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Spider gene study reveals tangled evolution

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This female orb-weaving araneoid spider (Eriophora) from the Amazonian rainforest waits at the centre of its web for prey to arrive.There’s more than one way to catch a fly. Spider webs look like the perfect trap for ensnaring insects, but a spider ‘tree of life’ based on hundreds ...

What’s Hotter Than Hottest Hot? The Last Two Months

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The average temperature of Earth’s surface last month exceeded all Junes before it, since record keeping began in 1880, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.That may sound familiar, because it’s the same language used to describe the month of May, which was the ...

Obama Planning to Retire to Rancho Mirage?

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Obama Planning to Retire to Rancho Mirage?President Obama and his wife, Michelle, could be the owners of a home in Rancho Mirage listed at $4.25 million before the month is out. The First Family is believed to be in escrow on a contemporary home in a gated community ...

Wage Stagnation Is No Illusion

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Wage Stagnation Is No IllusionBloomberg has a long article today wondering whether wage stagnation is mainly due to demographic shifts: 25- to 34-year-olds will make up 22.5 percent of the workforce by 2022, compared with 21.6 percent in 2012....Meanwhile, the share of 45- to 54-year-olds in their best ...

Rand Paul Flubs the Facts on the Minimum Wage

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Rand Paul Flubs the Facts on the Minimum WageSen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the minimum wage, like Trix, is for kids. Speaking in San Francisco over the weekend, the likely 2016 presidential candidate took issue with the president and first lady over an interview they gave to Parade,

If the Left Wants Scapegoats, Just Look in the Mirror

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If the Left Wants Scapegoats, Just Look in the MirrorThomas Frank is convinced that Barack Obama single-handedly prevented America from becoming the lefty paradise it was on course for after the financial meltdown of 2008: The Obama team, as the president once announced to a delegation of investment ...

BitLit Partners With HarperCollins To Make Buying Digital Versions Of Books You Already Own Easier

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The idea behind BitLit is pretty simple: scan the title page of a book you already own, write your name on the copyright page and scan that, too, and within a few seconds, you have access to the e-book version of your book.In an ideal world, this would ...

Do We Need More Business Folks In Congress?

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Do We Need More Business Folks In Congress?So is this a vote for more business experience? Or even—shudder—a retroactive yearning for Mitt Romney? Like Kilgore, I'm skeptical. At a guess, people who answered the question about business experience were implicitly contrasting it with lawyers or career politicians, and ...

Israel kills militants entering from Gaza, death toll tops 500

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GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli forces killed 10 Palestinian militants who slipped across the border from Gaza through hidden tunnels on Monday, the military said, as the death toll from the two-week conflict passed 500 amid growing international calls for an end.Defying a U.N. Security Council appeal for an immediate ceasefire, Israeli jets, tanks and artillery continued to pound the Gaza Strip, killing 28 members of a single family near the enclave's southern border with Egypt, medics said. The Islamist group Hamas and its allies fired multiple missiles across southern and ...

High School Kids Brave the Anti-Vax Jihadists

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High School Kids Brave the Anti-Vax JihadistsHere's a heartwarming story for you. Prompted by the decline in vaccination rates among children in San Diego, a group of students at Carlsbad High School decided to make a short documentary about "the science of disease and the risks facing a society that is under-vaccinated." You can probably guess what happened next: Complaints began to arise when a local newspaper reported that the students were tackling "the issue of immunizations." A blogger who saw the article contended that the movie, still a work ...

Millionaire Hunters Lure Rich Chinese to Australia

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Berrick Wilson is one of at least 30 fund managers who have jumped into the business of luring China’s wealthy to Australia using a new visa program that helps Chinese invest abroad. Wilson has flown to China three times this year from the Melbourne headquarters of investment firm ...

