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365 days: Nature's 10

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5 mentions11 hours ago
Andrea Accomazzo: Comet chaser | Suzanne Topalian: Cancer combatant | Radhika Nagpal: Robot-maker | Sheik Humarr Khan: Ebola doctor | David Spergel: Cosmic sceptic | Maryam Mirzakhani: Surface explorer | Pete Frates: Ice-bucket challenger | Koppillil Radhakrishnan: Rocket launcher | Masayo Takahashi: Stem-cell tester | Sjors Scheres: Structure ...

Gay W. Virginia high school soccer player comes out by dancing with homecoming king

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Michael Martin, an all-state goalie, slow danced with the guy who gave him the courage to be himself. Inspired by Robbie Rogers, Martin now hopes to inspire others. It was something I thought I'd never do -- dance a slow dance with the homecoming king at his high school. I am an 18-year-old senior all-state high school soccer goalie for Musselman High School in West Virginia. I also have been on the school's football, tennis and swim teams. And I am openly gay. Growing up in rural West Virginia, it's ...

The year of outrage 2014: Everything you were angry about on social media this year.

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21 mentions11 hours ago
Art by Holly Allen, Juliana Jimenez, Derreck Johnson, Lisa Larson-Walker, Natalie Mattews-Ramo, Vivian Selbo, and Ellie Skrzat Following the news in 2014 is a bit like flying a kite in flat country during tornado season. Every so often, a whirlwind of outrage touches down, sowing destruction and chaos ...

Executions Just Hit a 20-Year Low

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3 mentions10 hours ago
There's some encouraging news this week in the usually gloomy realm of criminal justice. According to a new report from the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), there were fewer executions this year than in any year since 1994—and fewer new death sentences imposed than any year since 1974.

This Lawmaker Wants Women to Get Permission From the Father Before Having an Abortion

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A Missouri Republican is pushing a bill that would allow a man who gets a woman pregnant to stop her from having an abortion. The measure would force a woman who wants an abortion to obtain written permission from the father first—unless she was the victim of "legitimate ...

Russia Has Already Blown Up the Global Economy Once. Will It Do It Again?

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2 mentions23 hours ago
Just in case you're thinking that Russia's economic problems are little more than a fitting karmic payback for Vladimir Putin, you might want to think twice. When the global economy is fragile, sometimes even small events can send the whole system into cardiac arrest, and that affects everyone,

Wells Fargo Rides Retail Deposits to Be Most-Valuable Bank

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Behind Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC)’s ascent to the world’s most valuable bank lies a cheap and reliable source of funds favored by regulators and less popular with its largest rivals: retail bank deposits. Wells Fargo gets 78 percent of its funding from deposits, and 90 percent are ...

US Solar-Plus-Storage Market to Surpass $1 Billion by 2018

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3 mentions12 hours ago
The market for behind-the-meter solar photovoltaics (PV) paired with energy storage will surpass $1 billion by 2018 in the United States, according to the latest report from GTM Research. The report, The Future of Solar-Plus-Storage in the U.S., forecasts the nation to install 318 cumulative megawatts of behind-the-meter ...

UN and partners launch major aid plans for Syria and region

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BERLIN (18 December 2014) – As Syria's war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners today launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting over US$8.4 billion in funds to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015. The ...

4 Signs the Arctic Is Getting Baked by Climate Change

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2 mentions14 hours ago
If you're looking for the ground zero of climate change, head to the Arctic. Nowhere else on Earth is changing as quickly or as dramatically; air temperatures there are rising twice as fast as at lower latitudes. In the summer of 2012, Arctic sea ice reached the lowest ...

Obama's Very Sly Cuban Move

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For years, President Barack Obama faced a tough problem: what to do about Alan Gross, the US subcontractor imprisoned in Cuban? And this dilemma encapsulated the larger puzzle of how to change US-Cuba relations, which have been frozen in a Cold War narrative. The Cubans arrested Gross in ...

