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115 year Marriage Ends in Divorce

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: Nature

From austriantimes.at

The world′s oldest animal marriage looks set to have turtley ended after an incredible 115 years when the two Giant Turtles at an Austrian zoo refused to share their cage anymore.

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Michael Olenick: How Servicers Lie to Mortgage Investors About Losses « naked capitalism

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: Business

From www.nakedcapitalism.com

When presented with a question â€" whether to take a partial loss via a short-sale or principal reduction, or whether to take a larger loss through foreclosure â€" the servicers of ACE2007-HE4 repeatedly opt for the larger losses.

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Angry Birds firm considers migrating south to Ireland - The Irish Times - Sat, Jun 09, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: Internet

From www.irishtimes.com

The corporation tax rate in Finland is 24.5 per cent, while Ireland’s rate is 12.5 per cent. Most of the world’s fast-growing technology companies, such as Google and Facebook, have set up European headquarter operations in Dublin so as to benefit from Ireland’s low corporation tax rate.

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Bigamy, Forgery, Lies: Accused Colonel’s Epic Flameout Danger Room Wired.com

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: Military

From www.wired.com

It all started in 2005, when Johnson, a married man, met a woman in northern Iraq — also married — while in battalion command. Allegedly, to win her over he used thousands of dollars in government money over the years to pay for a variety of favors for her family, and falsified receipts to cover his tracks, as Nancy Montgomery recounts in Stars and Stripes.

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MAKE Soapbox: Microsoft, Make Windows 8 More Maker Friendly

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: Engineering

From blog.makezine.com

The reason this is so important is that nearly all hobby microcontrollers with USB use the CDC standard to send serial data back and forth, and it allows microcontrollers to be backwards compatible — just like the Arduino Uno looks pretty much the same to a computer as the Duemilanove.

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Learning to See Light: Exploring Blue Hour

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: Art

From strobist.blogspot.com

We often think about pushing flash into the post-sunset sky. But just behind us, there is a cool mix of light happening from the east as night encroaches. Paying attention to that mix can serve you well when you are learning to create interesting light on your own.

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Can Spain and Italy export their way out of trouble? vox - Research-based policy analysis and commentary from leading economist

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.voxeu.org

The Eurozone crisis is at its root not a fiscal or banking crisis, but a crisis of competitiveness hatched over about 15 years, and reflected in large differences in labour cost, export performance, and balance of payments between the periphery and the core, notably Germany.

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The Science of ‘Gaydar’ - NYTimes.com

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.nytimes.com

Can we really detect others’ sexual orientation from mere observation? Absolutely.

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In Japan, fax machines find a final place to thrive - The Washington Post

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: World

From www.washingtonpost.com

Japan’s continued fax devotion may be an endearing quirk, what with the country’s reputation as a high-tech playland, all bright lights and flawless trains and chirping micro-devices. But it may also represent a deeper sign of the nation’s inability to change and to accommodate global standards, even as it cedes economic ground to Asian rivals such as China and South Korea.

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The hard truth about political compromise - Boston.com

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: Politics

From articles.boston.com

We have a simplistic view of compromise. We tend to think of compromise in terms of settling for less: We want two scoops of ice cream, but settle for one. That might describe what happens when you and your spouse compromise over the size of a new television—but it doesn’t work, the authors show, when it comes to politics.

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The lavish and leveraged life of Aubrey McClendon Reuters

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: Business

From www.reuters.com

From the 111-acre corporate campus that he shaped with a meticulous eye for detail, McClendon has intertwined his personal financial interests with those of the publicly traded corporation he runs to a far greater degree than shareholders may realize, according to interviews, public records and hundreds of pages of internal Chesapeake documents reviewed by Reuters.

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Online Courses Can Offer Easy A′s via High-Tech Cheating - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: Behavior

From chronicle.com

Although the syllabus clearly forbids academic dishonesty, Mr. Smith argues that the university has put so little into the security of the course that it can′t be very serious about whether the online students are learning anything.

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We Only Think We Know the Truth About Salt - NYTimes.com

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: Health

From www.nytimes.com

While sports nutritionists have since come around to recommend that we should indeed replenish salt when we sweat it out in physical activity, the message that we should avoid salt at all other times remains strong.

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Raindrops Don′t Swat Down Mosquitoes - ScienceNOW

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: Science

From news.sciencemag.org

The drop should have the impact of a bus running over a human and drive the mosquito downward at a force up to 300 times that of gravity. Sadly for the mosquito′s next victim, the pest will survive this collision.

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Thunderclap unleashes tweet-storms for protests (Wired UK)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: Internet

From www.wired.co.uk

Thunderclap is a tool that allows people to pledge tweets to a particular cause and once enough tweets have been "stockpiled", they are unleashed simultaneously for maximum impact. Created by product development studio De-De group, Thunderclap is described as a "crowdspeaking" platform that "helps users be heard by saying something together".

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