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Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit David Graeber The Baffler

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Category: Technology

From www.thebaffler.com

Where, in short, are the flying cars? Where are the force fields, tractor beams, teleportation pods, antigravity sleds, tricorders, immortality drugs, colonies on Mars, and all the other technological wonders any child growing up in the mid-to-late twentieth century assumed would exist by now? Even those inventions that seemed ready to emerge—like cloning or cryogenics—ended up betraying their lofty promises.

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′Three-parent babies′ cure for illness raises ethical fear Science The Guardian

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Category: Medicine

From www.guardian.co.uk

Mitochondrial disease, passed from mother to child, is incurable. Scientists see a way to eliminate it using donor DNA but this has set off a debate about ′three-parent babies′

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An Alzheimer’s Gene - One Family’s Saga - NYTimes.com

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Category: Medicine

From www.nytimes.com

Though as much as 99 percent of all Alzheimer’s cases are not a result of a known genetic mutation, researchers have determined that the best place to find a treatment or cure for the disease is to study those who possess a mutation that causes it.

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Maxim Interrogates the Makers and Stars of The Wire Maxim

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Category: Television

From www.maxim.com

David Simon embedded with the Baltimore police department for the better part of 1988. His 1991 book, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, is a pulpy, funny, and heartbreaking tale of elusive criminals and “thinking cops.

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Sober Look: Lack of profitability in CDS clearing poses risks

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Category: Business

From soberlook.com

Rather than spreading the risk among a larger universe of players, it seems that this clearinghouse setup will work to limit CDS trading to the larger end-users and a tiny group of CMAs (who have little incentive to stay in this business), adding to systemic concentration and liquidity risks that regulators have been trying to address.

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Interview with Daniel Kahneman on the Pitfalls of Intuition and Memory - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Sunday, June 10, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.spiegel.de

Psychologists distinguish between a "System 1" and a "System 2," which control our actions. System 1 represents what we may call intuition. It tirelessly provides us with quick impressions, intentions and feelings.

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Cat Marnell Does Not Give a Shit VICE

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Sunday, June 10, 2012
Category: Odd

From www.vice.com

he′s been a prescription speed freak since she was fifteen years old and there is no sign of stopping. Everyone gets that, even her editors and the people in HR. You might ask yourself, "Why is someone in charge of a beauty and health department of an online magazine acting like this?" Cat doesn′t stay inside the lines.

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Mysterious radiation burst recorded in tree rings : Nature News & Comment

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Sunday, June 10, 2012
Category: Science

From www.nature.com

The radiation burst, which seems to have hit between ad 774 and ad 775, was detected by looking at the amounts of the radioactive isotope carbon-14 in tree rings that formed during the ad 775 growing season in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Vaughan Bell: the trouble with brain scans Science The Observer

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Category: Science

From www.guardian.co.uk

Recently, to the chagrin of French scientists, politicians called for neuro-imaging to be used in the courts to decide on the guilt of criminals, after the technology made its dubious debut in the legal systems of India, Italy and the US.

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What are the 3 steps for getting people to pay attention? Hello? HELLO? - Barking up the wrong tree

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.bakadesuyo.com

If you start your presentation with the opposite of what they believe, they may turn you off right away.

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