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AUG 19, 2014 - Huffington Post

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'Unhashtagable?'

Hashtag activism draws on the logic that outrage or heightened audience reaction caused by iconic images can sway public opinion and eventually effect changes in policy, an argument that in its modern context has been documented since at least the Vietnam War era. With the advent of immediate and pervasive circulation through social media, the growing influence of images and ...

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AUG 13, 2014 - Greentech

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Survey: Utilities See Threat, Opportunity in Distributed Generation

U.S. utilities see both threat and opportunity in the rise of customer-owned solar systems. Sure, all that new distributed generation could help them avoid building new power plants in the future. But it could also threaten utility business models, unless they’re able to “flip the DG equation” to make it work for them.  These are some of the top-line findings ...

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AUG 12, 2014 - Business Insider

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Here's The World's First Robotics Company To Pledge Not To Make 'Killer Robots'

Waterloo-based robotic vehicle manufacturer Clearpath Robotics is the first robotics company to sign on with the Campaign To Stop Killer Robots, "an international coalition of non-governmental organizations working to ban fully autonomous weapons." The aptly-named Campaign To Stop Killer Robots seeks legislation and regulation that would block people from having access to or creating robotic weapons that can make decisions ...

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AUG 12, 2014 - Business Insider

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400 Years Ago, A Famous Mathematician Couldn't Confirm His Theory — Computers Did It Two Days Ago

Seventeenth century mathematician Johannes Kepler defined some basic rules for the how the planets move, and given his predilections for contemplating spheres, he suggested in 1611 that the most efficient way to stack spheres was in a pyramid formation. But he was unable to prove it in a mathematically satisfactory way, and the idea remained unproven for 400 years. New ...

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AUG 12, 2014 - Business Insider

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A Chinese Tech Startup Is Asking Women To Send In Photos Of Themselves For The Chance To Buy A Smartphone

Chinese tech company OnePlus is holding a contest requesting that women send in photos of themselves in order to score an invite to purchase its wildly popular phone, the OnePlus One. As part of the contest, women must either write the OnePlus logo on their body or hold up a piece of paper showing the company's symbol. Only women are ...

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