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John Underkoffler: Pointing to the future of UI

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http://www.ted.com Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak — the real-life version of the film’s eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow’s computers will be controlled? TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives ... Read More »

“Crimes against Peace”: Historic Class Action Law Suit against George W. Bush

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The case for Aggressive War against George W. Bush and his Administration. On March 13, 2013, my client, an Iraqi single mother and refugee now living in Jordan, filed a class action lawsuit against George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz in a federal court in California.  She alleges that these six defendants planned ... Read More »

U.S. launches drone strikes against Al Qaeda targets in Yemen

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WASHINGTON — Prompted in part by a recent video that showed Al Qaeda leaders in Yemen openly taunting the United States, the CIA launched lethal drone strikes over the last three days that marked a sharp acceleration of the Obama administration’s shadow war against the terrorist group. Yemeni officials, who said their counter-terrorism forces carried out ground raids in conjunction ... Read More »

The haunting human face of drug addiction, homelessness and poverty: Photographer captures poignant series to uncover the world of those shunned by society

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  Photographer Lee Jeffries has made it his mission to reveal the human face of addiction, poverty and homelessness His latest project took him to Overtown, a district of Miami, Florida where he captured these haunting images He met Margo Stevens, a former porn star living in an abandoned garage with five other homeless women Jeffries said: ‘She is a ... Read More »

Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

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Many Western nations have experienced significant declines in crime in recent decades, but could the removal of lead from petrol explain that? Working away in his laboratory in 1921, Thomas Midgley wanted to fuel a brighter tomorrow. He created tetraethyl lead – a compound that would make car engines more efficient than ever. But did the lead that we added ... Read More »

Acceptance rates at elite U.S. colleges decline

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Stanford’s acceptance rate was just 5% this year as other prestigious colleges and universities see rise in number of applicants. Throughout the arduous college application process, Brown University was on the top of Madeline Anderson’s wish list. So when the Long Beach high school senior received a rejection from the Ivy League campus, she was disappointed but also knew she ... Read More »

Researchers use Twitter to predict crime

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Hidden in the Twittersphere are nuggets of information that could prove useful to crime fighters—even before a crime has been committed. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-04-twitter-crime.html#jCp Researchers at the University of Virginia demonstrated tweets could predict certain kinds of crimes if the correct analysis is applied. A research paper published in the scientific journal Decision Support Systems last month said the analysis of geo-tagged tweets can ... Read More »

A 12-Year-Old’s Trek of Despair Ends in a Noose at the Border

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Noemi Álvarez Quillay’s death in Mexico was ruled a suicide. Credit José Luis Llivisaca Noemi Álvarez Quillay took the first steps of the 6,500-mile journey to New York City from the southern highlands of Ecuador on Tuesday, Feb. 4, after darkness fell. A bashful, studious girl, Noemi walked 10 minutes across dirt roads that cut through corn and potato fields, reaching the ... Read More »

No, the White House won’t be deporting Justin Bieber

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The request: Kick Justin Bieber out of the United States of America. The White House’s response: No. In case you hadn’t been paying close attention to Bieber’s citizenship status lately — and really, who is? — someone launched a petition on the White House’s website in January asking officials to deport the 20-year-old Canadian pop megastar after his arrest on ... Read More »