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Monmouth holds big early lead to beat Liberty 56-39 (Oct 21, 2017)

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) Kenji Bahar threw for two touchdowns and Erik Zokouri ran for two more as Monmouth held onto a big halftime lead to beat Liberty 56-39 on Saturday.

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Zombie ants may be brain-locked by insidious fungus

How would you like to be hacked at the neuro-cellular level? You’ll be completely aware, able to see and hear and even feel pain, but another agent will be running your body and its plans for your husk include slow starvation, being a living host for young
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Zombie ants may be brain-locked by insidious fungus

How would you like to be hacked at the neuro-cellular level? You’ll be completely aware, able to see and hear and even feel pain, but another agent will be running your body and its plans for your husk include slow starvation, being a living host for younglings, and death! According to a new article in The Atlantic by Ed Yong, that may be exactly what happens to industrious rain-forest insects infected by a rather nightmarish fungus:  Once an infection is underway, he says, the neurons in the ant’s body—the ones that give its brain control over its muscles—start to die. Hughes suspects that the fungus takes over. It effectively cuts the ant’s limbs off from its brain and inserts itself in place, releasing chemicals that force the muscles there to contract. If this is right, then the ant ends its life as a prisoner in its own body. Its brain is still in the driver’s seat, but the fungus has the wheel. The zombie ant parasite is known scientifically as Ophiocordyceps unilateral and it sure takes the fun out of fungus. We’re lucky there aren’t similar slimy creatures out there looking to get behind the wheel of a mammalian brain, especially a human version. Imagine the damage that could do. But there are creatures that come close, and one of the best-known is rabies. When rabies virus infects a mammal it causes the saliva glands to over produce and interferes with swallowing. It also increases aggression and/or inhibits normal social interaction: scientists aren’t sure precisely how. But the end result is a ferocious, pissed off, confused animal foaming at the mouth that wants to bite anything it can get its jaws on, despite the danger. Which is how the virus spreads.  Fungi and insects have been around for hundreds of millions of years. That’s plenty of time for specialized parasites like the zombie ant fungus to evolve in step with its favored host, the carpenter ant. Given enough time in the wild, there’s no biological reason why something similar could not evolve with a far more capable host like a human being. Now, write your own zombie parasite Trump jokes …

Nuts & Bolts: A guide to Democratic campaigns—holiday planning

Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D.I.Y.ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you’ve missed prior diaries, please visit our group or follow N
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Nuts & Bolts: A guide to Democratic campaigns—holiday planning

Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D.I.Y.ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you’ve missed prior diaries, please visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide. This series has been focused on how to build and develop campaigns and successful activism efforts. Over the last few years, I’ve tried to talk frequently about the importance of rest in a campaign. Having people burned out or overly stressed means that you get less productive work, create internal conflict and run off great volunteers. During the holiday season, there aren’t a lot of campaigns going on—well, unless you are in Alabama right now—but for the most part, around Thanksgiving and the December Holiday season, political activism organizations start to plan how to taper down the pressure to make sure their best and their brightest stay functioning. When you listen to the tax fight or any legislation, know that legislators are there too—they don’t want to be trapped in DC in the middle of December. Some organizations will be needed year round, and we are grateful for their efforts. For your local Democratic efforts though, you need to start thinking about how to plan the holidays effectively.

This week in science: I miss my MtV

We wrote about Prox B last year. Now, another terrestrial-sized exo-planet in a nearby star’s habitable zone has been revealed. This one also orbits a small reddish star (such stars make up the vast majority of stars in our universe), but the star isn’
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This week in science: I miss my MtV

We wrote about Prox B last year. Now, another terrestrial-sized exo-planet in a nearby star’s habitable zone has been revealed. This one also orbits a small reddish star (such stars make up the vast majority of stars in our universe), but the star isn’t as prone to stellar outbursts as Proxima Centauri:  Co-discoverer Nicola Astudillo-Defru from the Geneva Observatory in Switzerland told BBC News: "Just because Proxima Centauri blasts its planet with strong flares and high energy radiation, yes, I think Ross 128 is much more comfortable for the development of life. "But we still need to know what the atmosphere of Ross 128 b is like. Depending on its composition and the reflectivity of its clouds, the exoplanet may be life friendly with liquid water as the Earth, or sterile like Venus." Ancient shark from before the dinos caught near Portugal. They mostly come out at night. Mostly. I have one very expensive weakness: Corvettes! I don’t have one now, but I’ve had one before along with several other muscle cars of varying era. And Chevy has released specs on the 2019 model, which only goes a modest 210 MPH. Scientists have put us on notice, again, about climate change and general environmental corruption. Meanwhile, other scientists have zeroed in on the what glacier melt will flood which regions when that all fails—and the Big Thaw really gets going: The upshot is that New York needs to worry about certain parts of Greenland collapsing, but not so much others. Sydney,  however, needs to worry about the loss of particular sectors of Antarctica — the ones farther away from it — and not so much about the ones nearer. And so on.

