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From the article: "Scientists are discovering that the so-called 'junk DNA'—a significant portion of which is from symbiotic viruses—is actually a potent force in the evolution of new species. Although the evolution of pregnancy via the placenta might be some of the most persuasive evidence that viruses stashed deep within the genome can help give rise to new species, it’s not the only proof. New studies revealing the role of endogenous retroviruses in the more recent evolution of humans show that these snippets of DNA are helping to blur the boundary between human and virus. Humans are, in a very real sense, part virus."

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"[T]he number of times they’ve infiltrated our genome over the past sixty or so million years [...] comes down to about 30 or 40 distinct occasions."

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"All mammals have placentas, including marsupials and egg-laying mammals. Although all of these mammals have a syncytin gene, they don’t all have the same syncytin gene. The syncytin produced by mice is completely different from the two syncytins found in humans and other primates. At numerous points in mammalian evolution, symbiotic retroviruses entered the genome and steered different groups of mammals along different evolutionary paths[.]"
Viruses that infected our ancestors provided the genetic foundations for many traits that define us.
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From the article: "It turned out that for most people, working in a factory didn’t significantly improve their income relative to the people in the control group. But getting cash to help start your own business did."

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"[P]eople in the factories did considerably worse on some important health measures than people in the control group"
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You can see another animation by this artist at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
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Here's an interesting toy. You can change all the pictures on this web page either by dragging them with a mouse, or by editing the source code.

(Since it requires a mouse, it won't work on phones.)

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Here's a clever way to prevent shipping damage.
genius idea alert: @vanmoof bikes had problem with shipping damage. So it put flat TVs on its boxes. Problem solved. Embedded image. 3:07 PM - 4 Sep 2016. 493 Retweets655 Likes. Reply to @jasongay. Replies. David Chase. Sep 4. David Chase @Dr2chase. @jasongay @VanMoof Who was their shipper?
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Due to popular demand (and to have a cool story for my grand-children), these are the inner workings of MobX. A lot of people are surprised…
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Intercooler is a new JavaScript library with an old-school approach to how to write a web application. A UI interaction (such as a button click) sends a request to the server, which responds with an HTML fragment that replaces the element. The logic is on the server.

It seems like it would be quite simple to use, provided that your network latency is low, your web page is fairly modular, and your server can handle lots of HTTP requests. Probably not that good a fit for mobile.
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From the article: "In tests conducted in Indonesian rice fields, South Carolina pig farms, the suburbs of Boston and the New York City subway, the product, called ContraPest, caused a drop in rat populations of roughly 40% in 12 weeks. This autumn, for the first time, the company is making ContraPest available to commercial markets in the US and Europe."

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"The active ingredients are metabolised by the rat’s body in 10 minutes, which means that any predator that eats it is not affected, and the compound quickly breaks down into inactive ingredients when it hits soil or water."

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"The EPA is making an active effort to get rat poison off the markets in the US, and received news of SenesTech’s science with enthusiasm."

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"the company has registered in 11 US states, and begun registration in the EU."
The Long Read: Rats spread disease, decimate crops and very occasionally eat people alive. For centuries, we have struggled to find an effective way of controlling their numbers. Until now …
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From the article: "In 2004, 99 percent of the world’s humanitarian aid came in the form of commodities: sacks of grain, stacks of blankets, building materials. Last year, that number had fallen to about 94 percent. [...]"

"Cash is catching on. A decade ago, the United Nations World Food Program was trying out cash in a few pilot programs. Now cash makes up a quarter of the organization’s portfolio [...]"

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"Next month, all the different agencies that give cash [to Syrian refugees in Lebanon] will be combining forces to use the same bank card."

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"Syrians go to nearby stores to buy food that has been grown by local farmers and transported in local trucks. Kevin Murphy, senior manager for cash assistance at the International Rescue Committee, said that every dollar in cash assistance generates more than $2 for the Lebanese economy. When the food program cut its payments last year, 'we saw a lot of backlash from local vendors,' Moseley said.

"One study of a cash program to help refugees survive the winter found that those who got cash were more likely to help and be helped by Lebanese neighbors, and less likely to suffer insults."
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The hell with them give me cash never text me again traders
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People born to western privilege, like myself, may be scandalized by third-world factory jobs, but for the people who live there they can be a significant step out of rural servitude.

Rural Indian Girls Chase Big-City Dreams http://nyti.ms/2cZxA5V
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ROFL. Prejudices run deep. The British Raj is gone but their voices are still left over. As india climbs out of the vast hole it was in, a thousand half truth stories will be told. The author curiously skips mentioning that there are bigger cities like Kolkata nearer ishwarpur at 200 km distance than Bangalore. Stories of immigration are always weird and half truths. We see the educated and professionals leaving the cities in India to chase the American dream. Maybe we all see the truth that is convenient to our world views. 
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Sometimes it takes quite a bit of activism to correct bad science.
A much-touted study recommended therapy and exercise for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. Problem is, it was based on bad science.
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The oil change itself seemed okay, but it seemed understaffed (two people), and they were fairly unhelpful. Nobody talked to the customers when they arrived. Waited a long time to pay after the oil change was done, while they both worked on another car. The maintenance light wasn't reset so I went back, and after waiting for a while I ended up looking up in the manual how to reset it myself.
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We eat here often. The garlic noodles are very tasty.
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They moved to Mountain View at 2500 El Camino Real, on the corner opposite Whole Foods and Target. Other than that, smooth transaction; they took a carload of old electronics and didn't seem too picky.
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Smooth transaction; rented a cargo van Saturday afternoon, returned that night (after hours). Actual cost: $30 + $42 mileage + $35 fuel + $7 taxes = $114 for 53 miles.
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