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Zimbabwe's Reported Plan to Export Baby Elephants Raises Outcry Against Animal Trade

National Geographic - 1 hour 8 min ago
Zimbabwe reportedly has rounded up dozens of baby elephants from a national park for export to China.
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Oliver Burkeman: family mind games at Christmas

The Guardian - 1 hour 8 min ago

‘Family fights and failing marriages aren’t our own unique tribulations. They’re just variations on “games” we all unwittingly play. This week, why not try to catch yourself in the act?’

As Christmas approaches, my thoughts turn to a legendary gentleman with a white beard, famous for his concern with children’s good or bad behaviour, and for his reindeer. I’m talking about Sigmund Freud. (I was lying about the reindeer.) The rest of the time, we can tell ourselves that Freud’s theories were debunked decades ago, but during family dramas over Christmas dinner, or the other arguments that flare when relatives reunite, it’s easier to see how human relations might be a matter of long-suppressed wounds, unconscious resentments and similar forces beyond reason’s grasp. Fifty years ago this year, a maverick Freudian from Canada, Eric Berne, published his own twist on that idea. Games People Play became the self-help sensation of the 60s, and it’s not hard to see why: Berne rips the lid off our family fights, failing marriages and the rest. These aren’t our own unique tribulations, he argues. Instead, they’re just variations on a small number of predictable “games” we all unwittingly play. This week, why not try to catch yourself in the act?

Berne’s approach, “transactional analysis”, holds that we’re always playing one of three roles: parent, child or adult. Unsurprisingly, the ideal way for two grown-ups to interact is adult-to-adult. But that happens rarely. Instead, a boss unconsciously acts like a parent to her underlings, who respond like children, testing her boundaries and throwing fits. Or one spouse will implicitly demand to be parented by the other, only to feel fury when that’s what transpires. Berne’s games have names such as See What You Made Me Do and Look How Hard I’m Trying – and their point, he explains, isn’t their overt content but their covert payoffs. In Why Don’t You, Yes But, person A is facing a dilemma, but finds a reason to reject every suggestion person B makes. When B finally gives up, A is victorious, though the dilemma remains unsolved. In Now I’ve Got You, You Son Of A Bitch, person A locks on to some tiny injustice, then refuses to move on until person B concedes defeat – all because A yearns to assert parental dominance. “Ever since early childhood,” Berne writes of one such player, obsessed with a trivial error in a plumber’s bill, “he had looked for similar injustices, received them with delight, and exploited them with the same vigour.” Remind you of anyone? I bet it does.

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Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea over Sony cyberattack

Reuters - 1 hour 43 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a foreign dictator imposing censorship in America.
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Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

AP News - December 19, 2014 - 11:15pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica....
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Parishville-Hopkintoa s Backyard Geology class creating time capsule for Class of 2027

geology topix - December 19, 2014 - 11:09pm

Students enrolled in kindergarten at Parishville-Hopkinton Central school had an opportunity this week to participate in a very special project that will culminate with the opening of a time capsule some time during their senior year. “Every year we ask our seniors to do a legacy project,” he said, noting several classes have painted murals in the school.

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Young adults better at texting while driving

CBS - December 19, 2014 - 9:45pm
Researchers found that adults in their forties and fifties were four times more likely to swerve while texting than younger drivers
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VIDEO: Mexico welcomes migrating butterflies

BBC - December 19, 2014 - 9:41pm
Millions of monarch butterflies have arrived in Mexico's forests as part of their annual migration from Canada and the United States.
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Nature's own tornado detector saves migrating birds, study finds

LA Times - December 19, 2014 - 9:37pm
Ornithologist Henry Streby was happy enough that songbirds weighing less than two nickels managed to carry tiny electronic sensors from Tennessee to Colombia and back.
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Nature's own tornado detector saves migrating birds, study finds

Wild Music in the News - December 19, 2014 - 9:37pm
Ornithologist Henry Streby was happy enough that songbirds weighing less than two nickels managed to carry tiny electronic sensors from Tennessee to Colombia and back.

Court puts gray wolf back on endangered species list

CBS - December 19, 2014 - 9:20pm
The ruling comes after two states legalized the hunting and trapping of wolves, which resulted in the killing of 1,500 animals
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Putting the color in Yellowstone's famed thermal springs

LA Times - December 19, 2014 - 9:15pm
They've thrilled visitors to Yellowstone National Park for well over a century -- simmering ponds of brilliant, rainbow colors with unforgettable names like Grand Prismatic Spring and Sapphire Pool.
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ISS astronaut uses 3D printer to make socket wrench in space

The Guardian - December 19, 2014 - 9:03pm

Digital design emailed to zero-gravity printer on International Space Station and used to produce working ratchet

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Low oil prices threatening fracking industry

CBS - December 19, 2014 - 9:01pm
Shale oil producers could lose business if oil prices stay below $60
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Israel bombs Gaza militant base after rocket hits southern Israel

Reuters - December 19, 2014 - 8:07pm
GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip on Friday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.

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Kepler's still got it! Space telescope spots SUPER-EARTH 180 light years away

Register - December 19, 2014 - 7:59pm
Damaged 'scope still producing good science

The Kepler space telescope might be damaged goods, but the clever hacks created by NASA's engineers have kept it running and it has spotted a new – if distant – planet that could harbor water, just like Earth.…

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Real-world doctors fact-check Dr. Oz, and the results aren't pretty

LA Times - December 19, 2014 - 7:54pm
What do real-world doctors have to say about the advice dispensed on “The Dr. Oz Show”? Less than one-third of it can be backed up by even modest medical evidence.
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New record: Ethereal deep-sea fish lives 5 miles underwater [Video]

LA Times - December 19, 2014 - 7:46pm
Scientists have discovered a new species of fish that glides gently through the water on white, translucent wings 5 miles beneath the ocean surface.
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Antarctic science archive unlocked

BBC - December 19, 2014 - 7:19pm
Aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula.
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FDA approves new ovarian cancer drug

LA Times - December 19, 2014 - 7:16pm
Opening a new chapter in the use of genomic science to fight cancer, the Food & Drug Administration on Friday approved olaparib, a medication for advanced ovarian cancer associated with a defective BRCA gene.
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EPA to regulate coal ash to prevent spills

CBS - December 19, 2014 - 6:55pm
After accidents that dumped tons of coal ash into U.S. rivers, the new rules would allow for the closure of contaminating disposal sites
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