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This map shows all the countries that have declared independence from the United Kingdom

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Scots will head to the polls on Thursday to vote on a referendum that could make Scotland an independent nation, making the 307-year-old United Kingdom not so united anymore.There's been a scramble to convince the country's 4.2 million registered voters to vote "no," after a major poll last ...

Why global violence against women and girls must become new UK priority

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A recent UN study found that one in 10 girls face sexual abuse. While these statistics may be shocking, they are not surprising. Violence against women and girls can be described as a global pandemic: 35% of women will experience one form of violence in their lifetime; 30% ...

10 big questions the Pew Research Center has tackled in the past decade

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Ten years ago, the Pew Research Center was established by The Pew Charitable Trusts to bring together several of Pew’s information initiatives. The new organization had a unique mission to offer nonpartisan, non-advocacy information to decision-makers and the public. The Center has amassed a large body of work ...

This Republican Tried To Stop North Carolina From Apologizing For A Racist Massacre. He’d Like Your Vote, Please.

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In 1898, furious that a mixed-race coalition had swept the city's municipal elections, white supremacists burned down a black-owned newspaper in Wilmington, North Carolina; overthrew the local government; and killed at least 25 black residents in a week of rioting. It was one of the worst single incidents ...

Bobby Jindal: "I'm Not an Evolutionary Biologist"

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At a breakfast event today, a journalist reportedly questioned Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal about whether he believes in evolution. This is pretty pertinent. Several years ago Jindal signed into law the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act. The law, according to the National Center for Science Education, "invites lessons ...

Thick Middles Get Thicker as Americans Add Belly Fat

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Americans are getting more apple-shaped, packing inches onto their middles even amid signs the torrid pace of weight gain nationally has slowed. The average U.S. waist circumference steadily increased to 38.8 inches in 2012, up more than 1 inch in about a dozen years, according to a study ...

This GOP Benghazi Hearing Is Actually Worth Having

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Benghazi! It's back. On Wednesday, the select committee on Benghazi set up by House Speaker John Boehner—who yanked this conservative crusade from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and handed it to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)—will stage its first public hearing. In a surprising move that might disappoint right-wingers yearning ...

The Demise of a Group Backing Moderate Syrian Rebels Is a Bad Sign for Obama's Anti-ISIS Campaign

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Last week, President Barack Obama outlined his plan for expanding military action against ISIS, the murderous Islamic extremist group that controls territory in Iraq and Syria. His beefed-up campaign includes increased funding previously announced (up to $500 million) to train and arm supposedly moderate rebels in Syria who ...

The State of Food Insecurity in the World

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The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014 presents updated estimates of undernourishment and progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and World Food Summit (WFS) hunger targets. A stock-taking of where we stand on reducing hunger and malnutrition shows that progress in hunger reduction at the ...

Scots Referendum Tension Spills Over as Miliband Jostled

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The Scottish nationalist trying to wave a flag behind Labour Party leader Ed Miliband’s head found his path blocked by an elderly opponent of independence. So with both hands, he shoved the man out of the way. The incident in an Edinburgh shopping mall happened during what was ...

Diversity: Pride in science

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The sciences can be a sanctuary for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, but biases may still discourage many from coming out. “I was the golden child,” says Justin Trotter, thinking back to his teenage years living near the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County, Florida. The handsome,

Calpers Is Done With Hedge Funds; Paid $135 Million in Fees Last Year for 7.1% Return

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The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s decision to divest its entire $4 billion from hedge funds came after officials concluded the program couldn’t be expanded enough to justify the costs. “Our hedge fund allocation was quite small,” interim Chief Investment Officer Ted Eliopoulos said today on Bloomberg Television’s ...

Poverty in U.S. Declines for First Time Since Before Recession

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Marty Matthews, a 52-year-old from Washington, is among those who could soon be on firmer financial footing. Matthews started a new construction job in Laurel, Maryland, this week after losing his old job as a contractor for the Department of Defense in January. Close Marty Matthews, a 52-year-old ...

