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Millions at risk in South Sudan

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Some four million people in South Sudan are likely to face critical food shortages next month, British aid agencies warn.
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More than 50 million displaced worldwide, UN says

GENEVA, June 20-More than 50 million people were forcibly uprooted worldwide at the end of last year, the highest level since after World War Two, as people fled crises from Syria to South Sudan, the U.N. refugee agency said
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Social Issues: The Pursuit of Happiness

Social Issues: The Pursuit of Happiness | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Happiness is often regarded as a basic human right these days, but does a person’s ability to be happy depend on circumstances?
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Refugee figures 'highest since WW2'

Refugee figures 'highest since WW2' | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
The number of people living as refugees worldwide exceeded 50 million in 2013, for the first time since World War Two, the UN says.
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Japan's plan to freeze Fukushima toxic water hits snag

TOKYO - The operator of Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday efforts to freeze radioactive water may take longer than expected.
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Sovee President Scott Gaskill Speaking at Localization World Dublin

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott Gaskill, President of Sovee, will announce a new development in translation technology at the Localization World Dublin 2014 conference to be held June 4-6 in Dublin, Ireland. The presentation, "Sovee Smart Engine 2.0: A Leap Beyond Base Moses Technology" will demonstrate how this new approach can rapidly open the door to worldwide translation.

"There are more than 6,000 languages in the world today, and after 60 years of statistical Machine Translation, our industry has developed Machine Translation engines for only 150 of those languages," Mr. Gaskill notes. "Sovee decided it was time to take an entirely new approach to machine translation."

"One of the challenges we faced was computer processing limitations. To build engines for more than 6,000 languages would require over 92 million servers, and that's before you start building custom engines for clients," Mr. Gaskill explains. "With the release of Smart Engine 2.0 this summer, it is now possible to process virtually unlimited simultaneous transactions with only a fraction of those servers."



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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott Gaskill, President of Sovee, will announce a new development in translation technology at the Localization World Dublin 2014 conference to be held June 4-6 in Dublin, Ireland. The presentation, "Sovee Smart Engine 2.0: A Leap Beyond Base Moses Technology" will demonstrate how this new approach can rapidly open the door to worldwide translation.

"There are more than 6,000 languages in the world today, and after 60 years of statistical Machine Translation, our industry has developed Machine Translation engines for only 150 of those languages," Mr. Gaskill notes. "Sovee decided it was time to take an entirely new approach to machine translation."

"One of the challenges we faced was computer processing limitations. To build engines for more than 6,000 languages would require over 92 million servers, and that's before you start building custom engines for clients," Mr. Gaskill explains. "With the release of Smart Engine 2.0 this summer, it is now possible to process virtually unlimited simultaneous transactions with only a fraction of those servers."



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Brazil 2014 dengue risk predicted

Brazil 2014 dengue risk predicted | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Scientists develop an "early warning system" to alert authorities to the risk of dengue fever outbreaks in Brazil during the World Cup.
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A New Vision Balancing Communications Technology and Time to Think

A New Vision Balancing Communications Technology and Time to Think | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Life has speeded up. Technology's vision is part of that, robbing us of time to really think.
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'Nothing can stop glaciers' retreat'

'Nothing can stop glaciers' retreat' | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Key glaciers in West Antarctica are in an irreversible retreat over the next few centuries, adding at least 1.2m to sea level rise, scientists at Nasa say.
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Book Reviews: Of War and Peace

Book Reviews: Of War and Peace | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Reviews of The Great War, The Last of the Doughboys and The War That Ended Peace.
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A good time to review viewpoints on WWI at the 100 year mark. More formative re:the 21st century than many think.

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'Activity' at N Korea nuclear site

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Activity has increased at North Korea's nuclear test site, South Korea says, ahead of a visit by US President Barack Obama to the region.
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Follows a familiar pattern. #N Korea #nuclear posturing

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Flights to U.S. Face Scrutiny After Threats Are Reported

Flights to U.S. Face Scrutiny After Threats Are Reported | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
The Department of Homeland Security said it would increase screening of passengers and cargo on United States-bound flights in response to threats from Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen.
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The War to End All Wars? Hardly. But It Did Change Them Forever.

The War to End All Wars? Hardly. But It Did Change Them Forever. | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
World War I destroyed kings, kaisers, czars and sultans; it demolished empires; it introduced chemical weapons; it brought millions of women into the work force.
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Civilization, Soil and Survival

Civilization, Soil and Survival | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
We know from the record of history that when civilizations do not respect their topsoil, they fail almost without exception.
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U.S. says Thailand, Malaysia, Venezuela among worst human trafficking centers

WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department downgraded Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela to its list of the world's worst centers of human trafficking.
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Stunning Night Sky Images: Earth & Sky Photo Contest 2014

The winners and notable photos of the 5th International Earth and Sky Photo Contest, (www.twanight.org/contest), a program by The World at Night (TWAN) in collaboration…
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Canada approves huge oil pipeline

Canada approves huge oil pipeline | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Canada has conditionally approved a pipeline to bring crude from the Alberta oil sands to the country's Pacific coast over heavy criticism.
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Civilization, Soil and Survival

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We know from the record of history that when civilizations do not respect their topsoil, they fail almost without exception.
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Antarctica's ice losses double

Antarctica's ice losses double | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Antarctica is now losing about 160 billion tonnes of ice a year to the ocean - twice as much as when the continent was last surveyed.
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Family and Relationships: Parenting the Challenging Child

Family and Relationships: Parenting the Challenging Child | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Difficult. Headstrong. Stubborn. If any of these describe your child or teen, an innovative set of parenting ABCs can help toward solving the problem.
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Philippines says China appears to be building airstrip on disputed reef

MANILA, May 14 (Reuters) - The Philippines accused China on Wednesday of reclaiming land on a reef in disputed islands in the South China Sea.
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Rising carbon curbs crop nutrition

Rising carbon curbs crop nutrition | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Rising levels of CO2 around the world will significantly impact the nutrient content of crops according to a new study.
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A War to End All War

A War to End All War | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
H.G. Wells is remembered primarily for his science-fiction works, but he also coined a phrase that for a century has been linked with World War I.
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