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Small Wonders: 20 Winning Images Depict Life under the Microscope [Slide Show] - Scientific American

Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Art

From www.scientificamerican.com

For the past four decades the Nikon Small World competition has placed photography under the microscope, with eye-catching results. This year’s 20 finalists, announced Thursday, are no exception, zooming in on microorganisms, minerals and even electronic circuitry to find beauty hidden from the naked eye.

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What the World Eats

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Food

From www.nationalgeographic.com

The data was sourced from FAOSTAT. Values reflect domestic utilization for food consumption in each country or region from 1961 to 2011. Food groupings and units of measure vary slightly from those depicted on the FAOSTAT site.

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New Statesman

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: History

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If I were to give this essay a title, it would be "Waiting for Calvin". Not John Calvin the theologian, nor Calvin Klein the fashion designer, but Calvin, a Navajo baby whose first laugh I travelled to Arizona in 1995 to film as part of a series of television programmes I was making about comedy.

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The 50th Anniversary of New York’s Most Sensational Jewel Heist

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Crime

From www.vanityfair.com

Jack Murphy, a.k.a., "Murf the Surf," and Allan Kuhn speak on their involvement in stealing priceless gems from the American Museum of Natural History--and the roles John D. MacArthur, Eva Gabor, and Nora Ephron had in getting them back.

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Why the long wait? The Supreme Court rules on Alice v CLS - Blog - Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) - Maximising IP Value

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Innovation

From www.iam-magazine.com

As you read the Supreme Court’s ruling from yesterday in Alice Corp v CLS Bank your first response might be, what took them so long? In finding that the patent claims at issue were ineligible the nine Justices (who issued a unanimous opinion) stuck tightly to their brief, reemphasised the rules they laid down in two previous cases – Bilski and Mayo – and resisted the temptation to rule aggressively against software or business method patents.

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Reflections on the new 'Secular Stagnation hypothesis'

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Economics

From www.voxeu.org

The notion that Europe and other advanced economies are suffering secular stagnation is gaining traction. This column by Larry Summers -- first published in the Vox eBook "Secular Stagnation: Facts, Causes and Cures" -- explains the idea.

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When DNA is the Matchmaker - Fortune

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Internet

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The world of online dating has something for everyone. Sites are dedicated to picking partners based on religion, dining preferences, pure physical attraction and the good, old-fashioned values of cowboy life (at Farmersonly.

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FRB: Speech with Slideshow--Yellen, Perspectives on Inequality and Opportunity from the Survey of Consumer Finances--October 17,

Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: America

From www.federalreserve.gov

The distribution of income and wealth in the United States has been widening more or less steadily for several decades, to a greater extent than in most advanced countries.1 This trend paused during the Great Recession because of larger wealth losses for those at the top of the distribution and because increased safety-net spending helped offset some income losses for those below the top.

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A Country Disappeared – The New Inquiry

Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: World

From thenewinquiry.com

As Mexicans reach a breaking point in their tolerance for the drug war, the Mexican government reaps the legacy of presidencies lost to guns and drugs.  A few months ago, 22 people were allegedly executed by Mexican soldiers in Tlatlaya, a small community southwest of Mexico City.

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Attack on Kenya orphanage yields $80k in donations

Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: World

From dailycaller.com

NGONG, Kenya (AP) -- Anthony Omari earned the still-fresh 11-stitch scar that runs from his forehead to his upper lip in one of the noblest ways imaginable: By taking a machete to the face while defending an under-resourced Kenyan orphanage from attacking thieves.

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Newest Legal Laborers in Bolivia: Children - WSJ - WSJ

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: World

From online.wsj.com

LA PAZ, Bolivia--As a boy, Bolivian President Evo Morales helped his destitute family by selling ice cream, baking bread, laying bricks and, according to one biographer, by once herding 50 llamas across the Andes to trade them for corn and dried meat.

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50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Language

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April 16 is the 50th anniversary of the publication of a little book that is loved and admired throughout American academe. Celebrations, readings, and toasts are being held, and a commemorative edition has been released.

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A tiny town in Michigan will sell you a police badge and gun permit - Salon.com

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Crime

From www.salon.com

Oakley, Mi. is barely a town at 300 people, only one streetlight and, until recently, one police officer. The one cop was good at his job, reports Vocativ’s M.L. Nestel, until he was forced to step down after getting caught stalking a teenage girl.

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For richer, for poorer: How family structures economic success in America » AEI

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: America

From www.aei.org

The standard portrayals of economic life for ordinary Americans and their families paint a picture of stagnancy, even decline, amidst rising income inequality or joblessness. But rarely does the public conversation about the changing economic fortunes of Americans and their families look at questions of family structure.

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The Burning of the World by Bela Zombory-Moldován

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Book Reviews

From www.nybooks.com

The budding young Hungarian artist Bela Zombory-Moldován was on holiday when the First World War broke out in July 1914. Called up by the army, he soon found himself hundreds of miles away, advancing on Russian lines and facing relentless rifle and artillery fire.

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NPE suits down a massive 35% in the third quarter of the year as Alice and the AIA take their toll - Blog - Intellectual Asset

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Innovation

From www.iam-magazine.com

Further evidence of a dramatic slowdown in patent litigation activity in the United States is provided today in data published by Unified Patents, the entity whose business is based on helping SMEs fight frivolous patent suits.

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Hold Your Nose: Toilet Shelf on Trial - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: World

From www.spiegel.de

Flip open the toilet lid in older German hotels, homes and apartments and you may find yourself confronted with a rather odd porcelain construction: the so-called toilet shelf perfectly placed to catch whatever may be deposited.

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Alice decision a big reason for sharp fall in US patent litigation, says Mark Lemley - Blog - Intellectual Asset Management (IAM

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Innovation

From www.iam-magazine.com

Yesterday the legal analytics company Lex Machina released its latest analysis of US patent litigation. This revealed that the number of cases filed in September was down 40% year-on-year. As luck would have it, IAM has been in Silicon Valley this week and was able to catch up with Lex Machina founder Professor Mark Lemley at Stanford University Law School.

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Professor Pinker and Professor Strunk – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Language

From chronicle.com

On the panel show A Good Read (Radio 4, October 17, 2014), each guest recommends a book, which the other guests also read and discuss. And Pinker’s recommendation for a good read was … The Elements of Style?!

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Dear White People’s Missed Opportunities - In These Times

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: America

From inthesetimes.com

Dear White People is a well-produced directorial debut by Justin Simien, whose analysis of race and power is just as muddled and contradictory as the young and confused elite college students he portrays.

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How different religions would deal with aliens - Ideas - The Boston Globe

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Religion

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Religions have surprisingly diverse approaches to the issue of possible extraterrestrial life, David Weintraub found. Below, a quick survey adapted from his book “Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?” and interviews with the author.

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