Leaked email reveals ADL advice to universities urging anti-Palestine crackdown

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As college students go back to class across the US, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is urging a renewed crackdown on Palestine solidarity activism on campus – and at least one California university leader appears to be receptive. University of California, Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi’s office shared an email ...

DataFox Pushes Its Business Intelligence Service Into Beta

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Last week at Disrupt SF, DataFox pitched what it called a “predictive intelligence” service, aimed at bringing a wealth of data concerning corporations — their landmarks, hiring trends, funding and valuation — to everyone. For a deep dive into how the product works, who is on the founding ...

The Neurocritic: Should Policy Makers and Financial Institutions Have Access to Billions of Brain Scans?

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Deconstructing the most sensationalistic recent findings in Human Brain Imaging, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Psychopharmacology Born in West Virginia in 1980, The Neurocritic embarked upon a roadtrip across America at the age of thirteen with his mother. She abandoned him when they reached San Francisco and The Neurocritic descended ...

The 50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media

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It was hard enough picking a single most influential LGBT person for this list (and, in the end, it was a tie), so you can imagine the trouble we had narrowing down our picks to 50 and then ranking each. To do it, first we asked a number ...

Calpers to Exit Hedge Funds, Citing Expenses, Complexity

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The California Public Employees’ Retirement System plans to divest the entire $4 billion that it has with hedge funds, saying they’re too expensive and complex. The decision to eliminate 24 hedge funds and six hedge fund-of-funds, isn’t related to the performance of the program, said Ted Eliopoulos, the interim chief investment officer. The board of the $298 billion pension, known as Calpers, hasn’t decided where to invest the money after the pullout, which will take about a year, he said. “We concluded that we would eliminate the hedge fund program ...

Hitchcock thriller reveals busy mind in 'vegetative' man

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Brain scans from a man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years show activity similar to that of healthy viewers. A dozen volunteers watched Alfred Hitchcock for science while lying motionless in a magnetic-resonance scanner. Another participant, a man who has lived in a vegetative ...

Patek Philippe and Rolex: Building a Solid Watch Portfolio

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Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) –- Building a solid portfolio of watches takes research and time. So where to begin? Steve Kivel from NY's Central Watch has some advice on how to get the best return on your timepieces. (Source: Bloomberg)

Tim Cook on Steve Jobs' Legacy, Office, and Apple

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Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook, who succeeded Steve Jobs, discusses the legacy of the company's founder and their friendship. "Charlie Rose" airs weeknights on Bloomberg Television at 8p & 10p ET.

The Supreme Court May Be About To Save—Or Destroy—Gay Marriage

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Supporters of gay marriage have been on a roll: In the past year, federal courts across the country have nullified same-sex marriage bans in more than a dozen states. Yet these victories are complicated by the lack of a national legal standard on gay marriage: For now, it ...

Obama Has Indeed Learned Some Foreign Policy Lessons, Just Not the Ones the Establishment Likes

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Over at FP, David Rothkopf has a long and critical examination of President Obama's foreign policy. Unfortunately, it starts with a biting assessment from "one of America's most dependable Middle Eastern allies," which is almost single-handedly enough to disqualify it as serious analysis. Anyone who still thinks that ...

Bidgely to Disaggregate the Demand Side of Hawaii’s Solar-Rich Grid

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Distributed solar power is having a big impact on Hawaii’s grid, leading state utilities and regulators to look to a variety of technologies to help it manage this new edge-of-the-grid resource. That includes smart meters and smart solar inverters, networked electric vehicle chargers, fast-responding demand response, and both ...

Mobile Photo And Video Platform Mobli Acquires Pheed

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Mobli, a Tel Aviv-based photo- and video-sharing platform that raised a $60 million round led by Carlos Slim almost a year ago, just acquired Pheed to boost its monetization capabilities. Pheed has 5 million registered users, while Mobli has 22 million. Neither company isn’t disclosing daily or monthly ...

