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PG&E Bankruptcy Tests Who Will Pay for California Wildfires

NY Times - Mon, 2019-01-14 21:06
The utility faces $30 billion in potential liability over deadly fires linked to its equipment. Critics say it is pressuring the state to shield it.

Donald Trump: The Russia File

NY Times - Mon, 2019-01-14 21:03
Americans deserve to know what the president and Vladimir Putin are talking about.

Steve King Loses House Committee Seats Over White Supremacy Remark

NY Times - Mon, 2019-01-14 21:03
Republicans voted Monday night to remove Mr. King from the House Judiciary and Agriculture committees after he made remarks questioning why white supremacy is considered offensive.

Shutdown Prompts Hunger Strike at Manhattan Jail as Family Visits Are Canceled

NY Times - Mon, 2019-01-14 21:02
Staff shortages caused by the shutdown are causing turmoil, blocking lawyers from visiting clients at a Brooklyn jail and ending family visits at a Manhattan lockup.

The chances of finding this type of lobster: 1 in 30 million

CNN - Mon, 2019-01-14 21:00
He spared her life and named her Eve. Now instead of a lobster pot she's going to live in an aquarium.

Trump choice to replace Kavanaugh's old seat has history of controversial writings

CNN - Mon, 2019-01-14 20:54
Neomi Rao, President Donald Trump's choice to take the DC Circuit seat vacated by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, has a history of controversial writings, including authoring articles attributing some blame to women for being raped under the influence of alcohol.

Trump's legal team rebuffed request for Mueller interview recently

CNN - Mon, 2019-01-14 20:50
President Donald Trump's legal team rebuffed special counsel Robert Mueller's request in recent weeks for an in-person session with Trump to ask follow-up questions.

TSA callouts cause lines at world's busiest airport

CNN - Mon, 2019-01-14 20:44
Long lines and staffing issues have hit airports around the country as the partial government shutdown is in its fourth week.

“Mona Lisa effect” is real but doesn’t apply to Leonardo’s painting

Ars - Mon, 2019-01-14 20:40

Enlarge / Researchers at Bielefeld University in Germany used folding rulers for measurement to test the effect. Study participants indicated the number they thought Mona Lisa's gaze was directed at. (credit: CITEC/ Bielefeld University)

There have long been anecdotal reports that the eyes of the Mona Lisa—Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting—sometimes seem to follow viewers as they move around the artwork. The phenomenon is even called the "Mona Lisa effect" because of it. But a new study published in the journal i-Perception found that she's really "looking" to the right-hand side of her audience.

"There is no doubt about the existence of the Mona Lisa effect," the authors wrote. "It just does not occur with the Mona Lisa herself."

The study grew out of ongoing research at Bielefeld University in Germany on human communication with robots and avatars. Directional gaze is key when designing gaming avatars or virtual agents, for instance. That's one way an avatar/agent can indicate attention, perhaps directing a player/user toward objects that are relevant to the task at hand.

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Bangkok’s First Biennale: Politics, Temples and Sex

NY Times - Mon, 2019-01-14 20:35
The city’s inaugural event has pushed the boundaries of censorship and what constitutes art — and how and where to display it.

Mediator: No Coincidence Here: Trump’s Bezos Attack Was a Valentine to The Enquirer

NY Times - Mon, 2019-01-14 20:34
It wasn’t a new thing, for the president to go after the Amazon founder. But it was odd to see him making nice with his onetime friend David J. Pecker.

Cooper: I'm not usually at a loss for words

CNN - Mon, 2019-01-14 20:33
CNN's Anderson Cooper discussed President Donald Trump's denial that he was ever working as an agent of the Russian government.

Rep. Steve King’s inflammatory remarks roil a GOP already struggling on race

Washington Post - Mon, 2019-01-14 20:30
“It is a challenge for us,” Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said of the Republican Party and race as House Democrats weighed a punishment for the congressman from Iowa.

House to vote on resolution disapproving of Steve King's comments on white nationalism

CNN - Mon, 2019-01-14 20:26
Rep. Jim Clyburn, the number three Democrat in the House, introduced Monday a resolution disapproving of Iowa Rep. Steve King's recent racist comments, calling it a "condemnation of white supremacy and white nationalism."

Report: More than 42,000 immigration hearings canceled due to shutdown

CNN - Mon, 2019-01-14 20:24
More than 40,000 immigration hearings have been canceled because of the partial government shutdown, according to a report released Monday.

Trump's joke about Melania called 'sexist'

CNN - Mon, 2019-01-14 20:17
During the Clemson Tigers' visit to the White House after their College Football National Championship win, President Donald Trump joked about personally buying hamburgers for the players instead of having his wife, Melania Trump, make them salads.

Our National Emergency Turns 2

NY Times - Mon, 2019-01-14 20:13
American governance shuts down.
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