Stars and Stripes staff on the best picture nominees

The spotlight is once again on Hollywood, the city of stars, and there’s much to love about the Academy’s favorite movies in 2016. Nine movies made the best picture cut this year, and the field is remarkably more diverse. The nominees include a science-fiction film, a neo-Western, a musical, a war movie about a conscientious objector and a true story about the African-American women who sent men to the moon. Refreshingly, the nominated actors cover a range of races and nationalities. The diverse array of this year’s fine movies provides…

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JUST PLANE DREAMY Superbuff pilot posts hunky topless shots and photos of his globetrotting lifestyle to his thousands of Instagram fans

Jonas, who is also known as the ‘Pumping Pilot’, now boasts over 22,000 followers on the image sharing website – and it’s not hard to see why. First Officer, Jonas’s impressive photos include shots of him taking part in gruelling workouts at the gym and posing for topless pool and beach-side snaps in his downtime. In other pictures, Jonas, Munich, Germany can be seen relaxing in the cock pit of his plane. MEDIA DRUM WORLD 7 The German born pilot can often be found showing off his ripped physiqueNeedless to…

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Beware the “Keeping Up With the Joneses” Trap of a Minimalist Lifestyle

Minimalism is having a moment. At its core is a useful message about conscious consumption and mindful living, which is great. However, as minimalist Anthony Ongaro points out, many people make a common mistake with minimalism: they turn it into a lifestyle trend they have to keep up with. People have different ideas of what minimalism should be, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with simply appreciating it from an aesthetic or design perspective. The problem is, many people gravitate toward the “less is more” lifestyle only to turn it into…

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Brainstorm Health Daily: February 15, 2017

Merck is the latest company to weather bad news in the Alzheimer’s drug race, halting a late-stage trial yesterday in an experimental amyloid-targeting candidate called verubecestat after a data monitoring committee said there was “virtually no chance of finding a positive clinical effect,” Reuters reported. Merck shares got hammered in after-hours trading Tuesday evening and during the early morning rush, but had fully recovered by mid-morning. (The stock is actually at a 52-week high now.) Who knows? Maybe savvy traders expected the rotten news. After all, Merck simply joins a…

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The confused future of health care

With a new administration in Washington, it’s widely accepted that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, isn’t likely to survive in its current form. But nobody seems to know whether it will be replaced or repealed, or what shape health care coverage will take in the future. The experts who met for a Kennedy Schoolpanel on the subject Monday evening didn’t presume to answer those questions, but they did pinpoint the crucial issues for the transition. While they disagreed on possible replacements, they agreed that any solution…

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Taking Care: Health charter goes beyond patient-doctor to whole world

– When updating the Catholic Church’s medical and bioethical charter, experts decided it wasn’t enough to aim the guidelines at health care professionals. The entire “ecosystem” encompassing medical workers, patients, the sick and vulnerable had to be addressed, said the head of the drafting committee. Everything in the system — laws, social policies, economic situations, war, injustice, drug and insurance companies, social and family networks and the environment — can have an impact on people’s right to life and access to basic healthcare, said Camillian Father Augusto Chendi, undersecretary delegate…

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Why These ‘Revolutionary’ ’80s Gadgets Totally Failed

Besides bad hair, pleated jeans, and 21 Jump Street, the ‘80s brought us a remarkable technological revolution. Nintendo changed the living room forever with the introduction of the NES in 1985. IBM, Apple, and the Commodore 64 ushered the personal PC into our lives. Even the internet breathed a few gasps of air with NFSNet and the rise of the teen hacker. But anyone who has ever funded a Kickstarter knows that with extraordinary growth in the technology sector comes extraordinary failure. Some devices were doomed to fail—either the prototypes were…

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Meizu M5s launched: Here are the features, specs and price

The rumors were right, Meizu announced a new smartphone dubbed the Meizu M5s on Wednesday. The Android phone will come in two storage variants and have been reasonably priced. A successor to the Meizu M5 that was launched in China last October, the new M5s sports an aluminium body with a 5.2-inch IPS display with HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution. The Meizu M5s was made official at an event in Beijing, China Processor, Storage & Camera  The phone is powered by a MediaTek MT6753 processor, coupled with Mali-T720 GPU…

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Meizu M5s Launched: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Meizu on Wednesday launched the M5s smartphone in China, and it will go on sale in the country from Monday, February 20. The smartphone has been launched in two variants – 16GB storage at CNY 799 (roughly Rs. 7,800) and 32GB storage at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 9,700) – and will be available in Rose Gold, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, and Star Grey colours. The Meizu M5s is the successor of the Meizu M5, and is a dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) smartphone that runs Flyme 6.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It…

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Nokia 3310 on the comeback trail, report says

NEW YORK, Feb 15 — The 2017 Mobile World Congress will introduce a new version of the classic Nokia 3310 handset, according to a new report on the phone brand’s plans. A higher end offering, the Android 7.0 powered Nokia 6, will be announced for international release at Mobile World Congress at which Nokia and its new owner, HMD Global, are presenting on February 26, 2017. It had announced the Nokia 6 for launch in China early 2017 at the beginning of the year. With its Nokia 6 at €249…

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