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Google cars drive themselves better than people do

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

MIT Technology Review: The head of Google’s autonomous-car project says that data from its  cars, all Prius and Lexus models, demonstrate more defensive and smoother driving practices when self-driven than when they are driven by humans.

 

Amount of candy consumed on Halloween is worrying

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

About 4% of all candy consumed in the U.S. occurs on Oct. 31.

 

WHO confirms polio outbreak in Syria

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

BBC: The World Health Organization confirmed 10 cases of polio in Syria, the first outbreak in the country in 14 years.

 

Banksy calls WTC a 'betrayal'

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

CNN: British graffiti artist Banksy criticized the design of One World Trade Center, calling it a "betrayal."

 

Dick Cheney cancels Canada trip for being too dangerous

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Monday, October 28, 2013

National Post: Dick Cheney canceled a planned trip to Toronto, citing concerns that Canada is too dangerous.

 

Benefits of 'de-Americanization'

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Reuters: The current bout of Washington inanity has accelerated a trend that has been gathering steam for at least the last five years: the move away from a Washington-centric world.

 

New species discovered in 'lost world'

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Monday, October 28, 2013

CNN: Scientists discover lizard, frog species in untrod Australian rainforest.

 

FDA proposes stricter pet food rules

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Friday, October 25, 2013

NBC News: The Food and Drug Administration proposed new standards for pet and other animal food.

 

Samsung profit jumps 26 percent

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Friday, October 25, 2013

BBC: Samsung Electronics has reported a 26% increase in profit in the third quarter driven by strong smartphone sales and a recovery in its memory chip business.

 

Consumers bypass insurance exchange

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Reuters: Americans hitting roadblocks on the new U.S. government-run healthcare website have been contacting insurers directly and enrolling in plans away from the federal marketplace.

 

Study finds young people suffering more strokes

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Sky News: The global rate of stroke among young and middle-aged people has risen significantly according to a new study.

 

Wikipedia's volunteer workforce shrinking

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

MIT Technology Review: Wikipedia's volunteer workforce has shrunk by more than a third since 2007.

 

Genes may predict political inclination

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

TheAtlantic: Scientific research shows political partisanship transcends economics, environment, and upbringing.

 
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