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Smartphone owns its owner: can we function well without? Version after version, all outpace human, demand attention everywhere

31% US drivers 18-64 text or email while driving; nearly half US high school students 16 years or older text or email while driving

Smartphone Addiction: More Than Half Of Smartphone Owners Believe They Suffer From Nomophobia

Smartphones and the Thin Line between Effective Communication and Overwhelming Addiction

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If you have your smartphone next to you all the time – even when you sleep – then perhaps it’s time to question what this level of attachment means. Often, it’s easier to observe behaviours in other people than notice behaviours in ourselves.
Try this out. Watch how other people around you use their smartphones. Notice how frequently they check them. Does their level of use seem healthy to you? Researchers suggested that smartphones should carry a health warning so that users know they are potentially addictive.  read more »

Flying robots over Eiffel tower, Buckingham Palace, JFK Airport, landing at German Chancellor Merkel's feet, on White House lawn

2015 CeBIT technology event in Germany showcases remote-controlled and autonomous drones, some fitted with cameras and sensors

a drone flew within feet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defense Minister, hovering briefly before crashing at Merkel's feet

2015: drone flights over Eiffel Tower, Queen Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge, and crashed onto White House lawn

flying drone got attention of airline pilot on final approach to New York JFK Airport

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25 Feb 2015 - Second night of mysterious drone flights over Paris - The Eiffel Tower, site of drone flights on Monday and Tuesday nights
Mysterious drone flights over Paris continued on Tuesday night with five sightings reported by police and eyewitnesses in the centre of the French capital. Police opened an investigation into the flights on Tuesday, following five sightings on Monday night. Such flights over the capital are forbidden and magistrates ordered an inquiry to be opened on Tuesday following Monday night's flights over the same sites.  read more »

Nobility. Leave behind a better world: 8th Duke of Wellington, WWii hero, in 40 years planted more than one million trees

"Leave this world a little better than you found it." - Robert Baden-Powell

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The 8th Duke of Wellington, who has died aged 99, led a level-headed and responsible life. He earned a Military Cross in the Second World War - a distinguished soldier who kept a judicious eye on the legacy of his ancestor, the victor of Waterloo.

Arthur Valerian Wellesley was born in Rome on July 2 1915, the centenary year of his great-great-grandfather’s victory over the French. His father was Lord Gerald Wellesley, the third son of the 4th Duke, an author and diplomat who later qualified as an architect and succeeded as the 7th Duke in 1943. Valerian’s mother was Dottie Ashton, a wealthy industrialist’s daughter and poet who married her husband in 1914 and published a volume of letters from the poet WB Yeats and another containing her letters to him after his death.

His father sent him to read History and Languages at New College, Oxford, where he was a member of the Bullingdon Club; at the same time he enjoyed London society, dancing with suitable girls at grand balls and less suitable ones in subterranean nightclubs. As a result he failed his finals and was sent to a London crammer, run by an attractive widow, and then to France to learn French. He was commissioned into the Royal Horse Guards, which taught him sword, lance and revolver drill, tent pegging and other cavalry exercises.  read more »

Manner vs. Matter - Mark Twain on American humor, English comedy, and French wit

The humorous story is American, the comic story is English, the witty story is French. The humorous story depends for its effect upon the manner of the telling; the comic story and the witty story upon the matter.

— Mark Twain

From Denmark court, UK court, Dutch lottery notion, Costa Rica coast to high seas: Life of Ocean, Cetaceans in Sea

Across 10,260 nautical miles, 110 days aquatic pursuit ends. Sam Simon rescued 40 crew of Interpol-wanted poaching vessel Thunder

the reading of the UK Supreme Court’s decision:

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Costa Rica and Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) Association launch Operation Pacuare: saved 4,737 turtle eggs between April and October

masked officer onboard Interpol-wanted poacher vessel Thunder throws chain, orange flare at Sea Shepherd small messenger boat

Operation Icefish


"Real Men Don't Whale": Clive Standen, star of History Channel's "Vikings" speaks out against the continued barbaric slaughter of pilot whales and dolphins in the Faroe Islands.

Sea Shepherd welcomed by giant ocean creature: mola mola, world’s biggest bony fish at about 5,000 pounds

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