Saving the twins: Health scares and rehab for once-conjoined boys

June 23, 2017

Valhalla, New York (CNN)Nicole McDonald eases her silver minivan across Bear Mountain Bridge and hooks a right onto the steep two-lane highway. Nicole makes this trip every day from her home in upstate New York to see her twin sons, Jadon and Anias. The 21-month-old boys are at Blythedale Children’s Hospital 40 miles to the south, where they’ve been undergoing rehabilitation since mid-December. The twins, born joined at the head, captured the world’s attention after a …

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Hanok homes: South Korean architects look to the past in their push to modernize

June 22, 2017

… lived in traditional homes and campaigned for their preservation for more than twenty years, notes that hanoks are “in many ways not well suited to a consumerist world where you have a lot of possessions, a lot of clothes and a lot of household accessories.” Read: Lotte world Tower opens in Seoul setting world records And Hoon argues that hanok design needs to help people feel more connected to the natural world. “The awakening of the general public [to traditional design] is …

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6 Tactics For Dealing With Political Stress

June 21, 2017

… from two different, unaffiliated publications. When you feel overwhelmed by the abstract, uncertain world of politics, its helpful to redirect your attention to something immediate and tangible. [Remind] yourself of what is critical to your day-to-day living and well-being, Klapow said. A sound-bite, news headline, interview, or tweet likely does not immediately drive how you do your job, treat your co-workers, parent, or contribute to your family and community. 5. Establish politics-free …

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Japan Has Surprise Deficit as Import Growth Beats Exports

June 20, 2017

Japan had a surprise trade deficit in May, as stronger-than-expected imports overpowered the best export growth in more than two years. Highlights Exports rose 14.9 percent from a year earlier (estimate +16 percent), according to data released by the Ministry of Finance. Part of that was a rebound from weak shipments last year caused by the Kumamoto earthquake in April 2016. Imports increased 17.8 percent (estimate +14.5 percent), the biggest rise in more than three years. …

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Google Doodle honors Susan La Flesche Picotte, the first Native American to earn a medical degree

June 19, 2017

Google honored a deserving figure in American history on Saturday: Susan La Flesche Picotte, the first Native American to earn a medical degree. Picotte was illustrated as the Google homepage’s Google Doodle on Saturday in honor of what would have been her 152nd birthday. Image: screenshot/google Picotte was a doctor and an activist. The Omaha Native American physician advocated for land, and money for the sale of land to be paid to members of the Omaha tribe. As a reformer for public …

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Amazon buys Whole Foods(!)

June 17, 2017

Amazon has acquired Whole Foods, a move that marks the ecommerce giant’s official entry into the world of brick-and-mortar stores as well as groceries. It’s Amazon’s biggest acquisition everand it’s not even close. The company is paying $13.7 billion in cash for the grocery chain, which now operates some 465 stores across the U.S. Starting out as a online book seller, Amazon has grown into a retail behemoth, drastically altering the market for almost every company in …

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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey meets disease survivors – BBC News

June 16, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEbola nurse Pauline Cafferkey: The Western world has moved on Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey has returned to Sierra Leone for the first time since contracting Ebola there in 2014. She went back to fundraise for children orphaned by the epidemic and to close a chapter of her life. The last time Mbalu met Pauline, the teenager was sick with Ebola and fighting for her life. Pauline cared for her while smothered in a personal …

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

… scars for years to come. Many people in the political world had quietly worried that violence was a lamentably possible extension of a presidential campaign in which Trump baited angry crowds and liberals ridiculed and insulted him. In a sign of how the political dialogue has deteriorated, it’s now normal for the President of the United States to spread obvious falsehoods, to brand the media the “enemy of the American people” and for his opponents to openly call him a liar. …

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Overweight pregnancy increases risk of birth defects, study says

June 15, 2017

(CNN)Risks of major birth defects increased in step with the severity of a mother’s obesity or overweight, a study published Wednesday in the BMJ medical journal found. The study’s findings are not entirely new, but “expand on previous knowledge,” Persson said in an email. Past studies have shown an increased risk of congenital malformations among obese mothers. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. The …

