Posts Tagged 'Amazon Web Services'

ANNALEE NEWITZ – Finding North America’s lost medieval city

A thousand years ago, huge pyramids and earthen mounds stood where East St. Louis sprawls today in Southern Illinois. This majestic urban architecture towered over the swampy Mississippi River floodplains, blotting out the region’s tiny villages. Beginning in the late 900s, word about the city spread throughout the southeast. Thousands of people visited for feasts and rituals, lured by the promise of a new kind of civilization. Many decided to stay.

At the city’s apex in 1100, the population exploded to as many as 30 thousand people. It was the ...

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Kasia Tarczynska – America’s Most Prosperous Companies Get $2 Million Per Job Subsidy at Their Data Centers

Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and Facebook, America’s most well-known brands and most prosperous firms, are demanding that states and localities provide them ever-larger economic development subsidies to support their data centers. Last year these five tech giants reported nearly $120 billion in pre-tax profits, and yet they told states and localities they needed financial help to build new data centers, structures essential to their business operations. Their efforts resulted in more than $2 billion in public support to build 11 ...

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Eric Haseltine Ph.D. – Late Breaking News About Your Mind-Body Health Connection

      Big numbers tell big stories, and I’ve got a hot-off-the-press big story about

health

      , based on the latest big data from Google.

If you’ve ever been sick, or will get sick in the future, this story is about you.

It’s about the connection between your emotional well-being and your physical health.

Let’s begin with some impressive numbers.

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Richard Smith – Anyone Want to Buy Deutsche Bank?

Serial capital raiser Deutsche Bank (which tapped the markets first here in 2008 and then, oopsie, we’re still a little bit short of the readies again here in 2014) is telling anyone who’ll listen that it really doesn’t need any more capital. But who knows? Over to Deutsche’s regional head of Group Audit:

Mr Roesch, the regional head of Group Audit, set out, in an email, his “final” reading of the investigation. He referred to a “multi ...

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Summer Allen & Jill Suttie – How Our Brains Make Us Generous

A recent series of ground-breaking neuroscience studies suggest that empathy and altruism are deeply rooted in human nature.

Each year, people in the United States give billions of dollars to charity. Every day, people volunteer their time to help complete strangers. Routinely, we hear of selfless acts where people put their own lives in danger to help someone else.

Economists and evolutionary psychologists have struggled to explain why people act in such altruistic ways. Typical explanations suggest that these behaviors involve suppressing ...

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