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Ultra-efficient 4,000 mph vacuum-tube trains â€" why aren′t they being built?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Category: Innovation

From www.gizmag.com

Ultra-fast, high efficiency ground transport is technologically within reach â€" so why isn′t anybody building it? Vacuum tube-based transport has a lot of things going for it. Speed, for one.

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True crime

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Category: Law

From newhumanist.org.uk

He certainly seems to relish detailing the inherent flaws of the American legal system in Injustice, which as well as providing a gripping read serves as a vital primer on the shortcomings of the legal process.

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Turkish military to abolish dreaded disciplinary prisons, experts warn abuse still ‘endemic’

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Category: World

From www.todayszaman.com

Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel proposed to redraft the military’s disciplinary codes and abolish the prisons, suggesting that conscripts be docked leave time rather than be consigned to the notorious facilities.

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General Motors Will Slash Outsourcing In IT Overhaul

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Category: Business

From www.informationweek.com

Today, about 90% of GM′s IT services, from running data centers to writing applications, are provided by outsourcing companies such as HP/EDS, IBM, Capgemini, and Wipro, and only 10% are done by GM employees.

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Youth of the ice age

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Category: Japan

From www.ft.com

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Social Networks, Suicide and Statistics

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Category: Health

From www.i-programmer.info

The study use the Japanese social network mixi, which has over 27 million members and allows users to join any of over 4.5 million topic groups - some focusing on the subject of suicide. It seems like a reasonable if hypothesis that member of topic groups that talk about suicide tend to think about suicide and this provides an opportunity to characterise uses in terms of their tendency to think about the subject.

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Sport v human rights - Mihir Bose

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Category: World

From www.eurozine.com

The IOC′s dance round the issue of human rights over the decades illustrates a wider problem for all sports organisations faced with such ethical concerns. The classic example of this was the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

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Feds Look to Fight Leaks With ′Fog of Disinformation′

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Category: Military

From www.wired.com

In a recent paper for Darpa, the Pentagon’s premiere research arm, researchers say they’ve built “a prototype for automatically generating and distributing believable misinformation … and then tracking access and attempted misuse of it.

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Automated robbery: how card skimmers (still) steal millions from banks

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Category: Crime

From arstechnica.com

The scam has moved beyond ATMs. Skimmers now attach card readers to gas pumps across the US, capturing both credit and debit card data. Self-checkout machines at grocery stores have been targeted, too.

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We Beat Young People With a Stick Called ′The Future′

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.psychologytoday.com

The future matters â€" of course it does â€" but so does the past. It’s normal for young people to want to look backwards. Looking backwards doesn’t mean being immature. It’s like when you think you’ve got to the top of the mountain.

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Scripps National Spelling Bee: What happens to the winners later in life?

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Category: Culture

From www.slate.com

None among the 88 winners of the Scripps competition are Nobel Prize winners or MacArthur geniuses, but spelling champions do have an impressive record. The last six to graduate from high school have attended college at Harvard, Cornell, MIT, Yale, Tufts, and Duke.

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