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5 Finalists Still Have A Chance At Aspen Words Literary Prize

The annual award, doled out in partnership with NPR, honors fiction that doesn't shy from grappling with thorny social issues. Just one of the five books remaining will win $35,000 come April.

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What If ‘Planetary Alignment’ Really Could Make Brooms Balance?

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 09:00
Celestial bodies aren't the reason broomsticks can stand up on end. If they were, it would unleash gravitational chaos.
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'Beat Saber' Is a VR Workout for People Who Don't Like Exercise

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 08:00
The game turns music and sword-fighting into a hardcore fitness activity.
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Algorithms Were Supposed to Fix the Bail System. They Haven't

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 08:00
A nonprofit group encouraged states to use mathematical formulas to try to eliminate racial inequities. Now, it says the tools have no place in criminal justice.
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How the Pink Princess and the Pink Congo Scam Flourished Online

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 07:00
The pink princess philodendron is the ultimate Instagram plant, with three-digit price tags to match. The following it cultivated was also ripe for deception.
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Do Fans of Cartoon Porn Stars Hate (Real) Women?

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 07:00
The fanbase of Projekt Melody—an anime camgirl and the next step in digital sexuality—may overlap with the more misogynistic corners of the internet.
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Cheap Nanoparticles Pave the Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 07:00
A new way to produce nanoparticles—which convert carbon dioxide emissions into fuel—may help a niche green-energy technology go mainstream.
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Food Fight: How 2 Trump Proposals Could Bite Into School Lunch

The pending federal rule changes could push a million kids off free or reduced-price school meals, at least temporarily.

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A Coding School Tuition Model Spreads to 4-Year Colleges

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 06:00
Income share agreements first gained popularity with tech bootcamps. Now some traditional universities are offering the tools as substitutes for student loans.
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China Expels 3 'Wall Street Journal' Reporters, Citing 'Racist' Editorial

The move comes a day after the U.S. State Department designated five Chinese state media outlets as foreign government missions, thus treating them as extensions of Beijing.

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Poll: Sanders Rises, But Socialism Isn't Popular With Most Americans

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that socialism is unpopular with a general-election electorate, even as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is gaining in the Democratic primary.

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'We Are Part Of The United States': The 1st People Counted For The 2020 Census

Weeks before the 2020 census rolls out to the rest of the U.S., the head count has already wrapped up in Toksook Bay, a fishing village in southwest Alaska that's home to the Nunakauyarmiut Tribe.

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6 Democrats Are Set To Debate In Nevada. Here's What You Need To Know

Three days before the Nevada caucuses, six candidates will face off in a debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

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Nevada Debate Could Be A 'Make Or Break' For Bloomberg, Analysts Say

How Mike Bloomberg defends against expected attacks from his Democratic rivals could impact how well he does on Super Tuesday, where he is placing a big bet, analysts say.

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To Combat Homelessness, Spokane Is Starting To Put Relationships Before Punishments

America's worsening homelessness crisis can feel like an intractable problem. But Spokane, Wash., may be having some early success trying some new tactics to help its most vulnerable.

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It's Not Just Hospitals That Are Quick To Sue Patients Who Can't Pay

The firm that staffed the emergency room with doctors at Nashville General Hospital was taking more patients to court for unpaid medical bills than any other hospital or practice in the city.

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Harry Reid: Iowa's Caucus Problems Strengthen Nevada's Case For Going First

The former Senate majority leader said Nevada's diverse population is more reflective of the Democratic electorate and after Iowa's troubles, his state has "a tremendously good case."

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Use these 11 critical iPhone privacy and security settings right now

Fast Company – iOS offers more tools than ever to defend yourself against hackers, nosy sites, and other intruders. Here’s why they matter and how to benefit from them. “If one object you own encapsulates who you are, how you think, and what you do, it’s your smartphone. Our phones not only contain our contacts and messages, but capture and store countless other metrics about our lives, from financial records to health data to myriad communications with everyone we know. Smartphones also contain data about the places we go (and the routes we took to get there) as well as the searches we make and websites we browse (revealing what’s on our minds). Thanks to journaling and to-do apps, they even document our goals, hopes, and dreams. And smartphones aren’t just data-retention devices; the apps and services we use on them broadcast data about us to third parties. That’s why it’s so important to understand what privacy and security protections the smartphone you use offers—and to make sure you have such protections enabled. I’ve written before that Apple is unique among modern tech giants in that it builds its products with privacy at the forefront. But many of those protections and tools available on every iPhone only make a difference if you’re aware of them—and judging from my conversations with friends, many people aren’t. If you’re an iPhone user, these are the security and privacy features you need to know about—and should be using…”

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Satellite Photos Show Rapid Growth Of Syrian Refugee Camps

Fighting in northwest Syria has forced hundreds of thousands of people — many of them women and children — to seek shelter along the border.

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Experts say 23% of lawyers’ work can be automated

CNBC: “Go to law school, pass the bar, become a lawyer and retire at 65 with a gold watch? For decades, this was one of the clearest professional pathways students could pursue, but that’s changing. While law school graduates out-earn those with just a high school or bachelor’s degree on average, the legal profession is not immune to the same technological trends that have touched essentially every industry. Advances in technology such as artificial intelligence allow modern software to scan legal documents, streamline communications and find relevant casework for lawyers. McKinsey estimates that 23% of work done by lawyers can be automated by existing technology. The cost of law school, like the cost of undergraduate programs, has steadily increased over the past several decades, making it more expensive for students to consider a profession in law. Among the 187 law schools that report tuition and fees data to U.S. News & World Report, the average for annual tuition and fees during the 2018-2019 academic year was $48,869 at private law schools, $40,725 at public law schools for out-of-state students and $27,591 at public law schools for in-state students…”

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