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Saturday, October 22, 2016

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Full Moon in Mountain Shadow - On October 15, standing near the summit of Hawaii's Mauna Kea and looking away from a gorgeous sunset produced this magnificent snapshot of a Full Moon rising within the volcanic mountain's shadow. An alignment across the Solar System is captured in the stunning scene and seeming contradiction of bright Moon in dark shadow. The triangular appearance of a shadow cast by a mountain's irregular profile is normal. It's created by the perspective of the distant mountaintop view through the dense atmosphere. Rising as the Sun sets, the antisolar point or the point opposite the Sun is close to the perspective's vanishing point near the mountain shadow's peak. But extending in the antisolar direction, Earth's conical shadow is only a few lunar diameters wide at the distance of the Moon. So October's Full Hunters Moon is still reflecting sunlight, seen through the mountain's atmospheric shadow but found too far from the antisolar point and the Earth's extended shadow to be eclipsed.


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Fusion's Union Effort Faces Resistance

Editorial employees at Fusion have stated their desire to unionize, but they say the effort is facing resistance from executives at the Univision-owned digital media company.
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Welcome to McMansion Hell


Welcome to McMansion Hell
If you haven't been following Tumblr blog "Welcome to McMansion Hell," an architecture critic's blog devoted to (hilariously) explaining the faults of McMansion design, here's a taste.

AT&T Is in Advanced Talks to Acquire Time Warner

AT&T is in advanced talks to acquire Time Warner Inc., a deal that would create a new hallmark in the rapidly converging realms of media, communications and the internet. An agreement could come as early as this weekend.
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Apple Approached Time Warner About Possible Merger

Apple approached Time Warner about pursuing a combination a few months ago, and though the discussions didn’t progress beyond a preliminary stage, Apple is now monitoring the media giant’s advanced talks with AT&T.
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AT&T Rethinks Possible With Time Warner

Time Warner is an attractive media asset, but acquiring it would be a blockbuster of a gamble for AT&T.
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The Wall Street Journal Offers Buyouts to News Employees

The Wall Street Journal is making buyouts available to a “substantial number of employees” as the news company reviews its operations amid a continued slide in print advertising.
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Alphabet Inc. Stock Update

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) price at close, October 21, 2016, is 799.37.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Kuwait to change law forcing all citizens to provide DNA samples

Challenges and appeals have pushed Kuwait’s parliament to revise anti-terrorism law that requires citizens and visitors to give samples of their DNA

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Snoopy Has Been Fired by MetLife

MetLife decided earlier this year to part with most of its U.S. life-insurance business. Now it is cutting ties with Snoopy.
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The Tulip in the Swan - Framing a bright emission region this telescopic view looks out along the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy toward the nebula rich constellation Cygnus the Swan. Popularly called the Tulip Nebula, the glowing cloud of interstellar gas and dust is also found in the 1959 catalog by astronomer Stewart Sharpless as Sh2-101. About 8,000 light-years distant and 70 light-years across the complex and beautiful nebula blossoms at the center of the composite image. Red, green, and blue hues map emission from ionized sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. Ultraviolet radiation from young, energetic stars at the edge of the Cygnus OB3 association, including O star HDE 227018, ionizes the atoms and powers the visible light emission from the Tulip Nebula. HDE 227018 is the bright star very near the blue arc at the center of the cosmic tulip.


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U.S. Targets Would-Be Terrorists Overseas With New Ad Campaign

The Obama administration is experimenting with new ways to combat the social-media lure of the terrorist group Islamic State, putting online anti-extremism messages in front of would-be terrorist fighters overseas.
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Lackluster Sales Growth Puts Publicis on Defensive

Shares in Publicis dropped after the advertising giant reported weaker-than-expected sales growth, largely because of the loss of key U.S. clients last year.
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Proof Russia Was Behind the DNC Email Hack


Proof Russia Was Behind the DNC Email Hack
The DNC hack was merely a prelude to what many security researchers see as a still more audacious feat: the hacking of America's most secretive intelligence agency, the NSA.

Plummeting Newspaper Ad Revenue Sparks New Wave of Changes

Newspapers are suffering an accelerating drop in print advertising, a market already under stress, forcing some publishers to consider significant cost cuts and dramatic changes to print and digital products.
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Verizon Reviewing Terms of Yahoo Deal; Revenue Slides

Verizon Communications reported declining revenue and plunging subscriber growth, and said it is assessing whether it will need to renegotiate its acquisition of Yahoo after a major data breach.
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Comcast's NBCUniversal Invests Another $200 Million in BuzzFeed

Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal is investing another $200 million in BuzzFeed, doubling its investment in the digital media company, according to people familiar with the matter.
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The Battle to Reach Election Binge-Watchers

With viewers binge-watching the U.S. presidential election, marketers launching TV shows, books and movies are coming up with some evasive maneuvers to stand out.
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Third Debate Grows in Ratings, Fails to Top First Contest

About 72 million tuned in for the final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, failing to top the record-breaking first contest, but up from the second debate.
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Alphabet Inc. Stock Update

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) price at close, October 20, 2016, is 796.97.

