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New education standards end rote learning, cursive 11.6.2012 SFGate: Top Stories
New education standards end rote learning, cursive
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Africa must turn its health research into treatments for African people | Carel IJsselmuiden 11.6.2012 Guardian: Science
Africa already has the research and the potential to improve the health of its people, but changing perceptions is the first step Africa is home to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, yet the health and living situation for many on the continent remains dire. In 2010, 7.6 million children under five died globally and more than two-thirds of those deaths could have been prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions . Half of the deaths occurred in Africa. Despite large investments being made by donors in health products and delivery of health services, a large percentage of Africans still have limited access to sufficient and quality healthcare – especially in rural areas. The burden of diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, coupled with the lack of health workers and management, as well as organisational failures, have all contributed to this dire situation. A recent report, Investing in health for Africa – released by the World Health ...
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Fred Singer Promotes Fossil Fuels Through Myths And Misinformation 11.6.2012 Think Progres
by Dana Nucitelli, via Skeptical Science Climate contrarians have been busy lately.  In the past few weeks we’ve seen two Gish Gallops from Australian geologists (one of which was extremely politically-charged), a gross distortion of reality from another geologist (this one an American), and now we have yet another politically-charged article from another climate contrarian [...]
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Resiliency, Risk, and a Good Compass: Tools For the Coming Chaos 11.6.2012 Wired Top Stories
Resiliency, Risk, and a Good Compass: Tools For the Coming Chaos
Laying down the law on nanotechnology | Steven Vaughan 11.6.2012 Guardian: Environment
Regulating nanotechnology is fraught with difficulties. Current environmental law simply doesn't apply on the nano-scale The first asbestos mine opened in Quebec in 1874. By the 1950s, asbestos was being widely used as an insulator, a flame retardant and as 'flocking' (fake snow). Today, we know that asbestos fibres can burrow into the lungs and cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. While concerns about the safety of asbestos were raised as early as 1900, it was not until 1999 that the use of asbestos was fully banned in the UK. Every year, 4,000 people die in the UK from asbestos related diseases. This trend is likely to continue till at least the 2050s. As a society, we have learned a late lesson in the control of asbestos, despite early warnings as to possible side effects. New and emerging technologies (GM, synthetic biology and nanotechnology, for instance) offer the potential for a cleaner, healthier and better future. However, the risks from these technologies are not ...
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Granite City to expand Cadillac Ranch restaurants line 11.6.2012 Star Tribune: Business
Pranab addresses Income Tax top brass 11.6.2012 New Kerala: World News
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Bruce B. Cahan: California should demand more from banks that handle taxpayers' money 11.6.2012 San Jose Mercury News: Opinion
California could improve economic development and save on debt service by diversifying and relocalizing its banking.
Keeping Things Private at Microsoft 11.6.2012 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

The company and its rivals have important differences when it comes to protecting personal information, says its chief privacy officer.

Earlier this year, Microsoft caused a stir by running big newspaper ads charging that its archrival, Google, was trampling on personal privacy by gathering ever more information on users. Some saw the ads as disingenuous: Microsoft uses some similar practices in its own search engine, Bing.



Author Bemoans Taxpayer Illiteracy 11.6.2012 Forbes.com: Personal Finance News
Julian Block is an author of several tax guides.  I recently reviewed his Tax Tips For Marriage and Divorce.  The book is actually more general than that, covering many tax issues raised by intimate relationship. I might have titled it Tax Aspects of Coupling and Decoupling, but then people might think it had something to do with railroad depreciation.  Despite being an accomplished author or, perhaps because he is an accomplished author, Julian has resisted the urge to take up blogging.  He has anointed me his shabbos goy, when it comes to blogging.  This is consistent with my goal of becoming the  Tom Sawyer of tax blogging.
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Bailout of Spanish banks should help US stocks and reassure bond investors, but not for long 11.6.2012 Star Tribune: Business
Back to the future at the TTM symposium 11.6.2012 GigaOM
Joe Weinman, senior vice president at Telx, recaps the 2012 IEEE Technology Time Machine symposium. At this year's event in Silicon Saxony, discussions ranged from emerging nanotechnologies to application-layer services. Speakers included James Truchard, CEO of National Instruments, and UC Berkeley professor Leon Chua.
Can Nintendo keep up as gaming goes mobile? 10.6.2012 SFGate: Business & Technology
Can Nintendo keep up as gaming goes mobile?
Spy agency fund targets Bay Area technology 10.6.2012 San Jose Mercury News: Business
Silicon Valley companies are playing a behind-the-scenes role with the nation's most clandestine agencies, helping to develop everything from miniature cameras to surreptitious communication gear to holograms that highlight patterns in mountains of data.
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The Re-Imagination Of Everything: I’m Pissed That The Future’s Not Here Fast Enough 10.6.2012 TechCrunch
Screen Shot 2012-06-09 at 8.03.13 PM I've seen the future, and it consists of a 5 foot eleven-inch hologram of Tupac rapping onstage with an incredibly stoned Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at Coachella. Despite all the (consumer Internet) startups I interact with, with the possible exception of TaskRabbit, Dropbox and Uber, this pretty old-school hologram technology applied in this completely novel use case is the closest I've ever come to feeling like I live in the future.
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Canadian tech town feels BlackBerry's decline 10.6.2012 AP Business
WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) -- President Barack Obama couldn't bear to part with his BlackBerry. Oprah Winfrey declared it one of her "favorite things." It could be so addictive that it was nicknamed "the CrackBerry."...
In Canada's version of Silicon Valley, angst as iconic BlackBerry suddenly looks outmoded 10.6.2012 Star Tribune: World
Sebastian Seung: you are your connectome 10.6.2012 Guardian: Science
Mapping the brain could unlock the secrets of human individuality. But with billions of changing neural networks in a cubic millimetre, the task is immense Sebastian Seung is tipped as a rising star of neuroscience. He trained as a physicist at Harvard University, but later joined MIT as professor of computational neuroscience. In his first book, Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are , he argues that our individuality lies in our connectome, the complex map of our neurons. What does a connectome look like? A connectome is a map of the brain as a network of neurons. If you want a mental picture, think of the flight maps you see in the back of airline magazines, except replace each city with a neuron and each flight by a connection between neurons. Now scale up the map to include 100 billion cities and 10,000 flights per city. That would be your connectome. How do you map a connectome? One way is to cut really thin slices of brain and image every slice. You then ...
Croatia: President Josipovic Uses Facebook to Invite IT Investor Group 10.6.2012 Global Voices
President Ivo Josipović used Facebook to invite an IT investor group to Croatia and Southeast Europe, showing that the region is ready for innovation and development. Danica Radisic reports.
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