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Scott Brown Sure Posts a Lot of Photos of Himself Working Out

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"Nothing like starting off the morning with a triathlon," tweeted former Sen. Scott Brown on August 10th. The Massachusetts transplant is gearing up for his campaign against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) this fall by literally running for office. He's also biking. And swimming. And hiking. And taking jump ...

Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’

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A major insight into human behavior from pre-internet era studies of communication is the tendency of people not to speak up about policy issues in public—or among their family, friends, and work colleagues—when they believe their own point of view is not widely shared. This tendency is called the “spiral of silence.”1 Some social media creators and supporters have hoped that social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter might produce different enough discussion venues that those with minority views might feel freer to express their opinions, thus broadening public discourse ...

High seas tragedies leave more than 300 dead on the Mediterranean in past week

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GENEVA, August 26 (UNHCR) – More than 300 people have died while trying to make irregular sea crossings from North Africa to Europe in the past week, bringing the death toll this year from sinking vesels on the Mediterranean to almost 1,900, including some 1,600 since June. "The ...

WHO calls for stronger action on climate-related health risks

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27 August 2014 ¦ GENEVA - Previously unrecognized health benefits could be realized from fast action to reduce climate change and its consequences. For example, changes in energy and transport policies could save millions of lives annually from diseases caused by high levels of air pollution. The right energy and transport policies could also reduce the burden of disease associated with physical inactivity and traffic injury.Measures to adapt to climate change could also save lives around the world by ensuring that communities are better prepared to deal with the impact ...

Twitch: Has Amazon Acquired the Next ESPN?

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Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Ethan Kurzweil, a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, and Bloomberg's Brad Stone discuss Amazon buying Twitch for $970 million and the rapid evolution of television platforms. They speak on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Why We're In A Golden Age of Global Investigative Journalism

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In our world, the news about the news is often grim. Newspapers are shrinking, folding up, or being cut loose by their parent companies. Layoffs are up and staffs are down. That investigative reporter who covered the state capitol—she's not there anymore. Newspapers like the Los Angeles Times,

Om Audio Levitating Speaker Turns Sci-Fi Into Hi-Fi

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Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) –- Californian startup Om Audio has used crowd-funding tactics to bring their levitating sound system into reality. Bloomberg’s Jessica Howard discovers there's a good reason for it. (Source: Bloomberg)

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks about a world in crisis

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A tense stand-off in Ukraine, the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, devastation in Gaza - and all the while, ISIS grows in strength in the heart of the Middle East and racial tensions come to a head in the United States. A fractured world and United Nations Secretary-General ...

Obama's Iraq Policy Has Been Pretty Masterly

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I'm not a diehard supporter of Barack Obama's foreign policy. Some of his actions I just plain disagree with: the surge in Afghanistan, the enormous increase in drone use, his almost inhuman patience in putting up with Bibi Netanyahu's nearly open contempt for him. Then there are other ...

E-cigarettes: The lingering questions

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In the haze of incomplete data, scientists are divided over the risks and benefits of electronic cigarettes. In many respects, the modern electronic cigarette is not so different from its leaf-and-paper predecessor. Take a drag from the mouthpiece and you get a genuine nicotine fix — albeit from ...

Verizon Executive on $40M Solar Investment: ‘It’s About Driving Shareholder Value’

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Yesterday, the company said it would support another $40 million of solar PV projects developed by SunPower at facilities in five states, adding to the $140 million it has invested in renewables over the last two years. With 25 megawatts of projects now completed or in the pipeline,

Pluralsight Raises $135 Million At A Valuation Approaching $1 Billion

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The online technology training service Pluralsight has raised a whopping $135 million in new financing as it looks to consolidate its position as a major player in personal and professional continuing information technology education. “We believe in the vision we have of democratizing professional education,” says Pluralsight chief ...

Review: Jennifer Aniston in 'Life of Crime'

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Writer-director Daniel Schecter's first two features, "Goodbye Baby" and "Supporting Characters," were ultra-low-budget character studies about ordinary young people struggling through their private and professional lives with self-deprecating wit. "Life of Crime," Schecter’s stylishly fun and star-heavy adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel "The Switch," has little in common ...

