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|408||Theodosius II succeeds to the throne of Constantinople.|
|1308||King Albert is murdered by his nephew John, because he refused his share of the Habsburg lands.|
|1486||Christopher Columbus convinces Queen Isabella to fund expedition to the West Indies.|
|1805||The state of Virginia passes a law requiring all freed slaves to leave the state, or risk either imprisonment or deportation.|
|1863||The Battle of Chancellorsville begins as Union Gen. Joe Hooker starts his three-pronged attack against Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.|
|1867||Reconstruction in the South begins with black voter registration.|
|1877||President Ruthoford B. Hayes withdraws all Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction.|
|1898||The U.S. Navy under Dewey defeats the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines.|
|1915||The luxury liner Lusitania leaves New York Harbor for a voyage to Europe.|
|1927||Adolf Hitler holds his first Nazi meeting in Berlin.|
|1931||The Empire State Building opens in New York.|
|1934||The Philippine legislature accepts a U.S. proposal for independence.|
|1937||President Franklin Roosevelt signs an act of neutrality, keeping the United States out of World War II.|
|1941||The film Citizen Kane–directed and starring Orson Welles–opens in New York.|
|1944||The Messerschmitt Me 262, the first combat jet, makes its first flight.|
|1945||Martin Bormann, private secretary to Adolf Hitler, escapes the Fuehrerbunker as the Red Army advances on Berlin.|
|1948||North Korea is established.|
|1950||Gwendolyn Brooks becomes the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry called Annie Allen.|
|1960||Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane is shot down over Russia.|
|1961||Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba.|
|1968||In the second day of battle, U.S. Marines, with the support of naval fire, continue their attack on a North Vietnamese Division at Dai Do.|
|1970||Students from Kent State University riot in downtown Kent, Ohio, in protest of the American invasion of Cambodia.|
|1986||The Tass News Agency reports the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.|
|2011||Osama Bin Laden is killed in Abbottabad Pakistan by US Navy SEALS in Operation Neptune Spear.|
The three new Icelandic lawmakers include Jón Þór Ólafsson, a business administration student at the University of Iceland; Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson, a computer programmer; and Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a well-known WikiLeaks volunteer and former member of parliament from 2009 to 2013.
Birgitta is also one of three activists involved in a WikiLeaks investigation currently underway in the United States. In November 2011, a district court judge found that prosecutors could compel Twitter to give up specific information on the three accounts, including IP addresses, direct messages, and other data. In January 2013, a federal appeals court in Virginia ruled (PDF) that Birgitta and the two others have no right to find out which other companies the government sought information from besides Twitter.
The trio, along with other members of Iceland’s digerati (including Smári McCarthy, who also is one of the organizers of the International Modern Media Initiative), founded the party just five months ago.
Health Quality Partners is all about going there. The program enrolls Medicare patients with at least one chronic illness and one hospitalization in the past year. It then sends a trained nurse to see them every week, or every month, whether they’re healthy or sick. It sounds simple and, in a way, it is. But simple things can be revolutionary.Keeping elderly people out of hospitals by preventing complications increases lifespan and quality of life, besides saving money. But due to complicated reasons, Medicare may scuttle HQP completely. For one thing, it's hard to get the medical establishment behind such a simple program, because it cuts into profits.
Most care-management systems rely on nurses sitting in call centers, checking up on patients over the phone. That model has mostly been a failure. And while many health systems send a nurse regularly in the weeks or months after a serious hospitalization, few send one regularly to even seemingly healthy patients. This a radical redefinition of the health-care system’s role in the lives of the elderly. It redefines being old and chronically ill as a condition requiring professional medical management.
Health Quality Partners’ results have been extraordinary. According to an independent analysis by the consulting firm Mathematica, HQP has reduced hospitalizations by 33 percent and cut Medicare costs by 22 percent.
This, too, is a legacy of a health system built for acute care. Hospitals make money when they do more to patients. They lose money when their beds are empty. Put simply, Health Quality Partners makes hospitals lose money. “There’s no doubt that it’s a hit to the bottom line,” says Rich Reif, the former CEO of Doylestown Hospital, which worked with HQP.Read more about HQP at the Washington Post.
In a ruling reported for the first time Monday, High Court judge Peter Jackson said the mother had behaved in "a wicked and selfish way" that almost defied belief. The judge said the woman, an American divorcee living in Britain with three adopted children, hatched the plan after she was prevented from adopting a fourth.The scheme involved getting her oldest daughter to inseminate herself with syringes of sperm purchased over the Internet from a Denmark-based company, Cryos International.
"The ref blew the final whistle and I started walking to our bench, when suddenly someone came from behind, pushed me to the ground and began kicking and punching me," the 18-year-old Amkar player told reporters.Alexei Spirin, a match observer from FIFA, the sport's international governing body, rated the official 0/10 and said that he is "writing a special report." We rarely cover sports at Boing Boing, but I will take this opportunity to suggest to Mr. Spirin that Mr. Kadryov be assigned in perpetuity to exclusively referee Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
The administration of former president Felipe Calderon had granted high-flying U.S. spy planes access to Mexican airspace for the purpose of gathering intelligence. Unarmed Customs and Border Protection drones had flown from bases in the United States in support of Mexican military and federal police raids against drug targets and to track movements that would establish suspects’ “patterns of life.” The United States had also provided electronic signals technology, ground sensors, voice-recognition gear, cellphone-tracking devices, data analysis tools, computer hacking kits and airborne cameras that could read license plates from three miles away.
One of the most gorgeous sights we have been privileged to see at Saturn, as the arrival of spring to the northern hemisphere has peeled away the darkness of winter, has been the enormous swirling vortex capping its north pole and ringed by Saturn's famed hexagonal jet stream. Today, the Cassini Imaging Team is proud to present to you a set of special views of this phenomenal structure, including a carefully prepared movie showing its circumpolar winds that clock at 330 miles per hour, and false color images that are at once spectacular and informative.
Innovations emerging across the disciplines of additive manufacturing, synthetic biology, swarm robotics, and architecture suggest a future scenario when buildings may be designed using libraries of biological templates and constructed with biosynthetic materials able to sense and adapt to their conditions. Construction itself may be handled by bacterial printers and swarms of mechanical assemblers.
Tools like Project Cyborg make possible a deeper exploration of biomimicry through the precise manipulation of matter. David Benjamin and his Columbia Living Architecture Lab explore ways to integrate biology into architecture. Their recent work investigates bacterial manufacturing--the genetic modification of bacteria to create durable materials. Envisioning a future where bacterial colonies are designed to print novel materials at scale, they see buildings wrapped in seamless, responsive, bio-electronic envelopes.