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Defense Secretary Orders Review Of "Outdated" Ban On Transgender Military Service

"The Defense Department's current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in announcing the six-month review.<p>WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered …

Military

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Ethereal Underwater Photos Capture Young Woman's Deep Connection with the Sea

For Sacha Kalis, the ocean has always been her first home. Born and raised in the Bahamas, Sacha (who playfully refers to herself as “Bahamas Girl”) learned to swim before she could even walk. Her mother, the wonderfully talented underwater art photographer Elena Kalis, encouraged Sacha's natural …

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New York Times Critic Blames Twitter for Shonda Rhimes Story Backlash

The New York Times found itself in an Internet dust-up with uber producer Shonda Rhimes on Friday following the online publication of a story by TV …

Digital Humanities 2014 Interviews

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The proposed paper reports on the development of a new digital resource: EGO | <i>European History Online</i>(EGO) is a <b>transcultural history of early modern</b> …

How to Write Fat Books: Walter Benjamin’s Principles of the Weighty Tome

<i>“The author is cheating the reader as soon as he writes for the sake of filling up paper,”</i> 19th-century philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer admonished in contemplating the ethics of authorship. A century and a half later, Susan Sontag opined that true literature “is actually just this little tiny …

North East experts discover virtual reality helps children with autism

Youngsters with autism can overcome phobias in the virtual world, new research in the North has shown.<p>Scientists at Newcastle University have found …

Autism

Portia Dawson on Twitter: "Understanding is key.... #autism #sensory http://t.co/bU65OJ2rI7"

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5 Things to Run Away From as a Renter

Some years ago I moved to DC, and after checking out a number of apartments I finally found one that seemed like a gem. It was a large, 8-story …

The World's Ten Best Hotel Pools

The world is full of beautiful places, and it's also dotted with incredible hotel pools to admire them from. Whether you prefer drifting in heated pools among ice-flecked mountain peaks or looking out over the Pacific from the tropical beaches of Tahiti, this selection of 10 jaw-dropping swimming …

Cull, Curate & Create: Advice on Handling the "Stuff" in a Home

(Image credit: Jacqueline Marque)<p>Without all of the stuff — furniture, accessories, art, found objects, vintage finds and more — a home would of …

Love, Autism Style: Tips for Navigating a New Relationship

<i>This post is from Amy Gravino, an adult on the autism spectrum who is on our Autism Speaks Communications Committee. This post is part of an</i> …

Interior Credenza by Brendan Jurich

Newly emerging Australian designer Brendan Jurich created Interior, a timeless credenza made from American black walnut and Victorian ash wood. With …

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Slate on Twitter: "This addictive new museum website lets you browse its online collection by color: http://t.co/ChujDv2mD8 http://t.co/dAHlPIt53R"

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Pew Research Internet on Twitter: "You gotta see this: The @FactTank chart of the week shows Americans on the move: (http://t.co/QwJur8JQVp) #dataviz http://t.co/KYX769zJMF"

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Thoughts on founding open-access journals

… altogether too much concern with the contents of the journal’s spine text… <br>“reference” image by flickr user Sara S. used by permission.<p>Precipitated …

Hello Kitty Themed Planes Are Coming To The U.S.

The Taiwanese airline EVA Air is making every 4-year-old traveler's dream come true, announcing they are bringing a Hello-Kitty themed plane to the United States.<p><i>Business Traveller</i> magazine broke the news, saying the undeniably cute plane will begin flying the Los-Angeles-to-Taoyuan route in …

An Artist is Making a Map of Manhattan Using Only Handwritten Directions From Strangers | Colossal

<p>Think about it, when was the last time you asked for directions? Or even used a paper map? Armed with smart phones and fancy GPS apps that map the …

House Tour: A Small Amsterdam Family Home

<b>Name:</b> Kate Clarkson, designer and creator of Moozle <b><br>Location:</b> Watergraafesmeer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands <b><br>Size:</b> 70 square meters (approx. 750 square …

Blind games: The next battleground in accessibility

Meet the people trying to make games accessible to the blind and partially sighted, and the gamers who stand to benefit.<p>Brandon Cole still has vivid memories of his first gaming experience. His brother handed him a Nintendo Entertainment System controller and told him to press start. "Before I knew …

Bizarre Shoes Let You Carry Portable Shelter Everywhere

Imagine carrying your shelter with you at all times, like a snail or a turtle. How comforting would it be to simply retreat into your own little …

An Ingenious Way to Save Half-Eaten Fruit, Without Plastic Baggies

Author: Kyle VanHemert. Kyle VanHemert Design<p>Date of Publication: 07.18.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>Food Huggers is a line of silicone …

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The typographic works of Tomasz Biernat