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Polaroid's $99 ink-free Snap instant camera is a joy of a toy to use

BERLIN — Polaroid's new Snap camera that prints instant photos without ink is so hot right now, it could catch on fire — and it's not even out yet.<p>We …

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How The Western Press Is Getting It Terribly Wrong In Ukraine

When the pundits talk about Vladimir Putin’s offensive in Ukraine, they usually mean troops and tanks, but his greatest weapons are ,in fact, his propaganda machine and the gullible western media.<p>So far, he has been winning stunning victories without firing a shot. Make no mistake, Vladimir Putin …

Chinese sewage is feeding superbugs that no antibiotic can kill

Antibiotics have saved hundreds of millions of lives and extended billions of others. But paradoxically, the more they are used the more the bacteria they fight get stronger, with potentially lethal consequences.<p>While some “superbugs,” as antibiotic-resistant bacteria are known, can be killed with …

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This man was just evicted from Beijing’s underground heating system—and there are many more like him

In a luxury residential neighborhood in northeastern Beijing, a 52-year-old man named Wang Xiuqing has been living in the underground pipelines (link in Chinese) of the city’s heating system for 10 years.<p>On Dec. 6, after seeing news reports (Chinese) of Wang and others’ underground abodes, …

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The Secret Factor in China's Housing Bubble? Mistresses

The practice of buying apartments for lovers—common among wealthy men—may have serious consequences for China's economy.

You're More Likely to Die a Violent Death in Rural America Than in a City

Local News Broadcast Airs Truly Unfortunate Report On Asiana Crash

No comment.<p>KTVU News read these names live on television today stating that the National Transportation Safety Board had confirmed that these were the pilots' of Asiana 214.<p>Friday afternoon, Tom Raponi, KTVU/KICU Vice President & General Manager, issued this statement apologizing for the broadcast …

Astonishing Numbers: America's Poor Still Live Better Than Most Of The Rest Of Humanity

There’s a lot of debate (from certain quarters it’s less debate than whining actually) about the increasing inequality in the United States. Sure, maybe it’s true that the country continues to grow but what about the poor and their incomes?<p>And there might even be something worth worrying about in …

Former NPR CEO Ken Stern: The IRS Had the Right Idea

What’s so bad about the IRS investigating nonprofit applications?<p>Over the last week, commentators have expressed great outrage over the handling by …

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How America's 2-Tiered Education System Is Perpetuating Inequality

And how online courses might only exacerbate the problem<p>In 2006, Amherst College made a decision that administrators at some other schools considered radical. The critics said it would dent the value of the school's degree, or force it to "lower its standards." The school's then-president pushed …

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The Unsafe Sex: Should The World Invest More In Men's Health?

On average, men aren't as healthy as women.<p>Men don't live as long, and they're more likely to engage in risky behaviors, like smoking and drinking.<p>But in the past decade, global health funding has focused heavily on women.<p>Programs and policies for men have been "notably absent," says Sarah Hawkes …