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Craig Venter’s Bugs Might Save the World - NYTimes.com

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Category: Science

From www.nytimes.com

Each of the bugs will have a mission. Some will be designed to devour things, like pollution. Others will generate food and fuel. There will be bugs to fight global warming, bugs to clean up toxic waste, bugs to manufacture medicine and diagnose disease, and they will all be driven to complete these tasks by the very fibers of their synthetic DNA.

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Slavoj Žižek · Save us from the saviours · LRB 28 May 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Category: World

From www.lrb.co.uk

Greece is not an exception. It is one of the main testing grounds for a new socio-economic model of potentially unlimited application: a depoliticised technocracy in which bankers and other experts are allowed to demolish democracy.

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Slavoj Žižek · Save us from the saviours · LRB 28 May 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Category: World

From www.lrb.co.uk

When the wrong choice is made (as it was when Ireland rejected the EU constitution), the choice is treated as a mistake, and the establishment immediately demands that the ‘democratic’ process be repeated in order that the mistake may be corrected.

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Why Humans Are Crazy for Crispy - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Category: Behavior

From chronicle.com

In The Babbo Cookbook, the celebrity chef and restaurateur Mario Batali wrote, "The single word ′crispy′ sells more food than a barrage of adjectives.

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Nicotine and the Chemistry of Murder Wired Science Wired.com

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Category: History

From www.wired.com

It’s not famous because it was such a classic high society murder. The killers were the dashing, expensive, and deeply indebted Comte and Countess de Bocarmé. The death occurred during a dangerously intimate dinner at their chateau, a 18th century mansion on an estate in southern Belgium.

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Fukushima’s doses tallied : Nature News & Comment

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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Category: Science

From www.nature.com

A far greater health risk may come from the psychological stress created by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

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It′s Official: Google Is Now a Hardware Company - Businessweek

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Category: Business

From www.businessweek.com

Woodside says he was speaking with board member K. Ram Shriram when Page asked him to run Motorola Mobility, the company Google had just announced it was acquiring for $12.5 billion. “He said, ‘I know you’ve been looking for a challenge,’ ” Woodside recalls.

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What Do Spoilers Spoil? - NYTimes.com

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Category: Behavior

From opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

There is an upside to knowing plot twists in advance.

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