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  • 4 hours ago
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    The American Dream Still Exists…if you can inherit it

    I’m in my 30’s and if not for inheritance bailing me out of my bad luck and poor life decisions in my 20’s and early 30's, I would be homeless or in public housing. Got two rental properties gifted to me and cash worth $650k all combined, which just a fraction of the total will get. Having a safety net helps cushion the blow of failure. Screwed up in life so many times.

  • 5 days ago
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    Solar Farms Shine a Ray of Hope on Bees and Butterflies

    The tidy rows of gleaming solar panels at Pine Gate Renewables facility in southwestern Oregon originally sat amid the squat grasses of a former cattle pasture. But in 2017 the company started sowing the 41-acre site with a colorful riot of native wildflowers. The shift was not merely aesthetic; similar projects at a growing number of solar farms around the country aim to help reverse the worrying declines in bees, butterflies and other key pollinating species observed in recent years.

  • 6 days ago
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    2019 could be the year of the big tech crash

    When the dot-com bubble burst in 2000 it sent significant numbers of businesses to the wall. Investment banks had been encouraging enormous investment in dot-com ventures by launching Initial Public Offers (IPOs) allowing investors and entrepreneurs to cash in on vast fortunes by selling off shares in their companies. Most of the dot-coms which listed on stock exchanges had done little more than consume vast amounts of investor cash and showed little prospect of achieving a profit. Traditional m...

  • 7 days ago
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    Smart squeeze ball measures your grip strength

    You may not give your grip strength much thought, but it's important for many daily tasks, and for lessening the chances of developing repetitive strain injury. A new "smart" squeezable stress ball is intended to help you build that strength – and the device is known as Squegg.

  • 9 days ago
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    How the fossil fuel industry got the media to think climate change was debatable

    Late last year, the Trump administration released the latest national climate assessment on Black Friday in what many assumed was an attempt to bury the document. If that was the plan, it backfired, and the assessment wound up earning more coverage than it probably would have otherwise. But much of that coverage perpetuated a decades-old practice, one that has been weaponized by the fossil fuel industry: false equivalence.

  • 11 days ago
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    An Author Who Admitted To Stalking A Goodreads User Now Has A Book Deal About It

    Author Kathleen Hale, who admitted to "stalking" and showing up at the home of a Goodreads user who gave her book a bad review, is releasing a nonfiction essay collection about the experience this year titled Kathleen Hale Is A Crazy Stalker. Here's what you need to know. Back in January 2014, Hale published her first book, a YA thriller titled No One Else Can Have You, through HarperTeen.

  • 11 days ago
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    A hormone released during exercise might protect against Alzheimer’s

    A hormone released during exercise may protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease. It may also explain the known positive effects of exercise on mental performance. Irisin is a hormone generated by muscle tissue that is carried around the body in the bloodstream. Fernana de Felice at the Federal University of Rio de Janerio and colleagues found that people with Alzheimer’s had lower levels of the hormone compared with healthy individuals.

  • 13 days ago
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    How Religion Wrecks Our Democracy and Our Justice System

    Click open the newspaper and behold: stories of religion, the monotheisms born of desert honor culture particularly, messing something or someone up, often fatally. Click open the international section where conflict and war follow the bloody borders of faiths. Inter-faith and sectarian aggression have been the primary drivers of war throughout history. In the highly religious Middle East...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    There's a Chance the Food Allergy You Think You Have Isn't Real

    For over 26 million US adults, food allergies are serious business — the merest whiff of a peanut or a bit of shellfish hidden in a stew could cause serious harm, as in the case of 11-year-old Cameron Jean-Pierre, who died this week from being in the same house as cooking seafood. But for a surprisingly large number of people, years of careful efforts to steer clear of certain foods might be unwarranted, per the results of a study released Friday in JAMA Network Open.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Like fruit, vegetables, and almonds? Scientists have bad news.

