Lab In Berkeley Accidentally Discovers Solution To Fix Color Blindness

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 For millions of Americans, color blindness is a reality. A solution has been developed in a Bay Area lab, made by a researcher working on another problem.

Marc Drucker sees the world differently. “I’m moderately to severely color blind,” he told KPIX 5.

For Drucker, driving has always been a chore. “A hard time telling difference between the flashing red and the flashing yellow lights,” he said.

Drucker has a type of color blindness where the red and green cones on his eyes overlap, a genetic defect that left him seeing muted, dull colors for 45 years, until he found Enchroma CX sunglasses.

“I describe it like I’ve got a bit of a superpower now,” Drucker said.

Ten million men suffer from color blindness. KPIX 5 went inside the Berkeley lab where the Enchroma CX glasses are made.

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FCC overturns state laws that protect ISPs from local competition

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The Federal Communications Commission today voted to preempt state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that prevent municipal broadband providers from expanding outside their territories.

The action is a year in the making. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced in February 2014 his intention to override state laws designed to protect private cable companies and telcos from public sector competition. Wheeler took his cue from the federal appeals court ruling that overturned net neutrality rules; tucked away in that decision was one judge’s opinion that the FCC has the authority to preempt “state laws that prohibit municipalities from creating their own broadband infrastructure to compete against private companies.”

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‘Gestapo’ tactics at US police ‘black site’ ring alarm from Chicago to Washington

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The US Department of Justice and embattled mayor Rahm Emanuel are under mounting pressure to investigate allegations of what one politician called “CIA or Gestapo tactics” at a secretive Chicago police facility exposed by the Guardian.

Politicians and civil-rights groups across the US expressed shock upon hearing descriptions of off-the-books interrogation at Homan Square, the Chicago warehouse that multiple lawyers and one shackled-up protester likened to a US counter-terrorist black site in a Guardian investigation published this week.

As two more people came forward detailing their stories of being “held hostage” and “strapped” inside Homan Square without access to an attorney or an official public record of their detention by Chicago police, officials and activists said the allegations merited further inquiry and risked aggravating wounds over community policing and race that have reached as high as the White House.

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There’s a massive new leak of confidential spy files from MI6, Mossad and the FSB

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Al-Jazeera has obtained hundreds of confidential “spy cables” from some of the world’s top intelligence agencies, in what the news channel is calling “the largest intelligence leak since Snowden.”

Documents from Britain’s MI6 and Israel’s Mossad are included, along with the Russian FSB, South African SSA and the Australian ASIO. (No American intelligence agencies appear to be included.) Al-Jazeera is publishing the leaks over the coming days in conjunction with the Guardian, promising that they will provide “an unprecedented insight into operational dealings of the shadowy and highly politicised realm of global espionage.”

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Stephen Hawking: We’re Doomed Unless We Colonize Other Planets

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Stephen Hawking, perhaps the brightest mind this planet has to offer, says we’re doomed. That is, life on Planet Earth—summers at the beach, winters spent indoors playing World of Warcraft while listening to Paul van Dyk compilations—will come to an end unless we either A) stop being jerks to each other or B) colonize other planets. Woo!

The gist of his argument is that humans are dangerous little creatures. He specifically points to the Cuban Missile Crisis as a moment in time where we were perilously close to wiping ourselves completely off the face of the planet. That would have been inconvenient, yes.

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The New French Hacker-Artist Underground

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Thirty years ago, in the dead of night, a group of six Parisian teenagers pulled off what would prove to be a fateful theft. They met up at a small café near the Eiffel Tower to review their plans—again—before heading out into the dark. Lifting a grate from the street, they descended a ladder to a tunnel, an unlit concrete passageway carrying a cable off into the void. They followed the cable to its source: the basement of the ministry of telecommunications. Horizontal bars blocked their way, but the skinny teens all managed to wedge themselves through and ascend to the building’s ground floor. There they found three key rings in the security office and a logbook indicating that the guards were on their rounds.

But the guards were nowhere to be seen. The six interlopers combed the building for hours, encountering no one, until they found what they were looking for at the bottom of a desk drawer—maps of the ministry’s citywide network of tunnels. They took one copy of each map, then returned the keys to the security office. Heaving the ministry’s grand front door ajar, they peeked outside; no police, no passersby, no problem. They exited onto the empty Avenue de Ségur and walked home as the sun rose. The mission had been so easy that one of the youths, Natacha, seriously asked herself if she had dreamed it. No, she concluded: “In a dream, it would have been more complicated.”

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Siberian Express Makes It to The West

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A strong ridge of high pressure aloft over the NE Pacific will force the bitter cold southward into BC and the Prairies starting early next week as the steering flow remains out of the northwest, which cuts off the milder, Pacific air into western Canada.

This type of pattern also means any storms or fronts that come into BC will be colder and drier than usual, but overall the pattern result in much less precipitation than normal the next two weeks.

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Woman Saved Her Relatives From Ebola and is Now Coming to U.S. for Nursing School

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The 22-year-old, who was in her final year of nursing school earlier this year, single-handedly took care of her father, mother, sister and cousin when they became ill with Ebola beginning in July.

And she did so with remarkable success. Three out of her four patients survived. That’s a 25% death rate — considerably better than the estimated Ebola death rate of 70%.

Kekula stayed healthy, which is noteworthy considering that hundreds of health care workers have become infected with Ebola, and she didn’t even have personal protection equipment — those white space suits and goggles used in Ebola treatment units.

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Equal Justice Initiative

Compliments of Bill Moyers

A new Equal Justice Initiative report has found that lynchings in which mobs raided jailhouses to hang, torture and burn alive black men occurred more often in the South than was previously known. 
The group documented 3,959 victims of lynching. In this clip, theologian James H. Cone says lynching terrorized people throughout the country, not only in the South — and says “legal lynching” is still happening today.

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Shooting At Copenhagen Free Speech Event

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A gunman opened fire Saturday on a Copenhagen cultural center, killing one man in what authorities called a terror attack against a free speech event featuring an artist who had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.

The shooting, which also wounded three police officers, came a month after extremists killed 12 people at a satirical newspaper in Paris that had sparked Muslim outrage with its depictions of Muhammad.

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