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3.6 degrees of uncertainty 9 things scientists did this year to ensure a better climate future Climate change in the Himalayas a reality: Experts Earth faces sixth ‘great extinction’ with 41% of amphibians set to go Fossil fuel companies grow nervous...
From: Skeptical Science | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Falling squarely in the energy efficiency sector, Phononic, a developer of solid-state thermal management technology, just raised $44.5 million in in a Round D led by Eastwood Capital and the Wellcome Trust along with WLR China Energy Infrastructure...
From: Greentech Media | By: Eric Wesoff | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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The current collapse in oil prices has to be worrisome for those of us hoping to see more capital come back into the clean energy sector. To be clear, many clean energy technologies aren't really competing directly against low-cost oil, at least in the...
From: Greentech Media | By: Rob Day | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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While much of conventional farming is doing more harm than good to the climate, wheat may be an important crop for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. So, would wheat still be such a dietary pariah if it could help to curb climate change? According to...
From: EcoSalon | By: Jill Ettinger | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Culture, Hydrogen, Toyota, AutoblogGreen Exclusive "Toyota engineers were simultaneously working on a brand new technology that met all the driver's needs with an even smaller carbon footprint." Toyota has released a number...
From: Auto Blog | By: Sebastian Blanco | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a set of proposals to transition Washington to cleaner sources of energy and to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) emission limits adopted by the state Legislature in 2008. The proposals build on a comprehensive executive...
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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It turns out computers have a built-in “uncanny valley” (that creepy feeling android robots generate when they kind of look human). Just like we don’t want robots too human-shaped — we want them to know their place — it turns out we aren’t...
From: Nieman Journalism Lab | By: Zeynep Tufekci | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The U.S. is still the world’s leading economy, but its geopolitical clout isn’t what it used to be
From: Time | By: Christine Lim | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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GE has created an electric car charging station that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to estimate exactly how much electricity it needs to pump out. The post GE Uses AI to Charge Electric Cars Without Running Up the Bill appeared first...
From: Wired | By: Jordan Golson | Monday, December 15, 2014
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Etiquette rules used to be the guiding light for hosting. Today they’re just outdated. A knife should go to the right of your plate, and a fork should go the the left. You should set a table with wine and water glasses. That’s all well and good,...
From: EcoSalon | By: Anna Brones | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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BackonSaturday,amidtheUFConFoxprelims,BloodyElbowbrokeastoryaboutaclass-actionlawsuitbeingfiledbyfighterssuingtheUFCforanti-trustpractices.Whilebignews,thesuithadn’tyetbeenfiled,sotherewerenoactualnames,whichledmetospeculatethatitmightjustbedisgruntledformerfighterslikeRandyCouture,theShamrocks,andTitoOrtizonthedocket,withnocurrentlyactivefighterslisted....
From: With Leather | By: Jessica Hudnall | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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This is an island crazy with energy, ready to join the rest of the world. The Castros have no future in such a place...
From: Time | By: Joe Klein | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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For Christmas, my mother has said she wants a fitbit/jawbone style fitness tracker and I'm trying to pick one out for her. I'm looking at newer, mid/high range models that will sync with ios and are easy to use.Most important is ease of use, at least...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: pugg | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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We proudly present this article from our partners at ReadWrite. By Adriana Lee Smartphones have gone from communications tools to our front door keys, light switches, remote controls, credit cards - and now driver's licenses, at least in Iowa. According...
From: GeekSugar | By: ReadWrite | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Between the high-tech sex toys, transplanted uteri, lab-grown penises, and perils of hookup apps, 2014 sometimes sounded like a science fiction novel. But we can't forget the news about IUDs and STIs that came out this year, either. Image: Shutterstock...
From: RH Reality Check | By: Martha Kempner | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Nearly a month ago embattled for profit-college group Corinthian Colleges Inc. announced it had found a buyer for 56 of its campuses under the Everest and WyoTech brands. But the proposed $24 million sale to Educational Credit Management Corporation...
From: Consumerist | By: Ashlee Kieler | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Any expectant parent would likely jump at the chance to see their developing bundle of joy. But while commercial ultrasound businesses might seem like the perfect place to catch a glimpse, the Food & Drug Administration is once again warning consumers that non-medical...
From: Consumerist | By: Ashlee Kieler | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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You can get a Cuban sandwich in almost any city in the U.S., but it’s been fifty years since it was last legal to have a Cuban rum drink along with it, or to go smoke a Cuban cigar on the patio out back afterwards. Until today. The United States and...
From: Consumerist | By: Kate Cox | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I remember the early summer day in Moscow well. I had one day to myself to explore a bit of the city after conducting a two-day workshop for Russian regional publishers. By late afternoon, I was ready to return to the hotel and prepare for the next morning’s...
From: Nieman Journalism Lab | By: Ken Doctor | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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2015 will see a tipping point in favor of subscription-based journalism online. The Gamergate debacle demonstrated conclusively that the public’s access to information is vulnerable to those least equipped to guard that door — publicists and brand...