This week in the war on workers: Wisconsin union-busting law hurt teachers—and students

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in the state’s legislature rammed through Act 10, which directly attacked union rights for public workers, in 2011. Now that some time has passed, we know the law’s effects on schools—and they’re bad, for te
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This week in the war on workers: Wisconsin union-busting law hurt teachers—and students

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in the state’s legislature rammed through Act 10, which directly attacked union rights for public workers, in 2011. Now that some time has passed, we know the law’s effects on schools—and they’re bad, for teachers and students. Teacher pay and benefits have dropped, with teachers losing out on an average $10,843 in compensation per year, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress. And Wisconsin schools lost out on experienced teachers, something that study after study has shown makes a difference in the classroom (though nothing makes as much difference as class and poverty): The percentage of teachers who left the profession spiked to 10.5 percent after the 2010-11 school year, up from 6.4 percent in the year before Act 10 was implemented. Exit rates have remained higher than before, with 8.8 percent of teachers leaving after the 2015-16 school year— the most recent school year for which data are available. The percentage of teachers with less than five years of experience increased from 19.6 percent in the 2010-11 school year to 24.1 percent in the 2015-16 school year. Average teaching experience decreased from 14.6 years in the 2010-11 school year to 13.9 in the 2011-12 school year, which is where it remained in the 2015-16 school year. And recent research seems to bear out the negative effect on students that could be predicted from those effects on teachers: [Florida State University doctoral student Jason] Baron finds that Act 10 resulted in a decline in average high school test scores in math and science by .15 to .18 standard deviations. Baron notes that the magnitude of the decline in student performance is nearly the same magnitude of the increase in test scores that studies have found come from a reduction in class size of eight students. Importantly, he finds that the decline in student performance is entirely driven by test scores falling further behind at schools that are already in the lowest half of the distribution of test scores. At these low-performing schools, test scores fell by an average of .3 standard deviations after Act 10’s implementation, with a larger effect in the second year after the law’s implementation than in the first. High-performing schools had no significant increase in test scores. So Act 10 didn’t hurt students randomly—it disproportionately hurt disadvantaged students. Which probably makes Scott Walker pretty happy, but that’s because he’s terrible, just like that result.

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Journalists to launch digital currency to fight fake news

The Californian investment fund, HigherOrderVC, and journalists from across the world have teamed up to create a new cryptocurrency to provide financing for investigative journalism. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Journalists to launch digital currency to fight fake news

The Californian investment fund, HigherOrderVC, and journalists from across the world have teamed up to create a new cryptocurrency to provide financing for investigative journalism. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘The Great Crash of 2018’ will start in bond market - strategist

Ten years after the 2008 financial crisis “very little has been really fixed,” and the next bubble is about to burst, says Bill Blain, a strategist at Mint Partners. According to Blain, this time the bond markets will trigger the mayhem. Read Full Articl
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‘The Great Crash of 2018’ will start in bond market - strategist

Ten years after the 2008 financial crisis “very little has been really fixed,” and the next bubble is about to burst, says Bill Blain, a strategist at Mint Partners. According to Blain, this time the bond markets will trigger the mayhem. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Zego picks up £6M Series A led by Balderton for its gig economy worker insurance

 Zego, the London-based startup that appears to have spotted a gaping insurance hole in the so-called gig economy, has raised £6 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Balderton Capital, with participation from existing backers, including Loc
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Zego picks up £6M Series A led by Balderton for its gig economy worker insurance

