Study on biology of chronic fatigue ignites debate

LONDON — A team of scientists said Friday they had found “robust evidence” that a condition called chronic fatigue syndrome is a biological as opposed to a psychological disorder, but some experts questioned the findings. The team from Columbia University in the United States identified in their research distinct immune …

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Why Greece Should Not Switch To Bitcoin

bitcoin In some discussions about Greece exiting the euro, it has been suggested that Greece should swap the euro for bitcoin. At first glance, bitcoin may appear to be the cure. But if the euro is the problem, switching to Bitcoin would be like trying to cure a headache with a bullet to the brain. Read More

Soccer fans join diverse rally against anti-Muslim demonstrators



LONDON — Pegida, a far-right German organisation against the so-called “Islamisation of the West” were outnumbered by counter demonstrators Saturday at its first major demonstration held in Britain.

Pegida, which stands for “patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the west”, held the demonstration in Newcastle city centre, but found itself countered by an umbrella group of called Newcastle Unites, made up of trade unions, politicians and fans of Newcastle United Football Club among others.

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10 easy DIY projects you can do with zippers



The perfect weekend project is hiding in the back of your closet.

Zippers of every color, material and state of wear-and-tear can make great supplies for quick and easy projects for when you’re spending the weekend hanging out at home for a DIY vacation.

Now you never have to worry about tossing out old clothes because of a broken zipper — just make it into something new.


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Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

neanderslob writes: In 2013, Elon Musk told us about a theoretical transportation system he’d been thinking about for a while. It was called “hyperloop,” and it was a tube-based system capable of sending people and things at speeds of up to 800mph. Now, a company called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies plans to start construction on an actual hyperloop next year. The idea is to build it to serve Quay Valley (a proposed 75,000-resident solar power city in Kings County, California). The project will be paid for with $100 million the company expects to raise through a direct public offering in the third quarter of this year. The track itself will be a 5-mile loop and won’t reach anywhere close to the 800mph Musk proposed in his white paper — but it’s a start.

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Boris Nemtsov’s murder sends shockwaves through Russian opposition



KIEV, Ukraine — “I hope common sense will prevail, and Putin won’t kill you.”

“God willing. I hope so, too.”

That conversation, between an interviewer and Boris Nemtsov, the liberal Russian opposition activist and former deputy prime minister, was on Feb. 10, just 17 days before he was gunned down around midnight on Friday in a gangland style murder a few hundred yards from the Kremlin and the famous onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. It happened two days before he was to lead an opposition rally he organized in Moscow. Read more…

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At midseason, Claire secures position as ‘House of Cards’ Season 3 MVP



Warning: This post discusses in detail episodes 6 and 7 (Chapters 32 and 33) from House of Cards Season 3. Read with caution. You can find coverage of other episodes here, here, and here.

The sixth episode kicks off on Air Force One, where Frank is telling his biographer about his first job: packaging marijuana grown in the back woods by Uncle Henry (not his real uncle, Frank assures us, but everyone called him that). Pretty fitting, given the recent buzz, err, news in DC

That moment of levity is the last for a while, as Frank and Claire find themselves stuck in similarly difficult negotiations once landing in Moscow, where they aim to retrieve an imprisoned American Read more…

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Propane truck driver dies in Athens crash

ATHENS — The owner of a propane company has died after the delivery truck he was driving hit a frost heave and overturned in Athens. Authorities say 62-year-old Gary Russell was pronounced dead at the scene on Friday afternoon. reports that Russell, who owned …

Beware The Pretty People

jude-law The tech industry used to be home to a disproportionate number of misfits and weirdos. Geeks. Nerds. People who needed to know how machines worked; needed to take them apart, make them better, and put them back together again. People who existed a little apart from society’s established hierarchy … and often saw that hierarchy as another machine to be deconstructed and improved. Read More