Can America ever rebuild its neighborhoods and communities?

We talk a lot about startup ecosystems around these parts, and for good reason. Strong ecosystems have great reservoirs of talent congregated close together, a culture built around helping one another on ambitious projects, and sufficient risk capital to ensure that interesting projects have the resources to get underway. Strip off the ecosystem layer though, and you are left with the actual, physical manifestation of a city or region — its housing, its transportation and mobility options, and its infrastructure. And if Charles Marohn’s Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity is any indication, a whole heck of a swath of America has little hope of ever tapping into the modern knowledge economy or creating the kind of sustainable …

The first US clinical trial of using an in-brain chip to fight opioid addiction is now underway

Opioid addiction is easily one of the top widespread healthcare issues facing the U.S., and research indicates we’re nowhere near achieving any kind of significant mitigating solution. But a team of medical researchers working at the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) and West Virginia University Medicine (WVU) are beginning a new clinical trial of a solution that uses brain-embedded technology to potentially curb opioid addiction in cases that have resisted other methods of treatment. A team of neurosurgeons from RNI and WVU successfully implanted what’s called a “deep brain simulation” or DBS device into the brain of a 33-year-old man, the first person to participate in the trial. The DBS device consists of a number of tiny electrodes, …

Shell limits North Sea gas to reduce flaring

Shell forced to burn off gas it cannot sell Exxonmobil’s plant at the site will be closed until mid December for work to be carried out to make the plant more “reliable”. Since the Fife Ethylene Plant was temporarily closed down Shell said it “did not have the storage capacity for the significant quantities of ethane produced from North Sea gas”. Shell separates methane, which is used in homes across the country to power cookers, boilers and fires, from North Sea gas at the St Fergus plant in Aberdeenshire. The rest of the mixture of North Sea gas, ethane, propane and butane is then piped to Shell’s Fife Natural Gas Liquids plant in Mossmorran. It then processes propane and butane …

Johnny Depp Accuses Amber Heard Of ‘Victim Blaming’?? Huh?? – Perez Hilton

The 33-year-old actress added: In response, his lawyers have filed documents in the case arguing Heard’s demands are an invasion of privacy. They also claim his current mental state has little to do with what may or may not have happened years ago between the former couple. “This is a defamation case in which Mr. Depp does not allege that he suffers from any mental disorder or condition. Thus, Mr. Depp’s mental condition is not ‘in controversy’ nor does good cause exist under the rule for an IME of Mr. Depp.” His lawyers went on to accuse Heard of treading “a well-worn path of victim blaming” by calling her ex’s mental health into question, explaining: Needless to say, Depp’s team …

New Animal-Free Testing Method Saves Lab Rats And Advances Research

As beneficial as science has been for humanity, and even our favored animals, tens of millions of lab rats and guinea pigs pay the ultimate price. That toll is about to fall, however, with the development of an animal-free method for testing neurotoxins. Moreover, the new technique is substantially cheaper and vastly faster, offering its inventors a flood of information likely to lead to life-saving medications, and enhancing our understanding of animal evolution at the same time. Many of our most important existing medications come from venoms, most famously captopril, which has prevented millions of heart attacks after its predecessor was discovered in Brazilian vipers. From funnel-web spiders offering the potential to limit post-stroke brain damage to coral reef fish …

California homeless encampment cleanup targets high-risk area for wildfires, flooding

Crews work to dismantle homeless encampment in the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve on Monday. (KTTV-TV) “The recent fires are a reminder that we need to keep this effort going to protect the safety of everyone,” Martinez said. The cleanup operation that began Monday is expected to last three or four days and is the third sweep of the reserve that officials have made in recent months due to the “dangerous situation” for encampments that have cropped in the area. “It’s scary for the fires and some people smoke,” area resident Elvia Valley told FOX11. “They don’t care, they put cigarettes on leaves.” During the first cleanup in August, the Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad had to be called in …

Alex Trebek joins Pat Sajak, Vanna White to honor game show producer at Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony

Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Alex Trebek on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage) “To me when you are working in this industry when you have the professional relationship and the personal relationship also, it doesn’t get much better than that,” Trebek concluded. “So I am delighted to be with all of you today who share with you our good wishes to a man who deserves it, Harry Friedman, thank you.” The appearance comes just days after Trebek appeared in a public service announcement about pancreatic cancer. ‘JEOPARDY!’ HOST ALEX TREBEK RECORDS PANCREATIC CANCER PSA: ‘I WISH I HAD KNOWN SOONER’ Harry Friedman is honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame while friends such as Vanna White, …

