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“American Sniper” celebrates regret-free heroism.

February 2nd, 2015  |  Source: The Economist

Small wonder critics hate it—and half of America loves it 


Question for FIFA: How many Watches Were Returned?

February 1st, 2015  |  Source: Least Thing Blog

Last September, FIFA investigated a gift of expensive watches giving to its top officials. Here is what it found:

[The Confederação Brasileira de Futebol] distributed 65 gift bags, each containing a Parmigiani watch, to a group comprising the 28 officials on the FIFA Executive Committee, a representative from each of the 32 Member Associations competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, and a representative from each of the 10 Member Associations in Conmebol.

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British thugs have discovered that blowing up ATMs is a good way to get the cash out

January 28th, 2015  |  Source: Bloomberg

NO AMERICAN ATM HAS EVER BEEN ROBBED WITH EXPLOSIVE GAS.
THE SAME WAS TRUE IN BRITAIN — UNTIL 2013.
NOW THERE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 90.
INSIDE THE BIRTH OF A BOMB SPREE.

Along the western coast of England, under a half-moon hidden by clouds, a dark Audi sports car with fabricated plates followed an empty road toward a Barclays bank. Inside were five men, dressed all in black, and their gear: crowbars, power tools, coils of flexible tubing, and two large tanks of explosive gas. It was 1:51 a.m. The job would take just under seven minutes.


Africa's quiet solar revolution

January 26th, 2015  |  Source: CS Monitor.com

The continent skipped land lines for mobile phones. Now a new generation of start-ups is trying to bring sun power to rural Africa – and leapfrog the fossil fuel era. 


Davos is not leading to 'timely, effective action' Now is the time to bring on the B Team

January 23rd, 2015  |  Source: The Guardian

The chairman of Volans John Elkington and the B Team’s Jochen Zeitz say leaders need to do more than talk; they need to take action – fast. The B Team announces its Plan B for Business to help steer the global economy on a more sustainable course this week in Davos, Switzerland


Football wealth

January 22nd, 2015  |  Source: The Economist

Having become the first team to win the European Cup on ten occasions in 2014, Real Madrid has also claimed the title of world’s highest-earning club for the tenth straight year.

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US Solar Energy industry now employs 174,000

January 22nd, 2015  |  Source: The Solar Foundation

The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit solar research and education organization, today released its fifth annual National Solar Jobs Census<http://TheSolarFoundation.org>.


Crowdfunding propels scientific research

January 19th, 2015  |  Source: Washington Post

Today, an increasing number of academic scientists are paying attention to how their hair looks in photos, considering whether they should blog, and figuring out how to translate their life’s work into a brief and attention-grabbing YouTube clip for strangers.


Asking for Just $1 Can Accelerate Funding for Non-Profit News

January 16th, 2015  |  Source: Medium/Knight Foundation/Kickstarter

Was it the novelty? Passion for investigative reporting? Unbridled bicycle mania?


Google to test its first build-it-yourself smartphone this year

January 15th, 2015  |  Source: IBNLive.in.com

Google announced Wednesday that it will unveil a modular smartphone in Puerto Rico this year as part of a pilot program that will allow people to choose their own hardware based on their needs and interests.

The company will partner with Mexico-based carrier Claro and local carrier Open Mobile to offer the product, which will be sold from free-standing stores that look like food trucks, said Jessica Beavers, a Google marketing executive.

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