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Tony Awards 2012: ′Clybourne Park′ by Bruce Norris wins best play - latimes.com

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Monday, June 11, 2012
Category: Entertainment

From www.latimes.com

"Clybourne Park," the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy-drama by Bruce Norris, won the Tony for new play. The critically acclaimed play, which ran at Playwrights Horizons in New York, the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles before transferring to Broadway, is inspired by "A Raisin in the Sun," by Lorraine Hansberry.

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Autonomous robot uses an iPhone for its brain - Hack a Day

Monday, June 11, 2012
Category: Engineering

From hackaday.com

At the beginning of the school last year, [Ryan] needed to come up with a project for his master’s thesis. Having a bachelor’s in mech. engineering and doing his graduate work in software engineering allowed [Ryan] to do something really cool for his thesis; he decided to turn an iPhone into an autonomous robot with live video streaming, remote control, and object detection.

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NFL Concussions Mega-Lawsuit Claims League Hid Brain Injury Links From Players

Monday, June 11, 2012
Category: Sports

From www.huffingtonpost.com

Scores of lawsuits involving thousands of former players touched by concussions and brain injuries have been consolidated into one master complaint, setting up a massive and potentially costly case for the NFL.

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Two Hundred Years of Hospital Costs and Mortality

Monday, June 11, 2012
Category: Medicine

From www.nejm.org

Feeling compelled to document MGH’s care in order to justify ongoing philanthropic support, the hospital’s trustees sought to eval uate the quality of care from the day the hospital opened in 1821 (after a 10-year delay attributable to the exigencies of the War of 1812 and the difficulty of securing financing).

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"The Accidental Empire" by George Soros Project Syndicate

Monday, June 11, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.project-syndicate.org

Barring an accident like the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, Germany is likely to do enough to hold the euro together, but the EU will become something very different from the open society that once fired people’s imagination.

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Why Daydreaming Makes You Smarter and More Creative : The New Yorker

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Monday, June 11, 2012
Category: Science

From www.newyorker.com

In recent years, psychologists and neuroscientists have redeemed this mental state, revealing the ways in which mind-wandering is an essential cognitive tool. It turns out that whenever we are slightly bored—when reality isn’t quite enough for us—we begin exploring our own associations, contemplating counterfactuals and fictive scenarios that only exist within the head.

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The Big-Lie Coup d′Etat

Monday, June 11, 2012
Category: Politics

From robertreich.org

We’ve been witnessing a quiet, slow-motion coup d’etat whose purpose is to repeal every bit of progressive legislation since the New Deal and entrench the privileged positions of the wealthy and powerful — who haven’t been as wealthy or as powerful since the Gilded Age of the late 19th century.

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Firing Aversion: A Cross-Cultural Study, Bryan Caplan EconLog Library of Economics and Liberty

Monday, June 11, 2012
Category: Behavior

From econlog.econlib.org

The scenario gives the managers a great excuse to fire on the basis of profitability alone. But most don′t. Instead, they act like normal human beings. They consider the effect on the welfare of the worker as well as the profitability of the company.

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Thin Pinstriped Line: Repositioning the Legions - the USN in 2020

Monday, June 11, 2012
Category: Military

From thinpinstripedline.blogspot.it

A reduced USN is going to struggle to operate and meet alliance commitments in the same way as before. A cursory search of the internet currently shows how the USN regularly operates in multi-national exercises in South America, training and capacity building in Africa, and also regularly works with NATO partners in Europe.

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Why Facebook′s Network Effects are Overrated :: Copyrighteous

Monday, June 11, 2012
Category: Internet

From mako.cc

Facebook has an enormous amount of data that users have fed it that may be hard to get out and move somewhere else. But most people don′t care very much about having any regular access to the large majority of this information.

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Giant insects disappeared thanks to falling oxygen levels and agile birds Not Exactly Rocket Science Discover Magazine

Monday, June 11, 2012
Category: Science

From blogs.discovermagazine.com

It took almost 18 months to collect the entire data set, but it clearly showed that the maximum wingspans of flying insects neatly tracked the oxygen in the atmosphere for their first 150 million years of evolution.

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