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Do Dogs Feel Guilty? The Thoughtful Animal, Scientific American Blog Network

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Category: Science

From blogs.scientificamerican.com

Charles Darwin observed that the types of behaviors associated with guilt â€" keeping one’s head down, and averting one’s gaze â€" are also seen in other social non-human primate species. On one hand, this should not be too surprising; guilt serves to reinforce social relationships and to minimize the effects of transgressions against social partners.

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Burning Desire for Efficiency Do the Math

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Category: Science

From physics.ucsd.edu

The amount of energy it takes to heat water is so well-established, that it is the basis for several prominent units of energy.

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Radio Daze - by Liel Leibovitz - Tablet Magazine â€" Jewish News and Politics, Jewish Arts and Culture, Jewish Life a

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Category: Media

From www.tabletmag.com

The caller told his story with passion and verve, and then asked the station’s listeners for their advice on how to treat his clueless pal. Or at least he would have, had this been a real conversation.

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Why Is Memory So Good and So Bad?: Scientific American

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Category: Science

From www.scientificamerican.com

If visual short-term memories are only gradually wiped away, then remnants of these memories should still be retrievable; but if these memories are wiped out all at once, then we shouldn’t be able to retrieve them in any form whatsoever.

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When Walmart Comes to Town: Always Low Housing Prices? Always? (link to PDF)

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Category: Economics

From papers.nber.org

Walmart often faces strong local opposition when trying to build a new store. Opponents often claim that Walmart lowers nearby housing prices. In this study we use over one million housing transactions located near 159 Walmarts that opened between 2000 and 2006 to test if the opening of a Walmart does indeed lower housing prices.

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Tales of poppy-heads

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Category: Medicine

From www.the-tls.co.uk

The fascination of opium lies in its Janus face. The fact that it has, as Dormandy writes, “destroyed, degraded, corrupted and killed individuals, families, communities and even whole nations” is countered by its kindly qualities as a sedative.

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25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English So Bad So Good

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Category: Language

From sobadsogood.com

Whilst it’s the most widely spoken language, there’s still a few areas it falls down on (strange and bizarre punctuation rules aside).

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