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  • 3 days ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    A tech-destroying solar flare could hit Earth within 100 years

    The sun could be one of our biggest threats in the next 100 years. If an enormous solar flare like the one that hit Earth 150 years ago struck us today, it could knock out our electrical grids, satellite communications and the internet. A new study finds that such an event is likely within the next century. “The sun is usually thought of as a friend and the source of life, but it could also be the opposite,” says Avi Loeb at Harvard University. “It just depends on circumstances.”

  • 5 days ago
    Expression TheSpirit

    Wireless convenience is driving us to spend more on headphones

    We now pay an average of $42.70 for a pair of headphones, which is a 14 percent rise year-on-year and maintains a trajectory of double-digit annual growth.

  • 6 days ago
    Analysis TheSpirit

    NASA Satellite Sees Overheated Tropical Forests Oozing with Carbon Dioxide

    NASA's OCO-2 satellite has detected a dramatic spike in global atmospheric carbon dioxide, and overheated tropical forests are partly to blame.

  • 10 days ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Texas girl, 3, missing after dad allegedly punishes her by making her stand outside

    Her father allegedly forced her to stand outside in the middle of the night as punishment for not drinking her milk.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Achievement TheSpirit

    Good Image

    Reached a reputation rating of 80%. Congratulations TheSpirit on this achievement!

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  • 2 weeks ago
    Analysis TheSpirit

    The Science of How Poverty Harms the Brain

    We already know the poor are getting poorer. The proportion of American adults living in low income families increased from 25 percent in 1971 to 29 percent in 2011. And growing up poor ups the chances that you'll also be poor as an adult. But neuroscientists are beginning to see this trend on a new level as they study the impacts of low socioeconomic status on childhood brain development.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Penguin Swims 5,000 Miles Every Year to Repay the Man Who Saved Him

    Joao Pereira de Souza is a 71-year-old retired bricklayer who lives on an island off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He’s also a part-time fisherman, which is how he ended up becoming friends with Dindim, a South American Magellanic penguin. It seems like an odd friendship, but Dindim owes the fisherman his life.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Expression TheSpirit

    Angela Ahrendts: 'The Days of Waiting in Line' at Apple Stores Are Over

    Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts has issued an internal memo to retail employees that encourages store staff to direct customers to the Apple Online Store to purchase the Apple Watch and new MacBook, according to Business Insider. Ahrendts says that this is "a significant change in mindset" for Apple, noting that the long lines that typically form on Apple product launch days "are over" at retail stores.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Cybercurrencies bring cyberrisk, Draghi says

    Speaking on Monday with members of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament, the president of the European Central Bank said it is not in its power to "prohibit or regulate" digital currencies such as the Bitcoin. The size, users' acceptance, and impact on the real economy are the main channels to look at in the market in terms of risk, but it is still "premature to consider" digital currencies as means of payment for the future, Mario Dr...

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Woman who sought to join Islamic State group gets 8 years

    A Philadelphia mother who admitted to plotting to travel to Syria to aid the Islamic State group and spent years spreading the terrorist organization’s message online said she isn’t an evil person before being sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday. Authorities said Keonna Thomas lived a double life, one as a hardworking mother of two children, the other as an outspoken online personality who spread violent propaganda, took steps to travel to the Middle East and maintained close relati...

  • 1 month ago
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    Level 14

    TheSpirit is now level 14 with 145,375 XP.

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  • 1 month ago
    Expression TheSpirit

    UW professor: The information war is real, and we’re losing it

    A University of Washington professor started studying social networks to help people respond to disasters. But she got dragged down a rabbit hole of twitter-boosted conspiracy theories, and ended up mapping our political moment.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Reddit's Main Code Is No Longer Open Source

    When we open sourced Reddit back in 2008, Reddit Inc was a ragtag organization and the future of the company was very uncertain. We wanted to make sure the community could keep the site alive should the company go under and making the code available was the logical thing to do. Nine years later and Reddit is a very different company and as anyone who has been paying attention will have noticed, we've been doing a bad job of keeping our open-source product repos up to date.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Hungry North Korean soldiers 'ordered to steal corn because war is imminent'

    As North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un boasts of his military prowess and flaunts his high tech weapons to the world, his malnourished soldiers are said to be stealing corn from fields to stave off hunger pangs. Officers are ordering their troops to supplement their meagre food rations by plundering local fields, in order to keep up their strength for battle, according to a report in the Daily NK.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    USS John S McCain collision: Remains of all 10 missing sailors recovered

    SINGAPORE: Divers have recovered the remains of all 10 US sailors who went missing after the USS John S McCain and an oil tanker collided off Singapore, the US Navy said on Monday (Aug 28).

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    White nationalist from Vice documentary to turn himself in to police

    A white nationalist wanted for crimes authorities say were committed on the campus of the University of Virginia a day before a deadly rally has said he will turn himself in to authorities. University of Virginia police say Christopher Cantwell of Keene, New Hampshire, is wanted on three felony charges: two counts of the illegal use of teargas or other gases and one count of malicious bodily injury with a “caustic substance”, explosive or fire.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    ‘Not one drop’ of Poland Spring bottled water is from a spring, lawsuit claims

    Poland Spring, the country’s best-selling bottled water, is “a colossal fraud,” according to a class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed last week in Connecticut, alleges that instead of spring water, parent company Nestle Water North America has been selling billions of gallons of groundwater to its customers. “Not one drop of Poland Spring Water emanates from a water source that complies with the Food and Drug Administration definition of ‘spring water,'” the lawsuit states.

  • 1 month ago
    Achievement TheSpirit

    Media Mogul

    Published 50/50 current event snaps! Congratulations TheSpirit on this achievement!

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  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Rescued piglets served up as sausages to firefighters

    A litter of piglets whose bacon was saved from a barn fire has been served up as dinner to the firefighters who rescued them. The 18 piglets and two sows survived the fire in Wiltshire in February, which saw 60 tonnes of hay catch fire. In a controversial move, farm manager Rachel Rivers thanked the Pewsey fire team by giving them sausages. The firefighters initially said the bangers were "fantastic" but following complaints have since said sorry.