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May 02, 2015

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2:58 PM | How to control someone else's arm with your brain
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2:54 PM | Congressional Delegation: Crash Course Government and Politics...
Congressional Delegation: Crash Course Government and Politics #13 by thecrashcourse: In which Craig Benzine teaches you about delegation, and informal powers. What are all these federal agencies about? Well, the president has a lot of stuff to do as the chief executive, and as much as Americans like to talk about personal responsibility, the president can’t really do all this stuff alone. Because it’s a huge job! Same deal with Congress. So, they delegate authority. This is where […]
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2:51 PM | Death Toll In Nepal Crosses 6,800
The United Nations has complained that Nepal's bureaucracy is getting in the way of relief efforts. Government officials in Kathmandu say they aren't receiving enough of the right kind of aid.
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2:16 PM | The Beauty of Math by exploriumkaylee: You should like math....
The Beauty of Math by exploriumkaylee: You should like math. It’s not all basic arithmetic and equations; it can be beautiful too! It’s not everyone’s favorite subject, but it can be really fascinating if you know where to look.
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2:12 PM | on ‘SSES”‘SSES”“SSEY’ by Chaulky White
Jesse Kohn at The Quarterly Conversation: In 1990, Kevin White composed a piece of writing called ‘SSES”‘SSES” as his thesis for a master’s degree at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In it he used the structure of Joyce’s...
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2:12 PM | Novelist Ruth Rendell, Author Of 'Wexford' Books, Dies At 85
She is credited with being a pioneer of the psychological thriller and wrote more than 60 books.
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2:06 PM | Einstein’s Dice and Schrödinger’s Cat
Jennifer Ouelette at The New York Times: On a cold January day in 1947, Erwin Schrödinger took the podium at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin and triumphantly announced that he had succeeded where Albert Einstein had failed for the...
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2:00 PM | (Political) Science Caturday: Kittehs of the World, Unite!
Yesterday was May 1, also known as International Workers’ Day, a celebration of labor and the working classes that is promoted by the international labor movement. Although it is barely celebrated in the US, it’s a big deal in communist … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Pictured is a Hermit thrush, a migratory bird that has be been...
Pictured is a Hermit thrush, a migratory bird that has be been spotted during recent Museum bird walks in New York’s Central Park. John Burroughs, a celebrated nature writer, wrote the following poem about the Hermit thrush in December of 1900. In the primal forest’s hushListen! … the hermit thrush!Now he winds his silver horn,While the dew is on the morn.Voicing in its lucid tonesAll the grey old forest owns.Voicing joy in summer days, And solitude in leafy […]
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1:58 PM | All Tapped Out In A Tiny California Town
The years-long drought in California has taken a severe toll on the rural, mainly African-American community of Fairmead, where water drawn for agriculture has left wells dry.
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1:51 PM | Crash Course Astronomy: Mars
I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every single science fiction movie made about Mars. Angry Red Planet, John Carter, Mars Attacks!, and the best of them all, War of the Worlds (the George Pal 1953 version, duh). But sometimes, truth is cooler than fiction. The planet Mars may not have wild Victorian civilizations with any princesses named Dejah Thoris, but it has a lot of other amazing features. And the best part? It’s fact, not fiction. So explore Mars with me in this week’s […]
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1:44 PM | Medicine: The curious case of the metallic Cuban cigar sheath
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1:38 PM | 3 Simple Science Experiments - Balloons via...
3 Simple Science Experiments - Balloons via laughingsquid: Three experiments to do using balloons. Simple and easy to follow. Great for kids. The first experiment used pins and we see that if we increase the number of pins we push into the balloon we reduce the pressure on each pin and hence the balloon doesn’t pop. If you try this experiment please be careful, you may want to consider wearing safety gloves and eye protection. The second experiment we us white vinegar and baking soda to […]
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1:30 PM | Weekend reads: Stress tests in psychology; writing advice to ignore; how to have fun in the lab
This week at Retraction Watch featured a sexist peer review seen around the world, and settlement of the malpractice case against Duke and Anil Potti. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:  Just 39% of psychology studies passed a reproducibility test, but there are some nuances, Nature News reports. Scientists, want your work cited? Forget all that […]The post Weekend reads: Stress tests in psychology; writing advice to ignore; how to have fun in the lab appeared first on […]
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1:30 PM | Microsoft Hololens Hands-On Impressions
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1:17 PM | May Day Protesters, Police Clash In Seattle
Black-clad demonstrators hurled stones and other objects as authorities responded with pepper spray and flash bangs.
