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Ryan Enos of Harvard explores how race-based reactions affect society

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: Society

From www.harvardmagazine.com

Riding the train to work every day in Chicago, Ryan Enos began to notice an intriguing pattern: at a certain downtown station, all the African-American riders seemed to get off just as Caucasian riders climbed aboard.

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New Statesman

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: World

From www.newstatesman.com

As one who speaks on religion, I constantly hear how cruel and aggressive it has been, a view that, eerily, is expressed in the same way almost every time: "Religion has been the cause of all the major wars in history.

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The Math Dude : What is Probability?

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: Mathematics

From www.quickanddirtytips.com

Heads or tails? Do you have a favorite side that you rely on in coin tosses? Does it matter which one you choose? If you toss a coin 4 times and get 4 heads in a row, are the chances good that the 5th toss will come up tails? What’s the math behind all of this? And what does all of this coin flipping have to do with business, baseball, and weather forecasts? Stay tuned because these are exactly the questions we’ll be answering over the next few weeks as we tackle the exciting subject of probability.

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The Top 5 Books for Soccer Fanatics

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: Sports

From www.quickanddirtytips.com

Ole, Ole, Ole! A soccer fan is like no other – born and bred to celebrate their culture through sport. If you find yourself contributing to this mania, believing there are two things in life—soccer and everything else—then this year is your year.

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The Math Dude : What Are Probability Trees?

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: Mathematics

From www.quickanddirtytips.com

At the end of the episode called What Is Probability?, we imagined that a friend challenged you to an extremely simple game of chance. The goal of the game was for you to guess whether each toss of a coin would come up heads or tails.

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The Honey Hunters

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: Casual Reading

From blog.longreads.com

It was morning, ebb tide, when our launch slid up to the shore--shiny and metallic and unstable as mercury--and stuck its nose resolutely into the mud. Felt clouds sulked overhead, temporary protection from the blazing April sun.

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The self-made man, history of a myth: From Ben Franklin, to Andrew Carnegie, to Sophia Amoruso.

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: America

From www.slate.com

In 1990, Susan Orlean published a book called Saturday Night, in which she set out to document how Americans spend their weekly reprieve from work. “Saturday night,” she wrote, “is when you want to do what you want to do and not what you have to do.

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Charity or Justice? Pope Francis Revisits Liberation Theology

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: World

From www.dissentmagazine.org

Late last month, Pope Francis told reporters he considers it very important that the beatification of Oscar Romero--the process of declaring Romero officially "blessed" that is the stepping-stone to sainthood--be accomplished quickly.

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The Math Dude : How to Solve the Famous Birthday Problem

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: Mathematics

From www.quickanddirtytips.com

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Collaboration: Strength in diversity : Nature News & Comment

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: Science

From www.nature.com

Sticking with co-authors with similar surnames to yours might dent the impact of your work. The reason is unclear, but bibliometrics suggest that teams with greater ethnic diversity generate papers that make more of a splash in the scientific literature.

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Eurozine - I was a slave in Puglia - Fabrizio Gatti

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: World

From www.eurozine.com

Every system has its flaws and every flaw can be exploited any time. Hence the permanent need for updates. But as Russia takes its revenge in eastern Ukraine, what does the future hold? Oksana Forostyna remains optimistic about the chances of modest success, at the very least.

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William E. Doherty.Tender Is The Night and the “Ode to a Nightingale”.

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: Literature

From fitzgerald.narod.ru

Critics often express a feeling that there is something mysterious about Fitzgerald’s Tender Is The Night, that there is something unsatisfying in the analyses we have had—a discomfort one does not feel with the more elaborately structured The Great Gatsby, or with the intriguing, unfinished The Last Tycoon.

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The Math Dude : World Cup Math

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: Mathematics

From www.quickanddirtytips.com

How many teams are playing in the 2014 World Cup? How many countries have ever won it? What are the odds that Brazil, this year's host country and 5-time winner, will win again? Keep on reading to find out and learn all about the math behind the World Cup.

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The Anatomy of Attention

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: Technology

From www.newyorker.com

For decades, philosophers and scientists have debated the process by which we pay attention to things, based on cognitive models of the mind. But, in the view of many modern psychologists and neurobiologists, the “mind” is not some nonmaterial and exotic essence separate from the body.

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How cancer cells assure immortality by lengthening the ends of chromosomes

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: Futurism

From www.kurzweilai.net

On Sept. 23, KurzweilAI noted that scientists at the Salk Institute had discovered an on-and-off "switch" in cells that might allow for increasing telomerase, which rebuilds telomeres at the ends of chromosomes to keep cells dividing and generating.

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Brazil, drawing political conclusions from the 2014 World Cup

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: World

From www.opendemocracy.net

The 2014 World Cup hangover has been extremely interesting for us Brazilians. Naturally, we are all sore from the drubbing that we suffered at the hands of Germany. But on the bright side we have been treated to a great multitude of reactions and analyses of this event.

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Grand Central: Does Bernanke Deserve a Nobel Prize? - Real Time Economics - WSJ

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: Economics

From blogs.wsj.com

It is October, which in the geeky world of academic economics means it is Nobel Prize month, or actually in the case of the economics field, Sveriges-Riksbank-Prize-in-Economic-Sciences-in-Memory-of-Alfred-Nobel month.

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Britain -- the state of the nation

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: World

From www.opendemocracy.net

David Cameron chats with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang outisde Downing Street. Amer Ghazzal/Demotix. All rights reserved. As our political leaders leave London behind for the summer tranquillity of their country houses and French and Italian villas, they and we might do worse than to reflect on what is happening to the nation.

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Ebola Virus Talking Points: Wednesday Focus for October 1, 2014 - Washington Center for Equitable Growth

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: Health

From equitablegrowth.org

Ebola will not become the biggest public health problem in West Africa unless deaths reach the high seven figures–which they may: it is highly likely that deaths in the six figures are now baked in the cake.

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Jacob Weisberg for Democracy Journal: A Bridge Too Far

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Category: Politics

From www.democracyjournal.org

As the Watergate scandal metastasized through the summer of 1973, California’s Republican governor stood by his President. Ronald Reagan described the Ervin Committee hearings as a “lynching” and a “witch hunt.

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