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‘Inexcusable’ false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii was caused by human error

 Hawaiian residents were briefly but intensely disturbed this morning by a state-wide alert via TV and phone warning of an incoming ballistic missile. It was, however, shortly afterwards confirmed to be a mistake caused by “human error.” Hawa

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House Science Committee wants to investigate scientist for reporting science for the government

Ever since the House Science Committee was taken over by the likes of Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, it has been using its powers to harass scientists, protect the oil and gas industry from climate change culpability, and generally attack the reasons we are suppo
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House Science Committee wants to investigate scientist for reporting science for the government

Ever since the House Science Committee was taken over by the likes of Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, it has been using its powers to harass scientists, protect the oil and gas industry from climate change culpability, and generally attack the reasons we are supposed to have a House Science Committee in the first place. Now Smith and Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs—best known for being booed offstage by his constituents for denying climate change science—have decided to go after a government scientist for … practicing science. Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, wrote an editorial called “Regulating toxic chemicals for public and environmental health” last month. In it she and co-author Liza Gross give a history of regulations in the United States since President Gerald Ford signed the United States Toxic Substances Control Act in the fall of 1976. In the decades since Ford promised a robust policy to regulate potentially hazardous chemicals, evidence has emerged that chemicals in widespread use can cause cancer and other chronic diseases, damage reproductive systems, and harm developing brains at low levels of exposure once believed to be harmless. Such exposures pose unique risks to children at critical windows of development—risks that existing regulations fail to consider. To address these issues, PLOS Biology is publishing a special collection of seven articles, Challenges in Environmental Health: Closing the Gap between Evidence and Regulations, that focus on US chemical policy [1]. In commissioning the collection, we aimed to reveal barriers to developing health-protective policies not only when the scientific evidence of harm is clear but also when it is uncertain. We sought to explore the technical challenges involved in determining how the hundreds of chemicals we carry in our bodies affect health. These challenges include ascertaining exposures and impacts of short-lived compounds; identifying chemicals that pose unique risks to the developing fetus; and assessing the risk of chemicals that cause proportionately more harm at the lowest levels of exposure in violation of longstanding toxicology principles. We asked authors to consider these issues within their field of expertise and to suggest ways to bridge the gap between evidence and policy. Birnbaum’s conclusions are that the U.S. is not keeping pace with scientific advancement, leaving potentially hazardous chemicals unregulated. Well, Reps. Lamar Smith and Andy Biggs want to investigate! Not the science. No, that would be doing their jobs. Instead, they want to investigate director Birnbaum for being an unpaid lobbyist for Big Environmentalism.

Precipitous Trump-era rise in anti-LGBT hate homicides continues

On Monday the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs released a report showing anti-LGBT hate homicides have been rising since the last months of the 2016 election cycle. Even excluding the horrific mass shooting at Pulse, an Orlando nightclub, 2016
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Precipitous Trump-era rise in anti-LGBT hate homicides continues

On Monday the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs released a report showing anti-LGBT hate homicides have been rising since the last months of the 2016 election cycle. Even excluding the horrific mass shooting at Pulse, an Orlando nightclub, 2016 saw 28 hate-driven homicides of LGBT people, the most of any year since 2012. There were nearly twice as many such homicides last year. In 2017, NCAVP recorded reports of 52 hate violence related homicides of LGBTQ people, the highest number ever recorded by NCAVP. This number represents an 86% increase in single incident reports from 2016.In 2017, there was the equivalent of one homicide of an LGBTQ person in the U.S. each week. Comprised of 40 community-based groups, and led by Beverly Tillery, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs attributes the rise in anti-LGBT homicides, at least in part, to President Donald J. Trump. President Donald “Trump won the election by saying it was time to take back America for people feeling pushed out by LGBTQ people, immigrants and people of color,” Tillery told HuffPost. “It was a tactical move to attack those communities,” she added. “It worked, and there are more instances of violence because the climate in the country has changed. It has given an opening for people to feel like they can commit acts of hate-based violence without much repercussion.” Violence has always affected certain LGBT populations more than others. Most of 2017’s victims were queer cisgender men or transgender women; people of color were, as always, disproportionately represented. Altogether, of the 52 people killed in anti-LGBT hate homicides in 2017, 22 were transgender women of color. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs also tracks anti-LGBT hate-based violence overall. These incidents, too, the organization says, have increased.

