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Don’t wear yum-yum yellow

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Category: Nature

From www.lrb.co.uk

The rare attacks on humans are basically cases of mistaken identity. There are simple ways of reducing the infinitesimal risks, even in waters inhabited by large sharks. Don’t swim at dawn or dusk, when many sharks feed.

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Artificial jellyfish built from rat cells

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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Category: Science

From www.nature.com

Bioengineers have made an artificial jellyfish using silicone and muscle cells from a rat’s heart. The synthetic creature, dubbed a medusoid, looks like a flower with eight petals. When placed in an electric field, it pulses and swims exactly like its living counterpart.

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Bridge where dogs commit suicide

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Category: Odd

From en.wikipedia.org

Of the dogs tested, only two showed no interest in any of the scents while nearly all the others made straight for the mink scent. Sands concluded that, although it was not a definitive answer, the potent odour from male mink urine was luring keen-nosed dogs to their deaths.

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Savage Continent

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Category: History

From marginalrevolution.com

The number of sexual relationships that took place between European women and Germans during the war is quite staggering. In Norway as many of 10 percent of women aged between fifteen and thirty had German boyfriends during the war.

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The Illusion of Democratic Credibility

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Category: World

From journals.cambridge.org

Who makes more convincing threats? Dicators or democracies?

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Wrong Way Down the Danube

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Category: Europe

From www.foreignaffairs.com

Supporters of the EU often claim that it has the power to nudge the nations in Europe′s periphery toward democracy. But the EU has never been confronted with this level of democratic backsliding from one of its own members.

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Pixar films don′t get finished, they just get released

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Category: Entertainment

From www.lettersofnote.com

Mid-2008, hoping at best to receive a signed photo from his idol in return, a young man named Adam wrote to Pete Docter, the award-winning director of Monsters, Inc. and, more recently, Up. In the letter he spoke of his admiration for Docter and, as an amateur filmmaker and huge Pixar fan, mentioned his desire to work for the studio in the future.

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