Congressional candidate sends “prevent abortion” condoms to anti-choice group

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Count me as an ardent supporter of Arizona congressional candidate James Woods. When the pro-choice Democrat received a survey from the National Pro-Life Alliance asking him to pledge his support for the “sanctity of life,” he send back a box of condoms that read “prevent abortion“ along with ...

Putin to Meet Poroshenko as Ukraine Tensions Escalate

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sings during Independence Day celebrations in Odessa, Ukraine, on August 24, 2014. Photo by Ukrainian Presidency/Mikhail Palinchak/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Close Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sings during Independence Day celebrations in Odessa, Ukraine, on August 24, 2014. Photo by Ukrainian Presidency/Mikhail Palinchak/Anadolu Agency ...

Google Acquires Zync To Bring Visual Effects Rendering To Its Cloud Platform

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Google today announced that it has acquired Zync Render, a service that makes it easier for movie studios to render their visual effects in the cloud. The technology was used to render effects in movies like Star Trek: Into Darkness and Looper, for example. Google will use the ...

Soros’s Argentine Bond Bet Revealed in Lawsuit in London

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An image of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is seen on a huge screen during an act against the so called "vulture funds," organized by pro Kirchner political forces, at Luna Park stadium, in Buenos Aires on Aug. 12, 2014. Close An image of Argentine President Cristina ...

Deep Tax Cuts Opens Northern Front for U.S. Companies

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Canada has become the latest frontier for U.S. companies fleeing the high cost of business, spurred by low corporate taxes and a policy that keeps international earnings out of the clutches of the Internal Revenue Service. Burger King Worldwide Inc. (BKW), the second-largest U.S. burger chain, agreed to buy coffee-and-doughnut company Tim Hortons Inc. today for about C$12.5 billion ($11.4 billion) and move the headquarters of the combined company to Canada. It’s “not fair” that companies can renounce their U.S. citizenship by filling out paperwork, a White House spokesman said ...

MIX for Android Lets You Create And Save Custom Photo Filters

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MIX for Android is the app for you if you often feel like Goldilocks when confronted with the filters in other photo-editing apps. Not only does MIX let you edit photos, but it also allows you to create custom filters, which you can then save to use again.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Statements

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The Secretary-General welcomes today's announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices. A brighter future for Gaza and for Israel depends on a sustainable ceasefire. It is up to the parties to live up to this responsibility. After this latest round of killing and the further widespread destruction of Palestinian homes, civilians on both sides need a reprieve in order to resume their daily lives, and to allow for humanitarian and early recovery efforts to address the desperate needs of the people in Gaza.The children of Gaza ...

Laverne Cox Distances Herself From Controversial Trans Inmate

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Last week, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project released a video of Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox reading a letter from a transgender inmate. The letter, written by Synthia China Blast, addressed common issues faced by trans inmates, like being placed in solitary confinement as a ...

Where is Ferguson in my Facebook feed?

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If you are an avid social media user — and have been following recent events in Ferguson, Missouri — you may have noticed a difference in the content of your Facebook and Twitter feeds on the story. The reason goes back to a complex and somewhat mysterious interplay between the platforms’ designs and your own behavior. A number of journalists and commentators observed a jarring disconnect between the mostly uncontroversial posts on Facebook (like chatter about celebrities taking the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds for the fight against Lou ...


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GENEVA (26 August 2014) – The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Makarim Wibisono, has formally requested the Israeli Government to allow him access to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory - to gather first-hand information on the impact of current hostilities on the human rights situation. “As a newly appointed Special Rapporteur, it is my priority to see with my own eyes the situation on the ground, to listen and to speak face-to-face with victims and witnesses, and to discuss issues of concern ...

Is ecology explaining less and less?

