top stories

 
 

Syria’s Oldest Refugees

favicon Tracks
6 mentions28 minutes ago
They are the oldest survivors of Syria’s civil war. Men, women, grandparents, husbands and wives – over 100 years of age and far away from home. Often overlooked, but just as vulnerable as younger Syrian refugees, the elderly are mostly ill-equipped to flee and struggle to rebuild their ...

Happy 90th Birthday Jimmy Carter

favicon Mother Jones
2 mentions4 hours ago
President Jimmy Carter celebrates his 90th birthday today, October 1. On the occasion of the 39th President's birthday, let's take a look back at his Presidency (and Governorship) with a handful of photos. For those keeping track, Gerald Ford was the longest living president. He lived to be ...

Here's What Normal People Can Eat To Follow The LeBron James Diet

favicon Business Insider
2 mentions6 hours ago
LeBron didn't eat sugar, carbs, or dairy for 67-straight days this summer. He subsisted on meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables, and lost a startling amount of weight in the process. It's a modified version of a paleo diet — the fad diet where you eat like humans did ...

$617 Billion in Japan Stock Orders Scrapped After Error

favicon Bloomberg
2 mentions10 hours ago
The biggest order was for 1.96 billion shares of Toyota Motor Corp., or 57 percent of outstanding shares at the world’s biggest carmaker, for 12.68 trillion yen through an off-exchange transaction. Close The biggest order was for 1.96 billion shares of Toyota Motor Corp., or 57 percent of ...

Mitt Romney's Latest Excuse for His 47-Percent Remarks Is a Doozy

favicon Mother Jones
3 mentions1 day ago
During a recent sit-down with the New York Times' Mark Leibovich, the former GOP presidential nominee—who seems to be almost flirting with the possibility that he just might consider pondering a presidential run in 2016, maybe—took yet one more stab at explaining the comments that put his political ...

Peak Oil Is All About Cheap Oil

favicon Mother Jones
4 mentions1 day ago
Russell Gold writes in the Wall Street Journal that perhaps the idea of peak oil is a myth. After all, technology keeps getting better and better, allowing us to extract more oil from old fields. Of course, it's expensive to do business this way: When the oil industry ...

This Stunning Drone Footage Reveals Just How Massive Hong Kong's Protests Really Are

favicon Mother Jones
2 mentions1 day ago
Protests in Hong Kong show no sign of stopping, as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators continue to demand greater autonomy from the government in Beijing. This video, featured on Storyful, by Nero Chan, (uploaded to his Facebook account on September 29), offers a glimpse into the magnitude of ...

Intel Community Dusts Itself Off and Casually Shows Obama Who's Boss

favicon Mother Jones
3 mentions1 day ago
By late last year, classified American intelligence reports painted an increasingly ominous picture of a growing threat from Sunni extremists in Syria, according to senior intelligence and military officials. Just as worrisome, they said, were reports of deteriorating readiness and morale among troops next door in Iraq. But ...

The Elon Musk interview on Mars colonisation

favicon Aeon Magazine
3 mentions16 hours ago
Ross Andersen is deputy editor at Aeon Magazine. He has written extensively about science and philosophy for several publications, including The Atlantic and The Economist. ‘Fuck Earth!’ Elon Musk said to me, laughing. ‘Who cares about Earth?’ We were sitting in his cubicle, in the front corner of ...

The new ASBMB President has words for the science riff-raff

favicon DrugMonkey
4 mentions7 hours ago
Now honestly, this thing reads like a spoof or some top-quality trolling akin to my Boomer bashing. Albeit without a shred of actual data on which it is based (unlike my Boomer bashing). However, you will be interested to hear the new ASBMB President's analysis of the real ...

Big Batteries Don’t Come Cheap: Aquion Energy Grabs $25M More in VC for Grid Storage

favicon Greentech Media
3 mentions23 hours ago
Our tireless smart grid analysts found an SEC filing yesterday revealing that battery-maker Aquion just closed another $25 million in VC funding. We've asked the company for a comment. In January of this year, Aquion closed a $55 million Round D to push along its manufacturing and commercial ...

An Aid Worker in Syria Told the US Where to Bomb ISIS. Now They're Hunting for Him.

favicon Mother Jones
3 mentions1 day ago
Last Friday, Oscar Bergamin, a Swiss humanitarian aid worker helping refugees in northern Syria, wrote a tweet that included 18 digits. They were the coordinates of a bunker near the Turkey-Syria border that had been seized by members of ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State that's terrorizing large chunks ...

Police Want to Get Rid of Their Pentagon-Issued Combat Gear. Here's Why They Can't.

favicon Mother Jones
2 mentions1 day ago
An officer with the Chelan County Sheriff's Department in central Washington is offering me a tank. Three of them, actually. "We really want to get rid of these," Undersheriff John Wisemore says. "We've been trying to get the military to take them back since 2004." The tanks came ...

BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Halts Major Part Of North Carolina's Voter Suppression Law

favicon ThinkProgress
2 mentions2 hours ago
A divided panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit halted two provisions of North Carolina’s comprehensive voter suppression law on Wednesday, although much of the law will still take effect. Judge James Wynn, an Obama appointee, begins his opinion with a simple declaration ...

Hispanic Borrowers Diminishing in California Housing

favicon Bloomberg
2 mentions1 day ago
Jose Ramos lived the American Dream as a real estate agent who owned two houses in the majority Hispanic city of Santa Ana, California. Almost a decade later, homeownership for the 48-year-old Mexican immigrant is out of reach. Ramos said the housing crash in 2007 wiped out his ...

STUDY: Number of Married Same-Sex Couples Up by 50 Percent in Three Years

favicon Advocate.com
2 mentions23 hours ago
As more and more states offer same-sex couples the right to marry, couples are taking advantage of this right — the number of same-sex married couples in the U.S. increased by 50 percent between 2010 and 2013, according to a new study from the Williams Institute. At the ...

Agency Leading Ebola Response Has Had Budget Cut Nearly $600 Million Since 2010

favicon The Huffington Post
2 mentions2 hours ago
WASHINGTON -- The lead agency tasked with responding to the threat of Ebola both within the United States and abroad has seen its budget drop dramatically in the past four years.In breaking the news on Tuesday that the first Ebola patient had been diagnosed in the U.S., the ...

Ferguson Officials Aren't Telling You What Happened to Mike Brown

favicon VICE News
6 mentions4 hours ago
Nearly two months after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, the public is still not entirely sure what happened that afternoon on August 9 — and it appears that Ferguson city officials are going out of their way to make ...

Study finds that being denied an abortion makes it harder to escape domestic violence

favicon feministing.com
2 mentions1 day ago
You’ll recall that researchers at the University of California, San Francisco are conducting a large study, called the Turnaway Study, into the effects of denying people access to abortion. They’ve already found that when women who wanted an abortion are forced to have a baby, their physical health ...

Oklahoma Judge Blocks Obamacare Tax Rule on Non-Exchange States

favicon Bloomberg
2 mentions1 day ago
Oklahoma won a court ruling striking down tax rules tied to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, after a judge found they illegally punish states that didn’t establish health care exchanges. U.S. District Judge Ronald White in Muskogee, Oklahoma, last month denied a government request to throw out the 2011 lawsuit, in which the state claims Internal Revenue Service rules don’t follow the text of the statutes known as Obamacare. “Oklahoma challenged implementation of the Affordable Care Act after the IRS finalized a rule that would allow the federal ...

The Divided City

favicon CityLab
11 mentions21 hours ago
Just as they've started to revitalize—attracting industry, investment and people—our cities are threatened by new and more vexing divides. As America has grown more unequal and divided, its cities and metro areas have become even more so. New York’s level of inequality is comparable to Swaziland's, L.A.’s to ...

Property Tycoon Revealing $20 Billion Solar-Led Portfolio

favicon Bloomberg
3 mentions8 hours ago
Asia Pacific Resources Development Investment Ltd. founder Zheng Jianming speaks during an interview at the Next Generation Solar PV Finance conference in New York, on September 29, 2014. Close Asia Pacific Resources Development Investment Ltd. founder Zheng Jianming speaks during an interview at the Next Generation Solar PV ...

Seeking a Safe Haven in Rising Dividends

favicon Bloomberg
2 mentions1 day ago
Companies in the S&P 500 Index will increase dividends paid to investors this year by 12.3 percent to a total of $323 billion, according to data from Strategas Research Partners founder Jason Trennert. These distributions represent about a third of total net income earned by companies in the ...

Stop telling women not to “take things personally”: Ed Champion and the plague of gendered criticism

favicon salon.com
2 mentions14 hours ago
Topics: women, Criticism, ed champion, emily gould, Tara Mohr, Social Media, Twitter, Media News, Entertainment News This past Saturday, the New York Times published a piece called “Learning to Love Criticism,” by Tara Mohr, a self-help author whose forthcoming book is called “Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your ...

'Smart Cities' Should Mean 'Sharing Cities'

favicon TIME.com
4 mentions22 hours ago
These days every city claims to be a “smart” city, or is becoming one, with heavy investments in modern information and computing technology to attract businesses and make the city competitive. But when mayors and developers focus on technology rather than people, smart quickly becomes stupid, threatening to ...