'Oh, This Is a Bad Movie': Jimmy Fallon Reads Roger Ebert's Reviews on the Tonight Show

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by Sam Adams Mon Jul 21 11:55:37 EDT 2014 0 CommentsChaz Ebert visited Jimmy Fallon at the Tonight Show on Friday as part of her ongoing promotional tour for "Life Itself," and Fallon took the opportunity to clean out an old wound by reading aloud from Ebert's one-star ...

The Last Hope for Extending Long-Term Unemployment Insurance May Have Just Gone Poof

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It's been seven months since Congress let long-term unemployment insurance benefits lapse, but last week only brought more bad news for the job seekers hoping that House Republicans might relent and allow a vote on extending benefits. When the House passed a temporary patch to the Highway Trust ...

Merger Rush for Offshore Tax Break Bets on U.S. Stalemate

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U.S. companies are racing to complete tax-reducing offshore mergers before a credible threat to stop them emerges from Congress.AbbVie Inc. (ABBV), maker of the arthritis medicine Humira, announced the largest such inversion deal July 18 with a plan to move its tax home to the U.K. in a ...

Babylonian Neurology and Psychiatry - Neuroskeptic

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A fascinating little paper in Brain examines Neurology and psychiatry in Babylon. It’s a collaboration by British neurologist Edward H. Reynolds and Assyriologist James V. Kinnier Wilson.The sources they discuss are almost 4,000 years old, dating to the Old Babylonian Dynasty of 1894 – 1595 BC. Writing in ...

Indiewire New

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Two of the summer’s best-selling anime series are both violent and difficult to categorize. Based on a manga series by Hajime Isayama, "Attack on Titan…Back to all the Orson Welles movies I saw between 1952 and 1970, and the comments on them which I kept in my movie ...

Inside the AIDS Conference Reeling From Losses Aboard MH17

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As news broke last Thursday that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, it quickly became known that top-level AIDS researchers and activists were among the dead. Initially it was reported as 100 or more, but that number has now been debunked. At least ...

Who Finances Residential Solar in 2014?

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Last month GTM Research published its latest report on residential solar financing.As part of that update on the leaders and trends in the industry, we outlined the top (and emerging) finance providers in the market.We changed the format and companies included in this taxonomy since the version released ...

Fed’s Junk Loan Bubble-Busting Faces Trouble as Sales Jump

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One of the Federal Reserve’s first post-crisis tests of its ability to quash excessive risk-taking using regulatory tools is so far looking like a failure.The Fed’s Board of Governors told Congress last week that it’s engaged in “strong supervisory follow-up” to guidance given to banks in 2013 to ...

World of Psychology

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Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the New England Transcendentalists, was very influential for me as a teenager. I have found many of his essays and aphorisms to be very useful, both personally and professionally. The one pearl I have gotten the most mileage out of is from his ...

Australian Graphic Design Startup Canva Raises Additional $3.6M

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Canva, a site that lets non-designers create graphics using drag-and-drop tools, has nabbed an additional $3.6 million in funding from Founders Fund and Shasta Ventures, as well as existing investors Matrix Partners, Blackbird Ventures, and Square Peg Capital. This brings its total raised so far to $7 million.The ...

Barclays Dark Pool Volume Fell 66% Week After Lawsuit

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Barclays Chief Executive Officer Antony Jenkins, in a memo to staff, said the lawsuit represents “serious charges that allege a grave failure to live up to our values.” CloseBarclays Chief Executive Officer Antony Jenkins, in a memo to staff, said the lawsuit represents “serious charges that allege a ...

Yellen Wage Gauges Blurred by Boomer-Millennial Workforce Shift

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s focus on wages to help gauge the strength of the job market could need fine tuning as baby boomers approach the twilight of their careers and millennials jump in to fill the void.As today’s middle-aged Americans grow older, they are leaving their prime ...

Greece Seen Needing Third Bailout as Bonds Insufficient

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Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has repeatedly pledged that Greece won’t need another bailout or new austerity measures. ClosePrime Minister Antonis Samaras has repeatedly pledged that Greece won’t need another bailout or new austerity measures. Greece’s return to bond markets after a four-year exile hasn’t convinced economists it can ...

