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Mike Ross Proves You Can Teach a Blue Dog New Tricks

After 12 years in the House rep­res­ent­ing the 4th Dis­trict of Arkan­sas, Mike Ross is run­ning for gov­ernor, in hopes of prac­ti­cing polit­ics …

Democratic Party

Emerging from a Bad Mood into a Good Mood Can Make You More Creative

People who were plunged into bad moods by being asked to write about distressing experiences, but were then put into good moods by being asked to write about joyful events, were subsequently <b>better</b> at imagining creative ideas for improving university teaching than people who had been in positive …

Non-Sequiturs: 08.23.13

* President Obama says he’s not changing his mind on the legality of marijuana “at this time.” I guess we need Biden to go on Face the Nation this …

Judge Koh denies Samsung a retrial following USPTO patent decisions (updated)

After the USPTO decided to take a second look at a bunch of Apple's patents, including the pinch-to-zoom claims later invalidated by the USPTO, Samsung was understandably pressing for a retrial. However, since then the court has certified most of the other IP in question, including the famous claim …

Microsoft: Steve Ballmer stepping down within a year

One thing's for sure: we'll certainly miss keynote dances and chants of, "Developers! Developers! Developers!" when Steve Ballmer steps down from his job as the head of Microsoft some time within the next 12 months -- no matter who the John Thompson-chaired succession committee picks to fill his …

How to Make Perfect Coffee

The science of what makes coffee great<p><i>Coffee has become recognized as a human necessity. It is no longer a luxury or an indulgence; it is a corollary of human energy and human efficiency.</i><p><i>-</i> William H. Ukers, <i>All About Coffee</i> (1922)<p>It was November 23, 2010. We were in Surf City, North Carolina, …

Amartya Sen interview: India must fulfil Tagore’s vision, not Gandhi’s

Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. Sen’s previous books include: <i>Development as Freedom; Rationality and Freedom; The Argumentative Indian</i>; <i>Identity and Violence,</i> and T<i>he Idea of Justice</i>.<p>In 1998 Sen won the Nobel Prize …

Banning Mannequins Wearing Bras to Deter Rape in India | Public Radio International

After months of gruesome news of rape in India, the world's largest democracy is still struggling to stop violence against women. Delhi passed stricter nationwide penalties for rape, and local governments are looking for their own ways to address the problem. Mumbai, India's financial capital, is …

Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Wants to Get a Million Programmers to “Code for India”

Karl Mehta has spent years doing financial startups and more recently worked as a venture capitalist, helping other technology companies get their …

Silicon Valley

Solar-Powered Air Conditioning Coming Soon to Trains in India

Trains are an interesting and environmentally-friendly way to travel. In hot and crowded countries like India, however, comfort might be a poor …

Trains

Coincidence? Iran Seizes Indian Ship After India Cuts Oil Imports

Here’s a coincidence that suggests Iran’s anger and frustration over U.S. and EU sanctions on its oil exports as observed or not by India.<p>With Iran falling from second to sixth or seventh among India’s sources of oil, Iranian Republican Guards this week detained an Indian oil tanker carrying …

India May Have A Huge Natural Trove Of Diamonds

Canada, Russia and southern Africa currently dominate the world diamond market. But, in recent years, geologists have debated whether southeast India could produce large quantities of diamonds as well. Now, research from a group of geologists at the National Geophysical Research Institute in …

India To Push Through 26 New Drugs Without Gov't Approval

The world’s largest producer of generic drugs is set to push through an estimated 26 new drugs without passing any clinical trials, the Press Trust of India reported on Sunday.<p>The move by Indian drug companies is part of a much larger story on the global pharmaceutical market, which differs from …

Here's How America's Minimum Wage Stacks Up Against Countries Like India, Russia, Greece, And France

Three weeks ago, fast-food workers across the United States went on strike to protest the country's minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.<p>The protesters called for a more-than-doubled minimum wage of $15 an hour.<p>In a note to clients today, ConvergEx Group strategists look at minimum wages around the …

Big Emerging Markets Are Getting Smoked

The worst of the bunch is Indonesia, where the Jakarta market fell 5.6%.<p>India's SENSEX has fallen 1.7%, which comes after a major decline on Friday.<p>Both countries are seeing weakening currencies and deteriorating trade pictures, and are part of a big trend we've seen all year of emerging markets …

Express train kills dozens of pilgrims in east India

An express train ploughed into a crowd of Hindu pilgrims in eastern India on Monday, killing 37 people and triggering a violent riot that saw one of the drivers beaten to death and carriages set ablaze, officials said.<p>A train ran over a group of Hindu pilgrims at a crowded station in eastern India …

India

Think Big Data Is All Hype? You’re Not Alone.

When a phrase enters the tech industry lexicon in a big way, and has a good way of crystallizing a seemingly overarching trend, it’s usually not long …

Ashton Kutcher on “Jobs”: “I Loved a Man I Never Knew”

There’s no question that the always likable Ashton Kutcher is very earnest about his new movie, “Jobs,” in which he plays Apple legend Steve Jobs. …

Silicon Valley

New FTC chief warns Google, Twitter, big data companies to respect consumer privacy

The new head of the US Federal Trade Commission, Edith Ramirez, says that her agency will take a more active role in policing companies that collect large amounts of data, and that the FTC will not be afraid to sue them for privacy and security violations. In a toughly-worded "big data" speech …

Google+ Begins Rolling Out Native Translation Feature

Google is introducing native language translations to Google+, eliminating the need for the Google Translate for Google+ Chrome extension that it announced back in August 2011.<p>Translations are “rolling out gradually”, starting with the desktop Web version of Google+, with mobile apps to follow in …

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch is real, and it's not a phone

Samsung is widely expected to reveal a smartwatch coined Galaxy Gear in the coming months, possibly as soon as Germany's IFA trade show in early September. A Bloomberg report last week ambiguously identified the Gear as being able to "make phone calls," but <i>The Verge</i> has learned today that the …

Live Review: Jimmy Eat World at Chicago's The Vic (8/18)

It’s easy to dismiss Jimmy Eat World, and many people do. Say their name at a party, and someone’s bound to mention “The Middle” being their only …

Vagueness of Stop-and-Frisk Ruling A Likely Issue In Appeal

Manhattan U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin didn’t mince words on Monday in pronouncing New York City’s stop-and-frisk tactics unconstitutional.<p>But she was less clear about what the city would have to do to make things right. That uncertainty is likely to be a factor in the city’s challenge of …

‘Substantial’ Whistleblower Awards May Take A While, SEC Official Says

Federal securities regulators have only made two whistleblower awards in two years, but one official says to stay tuned.<p>Speaking at the American Bar Association’s annual conference, Michele Wein Layne, regional director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Los Angeles office, emphasized …

New Jersey Gov. Christie Signs Ban on Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed legislation prohibiting licensed therapists from attempting to change a teenager’s sexual orientation.<p>New Jersey is now the second state to have approved a ban on gay ‘conversion therapy’ for minors. California passed a similar law last year that’s …