That 30% solar tariff Trump boasts will protect U.S. workers will kill tens of thousands of jobs

In yet another decision by the Trump regime to put obstacles in the path of renewable energy, the pr*sident announced the imposition of a 30 percent tariff on solar cells and modules Monday. The tariff will drop to 15 percent in its fourth year. The target: C
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That 30% solar tariff Trump boasts will protect U.S. workers will kill tens of thousands of jobs

In yet another decision by the Trump regime to put obstacles in the path of renewable energy, the pr*sident announced the imposition of a 30 percent tariff on solar cells and modules Monday. The tariff will drop to 15 percent in its fourth year. The target: China, which currently produces 61 percent of solar cells and 71 percent of solar modules, according to a fact sheet issued by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office. Campaign Action In the past decade, solar costs have plummeted. One reason: cheap imports from China and Chinese-based factories in other Asian countries. These imports have grown by 700 percent since 2007. Putting a tariff on solar components comes in the wake of a decision and recommendations made last year by the U.S. International Trade Commission in response to a petition filed by two U.S.-based manufacturers of photovoltaic cells. These were the previously German-owned SolarWorld Industries Americas with about 300 workers in Oregon, and Suniva, a bankrupt Chinese-owned operation in Georgia that employs about 1,000 workers. SolarWorld had sought a 50 percent tariff. Without mentioning the company’s Hong Kong ownership, Suniva spokesman Mark Paustenbach gave a deadpan statement in December when Trump’s stance on imposing the tariff became known: “Suniva applauds the Trump Administration for championing American manufacturing in the face of cheating by China and its proxies who want to kill American jobs and make America dependent on China for its energy and security needs." The tariff was presented by Pr*sident Trump as a means to "protect American jobs and American workers." In fact, it is widely seen in the U.S. solar industry as doing the opposite. 

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Paytm Payments Bank offers digital incentives to attract corporate entities

Paytm Payments Bank is offering digital incentive to corporate entities to achieve the set target to expanding its customer base to 500 million over the next 2-3 years.
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Paytm Payments Bank offers digital incentives to attract corporate entities

Paytm Payments Bank is offering digital incentive to corporate entities to achieve the set target to expanding its customer base to 500 million over the next 2-3 years.

Maruti Suzuki’s new concept at Auto Expo will be a SUV-like hatchback

Maruti Suzuki Future-S is essentially a cross-over between a hatchback and an SUV, a top company official has confirmed
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Maruti Suzuki’s new concept at Auto Expo will be a SUV-like hatchback

Maruti Suzuki Future-S is essentially a cross-over between a hatchback and an SUV, a top company official has confirmed

Looking at new growth opportunities in Indian economy: ICICI Bank

ICICI chief Chanda Kochhar said that more SMEs are becoming part of the formal economy, creating big opportunities for growth and the government has also provided a strong impetus to increase lending to MSMEs.
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Looking at new growth opportunities in Indian economy: ICICI Bank

ICICI chief Chanda Kochhar said that more SMEs are becoming part of the formal economy, creating big opportunities for growth and the government has also provided a strong impetus to increase lending to MSMEs.

Liquor stocks trade lower; United Spirits down 9% post Q3 results

Radico Khaitan, Empee Distilleries, Jagatjit Industries, Globus Spirits, Som Distilleries, Associated Alcohols, Tilaknagar Industries and United Breweries were down 2% to 5% on BSE.
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Liquor stocks trade lower; United Spirits down 9% post Q3 results

Radico Khaitan, Empee Distilleries, Jagatjit Industries, Globus Spirits, Som Distilleries, Associated Alcohols, Tilaknagar Industries and United Breweries were down 2% to 5% on BSE.

