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Amanda Knox is free because she's rich and American, says Patrick Lumumba | US news. The Congolese bar owner falsely accused of killing Meredith Kercher has said the decision to quash the conviction of Amanda Knox was a triumph for being “American and rich” rather than for justice. Patrick Lumumba, 42, said the surprise ruling by Italy’s supreme court to annul the murder convictions of Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was motivated by political and diplomatic reasons. He told the Observer: “This is not good for justice, I think it shows the power available for rich people – she’s American and rich. For a country like Italy this is not good.

I think there were diplomatic problems with the US and it makes things difficult with the US so they let her free. “Amanda is free because she is American, but Americans are human like everybody.” Lumumba was arrested in November 2007 and spent two weeks behind bars after Knox told Italian police he had killed 21-year-old Kercher, from Coulsdon, Surrey. With a new experimental space in Boston, Autodesk wants to bring manufacturing back to cities. Global computer design company Autodesk has unveiled today the location for the East Coast version of its Pier 9 facility, an experimental maker space geared towards the creative class.

The new space, located in the Marine Industrial Park in the Drydock area of South Boston, will have a much different focus than its Bay Area predecessor, focusing specifically on construction design as well as innovation in fabrication processes and manufacturing materials. The company is hoping that the new downtown Boston offices will both attract more of the engineering talent coming out of MIT, Harvard, and other local schools, and also serve as a way to showcase Autodesk to an innovation community that is increasingly trying to bring manufacturing and hardware processes back into an urban setting. “What we are trying to do is to help our customers realize the future of making things,” said Amar Hanspal, the senior vice president of Autodesk’s information modeling and platform group. Quora.

Photos: Inside China’s unknown mega-city. There’s no way around it, the headlines are disturbing. And they come, not from tabloids or click-bait blogs, but from papers published in scientific journals. They describe fish and birds responding with altered behavior and reproductive systems to antidepressants, diabetes medication, and other psychoactive or hormonally active drugs at concentrations found in the environment. They report on opioids, amphetamines, and other pharmaceuticals found in treated drinking water; antibiotics in groundwater capable of altering naturally occurring bacterial communities; and over-the-counter and prescription drugs found in water leaching from municipal landfills. And these are just some of many recent studies examining the countless pharmaceuticals that are now being found just about everywhere scientists have looked for them in the environment. Exactly how many drugs are in use and how many may be detectable in the environment is difficult to pinpoint.

Where are these compounds coming from? You Wouldn't Steal A Car. Quora. MRW after a couple of months at a new job. NjXqTB8. How Putin could lose power. After more than a decade in power, Russian President Vladimir Putin is struggling through what may be his most turbulent and difficult year in office. His economy is crumbling under the global collapse in oil prices; US and European economic sanctions are punishing his inner circle and most powerful state institutions. His military is still occupying Crimea, and there is little prospect that the shaky cease-fire in eastern Ukraine will produce a long-term solution to the conflict. The murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, just steps from the Kremlin, was a global scandal that embarrassed the regime and prompted massive marches of protest and mourning around the country. Putin's rule has been secure since he took office in 2000. At some point, though, his problems will become severe enough that the stability of his hold on power will become a live question.

Mark Galeotti: It's always going to be the unexpected shock, so to that extent it's going to be unpredictable. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. How to Be Alone Without Getting Lonely. ELI5:Why can some people fall asleep faster than other people? What goes on in the brain? : explainlikeimfive. Smoking in vehicles. From 1 October 2015 it will be illegal to smoke in a car (or other vehicles) with anyone under 18 present. The law is changing to protect children and young people from the dangers of secondhand smoke. Both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50. The law applies to every driver in England and Wales, including those aged 17 and those with a provisional driving licence.

The law does not apply if the driver is 17 years old and is on their own in the car. Every time a child breathes in secondhand smoke, they breathe in thousands of chemicals. Accessible Media Player by Nomensa The timeline slider below uses WAI ARIA. The law applies to any private vehicle that is enclosed wholly or partly by a roof. For more information, see the guidance on new rules about tobacco, e-cigarettes and smoking. The Fight Against Addiction: Is Love All You Need? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture. If anything deserves to be called "the establishment view," it is what Johann Hari — in his new book on addiction and the war on drugs, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs — calls the pharmaceutical model of addiction. The pharmaceutical model says that addiction is about chemicals.

Addiction is a chronic incurable disease of the brain. The brain's pleasure centers are hijacked. The pharmaceutical model may be the conventional wisdom, but it is certainly not without controversy. As Hari reminds us, heroin use was rampant among U.S. soldiers stationed in Vietnam during that conflict. How do we reconcile this fact with the idea that the drug hijacks the brain and takes over?

