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The Top Ten Strangest Self-Experiments Ever

Friday, June 8, 2012
Category: Science

From www.neatorama.com

There’s a long tradition among scientists of using themselves as subjects in their experiments if they can’t find anyone else to volunteer — or if they feel it would be unethical to ask another to take the risk.

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The End of the Con - Caixin Online

Friday, June 8, 2012
Category: World

From english.caixin.com

A decade ago China joined the World Trade Organization to release surplus labor into the global economy. This brought a decade of high growth. As the surplus labor is exhausted, China must rely on moving up the value-added chain on the supply side and promoting consumption on the demand side to launch another decade of boom.

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A Pyre to Privilege, Not An Invitation to Gendered Shaming threadbared

Friday, June 8, 2012
Category: Art

From iheartthreadbared.wordpress.com

Clint Eastwood’s teenage daughter Francesca and her photography boyfriend Tyler Shields (who seems to have a thing for images of beaten-up looking women like this one of a blooded Lindsay Lohan and this one of a bruised up Heather Morris) have made news with their latest art project in which they “demolish a $100,000 crocodile Hermès Birkin bag by setting it on fire before taking a chainsaw to it.

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Online Social Networks can be Tipped by as Little as 0.8% of their Population The Central Node

Friday, June 8, 2012
Category: Internet

From blog.netsciwestpoint.org

If all members of a “seed set” in a social network initially adopt a certain trend, then a cascade initiates through the tipping model which results in the entire population adopting that trend. So, if a viral marketer wants to provide free samples of a product to certain individuals, a seed set is likely a good place to start.

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After 15 Months in Orbit, Secret Space Plane Finally Returning to Earth Danger Room Wired.com

Friday, June 8, 2012
Category: Military

From www.wired.com

We still don’t know what the 29-foot-long X-37B has been doing up there. In the wake of the first X-37B mission, and with its pickup-bed-sized payload bay, analysts theorized it could be a commando transport, a bomber or an orbital spy.

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Nuclear Tuna Is Hot News, But Not Because It′s Going To Make You Sick : The Salt : NPR

Friday, June 8, 2012
Category: Science

From www.npr.org

What snarky headline writer could resist a story about "hot tuna?" Or how about "tuna meltdown?"

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Why has Foreign Aid Been Untied? — Marginal Revolution

Friday, June 8, 2012
Category: World

From marginalrevolution.com

Historically, most foreign aid has been tied; that is, the recipient was required to spend the money on the donor country’s exports. Why has aid become untied? Could this be a case of improved public policy due to lobbying from the aid industry? It is interesting to note that although tied aid is down in the US, the US continues to tie a lot of aid, considerably more than the Europeans.

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Pop Music Getting Sadder and Sadder -

Friday, June 8, 2012
Category: Art

From www.psmag.com

In the mood for a brisk, happy, up-tempo tune? You might scan the radio dial for a Top 40 hit, but for a better shot at satisfaction, choose an oldies station.

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Schumer calls for federal review of grill brush safety, possible recall - The Hill′s Floor Action

Friday, June 8, 2012
Category: Politics

From thehill.com

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review whether metal grill brushes are safe for consumer use, after reports that some metal bristles broke off the brush and were swallowed, sending two men to the hospital.

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