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April 24, 2014

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9:22 PM | God Controls the Climate, So You Can Relax
I know, he’s just a Tea Party candidate with almost no chance of election, but Greg Brannon, primary candidate for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Kay Hagen, said... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:21 PM | Small Business Owners Don't Expect Fairness, They Are Thinking About Survival
During the 2012 US Presidential election, both political parties were tripping over themselves to claim they cared about small business, either by sabotaging them with more costs in the way of health care on one side or by constantly giving breaks to giant multinational corporations that small businesses could not get on the other.read more

April 16, 2014

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1:41 PM | CBO Finds Third Consecutive Year of Good News on Pell Costs
Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office announced some more good news for members of Congress: For the third consecutive year, the Pell Grant funding cliff is smaller and further away than we thought. After a few shaky years of funding during the recession, the updated CBO baseline will surely come as welcome news to lawmakers facing midterm elections and a tight budget. But should Congress start celebrating just yet? Not quite. The new CBO estimates prove Congress has bought some time, but […]

April 15, 2014

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5:00 PM | New UK Culture Secretary: An Analysis With the departure of...
New UK Culture Secretary: An Analysis With the departure of Culture Secretary Maria Miller, there is a new Minister responsible for archaeology and heritage in the much of the UK. We take a few minutes to reflect on Sajid Javid and analyze the potential impact of his appointment in the run up to an election year. via Archaeos0up.
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7:45 AM | Q&A: Science adviser to the president of Macedonia
Macedonia, a country of just over 2 million people, held the first round of its presidential elections yesterday (13 April) with the next round scheduled for later this month. The small, landlocked nation in South-East Europe has some 1,000 full time scientists, mainly in the public sector, and invests less than 0.3% of its GDP in research and development. Its national research system is “centralised and underfunded” and private research sector is “still rather weak thus […]
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7:45 AM | Q&A: Science adviser to the president of Macedonia
Macedonia, a country of just over 2 million people, held the first round of its presidential elections yesterday (13 April) with the next round scheduled for later this month. The small, landlocked nation in South-East Europe has some 1,000 full time scientists, mainly in the public sector, and invests less than 0.3% of its GDP in research and development. Its national research system is “centralised and underfunded” and private research sector is “still rather weak thus […]

April 12, 2014

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Ice Cream, Birth Control, and Teapots
Categories: Feminism Quickies ReligionAFGHANISTAN (From Mary) Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was shot to death by an Afghan policeman while covering the national election. She covered conflicts for more than 20 years, and earned a Pulitzer Prize in 2005. RWANDA (From Mary) How Rwanda’s Only Ice Cream Shop Challenges Cultural Taboos: in a culture where it’s highly unseemly to eat anything in the street, eating ice cream in public might bring Rwandans in touch with […]
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2:00 PM | Quick History: The Bull Moose Party A quick history recap of the...
Quick History: The Bull Moose Party A quick history recap of the important details you need to know about the Bull Moose political party lead by Theodore Roosevelt during the 1912 presidential election. RESOURCES:http://americanhistory.about.com/od/politicalparties/p/bull_moose.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_Party_%28United_States,_1912%29 via That Was History. FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/thatwashistory TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/thatwashistory WEBSITE: […]

April 09, 2014

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8:00 AM | You don't have to be well-educated to be an ‘aversive racist’, but it helps
Are you a racist?Most likely, your answer is no – and perhaps you find the very notion offensive. But according to two Cardiff University psychologists, Kuppens and Spears, many educated people harbor prejudiced attitudes even though they deny it. Their research was published recently in Social Science Research.Kuppens and Spears analysed data from a large survey of the general US population, the American National Election Studies (ANES) 2008-2009. They focused on over 2,600 individuals […]

April 08, 2014

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4:30 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest on newscientist.com: who really decoded Down's syndrome? Indian election, implant revives paralysed legs, sexism, violins, volcanoes and more

April 06, 2014

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1:37 AM | Blue Brain Red Brain: Science predicts political preference
Which way does your moral compass point? When you read the news and suddenly feel a sense of injustice. Or outrage. Or more rarely, objectivity? When you write a check supporting the party of your choice. When you confidently select a box come election time. Why do you feel so strongly you have made the right choice? Science suggests we don’t have much choice, after all.

Kanai, R., Feilden, T., Firth, C. & Rees, G. (2011). Political Orientations Are Correlated with Brain Structure in Young Adults, Current Biology, 21 (8) 677-680. DOI:

Schreiber, D., Fonzo, G., Simmons, A., Dawes, C., Flagan, T., Fowler, J. & Paulus, M. (2013). Red Brain, Blue Brain: Evaluative Processes Differ in Democrats and Republicans, PLoS ONE, 8 (2) DOI:

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April 04, 2014

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10:34 AM | Let's keep discussing Ludwick!
Nothing to say today that would be as interesting as the points people are making in response to the"MAPKIA!" challenge in "yesterday's" post.  Join in the discussion -- & submit your entry! It's a little bit like doing presidential polls 2.5 yrs in advance of the next election, but @Jen is definitely the frontrunner at this stage.
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10:17 AM | The Independent Republic of New York
As New York—a city that often has more in common with Europe than with the United States—prepares to be invaded by the red-state hordes during an election that has much of the city fearing the prospect of four more years,...

April 03, 2014

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4:50 PM | Chantler review supports standard tobacco packs – but what next?
Following an independent review by Sir Cyril Chantler, standardised tobacco packaging could be introduced by the next general election.
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