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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 »

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 »

The power of parody in eastern Ukraine

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The tired looking young men in t-shirts and combat fatigues manning the barricades in Slovyansk say they are not going anywhere. Yesterday the agreement thrashed out in Geneva between the EU, the US, Russia and Ukraine said that all unauthorised roadblocks and occupied municipal buildings should be cleared. But they’re not obeying those orders in eastern Ukraine. “The government in ... Read More »

Japan to arm remote western island, risking more China tension

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(Reuters) – Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia’s biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera will break ground on Saturday for a military lookout station on Yonaguni, which ... Read More »

Iran president offers olive branch

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Iran’s president has underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West during a military parade marking the country’s National Army Day. Hassan Rouhani said today that Iran has no hostile intentions toward anyone in the world, including the United States, which has long been considered an enemy. He said: “We are not after war, we are after logic, we ... Read More »