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January, 2015

Where and how Mashable’s community is traveling in 2015

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For everyone who made a resolution to travel more in the new year, there’s no better time to start planning than now.

Take a trip” is a popular resolution, so as millions of people plan their next trips, we wanted to know how Mashable‘s community will travel in 2015.

A total of 1,358 respondents in more than 40 countries took part in the survey, conducted with SurveyMonkey.

About 90% of respondents in our travel survey said they traveled for business or leisure (or both) in 2014. Of those who traveled, 92% took a leisure trip and 46% traveled for business. Read more…

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China tightens grip on the Internet, but it didn’t block all the tools to get around censorship

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In the last 10 days, China has been tightening its grip on the Internet, blocking several tools that allow users inside the country to escape and circumvent what’s popularly known as the “Great Firewall of China.”

Some popular Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, were the latest victims of the sophisticated Chinese Internet censorship system, with several individuals and small businesses reportedly unable to use them in the last few days to connect to censored websites, or to use other blocked services like Gmail, Flickr or Twitter

But not all hope is lost for Chinese users trying to get around the Great Firewall. Read more…

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Carl Djerassi, father of the birth control pill, dies at 91

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SAN FRANCISCO — Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died.

Djerrasi died of complications of cancer Friday in his San Francisco home, Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said. He was 91.

Djerassi, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Stanford, was most famous for leading a research team in Mexico City that in 1951 developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill.

“The pill” as it came to be known radically transformed sexual practices and women’s lives. The pill gave women more control over their fertility than they had ever had before and permanently put doctors — who previously didn’t see contraceptives as part of their job — in the birth control picture. Read more…

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