The plite of Africa

With all the billions of dollars that have been pumped into the "save Africa" efforts in the last twenty years, why hasn't someone gone in and either dug a river through Africa to these poverished communities or just moved them to a more suitable environment? There never seems to be enough money to help them. And, am I the only one that thinks maybe they should be taught birth control? Why would they continue to have children, knowing that they are more than likely going to die of starvation or disease. Just throwing food to them is never going to solve the problem. With the amount of money that has been wasted in "aide" an entire city with apartments, running water, electricity, factories, and development could have been build many times over. Stop giving them a fish, and teach them how to catch their own,

NYTimes exposé reveals how Facebook handled scandals

Delay, deny and deflect were the strategies Facebook has used to navigate scandals it's faced in recent years, according to the New York Times.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • The exhaustive report is based on interviews with more than 50 people with ties to the company.
  • It outlines how senior executives misled the public and lawmakers in regards to what it had discovered about privacy breaches and Russian interference in U.S. politics.
  • On Thursday, Facebook cut ties with one of the companies, Definers Public Relations, listed in the report.
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Russian reporters discover 101 'tortured' whales jammed in offshore pens

Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • Russian news network discovers 101 black-market whales.
  • Orcas and belugas are seen crammed into tiny pens.
  • Marine parks continue to create a high-price demand for illegal captures.
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Unraveling the mystery behind dogs' floppy ears

Dogs' floppy ears may be part of why they and other domesticated animals love humans so much.

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Surprising Science
  • Nearly all domestic animals share several key traits in addition to friendliness to humans, traits such as floppy ears, a spotted coat, a shorter snout, and so on.
  • Researchers have been puzzled as to why these traits keep showing up in disparate species, even when they aren't being bred for those qualities. This is known as "domestication syndrome."
  • Now, researchers are pointing to a group of a cells called neural crest cells as the key to understanding domestication syndrome.
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