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5 Tips To Refresh Your Multicultural Marketing Strategy In 2013 - Forbes

5 Tips To Refresh Your Multicultural Marketing Strategy In 2013 - Forbes | Living | Scoop.it
The 2012 presidential election showed the nation how important the multicultural marketplace is.
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Not Your Average Saturday: The Inaugural Day of Service Is Your Chance For Greatness

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Neuroscience offers a glimpse into the mind; and our future (Part 3 of 3)

Neuroscience offers a glimpse into the mind; and our future (Part 3 of 3) | Living | Scoop.it
Hassan Rasouli recently accomplished a remarkable feat: He lifted his thumb in a way that suggests he was making a thumbs-up gesture.

The feat was a remarkable one since doctors at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto had diagnosed him as being in a persistent vegetative state (PVS), a mysterious condition in which patients appear to be awake but show no clinical signs of conscious awareness.

The condition first came to prominence in 1998 when family members, and then courts and politicians, engaged in a protracted battle over the care of Floridian Terri Schiavo. The matter was finally settled in 2005 when Schiavo, who was in a persistent vegetative state, was removed from life support and died.

Doctors at Sunnybrook similarly wanted to transfer Rasouli to palliative care, but Rasouli's family refused. The doctors therefore sought a court order, and the Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments in the case on Monday.

The court's decision might not affect Rasouli since, given his ability to give a thumbs-up gesture, he is no longer considered to be in a persistent vegetative state (PVS). But the case could have a profound impact on the many other patients who have been diagnosed as being in a PVS, as it could answer pressing legal questions about when someone can be removed from life support, and who has the authority to order that such support be discontinued.

The Rasouli case also raises further troubling questions of fact: Was Rasouli's ability to give a thumbs-up gesture an indication that his condition had improved, or was he never in a persistent vegetative state? Was he, and other people similarly diagnosed, always consciously aware, but, thanks to being trapped in a paralyzed body, unable to express his thoughts?
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Can Our Laws Catch Up with Our Technology?

Can Our Laws Catch Up with Our Technology? | Living | Scoop.it

Technology moves quickly. By the time you get good at operating your new smartphone, odds are that it's just about obsolete. By contrast -- and by design -- almost nothing in American society moves more slowly than the law. And so as technological cycles spin ever faster, the creaky wheels of justice become more and more outdated.

American law has always recognized property as a bedrock value, and yet in this era of digital piracy, crowd-sourcing, and open-source platforms, how do we decide who gets credit ... and revenue from things we create together?

Oversharing isn't just a problem for kids posting ill-advised pictures from Friday night. Lots of software these days is programmed to "learn" from the Internet as millions of publicly available data points are downloaded, processed, and programmed into an ever-improving product.

David Hanson is the CEO of Hanson Robotics, a company that makes frighteningly lifelike robots, which, he hopes, will also one day have human-level intelligence. Hanson's team taught a robot language by letting it read thousands of hours of stories, interviews, and lectures written by the sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick ... but only after getting permission from Dick's estate.


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‘Brooklyn Castle,’ Directed by Katie Dellamaggiore

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The documentary “Brooklyn Castle,” directed by Katie Dellamaggiore, follows the chess-playing students of Intermediate School 318.
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Calgary mom tired of cleaning after messy kids goes on strike | Canada | News | National Post

Calgary mom tired of cleaning after messy kids goes on strike | Canada | News | National Post | Living | Scoop.it
Jessica Stilwell is getting international attention for her cheeky experiment, lauded as a hero for doing what many parents dream of and also reviled for not making her children do their chores much earlier...
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China's 274M microbloggers is highest in world | ZDNet

China's 274M microbloggers is highest in world | ZDNet | Living | Scoop.it
Summary: Number of microbloggers grew over four times since 2010, as the platform becomes an increasingly important way for expression, especially on public issues.
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What is PepsiCo Buying With Donations to Communities of Color? - New America Media

What is PepsiCo Buying With Donations to Communities of Color? - New America Media | Living | Scoop.it
New America Media is a nationwide association of over 3000 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism.
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TYTHEDesign: A New Business Model to Balance Profit and Social Good

TYTHEDesign: A New Business Model to Balance Profit and Social Good | Living | Scoop.it
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Group-Funding Platform Crowdtilt Opens To Non-Profits, Now Offers Tax-Deductible Donations, Receipts | TechCrunch

Group-Funding Platform Crowdtilt Opens To Non-Profits, Now Offers Tax-Deductible Donations, Receipts | TechCrunch | Living | Scoop.it

Since we first covered its launch back in February, Crowdtilt has been on a mission to become the easiest way for groups of people to collaborate around money, specifically fundraising, for any cause. In other words, Crowdtilt wants to become the go-to platform for the many types of group fundraising that don’t (or can’t) happen on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter. Want to raise money for your friend’s 30th birthday party in Las Vegas or get your softball team together to pay for new jerseys and league fees? This is where Crowdtilt thinks it provides value — by being crowdfunding’s resident generalist.


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Theory of everything says universe is a transformer - physics-math - 06 November 2012 - New Scientist

Theory of everything says universe is a transformer - physics-math - 06 November 2012 - New Scientist | Living | Scoop.it

Solving the mysteries of the universe is usually about finding the best answer to a question. But what if we are not even asking the right questions?

A pioneer in quantum computation, University of Oxford physicist and best-selling author David Deutsch has spent most of his career working towards a new way of asking questions about the universe. Deutsch's vision for this "theory of everything" ties together ideas in cosmology, computation, philosophy and evolution to describe the nature of reality.

It has been suggested that his long-awaited theory could account for several fundamental mysteries, such as why time flows in only one direction – a property that is not required by most physical laws. Now Deutsch has posted a taste of the form his theory might take, opening the door to what may become a new branch of physics.


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The Crowdfunding Promise

The Crowdfunding Promise | Living | Scoop.it
Crowdfunding is not going to replace existing financial services any time soon,but it is going to complement and support the existing infrastructure.It will help companies and projects through donations,loans,pre-sales and equity to smooth income...
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Amol Rajan: We need books to stoke the fires of imagination

Amol Rajan: We need books to stoke the fires of imagination | Living | Scoop.it
A gloriously uplifting tale has crossed my desk, and there's so much guff and depressing nonsense in the news just now that I thought it only decent and proper to report it.
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