Lauren Ashburn/Howard Kurtz: How Hillary Became the Middle East Story
Israel and Hamas have finally agreed to a cease-fire in Gaza, but the Middle East deadlock remains. Lauren Ashburn and Howard Kurtz on why the media narrative focuses on Hillary Clinton.
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So what’s a tweet, a Facebook like or
a picture on Instagram really worth?
For the 30 students from Kansas City
who participate in the program
Minddrive, social media will literally
fuel their road trip to Washington
later this month.
“Minddrive is an after-school program
for at-risk kids and we teach them
about math and science, technology
and the environment through hands-on
projects,” CEO Steve Rees explains in
the company’s promotional video
shared on YouTube.
You don’t get to be the world’s largest furniture store without delivering popular, accessible design at a reasonable price. When you throw in eco-sensitive and durable construction and a tiny Allen key, you’ve got a world-beater, and that’s Ikea.
When you add in a do-it-yourself attitude, an informed design aesthetic and crowd-sourced problem-solving, you’ve got something very different: IkeaHackers.
Everyone loves pizza, and everyone loves astronauts, so when you put pizza, a Star Trek food replicator, and NASA together, how could you miss?
3D printing is currently considered The Coolness in nerdland, and we have to admit it’d be a pretty jaded futurist who wouldn’t consider it pretty amazing technology. It’s the promise with which science fiction has long tantalized us: Whatever you can design or imagine can be yours, with the click of a mouse.
On a really bad day, a quick, inaccurate tweet can spiral a news story out of control, as seen prominently during the coverage of the recent bombings in Boston. As of now, Twitter doesn’t have its own fix.
As the Atlantic’s Brian Fung reported earlier this month, software developer Stonly Baptiste – whose daytime job is with the Pennsylvania-based company independenceIT – has developed a plug-in app that could solve the problem. He named it Retweet Retwact or Retwact (see what he did there?).
We Are Not the Dead documents the effects of war in a virtual photo gallery. The images portray 15 British soldiers before, during and after serving in Afghanistan and are captioned with their thoughts from each time period. Between yearnings for the feel of carpet underfoot and expressions of repatriated culture shock (pink hair!) it chronicles the limitless human capacity to normalize anything, even IEDs. It is just how we cope.
“It was a nightmare trying to extract [a wounded soldier] and get the chopper in while we were in water up to your chin, it was horrible,” says Private Ben Frater, 21. “And now we are home? It’s strange. Quiet. I find that I’m getting bored easily after 10 minutes. I feel anxious all the time that I should be doing something.”