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Mechanical Matchmaking: The Science of Love in the 1920s Paleofuture

Friday, May 25, 2012
Category: History

From blogs.smithsonianmag.com

The April 1924 issue of Science and Invention magazine ran an article by Hugo Gernsback, the magazine’s publisher, which examined the different “scientific” ways to determine if a marriage will succeed or fail.

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New word order - FT.com

Friday, May 25, 2012
Category: Language

From www.ft.com

What you are translating is never simply a series of signs or letters on a page but a set of unspoken assumptions and values.

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"Why China Won’t Rule" by Robert Skidelsky Project Syndicate

Friday, May 25, 2012
Category: World

From www.project-syndicate.org

Great Britain, whose place the US is often said to have taken, was never a “superpower” in the American sense. Despite its far-flung empire and naval supremacy, nineteenth-century Britain could never have won a war against France, Germany, or Russia without allies.

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Darwin′s Creepiest Experiment Brought Back to Life Wired Science Wired.com

Friday, May 25, 2012
Category: History

From www.wired.com

Charles Darwin liked to freak out his friends—for science. Guests visiting the famed naturalist in 1868 were shown a set of "ghoulish" photos of a guy being prodded in the face with an electrical current.

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Israel in Peril by David Shulman The New York Review of Books

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Friday, May 25, 2012
Category: World

From www.nybooks.com

By “ethnocracy” he means “a place where Jews enjoy citizenship and Palestinians do not”; it is a mini-state run by settlers, some of them violent and fanatical, that disenfranchises a huge Palestinian population and continually appropriates Palestinian land in the interests of expanding and further entrenching the colonial project of the settlements.

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Where Did the Taco Come From? Arts & Culture Smithsonian Magazine

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Friday, May 25, 2012
Category: Food

From www.smithsonianmag.com

Dating back to the 18th century, the dish has jumped from the Mexican silver mines to fast food staple.

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