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Minitel: The rise and fall of the France-wide web

Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: Internet

From www.bbc.co.uk

Many years ago, long before the birth of the web, there was a time when France was the happening-est place in the digital universe. What the TGV was to train travel, the Pompidou Centre to art, and the Ariane project to rocketry, in the early 1980s the Minitel was to the world of telecommunications.

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It′s not just how many calories, but what kind, study finds

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Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: Health

From www.latimes.com

The preliminary work, which was published Tuesday in the Journal of theAmerican Medical Assn., provides support for a growing group of scientists who argue that what people eat may be just as key as how much they eat.

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One One-Hundredth of a Second Faster: Building Better Olympic Athletes

Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: Sports

From www.wired.com

After a century of massive accomplishment, the pace of improvement has slowed dramatically in the past 20 years. From 1905 to 1988, the men’s 100-meter freestyle swimming record dropped an average of 0.

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Steve Wozniak speaks out in favor of net neutrality, supports Megaupload

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Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: Innovation

From www.theverge.com

16 inShare Steve Wozniak has today spoken out against the US government′s handling of the Megaupload case, specifically its freezing of user accounts and attempts to extradite MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom from New Zealand.

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Facebook Quietly Releases ′Find Friends Nearby,′ Then Quietly Pulls It

Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: Technology

From www.wired.com

When contacted, a Facebook spokesperson told Wired: “This wasn’t a formal release — this was just something that a few engineers were testing. With all tests, some get released as full products, others don’t.

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Forest Boy to be sued by Germany forexpenses

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Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: Odd

From www.telegraph.co.uk

Social services complained since his real identity became known he has failed to apologise or even say thank you.

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What Sheldon Adelson Wants

Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: America

From www.nytimes.com

One man cannot spend enough to ensure the election of an unpopular candidate, as Mr. Gingrich’s collapse showed, but he can buy enough ads to help push a candidate over the top in a close race like this year’s.

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Primates, What Are They Thinking?

Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: Science

From www.stuff.co.nz

The evidence that animals are more intelligent and more social than we thought seems to grow each year, especially when it comes to primates. It′s an increasingly hot scientific field with the number of ape and monkey cognition studies doubling in recent years, often with better technology and neuroscience paving the way to unusual discoveries.

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The Mystery Genre’s Terrible Secret

Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: Literature

From www.themillions.com

If you’ve ever felt let down by the end of a mystery novel, there’s a good reason why. The biggest secret in crime fiction is that there are really only four ways to tie up a mystery,

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Boiling Cheaters in Oil

Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.forbes.com

What this means is rather than trying to catch every cheater you randomly sample for cheating and if you find incontrovertible proof then you impose a punishment so viciously harsh that fear of it deters all possible cheaters.

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′We Don′t Know Who The Good Guys′ in Syria Are, But That Won′t Stop CIA

Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: World

From www.wired.com

Much like last year’s revolt in Libya, the CIA is on hand — while the rest of the government denies any such involvement. Only here, the agency isn’t, reportedly, helping scout targets and train the opposition.

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Microbes Manipulate Your Mind

Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: Health

From www.scientificamerican.com

Bacteria in your gut may be influencing your thoughts and moods

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The Moon′s Peculiar Dust Gets More Peculiar Still

Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: Science

From news.yahoo.com

For 40 years, geologists struggled to understand just what gave lunar soil these pixie dust properties, but geologist Marek Zbik of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia may finally have cracked it.

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Will Facebook Help Destroy Organized Religion?

Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: Behavior

From peerreviewedbymyneurons.wordpress.com

But now, for first time in human existence, the internet has given people the opportunity to truly craft their own communities and social networks. And because these networks aren’t bound by location, nearly anybody in the developed world can be a member.

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