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After the closure of the British embassy in Tehran and the Iranian embassy in London in 2011, diplomatic relations were left at “the lowest possible level”, BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus said.
Since then “ties have slowly been warming”, our correspondent said, but he added that last month’s nuclear deal had clearly been decisive in prompting the UK embassy to be reopened.
People Are Awesome 2015 (thc0655)
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Ghosts of Truancy Laws Past (jdargis)
Truancy reformers hope that, for students, the change will cut off a major tributary of the school-to-prison pipeline. The Austin advocacy group Texas Appleseed has lobbied for years to decriminalize truancy, and gave the effort fresh momentum this spring with a widely cited study that detailed the disproportionate use of truancy charges against black and Hispanic students, as well as the lack of due process in specialized truancy courts. This school year, Texas Appleseed Executive Director Deborah Fowler said, her group will be watching how schools adjust to the new law, and whether it prompts the shift in disciplinary culture that lawmakers intended.
The Ketamine Cure (jdargis)
Over the past three years, Brooks has treated about 700 patients, some who’ve traveled from as far away as Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Israel, and Europe. He gets six to 10 daily inquiries from potential patients online. Of those Brooks treats, he estimates that about 70 percent show improvement. “For patients who are suicidal—and probably half of my patients are—they can get relief within an hour or two,” he says. “For patients who aren’t suicidal, it’s a little more subtle. It could be six to eight hours.”
It is not a new message for Mr. Sanders, who came up in radical left politics, but the response is something unfamiliar. For someone who has always had a sweepingly macro, if not entirely Marxist, critique of America, having the largest crowds of the election cheering each description of income inequality, and each proposal to eradicate it, amounts to the validation of a career spent in relative obscurity. Mr. Sanders’s grumpy demeanor, his outsider status and his suspicion of all things “feel good,” are part of the attraction.
The Hyperloop, detailed by SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk in a 57-page alpha white paper in August 2013, is a transportation network of above-ground tubes that could span hundreds of miles. With extremely low air pressure inside those tubes, capsules filled with people would zip through them at near supersonic speeds. Musk published the paper encouraging anyone interested to pursue the idea, since he’s kinda a busy guy.
Goodwill goes upscale with new boutiques (jdargis)
But as the economy improves, there’s another potential head wind. Many shoppers are expected to migrate back to traditional retailers, according to a 2014 report from IBISWorld. It forecasts thrift industry revenue to decline, even though young adults are expected to increasingly look for “vintage” and “unique” clothing.
Marine mammals thriving in Thames (jdargis)
“But, actually, beneath the waves, it is full of life. We have a huge range of fish and invertebrates, and also top predators.”
Just 50 years ago, the Thames was so polluted it was declared “biologically extinct”, too dirty for anything to survive there.
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