Indeed, as Heyman claims in his book, there is good evidence that most addicts in the general population, as a matter of fact, eventually stop using drugs. Or consider the fact that, as Hari explains, actual chemical dependence seems to be only a small part of drug addiction. Uk.businessinsider. Quora. A Statistical Analysis of the Work of Bob Ross. Bob Ross was a consummate teacher. He guided fans along as he painted “happy trees,” “almighty mountains” and “fluffy clouds” over the course of his 11-year television career on his PBS show, “The Joy of Painting.”

In total, Ross painted 381 works on the show, relying on a distinct set of elements, scenes and themes, and thereby providing thousands of data points. I decided to use that data to teach something myself: the important statistical concepts of conditional probability and clustering, as well as a lesson on the limitations of data. So let’s perm out our hair and get ready to create some happy spreadsheets! What I found — through data analysis and an interview with one of Ross’s closest collaborators — was a body of work that was defined by consistency and a fundamentally personal ideal. Ross was born in Daytona, Fla., and joined the Air Force at 17. I analyzed the data to find out exactly what Ross, who died in 1995, painted for more than a decade on TV. All the time! Man who sued Comcast now wants over $5M, says ISP shouldn’t have smeared him. Just after his lawsuit failed to settle last week, aggrieved former Comcast customer Conal O’Rourke filed an amended civil complaint that stemmed from a year-long billing dispute with the ISP.

But this time, he's now raised the demanded amount to more than $5 million. Previously, he had asked for "all damages legally and/or proximately caused to Mr. O’Rourke by Defendants totaling more than $1 million" when the suit was first filed in October 2014. The new March 27, 2015 amended complaint is largely identical to the original one, except that it also adds a new "cause of action" against Comcast, listed now as number six of seven: "Invasion of Privacy (Public Disclosure of Private Facts). " O’Rourke met with Ars in early October 2014 in Oakland, California, with an astonishing amount of documentation detailing each step of this saga.

Moyer also commented on the recent promotion of Lawrence Salva, who is personally named as a defendant in O’Rourke’s case. At no time did Mr. Magazine | Does classical music make babies smarter? As well as classical CDs and DVDs for very young children, this week sees the launch of a programme of concerts for babies - including those in utero. Does playing classical music to babies make a difference? Opinion is divided; but many experts think that it may stimulate the brain in a way that helps educational and emotional development. It's known as the Mozart Effect, a theory which is credited with boosting IQ, improving health, strengthening family ties and even producing the occasional child prodigy.

Numerous studies conclude that playing music to babies in the womb and in the early years helps build the neural bridges along which thoughts and information travel. And research suggests it can stimulate the brain's alpha waves, creating a feeling of calm; a recent study of premature infants found that they were soothed by the music. In Florida, all state-funded pre-schools are required to play classical music by law, and many US hospitals give classical CDs to new mums. Baby proms. Caring for Alzheimer’s: How Three Couples Cope. Girlfriends of Silicon Valley" producer insists "we don't want to reinforce gender stereotypes" This past weekend, just as my gender-based outrage muscles were starting to atrophy, post- Pao trial -- a flyer showed up in my Twitter stream...

Oh no. Oh no, no, no. I sent an email to the address on the flyer, asking for more details on the project. On Monday morning, I received a reply from Jason Mitchell, the Creative Director of the Connected Set, the British production company behind it. From the tone of his email -- a triumph of the PR backpedaller’s art -- it was clear Mitchell and his fellow producers had started to realise that their casting call had struck an epicly inappropriate tone re: women in Silicon Valley, and at a historically inappropriate moment. “I'm afraid we are restricted by the broadcaster on giving statements to the press on this project,” Mitchell began, before proceeding with four paragraphs of exhaustive explanation. And all I’d said was that I was interested to know more. Continued Mitchell: and: “Oh, god.” “Real plaintiffs of Silicon Valley,” anyone?

Car maintenance sucks — but Openbay’s new device helps drivers not get screwed over. Car maintenance, and the costs associated with auto care, is a pain point and often a total mystery for many car owners. It is also one of the last industries where the consumer has traditionally had no power over negotiations, especially once a car is in an auto repair shop. This morning at the New York International Auto Show, auto repair marketplace startup Openbay unveiled a new product called OpenbayConnect to give consumers more power in the process of getting work done on their cars. The new device, which Openbay founder and chief executive Rob Infantino says can be installed by anyone, automatically connects a car’s computer system to diagnose problems and find a local repair shop to fix the issue through the company’s automated service recommendation engine.

As I can personally attest, Openbay’s product works in the way it’s supposed to: It gives consumers leverage they’ve never had before when delving into the often nefarious world of car repairs. Huge mistake. Land a New Job with the Back Door Method on LinkedIn. Quora. I Followed My Stolen iPhone Across The World, Became A Celebrity In China, And Found A Friend For Life. My favorite physics simulation.

