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What kind of mandate should “the right” have supported?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Category: Politics

From marginalrevolution.com

The conservatives and libertarians who earlier supported a mandate, ideally, should have been looking for the following qualities in a health care policy.

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Young listeners opting to stream, not own music

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Category: Internet

From edition.cnn.com

Interviews with college-age music fans suggest that more and more are choosing to stream music instead of downloading it. After all, why pay for music when you can summon almost any song you want, at any time, for free? And the growth of music apps, online radio channels, and music-streaming platforms raise an even larger question: Do we really need to ′own′ music anymore? "The last time I bought a CD was probably in middle school, and I can′t even remember what it was," said Sean Wilson, 21, of Atlanta, Georgia.

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The Failure of Arab Liberals

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Category: World

From www.commentarymagazine.com

Developments on the ground since the heady first days of the Arab Spring have indeed been dismaying. The first omen came on February 18, 2011, dubbed the Egyptian revolution’s “Victory Day.” On that day, the Egyptian masses filling Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square looked markedly different than those that had taken to the square at the height of the uprising.

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New Grad Looking For a Job? Pentagon Contractors Post Openings For Black-Hat Hackers

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Category: Technology

From www.forbes.com

efense contractor giant Raytheon is looking for a “Unix Attack developer.” TeleCommunications Systems wants a “Windows Attack/Exploit Developer.” NSA contractor SAIC seeks a “Red Team Developer.

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MIT creates glucose fuel cell to power implanted brain-computer interfaces

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Category: Technology

From www.extremetech.com

Neuroengineers at MIT have created a implantable fuel cell that generates electricity from the glucose present in the cerebrospinal fluid that flows around your brain and spinal cord. In theory, this fuel cell could eventually drive low-power sensors and computers that decode your brain activity to interface with prosthetic limbs.

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The state of Gaza: Five years after Hamas took power in the city, how has life changed for its citizens?

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Category: World

From www.independent.co.uk

In the short term, moreover, no new Fatah-Hamas agreement was ever going to mean economic change for the better in Gaza. And the changes negotiated after the Mavi Marmara debacle were as significant for what they did not include as what they did.

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Is War Inevitable? Human Evolution DISCOVER Magazine

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Category: Behavior

From discovermagazine.com

Our bloody nature, it can now be argued in the context of modern biology, is ingrained because group-versus-group competition was a principal driving force that made us what we are. In prehistory, group selection (that is, the competition between tribes instead of between individuals) lifted the hominids that became territorial carnivores to heights of solidarity, to genius, to enterprise—and to fear.

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Tropical lakes on Saturn moon could expand options for life

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Category: Space

From www.nature.com

Besides Earth, Titan is the only solid object in the Solar System to circulate liquids in a cycle of rain and evaporation, although on Titan the process is driven by methane rather than water. This cycle is expected to form liquid bodies near the moon′s poles, but not at its dune-covered equator, where Cassini measurements show that humidity levels are low and little rain falls to the surface.

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The Fallacy of the ′Hijacked Brain′

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Category: Behavior

From opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

One particularly interesting variation on this question appears in scientific, academic and therapeutic discussions about addiction. Many times, the question is framed as follows: “Is addiction a disease or a choice?” The argument runs along these lines: If addiction is a disease, then in some ways it is out of our control and forecloses choices.

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Portugal Shrugs at Austerity - NYTimes.com

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.nytimes.com

There is little immediate prospect of growth, economists say, particularly with educational levels far lower here than anywhere in the European Union or in much of the developed world. In 2009, only 30 percent of Portuguese adults had completed high school or its equivalent, according to figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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"With a grain of salt"

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Category: Language

From www.wordorigins.org

This catchphrase is a translation from Pliny’s Historia Naturalis, written c. 77 A.D.. The Latin is often quoted as cum grano salis, but this is incorrect. Pliny actually wrote addito salis grano.

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