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Latvia makes another attempt to catch hacker ‘Neo’

Latvia takes second crack at whistle-blowing 'hacker' Neo (via The Christian Science Monitor) Three years after his whistle-blowing “hack” of Latvian government information as the pseudonymous “Neo,” computer scientist Ilmars Poikans is back in prosecutors’ cross-hairs. In the spring of 2010, Mr. Poikans made headlines as “Neo” after he released…

L.A. councilman to turn ‘Grease’ drag racing site into river for kayaking and fishing

A river runs through it? Kayaking, fishing come to downtown Los Angeles. (via The Christian Science Monitor) City Councilman Ed Reyes stands in front of the Los Angeles River in this 2003 photo. He has spearheaded an effort to reclaim parts of the river and turn them into recreational areas.…

African geology may hold clues to prehistoric man walking upright

Why did our ancestors start walking upright? Ancient terrain may hold clue. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A reconstruction of the skeleton of Australopithecus sediba, center, stands next to a modern human female, left, and a male chimpanzee. (Lee R. Berger/University of the Witwatersrand/AP) Being four-legged…

European Union shrugs off debunking of pro-austerity academic study

EU austerity hawks shrug off criticism of flawed academic paper (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn addresses the media at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels earlier this month. Mr. Rehn wrote on his blog that despite flaws…

New studies say immigration reform is too late to fix one long-term U.S. challenge

Immigration reform too late to fix one big problem, studies say (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A Mexican worker holds workers petition forms as he lines up outside the US Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico, before his working visa interview in 2007. Two studies say the flow…

Ohio group to hold ‘top gerbil’ pageant

Gerbils strut (scamper) their stuff on the runway (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Diane Nott, of Elyria, Ohio, holds a gerbil prior to the society’s annual New England pageant May 4, in Bedford, Mass. The small rodents were judged on body type and color, and featured…

Middle East grasps for democracy despite ‘Arab Spring’ setbacks

Despite stalled Arab Spring, Muslim nations grasp for democracy (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Roads in Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad are decorated with posters of candidates taking part in the May 11 election. Candidates restricted their campaigns to corner meetings and social media due to ongoing…

Mexico’s border schools deal with an influx of English-speaking students

Mexico: Border schools adjust to influx of English-speaking students (via The Christian Science Monitor) Schoolchildren scamper across the border to waiting parents in the Mexican town of Palomas in May 2009.(Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor/File) Elementary students at Lamberto Hernández School in this northern Mexican city were long gone by…

Federal officials leery of ‘increasingly warm’ coastal waters near Northeast U.S.

Waters off Northeast US coast unusually warm, says NOAA (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A lobsterman returns an undersized lobster while checking traps in Mount Desert, Maine, in May 2012.(Robert F. Bukaty/AP/File) From North Carolina to Maine, the waters have been unusually warm lately. This is…

New Senate immigration deal would include visas for 336,000 farm workers

Immigration reform: Farm-worker compromise brings bill a step closer to Senate floor (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A worker trims a Vidalia onion plant before planting its roots into the soil on a farm in Lyons, Ga. Immigration legislation aims to overhaul the nation’s agriculture worker…

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