    So far, this winter has brought ample snows to the Sierra Nevada, the spine of mountains that runs along California’s eastern flank. That’s good news for Californians, because the range’s melted snow provides 60 percent of the state’s water supply. Anyone in the United States who likes fruit, vegetables, and nuts should rejoice, too, because water flowing from the Sierra’s streams and rivers is the main irrigation source for farms in the arid Central Valley, which churns out nearly a q...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    The Most Surprising Tech Breakthroughs of 2018

    Development across the entire information technology landscape certainly didn’t slow down this year. From CRISPR babies, to the rapid decline of the crypto markets, to a new robot on Mars, and discovery of subatomic particles that could change modern physics as we know it, there was no shortage of headline-grabbing breakthroughs and discoveries. As 2018 comes to a close, we can pause and reflect on some of the biggest technology breakthroughs and scientific discoveries that occurred this year.

  • 1 month ago
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    Bitcoin Hash Rate Stabilizes Proving Reliability

    Confidence in the veracity of Bitcoin was renewed yesterday, despite the worst performing year in its ten-year history, with the stabilization of the token hashrate through difficulty adjustment. This does not mean this year’s bear market is finally on the upswing. It does, however, indicate demonstrated sustainability without manual intervention — a concept fiat money systems have been unable to approach.

  • 1 month ago
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    SEP (Australia) meeting announces rallies in defence of Julian Assange

    The Socialist Equality Party announced at a public meeting last Sunday that it will organise demonstrations in defence of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange next March in Sydney and Melbourne. Delivering the main report at the Sydney meeting, which was livestreamed internationally on Facebook, SEP national secretary James Cogan stated that the protests, on March 3 in Sydney and March 10 in Melbourne, would be aimed at mobilising the widespread support for Assange among workers and young people.

  • 1 month ago
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    FAANG Stocks Lose Over $1 Trillion, More Than All Cryptocurrencies Combined

    Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, in particular, are not the only bubble in town. Stocks of tech stalwarts like Google, Amazon, and Facebook, collectively knowns as FAANG, have lost over $1 trillion USD in market capitalization from their all-time highs. Comparatively, despite a nightmare year for cryptocurrencies, the total cryptocurrency market cap is down roughly $700 billion from its $830 billion historic high in January 2017.

  • 1 month ago
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    North Korea issued 'informal apology' to Vietnam over allegedly tricking citizen into assassination

    North Korea has issued an informal apology to Vietnam for involving one of its citizens in the assassination of Kim Jong-un’s estranged half-brother in Malaysia, South Korean press reports have claimed. The reports, which cannot be independently verified, cite a senior South Korean government official as saying that North Korea “belatedly apologised” for the alleged recruitment of a Vietnamese woman, Doan Thi Huong, by the son of a former ambassador.

  • 1 month ago
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    Game Awards Creator Reflects on 2018, Beyond as Viewer Numbers More Than Double

    “This show is about bringing everyone together to talk about video games.” “When I started this show five years my dream was to put competition aside and celebrate what we love which is playing games and making games. This is a moment that has been five years in the making for me, I can’t believe it’s about to happen.”

  • 1 month ago
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    Emojis can make online messages easier to understand and more believable, study finds

    The use of emojis can impact the effectiveness of online messages, according to research published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture. “The idea for the study came out of a brainstorming session with my co-author Alecka. She is interested in psychology and social media, and I am interested in basic cognition, so studying how we view emojis felt like a perfect mix of our backgrounds if you think about the hypothetical Venn-Diagram,” said T. Alex Daniel of Westfield State Unive...

  • 1 month ago
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    How one man's quest to spread Christmas cheer led to a miserable four-year war with his neighborhood

    When Jeremy Morris smiles — or otherwise bares his teeth — you can see his braces: red on top, green on bottom, his pearly whites dressed in Christmas colors. This is a man who named one of his sons Nicholas — as in St. Nicholas. This is a man who changes the name of his dog from "Ronald Reagan" to "Clarence" during the holidays. This is a man whose very first memory is of crawling on the floor while his dad demonstrated how to fix Christmas bulbs.

  • 1 month ago
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    New ‘Star Trek’ Series to Shoot in California, Selected for Tax Credit

    CBS’s new “Star Trek” series, with Patrick Stewart reprising the role of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, will shoot in California and receive a $15.6 million production tax credit. The California Film Commission announced Monday that the untitled “Star Trek” series and eight other TV series have been selected for the latest tax credit allocations totaling $90 million under the state’s expanded Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0.