Marijuana Stopped This Woman's Son From Having Seizures, Now She Faces Jail For Giving It To Him

favicon ThinkProgress
2 mentions7 hours ago
County prosecutors won’t let up on charging a Minnesota mom with child endangerment for giving her sick child medical marijuana. Angela Brown is headed for trial in a case that could send her to prison for two years, even though an already-passed medical marijuana law that goes into ...

Occupation profiteer Veolia excluded from $750 million contract in Kuwait

favicon The Electronic Intifada
3 mentions3 hours ago
This protest in Phoenix is one of many against Veolia to have taken place in the US and further afield. (CodePink Phoenix) The Palestinian-led movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) has netted two victories against Veolia — the multinational Paris-based corporation that is involved in several Israeli ...

Traders Turn Up Grilling Sausages at Hong Kong Protests

favicon Bloomberg
3 mentions1 day ago
Four traders from BCG Partners Inc., the New York-based brokerage headed by Howard Lutnick and part-owned by his Cantor Fitzgerald LP, turned up at Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests last night to grill more than 2,000 sausages for the hungry demonstrators. Tonight they plan to return with more colleagues -- and eight clients. Daniel Shepherd, 32, the firm’s head of Asia derivatives, said by phone that he wanted to help the protesters, who weren’t eating properly. He and three colleagues bought HK$20,000 ($2,600) worth of sausages and took a grill to ...

California Is Integrating Buffett’s Western Utilities Into Its Grid Balancing Market

favicon Greentech Media
2 mentions22 hours ago
The new balancing authority could save Berkshire Hathaway-owned utilities $129 million, while boosting wind and solar. Most of the United States’ electricity grid is fairly well ordered -- but parts of it remain a frontier when it comes to managing the interstate energy demands of the system as ...

What’s Wrong With the Radical Critique of the People’s Climate March

favicon The Nation
9 mentions24 hours ago
The People’s Climate March in midtown Manhattan on Sunday, September 21, 2014. (AP photo/John Minchillo) Last Sunday, we joined 400,000 people in the People’s Climate March (PCM) to demand action on climate change. The next day, we joined with 3,000 others to participate in Flood Wall Street (FWS),

These Insane Photos Show What the Hell Is Happening in Hong Kong

favicon Mother Jones
4 mentions1 day ago
Hong Kong—usually an orderly finance haven—erupted over the weekend as police used teargas and pepper spray to break up a three-day student sit-in that occupied the central business district. Thousands of protesters have deployed umbrellas to protect themselves from the chemical attack—some people are dubbing it the Umbrella ...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Interview on Retirement, Feminists, & Jazzercise

favicon New Republic
12 mentions1 day ago
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was considered a judge’s judge when she was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, an incrementalist who thought Roe v. Wade might have gone too far. Some liberals were wary. But they don’t worry about “R.B.G.” anymore. At 81, Ginsburg has become an icon ...

How to Make a “Perfect” Solar Absorber

favicon Renewable Energy World
5 mentions2 hours ago
David Chandler, MITOctober 01, 2014|0 CommentsCambridge, Mass. -- The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengths of light that reach Earth’s surface from the ...

(2014/10/01) Anatomy of an Open Mic, Detroit judge says poor have no right to clean water, update to The Greatest Photo of All Time

favicon Citizen Radio
3 mentions5 hours ago
Episode #1095: Allison and Jamie are joined by Citizen Radio’s John Frusciante (@johnjfrusciante) to vent about open mics, and update the story about The Greatest Photo of All Time. Also, Allison doesn’t work well with others, the media is still calling Eric Frein a “survivalist,” and a Detroit ...

Quantum bits get their first compression

favicon Nature News & Comment
3 mentions22 hours ago
Many types of information — including JPEG-format images of comedian Steve Martin — can be compressed to take less space, but in quantum computers the feat presents unique challenges. Without algorithms that compress data to encode information into fewer bits, hard drives would clog up and Internet traffic ...

Walrus mass in vast numbers on Alaska beach as sea ice retreats

favicon the Guardian
8 mentions7 hours ago
Concern that warming climate is responsible for gathering of about 35,000 walrus in north-west Alaska Pacific walrus that can’t find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in north-west Alaska. An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed on Saturday about ...

Netanyahu's right-wing coalition partners slam premier for backing two-state solution

favicon jpost.com
2 mentions2 hours ago
Bayit Yehudi officials attacked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday after the premier pledged to US President Barack Obama that Israel remained committed to establishing a Palestinian state.Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, the Bayit Yehudi chairman, said that “those who are committed to war against Islamic State and Hamas ...

