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The polar vortex has descended again. This is how it works.

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pic.twitter.com/SUkZ1ES4IV— Shea Gibson (@WeatherFlowCHAS) December 13, 2016 How the polar vortex works The term “polar vortex” was popularized in 2014 when a particularly brutal January cold snap sent the country into a deep freeze. A weak vortex can cause the jet stream to wobble southward, bringing the cold polar air down with it. “The high-pressure system blocked the escape of all that cold air in the jet stream, and allowed part of the polar vortex to break off and move southward.” Again, this isn’t all that unusual. “Many times during winter in the northern hemisphere, the polar vortex will expand,...
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The expert guide to creating a professional Instagram brand

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Earlier this month, publishing powerhouse Condé Nast and Dash Hudson, an Instagram analytics company used by several Condé Nast properties, partnered for a panel about how brands small and large can build and maintain an audience on Instagram, and ultimately convert those online followers into customers. As has become the case with Facebook, which owns Instagram, brands may have to begin spending money to make sure their posts reach their followers, but brands that know how to keep their audiences engaged will see the greatest rewards. “You can’t go to the end goal first.” To capitalize on your Instagram audience...
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The Fighter: How Leila de Lima Ended Up Leading the Opposition to Rodrigo Duterte’s Drug War

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“He has not forgiven me.” AFP—AFP/Getty ImagesLeila de Lima (R), as a freshly appointed Justice Secretary, chairs a hearing on September 3, 2010 into the Manila hostage crisis that saw eight Hong Kong tourists killed In 2010, de Lima’s tenacity earned the attention of President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, the son of Ninoy and Cory, who invited her to his house and offered her the position of Secretary of Justice on the spot. He told lawmakers that he collected money for de Lima from a drug dealer named Kerwin Espinosa, and on Dec. 6, during a session of the Senate,...
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The Senate Will Hold a Hearing on Russia’s Alleged Meddling in the U.S. Election

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Americans think there are 17 times as many Muslims living in the US as there actually are

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In 2015, there were an estimated 3.3 million Muslims living in the US, according to Pew, making up about 1% of the total population. (The question was not asked in 2015.) This year’s report also asked US respondents to estimate how much the Muslim population will grow in the next four years. The average guess was that Muslims would grow to 23% of the total population by 2020. (Ipsos Mori ranks countries by the percentage-point difference between respondents’ average guess and the actual figure.) British respondents thought Muslims made up 15% of the total population (actual figure 4.8%). And in...
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BMW's HoloActive Touch floats a virtual touchscreen next to your steering wheel

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BMW has announced the first details of HoloActive Touch, a concept dash interface that uses gesture commands. The main difference is that it makes use of a free-floating “virtual touchscreen” that “confirms the commands with what the driver perceives as tactile feedback.” HoloActive Touch works with services that are part of BMW's Connected cloud architecture, and the concept image above shows someone using the system to scroll through features including entertainment and communication. “But the technology still enables the visible and tangible driver-vehicle interaction familiar from conventional touchscreens.” Float your display in space, not on the windshield BMW distinguishes HoloActive...
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Valve adds full PS4 controller support to Steam

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Valve has extended its support for the PlayStation 4’s DualShock controller in Steam. Users can now customize the controller as deeply as they can Valve’s own Steam Controllers, allowing them to map custom functions to the DualShock’s touchpad and gyroscope, as well as re-configure the traditional buttons and joysticks. “Well, not only is it a really nice, high quality controller, but it’s also got a gyro and a touchpad, so it’s got a lot of overlapping functionality with the Steam Controller.” He added that “similar support” for other controllers would be coming some time in the future.
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Uber might now be able to charge thrice as much in India

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A new set of guidelines released by India’s central government reveals that ride-hailing services such as Uber and its local counterpart, Ola, can now charge customers three times the minimum fare during the day, and up to four times between midnight and 5 a.m. SEE ALSO: India's Ola brings its no-surge pricing, ride-sharing service to more citiesHowever, the minimum fare will still have to be submitted by these companies to the state transport departments for approval, reported the Times of India on Thursday. via @thenewsminute https://t.co/3boqFkWBiP — Jimy Pothen Joseph (@jimy_joseph) December 15, 2016 The government's move to allow surge...
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The massive success of anime films is putting Japan’s live actors out of work

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The Japanese animated feature film Your Name continues to bring in big bucks, but its success highlights the sad plight of human actors. In two of the past three years, 75% of the revenue generated by the top 10 films in Japan have come from animated features.The country that enjoyed a post-war cinematic golden age with Akira Kurosawa and other directors seems to have turned its back on flesh-and-blood star power, and is now more interested in forums discussing voice actors (link in Japanese) and ranking them by order of annual salary (link in Japanese). Animated films, both domestic and...
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Over 150 photojournalists and filmmakers demand better encryption in cameras

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Photojournalists and filmmakers of all stripes have joined together to send a message to the world's leading camera manufacturers: give us better tools to protect our media. The undersigned's concern about the risks of working with unencrypted cameras is clear in the text of the letter: "Without encryption capabilities, photographs and footage that we take can be examined and searched by the police, military, and border agents in countries where we operate and travel, and the consequences can be dire." Bringing encryption to cameras won't just help protect vulnerable data — the letter promises that it would also give such...
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