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Neanderthals: Bone technique redrafts prehistory

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Nature Video travels back 50,000 years to find out when the Neanderthals disappeared and how Homo sapiens came to dominate Europe. Neanderthals and humans lived together in Europe for thousands of years, concludes a timeline based on radiocarbon dates from 40 key sites across Europe. The results1, published ...

Iraq: UNHCR Aid Airlift to Reach Displaced

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In response to the deteriorating situation in northern Iraq, UNHCR is this week launching one of its largest aid pushes aimed at helping close to a half million people who have been forced to flee their homes.A cargo jet carrying 100 tons of emergency relief supplies landed at ...

Another GOP Candidate Says Migrant Kids Might Have Ebola. (They Don't.)

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Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin is the latest Republican politician to suggest migrants from Central America might bring the Ebola virus with them to the United States. Tobin, who is seeking the GOP nomination for the state's 1st Congressional District in Tuesday's primary, made the connection ...

Iraq: Camp Expands to Cope with New Influx

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A former transit camp for Syrian refugees in northern Iraq is being reconfigured and expanded to meet the needs of a growing number of displaced people. Information for media: If you would like to use this video to communicate refugee stories or require B-Roll, transcripts, stills or much ...

The Intersection of Social Liberalism and Social Media is Brutal

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I think it's safe to say that Freddie deBoer is considerably to my left. But even he finds much of contemporary social liberalism dispiriting and self-righteous: It seems to me now that the public face of social liberalism has ceased to seem positive, joyful, human, and freeing. I now mostly associate that public face with danger, with an endless list of things that you can’t do or say or think, and with the constant threat of being called an existentially bad person if you say the wrong thing. ....I’m far ...

What Militarization Has Done to Our Police Departments

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Protests have continued for more than a week since the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Police officers initially met protesters with full riot gear, armored vehicles and assault rifles, escalating tensions and leading Gov. Jay Nixon to replace the St. Louis County Police ...

Putting Body Cameras on Cops Is Hardly a Cure-All for Abuses

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On Tuesday, the City of Ferguson announced what seemed like a no-brainer: It would look into getting dashboard-mounted and wearable cameras for its police officers. The pledge—part of a litany of promises aimed to help the community "feel more connected to and demonstrate the transparency of city departments"—is ...

Iraq's Kurds Look to Profit from Kirkuk Oil Chaos

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Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Iraq has the fifth-largest proven oil reserves in the world, but the continued chaos has now reached parts of the country where that oil is produced. Bloomberg's Willem Marx reports on how factional fighting -- and a new pipeline -- may be redrawing the ...

Chart of the Day: The Horrible Toll of the Recession on the Poor

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When we talk about rising income inequality, we usually talk about the skyrocketing pay of the top 1 percent. And that's quite proper, since that's the main driver of increasing inequality. But new census data shows that when it comes to net worth—which is basically total wealth—the biggest ...

Russian Sanctions Mostly Hitting Russian Consumers

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The BBC reports on how those Russian sanctions against Western food have put the squeeze on European and American suppliers: Moscow officials say frozen fish prices in the capital's major supermarkets have risen by 6%, milk by 5.3% and an average cheese costs 4.4% more than it did before the 7 August ban took effect. Russia has banned imports of those basic foods, as well as meat and many other products, from Western countries, Australia and Japan. It is retaliation for the West's sanctions on Russia over the revolt by ...

Quote of the Day: Getting raped after drinking is like having your bike stolen when you left it unlocked

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Some men feel that too much responsibility for preventing sexual assault has been put on their shoulders, said Chris Herries, a senior at Stanford University. While everyone condemns sexual assault, there seems to be an assumption among female students that they shouldn’t have to protect themselves by avoiding ...

13 Republican Climate Deniers Who Want to Be President

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This story originally appeared on Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It's hard to believe, surveying the GOP field of possible presidential nominees, but back in 2008 the parties were not that far apart on climate change. Sen. John McCain of Arizona,

How US Territories Can Kick Their Oil Addiction

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As befits an empire, the United States has a number of island territories. They run almost entirely on crude oil. Geopolitically and congressionally, the phrase "United States" means the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the ...

