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October 25, 2014

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12:00 PM | Legalise online protests to safeguard democracy
Internet law needs reform, because criminalising online activism undermines democracy and freedom of speech, says media researcher Molly Sauter
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11:50 AM | New Mandatory Quarantines May Drive Away Ebola Volunteers
New York and New Jersey will require a 21-day quarantine for those who had contact with Ebola victims in West Africa. Some worry the rules could discourage health workers from volunteering.
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11:50 AM | A Diary Of Deaths Reminds Doctor Of Life
In everyday medical care, the practice of reflection is too often overlooked. Remembrance is what makes us human. Keeping tabs on who has died over the years keeps one doctor humble.
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11:50 AM | Ebola Vaccine Tester Feels A 'Real Satisfaction'
Peter Hubbard is one of 20 volunteers in a human safety test of an experimental Ebola vaccine. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about why he signed up and how he has been feeling.
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11:50 AM | Turkey Is A 'High-Maintenance Ally' In Fight With ISIS
How strong is the U.S.-Turkey alliance against the Islamic State? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Francis Ricciardone.
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11:50 AM | Ballot Questions Draw Voters In 43 States
Ballot measures cover a lot of ground this year — from minimum wage to school calendars to one involving doughnuts and bear hunting. NPR's Charlie Mahtesian takes NPR's Scott Simon through the list.
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11:50 AM | Line Between Islamists And ISIS Blurs In Egypt
Among more extreme Islamists, sympathies for the so-called Islamic State are growing — especially in Egypt, where some Islamists are being arrested and accused of terrorism by the police.
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11:11 AM | Who Really Found the Higgs Boson?
Neal Hartman in Nautilus: To those who say that there is no room for genius in modern science because everything has been discovered, Fabiola Gianotti has a sharp reply. “No, not at all,” says the former spokesperson of the ATLAS...
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11:03 AM | Destroying Pakistan: The curse of the blasphemy law
Farahnaz Ispahani Nina Shea in The Weekly Standard: Pakistan’s blasphemy law, which turns 30 this year, has become only more deadly with age. Since blasphemy was made a capital crime under the nation’s secular penal code, the effect has been...
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11:02 AM | Ambition
The European Space Agency partnered with Platige Image to create this video, and it's stunning. Stunning. Make it full screen, and watch. Well, well. Not what you expected, was it? That was magnificent, and it shows in video form just what I feel every time we send a new probe into the black. We didn't make these worlds, but we will explore them.
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10:55 AM | Ravi Shankar & Allah Rakha Live: Raag Pancham Se Gara
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10:54 AM | Ebola Toll Continues Its Climb, With 10,000-Plus Sickened
The U.N. health agency said Saturday that the number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola has risen to 10,141. Of those, 4,922 people have died.
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10:53 AM | We took four New Yorkers to The Death of Klinghoffer: what was their verdict?
Moustafa Bayoumi, Kayla Epstein, Alan Yuhas, and Eli Valley in The Guardian: Kayla Epstein: As this panel’s Orthodox Jewish participant, I’m aware that I’ve been asked to participate for a very specific purpose: to bring the bearing of my religious...
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10:29 AM | Saturday Poem
Texts Waking up, Sitting up with a yawn, Rolling up the tattered mat, Tucking up the torn mundu, Walking along the hedges. Not for a lark. The muddy fields grimace, The cows wag their tails. Where is that long night...
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9:40 AM | Tech Week: Voice Mail Hang-Ups, Apple Pay And Zuckerberg's Chinese
In this week's roundup, Apple rolls out its mobile payment system but confronts a security test in China, the problem with voice mail messages and Mark Zuckerberg shows off his Mandarin.
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9:37 AM | Note-by-Note Cooking: the Future of Food
Over at the Columbia University Press Blog, an interview with Herve This on his new book: Question: How does note-by-note cooking differ from molecular gastronomy? Herve This: Molecular gastronomy is a scientific activity, not to be confused with molecular cooking....
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9:35 AM | Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London
Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
October 20-24, 2014 In his third post, Colin Norman faces a daunting prospect: heart surgery. “The operation isn’t as simple as snipping out the piece of aorta that includes the aneurysm and sewing in the Dacron tube. Because my aneurysm is right at the root of the aorta, the surgery would involve the left ventricle […]
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3:51 AM | Royals Hang On For 3-2 Win To Take Lead In World Series
Following two high-scoring games in Kansas City, Game 3 of the World Series turned into a bit more of a pitcher's duel as the Royals prevailed in San Francisco.
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3:00 AM | Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century
By Kevin Fong Synopsis: Anesthesiologist, intensive care expert, and NASA adviser Kevin Fong explores how physical extremes push human limits and spawn incredible medical breakthroughs. Little more than one hundred years ago, maps of the world […]
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2:28 AM | A Wrinkle in Time: Building a Black Hole for Interstellar
Adam Rogers recently wrote a beautiful piece for Wired discussing how astrophysicist Kip Thorne’s equations helped to create a scientifically realistic black hole model. Rogers explains, “Thorne sees truth. Nolan, the consummate image maker, sees beauty.” His words remind me of the closing lines of John Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn”: ‘Beauty is truth, […]
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1:59 AM | 10+ Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn
Here is a list of things to do after you have installed Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn. There is some discussion of whether or not you should upgraded to 14.10 here, but the short version is, for most people an upgrade from 14.04 is not necessary but not a bad idea, and an upgrade from any…
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1:08 AM | Ebola Protective Gear Rules Were Vague
“Even a single health care worker infection is one too many.  We may never know exactly how that happened, but the bottom line is that the guidelines didn't work for that hospital," said Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Recently the CDC changed their personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines for health care workers treating Ebola patients. The old guidelines did not make it clear that medical staff should cover […]
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12:11 AM | Deep Sleep To Mars — Mind Blow №88 Wake up from your deep...
Deep Sleep To Mars — Mind Blow №88 Wake up from your deep sleep and watch a brand new MIND BLOW! By: Vsauce2. T-Shirts: http://www.districtlines.com/vsauce
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12:00 AM | A Google Executive Just Crushed Felix Baumgartner's Free Fall Record
Move aside, Felix Baumgartner. Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, fell from the top of the stratosphere this morning, plummeting nearly 26 vertical miles in the span of about 15 minutes. In doing so, he has broken Baumgartner's 2012 record for world's highest-altitude free fall – and by a pretty sizable margin.Read more...

