remains one of the more intriguing action stars in American movies. His latest vehicle, the wildly entertaining action-revenge drama "John Wick," shows you why. Co-directed by former stunt men David Leitch and Chad Sthelski, the movie turns its tightly-wound premise — ...

Laura Poitras On 'The Disturbing Realities' of Edward Sno

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Read the first part of our interview here and stay tuned for more coverage this week of "Citizenfour," which opens in limited release this Friday. With your previous films you've already expressed skepticism about the policies and actions of the American government. But even from that starting point,

Puerto Rico's gay marriage ban upheld by federal judge

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Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex marriage remains in place after a federal judge dismissed a challenge to the ban Tuesday, saying the U.S. Supreme Court established a precedent four decades ago. U.S. District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez said in his decision that by dismissing an appeal in Baker ...

Seth Mnookin Follows a Family Battling a Rare Genetic Disease

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Bertrand Might’s parents knew something was wrong soon after he was born in 2007. The baby was “jiggly” and nearly impossible to comfort; as he grew, his health deteriorated. For years, the Mights searched desperately for a diagnosis. In 2012, scientists at Duke University learned through a form ...

Call for Fellowship Applications

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We are now accepting applications for The Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund fellowship for early-career science writers. (See here for stories written by our previous two fellows.) The next four-month TON/BWF fellowship will begin on November 15, 2014 and end on March 15, 2015. A second fellowship will begin ...

Secret Slack Shadows Job Market as Fed Weighs When to Lift Rates

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Private surveys have attempted to fill in the gaps. Some 46percent of workers who graduated from college in 2012 or 2013said that they were in a job that did not require their degree. Close Private surveys have attempted to fill in the gaps. Some 46percent of workers who ...

Synergies between sustainable development and gender equality undeniable, policy change needed: UN report

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Climate change has tremendous social, economic and environmental consequences. Its effects are being felt in floods, droughts, and devastated landscapes and livelihoods. Women and girls are among the most affected by these changes, given the precariousness of their livelihoods, and because they bear the burden of securing shelter,

Enphase Charges Into the Energy Storage Market

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3 mentions23 hours ago
Enphase didn't exhibit at last year's Solar Power International, but the microinverter specialist has travelled to Las Vegas this year with an improved microinverter and a bit of a surprise. Paul Nahi, Enphase's CEO said the firm's fifth generation microinverter is "our most technologically advanced microinverter -- this ...

Predatory Fish Have Declined by Two Thirds in the Last Century

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The removal of top predators has been called “humankind’s most pervasive influence on nature,” and it is as detrimental in the sea as it is on land. Consumers prefer predatory fish like grouper, tuna, swordfish and sharks to species lower on the food chain such as anchovies and ...

Will we ever know if this widely-used contraceptive increases the risk of HIV infection?

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Scientists worry that a popular hormonal contraceptive might increase a woman’s risk of HIV infection. So why can't they fund a trial to find out? A team of international researchers has gone begging for four years, looking for funding for a trial to settle a troubling question: does ...

The Future of Energy: How to Transition to a Renewable Economy

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3 mentions19 hours ago
I like data. There, I said it. Actually, I love data, so this piece will contain quite a few numbers and charts looking at how we should make the transition to a predominantly renewable energy economy here in the U.S. There are many reasons to make this transition,

Sierra Leone's contact tracers work to curtail Ebola outbreak

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Contact tracers attend a training at a UNFPA-supported workshop in Sierra Leone. They are playing a critical role in the public health response to the Ebola outbreak. Photo credit: UNFPA Sierra Leone video KAILAHUN/NEW YORK – As Ebola infections continue to escalate at an alarming rate in West ...

Island Nation Sets Up World’s First Crowdfunded Marine Protected Area

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The Pacific island nation of Palau made waves in the ocean conservation world earlier this year with an announcement that they plan on turning their territorial waters into a no-take marine protected area. Part of the solution to supporting this project will rely on crowdfunding, a growing staple ...

Will the Solar Industry Get Behind CPS Energy’s Alternative to Net Metering in San Antonio?

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After two controversial attempts to change net metering policy in San Antonio, CPS Energy, the utility serving the city, thinks it has found a new incentive model for solar that local installers can support. Rather than trying to adjust net metering by adding fees or a new way ...

John West and Princes accused of backtracking on tuna commitments

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Leaked documents show UK’s two biggest tuna brands are likely to delay or opt out of commitments to end FAD fishing methods that cause harmful bycatch of sharks, rays and turtles The two biggest tuna fish brands in the UK are privately looking at delaying or reviewing public ...

Rand Paul: The Most Interesting Conspiracy Theorist in Washington

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7 mentions1 day ago
This past summer, Rand Paul, the libertarian senator from Kentucky and a potential 2016 presidential wannabe, was the GOP's It Girl. The New York Times Magazine splashed his mug on the cover and asked, "Has the 'Libertarian Moment' Finally Arrived?" It noted that Paul possessed a "supple mind" ...