Inmates Aren’t the Only Victims of the Prison-Industrial Complex

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Prison-reform advocates tend to focus on the plight of those behind bars. But the enforcers of this draconian system are victims as well. The Allan B. Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas (Courtesy of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice) The worst part of Dave’s job as a death-row ...

Traders Are Blaming Today's Tech Stock Sell-Off On Alibaba ... And It Isn't Even Public Yet

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But on Monday the Chinese e-commerce giant was being blamed for the more than 1.2% drop in the tech-heavy Nasdaq. Rich Barry, floor governor at the New York Stock Exchange, wrote in his afternoon commentary on Monday: "Strange moves in the market today, and some astute market-watchers are ...

Gaza goes back to school

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School is now home and shelter for thousands. Students are displaced or dead, injured or orphaned. Teacher throws her body on the children to hide them. Books are smoke and ashes. Gaza, Khan Younis, Jabaliya, Beit Hanoun - still standing. Beit Lahiya, Deir al-Balah, Bani Suhaila – we’re ...

Apple Created A New Website Just To Let People Delete That U2 Album From Their iTunes Account

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The website provides step by step instructions for taking the U2 album "Songs of Innocence" out of your iTunes account. Apple's tutorial page provides a link to a separate website where you can click "Remove Album" to confirm that you'd like the U2 album deleted from your library.

HRW Says Disabled Children In Russia Face Violence, Isolation, Neglect

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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty broadcasts in 28 languages. Most of our programs are available on FM and medium-wave frequencies of local radio stations in the countries of our broadcast area. If you are having problems listening to programs on the internet, please read our technical help ...

This Robot Can Load A Dishwasher — Thus Solving A Massive Mathematical Problem In Robotics

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"Boris 2" was first showcased at the British Science Festival in Birmingham last Thursday. Boris's blue arms and silver hands allow him to grasp objects like a human can. The machine cost £350,000 ($570,000) and took five years to develop. Once its development is complete, it will represent ...

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GENEVA (15 September 2014) - Disability rights worldwide have reached a major milestone after the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified by the 150th country. Guyana became the latest state to ratify the Convention, which has been in force since 2008 and has seen one of the fastest rates of ratification of any of the international human rights treaties. “The 150th ratification is evidence of the commitment by the international community to promote and protect the human rights of persons with disabilities,” said Maria Soledad ...

Apple Patents A Strange Physics-Based GUI For iPad File And Folder Manipulation

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Apple had an interesting patent granted to it today by the USPTO (via AppleInsider), which describes a graphic user interface on the iPad that more closely resembles a desktop arrangement of files and folders than the current app-based iOS UX. The most interesting part of the patent might ...

Meet the Democratic Candidates Backed By the Biggest Big Business Lobby in the Land

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The US Chamber of Commerce, the biggest big business trade group in the country, lobbies against things like Obamacare, regulation of Wall Street, and action on climate change. So it’s no surprise that the Chamber tends to support Republican candidates; this year, it has already thrown its weight ...

Dodgers Playoff Drive to Be Broadcast on L.A. TV

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The Los Angeles Dodgers’ final six baseball games will be carried live on a local TV station after Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC), which controls the rights, ended a season-long blackout. Time Warner Cable will broadcast the last week of Dodger games on KDOC, an independent broadcast station that is carried by every pay-TV service in Southern California and can also be received via an antenna, according to a statement today. Fans who couldn’t watch games on TV this season because they don’t subscribe to Time Warner Cable will get ...

You Can Order The Giant iPhone 6 Through eBay And Supposedly Get It This Month

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However, some eBay sellers claim to have the new iPhone available to ship by Sept. 19, which is the same day the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will hit stores. One seller, for example, is offering up a 16GB version of the phone for Verizon's network priced ...

