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Educators have become the de facto enforcers of everything from nutrition standards to vaccinations and annual exams. But according to a recent poll, parents seem less than satisfied by the results....
From: The Atlantic | By: Emily Richmond | Friday, September 19, 2014
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How urban farming can increase jobs, health, sustainability and happiness for low-income communities in cities across the country.The post How One Of D.C.’s Worst Heroin Markets Became A Sustainable Food Source appeared first on ThinkProgress....
From: Climate Progress | By: Jeff Spross | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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We're sharing the first chapter and the never-seen-before second chapter of You by Caroline Kepnes, a perverse suspense romance about obsession, sex, and secrets that comes out Sept. 30. After reading these excerpts, I'll say that this Gone Girl fan...
From: TresSugar | By: Tara-Block | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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I turned thirty-eight this year. This month the Hyde Amendment will also be thirty-eight. Since the passage of the Hyde Amendment in September of 1976, we have seen a growing number of abortion restrictions proposed, and enacted across the country....
From: The American Prospect | By: Kierra Johnson | Friday, September 19, 2014
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Prosthetics as sculpture, the maternal benefits of breast milk, Cuba’s radical approach to free medical education. These are just a few of the subjects tackled at TEDMED 2014: Unlocking Imagination, hosted last week simultaneously in San Francisco...
From: TED Blog | By: Karen Eng | Friday, September 19, 2014
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If life-expectancy trends continue, that future may be near, transforming society in surprising and far-reaching ways....
From: The Atlantic | By: Gregg Easterbrook | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Patrick Meier Meier's open-source software is constantly evolving as it is applied in different contexts. For example, it was used to create maps showing population displacement during the humanitarian crisis in Libya. Photograph by Douglas Sanders Natural...
From: Popular Science | By: Breanna Draxler | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Crisis pregnancy centers bill themselves as organizations out to offer "pro-life counseling," in the words of Chris Slattery, the president of E.M.C. Pregnancy Centers. Pro-choicers, however, argue that the centers are deceptive, presenting themselves...
From: Slate | By: Amanda Marcotte | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The government is sending thousands of volunteers door-to-door, trying to find people who've had contact with people sick with Ebola, as well as hidden pockets of the disease.
From: NPR | By: Anders Kelto | Friday, September 19, 2014
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10 Modern Cat Shelters Written by  William Lamb September 19, 2014In Los Angeles, a fundraiser celebrates modern architecture for felines. The Cat Cube by Standard Architecture | Design of Los Angeles has two openings and is made with reclaimed wood...
From: Dwell | By: William Lamb | Friday, September 19, 2014
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Paris (AFP) - Promoted as an aid to good health, artificial sweeteners may in fact be boosting diabetes risk, said a study Wednesday that urged a rethink of their widespread use and endorsement.Also called non-calorific artificial sweeteners, or NAS,...
From: Business Insider | By: Richard Ingham | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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I am an avid consumer of artificial sweeteners; my favorite is Splenda. An intriguing new study published in Nature yesterday found that the sweeteners boost blood glucose levels in mice. They suggest that the sweeteners may be contributing to the increase...
From: Reason | By: Ronald Bailey | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Why the body craves junk food late at night...
From: The Atlantic | By: Cari Romm | Friday, September 19, 2014
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Table Sweeteners Becky Stern/flickr> Artificial sweeteners are a roughly $1.5 billion industry worldwide, often marketed as helpful for managing obesity and diabetes. But some new research suggests sugar substitutes could actually contribute to soaring...
From: Popular Science | By: Emily Gertz | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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A French volunteer nurse working for Medecins Sans Frontieres who contracted Ebola in Liberia will receive an experimental treatment for the virus in France, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said....
From: Fox News | Friday, September 19, 2014
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In March, I had a stroke the week before Winter Quarter finals and it resulted in right hemi weakness. I have made lots of good progress in recovery and continue going to physical therapy, but after a summer of my savings being eaten by medical bills,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Peyton Manning is old. Sure, he’s not Methuselah-brewing-bathtub-gin old, but the fact that 19 freshmen named in his honor just began taking classes this fall at the University of Tennessee should put his career longevity in perspective for you. ...
