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Court Rules Middle Finger Protected by Constitution

March 25, 2019

An appeals court has ruled that a woman who flashed a police officer her middle finger was exercising free speech, “The New York Times” reported. Debra L. Cruise-Gulyas received an increased fine for “giving the finger” to an officer after receiving her initial traffic ticket. That decision has been overturned, ruling that the gesture is protected under the First Amendment. Learn more about the American “Free Speech Tradition” and its intricacies. […]

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Bone Fractures on the Rise in Seniors Who Walk Dogs

March 24, 2019

A recent study published in the “Journal of the American Medical Association” said that elderly Americans who walk leashed dogs face increasing fracture risks. “Man’s best friend” can sometimes be energetic and unruly. Learn important dog-training techniques and save yourself a doctor’s visit. […]

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Art Thieves Steal Forged Bruegel Masterpiece, Police Say

March 23, 2019

Italian police switched a famous painting by Pieter Bruegel the Younger with a forgery in anticipation of a theft, the BBC reported. Bruegel and his father were both accomplished Flemish artists whose works are worth millions. Study the diverse paintings of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. […]

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Google Employee Calculates “Pi” to 31 Trillion Digits for “Pi Day”

March 22, 2019

Google’s Emma Haruka Iwao and several coworkers broke the Guinness World Record for computing pi to 31 trillion digits, Engadget reports. They used cloud computing to break the previous world record by nine trillion digits. In celebration, here’s a trick to learn the first 24 digits of “pi” and to improve your number-memorizing skills. […]

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20 Top Airports to Begin Implementing Facial Scanning

March 21, 2019

Twenty of the top American airports will soon use facial recognition technology to increase security, government documents released to BuzzFeed said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will implement the Biometrics Entry-Exit Program by 2021. Learn more about biometrics and the potential benefits—and risks—they bring. […]

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Doctor Delivers Fatal Prognosis to Patient Remotely via Robot

March 20, 2019

A doctor in California gave his patient days to live via robot-mounted video chat, The Chicago Tribune reported. The unorthodox and controversial method of delivering the news has sparked the ire of the patient’s family. Do impersonal practices like this outweigh the benefits of medical robots? […]

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Boeing Grounds Entire Fleet of 737 Max Aircraft in Light of New Evidence

March 18, 2019

Boeing has chosen to ground all of its 737 Max airplanes, BBC News reported Thursday, March 14. The decision follows reports that recent satellite data shows similarities between the Ethiopian Airlines crash March 10 and another fatal crash in Indonesia last October. It’s a tragic misstep in the evolution of aircraft design. […]

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Elizabeth Warren Recommends Big Tech Break-Up

March 18, 2019

In an interview with NPR on Friday, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren reiterated her plans to break up big tech companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google. She expressed concerns over Amazon retaining consumer and seller information for purposes of cornering those markets itself, which she called unfair. She’s in historic company. […]

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Dairy Drivers Win Multi-Million-Dollar Lawsuit over Oxford Comma

March 17, 2019

A year ago, drivers for Oakhurst Dairy won a lawsuit against the company for lost pay due to a dispute in Maine labor laws. Faced with the complaint that the state’s stipulations of overtime pay were too confusing, Oakhurst Dairy settled for $5 million, according to The New York Times. This anniversary invites a re-examination of modern punctuation guidelines. […]

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Exxon, Chevron Invest Big in Permian Basin Shale

March 16, 2019

Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp made dueling announcements about increasing their oil production in the United States, Reuters reported. Both energy companies have recently invested in shale in the Permian Basin. The composition of the Permian shale’s geology and the environmental risks involved in fracking factor into their plans of successfully increasing production. […]

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