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How MSG Got A Bad Rap: Flawed Science And Xenophobia

Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Science

From fivethirtyeight.com

As a college student in New York City, I marveled that the city let me eat poached eggs with halloumi cheese and Moroccan spiced pita for breakfast, a spicy-sweet minced meat salad from northern Thailand for lunch, and Singaporean nasi lemak for dinner.

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Newspaper bosses ‘paralyzed’ by change, clueless about paid content, says Steve Brill – Poynter

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Economics

From www.poynter.org

The Washington Post confirmed Sunday morning that Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has been released from imprisonment after being held in the country for 18 months. Fred Ryan, the … Read More

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Review of Trivers (2015)

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Literature

From priorprobability.com

We’ve just finished reading Robert Trivers’s strange memoir “Wild Life: Adventures of an Evolutionary Biologist.” But before proceeding with our short review, we must disclose up front that Dr Trivers is one of our intellectual heroes–along with Thomas Schelling, Gordon Tullock, and Ronald Coase.

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Liberals Are Simple-Minded - Reason.com

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Behavior

From reason.com

publichealthwatchIt is almost a truism among psychological researchers that conservatives are simple-minded and dogmatic. Liberals, meanwhile, are supposed to be more complex and open-minded thinkers. But a new paper is calling those conclusions into question.

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Are female politicians less warlike than men? Some evidence from European queens - Chris Blattman

Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Society

From chrisblattman.com

A large scholarship claims that states led by women are less conflictual than states led by men. However, it is theoretically unclear why female leaders would favor more conciliatory war policies. And, it is empirically challenging to identify the effect of female rule, since women may gain power disproportionately during periods of peace.

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Stop adding up the wealth of the poor

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Economics

From blogs.reuters.com

Itâ€s the meme that refuses to die. It started, back in 2011, with the Waltons: six members of the family, we were repeatedly told, were worth as much as the bottom 30% of all Americans combined. I tried to address this silly stat back then, but now itâ€s gone global: back in January, Oxfam announced that the worldâ€s 85 richest people had the same wealth as the bottom half of the global population.

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A note on Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet — Crooked Timber

Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Literature

From crookedtimber.org

I finished Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet yesterday. I know there’s been a lot of hype about these novels, but it is entirely justified. Actually, I write “these novels” but this is actually just one long novel, distributed across four printed volumes.

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Those Were the Days - WSJ

Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Society

From www.wsj.com

Picture a woman born in 1870: your grandmother, or great-grandmother, or great-great-grandmother. Then picture her in 1940. She sits resting with her family in a house brightened by electricityâ€"a wonder, considering that she had been born in the darkness of sparse candlelight.

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Box Jellyfish, Box Jellyfish Pictures, Box Jellyfish Facts - National Geographic

Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: World

From animals.nationalgeographic.com

Their venom is considered to be among the most deadly in the world, containing toxins that attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells. It is so overpoweringly painful, human victims have been known to go into shock and drown or die of heart failure before even reaching shore.

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An Interview With Photojournalist G.M.B. Akash

Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Politics

From tiffinbox.org

This is a very special interview with an international, award-winning photojournalist G.M.B. Akash. He is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh and represented by Panos Pictures. Wrangling him into finding the time to answer these questions took some doing because he was always on the road working on one project or another.

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The Hateful Eight review: 'only Tarantino can do this'

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: World

From www.telegraph.co.uk

The close-up was always Hollywoodâ€s answer to the portrait, but the spaghetti western turned it into a landscape. When Sergio Leone first zeroed in on Clint Eastwoodâ€s narrowed eyes and gritted teeth in A Fistful of Dollars, he wasnâ€t just showing off his leading manâ€s face â€" he was revealing the craggy topography of his soul.

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Inside the Eye: Natureâ€s Most Exquisite Creation -- National Geographic Magazine

Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Science

From ngm.nationalgeographic.com

In his lab at Lund University in Sweden, Dan-Eric Nilsson is contemplating the eyes of a box jellyfish. Nilssonâ€s eyes, of which he has two, are ice blue and forward facing. In contrast, the box jelly boasts 24 eyes, which are dark brown and grouped into four clusters called rhopalia.