Norm Thompson Outfitters and Wacoal America Settle FTC Charges Over Weight-Loss Claims for Caffeine-infused Shapewear

favicon Federal Trade Commission
3 mentions1 day ago
Two marketers of women’s “shapewear” undergarments have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that slimming claims for their caffeine-infused products were false and not substantiated by scientific evidence. The proposed orders settling the FTC’s complaints bar Norm Thompson Outfitters, Inc., and Wacoal America, Inc., from making false and unsubstantiated claims about their shapewear and require them to pay a total of more than $1.5 million for consumer refunds. “Caffeine-infused shapewear is the latest ‘weight-loss’ brew concocted by marketers,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “If someone ...

Debate Central

favicon Wendy Davis
4 mentions19 hours ago
This Tuesday, Wendy will debate Greg Abbott for the last time before November and we want to make sure you don’t miss it.

Hong Kong Protesters Block Roads as Leaders Set Deadline

favicon Bloomberg
2 mentions10 hours ago
Tens of thousands of protesters filled streets in Hong Kong through the night to press for open elections and the resignation of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, as student leaders set an Oct. 1 deadline for their demands to be met. While their numbers had thinned this morning, demonstrators ...

A Bright Future for Gender Equality

favicon iaea.org
2 mentions1 day ago
Senior-level IAEA women and women ambassadors gathered with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to discuss gender balance and equality, 19 September 2014. (Photo: D.Calma/IAEA) Senior-ranked women of the IAEA and women ambassadors from the European Union and Permanent Missions to the United Nations gathered together on 19 September ...

'I've Bent Three iPhones Now, And They All Bend In Exactly The Same Place'

favicon Business Insider
3 mentions2 days ago
Last week, reports began to surface suggesting the iPhone 6 Plus has a strange bending issue — the phone supposedly bends when pressure is applied to a certain area of the device. The phenomenon has since been called "Bendgate," and several YouTube videos claim to show how susceptible ...

The One Time That The U.S. Had Universal Childcare

favicon ThinkProgress
3 mentions13 hours ago
Nothing before or since has been like the Lanham Act, though you probably haven’t heard of it. It wasn’t even legislation that was supposed to have anything to do with child care. It was a bill to fund infrastructure projects that were needed for the war effort in ...

Before discussing Gaza, White House lowers own standard on civilian deaths

favicon jpost.com
2 mentions7 hours ago
President Barack Obama holds a National Security Council meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, April 5, 2013.. (photo credit:OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO / PETE SOUZA) WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans on discussing the plight of Gaza with Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu during their meeting ...

With $50 Million From Top Investors, Reddit Plans Cryptocurrency

favicon TechCrunch
2 mentions1 day ago
Reddit, the so-called front page of the internet, has raised $50 million in Series B on a $500 million valuation with intentions to give back 10 percent of the round’s equity to the community. Somehow. The round is led by Sam Altman, CEO of Y Combintaor, with participation ...

Here's Yet Another Rage-Inducing Scam in the American Health Care System

favicon Mother Jones
2 mentions2 days ago
The average salary of an emergency room physician was $311,000 in 2014, rising from $247,000 since 2010 — a period when many other types of doctors experienced declines in salaries, according to Merritt Hawkins, a physician staffing firm. Nope. Elisabeth Rosenthal's latest rage-inducing piece about America's healthcare system1 ...

Republicans Once Again Favored to Take Control of the Senate

favicon Mother Jones
2 mentions2 days ago
Remember my post a couple of weeks ago saying that Republicans were no longer favored to take control of the Senate? Well, recent polls have not been kind to the Ds, and now everyone—including Sam Wang—agrees that Republicans are once again favored. Here's the Vox aggregation of aggregators: ...

Meet Miracle Mike, the Colorado Chicken who lived for 18 months without his head

favicon Running Ponies, Scientific American Blog Network
3 mentions2 days ago
Mike meet everyone, everyone meet Mike. No, no, don’t wave. He can’t see, you’re just making this awkward. Also known as Miracle Mike, Mike the Headless Chicken was a plump, five-year-old cockerel when he was unceremoniously beheaded on 10 September 1945. Farmer Lloyd Olsen of Fruita in Colorado ...

DEAR GOPRO SPECULATORS: Here's What Will Have To Happen To Justify Today's Stock Price...

favicon Business Insider
3 mentions2 days ago
The stock of video-camera maker GoPro (GPRO) is having another banner day, blasting up 5% on news that the company is launching some new cameras. Since the IPO, of course, a parade of market pundits has declared GoPro's stock performance an obvious sign of insanity. And if the ...

Reza Aslan takes down Bill Maher’s “facile arguments” on Islam in just 5 minutes

favicon salon.com
3 mentions7 hours ago
Topics: Video, Reza Aslan, CNN, Bill Maher, Islam, muslim countries, Bigotry, Media News Comedian Bill Maher recently made some comments about Islamic countries that characterized them as more prone to violence, misogyny and bigotry, and now religious scholar Reza Aslan has called Maher out on his own “bigotry.” ...
 

next page