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How to watch tonight's debate

CNN - Thu, 2019-09-12 19:18
The third Democratic presidential debate takes place tonight in Houston, with former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts sharing the debate stage for the first time this cycle, having previously avoided a direct confrontation as a result of the random draw process.

Impeachment, Democratic Debate, Jane Goodall: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

NY Times - Thu, 2019-09-12 19:09
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

California lawmakers ban facial-recognition software from police body cams

CNN - Thu, 2019-09-12 19:05
California lawmakers on Thursday temporarily banned state and local law enforcement from using facial-recognition software in body cameras, as the most populous US state takes action against the technology.

Skydivers narrowly avoided a collision with US fighter jets

CNN - Thu, 2019-09-12 18:55
A pair of skydivers narrowly avoided colliding with two US fighter planes traveling at almost 350mph over the UK, a report has revealed.

Uber pulls its Jump bikes from two cities

CNN - Thu, 2019-09-12 18:49
Uber is shutting down its electric bike business in two more cities amid a difficult stretch for the company that's included two rounds of layoffs and record losses.

Who talked the most tonight

CNN - Thu, 2019-09-12 18:41

Ben Carson Is Cleared of Misconduct Over Order of $31,000 Dining Set

NY Times - Thu, 2019-09-12 18:39
Investigators placed blame not on the HUD secretary, but on department officials who “were aware of the law” and “either failed to consider or didn’t understand” that it applied to the purchase.

Trump Administration Rolls Back Clean Water Protections

NY Times - Thu, 2019-09-12 18:37
The administration is expected to complete the repeal of a major Obama-era regulation that put limits on chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and water bodies.

‘S.N.L.’ Has Long Lacked Asian Players. One Just Joined the Cast.

NY Times - Thu, 2019-09-12 18:35
Bowen Yang, a staff writer for “Saturday Night Live,” joins the slim ranks of Asian-American comedians who have acted on the show.

Summer Debate Recap: How Did the Top Four Candidates Perform Last Time?

NY Times - Thu, 2019-09-12 18:35
Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the leading Democrats in the presidential primary. We take a look back at their debate performances.

A French Worker Died After Sex on a Business Trip. His Company Is Liable.

NY Times - Thu, 2019-09-12 18:28
Labor law in France has strong protections in such cases, even if the accident or injury had little to do with the employee’s job.

Partisans Dig In as Executives Call for Action on Guns

NY Times - Thu, 2019-09-12 18:16
A letter signed by about 150 business leaders asked the Senate to expand background checks for all sales and enact a “red flag” law.

The Best of New York Fashion Week, in Pictures

NY Times - Thu, 2019-09-12 18:10
The spring 2020 shows have come to a close in New York. Here, the most memorable moments from the runways, as captured by T’s photographers.

Rocking Out in Lederhosen, With a Hint of Populism

NY Times - Thu, 2019-09-12 18:10
Andreas Gabalier’s folk-influenced songs praise Austrian traditions. But his critics say they are a vehicle for right-wing messages.

Man believed to be oldest living American World War II veteran celebrates his 110th birthday

CNN - Thu, 2019-09-12 18:01
A man believed to be the oldest living American to have served during World War II celebrated his 110th birthday Thursday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Cubed wombat poop, why your left nut runs hot, among Ig Nobel winners

Ars - Thu, 2019-09-12 18:00

Enlarge / A "Moment of Science" in the 2017 Ig Nobel ceremony: Daniel Davis faces a Tesla coil. (credit: Mike Binveniste/Improbable Research)

Over the years, curious intrepid scientists have gleaned insight into why the wombat's poo is cube-shaped, explored the magnetic properties of living and dead cockroaches, and determined that a man's left testicle really does run hotter than the right. These and other unusual research topics were honored tonight in a ceremony at Harvard University's Sanders Theater to announce the 2019 recipients of the annual Ig Nobel Prizes.

Established in 1991, the Ig Nobels are a good-natured parody of the Nobel Prizes and honor "achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think." The unapologetically campy award ceremony features mini-operas, scientific demos, and the 24/7 lectures, whereby experts must explain their work twice: once in 24 seconds, and the second in just seven words. Acceptance speeches are limited to 60 seconds. And as the motto implies, the research being honored might seem ridiculous at first glance, but that doesn't mean it is devoid of scientific merit.

The winners receive eternal Ig Nobel fame and a ten-trillion dollar bill from Zimbabwe. It's a long-running Ig Nobel gag. Zimbabwe stopped using its native currency in 2009 because of skyrocketing inflation and hyperinflation; at its nadir, the 100-trillion dollar bill was roughly the equivalent of 40 cents US. (Earlier this year the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe introduced the "zollar" as a potential replacement.) The 2009 Ig Nobel Prize for Mathematics was awarded to the then-head of the RBZ, Gideon Gono, "for giving people a simple, everyday way to cope with a wide range of numbers — from very small to very big — by having his bank print bank notes with denominations ranging from one cent ($.01) to one hundred trillion dollars ($100,000,000,000,000)."

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