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The working Lego keyboard of your nerdy dreams is here – CNET

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Click these bricks. (Credit: Jason Allemann) Back in 2005, Lego tinkerer Jason Allemann attempted to build a prototype of a working keyboard out of Lego using the membrane from a curved Microsoft Natural keyboard. The curves fought back, and the project was never finished. Fast-forward to 2014 and Allemann has taken another stab at it, this time successfully creating a classic flat keyboard using Legos. For the new project, the…

For Hateful Comic in France, Muzzle Becomes a Megaphone – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Dolled up or working, Barbie reduces girls’ career dreams, but Mrs. Potato … – Washington Post (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Ad group slams Barbie tie-in with Girl Scouts – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Girl Scout “Barbie” patch(Photo: Girl Scouts of America) Story Highlights Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood objects to Barbie “participation patch.” It also objects to website and booklet that links Barbie to Girl Scouts Girl Scouts says the tie-in “teaches girls about inspiring women in a fun way” It’s one thing for Barbie to strut her stuff on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in a sexy one-piece. But it’s another thing…

New realistically-proportioned ‘Anti-Barbie’ touches a nerve – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

There’s a new doll that’s making a lot of headlines and getting praise for… well… not being Barbie. Pittsburgh artist Nickolay Lamm created Lammily, a more lifelike doll, which is shorter, broader and has a thicker neck than the traditional Barbie. Lammily also struts in sporty clothes to promote fitness. (Via KTVK) “I used this model. It represents the average 19-year-old American woman.” “Using data from the Centers for Disease Control…

About ‘Faces of Barbie’ interactive graphic – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Over Barbie’s 55 years of existence, her body has sparked countless debates over beauty standards. Largely overlooked is what the iconic doll’s changing face says about American culture.(Photo: Jeff Dionise, USA TODAY) The interactive graphic “Faces of Barbie” details the evolution of the iconic doll’s facial features, from the subtle to more obvious. For example, Barbie started smiling in 1977. The idea stemmed from a desire to focus on this…

An extended look inside Comic Con Sacramento – News10.net

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Lego Sandcrawler rolls through ‘Star Wars’ universe – CNET

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lego will release its new Sandcrawler set in May. It will cost $300. (Credit: Lego) When I saw “Star Wars” the first time, on opening day in 1977, I had to wait in line for more than an hour to get in. Which meant that by the time I entered the theater — San Francisco’s famous Coronet — the first thing I saw on screen was the Jawas’ Sandcrawler, rolling…

How Peer Pressure Explains Vaccination Rates – LiveScience.com

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

  The nurse in this 2006 photograph was in the process of administering an intramuscular vaccination in the left shoulder muscle of a young girl. The nurse was pinching the overlying shoulder skin, in order to immobilize the injection site. Credit: CDC In a purely rational world, vaccination rates would vacillate constantly depending on how much people fear getting sick. That’s what attempts to model vaccination rates mathematically have found….

UNICEF, government vaccinating over 1.7 million children in Guinea amid … – UNICEF (press release)

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

Press release UNICEF, government vaccinating over 1.7 million children in Guinea amid measles outbreak CONAKRY, Guinea/DAKAR, Senegal, 11 February 2014 – As the death toll and the number of suspected cases of measles continue to rise in Guinea, UNICEF and the Government of Guinea have kicked off a massive emergency campaign to vaccinate over 1.7 million children in an effort to stop the spread of measles throughout the country. Over…

UNICEF gets assistance to children evacuated from besieged area of Homs – UNICEF (press release)

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

News note UNICEF gets assistance to children evacuated from besieged area of Homs HOMS, Syria 11 February 2014 – At least 500 women and children were among civilians evacuated from the besieged old city of Homs over the past few days during the ongoing humanitarian operation being undertaken by the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. The humanitarian pause was the first that the UN has brokered in…

Vaccination exemptions still on states’ legislative agendas – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

Most of the bills introduced in those 18 states sought to expand the exemptions available to school immunization requirements, but none of those bills passed, researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. In California, a bill signed into law in 2012 allows parents to send their children to public school without vaccinations after they submit a form signed by a health professional affirming that they had been…

Exclusive: PM Pediatrics raises $14 million from Scopia – Fortune (blog)

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

After-hours urgent care chain PM Pediatrics raises $14 million from Scopia Capital Management. FORTUNE — PM Pediatrics, a chain of after-hours pediatric care clinics in New York and New Jersey, has quietly raised $14 million from the private equity unit of $4 billion hedge investment manager Scopia Capital Management. This is the second time that Scopia has backed PM Pediatrics, having previously invested $10 million. The basic value proposition of…

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Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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