October 24, 2014

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11:22 PM | Is Feeding Ice to Dogs Really Dangerous? Has anyone ever...
Is Feeding Ice to Dogs Really Dangerous? Has anyone ever slapped the ice from your hand when you tried to give it to a dog and then grabbed you by your lapels and shaken you and said how dangerous it is for dogs to eat ice? That person was WRONG. By: Stuff You Should Know.
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10:58 PM | No Quick Fixes For Drivers Affected By Air Bag Recall
The massive auto recall announced this week is different from most. It affects more than one-third of air bags on the road and there are no simple fixes, short of a full air bag replacement.
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10:32 PM | Feminism In Horror Films! by lacigreen: In this...
Feminism In Horror Films! by lacigreen: In this Halloween-themed edition of Sex Plus, Laci takes a look at popular horror films of the past as a unique perspective on what humans are afraid. She goes on to offer commentary on 3 of her favorite old-school horror films which she believes have feminist themes: The Shining, Carrie, and Rosemary’s Baby. She ends by noting the continued lack of diversity and female presence in the film industry as a whole, and pondering what’s behind our […]
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10:30 PM | The Week In Drones: Monitoring Macaques, Vineyard Helpers, And More
Grapevines In A Vineyard, Napa Valley Jim G, via Wikimedia Commons Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft. Pocket Drone Made by Cyphy Works, this tiny hexarotor solves one big problem for small drones -- short battery life -- by replacing it with an entirely different problem: tethering. The drone carries 250 feet of filament behind it, connected to a cell phone. […]
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9:43 PM | Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote The...
Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote The 2014 Midterm Elections are coming up in the United States so it’s time for another installment of ‘Politics of the Animal Kingdom’. Make sure to start at part one if you haven’t seen them all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7tWHJfhiyo&list=PL7679C7ACE93A5638 By: CGP Grey.
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