From: Bleacher Report | By: Dan Carson | Friday, September 19, 2014
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After declaring war on the Tea Party and often showing nothing but contempt for grassroots conservatives that powered Republicans to record gains in the 2010 midterm elections, Karl Rove whined that the GOP may not take back the Senate this year because...
From: Big Government | Friday, September 19, 2014
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CHESAPEAKE Working out of an unassuming shipping container converted into diaper sorting and repackaging center on Sept. 11, Cher Leadbeater fielded calls on her mobile phone. Parked nearby was a large delivery truck, the sort that can easily move the...
From: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot | By: HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com | Friday, September 19, 2014
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From Tocqueville onward, observers have thought that informal organizations held America together. Are any of them left?...
From: The Atlantic | By: James Fallows | Friday, September 19, 2014
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This week, ONE flew 13 of our most dedicated volunteers to DC to thank them for their hard work on the Power Project. These committed volunteers were part of a campaign that delivered more than 44,000 messages to the Senate this summer in support...
From: One Blog | By: Stephanie Walstrom | Friday, September 19, 2014
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Along with the parties, networking, and workshops, Denver Startup Week is an opportunity to take a look at the city as a startup community, evaluate what it needs, and generate ideas about what should be done going forward. That was the topic Thursday,...
From: Xconomy | By: Michael Davidson | Friday, September 19, 2014
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For the past few years, I've had to deal with what seems like procrastination's more stubborn cousin. It's not just a tendency to put things off- it feels like a visceral, physically-manifested resistance to doing things that should involve no forethought...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: marsbar77 | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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by Ester Bloom It’s real estate time! This week, the Gray Lady lets us know what we get for $1,100,000 and teaches us some new vocabulary words along the way: This log cabin is on Homan Lake, a private lake tucked into the Ottawa National Forest,...
From: The Billfold | By: Ester Bloom | Friday, September 19, 2014
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by Illil Benjamin I joined the new time bank in Ithaca, NY after hearing a local high-school sophomore talk about what it’s like to be raised by a struggling single parent. Sitting shyly in front of the camera for a homemade promotional video about...
From: The Billfold | By: Illil Benjamin | Friday, September 19, 2014
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From: Nieman Journalism Lab | By: Caroline O'Donovan | Friday, September 19, 2014
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If the election were held today, Colorado voters would approve a "personhood" amendment on the November ballot, say the measure’s opponents, who believe they can still win if their multi-faceted campaign raises enough money. Image: Petition via Shutterstock...
From: RH Reality Check | By: Jason Salzman | Friday, September 19, 2014
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Same amount of money, way more prestige!...
From: The Atlantic | By: Kelsey Rexroat | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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How the girls from the Lehigh Valley become world-class gymnasts...
From: The Atlantic | By: Deborah Fallows | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The polls are open in Scotland, where voters have a very simple "Yes" or "No" choice on the very complicated question of whether or not they want to leave the United Kingdom, of which they have been a part of for more than 300 years, and become an independent...
From: Reason | By: Anthony L. Fisher | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has killed nearly 1,900 people so far. In the Gambia, a social media campaign and a specially composed song are trying to raise awareness.
From: Global Voices | By: Demba Kandeh | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Pizza Hut reveals the 'skinny slice' Bloomberg via Getty ImagesSome locations are unveiling a new offering -- because dieting is more fun when it involves pizza. What makes these slices differentMore in Finance Volunteer overseas in retirementExtreme...
From: Wallet Pop | Friday, September 19, 2014
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What three failed marriages taught Margo Howard about love, life, and offering advice...
From: The Atlantic | By: Allison Wright | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Volunteers from across India are traveling to the Kashmir Valley to join flood relief efforts. But they are finding a big difference between the official relief efforts shown on television, and what's happening on the ground....
From: Christian Science Monitor | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Artificial sweeteners were heralded as the perfect solution for people suffering from diabetes. These chemical-based solutions were touted as the safe and effective substitute to sugar. However, these artificial sweeteners might not be the savior that...
