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October 24, 2014

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3:13 PM | Halloween High Jinks For Fun And Nonprofits
Many Americans are not scared to reuse old clothes for new Halloween costumes.
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3:04 PM | Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, Now 'Ebola Free,' To Be Discharged Today
The National Institutes of Health in Maryland announced that the 26-year-old who was infected while caring for a Liberian patient, has no detectable virus in her blood.
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2:22 PM | Boko Haram Reportedly Abducts More Girls Despite Cease-Fire Deal
Within hours of a government announcement last week that a truce had been signed and the release of more than 200 schoolgirls secured, another 25 were kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists.
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1:00 PM | How An Antibiotic Gene Jumped All Over The Tree of Life
Every living thing on the planet has to contend with bacteria. To many viruses, they are prey. To …
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12:10 PM | Mali's First Ebola Case In Current Outbreak Is 2-Year-Old Girl
The toddler was reportedly brought by her grandmother from neighboring Guinea, where the epidemic is raging.
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11:43 AM | The Combination Lock Test
Brendan Fitzgerald in The Morning News: A man dies, leaving behind, among other things, a combination lock. Opening it may just prove the existence of the afterlife. I first learned about Stevenson through his obituary, which ran in the New...
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11:28 AM | Making Organizations Moral
Sophia Nguyen in Harvard Magazine: In the early 2000s, a riptide of business scandals toppled Enron, Arthur Andersen, and WorldCom. In the aftermath, says Straus professor of business administration Max Bazerman, “society turned to professional schools” to ask why their...
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11:10 AM | the death of fraternity
Chris Lehman at The Baffler: Whether we like it or not, the big idea behind American democracy is to make us like each other more. It’s a faintly embarrassing dimension of our social experiment, carved out of the crack-up of...
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11:08 AM | Bears, okapis, crows and Wren - blogs roundup
Blogs on our network this week included a tribute to famed puzzler and mathematician Martin Gardner, a primer on quantum tunneling, and a look at the super world of super-resolution microscopyWelcome to Signal Boost, our weekly roundup of blog posts on the science network over the past week.Who owns the moon? Clue: Its probably not Gru. Saskia Vermeylen looks at some of the complex legalities involved in galactic geopolitics. Continue reading...
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11:06 AM | Judith Butler's Eqbal Ahmad Lecture at Hamshire College
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11:06 AM | bartleby at the office
Nikil Saval at Dissent: Few institutions have offered themselves as less promising for the novelist than the modern office. Work of any kind is a tricky subject for representation; office work—gray, gnomic, and unknowable—even more so. After all, what is...
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11:03 AM | A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs
Shirley Corriher, author of Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, has tips on taking the bitter bite out of coffee, and holding onto cabbage's red hue while it's in the pan.
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11:00 AM | Gallery: The Partial Solar Eclipse of October 2014
Yesterday was the last solar eclipse the US will see until August 2017. This was a partial eclipse, so the Sun wasn’t completely blocked by the Moon, but it was still a lot of fun. Judging by my Facebook and Twitter feeds, a lot of folks watched this eclipse and took pictures. I was out on my porch taking shots, too – well over a hundred, though only a few came out. Some people had far better circumstances than I did, though. I asked for them to send me pictures, and I got a lot! […]
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11:00 AM | Joshua Reynolds: portraits in action
Norma Clarke at The Times Literary Supplement: Reynolds dominated British art for some three decades before his death in 1792, by which time the British portrait was firmly established. Jonathan Richardson, in his influential Essay on the Theory of Painting...
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10:48 AM | A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?
Entrepreneur Lisa Price started Carol's Daughter to create natural hair and skin products for black women. Now that L'Oreal owns the brand, can it maintain the loyalty of African-American customers?
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10:47 AM | Man With Hatchet Shot Dead After Attacking NYPD Officers
The attacker charged a group of patrol officers in Queens, wounding two of them. A bystander was hit by a stray police bullet as police engaged the assailant.