Uk.businessinsider. AMC/"Mad Men"Christina Hendricks plays Joan Harris in "Mad Men. " Peggy Olson is depicted as the sole female copywriter to wander the halls of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce in the "Mad Men" series' depiction of advertising in the 1960s, but women had actually been working in the industry for decades. Click here to see the real 'Mad Women'> JWT (then J. Walter Thompson) published a booklet in 1963 titled "Advertising: A Career For Women," to lure college women to Madison Avenue—and not just for its secretarial pool.

JWT kindly agreed to let us excerpt the booklet (as well as its male-oriented booklet, "Advertising: A Career For Exceptional Men," and gave us access to its photo archive. Laura Stampler originally compiled this post. <div class="slide-intro-bottom"><a href=" The Atlantic | July 1982 | Living With a Computer | Fallows. Researchers confirm existence of the Force. Update 2 April 2015: Enjoy our April fool? But seriously folks, this week CERN is busy with restarting the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider just recently started testing the accelerator for running at the higher energy of 13 TeV, and already they have found new insights into the fundamental structure of the universe.

Though four fundamental forces – the strong force, the weak force, the electromagnetic force and gravity – have been well documented and confirmed in experiments over the years, CERN announced today the first unequivocal evidence for the Force. “Very impressive, this result is,” said a diminutive green spokesperson for the laboratory. “The Force is what gives a particle physicist his powers,” said CERN theorist Ben Kenobi of the University of Mos Eisley, Tatooine. “It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us; and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” But the research community is divided over the discovery. Massive power blackouts hit Turkish cities. Scores of provinces in Turkey suffered a massive power cut on March 31 for an unknown reason, bringing to a halt mass transportation, hospitals and production for several hours. Officials told daily Hürriyet that a technical problem in the system of the Turkish Electricity Conduction Company (TEİAŞ), which operates energy transmission lines, led to the massive outage.

Doğan News Agency reported that almost all 81 provinces were affected by the cuts, except for the eastern province of Van, which imports electricity from neighboring Iran. Metro networks in Istanbul and Ankara, trams and the high-speed train in Eskişehir were all affected by the power cut, which began at around 10:36 a.m. in Istanbul and continued for hours. The traffic congestion was seen in Istanbul in the morning as commuters were unable to use the metro networks, Marmaray or trams in the city. “I also cannot say whether or not there was a cyber-attack. The most important thing for us is to bring the system back to life. Activists Stop Paying Their Student Loans : NPR Ed. Makenzie Vasquez (from left), Pamala Hunt, Latonya Suggs, Ann Bowers, Nathan Hornes, Ashlee Schmidt, Natasha Hornes, Tasha Courtright, Michael Adorno and Sarah Dieffenbacher are refusing to pay back loans they took out to attend Corinthian Colleges.

Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption itoggle caption Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Makenzie Vasquez (from left), Pamala Hunt, Latonya Suggs, Ann Bowers, Nathan Hornes, Ashlee Schmidt, Natasha Hornes, Tasha Courtright, Michael Adorno and Sarah Dieffenbacher are refusing to pay back loans they took out to attend Corinthian Colleges. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Latonya Suggs says she borrowed thousands of dollars in student loans to attend the for-profit Corinthian Colleges but has nothing to show for it.

"I am completely lost and in debt," Suggs says. Suggs and 106 other borrowers now saddled with Corinthian loan debt say their refusal to repay the loans is a form of political protest. But those are just the private loans. For Suggs, that's not enough. Hollywoodreporter. You say you care about preserving your data... but a new survey says you're lying.

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ELI5: Why are hospitals so ridiculously expensive? 4 stitches for $4k...$90 for two pills... Etc etc. Is there a reason for this or is it just total corruption? : explainlikeimfive. The future of loneliness | Olivia Laing | Society. Senator calls for The Anarchist Cookbook to be “removed from the Internet” Quora. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. Americans Watched Their Incomes Shrink, Except For the Highest-Earners.

Zarif stresses benefits to Iran of framework nuclear deal. Baby Geniuses: How Surprises Help Infants Learn — The Atlantic. Without Janitors, Students Are In Charge Of Keeping School Shipshape : NPR Ed. Quora. Quora. Quora. Meet the “right-to-work” movement that will break the working class. Quora. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. Video: John Oliver meets Edward Snowden and isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions. Quora. Startup Aims for a Social Virtual World. Quora. What every major job category pays, in one chart. L. Ron Hubbard's Best Career Lessons. Uk.businessinsider. 2oWwPZV. An unpowered exoskeleton decreases the energy required for walking. The Secret Sauce | Bloomberg Business - Business, Financial & Economic News, Stock Quotes.

Twitter complies with Turkey's request, ban lifted. Thanks to subscriber limits and service outages, cutting the cord will be harder than expected. The Browser - Britain’s Obsession With American Decline. Quora. WmK0ISR. Obama, Netanyahu, and the disappearance of statesmanship.