From: Nieman Journalism Lab | By: Maria Bustillos | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Closeup of cotton. (Photo: Carol Von Canon) Truthout can only survive through reader support - click here to make a tax-deductible donation and help publish journalism with real integrity and independence! (A response to the article "Seeds of Doubt"...
From: Truthout | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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A recent venture publishes elegant books about private houses as gifts for family and friends....
From: New York Times | By: GERALDINE FABRIKANT | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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These services let you use your own mobile devices to either stream free content like TV, music or games, or to rent movies and TV without having to pay for a Wi-Fi plan....
From: New York Times | By: MOLLY WOOD | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Property developers in China are struggling to unload unsold units as potential buyers try to decide if prices will continue to fall....
From: New York Times | By: KEITH BRADSHER | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Pregnancy is your all-inclusive, no-questions-asked, get out of jail free card. Use it as often as possible. The post 4 Things You Can Totally Blame on Your Pregnancy appeared first on Babble....
From: Babble | By: Anna Lind Thomas | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Parenting can often make you feel isolated, particularly if your kids are little. Podcasts can be the adult conversation that keeps you company.The post Podcasts: Good Ear Hole Companions for Lonely Parents appeared first on Babble....
From: Babble | By: Juliane Hiam | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Hang on tight, you've got a lot ahead of you!The post The Magic of New Parenthood Lasts Long After the Newborn Days appeared first on Babble....
From: Babble | By: Kacy Faulconer | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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The holiday season is the time to kick your baking into high gear and put your oven through its paces. Not only is the weather chilly outside – giving you a good reason to stay indoors and warm up your kitchen – but there are many opportunities for...
From: Baking Bites | By: Nicole | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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One week until Christmas! And you know what that means… The reindeer and elves are arriving! Seriously, though.When I was in second grade, my friend told me that during the week leading up to Christmas, if you left a carrot in your shoe and put it...
From: We are not Martha | By: Sues | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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My family does not like the stuffing from inside the turkey. These are a great alternative - from Cooking Light magazine. -- posted by agileangus
From: Recipezaar | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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To kick things off, what is foie gras? It can be explained with a short missive from our friend Wikipedia: The California foie gras law, California S.B. 1520, is a California State statute that prohibits the “force feed[ing of] a bird for the purpose...
From: Tim Ferriss | By: Tim Ferriss | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Julie Price has been tracking her weight consistently for the last four years. Like many of us, she found that her weight goes up and down depending on various life events. In this talk, presented at the Bay Area QS … Continue reading → The post...
From: Kevin Kelly | By: Ernesto Ramirez | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I want to lose five pounds. I don't have a specific deadline for this weight loss, but perhaps losing the weight over, say, two months would make me happy. The issue is that tips like "kick the soda habit!" and "cut out bread!" might not work for me,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: fernweh | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Nearly $1 trillion was spent on the war in Afghanistan, mostly under President Obama.
From: Reason | By: Veronique de Rugy | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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A Missouri state lawmaker has filed a bill that would give men final say in whether a woman can get an abortion. Under House Bill 131, introduced by Republican Rep. Rick Brattin for the legislative session beginning in January, a woman would have...
From: Reason | By: Elizabeth Nolan Brown | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Police in Cambridge, England, have charged Damon Kelly with suspicion of a religious/racial public order offense after he distributed leaflets comparing homosexuals to vampires....
From: Reason | By: Charles Oliver | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Cold Winter Months Increase Risk Factors for Infant Deaths Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced a new county-wide Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign to reduce Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) at Winchester Hospital on Thursday. In attendance...
From: Inside Medford | By: insidemedford | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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“We need to get rid of Obamacare,” says Ed Gillispie in a NYT op-ed. The reason: Obamacare’s “gravitational pull toward a single-payer system that would essentially supplant private insurance with a government program.”Gillespie, who lays out...
From: Contexts Magazine | By: Jay Livingston, PhD at Sociological Images | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Most employers say they support older workers. But boomers don't see it, and age discrimination cases are on the rise....
From: Time | By: Dan Kadlec | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Renee Montagne talks to John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. He recently released a report highlighting significant waste, fraud and abuse in the U.S. funded program.
From: NPR | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Arizona's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court failed to prevent the state from having to issue driving permits to undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children.
From: NPR | By: Lauren Hodges | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Short, unlit towers are used to prospect for new wind farms. But the structures pose a threat to crop duster pilots. Transportation officials are urging better markings and other safety improvements.
From: NPR | By: Jacob McCleland | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Chinese state media say a police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 has been arrested.
From: Fox News | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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An Afghan official says a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle as it was being followed by police on the outskirts of the capital Kabul, killing a police officer and wounding three others....
From: Fox News | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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A 15-year-old who shot and killed his foster father and another man at a remote Oregon cabin in 2012 never meant to kill anyone and never should have been around loaded guns due to his lack of maturity after years of abuse and other problems, a defense...
From: Fox News | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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