From: The Inquisitr | By: Alap Naik Desai | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Landfall in the UK, The White Cliffs of Dover loom large in the minds of those in Calais waiting to make the crossing. For the last 20 years the French city of Calais, with links from the European continent to the United Kingdom through its port has...
From: Foto8 | By: Jon | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The New Inquiry started as a Tumblr in 2009. Rachel Rosenfelt, the magazine’s publisher, created the account with a group of friends who quickly found that their voice had an audience. “At the time, Tumblr was was considered social media, and we...
From: Nieman Journalism Lab | By: Caroline O'Donovan | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Last week I wrote about the Dodo, an environmental site founded by Huffington Post cofounder Ken Lerer and his daughter Izzie. The pair had just announced $4.7 million in new funding and a content-sharing partnership with Discovery. I called it “a...
From: Pando Daily | By: David Holmes | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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We were pretty jazzed when ReedPOP reached out to us for help drafting their New York Comic Con 2014 anti-harassment policy. The need for every con to have such a policy, prominently placed so people actually see it, is something we feel pretty strongly...
From: Geekosystem | By: Rebecca Pahle | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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The first wave of volunteers spread out around Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday to search for a missing University of Virginia student who disappeared a week earlier. More than 1,600 people gathered Friday night at the John Paul Jones Arena for...
From: Time | By: Alex Fitzpatrick | Saturday, September 20, 2014
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September 21, 2014 12:54 AMAsian Games volunteer Alara Yucel, who flew in from Turkey and will help out at the quadrennial meet for the next week, was left in tears after a meeting with her idol, Korean swimmer Park Tae Hwan, outside the Munhak Park...
From: Straits Times | Saturday, September 20, 2014
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The entire nation of Sierra Leone is essentially on lockdown due to the ongoing Ebola epidemic: FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The most ambitious and aggressive government campaign against the Ebola epidemic gripping parts of West Africa began on Friday...
From: Gone Hollywood | By: Doug Mataconis | Saturday, September 20, 2014
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Hundreds of volunteers, some driven by worry for the safety of their own families, fanned out from the University of Virginia campus Saturday to search for a sophomore who disappeared a week ago. Volunteers met at...
From: New Orleans Times-Picayune | By: The Associated Press | Saturday, September 20, 2014
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The 2014 Air Force Marathon is in the books after the event's 18th year concluded with Saturday's running. From broken records to shattered participation numbers, it was one of the best years yet. Steve Chu took home the men's full marathon title, winning...
From: Bleacher Report | By: Steven Cook | Saturday, September 20, 2014
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Freetown (AFP) - Sierra Leone began the second day of a 72-hour nationwide shutdown aimed at containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus on Saturday amid criticism that the action was a poorly planned publicity stunt.Most of Sierra Leone's six...
From: Business Insider | By: Rod Mac Johnson | Saturday, September 20, 2014
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The Inquisitr previously brought you some amazing stories that pulled at your heartstrings. Such stories include a mother’s dying wish to have her nurse take care of her son after she passed, a boy showing an act of kindness by giving his chicken sandwich...
From: The Inquisitr | By: Jan Omega | Saturday, September 20, 2014
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Gandhi was among the six persons booked here after a 21-year-old female party volunteer filed a criminal complaint against them, police said today.
From: The Economic Times | Saturday, September 20, 2014
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Hundreds of volunteers, some driven by worry for the safety of their own families, fanned out from the University of Virginia campus Saturday to search for a sophomore who disappeared a week ago....
From: Fox News | Saturday, September 20, 2014
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Hundreds of volunteers, some driven by worry for the safety of their own families, fanned out from the University of Virginia campus Saturday to search for a sophomore who disappeared a week ago.
From: San Diego Union-Tribune | By: ALAN SUDERMAN Associated Press | Saturday, September 20, 2014
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I love big cities, and always enjoy returning to Hong Kong, New York, and Sydney—among many others. But what about those unknown gems that are off the beaten tourist path… those obscure places just waiting to be explored by real travelers? Our “Mini...
From: The Art of Non-Conformity | By: Chris Guillebeau | Saturday, September 20, 2014
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