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Are GM-Like Pension Offers a Good Deal?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Category: Finance

From finance.yahoo.com

Over the next few weeks some 42,000 white-collar General Motors retirees will take a crash course in actuarial math. The company is ending their pension plan, forcing a decision on whether to take a lump sum or accept a private group annuity from Prudential that would replace GM′s monthly pension benefits dollar for dollar.

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‘ZOMBIE’: Police catch alleged hit-and-run driver with vanity license plate

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Category: Crime

From news.yahoo.com

If you′re thinking about committing a crime, perhaps don′t do it driving a car with a vanity license plate that reads "ZOMBIE."

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China Goes Where Obamacare Refused to Tread: Takes on Big Pharma on High Priced Drugs

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.nakedcapitalism.com

Emerging economies are increasingly flexing their muscles over stratospherically-priced life-saving drugs. And before the Big Pharma defenders start caviling about how the high cost of drug development is squeezing profits, it’s hard to be sympathetic.

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Microbes in extreme environment on South American volcanoes

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Category: Science

From www.colorado.edu

Life gets little encouragement on the incredibly dry slopes of the tallest volcanoes in the Atacama region, where CU-Boulder Professor Steve Schmidt and his team collected soil samples. Much of the sparse snow that falls on the terrain sublimates back to the atmosphere soon after it hits the ground, and the soil is so depleted of nutrients that nitrogen levels in the scientists’ samples were below detection limits.

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Clothes Will Sew Themselves in Darpa′s Sweat-Free Sweatshops Danger Room Wired.com

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Category: Technology

From www.wired.com

Darpa, the US military agency that′s usually more concerned with four-legged robots and preventing pandemics than the contents of a soldier′s closet, has doled out $1.25 million in an effort to fully automate the sewing process.

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Outdoor stereo helps your neighbors learn to issue noise complaints - Hack a Day

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Category: Engineering

From hackaday.com

Backyard parties are going to rock over at [Effin_dead_again′s] house. That’s because he just finished building this outdoor stereo. It carries its own power supply so you can take it on the road with you, and we don’t think you’ll have trouble hearing it with the 240 Watt amplifier hidden inside.

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Neuroskeptic: That Antidepressants In Water Cause Autism Study

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Category: Science

From neuroskeptic.blogspot.co.uk

Oh dear. The newspapers this morning are reporting that Autism ′could be triggered by very low doses of anti-depressants or other chemicals found in water supply′ Here′s the study. Young fish were exposed to a combination of three drugs, two antidepressants and an epilepsy med, for 18 days.

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Tim Harford — Article — Pound for pound 99p is worth every penny

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Category: Economics

From timharford.com

Several studies support the more intuitive idea that consumers simply ignore the pennies and round down. Whatever the reason, the fact is that 99p endings are extraordinarily common and they appear to attract consumers.

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In Europe, a Dispute Over Facts and Fairness - NYTimes.com

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Category: World

From economix.blogs.nytimes.com

Part of Europe′s problem is that Europeans can′t agree on some basic facts about the continent′s financial crisis, as a new Pew poll makes clear. Many Europeans say Germans are the hardest-working Europeans.

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Apple′s New MacBook Air Wedge Design Patent Could Destroy Ultrabooks. Sigh.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Category: Technology

From gizmodo.com

Apple has been awarded a patent for the wedge design of the MacBook Air. The definition of the design is broad enough to cover many ultrabooks, extending Apple′s apparent ownership of black rectangles to thin, vaguely katana-like triangles.

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How Silence Works: Emailed Conversations With Four Trappist Monks The Awl

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Category: Religion

From www.theawl.com

Even if you′re not Catholic, you may have heard of the Trappists. They’re the monks that make those impeccably crafted beers. And the Trappist monks of Oka created a cheese worth drooling over that’s still widely sold today (though now it′s made by a Quebec dairy company).

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BBC News - Joseph Stalin′s deadly railway to nowhere

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Category: History

From www.bbc.co.uk

The scheme was supposed to link the eastern and western parts of Siberia with a 1,000-mile (1,609km) railway stretching from the city of Inta, in Komi Autonomous Republic, through Salekhard to Igarka, on the Yenisei River.

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Gallego travel notes — Marginal Revolution

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Category: Travel

From marginalrevolution.com

The city has been a major tourist destination since at least the 9th century A.D., so the arrival of tourists — many of them have religious motives — is how the city’s past is preserved. It is the people who stay at home who are ruining the place.

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Hot For Teacher Or Hot For Praise? What A School Sex Scandal Shows Us About Young Men

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Category: Sex

From www.rolereboot.org

Despite the statistical reality that the overwhelming majority of sexual predators are men, the media can’t resist giving disproportionate coverage to cases where the female teacher is young, white, and conventionally pretty.

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