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Could Picasso Draw Better than Raphael? Standpoint

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Category: Art

From standpointmag.co.uk

A Hegelian narrative: the youthful prodigy mastered "the conventions of classical representation". Thesis. Abandoning the academy at the age of 16, he rebelled against those conventions. Antithesis. But in doing so he would go on to "reinvent" them.

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French Socialism, Take Two Foreign Affairs

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.foreignaffairs.com

Hollande knows his subject matter. He comes from a provincial, bourgeois Catholic family. His father was a well-off physician who unsuccessfully ran as a far-right candidate in municipal elections. Hollande would have none of the paternal politics and was inspired instead by his mother′s leftist Catholicism.

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The Meme Generation The Weekly Standard

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Category: Society

From www.weeklystandard.com

There’s a guy pretending he’s ’80s singer Rick Astley, blasting “Never Gonna Give You Up” from a boombox, standing next to a man dressed up in an electric leotard and hockey helmet as a character from Tron.

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Robot ethics: Morals and the machine The Economist

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Category: Ethics

From www.economist.com

As robots grow more autonomous, society needs to develop rules to manage them.

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What’s Driving U.S. Exports? Panjiva Blog: Global Trade Trends

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Category: Economics

From panjiva.com

The U.S. exported nearly $140 billion in March, making the month the strongest ever for U.S. exports.

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New Spanish Finance Horrors Shock The World Via Meadia

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Saturday, June 2, 2012
Category: World

From blogs.the-american-interest.com

The insolvent Spanish central government is going to get hit with massive bills from not only Catalonia but its other regional governments.

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Irish dodge debts through UK ′bankruptcy tourism′ World news The Guardian

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.guardian.co.uk

Mary, a mother of two young sons in her late 20s, described taking the British bankruptcy route as "like winning the lottery". At a hotel near Dublin Airport on Thursday she explained how much debt they had become mired in by 2009.

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Shale energy triggers bean rush in India Reuters

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Category: Business

From www.reuters.com

U.S. companies drilling for oil and gas in shale formations have developed a voracious appetite for the powder-like gum made from the seeds of guar, or cluster bean, and the boom in their business has created a bonanza for thousands of small-scale farmers in India who produce 80 percent of the world′s beans.

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Poland Has Become the Success Story of Eastern Europe - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Saturday, June 2, 2012
Category: World

From www.spiegel.de

On the eve of hosting the European Football Championship, the country has become the most astonishing success story in Eastern Europe.

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Like attracts like? : Nature News & Comment

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Saturday, June 2, 2012
Category: Science

From www.nature.com

Everything you thought you knew about electrostatics is probably wrong.

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The 120,000-Foot Leap Flight Today Air & Space Magazine

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Category: Exploration

From www.airspacemag.com

Can space-diver Felix Baumgartner break the sound barrier without breaking his neck?

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