January 24 was the birthday of Arturo “Arthur” Alfonso Schomburg (1874-1938), the Black historian and critical figure of the Harlem Renaissance, and a Black liberation activist and writer who shone the spotlight on the legacy of people of African descent. Schomburg helped inspire African-Americans, Afro-Latinos and others throughout the diaspora.
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There are lots of things most of us never contemplate when we fantasize about living in space: What happens to your arms when they don’t naturally fall at your sides? Do you keep your callouses when you aren’t walking? What’s it like to sleep in free fall?
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Apple and Microsoft have a long and strange history. The latest chapter in this on-again, off-again affair is the rumor that Microsoft is releasing the Windows Phone keyboard on iOS. Apple’s former greatest rival is reportedly testing the keyboard internally, and they want to make the keyboard publicly available sometime in the near future.
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Researchers at MIT and Harvard figured out how to produce pancreatic beta cells — the ones that produce insulin — in large quantities back in 2014. The same intercollegiate team announced in the journal Nature on Monday that they’ve now managed to implant those cells into mice that have been genetically designed to suffer from Type 1 diabetes — without the cells being rejected.
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Five causes of death account for nearly half of all deaths in children and adolescents worldwide, a new report finds.
Globally, there were 7.7 million deaths among children and adolescents in 2013, according to the report. The vast majority of these deaths — 6.3 million — were in children under age 5. There were about 480,000 deaths among children ages 5 to 9, and 970,000 in children ages 10 to 19.
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EIGHT-TRACKS GAVE WAY to cassettes, which gave way to compact discs, which gave way to streaming audio and hi-res files. If there’s one constant in the music biz, it is that every format eventually yields to newer, better technology. All but vinyl, that is. Somehow, records have not only endured, but lately they’ve enjoyed a renaissance.
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To give some of the millions of refugees in Europe access to education and asylum application information, Google is equipping nonprofits in Germany with Chromebooks. The company announced a $5.3 million grantand the launch of Project Reconnect, an initiative with NetHope that will distribute the computers to organizations working with refugees. Google says the Chromebook has a proven track record when it comes to education, and in this case, it can be used to run learning and language apps or provide access to government info for those seeking asylum.
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