Comet lander's location still eludes scientists

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2 mentions23 hours ago
More than a month after the Philae spacecraft bounced to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, European Space Agency scientists still have not been able to figure out where it came to rest. The probe landed off-kilter on 12 November. Knowing where Philae now lies is crucial to understand ...

Young Fidel Castro Wrote FDR to Ask for 10 Bucks

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In November 1940, a young Cuban student named Fidel Castro sent a handwritten letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Writing in English, Castro congratulated the president on his reelection and requested "a ten dollars bill green american…because never, I have not seen a ten dollars bill green american ...

BREAKING: US To Normalize Relations With Cuba

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The United States and Cuba will begin talks to normalize relations, including opening an embassy in Havana and putting to rest one most enduring Cold War standoffs, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The landmark initiatives appeared to be set in motion by a surprise prisoner swap that freed ...

Furious Twitter Investor Demolishes CEO Dick Costolo: 'He Shouldn't Be Running The Company Anymore'

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"Selling stock speaks louder than any words. As the CEO, how do you look the employees in the eye when you are busy grabbing a lifeboat? He has lost their respect, and obviously the respect of the market. The people who work at Twitter know the potential, and ...

Congress Is Finally Going to Make Local Law Enforcement Report How Many People They Kill

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Over the weekend, tens of thousands of marchers rallied against police brutality, standing in solidarity with families who have lost loved ones to police violence. With public scrutiny zeroed in on deaths at the hands of law enforcement, one thing is noticeably missing: A federal record of just ...

Our Chief Correspondent Is About To Publish A Huge Expose Of Marissa Mayer And Yahoo — Get It Here!

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The book includes all sorts of never-before-revealed details and stories about one of the world's most charismatic and inspiring CEOs, as well as the ongoing revitalization of the digital-media powerhouse known as Yahoo! And while you're waiting, read 1) Nick's cover story in the New York Times Magazine ...

Above-and-Beyond Responses: Part 1

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A variety of views in regard to this issue are reflected in these big thinkers’ imaginings of what may happen by 2025. Vint Cerf, Google vice president and chief Internet evangelist, responded, “The public will become more sophisticated about security and safety. Corporations and service providers will feel ...

Speaking Tour

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Feministing is a labor of love and all our staff has other full-time jobs to support their work on the site. Your donation is much appreciated, and much needed. “The [Feministing Editors] are all intelligent, courageous women who are effective at talking about feminism and a wide range ...

Radical Anti-Choice Measures To Be Considered by Missouri Lawmakers in 2015

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Missouri in 2014 led all state legislatures in introducing bills designed to restrict reproductive rights. It appears that lawmakers in the state are working to ensure that Missouri may once again earn that distinction in 2015. (Missouri Capitol via Shutterstock) Missouri in 2014 led all state legislatures in ...

International Migrants Day

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"Let us make migration work for the benefit of migrants and countries alike. We owe this to the millions of migrants who, through their courage, vitality and dreams, help make our societies more prosperous, resilient and diverse." "There are 232 million people living outside their country of birth,

UN and partners seek US$8.4 billion for new Syria programme in 2015

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BERLIN, Germany, December 18 (UNHCR) – As Syria's war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners today launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting more than US$8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015. The ...

The Future of Privacy

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The terms of citizenship and social life are rapidly changing in the digital age. No issue highlights this any better than privacy, always a fluid and context-situated concept and more so now as the boundary between being private and being public is shifting. “We have seen the emergence ...

Rate Guidance and Inflation Outlook Dominate Fed Agenda

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Here’s what to look for when the Federal Open Market Committee releases its policy statement along with quarterly economic projections at 2 p.m. today in Washington, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen holds a press conference at 2:30 p.m. -- Forward guidance: The Federal Reserve will drop its ...

Hamas' deputy chief says it has patched up ties with Iran

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GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas and Iran have repaired a close political and military relationship frayed by the Syrian civil war, the Palestinian Islamist group's deputy leader said on Wednesday. Patching up ties with Tehran could ease Hamas's financial and political isolation. Israel is blockading the Gaza Strip, while ...