The Atlanta Transit Agency's Big Plan to Convert Parking Lots into Housing

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MARTA, the transit authority for metro Atlanta, is quietly becoming a player in the real estate world, and it has its excess parking to thank. In the past few months, the agency has pushed forward with plans to develop under-used parking lots at three stations—King Memorial, Avondale, and ...

EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein Explains How 'Snowpiercer' Became a Gamechanger

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by Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann Mon Jul 21 05:21:00 EDT 2014 1 CommentThirty years in, Harvey Weinstein knows the distribution business. While he's a wily theatrical animal who knows when to spend big on a wide release and when to dump a movie, he took a radical ...

Solexel, Thin Silicon Solar Startup, Lands $31M More in VC Funding

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More than $180 million in funding to-date for Solexel to reach volume production of record-efficiency thin silicon.Despite investor-flinchiness in a recovering global solar market, Solexel, a thin silicon solar cell and module builder just raised $31 million in a Round D of funding aimed at moving the company ...

How Monsieur Shook Up Disrupt SF With Its Bartending Robot

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And we’re back with episode two of our Road To Disrupt video series, which shows the good, the bad, and the ugly moments startups go through when competing in the Disrupt Battlefield competition.After enduring a few too many run-ins with the slow service at Applebee’s, the founders of ...

Happy Thoughts May Help Postdocs Handle Stress

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Thinking positively can do more than bring a transient smile to your face. Postdocs who experience high levels of positive emotions are less likely to suffer from stress-associated anxiety or depression than other postdocs are, according to a recent study of 200 University of Texas (UT), Austin, postdoctoral ...

World Cup Provides A Boost To Netflix Due To Smart TV Adoption In Latin America

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It might seem counter-intuitive, but Netflix will probably get a boost from the viewership of live sports — at least in Latin America. That’s because, in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a large number of consumers in the region upgraded their TVs to Internet-connected sets that ...

Latest iOS 8 Beta Update Includes Tips, An App That Shows Features You Might Miss

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Announced last month at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, iOS 8 slightly refines the look debuted last year while adding a bunch of new features like the ability to interact with notifications, smoothly transition between working on your phone and laptop, and new ways to message people.Since its announcement,

Facebook Launches Save, A Read-It-Later List For Links, Places, And Media Pages

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Two years after acqhiring read-it-later startup Spool, Facebook today launched a basic Pocket competitor called Save. It’s a feature for iOS, Android, and web that lets you store links from News Feed and Facebook Pages for Places, Movies, TV shows, and music to a list where you can ...

GIRL SUMMIT 2014

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In the UK, hundreds of girls risk being forced into marriage, violating their human rights. Forced marriage victims can suffer physical, psychological, emotional, financial and sexual abuse.Female genital mutilation (FGM) removes a girl's right to have control over her own body. Traditionally considered essential for marriage and inclusion ...

Against Visibility

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When Jared Leto won a Golden Globe and then an Oscar for playing a (caricature of a) transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club, I witnessed so much cis mansplaining about how Leto’s performance and award show appearances were good for trans women, because we needed visibility. Lots of ...

The Cambridge Working Group

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Fox Said to Mull Using Sky Sale to Boost Time Warner Bid

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Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc. (FOXA) is considering using proceeds from a sale of its Italian and German pay-TV assets to boost its offer for Time Warner Inc. (TWX), according to two people familiar with the matter.Fox may reach an agreement to sell its holdings in Sky ...

Google In The Running To Turn NYC Pay Phones Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

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Microsoft Blends 5 Conferences To Create The “Unified Microsoft Commercial Technology Event”A New York meeting providing information to companies interested in offering free Wi-Fi access counted Google among its attendees, according to a new Bloomberg report. Others at the event included IBM, Samsung and Cisco, but Google’s ambitions ...

