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Monday, October 28, 2013

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

BREAKING! UK Government Spied On Allies At TWO G20 Summits (Video) -

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swiss Support Tougher Asylum Legislation as Refugee Numbers Spike -

Monday, June 10, 2013

American Woman Killed in Syria Fighting for Terrorists, Syrian TV Claims (Video) -

Friday, May 31, 2013

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History -

Friday, May 10, 2013

Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet -

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boston In Lockdown As Manhunt Intensifies -

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing -

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fast Food Workers in New York Stage Surprise Strike -

Saturday, April 6, 2013

N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners -

Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU -

Monday, March 25, 2013

Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide -

Sunday, March 24, 2013

IMF Chief Lagarde’s Home Searched over Tapie Scandal -

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that for the first time in human history, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) level reached 400 parts per million, meaning concentration of carbon dioxide gas in the Earth’s atmosphere is the highest ever. Climate Central, an independent climate research organization, explains that a rise in CO2 emissions would bring greater atmospheric warming and exacerbate the effects of climate change. Research also shows the effects would be irreversible as CO2 molecules can remain in the atmosphere for hundreds of years. According to Climate Central researcher and writer Andrew Freedman, the last time CO2…

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Morphees : Shape-shifting Smartphones (Video)

Are you ready for a shape-shifting smartphone? Ready or not, shape-shifting smartphones and mobile devices are making their way from research labs to the consumer marketplace. Last month, led by Anne Roudaut, a group of computer scientists from University of Bristol in the UK presented the “Morphees” as Transformer-like mobile devices of the future. The six prototypes, developed by the researchers, could change the shape of your mobile phone into a gaming controller or even a stress ball. The prototypes were made out of various materials like plastic, paper and wood, along with shape-changing materials and shape-memory alloys. The concept…

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Are the Suburbs Undergoing a Metamorphosis?

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The Global Economic Crash of 2008 was a watershed which is continuing to have effects in all aspects of the economy, politics and society. However, it was merely an exclamation mark within the developing trends in the U.S. that are pertinent to suburbanization in the country, such as: -The national economy will not bounce back to pre-2008 in the foreseeable future with continued slow growth -Demographics have changed (Baby Boomers retiring, smaller family sizes, more single adults, more ethnic diversity etc.) -The smaller labor force in manufacturing requiring unskilled labor -A decline in the middle class’s purchasing power due to…

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The Pop-up City: Making Something Out of Nothing

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The city is constantly in motion. In a dynamic city, people are shopping working, interacting, eating in restaurants, drinking in a cafes, walking/driving to a destination etc. Without people, a city is merely buildings, roads, trees, parks, grass….a ghost town. However, many cities have become dull places, reduced down to their functional economic uses: retail, business, industry and residents.  This functional capitalistic city is embodied in the suburbs in the U.S.Suburban life has been reduced to strip malls, fast food restaurants, big box stores, malls, car lots, endless subdivisions, parking lots, streets, expressways and the constant buzz of cars and…

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Could 3-D Printing Change the Society and the City?

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3-D printing combined with its increasing affordability could be an important element in accelerating the world away from the Post-Industrial to the Information Age.  3-D printing is the process of producing a physical object from a digital blue print or a scanned object. It is an additive process, not a subtractive process, as used in the machine tooling for a metal or plastic object. It relies on a mold that is inserted with a material (plastic, iron, copper etc.) to make a finished product. Using a digital schematic, the 3-D printer builds a series of layers using material such as:…

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Downtown Green: The “Islands of Sustainability”

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Sustainability is an overwhelming amorphous goal on a global, national, or regional scale. However, when it is broken-down to small areas and focused projects, it becomes real and tangible. Instead of grand plans, little ones can be made which may have a fractal or ripple effect on the region in which the project is located. This above statement is the essence of an  “island of sustainability” (Walner et al.). Specifically, the term refers to the redevelopment, usually through a public/private partnership, of a designated derelict area into one that enhances the physical environment. It could be the redesign of an…

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“Road Diet”: Losing Width by Retrofitting

For most of the last century and continuing into this century, transportation planning in the United States has been mainly concerned with accommodating vehicular transportation. This automobile-oriented bias was embedded in travel demand forecasting models, transportation funding, zoning/subdivision regulations, street design ordinances, the general public and the general mindset of policy makers. The result in most cities has been a continual process of widening, and building new roads to alleviate traffic congestion due to increasing automobile ownership. What was not accounted in this automobile bias oriented transportation system was the detrimental impact that it would have on neighborhoods; making them…