Why I want Obama to veto Abbas' UN resolution on Palestine

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The UN Security Council may vote as soon as today on a resolution setting a twelve-month deadline to achieve a Palestinian-Israeli peace deal and calling on Israel to withdraw from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip by the end of 2017. The draft was formally put forward ...

Meet the new class of TED Fellows and Senior Fellows, fresh for 2015

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We are thrilled to announce the new class of Fellows for TED2015. These 21 game-changing thinkers represent 15 countries—including, for the first time in our program, Vietnam, Romania and Tunisia. They work across disciplines, at the forefront of their fields. They include a South African physicist using ...

It’s time to give up the emptiest word in urban policy: gentrification

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Maybe you think you know a gentrifying neighborhood when you see one. It's got all the shorthand: coffee shops, new condo construction, a few old storefronts awaiting renovation. What we think is easy to eyeball, though, is incredibly hard to identify in data. Quantitatively, what does gentrification look ...

The Top Cleantech Buzzwords and Phrases From 2014

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None of these will get you points in Scrabble. But they’ll make you sound smarter in conversations about energy. Last year, "utility death spiral" was on our list of the top buzzphrases. A few months later, the Oxford English Dictionary included "death spiral" in its list of new ...

WATCH: The Warwick Rowers, Full Length and Fully Revealed

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Laurie, Tristan, Ollie, and Paddy might not sound familiar to you, butt you’ll recognize them from their award-winning Warwick Rowers charity calendar. Photographed by the incredibly talented Angus Malcolm, the naked rowers have become a worldwide phenomenon. Their naked calendar has become an international success, particularly with the ...

Anti-Choice Judge Michael Boggs Not Among Dozens of Nominees Confirmed by Senate

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The Senate confirmed 34 Obama nominations, including a dozen judges who will serve lifetime appointments on the federal bench. Controversial anti-choice nominee Michael Boggs was not among them. (Shutterstock) The least productive Congress in modern history concluded Tuesday night with a rare flurry of productivity. The Senate confirmed ...

Where Has All the (Sea Trash) Plastic Gone?

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A family walks on a garbage-strewn beach in Mumbai in June 2012. According to a new report, a huge amount of microplastic has accumulated at the bottom of the sea. When Spanish scientist Andres Cozar Cabanas compiled the first ever global map of ocean trash last July, he ...

(2014/12/18) A&E’s new show: cop-turned-pastor tries to shame women out of sex work, #ThankYouNYPD is still a go (but organizers say they might not show up)

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Episode #1145: Allison and Jamie discuss A&E’s new show in which a cop-turned-pastor tries to shame women out of sex work, #ThankYouNYPD is still a go (but it’s organizers say they might not show up), a cop designs “Breathe Easy: Don’t Break The Law” t-shirt, a U.S. Marine ...

Russians Quit London Luxury-Homes as Only Super Rich Stay

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Cars sit parked in the Kensington district of London. Home prices in London’s wealthiest neighborhoods fell on a monthly basis for the first time in four years in November. Close Cars sit parked in the Kensington district of London. Home prices in London’s wealthiest neighborhoods fell on a ...

German cabinet approves training mission to Iraq

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BERLIN (Reuters) - The German cabinet on Wednesday agreed to send around 100 German troops to northern Iraq to train Kurdish peshmerga forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants. Islamic State has caused international alarm by capturing large expanses of Iraq and Syria and declaring an Islamic "caliphate". Western ...

Jeb Bush on Climate Change: "I'm a Skeptic"

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Today, Jeb Bush, the former Republican Governor of Florida, announced that he would "actively explore" running for president in 2016. If elected, he'd have control over much of the US response to global warming. So how would Bush address the global climate crisis? With a mixture of skepticism,

5 Lessons in Mindful Communication From the Top 30 Social Influencers in Biotech

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I am by no means a social media expert, but I strive to engage in meaningful, 'in the moment' conversations with people every day about money mindfulness and topics that can make a real difference in their lives. I'm fascinated to see new ways that social technology can ...

