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8:04 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Big Data Comes To College

The Course Signals dashboard tells professors how their students are doing at a glance.
Information Technology at Purdue

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 1:18 pm

When students at Purdue University are reading their homework assignments, sometimes the assignments are reading them too.

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The Protojournalist
7:03 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Bored On The Fourth Of July? Try These Movies

A promotional image for Jaws.
Universal The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:10 am

Cinema sites abound with lists such as Top 10 Movies ForThe Fourth Of July from Forbes and 12 Patriotic Movies by the Los Angeles Times. After all, Hollywood knows that Americans love to celebrate American celebrations.

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Science
3:37 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Dance Of Human Evolution Was Herky-Jerky, Fossils Suggest

Our popular image of Homo erectus as the proto-guy who whose human-like traits all emerged at once needs overhauling, some anthropologists say.
Sylvain Entressangle Science Source

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 1:18 am

A trio of anthropologists has decided it's time to rewrite the story of human evolution.

That narrative has always been a work in progress, because almost every time scientists dig up a new fossil bone or a stone tool, it adds a new twist to the story. Discoveries lead to new arguments over the details of how we became who we are.

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Parallels
3:33 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Damming The Mekong River: Economic Boon Or Environmental Mistake?

Nearly everyone fishes for a living on Laos' Don Sadam Island, near the site of the controversial Don Sahang dam. Locals and environmentalists alike are worried about the dam's effects on fish migration.
Michael Sullivan NPR

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 10:50 am

It's 9 a.m. and the Mekong River at this hour is still peaceful: just a few fishermen casting nets into a large pool below the area called Si Phan Don, or "4,000 islands."

It's a popular tourist destination in Laos, where Southeast Asia's most storied river splits into nearly a dozen channels before coming together again below the islands of Si Phan Don, for the journey to Cambodia, Vietnam and the South China Sea. Cambodia is on my left, Laos to the right.

Suddenly, my guide points and says, "There!"

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Shots - Health News
8:19 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

As Ebola Cases Spike, WHO Asks For More Money And Help

Lack of awareness about Ebola has fueled the outbreak in West Africa. Here, two Liberian women in Lofa read a pamphlet about how to prevent the spread of the virus.
Ahmed Jallanzo EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 7:09 am

The world's largest Ebola outbreak continues to surge at a troubling rate. The number of cases has climbed by nearly 20 percent in the past week, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

At least 759 people have caught the hemorrhagic fever and 467 of those have died in three West African countries since March.

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