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The Revolutionary Street Art Project That Inspired Banksy And Empowered A City’s Youth

June 15, 2017

… go. Many of these guys had their own crazy, little dreams and he said what Barton Hill showed him was very powerful, that you could go on to follow those dreams. John Nation At that time, Nation says Banksy (who despite multiple attempts and theories has never been officially identified), wasnt producing the political or social commentary pieces that hes since become globally famous for. Nation claims Banksy is without doubt the biggest contemporary artist in the world right now, but …

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19 Epic, Endangered Places You Should Visit Before It’s Too Late

June 15, 2017

This week,UNESCO released its annual state of conservation reports, which outline which of its famous designatedworld Heritage Sitesare in danger of losing the historic, cultural or natural characteristics that made them world Heritage Sites in the first place. Tourism can harm the worlds wonders, but it can also help them when done responsibly. Below, find 19 places from UNESCOs conservation reportsthat warrant a responsible visit. To compile this list, we pulled spots that appear on the …

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Tech now rules the world’s most valuable brands ranking

June 15, 2017

… the industry dominated seven of 10 in the firm’s most recent tally this month. SEE ALSO: Apple passes Google as the world’s most valuable brand, ranking says It’s not that tech was absent from the top of the list 10 years ago. Google has long hovered around the number-one spot it’s hard to beat a brand that’s now an everyday verb and once-ubiquitous Microsoft has had its ups and downs. But as other tech juggernauts have grown into some of the world’s most …

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Roxane Gay Opens Up About Living In This World In A Fat Body On ‘Daily Show’

June 13, 2017

… to what Gay had to say about her experiences rather than continuing to equate fatness with farce. Gay explained that she often feels uncomfortable on airplanes, at movie theaters and even at her own book signings, where readers and fans have offered her unsolicited weight-loss advice. At the grocery store, people make commentary about what they see in your cart, Gay said. You dont fit in the world, oftentimes. The world is not really interested in creating a space for you to fit. Gay also …

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The snacks boss with an appetite for success – BBC News

June 12, 2017

… “Creamy Range Kern Pops”, which is popcorn with a “creamy, zesty kick”, and chocolate pecan pie. More The Boss features, which every week profile a different business leader from around the world: Taking his own path: The world’s leading maze designer Fancy a four flowers or ginger fried pork pizza? The boss who lives as a medieval knight The bad news that inspired a woman’s sparkling success Within three months of its US launch, Anthony says Graze had …

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An Open Letter To Those Who Cant Celebrate Pride

June 12, 2017

… understand the importance of your safety. We would rather support you from between the shirts of the fabulous wardrobe youre standing in than mourn with you, or, even worse, the loss of you, if you came out sooner than was healthy for you. But also know this. Those of us who are celebrating this month are doing so with the drive to build a world where you can celebrate with us. Were fighting for you to create a future where it will be safe for you to come out. And were fighting with you the …

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16 Men And Women On The One Piece Of Advice They Wish They Could Give Their Younger Selves

June 12, 2017

The best part about getting older is that you inevitably get a lot wiser, too. We all learn as we go. Below, 16 men and women reveal what theyve learned so you can benefit from their real life experience just as much as they have. 1. You have to appreciate the differences in how people think. Theres so much joy to be found in how different people view the world. 2. Work hard. Theres really no downside to it! It feels so good to offer your best to the world around you. 3. Dance like nobodys …

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Australia’s most well-known landmark is so sacred it’s tricky to photograph. This is how Google brought it to Street View.

June 11, 2017

Image: GOOGLE The sacred nature of the iconic landmark Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is lost on many tourists even Australians. That changed this week after Google, working closely with the site’s traditional owners, released interactive imagery of the stunning rock formation and audio of its ancient stories to the world for the first time. The launch of Google Street View and Story Spheres at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was a result of two years of work and collaboration with the …

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Amber Rose’s ‘fire ass feminist post’ about pubic hair too hot for Instagram

June 11, 2017

Amber Rose wanted to use a provocative Instagram post to make a point about pubic hair.Image: Stephen Lovekin/REX/Shutterstock Amber Rose wants to #bringbackthebush. So naturally, the activist and star posted a very NSFW photo of her pubic hair to Instagram on Friday night. SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling just dropped a searing feminist tweetstorm everyone should read Wearing her signature shades, a black coat, black bikini top, and no bottoms, Rose reclined against a set of stairs and let the world …

