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Locked-In Syndrome Sufferer Tony Nicklinson Dies, Sends Final Tweet

Tony Nicklinson, 58, passed away in his sleep Wednesday morning — several days after he was denied the “right to die” by Britain’s High Court. Nicklinson’s family confirmed his death on Twitter. You may already know, my Dad died peacefully this morning of natural causes. he was 58. — TonyNicklinson (@TonyNicklinson) August 22, 2012 before […]

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Iran Takes Aim at Google, Wikipedia in Latest Internet Censorship Effort

Image: Mashable Composite. Wikimedia Commons Google and Wikipedia appear to be the latest victims of Iran’s online censorship efforts, just two days after the Iranian government repeated — once again — that it’s planning to loosen its grip on the Internet. Iran has reportedly blocked access to another Google service, the hosting platform Google Sites, […]

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In Virginia, McAuliffe Crawls Personal Data to Win Undecided Votes

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was at the forefront of data-driven campaigns about a decade ago, when, as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, he spearheaded the creation of a database full of 170 million potential Democratic voters nationwide. Now he finds himself in the same spot. This time, he’s the first candidate […]

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Mars Rover Curiosity Snaps Hi-Res Color Photos of Red Planet

NASA‘s Mars rover Curiosity has beamed home high-resolution color photos of its Red Planet landing site, showing terrain strikingly similar to the deserts of the American Southwest. Curiosity snapped the pictures with its 34-millimeter Mast Camera on Aug. 8 PT (Aug. 9 ET), just three days after its daring and dramatic touchdown inside Mars’ Gale […]

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Journalist Sues Police for Doubting His Right to Fly Drones

Image: Flickr, Gregor Hartl/Flickr A drone journalist is suing a local police department in a case that may provide a stepping stone to broader legislation dealing with who has the right to fly drones and take video from the sky. Pedro Rivera filed a suit against two officers of the Hartford, Conn., police department on […]

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Tech and Global Activism Will Collide at Social Good Summit 2014

The Social Good Summit brings together world leaders, grassroots activists and global citizens to discuss digital solutions to the the greatest challenges of our time. We’re excited to announce that the Social Good Summit is back for a fifth year on Sept. 21-22, 2014. This year, we’re continuing the theme #2030Now. Speakers will analyze how […]

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The Melbourne Cup: Why Australia shuts down to watch a horse race

The race that stops a nation.Image: Getty Images MELBOURNE — No sporting event grips Australia quite like the Melbourne Cup, the race that stops a nation. On the first Tuesday of November, the country quite literally shuts down to watch the finest thoroughbreds from Australia and abroad battle it out to be first past the […]

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Teen Charged In Baltimore High School Shooting

Police have identified the student they say was responsible for a shooting at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County, Md. , the same student whose Facebook page was identified Monday by members of the community. Authorities charged Robert Wayne Gladden, Jr., 15, with attempted first degree murder and first degree assault after a cafeteria […]

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Ancient Mars Had Component Key to Life, Meteorite Reveals

At a time when life as we know it was just getting its start on Earth, Martian clay may have contained a key component for one of life’s molecular building blocks, researchers say. Boron found in a Martian meteorite suggests that the Red Planet may once have had the right chemistry to give rise to […]

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