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10:32 AM | Information Age: All you need is love (and three satellites)
In 1967, The Beatles and a BBC executive called Aubrey Singer managed to unite the world, albeit briefly, with the first global satellite broadcast Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World at the Science Museum, London, opens on Saturday 25 OctoberTwo hundred years of technology have transformed how we talk to each other, share our lives and learn about the world. On Saturday, the Science Museum in London opens Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World, a new permanent […]
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10:18 AM | Out...
I'll be here till Sunday. In light of the 1st case of Ebola in NY, I have a post I was preparing called "Fear Bola and Duct Tape." The short answer is: I'm not at all worried. Click on yesterday's link, specifically the link in the article for R0.
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8:53 AM | Iraq's Abu Ghraib Is Back In The News, Now As A Front-Line Town
A town west of Baghdad and home to a notorious prison, Abu Ghraib is where Iraq troops are bracing for a possible attacks by Islamic State militants. Many local residents feel caught in the middle.
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8:53 AM | With Ferguson Protests, 20-Somethings Become First-Time Activists
Near Ferguson, Mo., young people are taking the lead in protesting police brutality. Many say they had never considered activism before, but saw Michael Brown's shooting death as a call to action.
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8:53 AM | European Scientists Conclude That Distant Comet Smells Terrible
A European spacecraft has picked up a foul odor emanating from comet called 67P/C-G. Imagine sharing a stable with a drunk person and a dozen rotten eggs.
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8:53 AM | A Tale Of Immigration Unleashed In 'Green Dragons' Film
The film Revenge of the Green Dragons is based on the true story of a Chinese-American gang in New York City that helped traffic unauthorized immigrants from China in the 1980s and '90s.
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8:36 AM | Obama Is a Republican: He’s the heir to Richard Nixon, not Saul Alinsky.
Bruce Barlett in The American Conservative: A Republican stimulus would undoubtedly have had more tax cuts and less spending, even though every serious study has shown that tax cuts are the least effective method of economic stimulus in a recession....
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7:24 AM | Richard Dawkinss cosmic tombstone: what would you add?
Evolutionary biologist has called for a massive posthumous space-brag, giving future lifeforms the chance to understand usRichard Dawkins would like to create a cosmic tombstone adorned with humanitys greatest achievements that can be beamed out into space when we are gone.The evolutionary biologists idea for a massive posthumous space-brag came in a discussion with physicist Prof Laurence Krauss in London hosted by The Skeptic magazine. Continue reading...
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7:00 AM | Decades-old scientific paper may hold clues to dark matter
Data originally taken for another reason weaken the case for "dark photons"
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6:34 AM | Undead Carl Sagan wants to eat billions and billions of brains....
Undead Carl Sagan wants to eat billions and billions of brains. Awesome time at the Pemberley Digital Halloween bash tonight with all my Frankenstein MD friends!
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6:23 AM | Frank Mankiewicz, Aide Who Announced Robert Kennedy's Death, Dies
The journalist, political aide and author was Kennedy's press secretary when he died in 1968. Mankiewicz also ran Sen. George McGovern's presidential campaign. He died Thursday night at the age of 90.
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6:17 AM | Expressions of the American Mind
An excerpt from Tom Shachtman's Gentleman Scientists and Revolutionaries in Scientific American: During the Revolutionary War, while American laboratory and field research was much reduced, science did not grind to a halt. Scientific thought helped frame America’s initiating rhetoric of...
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3:24 AM | Four ways to lose weight and feel ‘electric’ this summer
As the mercury rises and our focus turns to hitting the gym and shedding those cuddly winter kilos, we thought we’d take a look at a few ways we could be making our workouts really count. While the idea of working up a sweat and electricity might sound like a recipe for disaster, you’d be […]
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3:00 AM | The Man in the Monkeynut Coat: William Astbury and the Forgotten Road to the Double-Helix
By Kersten T Hall Synopsis: Sir Isaac Newton once declared that his momentous discoveries were only made thanks to having ‘stood on the shoulders of giants’. The same might also be said of the scientists James […]
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