Friday, October 24, 2014
by Clip Syndicate
Time is dwindling to meet the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations' blueprint to tackle an array of large-scale global problems by a target date of 2015. One of those goals, eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, has seen progress, but there's still work to be done. According to the International Food Policy Research Institute's 2014 Global Hunger Index, released last week, hunger in developi   [READ MORE]
New York City reported its first case of the deadly Ebola virus on Thursday, when a health care worker who volunteered in Guinea fell ill upon returning home in the U.S. Dr. Craig Spencer, 32, is now in isolation at Bellevue Hospital. Spencer had traveled to Guinea with Doctors Without Borders, before returning to New York on Oct. 17. He went about his normal life in the city, even riding the subway, taking an Uber car and going bowling in the days before symptoms emerged.   [READ MORE]
Turns out Instagram isn't policing all the nipples online... Remember when Lindsay Lohan posed nude for Playboy in a Marilyn Monroe-inspired shoot? Well, in this selfie that the star of stage and screen snapped in her dressing room this week, there's a memento behind her, right...there.   [READ MORE]
Remember a few weeks back, when Oculus mentioned that their development tools would soon work with the free version of the Unity game engine, rather than just the 15-hundred dollar Pro Version? It’s done. Oculus has just released a new build of their S-D-K, complete with support for Unity Free -- version 4-point-5-5 and up.) The rest of the S-D-K’s changes are primarily behind-the-curtain performance tweaks, except for one big bullet-point: Linux support. It’s labeled as “experimental”, so expect bugs galore — but if you’re on Linux and want to get in on the virtual reality fun without having to dual-boot, it’s finally feasible.

In what feels like a throwback to the late 90s/early 2000’s, Microsoft has discovered one helluva bug in Microsoft Office. Executed properly, the bug could be exploited to take over your entire system running just about any version of Windows. The exploit gives the attacker the same permissions on your system as whatever type of user you’re currently logged in as. If you’re an admin, that means full admin rights.   [READ MORE]
Stephen Hawking has spent a lifetime getting his head around concepts in astrophysics most of us will never comprehend, but the 72-year-old never got around to the social-media thing — until now. The renowned theorist, cosmologist and author joined Facebook, kicking things off with a message in support of The Theory of Everything, the Focus Features biopic that became an instant Oscar contender when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. Filmmakers told the audience in Toronto that Hawking had a tear in his eye following a private screening, and was quick with a two-word review: "Broadly true."

A European Union goal to cut greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2030, agreed early on Friday, sets the pace for a global deal to tackle climate change, pitting heavy industry against green business. Industry bosses said they faced big challenges to adapt, while greener firms said the EU had aimed too low to spur low-carbon investment and climate campaigners said concessions to polluters made it "a dirty thirty", not a 2030 deal. The 2030 targets will follow existing 2020 goals that the EU is on track to meet.


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