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Anti-Vaxxers Revive Measles in NYC

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Measles was considered eliminated at the turn of the millennium. Now it’s back, thanks to the loons who refuse to vaccinate their children.

Of all the things to be nostalgic for, infectious diseases probably don’t make it onto many lists.However, if you happen to pine for the good old days when measles was an active public health threat, I have good news for you. The anti-vaccine crowd is bringing it back.There is currently an outbreak of measles in New York City.  Considered eliminated in the United States in 2000, last year saw a record number of outbreaks around the country. It’s only three months into 2014, and not only is the nation’s largest city seeing cases in several boroughs, but other major metropolitan areas are warning of new cases as well.

UP IN THE AIR

Drone Spies Harlem Rescue

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While safety crews were still searching for survivors, a man launched his drone to get a better look, drawing congratulations from some, and criticism for his recklessness from others.

Brian Wilson, a 45-year-old from New Jersey, was just leaving his apartment in New York City for work when his roommate informed him that two buildings at the northwest corner of 116th and Park Avenue in Harlem had collapsed.“[He] said ‘Hey, you should go there with your drone,’” Wilson tells The Daily Beast. “So I grabbed it and ran.”A systems specialist at GAGE Strategies, Wilson spends most of his days developing systems to “help young entrepreneurs” who want to start a drone business.

8 Signs You’re Way Too Stressed

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By Diana Kelly for Life by DailyBurn Unless you surround yourself with Tibetan monks, chances are, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone in your life—including you—that wouldn’t say they’re stressed about something. And while stress can sometimes be good—it can help you conquer fears or motivate you to get something done—when you’re constantly in a state of tension and anxiety, it can have an effect on your body’s physical and emotional state.

TANGLED WEB

World Wide Web Turns 25

Despite increased skepticism due to governmental web tracking and probes, the ‘ole tangled Web is still one of the most revolutionary inventions ever created, and worth celebrating.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee isn’t one for self-congratulation. His creation, which is arguably the greatest innovation of the twentieth century, turns 25 today—but he’s the sort of man who celebrates with nothing more than a brisk bicycle ride.The British physics graduate submitted a proposal for a network of computers called the World Wide Web on March 12, 1989. His boss thought the plan was “vague, but exciting,” and, over the next quarter of a century, human interaction was revolutionized.

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Micro-Smut Bad For Your Sex Life?

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GFYs are the latest technology to take off in the online porn industry—but could they be even worse for our attention spans than plain old Internet smut?

In Internet parlance, the use of “GFY” can be an encouraging, if sarcastic, acronym meaning “good for you,” or the more common and less encouraging command, “go f**k yourself.” But to a certain sub-community of porn-loving Reddit users, GFY is a marvel, a giant technological leap forward in the delivery of smut.The GFY (pronounced “jiffy”) is essentially a more technologically advanced version of the ubiquitous GIF. The images still loop like a traditional GIF, but the GFY functions more like a video: you can fast forward, rewind and pause, the quality is better, the files are smaller, and, unlike ordinary GIFs, they incorporate audio.

PLANE CRAZY

Now You Can Hunt for Flight 370

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With the help of high-res satellite images and altruistic humans, the world's leading earth imagery company has launched a campaign to scan the Gulf of Thailand for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Five days after a plane carrying 239 passengers disappeared into thin air, the international community is desperate for an answer.Any morsel of rationale for why the “supremely safe” Boeing 777 vanished is swallowed like a pill. A brief report claiming the Royal Malaysian Air force had detected the missing plane “hundreds of miles off course” dominated the news cycle Tuesday night, only to be retracted when the air force chief spoke out, denying it.

WEED WATCHER

Sanjay Gupta’s Pot Pilgrimage

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In the follow-up film to his CNN doc ‘Weed,’ Gupta continues the hunt for proven scientific benefits of medicinal marijuana.

Last summer, CNN made media waves by running Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s one-hour documentary WEED, where he followed a child named Charlotte and her family on their quest to quell her seizures. Their journey brought them, and Dr. Gupta, to medical marijuana.It’s a journey Gupta continues to pursue, with his new documentary, WEED 2: Cannabis Madness.When the first WEED aired, Dr. Gupta apologized, sincerely repentant for having poo-pooed the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

Mystery Man

The Banksy of Bitcoin

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Newsweek claims to have identified the creator of Bitcoin, the online currency, but the man they identified refuses to confess. Meanwhile, more questions pile up.

He is the most wanted man in the world. But even after his alleged identification, there are still more questions than answers about the enigmatic creator of Bitcoin.On March 6, Newsweek claimed to have located the digital currency’s legendary inventor, Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto. But the 64-year-old Japanese-American has continued to deny his involvement, saying he was simply misunderstood by the reporter and that he does not even have a working Internet connection in his home in a Los Angeles suburb.