Where top VCs are investing in fintech

Over the past complex processes and outdated unfriendly interfaces that mar , a multitude of hundred-million dollar fintech fundraises. according to data from Pitchbook

Elizabeth Warrens Most Anticipated Plan Of All Has Arrived

Aggressive Price Controls, Optimistic Assumptions  A key question about such a transition has been exactly how much new money the federal government would need to pull off this dramatic shift and, then, where the government could find those dollars. On the cost of a new plan, estimates have varied. One of the more widely cited has come from the , a well-respected think tank whose researchers have estimated that moving to Medicare for All would require about $34 trillion in new spending over the next decade. Warren’s plan uses the Urban Institute estimate as a benchmark, but anticipates creating a program that would require a lot less new money: Medicare for All would need only $20 trillion in new money …

Democrats Big Night Is Bad News for Trump

Donald Trump has deprived us of so much: newscasts the children can watch, Vladimir Putin as our enemy, Angela Merkel as our ally, forgoing Latin phrases like quid pro quo in everyday conversation. And now hes taken away the truism that All politics is local. Trump made the Kentucky governors race all about him, traveling to the state Monday night to throw his full weightfor an hour and 20 minutesEven Mitch McConnell might need an extra lump of sugar. Already at an 18 percent approval rating, and with his likely challenger former fighter pilot Amy McGrath outraising him last quarter, the majority leader made his bed with Trump and it will be hard to throw off the covers off now. …

Amazon Is Offering Black Friday Deals All November Long, Starting TODAY

Amazon Amazon’s Pre-Black Friday 2019 Holiday Sales Run All November Long By Collette Reitz Nov 1, 2019 You probably thought you still had some time to hone your Black Friday plan of attack, but you may have to jump-start your shopping to stay on top of the deals. Amazon’s pre-Black Friday Holiday sales are live as of Nov. 1, and there is so much to choose from. Basically, just think of this as a month-long Prime Day with special savings popping up daily. On Friday, Nov. 1, Amazon announced its official shift toward the holidays with the arrival of Amazon’s Holiday Store. According to the Amazon Day One blog, you can expect to score some major savings with daily deals …

Fact-checking Warren’s claim that her health-care plan won’t raise taxes on the middle class

(CNN)In touting her new plan to pay for Medicare for All, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has argued that she won’t raise taxes on the middle class. The campaign of Warren’s 2020 rival Joe Biden has also criticized a key element of Warren’s plan, claiming it would place a new tax of almost $9 trillion on American workers. Facts First: Warren’s claim that her plan won’t raise middle class taxes largely depends on what is considered a “tax” in the first place. While experts CNN spoke with agree that the tax mentioned by Biden’s camp would ultimately be passed onto employees, Warren’s camp argues that’s essentially beside the point, since her plan will ultimately save consumers and companies trillions of dollars by …

Miguel Berchelt vs Jason Sosa Live Stream: Watch Top Rank Boxing

Compared to the other top fighters in the 130-pound junior lightweight division, it seems like Miguel Berchelt doesnt garner as much of the boxing worlds praise. Gervonta Davis gets more of the hype. Andrew Cancio, with his 9-to-5 blue-collar job, gets more of the respect. Jamel Herring, with his Marines background, gets more of the love. But in all honesty, Bercheltwho will face Jason Sosa on Saturday night in a fight you can live stream on ESPNmight be better than any of them. Hes a powerful, aggressive puncher who hardly ever makes for a dull fight. Yes, hes a big betting favorite against Sosa. And yes, Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev on DAZN, far out-shines the ESPN telecast with Berchelt. …

A list of the ghoulish ways Republicans are acting this Halloween

Its easy to spot most horror movie villains, but unlike Freddy Kreuger, Dracula and Jason, Republican monsters hide in plain sight. Fancy suits, Rolexes, and professional coiffures instead of the more conspicuous cape, fang, and mask. Rather than chainsaw, cleaver, and spell, their weapons are legislation, sound bites, and press releases.Those manicured hands and permanent grins may make them look harmless, but thats just a disguise. Here are some of the most terrifying, horrifying, frightening ways that Republicans are celebrating Halloween. Putting kids in cages:President Donald Trumps family separation policyfor people apprehended at the border horrified the nation and resulted in the kind of human rights violations that America has long spoken out against. Thousands of children were cleaved from …