Why Don't Colleges Care About Athletes' Grades?

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Somewhere along the 405 freeway in Southern California, there's a billboard with a succinct, if not slightly frustrating, message: "You are not stuck in traffic. You are traffic." The point of the billboard, one of Gavin Newsom's favorites, is clear to California's lieutenant governor. "We are our behavior," ...

Why Racism Is Bad For Your Brain

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In his press conference Monday discussing the shooting of an unarmed black teenager and the ongoing crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama addressed the continuing prevalence of racial inequality in the US. "You have young men of color in many communities who are more likely to end up ...

Drug saves monkeys from close relative of Ebola

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A medicine administered days after infection can save monkeys from a deadly virus related to Ebola, researchers report in Science Translational Medicine1. “This clearly starts to move into the realm of being a therapy, rather than a post-exposure treatment,” says virologist Gene Olinger, principal science adviser for contract-research ...

I will not be returning to Ferguson

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I had been on the ground helping Al Jazeera America cover the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., since this all started last week. After what I saw last night, I will not be returning. The behavior and number of journalists there is so appalling, that I cannot ...

SnagFilms Free Movie of the Week: 'Dragonslayer' is a Ska

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Josh "Skreech" Sandoval is a new breed of American Hero; a skate punk phoenix who emerged from the abandoned swimming pools of suburban Southern California. He's got no job, no home, no money, a six month old kid and no desire to do anything but shred. Stuck in ...

Thai Junta Chief Likely to Become Prime Minister Today

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Thailand’s military ruler Prayuth Chan-Ocha has already given himself absolute power as head of the junta that controls the country. Now he’s looking to add legitimacy by taking on the role of prime minister. It will be tough to convince critics that his probable appointment to the premiership ...

Kill the Bookends column: Why the New York Times Book Review’s most frustrating feature has to go

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Topics: bookends, new york times book review, nytbr, Books, francine prose, zoe heller, Editor's Picks, Jennifer Weiner, Media News, Entertainment News Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow — Do These Kinds of Cultural Categories Mean Anything Anymore? What Are We Meant to Get Out of Movies Based on Short Stories and ...

Meet the Locals Trying to Keep the Peace in Ferguson

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Peace prevailed last night in Ferguson, Missouri—for the most part. There were a few bottles hurled at the cops, and dozens of arrests, but no gunshots, looting, teargas plumes, or fusillades of rubber bullets. Largely to thank for this turn of events are the Peacekeepers, a group comprised ...

U.S. Military Bans The Intercept

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The U.S. military is banning and blocking employees from visiting The Intercept in an apparent effort to censor news reports that contain leaked government secrets. According to multiple military sources, a notice has been circulated to units within the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps warning staff that they are prohibited from reading stories published by The Intercept on the grounds that they may contain classified information. The ban appears to apply to all employees—including those with top-secret security clearance—and is aimed at preventing classified information from being viewed ...

Restoring dignity, ensuring ‘safe space’ for returning Nigerian schoolgirls critical – UN official

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Students at a school operated by Future Prowess Islamic Foundation in Maiduguri, Nigeria, which provides free primary education for orphans and vulnerable children. Photo: IRIN/Obinna Anyadike 20 August 2014 – A United Nations official for Nigeria today said that restoring the dignity and integrity of returning schoolgirls kidnapped ...

Here’s Why SolarCity Will Move Into Mexico

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SolarCity is pursuing an aggressive growth strategy -- and it’s been paying off. According to the GTM Research’s U.S. PV Leaderboard, SolarCity installed 29 percent of all residential solar in the first quarter of this year, three times the volume of its nearest competitor, Vivint Solar. The company ...

