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February 23, 2018 | Comments Off on When Olympism runs in the family

When defending Olympic champion David Wise captured another gold in the skiing halfpipe Thursday, his dad was there to see it. Tom Wise, a former college ski racer, had been very motivated to help his son succeed on snow. The motive was right, but hi…

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February 23, 2018 | Comments Off on As 'Black Panther' hits screens in Africa, 'the hero is all of us'

As 'Black Panther' hits screens in Africa, 'the hero is all of us'On a recent afternoon in a Johannesburg movie theater, the audience laughed appreciatively. Recommended: Think you know Africa? In the “Black Panther” universe, after all, Wakanda is secretly the world’s most advanced civilization, a gilded city-state that looks like Star Wars met Singapore in the center of Timbuktu.

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February 22, 2018 | Comments Off on With elections imminent, Italy pulls out the stops to fight fake news

With elections imminent, Italy pulls out the stops to fight fake newsWith parliamentary elections looming on March 4, they’ve been fighting fake news for the past three weeks of the electoral campaign. Each morning, they decide which fake story they’ll spend the day debunking, choosing from a pool of fake news, misleading titles, and articles that mix real and false elements. “In these first days of the program, when we’re still trying to show people what we do and that they can trust us, we’re focusing on the more blatantly false stories,” says Mr. Zagni, the chief editor of the team of independent fact checkers hired by Facebook Italy ahead of the election.

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February 22, 2018 | Comments Off on As midterms approach, will US offer unified defense of its elections?

As midterms approach, will US offer unified defense of its elections?Russia will try to meddle in the upcoming 2018 US mid-term elections. Will Washington be unified in defense of America when they do? Kremlin-linked social media trolls and bots, as revealed in last week’s indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller of 13 Russians and three Russian companies, are just one part of a larger strategy to further divide a nation already riven by its own partisan divisions.

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February 22, 2018 | Comments Off on What is really scarce in a water drought

What is really scarce in a water droughtEarlier this year, the South African city of Cape Town was told that it would make history by April 16. On that date, dubbed Day Zero, it was expected to become the world’s first major city to run out of water because of an extended drought. Rather, the people of Cape Town have cut their water consumption.

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