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Scientists Discover How Brains Keep Clean Wired Science Wired.com

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Category: Health

From www.wired.com

Scientists long suspected that the brain’s refuse ended up in the cerebrospinal fluid, which cushions the brain inside the skull. In the 1980s, some researchers proposed that the fluid might be pumped into the brain to wash it, then pumped out again.

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Hair-Raising Chair Enhances Scary Movies : Discovery News

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Category: Entertainment

From news.discovery.com

Watching a creepy movie may raise the hairs on your arms. But is it creepier if your theater chair raises the hairs on your arms for you? The armrests of the Chilly Chair, a project by doctoral student Shogo Fukushima, do just that.

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The New Great Game in Central Asia Foreign Affairs

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Category: World

From www.foreignaffairs.com

Regional multipolarity has eroded Western economic influence. Over the last decade, China has emerged as the leading economic power in Central Asia. Chinese assistance there, as in Africa and other developing regions, is not easy to categorize; it is usually a hybrid of foreign aid, investment, and emergency standby loans.

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After Knight Capital, New Code for Trades - NYTimes.com

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Category: Finance

From www.nytimes.com

The best solution would be to bring back the “market makers” of old, the people who stood between the bid and the asking price and were responsible for making the trade work. Yet I cannot imagine they will return.

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Ignore the prophets of doom " this is a golden age for the world - Telegraph

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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.telegraph.co.uk

The idea that the world is going to hell has been hard-wired into the psyche of most political leaders throughout recorded history. Archbishop Wulfstan of York declared in 1014 that “the world is in a rush and is now getting close to its end”.

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Women and Children First! . . . Right?

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Category: History

From www.pubchoicesoc.org

It’s a widespread notion that women and children are saved first in maritime disasters. The systematic evidence of this comes primarily from the sinking of RMS Titanic. By analyzing individual level data from MS Estonia " one of the largest maritime disaster in the Northern hemisphere since World War II " a different picture emerges.

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MPS Causes Financial Problems for Italian City of Siena

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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Category: Europe

From www.spiegel.de

Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the world′s oldest bank, took five centuries to accumulate its wealth -- and three years to gamble it away. Its fall from grace is a disaster for its home city of Siena, which relied on distributed profits from the bank.

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India′s street children bank on the future - FRANCE 24

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Category: World

From www.france24.com

Ram Singh, 17, earns just one dollar from the 100 cups of tea he makes every day outside Delhi railway station, but each evening, after packing up, he goes to the bank and deposits nearly half of it. Singh holds an account at a special bank, run for -- and mostly by -- Indian street children, that keeps what little money they have safe and seeks to instill the idea that savings, however meagre, are important.

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