3 Takeaways From NextWave: Dollars Are Still Being Put to Work for Greentech

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So it's been a couple of weeks now since the NextWave Greentech Investing conference, and I thought I would share three of my takeaways from an interesting day of speakers and panels. And again, my thanks to Greentech Media for organizing the event and once again inviting me ...

Remembering James Foley, And The Awful Calculus Of a Hostage's Family

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When I first saw the image of James Foley kneeling before a masked Islamic State member gripping a knife, I wanted to look away, forget, and go for a walk outside. I know the dragging uncertainty of living years and months in the power of someone who sees ...

The Return of Jonah Lehrer

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When we last heard about writer Jonah Lehrer – whose career self-destructed after his writing was found to have numerous instances of plagiarism and factual inaccuracies – he had been paid $20,000 to give a much-criticized speech about journalistic ethics. A few months after that, he was reported ...

The Next Big Challenge for Energy Storage

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Bill Watkins, Imergy Power SystemsAugust 21, 2014|0 CommentsThe energy storage era is upon us. States like California and New York have adapted energy policies that will make it possible to economically deploy storage systems, while technology advancements have boosted performance and trimmed costs. For the first time in history it will become feasible to store electric energy. These breakthroughs in turn will change the underlying infrastructure of our whole industry. Utilities in most jurisdictions are legal monopolies because it was the only way to economically and technically bring electricity ...

US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

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MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled Thursday that the ban added to Florida's constitution ...

Op-ed: In Mass. Politics, Love Now Dares to Speak Its Name

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After my speech at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention in June, my partner, Jacob, came onstage, and — just like every other candidate and their loved ones — we kissed. No questions from reporters. No comments from delegates, volunteers, or voters. No social media outcry — positive or negative.

Housekeeping Note

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That's it for the day. I'm off to the hospital for yet another test that will undoubtedly show nothing wrong with me. But you don't know until you look, do you? See you tomorrow. Kevin Drum is a political blogger for Mother Jones. For more of his stories, click here. RSS | Twitter MoJo Troll Patrol encourages readers to sign in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Disqus, or OpenID to comment. Please read our comment policy before posting.

Koko, Kanzi, and ape language research: Criticism of working conditions and animal care.

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Last week, people around the world mourned the death of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams. According to the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California, we were not the only primates mourning. A press release from the foundation announced that Koko the gorilla—the main subject of its research on ...

Tesla Model S Software Update Brings iPhone Unlocking And Ignition Start

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Tesla owners have been looking forward to OS 6.0, a software update for their vehicles, for a while now, but it’s finally rolling out to vehicle owners, reports Electrek. The system adds a bunch of new features for Model S vehicles, including a new Calendar app for in-car ...

Atelier Lets You Shop For Luxury Specs By Webcam

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Virtual fitting room technologies have come a long way in recent years, thanks to myriad startups attacking the problem of figuring out whether physical stuff fits you without actually having to schlep to a store to try something on. But trying stuff on remotely remains a compromise — ...

INTERVIEW: UN System Coordinator on Ebola dispels myths, pledges support for West Africa’s efforts to halt outbreak

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Senior UN System Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease, David Nabarro, talks with UN News Centre about efforts to contain unprecedented outbreak in West Africa. UN Photo/Mark Garten 20 August 2014 – As the World Health Organization (WHO) ramps up its response to the unprecedented outbreak of the Ebola ...

Majority Of Digital Media Consumption Now Takes Place In Mobile Apps

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U.S. users are now spending the majority of their time consuming digital media within mobile applications, according to a new study released by comScore this morning. That means mobile apps, including the number 1 most popular app Facebook, eat up more of our time than desktop usage or ...

Sanitation for all: The MDGs and beyond

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There has been significant progress over the last twenty years by governments, global citizens and the private sector in tackling the main obstacles to sustainable development: poverty and disease. The Millennium Development Goals have shown us what can be achieved with successfully applied targeted financial policies and human ...

