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Jul 28

Comcast Confessions: when every call is a sales call

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When AOL executive and Comcast customer Ryan Block recently tried to cancel his internet service, he ended up in a near-yelling match with a customer service representative who spent 18 minutes…
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New oral drug regimens cure hardest-to-treat hepatitis C infected patients, could improve treatment uptake

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Two new pill-only antiviral drug regimens could provide shorter, more effective treatment options with fewer side effects for the majority of patients infected with hepatitis C, even those most difficult to treat, according to the results of two…
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When Robots Come for Our Jobs, Will We Be Ready to Outsmart Them? | Opinion | WIRED

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To survive in this new environment, we human beings must foster high-level cognitive or emotional skills, and find jobs that require them.
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Potential ‘universal’ blood test for cancer discovered

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A simple blood test that can be used to diagnose whether people have cancer or not has been devised by researchers.
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This Floating Platform Could Filter The Plastic From Our Polluted Oceans

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By Vanessa Quirk (Read the original story here) Courtesy of Cristian Ehrmantraut “Plastic is an extremely durable material, taking 500 years to biodegrade, yet it’s designed to be used for an average of 5 minutes, and so it’…
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IBM Watson’s Plan to End Human Doctors’ Monopoly on Medical Know-How | MIT Technology Review

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Big Blue thinks its Jeopardy! champion Watson can make money by offering health-care providers new expertise without hiring new staff.
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A New Pure Lithium Battery Could Double Your Phone’s Life

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Virtually all of your gadgets tote lithium ion batteries—but while they’re the best you can hope for at the moment, new engineering means that pure lithium batteries are now a possibility, and they could double the life of your phone.
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A chemical-free solution to stop bread from getting mouldy (ScienceAlert)

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Scientists have finally found a way to make bread last longer—and the new method replaces chemical preservatives with plants’ active ingredients.
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Basic universal income gets even more traction—from both sides of the aisle

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I wrote yesterday morning at Hullabaloo about the growing momentum toward basic universal income as a mainstream policy idea. The idea is attractive for a number of reasons, and appeals…
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