 Zego, the London-based startup that appears to have spotted a gaping insurance hole in the so-called gig economy, has raised £6 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Balderton Capital, with participation from existing backers, including LocalGlobe and unnamed angel investors in the insurance sector. The company plans to use the new capital to increase engineering and other… Read More

Silicon Valley could be the next hotspot for SEC whistleblowers

 In recent years, the SEC has had greater success policing wrongdoing due in large part to the implementation of its whistleblower program. But the whistleblowers’ crosshairs are not limited to Wall Street. Individuals are beginning to come forwar
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Silicon Valley could be the next hotspot for SEC whistleblowers

 In recent years, the SEC has had greater success policing wrongdoing due in large part to the implementation of its whistleblower program. But the whistleblowers’ crosshairs are not limited to Wall Street. Individuals are beginning to come forward in a new sphere of the business world, one with its own reputation of a problematic, win-at-all-cost culture: Silicon Valley. Read More

HBCU.vc trains students become venture capitalists

 There are very few black and Latinx investors, with only 2 percent of investment team members at VC firms identifying as black and just 1 percent identifying as Latinx, according to the National Venture Capital Association. This is where HBCU.vc comes i
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HBCU.vc trains students become venture capitalists

 There are very few black and Latinx investors, with only 2 percent of investment team members at VC firms identifying as black and just 1 percent identifying as Latinx, according to the National Venture Capital Association. This is where HBCU.vc comes in. HBCU.vc, a pivot from HBCU to Startup, aims to diversify the white, male-dominated world of venture capital. HBCU.vc’s program works… Read More

Tap tap tap

 We are now walking through a media desert. While access to content is astronomically high, the content that we read is dead, lifeless, and derivative. Yes, I see the irony in posting my criticism of the state of online media on, well, online media, but
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Tap tap tap

 We are now walking through a media desert. While access to content is astronomically high, the content that we read is dead, lifeless, and derivative. Yes, I see the irony in posting my criticism of the state of online media on, well, online media, but I want to explore how we got here and what we can do about it. We begin in about 1983. The education necessary to interact with media of that… Read More

Tap tap tap

 We are now walking through a media desert. While access to content is astronomically high, the content that we read is dead, lifeless, and derivative. Yes, I see the irony in posting my criticism of the state of online media on, well, online media, but
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Tap tap tap

 We are now walking through a media desert. While access to content is astronomically high, the content that we read is dead, lifeless, and derivative. Yes, I see the irony in posting my criticism of the state of online media on, well, online media, but I want to explore how we got here and what we can do about it. We begin in about 1983. The education necessary to interact with media of that… Read More

Deletion of a stem cell factor promotes traumatic brain injury recovery in mice

Researchers found that conditional deletion of Sox2 – the gene encoding the SOX2 stem cell transcription factor – and the associated dampening of astrocyte reactivity appear to promote functional recovery, including behavioral recovery, after traumatic br
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Deletion of a stem cell factor promotes traumatic brain injury recovery in mice

Researchers found that conditional deletion of Sox2 – the gene encoding the SOX2 stem cell transcription factor – and the associated dampening of astrocyte reactivity appear to promote functional recovery, including behavioral recovery, after traumatic brain injury.

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Yakima Valley visitors touring wineries with horses

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Blending the old frontier with the new-age West, several local people are saddling up - or hitching up - to give folks a different way to sip wine. Certainly, there are a number of ways to visit area wineries, including driving cars or ri
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Yakima Valley visitors touring wineries with horses

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Blending the old frontier with the new-age West, several local people are saddling up - or hitching up - to give folks a different way to sip wine. Certainly, there are a number of ways to visit area wineries, including driving cars or riding in limousines. ...

Backers hope Route 66 historic designation can drive tourism

WASHINGTON (AP) - Anyone who doubts the lure of Route 66 should talk to Winslow Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Hall, who said that capitalizing on the historic highway was key to revitalization of the historic downtown. "Fifteen, 20 years ago the population was
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Backers hope Route 66 historic designation can drive tourism

WASHINGTON (AP) - Anyone who doubts the lure of Route 66 should talk to Winslow Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Hall, who said that capitalizing on the historic highway was key to revitalization of the historic downtown. "Fifteen, 20 years ago the population was dwindling and we decided we had ...

