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Draco

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: History

From www.princeton.edu

Draco was the first legislator of ancient Athens, Greece, 7th century BC. He replaced the prevailing system of oral law and blood feud by a written code to be enforced only by a court. Because of its harshness, this code also gave rise to the term "draconian".

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What the EU should be telling Palestinian leaders

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: World

From www.opendemocracy.net

In other conflict situations, the EU and its member states have pressed for justice, readily acknowledging that continued impunity, not justice, is the real impediment to peace.  The Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be treated no differently.

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Does evolutionary theory need a rethink? : Nature News & Comment

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: Science

From www.nature.com

Charles Darwin conceived of evolution by natural selection without knowing that genes exist. Now mainstream evolutionary theory has come to focus almost exclusively on genetic inheritance and processes that change gene frequencies.

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Michael Jackson: the 7 guitarists who shaped his sound

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: Music

From www.musicradar.com

Michael Jackson never wrote a flat-out rocker before, but he penned Beat It because he wanted to write "the type of song that I would buy if I were to buy a rock song." After hearing the demo, producer Quincy Jones knew just who ring up for a guitar solo.

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Captive orcas speak dolphin

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: Science

From news.sciencemag.org

Two years ago, scientists showed that dolphins imitate the sounds of whales. Now, it seems, whales have returned the favor. Researchers analyzed the vocal repertoires of 10 captive orcas (Orcinus orca), three of which lived with bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and the rest with their own kind.

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THE LIFE OF A DESIGNER CELL

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: Science

From moreintelligentlife.com

The clear plastic bags contain a liquid somewhere between orange and pink; quite fetching, but more importantly an indication that the alkalinity is just right. They sit on metal shelves in a small, steel-lined room which, at a steady 37?C, is more than warm.

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What is sectarianism in the Middle East?

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: World

From www.opendemocracy.net

The term is heard whenever the Middle East or Syria are discussed, yet a talking head would be pressed to define what they mean by sectarianism. Mohammad Dibo speaks to two prominent Arab thinkers willing to assist our understanding by going back to the basics.

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Rational != Self-interested - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: Behavior

From andrewgelman.com

I’ve said it before (along with Aaron Edlin and Noah Kaplan) and I’ll say it again. Rationality and self-interest are two dimensions of behavior. An action can be: 1. Rational and self-interested 2.

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Record-High 86% Approve of Black-White Marriages

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: America

From www.gallup.com

PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans are approaching unanimity in their views of marriages between blacks and whites, with 86% now approving of such unions. Americans' views on interracial marriage have undergone a major transformation in the past five decades.

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The Smart Set: Outside the Box - October 1, 2014

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: History

From www.thesmartset.com

Boxes were Joseph Cornell’s obsession. He collected everyday objects and photographs and arranged them inside wooden shadow frames. Often he placed glass panes over the boxes, which makes them feel like windows.

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Charles Proteus Steinmetz, the Wizard of Schenectady

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: History

From www.smithsonianmag.com

He stood just four feet tall, his body contorted by a hump in his back and a crooked gait, and his stunted torso gave the illusion that his head, hands and feet were too big. But he was a giant among scientific thinkers, counting Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison as friends, and his contributions to mathematics and electrical engineering made him one of the most beloved and instantly recognizable men of his time.

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Pretending to Be Crazy--All Too Effectively - Ideas Market - WSJ

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: Behavior

From blogs.wsj.com

If you don’t have time to read a sizable piece of writing now, bookmark this (or Instapaper it) for later: It reads like a J.G. Ballard short story, or maybe a “Twilight Zone” episode, but it’s an excerpt from a nonfiction book titled “The Psychopath Test,” by Jon Ronson.

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The Love and Importance of Cats in Islam

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: Religion

From islam.ru

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was tender and kind towards cats. He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) appreciated cats. Hazrat Muhammad  (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) 's  favorite cat was called Muezza.

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New ‘lab-on-a-chip’ could revolutionize early diagnosis of cancer

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Category: Science

From www.kurzweilai.net

A new miniaturized biomedical "lab-on-a-chip" testing device for exosomes — molecular messengers between cells — promises faster, earlier, less-invasive diagnosis of cancer, according to its developers at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

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