Studio Ghibli Quietly Enters Oscar Animation Race with 'P

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By Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood Mon Oct 20 14:11:17 EDT 2014 Director Isao Takahata may not have the Oscar pedigree of Studio Ghibli's is-he-or-isn't-he-retired figurehead Hayao Miyazaki. But Takahata is a revered animated filmmaker whose latest, "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," has been unassumingly picking up ...

Product Hunt Gets Social With Twitter-Like User Profiles, Following Features And Notifications

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2 mentions19 hours ago
Full coverage | Video | Battlefield contestants | Agenda Product Hunt, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed aggregation site currently focused on surfacing new tech products and startups, is now turning itself into something of a social network this morning with the launch of redesigned user profiles, following features and notifications.

On The Heels Of Apple Pay, Jumio Launches A Card-Scanning Mobile Checkout Product For Retailers’ iOS And Android Apps

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Full coverage | Video | Battlefield contestants | Agenda Computer vision startup Jumio, best known for its payment card and ID-scanning technologies which allow end users to hold up their cards to a mobile device’s camera to simplify the process of entering in that data on small screens,

If You Could Build a Solar-Friendly Grid From Scratch, How Would You Do it?

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The 20th-century electric grid is an extraordinary feat of engineering that has been a core driver of economic progress in developed countries. But it's finally starting to show its limitations in the 21st century. The grid of the past valued what was once necessary: centralization, powerful and cheap ...

11 Spirit Day Tweets from 11 Surprising Countries

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While most of last week's Spirit Day social media activity emanated from North America, users around the globe lit up Twitter with tweets sporting the #SpiritDay hashtag in support of LGBT youth and speaking out against bullying from some surprising countries. Here are a 11 of our favorites: ...

Jerusalem to implement plan to quell rioting

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East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood, October 21. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM) Amid heightened tension in the capital following Monday’s acquisitions of Jewish homes in east Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood, a police official said Tuesday that police were actively working with the Public Security Ministry to put an end to chronic ...

Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola

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For Immediate Release: Monday, October 20, 2014Contact: Media Relations(404) 639-3286 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity.The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment (PPE) health care workers ...

How to conquer a fear of sharks: swim with them

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Galeophobia – the excessive and persistent fear of sharks – is one of the most widespread of all phobias. It kind of makes sense. First, there’s our general clumsiness in the sea and our sense of being out of control, compounded by the probable murkiness of the water ...

Inside the Fascinating Lives of North Korean Defectors

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4 mentions2 days ago
Jae stands nervously in front of the crowd of South Korean high schoolers. "Do North Korean students often date each other?" one student wants to know. Jae, a tall 23-year-old North Korean defector, grins. They do, he says, but secretly. Because students are reprimanded for showing affection, he ...

Housekeeping Note

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3 mentions2 days ago
No blogging today, I'm afraid. I've been having lower back problems for several months, and on Friday night it got a lot worse. Saturday morning I couldn't get out of bed, and had to be transported to the ER. It turns out that I had a compression fracture ...

Fossils rewrite history of penetrative sex

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4 mentions2 days ago
Evidence of bony organs in ancient, armour-plated fish suggests that they copulated even though many of their descendants stopped doing so. Fish thought to be ancestral to all vertebrates had already evolved an organ for internal fertilization, even though some of their descendants reverted to doing it externally.

Smartsheet Helps Businesses Visualize Themselves

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Full coverage | Video | Battlefield contestants | Agenda Smartsheet, the spreadsheet-based project and work management platform, is now making it easier for companies to understand how their employees actually work (and who they mostly work with). Companies mostly use the service to manage their projects and help ...

Netanyahu moves to tamp down new election momentum

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came out for the second day in a row strongly against new elections, telling his ministers at the opening of the weekly cabinet session that elections are the last thing Israel needs right now.His comments came amid increasing indications that new elections may be ...


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GENEVA/BAGHDAD(19 October 2014) - – A report published Sunday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) documents the alarming rise in executions carried out by Iraq since the restoration of the death penalty in 2005. The report documents that the number of executions carried out in Iraq rose substantially between 2005 and 2009. In 2009, 124 people were executed. Despite a drop in the implementation rate in 2010, the number of executions significantly increased between 2011 and 2013,

These conservatives make the case for vibrant cities. Most of their friends ignore them.

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At first glance, smart growth and New Urbanism would seem like issues that break down along typical partisan and ideological divides. Democrats, like President Obama with his Partnership for Sustainable Communities, support transit-oriented development and streets that accommodate bikers and walkers as well as cars. Republicans, like former ...

Now Congressional Republicans Are Digging Through Scientists' Grant Proposals

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When scientists across the country need money for research projects, one place they often turn is the National Science Foundation. The NSF is an independent federal agency with an annual budget of about $7 billion, which it doles out to fund about a quarter of all federally supported ...

Abortion clinic crisis: Women of Texas could have to drive up to 600 miles to end a pregnancy.

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That there is an abortion access crisis in Texas is beyond doubt. With the number of clinics in the vast state cut drastically in the past year, many have noted that Texas women are having to travel to other states to get the abortions they need. But a ...

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