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The changing complexity of congressional speech - Sunlight Foundation

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Category: Politics

From sunlightfoundation.com

The US Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago, with the most conservative members of Congress speaking on average at the lowest grade level, according to a new Sunlight Foundation analysis of the Congressional Record using Capitol Words.

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Twins conceived after dad died won′t get benefits - Yahoo! Finance

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Category: Law

From finance.yahoo.com

From Yahoo! Finance: The Supreme Court ruled that a man′s children who were conceived through artificial insemination after his death cannot get Social Security survivor benefits.

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NCBI ROFL: Walking with coffee: Why does it spill? Discoblog Discover Magazine

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Category: Science

From blogs.discovermagazine.com

Analysis taken too far. In our busy lives, almost all of us have to walk with a cup of coffee. While often we spill the drink, this familiar phenomenon has never been explored systemat

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How the Professor Who Fooled Wikipedia Got Caught by Reddit - Yoni Appelbaum - National - The Atlantic

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Category: Internet

From www.theatlantic.com

Wikipedia operates on a presumption of good will. Determined contributors, from public relations firms to activists to pranksters, often exploit that, inserting information they would like displayed. The sprawling scale of Wikipedia, with nearly four million English-language entries, ensures that even if overall quality remains high, many such efforts will prove successful.

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A Chart that Reveals How Science Fiction Futures Changed Over Time

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Category: Literature

From io9.com

The future may seem to be closer or farther off, depending on the era you′re living in..

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EconoMonitor : EconoMonitor » Europe’s Depressing Prospects: Two Reasons Why Spain Will Leave the Euro

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.economonitor.com

Until Spain reverses its savings and consumption balance and drives down its current account deficit into surplus, which is what a reversal of these distortions would imply, it should be pretty clear that Spain will continue struggling with growth and will continue to see debt levels rise unsustainably.

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The Benefits of Being Bilingual Wired Science Wired.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.wired.com

Samuel Beckett, born in a suburb of Dublin in 1906, was a native English speaker. However, in 1946 Beckett decided that he would begin writing exclusively in French. After composing the first draft in his second language, he would then translate these words back into English.

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How far some parents go to get a job . . . for their kids " USATODAY.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Category: Society

From www.usatoday.com

Some parents are not content helping pay their children′s bills. They′re going to great lengths to help Junior get a job.

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An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan English Russia

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Category: Travel

From englishrussia.com

Askold is a small island located in the Sea of Japan. Long ago it was absorbed in an extensive war. The war started because of the goldfields located there. The local graveyard that has turned into a forest now hides quite a few mysteries of the island.

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Republicans Order Navy to Quit Buying Biofuels Danger Room Wired.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Category: Military

From www.wired.com

The U.S. Navy will officially announce the ships for its demonstration of the "Great Green Fleet" -- an entire aircraft carrier strike group powered by biofuels and other eco-friendly energy sources. But if a powerful congressional panel has its way, it could the last time the Navy ever uses biofuels to run its ships and jets.

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"Iron Man" had no script

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Category: Entertainment

From filmdrunk.uproxx.com

“You’ve got the suits from Marvel in the trailer with us saying, ‘No, you wouldn’t say that,’” Bridges remembers. “You would think with a $200 million movie you’d have the sh-t together, but it was just the opposite.

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Robbie Bach’s four startup lessons from Xbox and Zune - GeekWire

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Category: Business

From www.geekwire.com

Former Microsoft executive Robbie Bach led the company’s entertainment division through the rise of the Xbox business, which has become a success, by many measures, after billions of dollars of investment and some major bumps in the road.

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