Science Graphic of the Week: Arctic Sea Ice Takes a Hit From Warm Rivers – Wired Science

In the first graphic in the gallery above, those bleeding red stains covering hundreds of square miles represent just how much that pulse of river water warmed the Beaufort Sea. It’s a difference of almost 12 degrees Fahrenheit, on average, and it’s visible from space — at least if you’re the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer riding aboard NASA’s Terra satellite. The instrument images Earth in 36 spectral bands, recording data about things like cloud cover and surface temperatures.

via Science Graphic of the Week: Arctic Sea Ice Takes a Hit From Warm Rivers – Wired Science.

‘Love Matters’ shatters sex taboos

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By Mohamed Khairat and Moustafa Amin,

Talking openly about sex and relationships has long been a strict taboo in Egyptian society. Despite ranking third in the world when it comes to internet searches for the world ‘sex,’ public discussion about sexual health, whether it is in schools, amongst friends or through family, is almost non-existent.

More concerning however has been the vast amount of misinformation online. Recent studies by the Ford Foundation in Egypt show that 86 percent of online Arabic information contains inaccurate information.

Aiming to break this taboo, ‘Love Matters Arabic,’ an innovative multimedia platform engaging young people to talk about love, sex, and relationships, recently celebrated its launch in Cairo. Love Matters Arabic provides users with unambiguous and reliable information on sex and relationships: talking honestly and openly about sex while also considering cultural and religious contexts.

In just two months since its launch…

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California influenza-associated death toll hits 304 | Vaccine News Daily

California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman recently announced 24 newly reported influenza-associated deaths in persons under 65 years old during the 2013-2014 flu season, bringing the total to 302 this season.

Six of the 302 deaths are classified as pediatric. The CDPH is investigating an additional 19 cases of flu-associated deaths not yet confirmed.

via California influenza-associated death toll hits 304 | Vaccine News Daily.

Lawrence, Kansas Works to Develop Urban Farming and Local Food Infrastructure

Home to the University of Kansas and the City of Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas is in the midst of developing a thriving local food and urban agriculture movement.

In 2010, the county formed a Food Policy Council to identify opportunities, challenges and benefits for a sustainable local food system.

Eileen Horn, sustainability coordinator for Douglas County and the City of Lawrence, serves on the Council with 24 others, including farmers, representatives from food retail establishments, Kansas State University Extension, Lawrence Public Schools, the Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market and the Douglas County Health Department.

Horn is especially proud of one of the Council’s initiatives, the Common Ground Program in Lawrence, which began in 2012. Its objective is to transform “food deserts” and other underutilized land, often located in low-income areas, into food production plots.

via Lawrence, Kansas Works to Develop Urban Farming and Local Food Infrastructure.

Oscar winner to speak at Miami University |

Academy Award winning actress Geena Davis will present the keynote address at Miami University’s inaugural Women in Leadership Symposium at 5 p.m. April 3 in the Pavilion of the new Armstrong Student Center.

The symposium has a theme of “Making our Mark” and is intended to inspire and empower women to leave their mark on the world through leadership and giving back, according to a news release from the university.

Davis’ lecture is free and open to the general public, but advance ticket reservations are required. Tickets will be available through Miami’s box office in early March.

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Smart-home market will double in size in four years

Told you guys five years ago to get ready for the market – the installer market will be huge for those who want to be self-employed or start up a smart home doctor biz!

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The last Juniper Research report shows how the smart-home market will double in size within 2018 reaching over $71 billions. The report highlights the entertainment segment as the top driver of this growth trend, while several commentators (VentureBeat above all) aren’t confident about this forecast because of the inclusion of the revenue volume of services like Netflix that are not proper smart-home solutions.

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Allied Market Research, for example, published a report with a reduced growth forecast of about $4,8 billions per year (compared to the $8 billions per year of Juniper’s report). However everybody is expecting awesome market perspectives for the immediate future and a wide range of business niches and opportunities, as the Nest’s acquisition by Google showed as well as the massive investments of Nest Labs in key segments like the smart smoke detection devices.

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New Book: Rosie Perez’s “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life”

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Brooklyn-based Puerto Rican actress Rosie Perez recently published a new book with a fantastic title: Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with great hair). Brian Gutiérrez review this memoir:

Rosie Perez is one of our favorite Latina character actresses – she is sensual, outspoken, hilarious and an unapologetic Brooklynite. She became a household name as the scene-stealer in Do The Right Thing and White Men Can’t Jump but she is also an Emmy-nominated dance choreographer and a prominent social activist. Oh, and she has been nominated for an Oscar, too. Rosie details her traumatic childhood, teenage years and her 20-year journey into showbiz in “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with great hair)”. In typical Rosie Perez fashion, she does not hold…

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