What’s become apparent about Shailene, the person, as she’s interviewed more and more and landing magazine covers, is that she is a different kind of Hollywood starlet. From her saying that her religion is “the earth,” to her showing up to events wearing what makes her feel most comfortable (she says she prefers to wear less make-up), Shailene isn’t afraid to be a little different. And now she’s telling The Hollywood Reporter that extends to her personal relationships, and that she is not definitively straight.
“I fall in love with human beings based on who they are,” she tells the magazine, “not based on what they do or what sex they are.”
Preschoolers Can Do Algebra
Millions of high school and college algebra students are united in a shared agony over solving for x and y, and for those to whom the answers don’t come easily, it gets worse: most preschoolers and kindergarteners can do some algebra before even entering a math class.
In a just-published study in the journal Developmental Science, lead author and post-doctoral fellow Melissa Kibbe and Lisa Feigenson, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins Univ.’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, find that most preschoolers and kindergarteners, or children between four and six, can do basic algebra naturally.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/03/preschoolers-can-do-algebra
Facebook redesign features less clutter, bigger photos
Facebook is about to get a make-over. If you’re experiencing déjà vu, don’t worry; you are not imagining things.
Energy giants charged with colluding on land prices in Mich. fracking boom
Oil and gas giants Chesapeake Energy and Encana Corp. were charged on Wednesday with colluding to keep oil and gas lease prices artificially low in the state of Michigan, state Attorney General Bill Schuette said.
The announcement follows a lengthy investigation by Schuette’s office into whether the firms — the biggest land leasers during a speculative oil and gas leasing boom in Michigan’s Collingwood Shale region during 2010 — colluded to avoid prices from rising as they acquired leases from landowners.
Michigan began looking into the companies’ activities in 2012 after a Reuters investigation found that executives from the two firms discussed proposals to divide bidding responsibilities in the state for nine private landowners and counties in Michigan.
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Crimea Votes to Split From Ukraine and Rejoin Russia
"Crimea was, is and will be an integral part of Ukraine," said Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk after Crimean lawmakers decided to let the Crimean people vote on whether or not to rejoin Russia.
“In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders,” said Obama on Thursday in response to the action he sees as illegitimate and illegal.
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White House heightens pressure on Russia over Ukraine
(Via MSNBC)—The White House will begin diplomatically targeting individuals working against the new government in Ukraine, the administration announced in a statement Thursday morning.
“These decisions continue our efforts to impose a cost on Russia and those responsible for the situation in Crimea,” President Obama said Thursday in a brief statement at the White House. He made it clear that the U.S. would try to pressure and punish Russia economically and diplomatically, all the while pushing for a solution that didn’t involve the military.
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Norway will cut through an island in tribute to massacre victims
How do you adequately craft a memorial for one of the worst days in a country’s modern history? That’s the question that was posed to architects and artists as part of a competition for a dual-site memorial commemorating the attacks in Norway on July 22nd, 2011. On that day, 77 people were killed, eight by an Oslo car bomb and 69 in a massacre at a youth event on the island of Utøya. After holding an open competition, Norway has decided to install a pair of memorials designed by Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks.
Obama urges ‘de-escalation’ in Ukraine
USA TODAY: President Obama called on US Congress Thursday to support assistance for Ukraine from both the US and the International Monetary Fund.
Earlier Thursday the Crimean parliament asked to join Russia and said it was planning a referendum on the matter in 10 days.
Obama called again for a ‘de-escalation’ of the crisis and warned that the proposed Crimean referendum would violate international law.
Follow the latest on Ukraine at Breaking News.
The social media giant is blocking minors from seeing postings of gun sales.
A new and powerful video ad produced by Save the Children charity tries to raise awareness for the conflict that Syrian children are living in.
An interesting study showing how both Republicans and Democrats view their own parties and progress.
Otter feasts on alligator at Florida’s Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge.
Remember those hoverboards that were almost certainly fake? Well, they’re fake.
Funny or Die is the perpetrator that tried (and probably failed, honestly) to crush your hoverboard dreams with star-studded hoax ads headlined by Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd.
A tearful Lloyd admitted as much in a new Funny or Die video, where he claims he was hornswoggled too—he wanted to believe in hoverboards so much that he missed the obvious trickery.
Okay, so, that’s clearly part of the ruse, too. But what is Funny or Die promoting with all of this?
Looks like it’s a giveaway of one of the (fake) hoverboards from the HUVr commercial—a replica design of the Back to the Future 2 original—signed by all of the ad’s stars. Nothing being sold, no Back to the Future 4 teaser, just a really fancy play for Facebook comments.
One lucky winner gets a hoverboard; everyone else gets a heel rubbed into their last remaining shred of childlike excitement and wonder. Now that’s funny (and/or die)!
A second newborn baby born infected with the AIDS virus has been given a promising but controversial treatment that researchers hope, but don’t dare to say, may provide a working “cure” for the virus.