Cecil the lion and endangered species glow on the Empire State Building



One of the most iconic symbols of metropolitan life brought a little nature to New York City Saturday night when filmmakers projected images of endangered species on the Empire State Building

Cecil the lion, whose death sparked international outrage, was included in the display along with eagles, leopards, monkeys and manta rays lighting up the Manhattan skyline

Louie Psihoyos, director of the Oscar-winning film exploring dolphin hunting in JapanThe Cove, conceived this project, which serves as a companion to his upcoming documentary Racing Extinction airing on The Discovery Channel in December. More than 160 animals were featured, according to NBC New York Read more…

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Machine Learning And Human Bias: An Uneasy Pair

machine learning “We’re watching you.” This was the warning that the Chicago Police Department gave to more than 400 people on its “Heat List.” The list, an attempt to identify the people most likely to commit violent crime in the city, was created with a predictive algorithm that focused on factors including, per the Chicago Tribune, “his or her acquaintances and their… Read More

Festival Of Code Winners May Be The Startups Of The Future

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 16.02.37 Startups start with talent, and the talent, as we all know, seems to get younger every year. But it wouldn’t happen if children themselves were not introduced to the word of technology and engineering early, and shown that it can be a fun, creative environment. For the last 6 years, a pioneer of this in the UK has been Young Rewired State, a non-profit founded by Emma Mulqueeny, which… Read More

The High Cost of Car Ads

Buying a car can be a terrible financial decision, one that can set you back for years. And many American households make the same mistake over and over again. In his landmark book, How to Live Well Without Owning a Car, Chris Balish points out that the cost of buying …

Cilla Black, famed British singer and TV host, has died at 72



Cilla Black, a famous British singer, died on Saturday at her home in Estepona, Spain.

She was 72. Her death was announced on Sunday by Spanish police.

Black, who was born in Liverpool as Priscilla White, had a show business career that lasted around half a century

Twitter users expressed condolences and remembered her for her talent

PM: Cilla Black was a huge talent who made a significant contribution to public life in Britain. My thoughts are with her family.

— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) August 2, 2015

So sad to hear that Cilla Black has left us……you gave us a “Lorra Lorra laughs” Cilla. RIP x x

— Ruth Langsford (@RuthieeL) August 2, 2015 Read more…

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Time is now for action on addiction, Medicaid expansion in Maine

In July 2014, I wrote an OpEd concerning the desperate need for a detox center in Bangor coupled with either an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program. Unfortunately, we still have the same governor with the same tired old policies. Gov. Paul LePage’s five vetoes of bipartisan Medicaid expansion bills have …

Brenda Vaccaro to replace ailing Valerie Harper in musical

OGUNQUIT, Maine — Brenda Vaccaro will replace Valerie Harper in the Ogunquit Playhouse’s production of the musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” Executive Artistic Director Bradford Kenney announced Saturday. Vaccaro will take the stage Tuesday and perform through the end of the run on Aug. 15. Harper, best …

1,800 migrants rescued off Italy coast, 5 found dead

ROME — Italy’s coast guard said about 1,800 migrants were rescued from seven overcrowded vessels Saturday, while five corpses were found on a large rubber boat carrying 212 others. The dead bodies were found on board at the time of the rescue, a coast guard spokeswoman said Sunday. The cause …

Hitchhiking Robot’s Cross-Country Trip Ends In Philadelphia

An anonymous reader writes: A hitchhiking robot that successfully traveled across Canada in 26 days last year and parts of Europe, has met its demise in Philly. Created as a “social experiment,” hitchBOT started its journey in the U.S. in Marblehead, Massachusetts, on July 17 with its thumb raised up and tape wrapped around its head that read “San Francisco or bust.” After about two weeks in the U.S., someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair. “Sadly, sadly it’s come to an end,” said Frauke Zeller, one of its co-creators. The Independent reports: “The robot was designed to be a talking travel companion and could toss out factoids and carry limited conversation. A GPS in the robot tracked its location, and a camera randomly snapped photos about every 20 minutes to document its travels.”

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