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$100 million project to make intelligence-boosting brain implant

Human intelligence is set to be the world’s biggest ever industry, says entrepreneur Bryan Johnson, whose company aims to enhance it with a brain prosthesis

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The price of my life: $1.6 million and counting

Randy Hillard owes his survival to a very expensive drug – but is it fair that big pharma can often charge what it likes for life-saving treatment, he asks

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

What are you worth? How we calculate the value of a life

Each life is equally valuable. Until it's not. From the cost of saving your life to your worth once you’re gone, there's a price on all our heads

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Lab-made eggs will help people have children when they choose to

The creation of mature eggs from adult mouse skin cells will almost certainly be replicated in humans, giving people more choice over when they start a family

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It’s fine to put a price on life, as long as it’s fair

Your life might feel pricelsss to you and your loved ones, but society needs to know its value

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M45: The Pleiades Star Cluster - Have you ever seen the Pleiades star cluster? Even if you have, you probably have never seen it as dusty as this. Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the bright stars of the Pleiades can be seen without binoculars even from the heart of a light-polluted city. With a long exposure from a dark location, though, the dust cloud surrounding the Pleiades star cluster becomes very evident. The featured image was a long duration exposure taken last month from Namibia and covers a sky area many times the size of the full moon. Also known as the Seven Sisters and M45, the Pleiades lies about 400 light years away toward the constellation of the Bull (Taurus). A common legend with a modern twist is that one of the brighter stars faded since the cluster was named, leaving only six stars visible to the unaided eye. The actual number of visible Pleiades stars, however, may be more or less than seven, depending on the darkness of the surrounding sky and the clarity of the observer's eyesight.


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Google Signs Up CBS for Planned Web TV Service

Google Inc. has reached an agreement with CBS Corp. to carry the broadcast network on its soon-to-be-launched web TV service, people familiar with the matter said.
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Dow Jones Plans WSJ Review

Dow Jones announced a broad review of operations at The Wall Street Journal, driven by a significant decline in print advertising.
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Facebook to Add Food-Delivery Option

The latest features from the social media company also allow users to buy movie tickets and book salon appointments straight from the app.
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AT&T Seeks to Shake Up Pay TV

After spending nearly $50 billion last year to acquire DirecTV, AT&T is preparing to roll out an internet video service that could upend its satellite-television business along with the rest of the pay-TV industry.
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China's LeEco to Sell Smartphones, Smart TVs in U.S.

Chinese technology and entertainment company LeEco staged a showy U.S. debut Wednesday, but its presentation raised as many questions as it answered.
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Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol


Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol
The process is cheap, efficient, and scalable, meaning it could soon be used to remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.

Alphabet Inc. Stock Update

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) price at close, October 19, 2016, is 801.66.

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Is pain catching? First clues that it might spread to others

Scents and odours seem to be implicated in the first experiments that seem to show mice can sensitise other mice to pain

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Cameras monitor hospital patients’ vital signs from afar

Trials at John Radcliffe and Broadmoor hospitals show how special software can monitor patients' breathing and heart rate from camera images

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Dental checks can’t verify the age of child asylum seekers

The ages of migrants seeking asylum as unaccompanied children cannot be accurately determined using dental X-rays or bone scans, says Tim Cole

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

These are the foods you should eat if you want less smelly farts

By mixing faeces with food ingredients, researchers have worked out which foodstuffs can reduce the amount of “rotten-egg gas” produced by our gut bacteria

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The Antlia Cluster of Galaxies - Galaxies dot the sky in this impressively wide and deep image of the Antlia Cluster. The third closest cluster of galaxies to Earth after Virgo and Fornax, the Antlia cluster is known for its compactness and its high fraction of elliptical galaxies over (spirals. Antlia, cataloged as Abell S0636, spans about 2 million light years and lies about 130 million light years away toward the constellation of the Air Pump (Antlia). The cluster has two prominent galaxy groups - bottom center and upper left -- among its over 200 galactic members, but no single central dominant galaxy. The vertical red ribbon of gas on the left is thought related to the foreground Antlia supernova remnant and not associated with the cluster. The featured image composite, taken from New Zealand, resulted from 150+ hours of exposures taken over six months.