Campaign gives new choices to Druze youth facing Israeli conscription

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Maisan Hamdan is a founder member of the anti-military service group Refuse — Your People Will Protect You. (Photo courtesy of Maisan Hamdan) “From the earliest days of mandatory conscription for Druze, there has been opposition,” says anti-militarization activist Maisan Hamdan. That opposition has become more public and ...

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For 14 days, Vancouver Design Week will turn the city into a petri dish of design process, practice, and perspectives; through a wide range of independent and collaborative programming. From talks to tours, exhibits to workshops, parties to pop-ups, design across disciplines will open its doors for conversations,

20 Great Paying Jobs At The Best Tech Companies [Ranked]

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We've heard tale of senior engineers getting a base salary of $160,000, with stock options and other benefits on top. Even some interns are earning 7,000/month, which amounts to $84,000/year. So we sifted through job hunting site Glassdoor to find the best paying jobs at the best tech ...

APPLE ANNOUNCES MASSIVE iPHONE 6 PREORDERS

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In the first 24 hours the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were available for preorder, Apple says it got 4 million preorders. For some context, the iPhone 5 did 2 million preorders in a 24 hour period when it launched in 2012. It didn't report preorder numbers ...

There's One Word Nest Employees Should Never Say Around Tony Fadell

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Before cofounding Nest Labs in 2010, Fadell worked at Apple as part of the team that created the original iPhone and iPod. A former Apple employee that worked with Fadell during his time at the company said he hated when employees would say things were going "great" during ...

Apple Is Hiding The iPhone 6's Bulging Camera Lens In Some Of Its Marketing Images

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The bulging camera lens means your iPhone won't sit flat. When you view the phone in profile, the lens disrupts the otherwise clean and straight lines of the iPhone 6. Apple seems to be aware of the design blight as well, with the company using "clever lighting and ...

One Of The Smartest VCs Of All Time Has An Ominous Warning For The Tech Industry

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In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Gurley says the current environment reminds him of the tech bubble that formed in the late 90's. Every incremental day that goes past I have this feeling a little bit more. I think that Silicon Valley as a whole or ...

US warns Iran's current position in nuclear talks 'unacceptable'

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US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman arrives for a meeting on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva. (photo credit:REUTERS) WASHINGTON - Two months before negotiations over its nuclear program are set to expire, Iran still holds positions far from those acceptable to the United ...

Yahoo Wants To Scan User Emails To Figure Out Which Apps To Recommend

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Yahoo is working on an app recommendation algorithm that will suggest new apps for you to buy based on apps you've purchased in the past. Yahoo knows which apps its Yahoo Mail users have downloaded because whenever someone downloads an app from Apple's App Store or the Google ...

What Will the Utility Distribution Grid of the Future Really Look Like?

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There's been lots of talk lately about how utility business models need to change. And as the distribution end of the electric grid gets more complex, we're seeing a lot of interesting point solutions emerge for addressing some aspects of that complexity. But these various point solutions will ...

Comparing Lena Dunham to Woody Allen Is Unfair — to Lena

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The New York Times Magazine's Meghan Daum has taken some heat for suggesting in the Grey Lady's most recent profile of the "Girls" auteur that Dunham is "perhaps to the millennials what J. D. Salinger was to the post-World War II generation and Woody Allen was to the ...

What Can Small Cities Do to Fight Climate Change?

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This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Everyone should know by now that the US needs to adopt policies to restrain its profligate energy use. Per capita, we use the most of any country except Iceland. And no,

Bond Market Dispels Inflation Alarm as Fed Winds Down QE

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A woman walks past the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. Close A woman walks past the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. As the Federal Reserve winds down its ...

The 52nd New York Film Festival

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The New York Film Festival unveiled a major addition to its Main Slate Tuesday with the news of an anticipated documentary that offers an inside look at one of the most controversial figures making headlines today. The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced that CITIZENFOUR, the new documentary ...
 

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