Wealthy Chinese hire American surrogate mothers to carry ‘designer’ babies

Surrogacy agencies in both countries say demand has risen rapidly in the last two years.

Rich Chinese couples are hiring American women to serve as surrogates for their children, creating a small but growing business in $120,000 “designer” American babies for China’s elite.

 

 

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Why do Americans love the iPhone but hate Android

Americans prefer the iPhone over Android.

Americans overwhelmingly prefer iPhone over Android while the rest of the world has overwhelmingly embraced Android.  According to IDC, Android has a 75% market share in smartphones, versus 15% for Apple, worldwide.  But in the U.S. the iPhone still rules.  Sixty-three percent of smartphone sales at Verizon and 84% of smartphone sales at AT&T are the iPhone.

 

 

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83% of American adults own cell phones

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A third of American adults own smartphones.

83% of American adults own some kind of cell phone.  Cell phones have become a near-ubiquitous tool for information seeking and communicating and these devices have an impact on many aspects of their owners’ daily lives. In a nationally representative telephone survey, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that, during the 30 days preceding the interview:

 

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The Chemical Unknown: Americans Exposed to Thousands of Untested Chemicals

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Only a tiny fraction of the compounds around us have been tested for safety.

Under current U.S. law, chemicals are, as Sanjay Gupta said, “innocent until proven guilty.”

“And the only way they are proven guilty is by health effects turning up in people who have been exposed, often years later. That makes us all guinea pigs,” Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, said at the Oct. 26 field hearing of the U.S. Senate subcommittee on environmental health held in Newark, NJ.

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$22 Million Donated to Haiti Earthquake Relief Via Text Message to American Red Cross

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Donating by text

The American Red Cross has received more than $22 million in U.S. text-message donations for Haiti earthquake relief efforts, far outpacing the charity’s previous record of $400,000 for emergency relief using similar technology.

 

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A Graphical View of 150 Years of American Occupations

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Job Voyager is a set of interactive charts showing changing occupations reported to the US Census Bureau from 1850-2000. It was made by Jeffrey Heer of the University of California at Berkeley from data collected by the University of Minnesota’s Population Center using the visualization software Flare. You can use the feature to examine the rise and fall of different occupations and gender roles in American history.

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Gentlemen May Prefer Blondes, But James Bond Prefers Brunettes

Gentlemen May Prefer Blondes, But James Bond Prefers Brunettes 

 MI6 agent Strawberry Fields, played by Gemma Arterton, is one of the nine per cent of red-haired Bond girls

Gentlemen may prefer blondes but Britain’s most sophisticated secret service agent tends to go for brunettes, according to an extensive investigation into James Bond’s love life.
 

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Digital Voting Possible For Overseas Americans

Digital Voting Possible For Overseas Americans 

There are plenty of people who live in the USA, but they are not there when it is time to vote.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could vote digitally instead of sending out the painful paper ballots. Well that may be one step closer to reality, if some serious issues can be overcome. 

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