‘Digital wellness lady’ wants students to unplug or at least look up

April 23, 2017

Put down the phone.Image: bob al-greene/mashalbe Step into the Center for Digital Wellness and you’ll likely hear people chatting and that’s about it. Because that’s what the Wi-Fi disabled room at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is for re-connecting and interacting with your fellow humans no screens, gizmos, or gadgets in the way. You might find the center’s founder, Sylvia Frejd, a minister and counselor by training, in the conversation corner with the …

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Women in science share a message: Don’t give up

April 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)From across the fields of science they came, marching to show that women in science have a lot to say. Biologists and ecologists, medical researchers and EMTs, doctors and nurses, biomedical engineers and neuroscientists came with stories of why they fell in love with science. They ranged from little girls to seasoned science veterans, all carrying a message of what they’d like to tell other women. …

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This is what protest sounds like

April 21, 2017

… an era of increasing outcry at the deaths of black men and women by police. Like “We Shall Overcome” did more than 50 years ago, Lamar’s “Alright” has become an almost unofficial anthem for those protesting injustice. “There are multiple messages,” says Salamishah Tillet, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania. “One, you’re going to be alright because we’re going to get through this day and we’re going to be …

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Ann Coulter isn’t letting Berkeley off easy for messing with her speech

April 21, 2017

(CNN)The showdown continued Thursday between the University of California, Berkeley, and Ann Coulter over if and when the conservative firebrand will speak at the famously progressive school. Citing safety concerns, administrators on Wednesday postponed Coulter’s scheduled April 27 appearance, saying it needed more time to find a “suitable venue.” But Coulter was not having it. In a Twitter rampage and a Fox News appearance, she accused the school of canceling the event and …

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Ann Coulter vows to speak at UC Berkeley after school calls off event

April 20, 2017

(CNN)Conservative commentator Ann Coulter vowed to proceed with a scheduled speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley, despite the school’s decision to call it off. In a letter to Berkeley College Republicans, who organized the event, Vice Chancellors Scott Biddy and Stephen Sutton said campus police were unable to find a “suitable venue” for the April 27 event. “Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given currently active security threats, it is not …

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …

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Resistor beanies are the perfect headwear for scientists of the resistance

April 8, 2017

… feature a battery, three resistors in a series, and a closed circuit made with white yarn. Resistors are used in electronics “to slow down the current from a source such as a battery” and prevent the items from breaking, the Stanford University microbiologist behind the design said in an online video. And instead of pink, thehats will be green and blue to honor our good old planet Earth. SEE ALSO: The geekiest signs from the ‘Stand up for Science’ rally Not only is the …

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Lots of people applied to work at this very fake smart home startup

April 2, 2017

This April Fools’ Day, one joke long in the making about Silicon Valley got kind of out of hand. An Indiegogo campaign for “Hub: the ultimate IOT smart device” got the attention of students at Yale University so much so that some applied to work at the burgeoning campus startup. But the entire project was a joke, meant to mock smart home devices like Alexa and Google Home, along with the rest of the ever-proliferating internet of things. SEE ALSO: Edward Snowden explains …

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McCain: No comparison between Trump and Reagan

April 2, 2017

Washington (CNN)Ask Sen. John McCain if he sees a comparison between Presidents Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan and the veteran Republican answers without hesitation. “No, I don’t,” he told David Axelrod on “The Axe Files,” a podcast from the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN. McCain said he found “appalling” Trump’s assertion in an interview earlier this year that the US lacked the moral standing to question Russian President …

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Hillary Clinton, it’s too soon

April 1, 2017

(CNN)Hillary Clinton is back. Of course, Hillary Clinton is back. I am convinced she will run for the presidency as many times as it takes to win — even if she is still being wheeled through the streets of Iowa at 108, kept alive by robotics and a refusal to surrender. She came to Georgetown University on Friday to give a speech to some fans, and delivered a stinging attack on Donald Trump’s budget. Clinton is great at attacking others, dreadful at selling herself. This is a …

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William Wilberforce brought back to life in virtual reality – BBC News

March 23, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Described as Hulls most famous son, William Wilberforce is best known as a pioneering anti-slavery campaigner They are to be projected onto the side of the Wilberforce Institute, opposite Wilberforce House where he was born, from 18:00 GMT. Image copyright University of Hull Image caption The videos include a recreation of his speech against the African slave trade in 1789 The University of Hull and the Glasgow School of Art have created …

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$27,000 melons? Unwrapping the high price of Japan’s luxury fruit habit

March 23, 2017

(CNN)It looks like a jewelry shop with its high-end exterior. But a peek inside the sparkling glass display cases at any of Sembikiya‘s Tokyo outlets reveals expensive treasures of a surprising kind. From heart-shaped watermelons to “Ruby Roman” grapes, which are the size of a ping pong ball, this retailer specializes in selling mouth-watering produce at eye-watering prices. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering — but travel to Russia — came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at an administration that once again is rubbing …

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Why sports betting is starting to look a lot more like Wall Street

March 20, 2017

… president of marketing. Thats in turn driving the demand for real-time data. The information can be disseminated faster than a television broadcast, which comes in with a multi-second transmission delay. Ultra-fast and accurate data provide sophisticated gamblers with a material advantage over someone operating on a five to 10-second delay via a television feed, said Ryan Rodenberg, an associate professor of forensic sports law analytics at Florida State University. The edge is most notable in …

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Amazon isn’t solely to blame for wreckage in the retail industry

March 11, 2017

… recent growth. Too small still, Witcher contends, to entirely account for massive industry shifts. Online’s share of total U.S. retail sales. Image: ycharts, u.s. census bureau Kirthi Kalyanam, who directs the retail management institute at the University of Santa Clara’s business school, agrees. “Amazon has certainly contributed,” he said in an email. “[But it] is only one factor.” In other words, online spending is on track to blow up the retail …

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