Mumbai-Delhi adjudged the world#39;s third busiest air route but one of the least punctual

The route saw 47,462 flights taking off along the route translating into one flight per 11 minutes
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Mumbai-Delhi adjudged the world#39;s third busiest air route but one of the least punctual

The route saw 47,462 flights taking off along the route translating into one flight per 11 minutes

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US-China biotech startup XtalPi lands $15M from Google, Tencent and Sequoia

 Google continues to increase its presence in China after it joined Sequoia China and Tencent in a $15 million investment for XtalPi, a U.S.-China biotech firm that uses artificial intelligence and computing to accelerate the development of new drugs. T
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US-China biotech startup XtalPi lands $15M from Google, Tencent and Sequoia

 Google continues to increase its presence in China after it joined Sequoia China and Tencent in a $15 million investment for XtalPi, a U.S.-China biotech firm that uses artificial intelligence and computing to accelerate the development of new drugs. The search giant remains blocked in China, but that hasn’t stopped it from making a series of moves in recent months. It is opening an… Read More

Facebook appoints a new AI research head

 Facebook has a new executive coming on to unify its research efforts in the field of artificial intelligence. Former IBM exec Jérôme Pesenti will be taking the lead at Facebook’s AI research (FAIR) arm, Quartz reports. Yann LeCun, who previousl
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Facebook appoints a new AI research head

 Facebook has a new executive coming on to unify its research efforts in the field of artificial intelligence. Former IBM exec Jérôme Pesenti will be taking the lead at Facebook’s AI research (FAIR) arm, Quartz reports. Yann LeCun, who previously held the lead role, will be shifting to a more research-focused role where he will continue to drive the scientific agenda of FAIR in his… Read More

Nike just released its first shoe with an all-foam bottom

 Nike just announced their first shoe with an all-foam sole powered by a new foam technology called React. The shoe is called the Nike Epic React Flyknit and is a running shoe, which will release on February 22nd. The bottom is a solid piece of foam wit
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Nike just released its first shoe with an all-foam bottom

 Nike just announced their first shoe with an all-foam sole powered by a new foam technology called React. The shoe is called the Nike Epic React Flyknit and is a running shoe, which will release on February 22nd. The bottom is a solid piece of foam with a knitted upper, making it lightweight for running. But looking beyond this shoe the technology is likely the start of a new generation of… Read More

Facebook and Twitter face a short deadline on Russian bot #ReleaseTheMemo reports for Congress

 Two leading Democrats in Congress are calling for new disclosures from Facebook and Twitter about Russian disinformation campaigns on their platforms. In a letter, Rep. Adam Schiff and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, minority leads on the House Intel and Senate
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Facebook and Twitter face a short deadline on Russian bot #ReleaseTheMemo reports for Congress

 Two leading Democrats in Congress are calling for new disclosures from Facebook and Twitter about Russian disinformation campaigns on their platforms. In a letter, Rep. Adam Schiff and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, minority leads on the House Intel and Senate Judiciary committees respectively, called for the two tech companies to release any information that have about Russian ties to the recent… Read More

Ursula K. Le Guin, author of ‘The Left Hand of Darkness’ and ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’, has died

 All-time great science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula Le Guin died Monday. She was 88 years old. Le Guin didn’t always enjoy being called a science fiction writer, and she received acclaim far beyond the genre — she won National Book Awar
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Ursula K. Le Guin, author of ‘The Left Hand of Darkness’ and ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’, has died

 All-time great science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula Le Guin died Monday. She was 88 years old. Le Guin didn’t always enjoy being called a science fiction writer, and she received acclaim far beyond the genre — she won National Book Awards, published stories in The New Yorker and saw her work collected by the Library of America. Read More

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Auction Preview: Jewels, Antiques and Furnishings at Poggio Bracciolini, Florence, Jan 26

What: Jewels, Antiques and FurnishingsWhere: Via Poggio Bracciolini, 26 , 50122 Florence - ItalyWhen: Jan 26, 10:00 AMPublic Viewing: Florence, Via Poggio Bracciolini, 26 - from Sunday 21 to Tuesday 23 January 2018 - 10-13 / 15-19 hoursThe sale at Poggio Brac
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Auction Preview: Jewels, Antiques and Furnishings at Poggio Bracciolini, Florence, Jan 26