The Right Wing's Cynical Effort To Rebrand Birth Control As A Form Of Abortion

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Leading anti-abortion groups are working hard to cast certain birth control methods as a form of abortion, but they’re not necessarily being upfront about whether that signals a far-reaching shift in their agenda, according to a new policy analysis from the Guttmacher Institute. The medical definition of abortion ...

Arctic ground squirrels unlock permafrost carbon

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Scientists have found that the animals are hastening the release of greenhouse gases from the permafrost - a vast, frozen store of carbon. Dr Sue Natali, from Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, US, said: "We know wildlife impacts vegetation, and we know vegetation impacts thaw and soil ...

Stop Mixing Up Islamic Flags: A Guide for Lazy Journalists

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When an armed assailant seized control of a café in downtown Sydney on Monday morning and forced two hostages to hold a black flag with Arabic script up to the window, many observers were quick to claim that ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State that now dominates about a ...

First trials of blood-based Ebola therapy kick off

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4 mentions2 days ago
Trials of 'convalescent' plasma have begun in Liberia, and plasma and blood studies in Guinea and Sierra Leone will follow. Emmanuel Saah after leaving his handprint on a tribute wall for Ebola survivors at the ELWA 3 treatment centre in Monrovia. The first clinical trials are starting in ...

New Tariffs on Chinese Solar-Panel Makers ‘Remove Any Strategy That Involves China’

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The Department of Commerce slapped high tariffs on solar products from China and Taiwan yesterday in a decision intended to address dumping and unfair subsidization of imports to the United States. The final ruling marks another victory for petitioner SolarWorld Americas in a lengthy solar trade battle. Imports ...

For Sale: “Your Name Here” in a Prestigious Science Journal

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Klaus Kayser has been publishing electronic journals for so long he can remember mailing them to subscribers on floppy disks. His 19 years of experience have made him keenly aware of the problem of scientific fraud. In his view, he takes extraordinary measures to protect the journal he ...

Wisconsin jails pregnant woman and denies her prenatal care to “protect” her fetus

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Feministing is a labor of love and all our staff has other full-time jobs to support their work on the site. Your donation is much appreciated, and much needed. Wisconsin has a law on the books that allows the authorities to lock up a pregnant person who’s used ...

This Is the Best C-SPAN Call of All-Time

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The brothers Woodhouse sit staunchly on opposite ends of the political spectrum. They regularly take to C-SPAN to publicly squabble over their ideological differences. Their mother, Joy Woodhouse, has finally had enough: "Oh god it's mom," a slightly panicked Dallas Woodhouse mumbles upon realizing the next caller is ...

In photos: Palestinian school threatened by Israeli bulldozers

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5 mentions22 hours ago
It took two years of hard work to build the Samra community school in the occupied West Bank’s Jordan Valley. But an Israeli demolition order issued against the school in October threatens to leave dozens of children without nearby access to education. The demolition order was given under ...

Seattle’s unbelievable transportation megaproject fustercluck

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22 mentions23 hours ago
Last week, I mentioned in passing that Seattle is in the midst of a full-spectrum transportation fustercluck. It has since come to my attention that some Grist readers are unfamiliar with the fustercluck in question, even though it recently made The New York Times and NPR. This cries ...

14 Women of Color Who Rocked 2014

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by Miriam Zoila Pérez| Print | Comment (14449) Wednesday, December 17 2014, 7:00 AM EST Tags: #BlackLivesMatter, #feministselfie, #survivorprivilege, WOC As 2014 comes to an end, I wanted to look back at the accomplishments of women of color who’ve been doing amazing work in the face of this ...

Humpback Whales make 'tick-tock' sounds to flush out fish hiding beneath ocean floor

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Whales 'sing' for their supper as they mount joint operations to track down food, according to new research. Scientists know that humpback whales have a trick or two when it comes to finding a snack at the bottom of the ocean. Dinner time: Whales 'sing' for their supper ...

Ebola Response Update: 15 December 2014 (with images, tweets)

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