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Ecologists are testing more and more hypotheses, but their studies are explaining less of the world. That’s the striking conclusion of a new study that analyzes 8 decades of research papers. What exactly is driving these trends isn’t clear, but researchers fear it could undermine confidence in ecological ...

8 Things Women Couldn't Do On The First Women's Equality Day In 1971

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In 1971, Congress declared August 26th -- the day in 1920 on which the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote, was certified as law -- Women's Equality Day. Every year since, we've had a designated 24 hours to reflect on how far we've come ...

PSA: HP Recalls 6 Million Laptop Cables Because They Could Start Fires

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Are you using an HP laptop? Quick — take a look at its power cord. Specifically, the part that connects from the power brick to the wall. According to an alert from the US Consumer Safety Product Commission and confirmed by HP, some 6 million-or-so power cables floating ...

VR Gives Game Developers A Chance To Take Streaming Time From Twitch

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Yesterday Amazon announced that it is buying video game streaming site Twitch for $970 million. I argued that for the foreseeable future, it seemed like Amazon’s efforts in the gaming space line up well with Twitch’s goals and that Amazon has plenty of opportunities to turn the site ...

Snapchat Raising A New Round From KPCB At A $10B Valuation

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The rumors are flying around vanishing messaging app Snapchat, both on and off Secret. We too are hearing that Microsoft and Snapchat are in acquisition talks, though we can’t really grok why they would be, other than that the situation would make a great plot point in the ...

Flight restrictions hamper ability to battle Ebola – UN

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UNICEF and partners visit a crowded market in Conakry, Guinea, to explain to vendors how they can protect themselves and their families from Ebola. Photo: UNICEF Guinea 25 August 2014 – The United Nations today cautioned against flight restrictions into and out of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa,

ICREACH: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

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The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide ...

Hands-On With Bublcam’s Spherical Video Camera

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The Bublcam is a video camera that can capture a sphere of content with its four high-def sensors. We first covered it when its creators put up a Kickstarter campaign looking to raise $100,000 to bring the gadget to market. After raising more than three times that, the ...

Quote of the Day: Congressmen and Crackpots

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From Jon Chait, responding to Paul Ryan's list of favorite books about economics and democracy—which notably fails to include his former favorite book, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged: It seems the lesson Ryan has drawn from the harmful publicity surrounding his Rand fixation is not that he shouldn’t associate ...

People With Down Syndrome Are Pioneers in Alzheimer's Research : Shots

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Justin McCowan, 39, has down syndrome and lives at home with his parents in Santa Monica, Calif.Benjamin B. Morris for NPRhide caption When researchers at the University of California, San Diego wanted to study an experimental Alzheimer's drug last year, they sought help from an unlikely group: people ...

Yes, Republicans Really Are Unprecedented in Their Obstructionism

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When we talk about Republican obstruction of judicial nominees in the Senate, the usual way is to look at filibusters and cloture votes. But that can sometimes be misleading, since cloture votes can happen for a variety of reasons. Or we can look at the raw number of ...

Automattic Acquires BruteProtect To Help Keep WordPress Users Safe

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WordPress now powers so many websites, it’s no surprise that it’s a favorite target for hackers. To keep its users safe, Automattic – the company behind both and the open-source WordPress project — today announced that it has acquired BruteProtect, a security and management tool for WordPress.

Responsive Electricity Pricing Is the Missing Piece of a Distributed, Reactive Grid

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Utility industry pros often say Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla would recognize today’s electric grid because the basic architecture has changed so little over the past 100 years. The same could be said for electricity pricing. And that’s a problem if distributed energy is to be deeply integrated ...

Confusion On Awakening Called New Sleep Disorder

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Sleep drunkenness occurs when, during or following arousals from sleep, peoples are confused or perform inappropriate behavior, such as answering the phone instead of turning off the alarm. The episodes occur either during the first part of the night or in the morning. An episode, often triggered by ...

No health benefits for pursuing meaning versus pleasure

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NOTE: After I wrote this blog post, I received via PNAS the reply from Steve Cole and Barbara Fredrickson to our article.I did not have time to thoroughly digest it, but will address it in a future blog post. My preliminary impression is that their reply is, ah…a ...