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Q&A With Science Education Activist Zack Kopplin

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This is the first in a two-part interview with 19 year-old science education activist and Rice University student Zack Kopplin. Zack has led the fight to repeal Louisiana’s dangerous Science Education Act, signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal on June 25, 2008. His change.org petition garnered nearly 75,000 signatures. A letter to the Louisiana Legislature was signed by 77 Nobel Laureate scientists and Kopplin otherwise has the backing of dozens of important science bodies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (10 million strong). Zack has testified before his legislature, rallied on the steps of the Capitol…

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World’s Most Valuable Resource: Water

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Thomas Friedman touts the ‘wonders’ of globalization in his highly popular book The World is Flat, however, globalization is not producing an economically ‘flat’ world, but one that is giving prosperity to a few and misery for billions of people in terms of their physical environment and quality of life. I lived in Istanbul, Turkey for five years. It is a city whose very existence is related to its crucial location on one of the major sea lanes in the world. When I went over the Bosporus (the strait connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara) on a…

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On the Side Track?: High Speed Rail in North America

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North America (U.S., Canada and Mexico) is at a crossroad of economic development. The U.S. and Canada are transitioning from the Post-Industrial to the Information Age. Mexico, an upper-middle –economy, is on the verge of becoming a developed country, despite its present difficulties. All three countries are linked geographically, economically, politically and culturally. Although N.A.F.T.A has not received much attention lately, this does not obviate joint development opportunities. Infrastructure coordination, such as high-speed rail (HSR), can strengthen all three countries and create additional opportunities. It could be the impetus for a new era of sustainable prosperity for all three countries….

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How We Shape Technology…Or Does Technology Shape Us?

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Human Rights activists are able to use Google Earth’s free satellite imagery to identify new North Korean prison camps. Further using technology for good, DigitalGlobe Inc is the source of some of Google Earth’s satellite images. DigitalGlobe also provides imagery and analysis pro bono to humanitarian organizations as well as The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. Google Earth Engine technology monitors Amazon deforestation and other tropical countries, helping the Surui tribe map and preserve their culture and forest, and provides other environmental and human rights outreach. Around the world social media has an impact in uprisings and revolutions. Especially in restricted countries with repressive regimes social media…

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You’re Not In The Driver’s Seat: The Development Of Driver-less Vehicles

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Remember seeing Captain Kirk in Star Trek talking to the other crew members of the Starship Enterprise on his ‘communicator’? How about Dick Tracy’s watch where you could see the person you were speaking with on the other line? We once thought this was the stuff of Popular Science. Now, almost all of us have small cell phones, iPads where we can use Skype to see and talk with anyone around the world and other technological ‘stuff’ that even we could not imagine a few years ago. These new inventions are better than science fiction. The next big thing…Development Of…

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Safe and Legal Abortion is a Woman’s Health Issue

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In light of the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion; the case is again being made by “pro-life” groups and individuals that the issue is about saving the lives of the innocent, unborn. Their most egregious taunt is calling pro-choice individuals “pro-abortion.” No one is pro-abortion. We are pro-women’s health. Health as defined by the World Health Organization:  ”Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Access to safe and legal abortion and education, and access to contraception is a worldwide women’s health issue. If you want…

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Will Tigers Be Around in 2112?

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About a month ago, my sister-in-law had a baby girl. I’m thrilled that we have another child in our family, but the birth of Brooke Nicole makes me think a lot about what will happen during her lifetime. More people are living to the age of 100. My grandmother reached that milestone, and the expectations are that people will live even longer in the future. In other words, Brooke, born in 2012, will likely see 2112. Her children will even live further into the 22nd century, and her grandchildren might see 2200. 2112. Rock aficionados recognize the significance of the…

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Corporate Psychopaths, Global Financial Crises, not so implausible

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A nascent British Marketing Professor Clive Boddy has been studying the effects of Corporate Psychopaths over the past five years. In November of 2011 he has publicized his findings in his book “Corporate Psychopaths: Organizational Destroyers.” His book presents empirical research that corporate psychopaths can destroy companies, entire industries, even cause global financial crisis. He says people who are categorized as psychopaths, which are approximately 1% of the population, have no conscience or empathy and do not care for anyone other than themselves. And when they advance to executive levels in large corporations it is a disaster waiting to happen….

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