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Intersections art installation by Anila Quayyum Agha uses laser-cut wood and a single light bulb to create giant architectural s

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Art

From www.slate.com

Held annually since 2009 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ArtPrize is a democratic art competition open to anyone in the world over age 18, with generous cash prizes awarded by both a jury of experts and popular vote.

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NRCC TV Ad Highlighting John Barrow's Votes Against Seniors - National Republican Congressional Committee www.nrcc.org

Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Politics

From www.nrcc.org

NRCC Statement:"John Barrow has turned his back on Georgia seniors. In Washington, Barrow has sided with his party leaders and voted to cut Medicare and raise the retirement age. Georgia seniors need an advocate in Congress not someone like Barrow who has left them behind.

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Brothers from Another Planet - The Baffler

Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: America

From www.thebaffler.com

Fraternity grows from the recognition of kinship, likeness more important than unlikeness. All the fraternal relationships of man, in his progression from birth to death, teach the same lesson. A man is kin to his blood-brothers, like them more than he is unlike, because dependence and society are more important than physical isolation.

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New Statesman

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Health

From www.newstatesman.com

Dying has never been easy but modern medicine has made it much more difficult. Our ancestors died quickly; few lived long enough to be faced by the progressive debility and dementia that most of us will now suffer.

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GOP changes tune on cutting Social Security with elections on the line - The Washington Post

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Politics

From www.washingtonpost.com

Cutting federal health and retirement spending has long been at the top of the GOP agenda. But with Republicans in striking distance of winning the Senate, they are suddenly blasting the idea of trimming Social Security benefits.

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The Dog Whisperer

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Misc

From www.foreignpolicy.com

All along the front during the months of heavy fighting, communications were dispatched via messenger dogs. It was dangerous work. One dog was shot; a bullet split his jaw, nearly detaching it. Still, the dog, ironically named Smiler, crossed almost two miles in only 20 minutes.

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Ebola-free: How did Nigeria and Senegal do it? - LA Times

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: World

From www.latimes.com

Both nations reacted quickly when the disease that is still ravaging parts of West Africa showed up within their borders by isolating patients, tracing and monitoring their contacts, and educating the public about how to protect themselves.

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Russian desman videos, photos and facts - Desmana moschata

Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Nature

From www.arkive.org

Desmans belong to the same family as moles but are adapted for a more aquatic lifestyle. They posses a similar long, cylindrical body, but the tail is longer and flatter than that of a mole and is broadened by a fringe of stiff hairs (3).

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Smart people listen to Radiohead and dumb people listen to Beyonce, according to study

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Music

From consequenceofsound.net

How does a person’s intelligence relate to the type of music they listen to? For the last several years, a software application writer by the name of Virgil Griffith has charted musical tastes based on the averageSAT scores of various college institutions.

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Who Really Found the Higgs Boson - Issue 18: Genius - Nautilus

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Science

From nautil.us

To those who say that there is no room for genius in modern science because everything has been discovered, Fabiola Gianotti has a sharp reply. "No, not at all," says the former spokesperson of the ATLAS Experiment, the largest particle detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

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ArtAsiaPacific: Lingering Scars Farzana Hossen

Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Art

From artasiapacific.com

From Dhaka, 32-year-old photographer Farzana Hossen has produced a harrowing document called “Lingering Scars” (2013), a series of photographs depicting women victims of acid attacks. Hossen is one of 13 photographers taking part in an exhibition called “Voice of Tacitness: Asian Women Photography,” currently running at the Hong Kong Arts Centre from October 19 until November 2.

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One Year Later: Gravity / The Dissolve

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Entertainment

From thedissolve.com

Multiple generations of women come into contact with an evil force around a California property in Nicholas McCarthy’s stylish, ambitious, but ultimately listless exercise in gut-wrenching disquiet.

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Following Scottish vote, attention in Britain shifts to rights for the English - The Washington Post

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: World

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CHELMSFORD, England -- Just a month after the United Kingdom survived a near-death experience when nearly half of Scots voted to secede, the focus of British politics has rapidly shifted to that other hotbed of churning nationalist discontent: England.

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Gentleman Scientists and Revolutionaries: Expressions of the American Mind [Excerpt] - Scientific American

Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: History

From www.scientificamerican.com

Excerpted with permission from Gentlemen Scholars and Revolutionaries: The Founding Fathers in the Age of Enlightenment, by Tom Shachtman. Available from Palgrave Macmillan Trade. Copyright 2004.

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Eight charts showing where it all went wrong for France - Telegraph

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Economics

From www.telegraph.co.uk

Once considered one of the power-houses of the global economy, France has been in the doldrums of late. Described as "sclerotic" by prominent outsiders, and "sick" by its own finance minister, the French economy is beset by flatlining growth, ballooning debt and eye-watering unemployment.

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A Message to the 21st Century by Isaiah Berlin

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Misc

From www.nybooks.com

Twenty years ago--on November 25, 1994--Isaiah Berlin accepted the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws at the University of Toronto. He prepared the following "short credo" (as he called it in a letter to a friend) for the ceremony, at which it was read on his behalf.

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Herodotus on Apries

Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: History

From www.reshafim.org.il

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When a car becomes a cathedral: Have a look at this prototype made with stained glass - The Globe and Mail

Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Technology

From www.theglobeandmail.com

Since the end of the 19th century, when cars were first invented, automotive engineers have been pushing to take the risks out of driving. Inventions such as seat belts and airbags have helped. But one of the most revolutionary advances in crash-proofing might be to remove the driver altogether, with autonomous vehicles, such as the ones currently being developed by Google.

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Crying - that lump in your throat - Gakuranman

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Behavior

From gakuran.com

What causes that lump in your throat when you cry? Being ‘all choked up’? That tightening sensation that grips you when you are moved to feel strong emotions? This was the question that popped into my head this evening.

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Chess piece survival rates

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Mathematics

From priorprobability.com

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Max Bazerman on making organizations act ethically

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Ethics

From www.harvardmagazine.com

In the early 2000s, a riptide of business scandals toppled Enron, Arthur Andersen, and WorldCom. In the aftermath, says Straus professor of business administration Max Bazerman, "society turned to professional schools" to ask why their graduates were misbehaving.

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