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September 21, 2014

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5:30 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Scottish Art, Student Privacy, Dating with Kids, and the Intersection of Racism and Ableism
Categories: Meta StuffTags: ableismartbookscollegedatingdisability activistseducationEscepticagrounded parentsKanye WestLGBTQMad Art Labmovie reviewsParentingphysicsQueerekaschool of doubtScienceScottish independenceSkeptabilitysleepstuden privacyTeen SkepchickvaccinesTeen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 115: The Doppler Shift Mindy learns about Doppler shift at non-relativistic speeds. Mad Art Lab Making a Book Celia and Treelobsters make a book ...(Read more...)
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5:00 PM | Looming quakes may be betrayed by groundwater changes
Changes in the chemical make-up of underground water could be a warning that an earthquake is on the way, according to data from two recent quakes in Iceland
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4:20 PM | Edward Frenkel: The Test
When Edward Frenkel is told he won't be accepted to a Russian university because his father is Jewish, he decides to take the admissions exam anyway. Edward Frenkel is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, which he joined in 1997 after being on the faculty at Harvard University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and the winner of the Hermann Weyl Prize in mathematical physics. Frenkel has […]
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3:25 PM | One Year After Kenyan Mall Attack, Few Answers Have Emerged
The people behind a vicious attack were identified as Islamist militants from Somalia, but few other details about the incident have been made public.
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3:21 PM | Apocalypse 1896: Gabriel Tarde and the Fortunate Catastrophe
Gabriel Tarde’s The Underground Man (1896) In the decades before the First World War, End of the World visions were influenced by major scientific discoveries of the 19th century. People became aware that the sun, the earth, and the human … Continue reading →
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3:17 PM | One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed
Seth Stevenson in Slate: Before any of the six entrants in the 2014 Sinquefield Cup had nudged a white pawn to e4, they’d already been hailed as the strongest collection of chess talent ever assembled. The tournament, held in St....
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3:11 PM | Murder 'comes naturally' to chimpanzees
Jonathan Webb at the BBC: A major study suggests that killing among chimpanzees results from normal competition, not human interference. Apart from humans, chimpanzees are the only primates known to gang up on their neighbours with lethal results - but...
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3:10 PM | Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers
Catholic universities and hospitals argue they shouldn't have to offer contraceptive coverage, but many Catholic insurance companies have been making it available for years.
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3:02 PM | Best Ice Bucket Challenge Yet
Watch it ’till the end!
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3:00 PM | Before Wasps Enslaved Caterpillars, They Enslaved a Virus
Every day we get more proof that wasps are the most terrifying creatures on the planet. Not only do they mind-control caterpillars and inject them with their wasp babies, they also managed to enslave a virus to do their dirty work for them.Read more...
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2:28 PM | Up the nose: Press reports about the Ig Nobel Prizes
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1:38 PM | Afghan Presidential Rivals End Dispute — And A Long Election Season
The top two presidential candidates in Afghanistan shake hands and sign a power-sharing deal, ending months of bitter disputes over who will succeed Hamid Karzai.
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1:18 PM | What colour is a mirror? [Coffee-byte]
Have you ever wondered what colour is a mirror? Why does it appear silver? Does it absorb any light?  Watch this video to seek answers to your questions about the everyday mirror! 
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1:17 PM | Battle Ground: A look at the tangled political history of modern Gaza
Hussein Ibish in Bookforum: As this review was going to press, the latest bout of hostilities between Hamas and other Gaza-based militants and Israel had become even more bloody and destructive than 2009’s brutally named Israeli incursion into Gaza, Operation...
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12:55 PM | What Slipped Disks Tell Us About 700 Million Years of Evolution
Carl Zimmer in his excellent blog, The Loom: There’s a unity to life. Sometimes it’s plain to see, but very often it lurks underneath a distraction of differences. And a new study shows that there’s even a hidden unity between...
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12:52 PM | A Gentleman's Guide To Sex In Prison
Daniel Genis in The Concourse: When I tell people that I recently finished serving a 10-year prison sentence for armed robbery, mostly in maximum-security facilities, I often feel a question lingering in the air. The moment I sense it, I...
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12:47 PM | Junkopia - A Short Film by Chris Marker
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12:46 PM | hush hoggies hush
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12:46 PM | Large Protests In Hundreds Of Cities Vent Ire Over Climate Change
The People's Climate March is timed to draw the notice of world leaders gathering for this week's U.N. Climate Summit in New York.
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12:45 PM | The Hound of Heaven by Francis Thompson
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12:15 PM | Under the skin
Nathaniel Comfort in Nature: Is race biologically real? A clutch of books published this year argue the question. All miss the point. Michael Yudell's Race Unmasked and Robert Sussman's The Myth of Race can be read as inadvertent retorts to...
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12:05 PM | Pseudoclarity on whether/how pseudoreplication is a pseudoproblem
Wading into the depths: “Pseudoreplication is a pseudoproblem,” Jeffrey C. Schank [pictured here], Thomas J. Koehnle,  Journal of Comparative Psychology, vol 123(4), Nov 2009, pp. 421-433. The authors explain: “Pseudoreplication is one of the most influential methodological issues in ecological and animal behavior research today. At its inception, the idea of pseudoreplication highlighted important concerns […]
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12:00 PM | An Astronaut’s Guided Video Tour of Earth
I love astronaut photography of Earth, especially the dizzying and psychedelic time-lapse videos. I’ve wondered, though, why we don’t see more straight-up plain old video of the Earth as the International Space Station passes over? Well, here you go: I love this short tour of the Earth, narrated by astronauts Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio as they pass over some pretty familiar landmarks: It’s fun to see places I’ve visited (or even lived, like Houston and San […]
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11:45 AM | Lodging Like A High-End Health Club
In Norwalk, Conn., a new hotel focusing on fitness targets business travelers who want to stick to healthy routines while on the road. It's a new niche for the hospitality industry.
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11:45 AM | Syrian Refugees Flood Turkish Border
Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees are fleeing fighting between Kurdish forces and the Islamic State militants. NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks to correspondent Deb Amos from the border about the crisis.
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11:45 AM | Afghan Presidential Candidates Sign Power-Sharing Agreement
When the Afghan presidential elections were held, each candidates proclaimed himself the winner. Correspondent Sean Carberry tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn a power-sharing deal has been hammered out.
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11:45 AM | For This Job, You Need A Creepy Voice And A Fabulous Scream
Halloween may seem like it's a long ways away, but haunted houses around the country are already getting ready, and they are looking for aspiring actors who can make the hair on your neck stand up.
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11:45 AM | Adding Color To 'The Great White Way'
NPR's Michel Martin asks a panel of award-winning playwrights how diverse artists are challenging Broadway's landscape, and whether it matters.
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11:45 AM | U.S. Launches Media Campaign To Counter ISIS Videos
The Islamic State is posting graphic violent images on social media to recruit fighters. NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with the State Department's Alberto Fernandez about the U.S.'s aggressive response.
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11:45 AM | Climate Marchers Try To Build Momentum For 2015
Tens of thousands of people demanding action on climate change are expected to march in New York City, ahead of the UN Climate Summit. Joel Rose speaks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn from the protests.
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