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Phoenix Cluster Sets Record Pace at Forming Stars

Friday, August 17, 2012
Category: Science

From www.cfa.harvard.edu

Astronomers have found an extraordinary galaxy cluster, one of the largest objects in the universe, that is breaking several important cosmic records. Observations of the Phoenix cluster with NASA′s Chandra X-ray Observatory, the National Science Foundation′s South Pole Telescope, and eight other world-class observatories may force astronomers to rethink how these colossal structures and the galaxies that inhabit them evolve.

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David Smith′s EconomicsUK.com: Lessons from Sweden in assembling a recovery

Friday, August 17, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.economicsuk.com

After slumping 5% in 2009, Sweden’s economy surged 5.8% in 2010 and 4% last year. Britain shrunk a little less in 2009, 4%, but grew only 1.8% in 2010 and 0.8% last year. Leaving aside the vagaries of the data, the maths suggest any growth this year will be difficult.

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Bake at 350 degrees? Oven temperature is uncontrollable, and we should stop trying to micromanage it. - Slate Magazine

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Category: Food

From www.slate.com

Around the end of World War II, manufacturers started including temperatures on their dials, featuring hash marks indicating 10- or 25-degree increments. It’s not particularly surprising that this development came when it did.

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Bad Service Can Be Good Business - Bill Taylor - Harvard Business Review

Friday, August 17, 2012
Category: Business

From blogs.hbr.org

Ryanair has reshaped air travel in Europe, with a business model that is relentless about cutting costs. By being draconian on expenses, Ryanair keeps its fares astonishingly low. As The Economist put it back in 2007, the company "has brought flying within the reach of people of the most limited means.

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A Bicycle Built of Cardboard : Discovery News

Friday, August 17, 2012
Category: Innovation

From news.discovery.com

After an Israeli inventor heard about someone who′d built a canoe out of cardboard, he immediately started thinking of other uses for the cheap, eco-friendly and surprisingly durable material. Specifically, he wanted to build a bicycle.

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Japan Inc. tests a survival strategy: English

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Category: World

From www.washingtonpost.com

As Japan’s population declines, all but guaranteeing ever-decreasing domestic business for local companies, one executive tries a language switch.

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