Pin Drop App Launches On US App Store With Smart New Features

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Pin Drop – an iPhone app and website which lets you save, organise, and share locations – has now launched on the US app store with new collaborative mapping features and the ability to have multiple profiles. We’ve been using it a lot in London, where it’s been ...

Dan Gilbert To Make The Case For Detroit At Disrupt SF

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As a life-long Michigander, I’m very pleased to announce the Midwest will be well represented at Disrupt SF 2014. Detroit’s own Dan Gilbert will join me on stage for a fireside chat where we’ll talk about his ongoing plan to revive Detroit through startups and technology. I’m sure ...

#27BiStories: Appearing Straight, Appearing Gay, and Other Misconceptions Bi People Face

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Common misconceptions haunt bisexual people, and one of the most common is that a person’s sexuality is determined by the gender of whoever they're with. The assumption leaves bisexuals feeling like their identities have been erased. As high-profile celebrities come out, their sexualities are scrutinized by the inquisitive ...

UCL’s senior common room and the Boston marathon: emancipation in the 1960s, and now

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MT @drwollastonmp: #saatchibill team exploiting Ebola scare & using some dodgy.. medical anecdotes to 'cure' cancer;… My new post is a paean to women with more talent than I've ever had (and their problems at the hands of men) @susannareid100 you might be interested in my ...

12 Insights into China's Love of Copycat Suburbia

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What do China's cities look like after 15 years of government policies attempting to mimic planning templates that have since been abandoned in the US and Europe? Urban chimeras with "Houston-style financial districts," "Dallas' car culture," and "Atlanta's endless sprawl," surrounded by surburbs like Rancho Santa Fe, a ...

New Antarctic atlas offers index of marine life

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More than 9,000 species, from single-cell organisms to penguins and whales, are chronicled in the first Antarctic atlas since 1969. The book will be launched by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research at its Open Science Conference in Auckland, New Zealand. "It's been an enormous international effort and ...

Uber Begins Testing Lunch Delivery With UberFRESH

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Uber isn’t done producing variations on the theme of on-demand wheels – the startup has now begun testing uberFRESH, a service that provides lunch between 11:30 PM and 2:30 PM to customers in the Santa Monica trial area first, with a prix fixe menu that offers a different ...

Tax Dodge Used by Bain Escapes Scrutiny on Inversions

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Consider the business founded in 1916 as General Plate Co., a maker of sensors and controls for everything from Fords and Frigidaires to the spaceship that first carried Americans to the moon. While its top executives are still based in Attleboro, Massachusetts, it’s now known as Sensata Technologies ...

Some questions about Undercover Colors anti-rape nail polish

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Thanks to four male college students from North Carolina State University, you may soon be able to buy some nail polish that detects date rape drugs to go with your anti-rape underwear. Throw in your rape whistle and pepper spray camera, and you might be able to delude ...

Father of black Ferguson teen appeals for calm at funeral

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1 of 11.Michael Brown Sr., father of fatally shot Michael Brown, attends the Peace Fest rally in St. Louis, Missouri August 24, 2014. FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The father of Michael Brown, the black teenager who was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9, appealed for calm as family, politicians and activists gathered for the funeral on Monday following weeks of unrest. The sometimes violent protests have spawned headlines around the world and have focused attention on racial issues in the United States. Local ...

Federal Appeals Court Judge: Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Based On Hate'

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There’s no subtle way to describe a federal appeals court’s reaction to an attorney for the state of Wisconsin’s effort to defend marriage discrimination on Tuesday. It was a bloodbath. Judge Richard Posner, a Reagan appointee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, peppered ...

Ifinity Unveils Battery-Less Beacon Tech

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Innovation in the beacon space — the micro-location technology that lets your smartphone trigger events based on how close you are to a beacon transmitter — doesn’t seems to be letting up any time soon. Polish startup Ifinity appears to be well on its way to solving one ...

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