What: Jewels, Antiques and FurnishingsWhere: Via Poggio Bracciolini, 26 , 50122 Florence - ItalyWhen: Jan 26, 10:00 AMPublic Viewing: Florence, Via Poggio Bracciolini, 26 - from Sunday 21 to Tuesday 23 January 2018 - 10-13 / 15-19 hoursThe sale at Poggio Bracciolini will be a perfect host for Jewels, Antiques and Furnishings!Top Lots of the Sale:- "Ribalta, Veneto, sec. XVIII"; in walnut and olive burl, with cherry and rosewood inlays, side and front, moved to three drawers with door concealing rooms and secrets. Measured at 151 x 66 x 123 cm, defects. Estimated Price: € 4,000 - 6,000 (USD 4,900 – USD 7,350)- "Gruppo, sec. XX"; in bronze, depicting The Three Graces; Measured at alt. cm 105 x 70 x 165. Estimated Price: € 3,000 - 5,000 (USD 3,650 – USD 6,100)- Venetian-Cretan artist, early 19th century XVII - "Recruitment of the Virgin"; oil on board, Measured at 51 x 43.5 cm. Estimated Price: € 3,000 - 4,000 (USD 3,650 – USD 4,900)- Girocollo in Gold Yellow, "A. Carmassi", with pendant, sculpture, signed, g 117. Estimated Price: € 2,600 - 3,500 (USD 3,200 – USD 4,300)- "Sculpture, dry. XX, in terracotta, depicting Aphrodite"; Measured at alt. 165 cm, based on capital, alt. 73 cm. Estimated Price: € 2,500 - 5,000 (USD 3,050 – USD 6,100)- "Sculpture, dry. XIX”; marble, depicting bacchant; Measured at alt. cm 168. Estimated Price: € 2,500 - 3,500 (USD 3,050 – USD 6,100)- "White and Diamond Gold Ring", in the center a brilliant of ct 1.20.g 5. Measured at 18. Estimated Price: € 2, 500 - 3,500 (USD 3,050 – USD 6,100)- "Console pair, sec. XVIII"; mahogany and rosewood. Measured at pot legs, 144 x 71 x 80 cm, defects (2) Estimated Price: € 2,000 - 4,000 (USD 2,450 – USD 4,900)- Auguste Antoine Trivet (Ormay 1840 - Paris 1911) - Ecstasy"; oil on canvas. Measured at 265 x 166 cm. Estimated Price: € 2,000 - 4,000 (USD 2,450 – USD 4,900)- R. The Bulk Tournieres (Caen 1667-1752) - "Dama Portrait"; oil on board, 41x32 cm. Estimated Price: € 2,000 - 3,000 (USD 2,450 – USD 3,650)- Tuscan school, sec. XVI - "Deposition of the Cross"; oil on canvas, 84x52 cm. Estimated Price: € 2,000 - 3,000 (USD 2,450 – USD 3,650)- "Scultura, sec. XX, in bronze, depicting bacchant"; Measured at alt. cm 165. Estimated Price: € 2,000 - 3,000 (USD 2,450 – USD 3,650)- "Sculpture, dry. XIX; in marble, depicting a bust of centurion. Measured at alt. 76 cm, defects. Estimated Price: € 2,000 - 3,000 (USD 2,450 – USD 3,650)- "Sculpture, dry. XIX, in marble, depicting a female figure"; Measured at alt. cm 166. Estimated Price: € 2,000 - 3,000 (USD 2,450 – USD 3,650)- "Console, sec. XIX , in gilded and carved wood"; with vegetable motifs and masks, marble top. Measured at 157 x 76 x 94 cm, defects and faults. Estimated Price: € 2,000 - 3,000 (USD 2,450 – USD 3,650)For details, visit: https://www.poggiobracciolini.it/uk/auctionClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.  

