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Particle accelerators: making life better since 1932

Particle accelerators improve medical treatments: Lung Cancer Cell

Article by Stephanie Swift on SciLogs.

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Lise Sinclair, Fair Isle poet and singer, has died

A very sad news, she was so talented and had such a beautiful voice...

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The United Nations’ Responsibility for the Haitian Cholera Epidemic

'The U.N. has breached its commitments to the Government of Haiti'

This report addresses the responsibility of the United Nations (U.N.) for the cholera epidemic in Haiti—one of the largest cholera epidemics in modern history. The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the evidence that the U.N. brought cholera to Haiti, relevant international legal and humanitarian standards necessary to understand U.N. accountability, and steps that the U.N. and other key national and international actors must take to rectify this harm. Despite overwhelming evidence linking the U.N. Mission for the Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to the outbreak, the U.N. has denied responsibility for causing the epidemic…

Via Jonathan M. Katz ‏@KatzOnEarth
Full report here.

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Jazz Keyboardist George Duke Dies at 67

He was a legend long before he died, and will be a legend forever now. Listen to 'Brown Sneakers' uploaded just a month ago...

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The photo that perfectly sums up Obama’s relationship with Putin

A revealing photo taken during the June 2013 G8 summit...

Via @Max_Fisher, Read article here.

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Making a Real Life-Size Wall-E Robot

Side note: Gotta get this Orange County Convention Center Death Star T-Shirt!

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Hip-hop can’t stop, won’t stop in Burma

In Myanmar, hip-hop culture has already taken hold

Things move slow. And the country is still pretty conservative. But now people are really open to new things, showing different stuff that would be normal in America

21-year-old rappers Ash and X-Box explain the challenges that came with creating hip-hop culture in a military dictatorship.

Read article on GlobalPost.

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François Hollande : panthéonisez des femmes !

Pour le prochain "grand homme" au Panthéon, nous voulons… des femmes !

Alors que le Panthéon a vocation à honorer les grands personnages qui ont fait l’Histoire de France, seules deux femmes y reposent pour 71 hommes : Marie Curie, deux fois prix Nobel, pionnière de la physique nucléaire, et Sophie Berthelot … pour ne pas être séparée de son mari Marcellin Berthelot, chimiste et homme politique.

L’histoire française a jeté dans l’oubli des milliers de femmes qui ont, par leur vie au service de la science, des arts, de la philosophie, de la politique ou encore par leur engagement politique ou militant, écrit l’histoire de notre pays et fait progresser l’humanité.

Parmi elles Simone de Beauvoir, Louise Michel, Olympe de Gouges, Germaine Tillon, Solitude, Lucie Baud, Aimée Marie Eléonore Lallement, Lucie Aubrac… C’est justice que de leur rendre hommage. C’est essentiel de graver leurs parcours exceptionnels dans notre mémoire collective afin qu’elles puissent être source d’inspiration pour les femmes et les hommes d’aujourd’hui et de demain.

François Hollande peut faire rentrer ces femmes dans l’Histoire : c’est lui qui décide de la panthéonisation. Il a le pouvoir de rompre le déséquilibre flagrant de la proportion des femmes et des hommes dans ce temple laïc et républicain.

Signez la pétition ici.

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EverQuest Next Worldwide Debut Gameplay Footage

Great footage. Let's hope the game will live up to expectations!

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How Google’s new Moto X will transform the smartphone landscape…

...and threaten Google’s partners, says Christopher Mims

Google has finally unveiled the Moto X “superphone” that the company has been teasing for months. As predicted by the many leaks that preceded today’s announcement, the Moto X is not an ultra high-end Android smartphone intended to go head-to-head with the top phones from Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony. Rather, it’s a thoughtful “mid-range” smartphone that will appeal to the masses.

But the Moto X has a number of unique features—many of which turn it into an always-on sensor cluster that monitors your every motion and verbalization. And these features have, in light of overwhelmingly positive early reviews, the potential to turn it into one of the most popular Android smartphones ever.

Full article on Quartz.

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SkyTruth, the environment and the satellite revolution

Skytruth is transforming the environmental movement with satellites

Amos is looking at these ships to monitor illegal fishing in Chilean waters. He’s doing it from a quiet, shaded street, populated mostly with old houses, where the main noises are (a) birds and (b) the occasional passing car. His office, in a one-story building, shares a toilet with a knitting shop.

With a couple of clicks on the keyboard, Amos switches his view from the South Pacific to Tioga County, Pa., where SkyTruth is cataloguing, with a God’s-eye view, the number and size of fracking operations. Then it’s over to Appalachia for a 40-year history of what mountaintop-removal mining has wrought, all through aerial and satellite imagery, 59 counties covering four states.

“You can track anything in the world from anywhere in the world,” Amos is saying, a smile coming into his voice. “That’s the real revolution.”

Full article on The Washington Post.

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Design / Art

Jon Burgerman’s mural in Bangkok being coloured in by visitors to the gallery

Collaborative work with visitors and fans is always a good idea.

Jon Burgerman on Instagram.

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China’s Non-Interference Policy and Growing African Concerns

The Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and the principles of “Do No Harm”

Two weeks ago, I read an interesting article on African Arguments by Alula A. Iyasu, the Managing Director of Bridge International, Corp.,  an investment and trade advisory group with a focus in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Iyasu provides a great insight into China’s non-interference policy and its economic relations with Africa:

Non-interference policy has been serving China well since 1954.  The policy derives from the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence: mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence.

The policy was designed to reach out to non-communist countries in Asia as well as reflect solidarity with newly independent post-colonial states in Africa, with an emphasis on territorial sovereignty defined in the most rigid and traditional Westphalian terms.  Although non-interference applies to military interventions and regime change, the principle has been China’s modus-operandi in its investment and economic interactions with Africa and the rest of the world.

Full article here.

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Donna Summer: My Life (Live Edit)

Always inspired by Summer's voice...

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Out of Africa: The minerals that make the world go round

How Africa's resources fuel the world

From laptops to cell phones, cars to airplanes, all kinds of everyday products are made using minerals that come from Africa. It’s no exaggeration to say that the world depends on Africa’s natural resources.

Those resources are crucial exports for many African countries, and while resource wealth doesn’t always benefit ordinary people, there is no doubt that the global commodities boom is helping to power the economies of Africa’s resource-rich nations.

Click on the categories to the left, or use the arrows on the side to see just a few of the countless products that use Africa’s natural resources, and how those raw materials fuel African economies.

Full article on CNN.

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