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Density is Not the Issue: The Urban Scaling Research Density is Not the Issue: The Urban Scaling Research
The "urban scaling" research of Geoffrey West, Luis Bettencourt, Jose Lobo, Deborah Strumsky, Dirk Helbing and Christian Kuhnert on cities has attracted considerable attention (references below). They have provided strong quantitative evidence, based upon voluminous econometric analysis that cities tend to become more efficient as they grow in population. Specifically, West, a theoretical physicist, and his team show that measures such as gross domestic product per capita and income per capita rise,...
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Pot Growers May Be Killing Rare Creatures With Poison, Researchers Say Pot Growers May Be Killing Rare Creatures With Poison, Researchers Say
Already among the animals that may be added to the list of those protected by the Endangered Species Act, the weasel-like fisher now faces this deadly threat: Rat poison that illegal marijuana growers put out to protect their crops in California. In a paper posted today by the journal PLoS ONE, researchers from University of California Davis, federal and state agencies, and the nonprofit Integral Ecology Research Center report that: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service A fisher. It now has another...
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Architect Oscar Niemeyer, Who Designed Brazil's Capital, Dies Architect Oscar Niemeyer, Who Designed Brazil's Capital, Dies
Enlarge image Architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1960 Frank Scherschel/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images Architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1960 Frank Scherschel/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images Architect Oscar Niemeyer, who designed Brazil's capital and is known for some of the world's most famous modernist buildings, has died. He was 104. The cause was a respiratory infection, said a spokeswoman for the hospital in Rio de Janeiro where he died. He'd been hospitalized for several weeks with kidney problems,...
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Clinton Recovering From Blood Clot In Her Head Clinton Recovering From Blood Clot In Her Head
— US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is starting off the new year in a hospital with a blood clot.  Clinton, a former first lady, ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Charles Eyler knows all about blood clots.  He’s had two. “They’re painful, I mean really painful.  Really bad pain,” Eyler said.And now, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has her second blood clot.  The first, in her leg, occurred during travel as First Lady fourteen years ago. Then Sunday, the diagnosis of a new...
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Report: Deal Reached in China Media Censorship Protest Report: Deal Reached in China Media Censorship Protest
Government officials and journalists at a newspaper in southern China are reported to have reached a tentative deal to end a strike that began as a protest against government media censorship.Though many details of the agreement remain unclear, reports said editors have agreed to publish the next edition of the Southern Weekly, due out Thursday. Quoting sources close to the negotiations, some reports said staff who walked off the job would not face punishment and the government would agree to loosen...
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An Act Of Kindness: Photo Of NYPD Officer Giving Barefoot Man Boots Goes Viral An Act Of Kindness: Photo Of NYPD Officer Giving Barefoot Man Boots Goes Viral
NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo gives a pair of boots to a barefoot man in Manhattan. Jennifer Foster/NYPD via Facebook Everyone agrees, there's not enough good news in this world. Today, Newsday and The New York Times have focused their attention on the story behind a heartwarming image that has been shared almost 350,000 times on Facebook. It shows Larry DePrimo, an New York Police Department officer, kneeling next to a barefoot man in Manhattan, a pair of fresh, new boots at his side. "I had two...
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Supreme Court Turns Down Appeal From Former Rep. William Jefferson Supreme Court Turns Down Appeal From Former Rep. William Jefferson
The congressman who became known as "Dollar Bill" Jefferson appears to have run out of options in his bid to overturn a 2009 corruption conviction. The Supreme Court just announced it will not hear an appeal from former Rep. William Jefferson, D-La. So, as The Times-Picayune says: "Unless Jefferson's lawyers uncover significant abuses by prosecutors, the former congressman's fate now appears certain. The 65-year-old Harvard Law School graduate, who began serving his sentence at the low security...
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States Iron Out The Kinks In Long-Term Care Insurance States Iron Out The Kinks In Long-Term Care Insurance
Enlarge iStockphoto.com Not many elderly people get long-term care insurance. It's expensive and many hope their kids will look after them instead. iStockphoto.com Not many elderly people get long-term care insurance. It's expensive and many hope their kids will look after them instead. Long-term care insurance provides money for care when you're too old or sick to wash yourself and cook, though few American use it. Many who do have found that some insurance companies are slow to pay up or deny...
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A Peek Inside Rappers' Brains Shows Roots Of Improvisation A Peek Inside Rappers' Brains Shows Roots Of Improvisation
Enlarge image The warmer orange colors show parts of the brain most active during improvisational rap. The blue regions are most active when rappers performed a memorized piece. NIDCD The warmer orange colors show parts of the brain most active during improvisational rap. The blue regions are most active when rappers performed a memorized piece. NIDCD Some rappers have an impressive ability to make up lyrics on the fly, in a style known as freestyle rap. These performers have a lot in common...
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Top Stories: Anti-American Protests; Trade Case Against China Top Stories: Anti-American Protests; Trade Case Against China
What Is 'The Two-Way'? This is NPR's news blog. It's a place to come for breaking news, analysis and for stories that are just too interesting — or too entertaining — to pass up. It's also a place for conversation about the news; we're counting on you to keep us honest. But please read the discussion rules before diving in. Learn More You can find out more about The Two-Way, including the origin of its name, on the "Welcome" page. Contact 'The Two-Way' You can drop us a line via our contact form. ...
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