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Australia suffers another cringe-worthy moment during G20 summit

For Australians it's not so bad - most of the time - to be so far away, so overlooked, so seemingly insignificant as to almost never factor in major …

US, Japan, Australia seek closer security ties

With an eye on China, President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia met Sunday to commit their countries to closer cooperation on security in the Asia Pacific region.<p>But their meeting, the first since 2007 among leaders of the three allies, risked antagonizing Beijing after …

What Happened the Last Time Republicans Had a Majority This Huge?

They lost it.<p>Since last week, many Republicans have been feeling singularly nostalgic for November 1928, and with good reason. It’s the last time that the party won such commanding majorities in the House of Representatives while also dominating the Senate. And, let’s face it, 1928 was a good …

Why Bad People Make The Best Leaders

Want to build a great leader? Don’t start with a good person. Start with a <i>bad</i> person–then chisel, sandpaper and polish as necessary.<p>Most of the modern leadership development industry is based on a myth. It’s a feel-good myth, spread by consultants and academics and “gurus,” about how the best …

Google’s secret NSA alliance: The terrifying deals between Silicon Valley and the security state

Inside the high-level, complicated deals — and the rise of a virtually unchecked surveillance power<p>In mid-December 2009, engineers at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, began to suspect that hackers in China had obtained access to private Gmail accounts, including those used by …

How Parents' Lies Breed Dishonest Children

Telling harmless lies to children is just part of being a parent, right? Maybe, but little fibs -- even those told to keep a child's fantasy alive or protect their self-esteem -- can have some negative side effects. According to a new study, children who are lied to by their parents are more likely …

Thomas Frank on Ronald Reagan’s secret tragedy: How ’70s and ’80s cynicism poisoned Democrats and America

Nixon’s lies and Reagan’s charms created the space for Clinton, Carter and Obama to redefine (and gut) liberalism<p>“The Invisible Bridge” is the third installment in Rick Perlstein’s grand history of conservatism, and like its predecessors, the book is filled with startling insights. It is the story …

Many U.S. Doctors Wary of Genetic Testing: Survey

<b>By Randy Dotinga</b><i><br>HealthDay Reporter</i><p>WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many American doctors may not support genetic testing in patients …

Yves Béhar Gives Genome Testing A Makeover

This cell-scanning lab equipment doesn’t look like lab equipment at all.<p>It looks sort of like a Jawbone speaker mated with a 1985 Macintosh. But it’s not a consumer tech product. It’s the genome-testing device Juno, developed by the biotech company Fluidigm, designed by Yves Béhar’s Fuseproject.<p>The …

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As Developers Depart, Google Glass Is Ready To Become This Era’s Segway

Just over 18 months ago Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said he found having to talk to Google Glass out loud “the weirdest thing” and admitted that there would be “places where Google Glass are inappropriate.” Well, hello! I think the average person could have told Google this long before they spent …

59 Alternative Engagement Rings for the Non-Traditional Bride

Today's bride is hardly cookie cutter–and her engagement ring shouldn't be either. In the interest of the individual, peruse these uncommon heart-stoppers.<p>In dreaming about your engagement ring, a simple solitaire rarely comes to mind. Rather than debating the nuances of a cushion cut vs. a radiant …

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