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The Puerto Banús bubble In English EL PAÍS

Monday, August 13, 2012
Category: World

From elpais.com

There was a time when the biggest fright you could give a Christian was to say, "The Russians are coming!" These days, the main wish of locals in Banús - and Marbella in general - is for more of them to come.

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When Seeing Isn’t Believing

Monday, August 13, 2012
Category: Science

From blogs.scientificamerican.com

People who have suffered newly acquired vision loss from eye conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or cataracts (or from damage to other parts of the visual pathway in the brain) can have new visual field defects as a result and sometimes they begin to “see” things that really aren’t there.

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The Multiple Histories of Secularism: Muslim Societies in Comparison

Monday, August 13, 2012
Category: World

From www.resetdoc.org

In recent years, secularism has emerged as a new topic of intellectual inquiry. Notwithstanding the voluminous number of new monographs, essays, books and conferences on the topic, considerable confusion persists.

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Incentive to Slow Climate Change Drives Output of Harmful Gases

Monday, August 13, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.nytimes.com

Where the United Nations envisioned environmental reform, some manufacturers of gases used in air-conditioning and refrigeration saw a lucrative business opportunity. They quickly figured out that they could earn one carbon credit by eliminating one ton of carbon dioxide, but could earn more than 11,000 credits by simply destroying a ton of an obscure waste gas normally released in the manufacturing of a widely used coolant gas.

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Literary Review - Christopher Ross on Ninja by John Man

Monday, August 13, 2012
Category: History

From literaryreview.co.uk

Ninja methods, or shinobi no jutsu, were not martial arts. They were instead a range of strategies for infiltration, disguise, concealment and espionage, which also included expertise in arson and harassing the enemy.

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Why Valve? Or, what do we need corporations for and how does Valve’s management structure fit into today’s corpo

Monday, August 13, 2012
Category: Technology

From blogs.valvesoftware.com

Interestingly, however, there is one last bastion of economic activity that proved remarkably resistant to the triumph of the market: firms, companies and, later, corporations. Think about it: market-societies, or capitalism, are synonymous with firms, companies, corporations.

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The Slave Who Circumnavigated The World The Awl

Monday, August 13, 2012
Category: History

From www.theawl.com

One Portuguese adventurer present at the capture of Malacca was Fernão de Magalhães, whose name is usually Anglicized to Ferdinand Magellan. Among the rather considerable spoils of war Magellan took in the battle was a human being.

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