What was the largest empire in the world?

map: At its peak, the British Empire ruled a quarter of the world's surface and population, but it still isn't history's biggest empire.

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At its peak, the British Empire ruled a quarter of the world’s surface and population, but it still isn’t history’s biggest empire.

According to Guinness World Records, which seems as good an authority as any, the answer is the Achaemenid Empire in 480 B.C. Also known as the Persian Empire, it’s estimated that 44% of the world’s population was ruled from the Achaemenid throne in what is now modern-day Iran, making it history’s largest empire by this measure.

However, perhaps unsurprisingly, not everyone agrees. That’s because the share of the global population is only one way to measure the expanse of an empire, and some question whether it’s really fair to use that metric when comparing empires from different time periods. For example, when the Achaemenid Empire was at its height, there were only 112.4 million people alive. The British ruled over a comparatively

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Pinterest, LinkedIn, NextDoor deal with election disinformation

Those social networks have long struggled with the misinformation runoff from bigger rivals, like Facebook and Twitter, who have worked to stifle the spread of election disinformation on their sites. Those tech giants have spent months preparing for this period, marshaling tens of thousands of content moderators to slap labels on posts, hide tweets and even shutting off political ads.

The more misinformation circulates on the large social networks, the more it trickles down to the smaller sites better known for posting wedding photos, connecting with potential employers and complaining about a neighbor’s dog.

“Of course, the Internet is a space without borders, and that means the conspiracy theories and propaganda and misinformation does not remain static across platforms,” said Samuel Woolley, a professor and director of a propaganda research team at the University of Texas at Austin.

In the past week, misinformation and conspiracy theories have surged across the

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Contact Tracing is a Huge Success So Why Won’t The US Use It?

Contract Tracing South Korea 

Bloomberg reports These Elite Contact Tracers Show the World How to Beat Covid-19

In May, when a coronavirus outbreak hit nightclubs in the South Korean capital of Seoul, health officials quickly unleashed their version of the Navy Seals — elite teams of epidemiologists, database specialists and laboratory technicians.

An old-school, shoe-leather investigation showed the virus had jumped from a night-club visitor, to a student, to a taxi driver and then alarmingly to a warehouse employee who worked with 4,000 others.

Thousands of the employee’s co-workers, their family members and contacts were approached and 9,000 people were eventually tested. Two weeks later, the warehouse flareup was mostly extinguished and infections curtailed at 152.

The work of such so-called Immediate Response Teams offers a look at how South Korea — once the second worst hit by the coronavirus — has succeeded in largely quelling its spread without the

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For yet another year, Dearborn Fordson saw its season end at the hands of Detroit Cass Tech, as the Technicians won Saturday’s district semifinal, 42-7, at home.

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Despite softer tech spending, cloud revenue accelerates in the COVID era

As we watch a historic election unfold before our eyes, we look back at the early days of this millennium and the memorable presidential race of 2000. That decade was defined by 9/11, which permanently reshaped our thinking. We exited the 2000s at the tail end of a massive financial crisis only to enter the 2010s with hope, and the momentum of fiscal stimulus, a flat globe, job growth and — very importantly — the ascendance of the cloud.

Cloud computing unquestionably powered the innovation engine over the last 10 years and the pandemic marks a new era in which the adoption of cloud, data and artificial intelligence have been accelerated by two to three years. These trends will shape the future of the technology industry and all businesses.

In this Breaking Analysis, we’ll update you on our latest cloud market share data and dig into some fresh October survey

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When teens host parties, some school districts return to remote learning. But does the science support that?

“This isn’t just a school conversation,” he wrote. “This is a community conversation. And the bottom line is that what we don’t know about this situation absolutely CAN hurt us.”

However, the decision to close a school without any evidence of coronavirus transmission within the building appears to contradict the guidance laid out by state education officials this summer and updated on Friday. Though more than 1,100 cases among students and staff have been reported in school buildings as of Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker and Massachusetts education leaders have repeatedly said there’s been no evidence of coronavirus transmissions happening in schools.

Baker has been hesitant to directly criticize individual communities where parties have been held, including Marblehead. Asked during a press conference Friday how he felt about schools that temporarily close after parties are held, he said “local communities need to make their own call with respect to how they

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Paleontologists describe skeleton of a juvenile Plateosaurus for the first time — ScienceDaily

Long neck, small head and a live weight of several tons — with this description you could have tracked down the Plateosaurus in Central Europe about 220 million years ago. Paleontologists at the University of Bonn (Germany) have now described for the first time an almost complete skeleton of a juvenile Plateosaurus and discovered that it looked very similar to its parents even at a young age. The fact that Plateosaurus showed a largely fully developed morphology at an early age could have important implications for how the young animals lived and moved around. The young Plateosaurus, nicknamed “Fabian,” was discovered in 2015 at the Frick fossil site in Switzerland and is exhibited in the local dinosaur museum.

The study was published in the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.

In order to study the appearance of dinosaurs more closely, researchers today rely on a large number of skeletons in so-called

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‘Stop the Steal’ Facebook Group Is Taken Down

Others posted about violence. One member of the Facebook group wrote on Wednesday, “This is going to take more than talk to fix.” Underneath that post, another member responded with emojis of explosions.

On Thursday morning, the Stop the Steal Facebook group’s growth skyrocketed further, according to data from CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned social media analytics tool.

That was when right-wing figures such as Jack Posobiec, a pro-Trump activist, and Amy Kremer, Ms. Kremer’s mother and a founder of a group called Women for Trump, began posting about the Facebook group on Twitter. Ali Alexander, a political operative who previously went by the name Ali Akbar, also tweeted dozens of times about the Stop the Steal movement to his 140,000 Twitter followers.

Their messages, which were shared thousands of times, were a rallying cry for people to join the Stop the Steal Facebook group and take action in local protests against

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SSI, SSDI and stimulus checks: Important details to know about the first and second payments


If a new bill passes and you’re part of the SSI or the SSDI programs, you’ll likely be eligible for a second stimulus check.

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Now that the elections are over, members of Congress say they’re ready to get serious about negotiations to reach an agreement on the substance of a new economic relief package. While not everyone will qualify to get a second stimulus payment, there’s a good chance that people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) will be eligible to receive another check.

Details including when the IRS will process more stimulus money and the size of the payment different people could get, including young adultsolder adults and retirees, and SSI/SSDI recipients, will be solidified once a bipartisan agreement is in place.

Read more: Joe Biden is president-elect. Here’s his stimulus plan for the US

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S&P 500 Weekly Update: Obsessing Over The Election Turned Out To Be A Mistake

“Information is not knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Last week it was all about “the calm before the storm”. Instead of more anxiety, the storm turned out to be a whirlwind for the Bulls.

It’s finally over. Yes although we don’t have a declared “winner” three days after an election, it’s over. All of the different political scenarios, all of the forecasts of what sectors/stocks are going to do well under Biden or Trump. Whether there is a Blue Wave or there is a gridlock setup in congress. I for one now will have fewer distractions, take time to regroup, and more than likely go back to playing the cards that are dealt.

No matter who sits in the White House next year it is ‘likely” investors in the stock market will be laboring with the backdrop of a divided government, or as one analyst mentioned, a “frozen government”. The stock

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