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It’s official: Hillary Clinton’s logo is actually perfect

As soon Hillary Clinton announced her presidential bid, commentators began dissecting each and every aspect of her communications strategy. Despite a few critics, many noted that the launch video successfully installed Clinton’s campaign as a collective effort rather than emphasizing that Clinton was “destined” for the presidency.

What instead provoked nothing but bad reviews was the logo design—a patriotically blue, red and white “H” with an arrow pointing right at the center. Why is the arrow red (the Republican color in the US), some asked, and why is it pointing toward the right? Were voters going to interpret it as an imminent shift towards more conservative positions? Others plainly stated that the logo didn’t say anything at all. Quartz’s Anne Quito weighed in with the following:

As unoriginal and clunky as it may appear, Clinton’s logo is perfectly functional. It’s unique enough, with utility that holds up across print, broadcast, and digital platforms. On Twitter, the red arrow is even a nifty, albeit unnecessary, device that directs the eye right to the messenger.

Clinton’s new logo builds upon Obama’s “O,” which was much closer to a corporate brand than a traditional political logo.


Computer independently solves 120 year old biological mystery

For the first time ever a computer has managed to develop a new scientific theory using only its artificial intelligence, and with no help from human beings.

Computer scientists and biologists from Tufts University programmed the computer so that it was able to develop a theory independently when it was faced with a scientific problem. The problem they chose was one that has been puzzling biologists for 120 years. The genes of sliced-up flatworms are capable of regenerating in order to form new organisms -- this is a long-documented phenomenon, but scientists have been mystified for years over exactly what happens to the cells to make this possible.

By presenting the computer with this problem, however, it was able to reverse engineer a solution that could explain the mechanism of the process, known as planaria. The details discovered by the computer have been published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, along with the artificial intelligence method used to develop the theory.

The significant thing that the two researchers Daniel Lobo and Michael Levin were hoping to discover was not how new tissue is generated, but how it knows what shape and proportions to grow in. That information is locked away in our genes.



No One Knows What to Do With Fukushima’s Endless Tanks of Radioactive Water

This is what passes for good news from Fukushima Daiichi, the Japanese nuclear power plant devastated by meltdowns and explosions after a cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami in 2011: By the end of last month, workers had succeeded in filtering most of the 620,000 tons of toxic water stored at the site, removing almost all of the radioactive materials.

After numerous false starts and technical glitches, most of the stored water has been run through filtration systems to remove dangerous strontium-90, as well as many other radionuclides. TEPCO, the Japanese utility that operates the power plant, trumpeted the achievement: “This is a significant milestone for improving the environment for our surrounding communities and for our workers,” said Naohiro Masuda, TEPCO’s chief decommissioning officer, in a press release.

But it’s not quite so easy to bounce back from a nuclear disaster of this scale. For one thing, don’t take TEPCO’s statement too literally: No one is living in the “surrounding communities”—they’re far too contaminated for human habitation. Furthermore, the filtered water is still full of tritium, a radioactive version of hydrogen. (When two neutrons are added to the element, it becomes unstable, prone to emitting electrons.) Tritium bonds with oxygen just like normal hydrogen does, to produce radioactive “tritiated water.” It’s impractical—or at least extremely difficult and expensive—to separate tritiated water from normal water.

Hence TEPCO’s dilemma—which gets bigger by the day.The enormous volume of water comes from the ongoing need to keep the three melted-down reactor cores cool. More than four years after the disaster, pumps still must pour a constant stream of water into the pressure vessels that contain the radioactive cores. But the meltdowns and explosions rendered those vessels leaky, so TEPCO collects the water that seeps out, as well as rainwater that flows down the hills and through the shattered buildings.



Undercover cop convicted of felony in biker-gang beating

Now he’s unmasked — and facing serious jail time.

A Manhattan judge Tuesday convicted an undercover cop of felony assault and other raps for his role in the brutal motorcycle gang beating of a Tribeca dad in front of his wife and infant daughter.

Off-duty ​undercover ​NYPD Detective Wojciech Braszczok, 34 — who for the first time, left the courtroom without trying to protect his identity by obscuring his face — faces a minimum of two years behind bars and as much as seven years in prison when he’s sentenced Aug​. 5.

He is expected to lose his job because of the felony conviction, law enforcement sources said.

Braszczok, who was acquitted of the top count of gang assault, was also found guilty of coercion, riot and criminal mischief.



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Jeb Bush staff shake-up: Sign he's losing 'invisible primary'?

Jeb Bush shook up his staff Monday amid reports that he and his supporters aren’t pleased with the progress, or lack thereof, of his campaign for the White House.

Yes, we know he hasn’t officially declared yet. That’s supposed to happen in Miami on June 15. But Mr. Bush has been running hard in the invisible primary stage of the GOP nomination contest. He’s been courting donors and party leaders and trying to build his image. And that hasn’t been going so well. He hasn’t lost the invisible primary, but he isn’t winning it either.

The money is indeed flowing in. But in early polls Bush is bunched together in a front-runner tier with others, such as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Floridian Sen. Marco Rubio. Republican luminaries aren’t exactly lining up to endorse him and jump on his team.

There’s no growing sense of inevitability about the Bush effort. In that sense Jeb is already behind where his brother George W. was at a similar point in 1999.



U.S.-led airstrikes aid Al Qaeda affiliate against ISIS

BEIRUT: U.S.-led aircraft have for the first time bombed ISIS fighters as they battled rival Syrian rebels including the Nusra Front, an activist group said Sunday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described the overnight raids in northern Aleppo as an intervention on the side of the rival rebels, which include forces who have been targeted previously by U.S.-led strikes.

“The coalition carried out at least four strikes overnight targeting ISIS positions in the town of Suran,” the Britain-based Observatory said.

“It’s the first time that the international coalition has supported non-Kurdish opposition forces fighting ISIS,” Observatory director Rami Abdel-Rahman told AFP.


In a historic shift, Turks elect Yazidis, Armenians and Roma candidates to parliament

Source: GlobalPost

ISTANBUL, Turkey — When it became clear that a Kurdish-rooted party would enter parliament for the first time in Turkish history, Kurdish towns and neighborhoods across the country erupted with deafening joy, as cars honked and fireworks exploded late into the night.

But the Kurds weren’t the only winners in Sunday’s elections. As the results rolled in, many of the country’s ethnic and religious minorities realized that they too had reason to celebrate: the new parliament is set to be the most diverse in decades.

Turkey’s Yazidi (Ali Atalan and Feleknas Uca, HDP) and Roma (Ozcan Purcu, CHP) communities will be represented in Ankara for the first time. Other freshly elected MPs include Armenians (Markar Esayan, AKP, Selina Dogan, CHP and Garo Paylan, HDP), Syriacs (Erol Dora, HDP) and Alevis, as well as a record number of women.

After a closely fought election, Turkey faces a coalition government. President Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has lost its absolute majority, taking only 258 of the parliament’s 550 seats.

Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/article/6575980/2015/06/09/kurds-werent-only-winners-turkeys-game-changing-election
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