This Fashion Editor Will Help You Shop Like a Style Insider

When Booth Moore graduated from high school, she didn’t want a car or a EuroRail pass, like most of her friends. Instead, she wanted a southwestern-style blanket coat with silver buttons from Ralph Lauren. She didn’t just want to acquire the coat—she wanted to go buy it herself at the Ralph Lauren Mansion on Madison Avenue. As another graduation gift, one of Moore’s friends drew a picture of her wearing that jacket on the cover of the erstwhile YM magazine, where she interned one summer in high school. To this day, the jacket…

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How AI will transform education in 2017

Education has mostly followed the same structure for centuries — e.g., the “sage on a stage” and “assembly line” models. As AI continues to disrupt industries like consumer electronics, ecommerce, media, transportation, and healthcare, is education the next big opportunity? Given that education is the foundation that prepares people to pursue advancements in all the other fields, it has the potential to be the most impactful application of AI. Key trends The three segments of the education market — K-12, higher education, and corporate training — are going through transitions. In…

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Tokyo’s Olympic medals will be crafted from old gadgets

Tokyo’s olympic planning committee has a novel idea for crafting new medals: old technology. Instead of relying on mining companies for new gold, silver and bronze, it’s turning to the public and its swathes of unwanted, forgotten gadgets. You might not realize it, but your smartphone and household appliances contain small amounts of these precious materials. Starting in April, public offices and more than 2,400 NTT Docomo stores will offer collection boxes in Japan. The initial target is eight tons of metal, which will be whittled down to two tons…

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If Obamacare Dies, Cities Will Feel It

Every year, about 300 children under age 6 turn up with elevated blood-lead levels among the thousands of lab tests surveilled by Houston’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program. In the vast majority of cases, their staff follows up. Health officers reach out to parents to ensure that their kids are receiving care. Lead inspectors visit the aging homes in which those kids often live, and remediation crews scrape and replace the toxic paint from window frames and siding. Educators knit themselves into communities, educating schools, churches, PTA groups, and organizations…

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Will FDA Guidance, Or Lack Thereof, Affect Food And Beverage Litigation?

With the number of class action lawsuits brought against food and beverage manufacturers over allegedly poor labeling and marketing on the rise, companies and their attorneys are looking for more guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But would more guidance, guidelines, rules and regulations, or better enforcement, slow the surge? A spokeswoman for the FDA told Legal Newsline that the agency does not track class action lawsuits filed against food and drug makers. “It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure their food is safe and properly…

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Charleston gunman will not use mental health to avoid death penalty

Convicted murderer Dylann Roof will not ask jurors to take his mental health into consideration next month during the death penalty phase of his trial for killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. In a handwritten note filed in a South Carolina federal court on Friday, Roof, an avowed white supremacist, wrote, “I will not be calling mental health experts or presenting mental health evidence.” Roof was found guilty on Thursday of 33 charges of federal hate crimes after a six-day trial featuring harrowing testimony about the night of…

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Ten Food Trends That Will Shape 2017

Next year promises to be one of the most exciting in the history of food and retailing as technology takes a bigger role in food production, retail environments and consumer communication, and as a new administration in Washington promises to make significant changes to the agencies that will have a direct impact on food production and policies. Trend #1. Silicon Valley & Food CB Insights estimates that over $1 billion has been invested in food startups and projects in 2016 alone. Why does Silicon Valley love food? Food meets the sustainability…

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These 8 lifestyle changes will give you the lean body you always wanted

Are you completely happy with the way you lead your life? Content with the kind of fitness and food path you’ve chosen for yourself? If your answer is no, sports nutritionist Kinita Kadakia Patel has some important insights to help you get your life on track. With the launch of her first book, The Athlete in You, Kadakia goes in-depth into the life of an athlete—what they eat, how they exercise, their discipline and dedication—inspiring the rest of us to follow suit. “If you truly want to obtain an athletic…

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Brexit will lead to cheaper food if right policies adopted, says OBR official

British households are on course to enjoy cheaper food after Brexit if the UK returns to the system of farming subsidies adopted before joining the European Union, a top official from the Office for Budget Responsibility has claimed. Sir Stephen Nickell said breaking away from the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) and returning to subsidies where the UK “traded at world market prices in agricultural products” and compensated farmers to ensure they didn’t “all go bankrupt” could also reduce Britain’s borrowing bill. Asked to describe the possible “positive” aspects of…

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Trump’s Presidency Will Be a Disaster for Public Education

I didn’t post here until recently because America’s election of the least qualified president in our history has me scrambling to assess and mitigate the damage. Much of what he’s done so far doesn’t yet touch on geology, which is what this blog is mainly concerned with – but we will be talking about the threat to our national parks, and there will doubtless be impacts on the USGS and other agencies responsible for essential geological services like volcano monitoring, seismic studies, and similar. Trump is already showing which direction…

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