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Chrysippus Died Laughing (Literally)

Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: History

From thepostmortempost.com

Chrysippus was a Greek Stoic philosopher born circa 279BC in Soli, Cilicia, a Roman province located in modern-day Turkey. He served as head of the Stoic School of Hellenistic philosophy in Athens until his death in circa 206BC.

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The tube at a standstill: why TfL stopped people walking up the escalators

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Britain

From www.theguardian.com

Itâ€s British lore: on escalators, you stand on the right and walk on the left. So why did the London Underground ask grumpy commuters to stand on both sides? And could it help avert a looming congestion crisis?

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Paranoia, claustrophobia, lots of men: how The Thing inspired Tarantino's Hateful Eight

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Entertainment

From www.telegraph.co.uk

When you think of the films that play into the work of Quentin Tarantino, the list of inspirations seems endless: crime flicks, French new wave, Hong Kong action pictures, obscure Italian Westerns, Blaxploitation and that film where Bruce Lee wears a yellow tracksuit (Game of Death).

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MSG Isnâ€t Harmful -- Science of Us

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Science

From nymag.com

Chances are, you’re a little wary of MSG, even if you’re not exactly sure why. (It’s something to do with Chinese food and headaches or … something … right?) This week, the folks at the American Chemical Society, a congressionally chartered organization representing professionals and researchers in the field of chemistry, released a video designed to assuage those fears, assuring us that MSG is perfectly safe to consume.

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The Hateful Eight review: Agatha Christie with gags, guns and Samuel L Jackson

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Entertainment

From www.theguardian.com

The brilliant and pitiless Quentin Tarantino now gives us a vast American epic set mostly in just one room. In fact, the various sections and corners of that room start to feel as distant as cities or deserts.

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Breaking the Bank for a Burger - WSJ

Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Economics

From www.wsj.com

The Filipino restaurant Manila Social Club, in Brooklynâ€s Williamsburg neighborhood, just made a splash with a confectionary creation that makes people crazy: a shiny, $100 doughnut covered in 24-carat gold.

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Novak Djokovic tells of being offered $200,000 to fix a match

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Sports

From www.theguardian.com

On a day of extended drama and fevered speculation, Novak Djokovic spoke in depth for the first time about being offered $200,000 (Ł140,000) to fix a match 10 years ago and Roger Federer, the gameâ€s most venerated player, called the latest allegations, to be aired on the BBC on Tuesday night, “far-fetched”.

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China has had a telescope on the moon for the past two years

Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Space

From www.newscientist.com

Point a telescope at the moon, and you might just see one looking back. Chinese researchers have reported that their robotic telescope, the first of its kind, has been operating flawlessly ever since it landed on the moon in 2013.

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Add Your Own Egg

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Economics

From thepointmag.com

The mosquito net donations are an excellent example of how the decisions of effective altruists are rooted in their own happiness rather than others as demonstrated by the use of some of these nets for fishing by starving villagers, see http://nyti.

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The Hive Becomes More Populous | Economic Principals

Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Economics

From www.economicprincipals.com

For 125 years, practically since the beginning of the industrial age, General Electric Co. has been the pole star among US technology companies, second only to DuPont Co. and, for a time, Bell Telephone.

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The Grand Strategy of Rising Superpower Management

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: World

From www.bradford-delong.com

Revised and Extended: I could now talk about the risks of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. You have already heard a lot about the risks in the previous session here. You have heard about dispute resolution and about intellectual property.

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The Presidential Candidates Ranked By Their Usefulness In A Bar Fight - Bitter Empire

Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: America

From bitterempire.com

Letâ€s be clear here: Ted Cruz is not just the worst presidential candidate to have on your side in a bar fight. He is the worst possible human being to have on your side in a bar fight. And itâ€s not only because when he speaks he sounds like Eddie Murphy doing his nerd character.

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The big sleep

Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Health

From www.theage.com.au

It was often a topic of conversation. Patricia and Peter Shaw would discuss with their three daughters their determination to avoid hospitals, nursing homes, palliative care units - any institution that would threaten their independence in old age.

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We Can Eradicate Malaria--Within a Generation

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Science

From www.gatesnotes.com

I’m in New Orleans, where I just had the honor of speaking at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). As you can imagine, given that this is a gathering of experts on infectious diseases in poor countries, Ebola is on everyone’s mind.

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