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Friday, September 4, 2015

Donald Trump signed a GOP loyalty pledge, effectively ruling out a third-party run... French investigators formally identified the piece of debris found on Reunion Island as part of MH370... The Force Awakens in a store near you... And, are you actually getting enough sleep? These stories and more in today’s FYI!

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HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CAN FIGHT AIR POLLUTION IN CHINA

"IBM is testing a new way to alleviate Beijing’s choking air pollution with the help of artificial intelligence. The Chinese capital, like many other cities across the country, is surrounded by factories, many fueled by coal, that emit harmful particulates..."


A MAJORITY OF MILLENNIALS DON’T THINK THEY ARE MILLENNIALS

"One of the first big media explorations of the term "millennial" came from the pages of Advertising Age magazine. There was a book that came out in September 2000 called "Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation," and within a few months, AdAge's Bonnie Tsui laid out a few thousand words about what this new generation meant for brands..."


OBAMA LEFT A MOVING COMMENT ON A 'HUMANS OF NEW YORK' PHOTO FROM IRAN

"A recent photograph of an Iranian father and his young son posted to the popular "Humans of New York" Facebook page caught the attention of US President Barack Obama..."


HOW AN OHIO REPORTER HELPED CONVICT MORE THAN 100 RAPISTS

"On a recent Tuesday morning, members of the DNA Cold Case task force in Cleveland, Ohio, gathered for their weekly meeting. The conference room filled with detectives, prosecutors, a crime analyst, several victim advocates—and one journalist. Rachel Dissell is a reporter for The Plain Dealer, one of two who first uncovered and wrote about neglected rape kits at the Cleveland Police Department in 2010..."


HARRY POTTER AND THE NEVER-ENDING STORY

"September 1st, 2015 marked a curious footnote in Harry Potter marginalia: According to the series’s elaborate timeline, rarely referenced in the books themselves, it was the day James S. Potter, Harry’s eldest son, started school at Hogwarts..."


HOW PEOPLE WITH TYPE A PERSONALITIES CAN BECOME BETTER LISTENERS

"The phrase Type A personality was originally coined by two cardiologists in the 1950s, based on observations of how middle-aged men with heart conditions behaved in the waiting room. Doctors labeled patients who couldn’t sit still, sat on the edge of their seats, or jumped up frequently "Type A," and subsequently conducted research that showed those people were more likely to develop heart disease and high blood pressure..."


IT’S PROBABLY A MYTH THAT WE’RE NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP

"We’ve been told that the modern, connected life is taking a toll on our sleep. Compared to previous generations, studies report, we’ve been sleeping less and less every year..."


FUN FOOTNOTE

WEEKEND JUMPSTART

A Star Wars bonanza for toy makers, retailers

"Hasbro, Toys ‘R’ Us, and Lego are among the companies cashing in on The Force Awakens craze. When the original Star Wars hit theaters in 1977, unprecedented demand for action figures tied to the blockbuster movie caught toy maker Kenner Products off guard, and it was forced to sell IOUs to the brand’s earliest fanatics..."




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