2. laboratoryequipment:

    Animal Study Suggests Astronauts Risk Cognitive Impairment

    Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists report that rats exposed to high-energy particles, simulating conditions astronauts would face on a long-term deep space mission, show lapses in attention and slower reaction times, even when the radiation exposure is in extremely low dose ranges.

    The cognitive impairments — which affected a large subset, but far from all, of the animals — appear to be linked to protein changes in the brain, the scientists say. The findings, if found to hold true in humans, suggest it may be possible to develop a biological marker to predict sensitivity to radiation’s effects on the human brain before deployment to deep space.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/04/animal-study-suggests-astronauts-risk-cognitive-impairment


  3. "The government is too afraid to say it, but the internet is a utility. The data that flows to your home is just like water and electricity: it’s not a luxury or an option in 2014. The FCC’s original Open Internet rules failed precisely because it was too timid to say that out loud, and instead erected rules on a sketchy legal sinkhole that was destined to fail. As the WSJ reports, the FCC has once again decided against reclassifying broadband as a public utility. To declare the internet a public utility would go against the wishes of companies like Comcast and AT&T, which don’t want to be dumb pipes. It’s more lucrative to be cunning."

  4. "…contrary to what the Ayn Rand followers or the Rush Limbaugh acolytes will tell you, the American Dream is not to be richer than Croesus, although that’s certainly one of the appeals of the American system. Most Americans are practical sorts and to them it is the dream of middle class security —- a house of your own, a good job, the chance to educate your children well and retire with dignity. Those things are becoming out of reach for more and more of us. Young people are in debt, middle aged people are squeezed by the need to care for their parents and their children, and the elderly are living longer with less. Workers aren’t as physically mobile as their parents were, burdened with homes they cannot sell and their freedom curtailed by a job market that forces them to cling to work they hate for fear of not finding anything better. The idea of an average person starting a business feels like a suicidal leap without a net."
    — Hullabaloo (via azspot)

    (via azspot)


  5. edit: If you like 番茄 anything god forgive you.


  6. "

    The legislation, dubbed Brazil’s “Internet Constitution,” has been hailed by experts, such as the British physicist and World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, for balancing the rights and duties of users, governments and corporations while ensuring the Internet continues to be an open and decentralized network.

    To guarantee passage of the bill, Rousseff´s government had to drop a contentious provision that would have forced global Internet companies to store data on their Brazilian users on data center servers inside the country.

  7. globalvoices:

    If less people used their cars and used public transportation instead (including shared buses), average travel time would be reduced for everybody.

    The city’s current system is a crowded mix of the city-owned Metropolitano bus rapid transit system and privately run minibuses, such as the notoriously aggressive “combi” minibuses.

    Coasters, Combis and Chaos: Public Transportation in Lima

  8. breakingnews:

    TIME Magazine releases list of 100 ‘Most Influential People’

    In its annual tradition, TIME Magazine on Thursday released its list of the world’s 100 ‘Most Influential People.’ The list this year features world leaders, entertainers, politicians, activists and scores of other people who the magazine’s editors deemed as having an indelible impact on society.

    The global lead cover of the magazine featured singer Beyoncé Knowles.

    Photo courtesy of TIME Magazine via The TODAY Show


  9. rfwefe:

    TIME releases list of 100 ‘Most Influential People’ with Beyoncé Knowles featured on magazine cover - @TIME

  10. theartofchan:

    Simple Depiction of Wealth Inequality In The U.S.

    Research from the Institute for Policy Studies shows that recent Wall Street bonuses are way out of line with minimum wage earners.  Waaaay out of line.  And that’s just their bonuses.

    Make you think twice about raising the minimum wage?  And think about this — there’s a greater economic impact because low-wage people spend most, if not all, of their money because they have to. They have to pay for a place to live, feed their families, clothe their kids, and so on and so forth. That spending has a much greater stimulative effect on the economy.

    While high wage earners may spend more on big ticket items, they can also afford to stash extra cash in a bank.

    The researchers estimate that every dollar going to low wage workers adds an estimated $1.21 to the economy whereas each dollar going to high-income households adds only $0.39.

    (via other-stuff)


  11. For the U.S. military, climate change isn’t just about sad-looking polar bears and declining biodiversity. It’s a real challenge that has the potential to seriously destabilize nations and throw entire regions into conflict, potentially escalating into wars that will require new strategies and new technologies to win.

    In a recent interview with the Responding to Climate Change blog, retired Army Brig. Gen. Chris King said that the military is extremely concerned about climate change.

    "This is like getting embroiled in a war that lasts 100 years. That’s the scariest thing for us," the general told RTCC. "There is no exit strategy that is available for many of the problems. You can see in military history, when they don’t have fixed durations, that’s when you’re most likely to not win."

    Read moreFollow policymic

    (Source: policymic, via generalbriefing)


  12. "My first hysterectomy as a resident was on a 16-year-old who had an illegal abortion. Her pelvis was nothing but pus. That’s the sort of thing we saw all the time. I admitted about two or three women like this every night. That’s what we’re headed towards now. We’re heading back to those days. Because of the restrictions lawmakers impose, women will seek abortions illegally, and we’re going to see a rise in septic abortions."

  13. "Yet, in just the past year, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a woman can be fired if her boss finds her attractive, a New York court decided that unpaid interns can’t sue for sexual harassment, and the Paycheck Fairness Act was defeated by Republicans who claimed women actually prefer lower-paying jobs."

  14. Zhou and other striking workers believe Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd, which owns the factory making footwear for Nike, Adidas and others, has for years underpaid into workers’ social insurance accounts - government-mandated nest eggs for disability, unemployment and retirement.

    The issue goes far beyond the shoe plant, and highlights a looming problem for China: the workforce that has transformed the country into a global manufacturing powerhouse over the past 35 years is coming up to retirement age.

    And, as these millions of blue collar workers begin claiming retirement benefits from local social security funds, they may find there’s less in the pot than they thought.

    The underpayment of social insurance contributions is common practice by factory owners across China, labour lawyers say.

  15. revnews:

    Biggest Strike In China’s History Enters 6th Day: Police Arrested Organizers, Workers Battle SWAT Troops


    (via dashboardpears)