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Minneapolis's White Lie

Minneapolis's White Lie | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
Despite being applauded by many, the "miraculous" prosperity of the Twin Cities is only a reality for a certain slice of their population.
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'The Powerpuff Girls' Redefined What Little Girls Are Made Of

'The Powerpuff Girls' Redefined What Little Girls Are Made Of | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
The hit Cartoon Network show, which is set for a reboot in 2016, appealed to kids and adults with its three subtly subversive, (super)empowered female leads.
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Yelp is suing two companies who claim they can help businesses get more positive reviews

Yelp is suing two companies who claim they can help businesses get more positive reviews | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
Business owners may turn to "reputation management" companies who promise to fill their Yelp pages with only positive reviews.
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Battle Rises in Florida Keys Over Fighting Mosquitoes With Mosquitoes

Battle Rises in Florida Keys Over Fighting Mosquitoes With Mosquitoes | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
A tiny community near Key West is balking at a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes to combat two viral diseases.
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FBI director offers candid view of police, race relations - CNN.com

FBI director offers candid view of police, race relations  - CNN.com | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
FBI Director James Comey took on the issue of police and race relations Thursday challenging police to avoid "lazy mental short-cuts" that can lead to bias in the way they treat blacks and other minorities.
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One Way to Fight the Next $1 Billion Hack? Assume You’ve Already Been Hacked.

One Way to Fight the Next $1 Billion Hack? Assume You’ve Already Been Hacked. | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
Good news! A major hack you don’t have to worry about! Unless, that is, you happen to be an executive or security employee at one of the hundreds of banks targeted by the group that’s come to be known as Carbanak or Anunak. If you are, then you have a...
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Why It's So Hard for Americans to Talk About Science

Why It's So Hard for Americans to Talk About Science | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
Talking about science is a lot harder than it should be. We talk all the time about things we don’t fully understand: the polar vortex, how footballs can get underinflated during games, why the Kardashians still get so much attention. We’re not experts in these areas, but we’re happy to weigh in with theories and opinions. But when it comes to scientific topics, both scientists and lay people hide behind the excuse that the general public in this country simply doesn’t have the education to proc
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When 'bystander intervention' works

When 'bystander intervention' works | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
At the US military academies, students report a decline in unwanted sexual contact. One possible reason is new training in 'bystander intervention,' or preventing an assault when a person nearby speaks up or takes action. A Pentagon report adds legitimacy to 'good Samaritan' training at educational institutions.
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The image that destroys the black 'welfare queen' myth

The image that destroys the black 'welfare queen' myth | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, it might be worth a thousand food stamps. In the town of Brushton, New York, 30 people were arrested for food stamp fraud. Can you guess ...
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The silent minority

The silent minority | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
ON A snow-covered bluff overlooking the Sheboygan river stands the Waelderhaus, a faithful reproduction of an Austrian chalet. It was built by the Kohler family of...
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School choice group seeks personal data on students

School choice group seeks personal data on students | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
Gearing up for an expansion of the state’s voucher program, School Choice Wisconsin is seeking names, addresses, phone numbers and more for every student in at least 30 public school districts.
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Does California's Anti-Discrimination Textbook Law Give Slave-Traders a Free Pass?

Does California's Anti-Discrimination Textbook Law Give Slave-Traders a Free Pass? | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
A quirk in the Golden State's rulebook forbids "reflecting adversely upon persons" for their occupation.
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The US proposes the first-ever federal regulations for Arctic oil and gas drilling

The Obama administration yesterday proposed the first-ever federal regulations for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, The Wall Street Journal reports. The rules would require companies to...
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Wal-Mart's pay hike and the cycle of virtues

Wal-Mart's pay hike and the cycle of virtues | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
The world's largest private employer plans a raise for its lowest-paid workers, a sign of a drive in many countries to hike wages to stimulate economies. Firms need to look beyond the bottom line in how they treat employees.
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UMass-Amherst prohibits Iranian national students from taking engineering and science courses

In what it claims to be an attempt to begin complying with a more than two-year-old US law, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst has said that it will no longer allow Iranian citizens to enroll...
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Oklahoma May Scrap AP History For Focusing On America's 'Bad Parts'

Oklahoma May Scrap AP History For Focusing On America's 'Bad Parts' | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
In Oklahoma, state lawmakers are debating a bill that would axe the teaching of Advanced Placement courses in U.S. history. The reason? Some believe the classes focus too much on what is "bad about America." The bill, which passed easily through a committee this week, outlines what should and shouldn't be taught in the classroom.
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Eating disorders linked with financial difficulties in female students

Eating disorders linked with financial difficulties in female students | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
Experiencing financial difficulties at university may increase the risk of female students developing an eating disorder, according to new research. Conversely, the study also found that having extreme attitudes to food and eating predicted short-term financial difficulties for female students, suggesting the possibility of a 'vicious cycle' occurring, researchers report.
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Don’t fall for the hype. Nicotine is a poison, no matter how it is delivered | Nash Riggins

Don’t fall for the hype. Nicotine is a poison, no matter how it is delivered | Nash Riggins | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
Lobbyists and health campaigners are touting e-cigarettes as a safer version of the real thing, but there’s no evidence to prove that they are
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Wal-Mart is making 3 changes so people will want to shop there

Wal-Mart is making 3 changes so people will want to shop there | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
Customer service improvements.
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Why Steve Jobs was such a jerk to employees

Why Steve Jobs was such a jerk to employees | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
Wanting your employees to like you is a form of vanity, Jobs told Jony Ive.
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Digital judges to help settle disputes in online courts - tech - 16 February 2015 - New Scientist

Digital judges to help settle disputes in online courts - tech - 16 February 2015 - New Scientist | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
A report from the UK's Civil Justice Council recommends a system to let people work out their differences online
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C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons

C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons | Research Meditations | Scoop.it
The purchase plan, which began in 2005 and involved a secretive seller, yielded at least 400 warheads, some containing the nerve agent sarin, officials said.
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