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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says government has a role to play in tech

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says government has a role to play in tech (via Pando Daily) By Hamish McKenzie On September 26, 2013Public policy has a role in determining the future of technology and the extent to which tech companies can track us, Facebook co-founder and The New Republic owner…

Pennsylvania school sued for suspending 7-year-old student ‘armed’ with a novelty buzzing pen

PA School Being Sued For Suspending 7-Year-Old Student ‘Armed’ With A Novelty Buzzing Pen (via Techdirt) Let’s forgo the usual preamble running down previous clashes between common sense and school weapons policies and get right to it. Here’s another example of zero tolerance and the damage done, involving a seven-year-old…

Kim Dotcom to sponsor New Zealand sailing team

Emirates Team New Zealand — facing a struggle to stay afloat after its epic failure in the America’s Cup — was offered an unlikely financial lifeline Friday from Internet mogul Kim Dotcom. The sailing team faces the prospect of losing its public funding in the wake of this week’s loss…

John Kerry: UN climate report ‘yet another wakeup call’

US Secretary of State John Kerry Friday called the latest report on climate change by an influential UN panel “yet another wakeup call,” urging strong action to battle its impacts. “This isn’t a run of the mill report to be dumped in a filing cabinet. This isn’t a political document…

Pussy Riot inmate claims Russian prison took away water

Jailed Pussy Riot punk Nadezhda Tolokonnikova on Friday accused Russian prison officers of cutting off her drinking water on the fifth day of a hunger strike — a move the prison service denies. Tolokonnikova began a hunger strike at her penal colony in central Russia’s Mordovia region in protest at…

Russian anti-gay lawmaker: Actor Stephen Fry ‘a bringer of evil’

Vitaly Milonov believes that British actor Stephen Fry is a “bringer of evil,” thinks homosexuality is a perversion and thanks God for giving Russia Vladimir Putin to defend its values. Milonov, a lawmaker in the local parliament of Russia’s second city of Saint Petersburg, has become a hate figure for…

Court rejects bid by Jehovah’s Witness to refuse blood: ‘His life has been cocooned in that faith’

An Australian teenager Friday lost his court battle to refuse life-saving medical treatment because he is a Jehovah’s Witness, with a court upholding an earlier judgement permitting a blood transfusion. The 17-year-old, who suffers from an aggressive cancer, lost his case against Sydney Children’s Hospital in March in which he…

Italian wine region clings on to life on cliffs and under the sea

From the vineyards clinging to seaside cliffs to a unique cellar of bubbly wine stored on the seabed, the off-the-beaten-track wine region of Liguria in northern Italy offers an array of spectacular sights. But as he plucked grapes from his terraced vineyard at the end of harvest, Cesare Scorza said…

Temperatures will rise by up to 8.6 degrees this century, UN panel says

A UN panel said Friday it was more certain than ever that humans were causing global warming and predicted temperatures would rise by 0.3 to 4.8 degrees Celsius (0.5-8.6 degrees Fahrenheit) this century. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) also projected sea levels would rise by between 26 and…

The ballerina brain could hold a key to treating chronic dizziness

Years of training cause structural changes in a ballerina’s brain that help her stay balanced in the pirouette, said a report Friday that may aid the treatment of chronic dizziness. Brain scans of professional ballerinas revealed differences from other people in two parts of the brain: one that processes input…

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