Museum Visitors Invited to Crawl and Slide Inside Massive Suspended Tape Structure

The Des Moines Art Center’s recent exhibit, Drawing in Space, highlighted four artists working in the medium of tape. The show included Numen/For Use (previously), an artist collective based in Vienna and Zagreb. Their interactive sculpture, called sim
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Museum Visitors Invited to Crawl and Slide Inside Massive Suspended Tape Structure

The Des Moines Art Center’s recent exhibit, Drawing in Space, highlighted four artists working in the medium of tape. The show included Numen/For Use (previously), an artist collective based in Vienna and Zagreb. Their interactive sculpture, called simply “Tape,” is made exclusively of clear packing tape, suspended within the art center’s I.M. Pei-designed architecture. Museum visitors are encouraged to explore the piece from the inside out—as long as they wear socks and move through the structure in a clockwise direction. More

Train Barks Like a Dog To Avoid Run-ins With Unsuspecting Deer

At one point in time, the cowcatcher seemed like an acceptable way for trains to deal with track obstructions. The pointed, metal V prevented trains from suffering serious damage, though the same couldn’t […] The post Train Barks Like a Dog To Avo
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Train Barks Like a Dog To Avoid Run-ins With Unsuspecting Deer

At one point in time, the cowcatcher seemed like an acceptable way for trains to deal with track obstructions. The pointed, metal V prevented trains from suffering serious damage, though the same couldn’t […] The post Train Barks Like a Dog To Avoid Run-ins With Unsuspecting Deer appeared first on Geek.com.

Suit alleges Motel 6 discriminated against Latino customers

PHOENIX (AP) - A civil rights group alleges that Motel 6 discriminated against some Latino customers at two locations in Phoenix by giving their whereabouts and personal information to U.S. immigration agents who later arrested at least seven guests. The laws
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Suit alleges Motel 6 discriminated against Latino customers

PHOENIX (AP) - A civil rights group alleges that Motel 6 discriminated against some Latino customers at two locations in Phoenix by giving their whereabouts and personal information to U.S. immigration agents who later arrested at least seven guests. The lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Mexican American Legal Defense and ...

Montana Gives FCC the Finger Via Statewide Net Neutrality Rules

In the wake of December’s FCC vote to kill net neutrality rules, Montana has become the first state to enact its own guidelines. Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday signed an executive order requiring […] The post Montana Gives FCC the Finger Via Statewi
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Montana Gives FCC the Finger Via Statewide Net Neutrality Rules

In the wake of December’s FCC vote to kill net neutrality rules, Montana has become the first state to enact its own guidelines. Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday signed an executive order requiring […] The post Montana Gives FCC the Finger Via Statewide Net Neutrality Rules appeared first on Geek.com.

Insights From a Photoshoot At The New Yorker

What makes a portrait powerful? How do you create editorial work while maintaining your personal vision? A conversation on these topics (and more) with Siobhán Bohnacker, senior photo editor at The New Yorker.
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Insights From a Photoshoot At The New Yorker

What makes a portrait powerful? How do you create editorial work while maintaining your personal vision? A conversation on these topics (and more) with Siobhán Bohnacker, senior photo editor at The New Yorker.

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Mahindra Racing announces Pininfarina partnership

A reputed Italian car design brand founded back in 1930, Pininfarina has worked with several manufacturers around the world, most notably Ferrari.The company was acquired by the Mahindra Group in 2015 and will now serve as a partner and sponsor of its fledgli
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Mahindra Racing announces Pininfarina partnership

A reputed Italian car design brand founded back in 1930, Pininfarina has worked with several manufacturers around the world, most notably Ferrari.The company was acquired by the Mahindra Group in 2015 and will now serve as a partner and sponsor of its fledgling Formula E team.Mahindra aims to leverage Pininfarina’s expertise for the development of its season 5 Formula E car, when the ... Keep reading

Chip Kelly adds three assistants, retains four on UCLA coaching staff

UCLA head coach Chip Kelly finalized his staff with the addition of three more assistants Tuesday, including quarterbacks coach Dana Bible.
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Chip Kelly adds three assistants, retains four on UCLA coaching staff

UCLA head coach Chip Kelly finalized his staff with the addition of three more assistants Tuesday, including quarterbacks coach Dana Bible.

Little scores 2nd goal in OT, Jets beat Sharks 5-4 (Jan 23, 2018)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Bryan Little scored his second goal of the game 18 seconds into overtime, lifting the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
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Little scores 2nd goal in OT, Jets beat Sharks 5-4 (Jan 23, 2018)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Bryan Little scored his second goal of the game 18 seconds into overtime, lifting the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

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