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The Hajj Is a Perfect Laboratory for Disease Warning Systems

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 17:55
This year, the pilgrimage of more than 2 million Muslims gets an electronic surveillance system that will sound an alarm at the first signal of an outbreak.*emphasized text*
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This Georgia County May Close All But Two Polling Places

In one south Georgia county, the board of elections has proposed closing two-thirds of polling places. Critics of the proposal say this is a move to suppress low-income and African-American votes.

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Pope Francis To Visit Ireland Amid Church Scandals Across The World

The pope is under intense pressure to enact concrete measures to ensure accountability for church officials who ignored or covered up sexual abuse by clergy.

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Some Of The Oldest Ice In The Arctic Is Now Breaking Apart

A massive ice pack that normally clings to northern Greenland's coastline is splitting apart and floating out to sea. Climate change is to blame, scientists say.

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'I Wouldn't Move Back': Deported Irish Man Creates A Life In His New Home

Dylan O'Riordan, who was living in Boston illegally before being picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. His parents brought him to the U.S. when he was 12.

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Open Medical Records Can Spur Frank Talk Between Doctors And Patients

As more doctors' offices give patients electronic access to their medical records, both patients and their physicians are asking: Exactly how much of your medical record should you get to see?

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To Satisfy Bloodthirsty Lab Mosquitoes, Give 'Em The Fake Stuff

Feeding mosquitoes artificial blood could help get them ready to go out in the world and stanch the flow of disease — and reduce the need for animal blood

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ISIS Releases Purported Audio Recording Of Leader Al-Baghdadi

In the message, which is nearly an hour long, the speaker says he knows followers are suffering from "hunger and fear" and urges patience. He also calls on them to engage in small-scale attacks.

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Infiniti Prepares for an Electric Future With a Sleek New Concept

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 15:01
The newly unveiled Prototype 10 has just one seat, needs no fuel, and is a sign of where the cars of the future are headed.
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Why the DNC Thought a Phishing Test Was a Real Attack

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 14:48
The Democratic National Committee now says a fraudulent voter data website it found was evidence of an unauthorized test organized by Michigan Democrats.
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Sessions Rebukes Trump, Vows Justice Department Won't Be Swayed By Politics

The attorney general fired back at criticism by the president on Thursday with a guarantee that so long as he runs the Department of Justice, its professionals will operate by the book.

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Sessions Rebukes Trump With Vow Justice Department Won't Be Swayed By Politics

The attorney general fired back at criticism by the president on Thursday with a guarantee that so long as he runs the Department of Justice, its professionals will operate by the book.

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Attention, Shoppers: Kroger Says It Is Phasing Out Plastic Bags

The Kroger Co. includes major chains such as Ralphs, Harris Teeter, Food4Less and Pick 'n Save. Its goal is to eliminate all single-use plastic bags by 2025.

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'The Old City Will Come Back Better': Residents Of Mosul Return And Rebuild

More than a year after ISIS was driven out, residents are doing their best to rebuild in historic neighborhoods left in rubble. "Even if no one else came back," a shopkeeper says, "I would come back."

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Reality Winner Sentenced To 5 Years, 3 Months For Leaking Classified Info

Winner, a former NSA contractor, pleaded guilty in June. Prosecutors say her 63-month sentence will be the longest ever served by a federal defendant for leaking to the press.

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A Monitor’s Ultrasonic Sounds Can Reveal What’s on the Screen

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 12:15
Researchers have demonstrated that they can discern individual letters on a display based only on the ultrasonic whine it emits.
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Suspect In Decade-Old Serial Rapes Arrested, With Help Of Genealogy Database

A suspect in the "Ramsey Street Rapist" case in Fayetteville, N.C., was located after a search through a public genealogy database. It's the same process used in the case of the Golden State Killer.

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When The U.S. Government Tried To Replace Migrant Farmworkers With High Schoolers

In 1964, a program that brought migrant Mexican laborers to the U.S. ended. So the U.S. recruited American students to pick crops instead. When they saw their living conditions, strikes ensued.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the San Diego Union-Tribune)

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When The U.S. Government Tried To Replace Migrant Farmworkers With High Schoolers

In 1964, a program that brought migrant Mexican laborers to the U.S. ended. So the U.S. recruited American students to pick crops instead. When they saw their living conditions, strikes ensued.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the San Diego Union-Tribune)

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A World On Fire

NASA Image of the Day - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 10:16
The world is on fire. Or so it appears in this image from NASA's Worldview.
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