Lure of migrating birds attracts out-of-state volunteers

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Fourteen years ago, after retiring from 40 years in real estate, a New Hampshire couple, along with their nine parrots, loaded into a recreational vehicle and set off on a journey across the country to volunteer at wildlife refuges and na
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Lure of migrating birds attracts out-of-state volunteers

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Fourteen years ago, after retiring from 40 years in real estate, a New Hampshire couple, along with their nine parrots, loaded into a recreational vehicle and set off on a journey across the country to volunteer at wildlife refuges and national parks. They spent months at ...

University: Professor sexually harassed grad student on trip

BOSTON (AP) - Boston University says it has found evidence that a geology professor sexually harassed a graduate student on a research trip in Antarctica more than 10 years ago. BU Provost Jean Morrison said in a letter sent Friday to faculty the findings fol
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University: Professor sexually harassed grad student on trip

BOSTON (AP) - Boston University says it has found evidence that a geology professor sexually harassed a graduate student on a research trip in Antarctica more than 10 years ago. BU Provost Jean Morrison said in a letter sent Friday to faculty the findings follow a 13-month investigation into the ...

Delaware beach town doubles residential rental tax

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - A popular Delaware beach town has voted to double its tax on residential rentals. The City of Rehoboth Beach announced Saturday that its commissioners approved an increase on the rental tax from 3 to 6 percent. The tax applies to p
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Delaware beach town doubles residential rental tax

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - A popular Delaware beach town has voted to double its tax on residential rentals. The City of Rehoboth Beach announced Saturday that its commissioners approved an increase on the rental tax from 3 to 6 percent. The tax applies to places like bed and breakfasts, ...

Once Upon a Time Gave Us Two Hours, One Big Reveal and a Love Triangle

When a show suddenly presents a two-hour episode, it usually means something big. Either it’s a climactic moment in the story, a season finale or some other event. Even when it’s not quite […] The post Once Upon a Time Gave Us Two Hours, On
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Once Upon a Time Gave Us Two Hours, One Big Reveal and a Love Triangle

When a show suddenly presents a two-hour episode, it usually means something big. Either it’s a climactic moment in the story, a season finale or some other event. Even when it’s not quite […] The post Once Upon a Time Gave Us Two Hours, One Big Reveal and a Love Triangle appeared first on Geek.com.

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Alonso logs first Toyota LMP1 miles in Bahrain

The Spaniard, confirmed by Toyota for the test late on Saturday, was sharing the #8 TS050 Hybrid with team regular Sebastien Buemi, who took the car out for its opening run.Alonso then took over around 40 minutes into the two-hour morning session, largely lap
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Alonso logs first Toyota LMP1 miles in Bahrain

The Spaniard, confirmed by Toyota for the test late on Saturday, was sharing the #8 TS050 Hybrid with team regular Sebastien Buemi, who took the car out for its opening run.Alonso then took over around 40 minutes into the two-hour morning session, largely lapping in the 1m44s and 1m45s before setting a best time of 1m43.709s in his penultimate run.That put him around 1.6 seconds down ... Keep reading

Macau GP: Ticktum wins as top two crash at final corner

Sette Camara had been under intense pressure from Habsburg over the closing stages, and withstood a big challenge into Lisboa on the final lap.Going into the last corner though, Habsburg got a run and swooped around the outside of Sette Camara to take the lea
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Macau GP: Ticktum wins as top two crash at final corner

Sette Camara had been under intense pressure from Habsburg over the closing stages, and withstood a big challenge into Lisboa on the final lap.Going into the last corner though, Habsburg got a run and swooped around the outside of Sette Camara to take the lead – but had carried too much speed and swiped the barriers on the exit.Sette Camara himself had also got the corner all wrong ... Keep reading

Buddh JK Tyre: Reddy secures title with Race 3 win

Reddy started the race outside the front row but quickly scythed his way through traffic to take second.On lap 6 he got his nose ahead of race leader Nayan Chatterjee on the backstraight, but the Hyderabad-based driver immediately regained position by brakin
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Buddh JK Tyre: Reddy secures title with Race 3 win

Reddy started the race outside the front row but quickly scythed his way through traffic to take second.On lap 6 he got his nose ahead of race leader Nayan Chatterjee on the backstraight, but the Hyderabad-based driver immediately regained position by braking later into turn 4.Reddy stayed on the back of Chatterjee and on the following lap made the move stick, despite having to go ... Keep reading

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