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Why Did Zynga′s Stock Drop After Facebook Went Public? - Matthew O′Brien - Business - The Atlantic

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Category: Business

From www.theatlantic.com

While Facebook′s much-ballyhooed IPO didn′t pop, Zynga′s stock went cliff-diving. The Mafia Wars maker saw its stock crash 13 percent, before they suspended trading. It recovered to "only" down 5.

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G.O.P. ‘Super PAC’ Weighs Hard-Line Attack on Obama - NYTimes.com

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.nytimes.com

A group of high-profile Republican strategists is working with a conservative billionaire, Joe Ricketts, seeking to mount one of the most provocative campaigns of the “super PAC” era.

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How Psychiatrists Make Drugs More Addictive - Hit & Run : Reason.com

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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Category: Health

From reason.com

The next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, scheduled to be published a year from now, is expected to include a looser definition of addiction that will qualify millions more drinkers, illegal drug users, and participants in other pleasurable activities for psychiatric diagnoses.

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Majority of Mexicans Want More U.S. Help in Drug War Danger Room Wired.com

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Category: World

From www.wired.com

More than half of Mexicans (52 percent) want an increased U.S. role in the drug war, and 28 percent want the U.S. military to intervene on Mexican soil, according to polling conducted by The Dallas Morning News, Mexico’s El Universal and Texas Spanish newspaper Al Día.

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How to Beat the Odds at Judging Risk - WSJ.com

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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Category: Behavior

From online.wsj.com

Fast, clear feedback is crucial to gauging probabilities; for lessons, consult weather forecasters and professional gamblers.

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Louisiana is the world′s prison capital NOLA.com

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Category: Society

From www.nola.com

Louisiana is the world′s prison capital. The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. Louisiana′s incarceration rate is nearly triple Iran′s, seven times China′s and 10 times Germany′s.

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Phillip Knightley: When is a terror threat not a terror threat? Let′s ask a man called Felix... - Commentators - Opinion -

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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Category: History

From www.independent.co.uk

Dzerzhinsky took over anti-terrorism duties in the newly-emerged Russia at the end of the First World War when the country was riven with revolt and violence. He realised that he had no chance of identifying all the terrorist threats and those planning to perpetrate them.

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Freakonomics » What Do Indian Politicians and Drug Dealers Have in Common?

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.freakonomics.com

Since 2003, Indian law has required anyone running for office to publicly list their asset holdings and bank account balances. The researchers found that wealth of an elected member of the legislative assembly grows 6 percent faster than his runner-up; politicians who attain cabinet-level posts see their wealth grow 15 percent faster.

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Medical Daily: Negative Words Shut Down Higher Level Mental Processes, Study

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.medicaldaily.com

The brain can unconsciously ‘decide’ to suppress negative information to minimize anxiety or mental discomfort, according to a new study.

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Health Campaigns That Promote Exercise May Cause People To Eat More

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.sciencedaily.com

New research suggests that weight-loss campaigns that promote exercise may actually cause people to eat more. People who viewed posters suggesting that they "join a gym" or "take a walk" ate more food after looking at the posters than people who saw similarly designed posters prompting them to "make friends" or "be in a group," the researchers found.

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What has 114 LEDs and is always running? - Hack a Day

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Category: Engineering

From hackaday.com

The answer, of course, is a word clock. This is actually [Eric′s] second version of a word clock. Like the first one, it uses 114 LEDs to back light the words on the display. In his first iteration he used an Arduino to drive a Charlieplex array of lights.

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