Microsoft Blends 5 Conferences To Create The “Unified Microsoft Commercial Technology Event”

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Apparently the team that handled the Windows Vista version naming framework still works at Microsoft.This morning, the software company announced that it will end several of its standalone conferences, including its confabs for SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Exchange, along with its TechEd event. The five events will be ...

Interlude’s Parallel Video Feature Gives You A Cool Way To Combine Clips, Channel Surfing Style

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Hey, remember that interactive video for Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” that came out last fall? You know, the one that allowed you to switch between 16 faux TV channels on the fly, each of them lip syncing to what is arguably the greatest song of all-time?Well,

Knicks Star Carmelo Anthony Launches Venture Firm

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After scoring a new contract worth over $122 million with the NY Knicks, NBA star Carmelo Anthony is looking to take a different kind of shot — starting a venture capital firm.Anthony and longtime NBC and Bertelsmann executive Stuart Goldfarb are launching their new investment firm, M7 Tech ...

The Big Question: What is Your Prediction for the North American Wind Power Market Post 2015?

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Jennifer Runyon, Chief Editor, RenewableEnergyWorld.com July 21, 2014|0 CommentsLAS VEGAS -- Today wind project development in the U.S. is at an all-time high. The production tax credit (PTC) language was changed at the close of 2012 to allow projects to take advantage of the PTC as long as ...

Who Pays for Countervailing Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels?

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Rachel Charow, Sol Systems July 21, 2014|0 CommentsOn June 2, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) made the decision to start implementing countervailing duties (“countervails”) on Chinese solar panels that will raise prices of commercial-scale and distributed solar projects. In 2013, 31 percent of all solar panels ...

Mars rover facing harshest journey yet

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After travelling 8.5 kilometres on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover is now facing some of the most dangerous terrain it has ever encountered.The car-sized rover is currently crossing a stretch of hard, rocky ground of the sort that previously dented and punctured its aluminium wheels. Winds at Gale Crater,

The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up

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A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides."Let me ...

The Solar Industry’s Tax Credit Conundrum

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As we near the expiration of the federal Investment Tax Credit at the end of 2016, large swaths of the solar industry are engaged in a full-court press with energy stakeholders and legislators to emphasize how badly their business will be hurt by the elimination of the tax ...

Toyota’s Latest Minivan Keeps Eyes On The Road And Kids Quiet

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Take, for instance, Toyota’s 2015 Sienna Minivan, which will come with mic integration for the parents in the front seat to keep badly behaving children quiet in the back seat.Instead of turning around and shouting (or rearranging the rearview mirror and swinging wildly into the backseat, as my ...

Sandstone arches form under their own stress

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Sandstone structures such as Delicate Arch at Arches National Park in Utah owe their shapes to the way gravity consolidates sand grains together, creating pillars that are more resistant to erosion.The fantastical arch shapes of sandstone formations have long been thought to be sculpted by wind and rain.

Here’s why colleges handle sexual violence reports

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In response to coverage of university mistreatment of sexual assault survivors, many observers have wondered why schools handle these crimes at all: why not just leave it to the police? Here’s the answer in a couple easy bullet points.A: First: we don’t. Federal law also requires K-12 schools ...

BlackBerry Names New COO: Marty Beard, CEO Of Enterprise Cloud Startup LiveOps

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On the heels of news that Apple would be significantly ramping up its mobile enterprise push in a partnership with IBM, BlackBerry is also looking to step up its game. Today, the company announced that it is appointing a new COO, Marty Beard. This is a direct poach ...

Startupbootcamp Names The Ten Startups In Its First London Fintech Program

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Startupbootcamp has just announced the first cohort of ten startups that will participate in the 2014 program of its London-based fintech accelerator. The startups that have made the cut for the inaugural three-month mentoring program include teams from Europe, Africa and the US (see below for the full ...
 

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