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China holds its breath on eve of meeting that could shape future

In a military-run hotel in west Beijing, China’s 400 most senior leaders are locked in a conclave to thrash out the country’s future. But can they come up with a plan bold enough to match the ambitions of their people?<p>As Beijing’s arid summer turned to autumn, Zhang Jianyi packed the suitcases of …

Chile: Strike closes world's top copper mine

<b>Some 2,500 workers at the world's biggest copper mine, in northern Chile, have begun an unannounced strike over pay and other demands.</b><p>The strike at the Escondida mine was initially planned to last 24 hours, union leader Marcelo Tapia said.<p>But the movement's officials will meet again to assess …

Higher wages won’t increase unemployment!

Conservatives on the right contend that higher salaries mean fewer jobs. A wealth of research suggests otherwise<p>Fast food workers are going on strike from New York to Seattle to demand higher wages, highlighting the never-ending controversy over the consequences of raising the minimum wage. Many …

Books To Read In 2013 Before They're Made Into Movies

Not only are novels an age-old inspiration for film, they're the best special feature available! Forget about DVD commentary and featurettes.<p>The best way to learn about your favorite film is to go to the source before you see it.

Americans with disabilities may be the best workers no one’s hiring

Walgreens actually prefers disabled employees because they’re more efficient workers, explains a new report<p>Walgreens and now a report by the National Governors Association show businesses can benefit by seeing disabled workers not as charity cases but employees with uncommon qualities that can …

US embassy closures used to bolster case for NSA surveillance programs

US embassies in the Middle East are to remain closed for the rest of the week as supporters of the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance powers used the unspecified terror alert to bolster the case against reining in the controversial measures.<p>The closures follow the alleged interception …

Fujitsu supercomputer simulates 1 second of brain activity

Harnessing more than 82,000 processors on the world's fourth-ranked supercomputer, scientists run an experiment that represents 1 percent of human brain activity.<p>Is it really possible to simulate the human brain on a computer? AI researchers have been investigating that question for decades, but …

Rich Millennials Think About Money Very Differently From The Rest Of Us

As a product manager, he got stock options and cashed them in over the five years he worked there. He married a fellow Google employee, so she had stock too. Then she moved on to Yelp, and he quit to launch Tell Apart, which provides technology solutions for e-commerce sites.<p>Now 33, McFarland has a …

Why the Incas offered up child sacrifices

<i>These children [to be sacrificed to the mountain and other gods] would be collected from all over the land and would be carried in litters together … They should be very well dressed, paired up female and male.</i><p><b>Juan de Betanzos, 1551</b><p><i>Human nature would not allow them to kill their own children … if</i> …

German poster campaign launched to find surviving Nazis

<b>A poster campaign has launched in Germany aimed at tracking down the last surviving Nazi war criminals and bringing them to justice.</b><p>Some 2,000 posters showing the entrance to the Nazi Auschwitz death camp and asking people to come forward with information have been displayed in Berlin, Hamburg and …

10 Keys To Writing A Speech

<i>“This is my time.”</i><p>That attitude will kill a speech every time.<p>You’ve probably sat through some lousy speeches. Despite the speakers’ renown, you eventually tuned them out over their self-indulgent tangents and pointless details. You understood something these speakers apparently didn’t: This was …

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'Borderlands' Claptrap Now Available as a Talking USB Hub and Car Charger<p>Borderlands 05/11/2018 03:47 pm<p>Borderlands<p>Picnic Aboard the Millennium …

This is Pretty Amazing

I’m not in the habit of posting what’s essentially an ad, especially one we’re not getting paid for. But this is kind of amazing. I’m not quite sure …

Late nights 'sap children's brain power'

<b>Late nights and lax bedtime routines can blunt young children's minds, research suggests.</b><p>The findings on sleep patterns and brain power come from a UK study of more than 11,000 seven-year-olds.<p>Youngsters who had no regular bedtime or who went to bed later than 21:00 had lower scores for reading and …

Business Majors Are The Most Underemployed Graduates In America

According to PayScale's "Underemployment In America" report released on Tuesday, graduates who studied business management and administration were 8.2 times more likely to be underemployed compared to their classmates.<p>This ratio of underemployment is almost twice as high as for English majors, who …

Like father, like son: Approaching life like an entrepreneur

<i>Tarun Wadhwa is an aspiring entrepreneur and the son of serial entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa.</i><p>My dream was always to become a lawyer. I used to believe that law was the most direct way to impact the world around me. I thought entrepreneurs were only concerned with small issues, while lawyers worked on …

Microsoft details Xbox One 24-hour online check, used game policies, and Kinect privacy

Microsoft is confirming today that its upcoming Xbox One console will need to connect to the internet every 24 hours for games to work. "Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection," says a statement from the software maker. Microsoft explains …

NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top …

B.C. urged not to enforce new federal prostitution law

More than a dozen community groups have signed a letter urging B.C.'s Justice Minister to establish new guidelines that say it is not in the public interest to prosecute individuals under the country's new sex worker legislation.<p>The letter, which was released Wednesday by the Pivot Legal Society, …

Two-thirds of pupils 'alarmed by rising cost of a degree'

Universities will be forced to provide local schoolchildren with clear advice about the price of degree courses amid fears too many teenagers are being put off higher education by an increase in tuition fees, it was announced today.<p>The Government’s Office for Fair Access said academics must “do …

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Top adviser defends White House in IRS scandal

President Obama and his team are looking to move past last week's parade of scandal stories, but it won't be easy.<p>White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer hit the talk show circuit Sunday, but faced more questions about the Internal Revenue Service than about the economy and national security, and …

Bipartisan bill would force government to get a court order before seizing phone records

Yesterday, we heard that the Obama administration was pushing for the resurrection of a proposed 2009 media shield law, but a separate bipartisan coalition is also introducing a bill that would make it harder for the government to obtain citizens’ phone records. It’s called The Telephone Records …

Feeling Appreciated? Why It Can Make All The Difference

Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, once said “Appreciate everything your associates do. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.” Likewise, Donald Peterson, former chairman of Ford Motor Company, said …

Google Reveals How To Hack Google Glass Device (And Void Your Warranty)

No sooner was Google‘s wearable Google Glass device released to early developers than those developers began to try hacking it.<p>Now, Google is encouraging developers–slowly–to hack the controversial device, which won’t go on sale publicly until next year. As one Google engineer tweeted recently: …

Climate research nearly unanimous on human causes, survey finds

A survey of thousands of peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals has found 97.1% agreed that climate change is caused by human activity.<p>Authors …

Cloning technique produces human stem cells for the first time

Researchers say they have finally managed to use cloning technology to make human embryos and grow stem cells from them in the hopes of making perfectly matched grow-your-own tissue transplants.<p>They used a human egg cell and parts of a human skin cell to grow a very early human embryo, then …