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1:00 PM | Global Quickies: Holy Monkeys in Latvia, Giant T-Rex Statues in Turkey, and a Museum of Poop in Italy
Categories: QuickiesCHILE Ash from volcanic eruption in Chile covers town 18 miles away – “Chile on alert for a fresh eruption after Calbuco volcano burst into life for the first time ...(Read more...)
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12:53 PM | the French Author Who Has Happiness Figured Out
David Marchese in NYMag: Is American culture too time-consuming for happiness?That's the problem of modern life! I’ve noticed that in New York, people say, “Yes, I'm searching for happiness,” but they don't then do what is absolutely necessary to try...
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12:31 PM | Baltimore Activists Hold 'Victory Rally' After Charges In Gray Death
The march comes a day after the city's chief prosecutor filed criminal charges against six officers involved in the arrest of Gray, who died from injuries sustained in custody.
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12:00 PM | The human universe: Can we understand everything?
In a very short time we've come a long way in our understanding of how the world works. But what's going to happen when we fully understand the cosmos? (full text available to subscribers)
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11:57 AM | Citing Religious Beliefs, Muslim Gitmo Inmates Object To Female Guards
A judge has blocked women from shackling and escorting the five Muslim men on trial for plotting the Sept. 11 attacks. Soldiers, in turn, have filed Equal Opportunity complaints against the judge.
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11:57 AM | In Danang, Where U.S. Troops First Landed, Memories Of War Have Faded
U.S. Marines were deployed to the coastal Vietnamese city 50 years ago last month. Now, 40 years after the war's end and amid great change, former Viet Cong and an American reflect on that time.
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11:57 AM | Councilwoman: Police Can Get A Fair Trial In Baltimore
Baltimore City Councilwoman Helen Holton tells NPR's Scott Simon she's celebrating the indictment of six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.
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11:57 AM | A Boxing Match And A Derby: The Week In Sports
NPR's Scott Simon and NPR's Tom Goldman chat about tonight's boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao; the Kentucky Derby; and the NBA match-up between the Clippers and Spurs.
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11:57 AM | Georgia Settles Case Alleging Assembly-Line Justice For Children
After the Justice Department filed a statement of interest in the case, the state of Georgia has settled a lawsuit accusing it of providing inadequate representation to poor young people.
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11:57 AM | Demonstrators Jubilant After Baltimore Police Charges
Protests turned to celebrations in Baltimore after a prosecutor announced charges against six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray. The police union is crying foul.
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11:57 AM | Lincoln's Tomb Site At Risk With State Budget Cuts
Thousands will honor Lincoln's death in Springfield, Ill. this weekend. Yet, the tomb's caretakers are facing criticism from scholars and are struggling to find funding to maintain the historic site.
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11:57 AM | Author: Clinton Foundation Disclosures 'Sloppy At The Very Least'
NPR's Scott Simon talks with Joshua Green of Bloomberg News about the Clinton Foundation and its apparent lack of transparency over donors.
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11:57 AM | Conditions Slowly Improve After Nepal Quake
Power is on in most areas of Kathmandu and the Internet is working, but tens of thousands are homeless. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent Russell Lewis in Nepal about earthquake recovery.
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11:51 AM | ‘There Is Simply Too Much to Think About,’ Saul Bellow’s Nonfiction
Martin Amis in The New York Times: “The flies wait hungrily in the air,” writes Saul Bellow (in a description of Shawneetown in southern Illinois), “sheets of flies that make a noise like the tearing of tissue paper.” Go and...
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