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The ‘Black Panther’ Trailer Just Dropped With A Star-Studded Cast

June 10, 2017

In the nearly two-minute teaser, Chadwick Boseman reprises his role as TChalla (aka theBlack Panther)and returns home as king of Wakanda a mysterious, powerful and vividly colorful African world. There, we meet a star-studded cast with Lupita Nyongo as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye and, TChallas nemesis, Erik Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan. Explorers have searched for it, called it El Dorado, Klaw growls. They looked for it in South America, but it was in Africa the whole time. …

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Japan Passes Law Allowing Emperor Akihito To Abdicate

June 9, 2017

Akihito, 83, who has had heart surgery and treatment for prostate cancer, said in rare public remarks last year he feared age might make it hard for him to continue to fulfill his duties. POOL New / Reuters The soft-spoken Akihito, the first Japanese emperor who was never considered divine, has worked for decades at home and abroad to soothe the wounds of world War Two, fought in his father Hirohitos name. He will be succeeded by Naruhito, 57. Abdication will take place for the first time …

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California Attorney General To Trump: Keep Your Hands Off Our Public Lands

June 9, 2017

… areas to oil and gas drilling and even private development. The six are the Giant Sequoia, Mojave Trails, Berryessa Snow Mountain, Carrizo Plain, Sand to Snow and San Gabriel Mountains national monuments. The Giant Sequoia land contains nearly two-thirds of all the giant treesremaining in the world. Utahstribal leaders and the Patagonia outdoor gear and clothing company have both threatened to sue the White House over the order. Trump administrationwant to gut the power of the Antiquities Act …

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Trump’s Climate Withdrawal Is An Impeachable Offense

June 9, 2017

… makes himself guilty of what looks like a grave crime against humanity, the planet Earth, and future generations, Uffe Elbk, former Danish minister of culture and leader of Denmarks Green Party, said. The House of Representatives Should Impeach Trump The fact that virtually every other country in the world, as well as U.S. states and cities, corporations and activists worldwide are taking steps on their own to slow the changing climate does not absolve Trump from his crime. Meanwhile, we …

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The best maple syrup taffy in Montreal

June 9, 2017

… of Picard’s fare uses maple syrup as their key ingredient: “It’s unique […] It’s something that you cannot find anywhere in the world,” the chef tells CNN. Picard’s shack serves up decadent dishes such as foie gras poutine, but he says taffy — because of its simplicity — remains a firm favorite. Au Pied de Cochon 536 Avenue Duluth Est, Montreal, QC H2L 1A9 Tel: + 1 514 281 1114 MORE: Canadian cool: Quebec City’s Hotel de Glace Into the …

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IBM will use data science and tech to tackle the world’s biggest problems

June 9, 2017

IBM Watson's computer housing case.Image: Andrew Spear for The Washington Post / Getty Images IBM is channeling its science and tech expertise into tackling some of the world’s biggest problems. On Wednesday, the tech giant announced the launch of Science for Social Good, a new program that partners IBM researchers with postdoctoral academic fellows and nonprofits to take on societal issues through data. With the new initiative, IBM announced 12 projects planned for 2017. Each Science …

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This ‘tree’ has the environmental benefits of a forest

June 8, 2017

(CNN)Air pollution is one of the world’s invisible killers. In urban areas, air quality is particularly problematic. More than 80% of people living in areas where pollution is monitored are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits. And given that by 2050 two thirds of the global population will be urban, cleaning up our cities’ air is a matter of urgency. …

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EPA Inspector General Probing Whether Agency Staffer Colluded With Monsanto

June 7, 2017

… application allowing glyphosate to stay on the market in the European Union, said Bart Staes, a Belgian member of parliament representing the Green Party. There has been a political and scientific debate for the last two years because the authorization to bring glyphosate to the market has expired and we need to make a decision by the end of the year, said Staes. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, the world Health Organization division focused on cancer, issued a conclusionin …

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