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Pinterest’s Most Wanted

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The virtual bulletin board is now being pinged by the cops to give up users’ data. But unlike other tech firms, Pinterest is actually telling its users when law enforcement comes calling.

Pinterest shared something naughty this week—but chances are you won’t be repinning.In a message posted on their own blog, the virtual bulletin board disclosed its first ever “transparency report,” which details the 12 government requests for 13 different users’ data that the site has received in the past six months.Unlike other sites, which are asked for hundreds of thousands of user data, Pinterest’s policy is to inform every user for whom the government has requested data.

BOOK IT

The App That Speaks to Your Eyes

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A soon-to-be released app uses text streaming to make reading quick and painless. Watch out Netflix, a new time suck is on its way.

What if you could read a thousand-page book in a matter of hours?Gravity’s Rainbow on the train to work. Infinite Jest during an afternoon on the hammock. Crime and Punishment over a lunch break or two. With the technologically facilitated speed-reading offered by a new app, called Spritz, soon to be released for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Gear 2 Watch, it just might be possible.The app works by maximizing the efficiency of the movements of the human eye, called saccades, that are required to read text in a traditional format.

HOURGLASS

The Death of Barbie

As the plastic princess rings in her 55th, kids everywhere will be finding toys with more interesting stories to tell. Bad news Barbie, your days are numbered.

Barbie turns 55 today, and she doesn’t look so good.Despite a flurry of PR in the constant quest to keep America’s original teenage fashion model doll relevant—including a controversial Sports Illustrated spread and a partnership with the Girl Scouts—Barbies aren’t flying off the shelves like they used to. Girls are ditching the teen dream, yes for iPads, but also for low-tech activity toys and for dolls with more interesting stories to tell.

Modern Family

Men Shouldn’t Wait To Have Kids

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Much ink has been spilled on women’s ticking biological clocks, but take it from one dad whose aching knees and broken back are making him feel far older than his 30 years—parenting takes a physical toll on guys, too.

Everyone wants to tell you when to have babies. Economists warn that having kids early in your career can be a disastrous professional and financial move. Scientists counter that moms—and dads—who stretch their biological clocks are running serious risks for their children’s health. Demographers see our low birth rates and aging population and warn that your small, delayed families are bankrupting the country. Professional scold Susan Patton wants ladies to stop, ahem, screwing around and get married, lest your biological clock scare away potential mates in your 30s.

FALSE TRUTHS

‘HIV-Cured Baby’ Distorts Hope

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Doctors at an AIDS conference this week made headlines with another infant “cured” of HIV. But the toxic mix of PR and science left out something crucial: she’s still on treatment.

Another year, another national meeting on AIDS with reports of a baby (maybe) cured of the disease. Last year, we had the Mississippi Baby (now re-branded as the “Mississippi Child”) who seemed to be free of fully-formed virus (called “replication-competent” virus) many months after stopping potent anti-viral medications.Subsequent publication of that case in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine laid out a compelling argument that (maybe) the child, one of the 250,000 children infected with HIV that year, had indeed cleared infection from the bloodstream.

LICK THIS, NOT THAT

Hook Up Apps Have Gone Too Far

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From a threesome organizer to a tongue-on-phone oral sex guide, the era of dialing up your crush is officially over. Welcome to the sex-tech revolution that's ruining dating.

It’s hard to establish the exact tipping point at which hook-up apps made their transition from cheeky and cheerful to straight up disgusting, but that time has come, and it’s pretty unpleasant. Gone are the days of randy singles excitedly replacing their drunk dials with a hasty swipe ‘n’ meet, and in their place, a range of increasingly ridiculous sex sites encouraging phone licking, threesome engineering and auto-messaging girls sweet nothings (because writing the text yourself would be too hard).

DOD Wants to Merge You And a Robot

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From artificial mammal brains to prosthetics that feel like real limbs, the military’s blue-sky researchers are aiming to bring man and machine closer than ever before.

You've probably never looked at a mammal’s brain and thought “Gee, I wish I could yank that out of its skull and shrink it onto a chip.” Nor have you likely gazed upon a colony of ants and remarked “wouldn’t it be great if we could get spy drones to work together like that?”That’s because you don’t work for the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, the Pentagon’s way, way out science and technology arm. Their annual budget request, which they made public on Thursday, reads like something out of lost a Philip K.

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Lincoln Center, NYC | APRIL 3-5, 2014

The Women in the World 2014 Agenda

The Women in the World 2014 Agenda

The fifth annual summit hits New York's Lincoln Center stage April 3-5, 2014. Hear stirring true stories that stretch from war zones to Washington, and learn how you too can get involved. Watch LIVE on The Daily Beast starting today at 6:30PM EST!