European Entrepreneurs Step Up To The Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Ice Bucket Challenge has wended it’s way around the world and is now gradually hitting the European tech startup community. After a little encouragement from my own attempt the duly nominated Alicia Navarro, cofounder and CEO of Skimlinks in London went and had almost her entire team ...

Estately Launches Flip, A Tinder For Real Estate

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One of the annoyances of online real estate search is that you often see the exact same house pop up day after day, even though it is a run-down shack (“rustic with good bones”) in a not so nice (“up and coming”) neighborhood with a concrete yard (“low ...

Spotify Pushes Popular Playlists With A New Tastemaker Tab

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Spotify, now with 40 million users, looks like it’s adding another new feature that it hopes will help get the long tail of those registered music listeners more active on its platform. A tab has appeared called “Tastemakers” — a list of people whose names may not at ...

Can These New Small Wind Companies Finally Duplicate the Success of the Solar Industry?

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While solar has exploded in the U.S., small wind has struggled to grow. Two startups are hoping to change that. One of the biggest changes for solar came nearly a decade ago, when Congress created the 30-percent investment tax credit for the technology in a sweeping 2005 energy ...

Syrian woman gives birth to quintuplets weeks after fleeing Iraq

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QAMISHLI, Syria, August 20 (UNHCR) – A 27-year-old Syrian woman has given birth to quintuplets in northern Syria weeks after fleeing her home in neighbouring Iraq on foot. Tamam, an ethnic Yazidi, gave birth by Caesarean section last Thursday at a hospital in the city of Qamishli. "She ...

African elephant numbers collapsing

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Long-awaited study suggests that many of the continent's elephant populations could be wiped out in ten years. The most comprehensive survey of elephant poaching to date has estimated that 100,000 African elephants were illegally killed between 2010 and 2012. These levels of poaching have driven a decrease of ...

Concert Giant Ticketfly Acquires Last-Minute Ticket App WillCall

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WillCall is a pretty concert app, but its weakness was a lack of deals with venues to get tickets to sell. Well no more, as today it was acquired by Ticketfly, the second-biggest concert ticket seller in America, which has relationships with thousands of venues. Ticketfly will keep ...

Syria: Journalist’s Execution a War Crime

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(New York) – The apparent execution of the freelance journalist James Foley on August 19, 2014 in Syria by the Islamic State would be a war crime if confirmed. Groups detaining journalists should immediately and unconditionally release them.The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq ...

A Call for Minimum Service Standards

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At $37 million for two miles of track, Salt Lake City’s new S-Line, sometimes referred to as the Sugar House Streetcar, was one of the cheapest rail transit projects recently completed in the United States, with per-mile costs equivalent to the typical bus rapid transit project. From a ...

The Head of The Missouri GOP Thinks Voter Registration Drives in Ferguson Are "Disgusting"

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Over the last couple days, voter registration booths have been popping up in Ferguson. There was one by the ruined site of the recently burnt-down QuikTrip convenience store, which has become a central gathering site of the protests, and another near the site where Michael Brown was shot.

Nook And Samsung Announce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, An Android Tablet For Reading

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In an effort to bring the Nook platform to a more familiar – and more fully-featured – device, Nook has announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a 7-inch tablet made primarily by Samsung. It includes something called the “Barnes & Noble Advantage,” a deeply linked app that ...

Here's Why You Shouldn't Ignore Short Films at Festivals

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By Mallory Andrews | IndiewireWed Aug 20 10:00:00 EDT 2014 Among the offerings in the Pardi di domani, tight storytelling is on display in Grégoire Graesslin's "Helix Aspersa" (to explain the title would ruin slowly unfolding thematic underpinnings), Sarah Arnold's confidently directed"Totems" and Martin Eldralin's audaciously humanist ...

Chartio’s New Data Pipeline Makes Analyzing And Visualizing Data Easier

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Chartio, a business intelligence service that lets you explore your data from a wide variety of sources, is launching a new service today that should make getting started with data analysis and visualization quite a bit easier. The new Data Pipeline, which Chartio co-founder and CTO Dave Fowler ...
 

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