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Dow Jones Plans to Restructure Amid Volatile Ad Market

Executives with Dow Jones, the unit of News Corp that includes The Wall Street Journal, have told the union representing its employees that it is preparing to restructure operations.
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Actor Harry Shearer Sues Over 'Spinal Tap' Royalties

Comedian and actor Harry Shearer said in a lawsuit filed Monday that he’s been bilked for years out of profits generated by “This Is Spinal Tap,” the classic comedy film he starred in and helped create.
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New CEO Set for Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment, the world’s second-largest record company, is getting a new boss in six months, the company said Tuesday.
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Wanda Chairman Courts Hollywood With Praise and Prescriptions

China’s richest man Wang Jianlin has a message for filmmakers: We’re here to stay, so learn to play ball with us.
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Forget the Election: Why Hillary Clinton May Be the Most Hated President of All Time


Forget the Election: Why Hillary Clinton May Be the Most Hated President of All Time
Hacked e-mails released by Wikileaks reveal the Clintons are exactly what their nemeses feared.

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One in 20 European patients catch an infection while in hospital

An analysis of data from hospitals from across Europe estimates that there are 2.5 million hospital-acquired infections a year, causing around 90,000 deaths

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Alphabet Inc. Stock Update

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) price at close, October 18, 2016, is 795.26.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

‘I had a mail-order abortion’: The women forced to go it alone

Many Irish women travel to England for abortions but sometimes this is not practical. One woman tells us how a website made it possible

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Anti-inflammatory drugs can relieve symptoms of depression

An analysis of 20 studies suggests that anti-cytokine drugs could help people with depression – especially those who don’t respond to antidepressants

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Netflix Jump in New Users Fuels After-Hours Stock Surge

Netflix reported a larger-than-expected increase in new members, easing concerns about the fallout from earlier price increases, and said it intends to license its shows in China.
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Billy Bush Exits NBC News

NBC has parted ways with “Today” anchor Billy Bush after a tape of the television personality engaging in a crude conversation about women with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump surfaced earlier this month.
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Pandora Unveils Promotional Tools for Artists, Labels

Pandora is making a promotional tool kit available to help artists and labels market their music.
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Pearson Shares Plummet on Weak U.S. Education Sales

Pearson shares tumbled on after the educational publisher said weaker-than-expected trading in the higher-education sector in North America weighed down on nine-month sales.
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Overweight mothers give birth to biologically older babies

Babies born to obese mothers have shorter telomeres - equivalent to up to 10 years' extra ageing - which may put them at risk of diabetes and heart disease

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China's factories in Shenzhen can copy products at breakneck speed-and it's time for the rest of the world to get over it


China's factories in Shenzhen can copy products at breakneck speed-and it's time for the rest of the world to get over it
One week after his product hit Kickstarter in December 2015, Yekutiel Sherman was shocked to see it for sale on AliExpress.

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Alphabet Inc. Stock Update

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) price at close, October 17, 2016, is 779.96.

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Eggs made from skin cells in lab could herald end of infertility

Fertile eggs have been created from mouse skin cells for the first time, raising the prospect of new fertility treatments and babies with two genetic fathers

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Older women have babies with fewer birth defects after IVF

An analysis of 300,000 births in Australia has found that older women who conceive via IVF or ICSI are less likely to have children with abnormalities

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Home abortions are safe – we should let women do it themselves

The abortion pill is so safe and easy to use we should let women take it at home, says Clare Wilson

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Bernie Sanders's Memoir to Hit Bookshelves Nov. 15

Bernie Sanders’s admirers will have an opportunity to show whether their affection for the senator from Vermont was a flirtation or something more serious on Nov. 15 when his memoir, “Our Revolution,” hits bookstores.
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How Women CEOs Overcame Bad Jobs, Bad Bosses

For her new book, “Earning It,” WSJ’s management news editor Joann S. Lublin talked to more than 50 top female executives to learn what it takes to get ahead in a workplace where sexual harassment and pay inequality persist.​
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The white flight of Derek Black


The white flight of Derek Black
Years before Donald Trump launched a presidential campaign based on the politics of race and division, a group of avowed white nationalists was making his rise possible by pushing its ideology from the radical fringes ever closer to the far conservative right. And their superstar leader was supposed to be a 19-year-old from Florida.

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Why Twitter Actually Is a Media Company

Keywords: Twitter is a media company that happens to be based in San Francisco, and it should be structured, led and valued as such. It is no longer a technology-driven hypergrowth unicorn, writes Christopher Mims.
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Virus steals black widow poison gene to help it attack

For the first time a virus that targets bacteria has been found to have genes lifted from non-bacterial cells – those of the black widow spider

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A new London musical will change the way we think about cancer

Well-chosen language can be a powerful medicine, and song and dance may be the right way to deliver it

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