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Age of first chief's ancient tomb reveals Pacific Islanders invented new kind of society

A library that brings books by sailboat

Surgeons use nose cells to repair damaged knee joints

What School Lunch Looked Like Each Decade for the Past Century

Plant discovered that neither photosynthesizes nor blooms

Mexican Taco Stand Switches Menu to Haitian Food for Refugees

Boosting the prospects of foster children: Ohio ups the age limit

Feral cats find work at Javits Center in exchange for food and shelter

Records, Descendants Help Weave Stories Of George Washington's Slaves

Mice smell, share each other's pain

Breast Cancer Death Rates Are Down, But Racial Disparities Persist

Out With the Poor, In With the Rich: The Landlord’s Guide to Gentrifying NYC

Inequality Is Still the Defining Issue of Our Time

Valentine Strasser was once the world’s youngest dictator, ruling Sierra Leone for four turbulent years. But his fall from power left him broken, exiled, and eventually back home as a mysterious and feared recluse.

How the owners of Fidelity get richer at everyday investors’ expense

What's really going on in PTSD brains? Experts suggest new theory

Most Farmers Still Doubt They Have Anything To Do With Climate Change

Scientists in California just discovered a new type of earthquake

In the Chicago Police Department, If the Bosses Say It Didn’t Happen, It Didn’t Happen

Where Zika struck hardest, Brazil moms say more help needed

Small-scale agriculture threatens the rainforest

Internet Attack Spreads, Disrupting Major Websites

Central America's rampant violence fuels an invisible refugee crisis

Working in tobacco fields can make kids sick. But they still need the money.
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Wild chimpanzee mothers teach young to use tools

Penguin Bloom: how a scruffy magpie saved a family

Observable universe contains two trillion galaxies, 10 times more than previously thought

Superheroes Are Real

DNA-based single-electron electronic devices created

Sleep habits of the animal kingdom (Image)

Intestinal diversity protects against asthma

How brothers became buddies and bros

Oldest known squawk box suggests dinosaurs likely did not sing

Did the Greeks Help Sculpt China's Terra Cotta Warriors?

Vaccinating babies without vaccinating babies

Mars: Inside the High-Risk, High-Stakes Race to the Red Planet

Today's most successful fish weren't always evolutionary standouts

The Secret Lives of Mexican Nuns (Photos)

The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Is Pretty Much Meaningless

Tatooine worlds orbiting two suns often survive violent escapades of aging stars

Court seems favorable to defendant claiming jury race bias

New York’s painter of “cheery street urchins”

What's a slum? In India, Dharavi's thriving informal economy defies the label

How One 19-Year-Old Illinois Man Is Distorting National Polling Averages

Love or hate it: Marmite becomes symbol of Brexit impact

The Massacre at Monkey Hill

Millions of containers, thousands of ships, hundreds of scientists, 30 laws, 15 federal agencies, and we still can’t prevent the next foodborne illness outbreak

Most Afghan women serve sentences in elders' homes, not prisons

The long history of the U.S. interfering with elections elsewhere

New York's oversight agency for the disabled has no record of forwarding abuse or neglect reports to the state Medicaid inspector general, a legally required step that's a key part of cracking down on problem facilities.

New York City Will Stop Putting Teenagers in Solitary Confinement

The prison system seems intent on ensuring that a man convicted of stealing $264 in 1981 dies in jail.

Guards Sympathize With Striking Prisoners: “We See It As A Moral Issue”

They survived Boko Haram. Now many of them are on the brink of starvation.

Study: Human-caused warming burns more Western forests

Trees are much better at creating clouds and cooling the climate than we thought

The numbers are clear: In 2015, work started on more new barriers around the world than at any other point in modern history. There are now 63 borders where walls or fences separate neighboring countries.
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And it happened to be a Wednesday, which means suggested admission at the Bronx Zoo! So I took the girls and a friend up to the Bronx Zoo, and beforehand we went to a special program at a South Street Seaport printer's shop where they got to operate real, antique presses and make their own cards and a few bags labeled "FRUITS AND VEGETABLES". (And it was educational, too. Apparently it took quite a while to invent a workable roller for applying ink to the press, so they used to just sort of hammer it on. I had no idea!)

Anyway, while we were there one of the other children asked "In the past, did they use real oil, or was it, like, whale oil?"

Which seemed to me to be a strange phrasing. It was clear what he meant, but obviously whale oil is also real oil, right?

I chalked it up to youth, but today I heard it again from an adult - "Some of the characters in this sketch were real characters, like Spiderman, but mostly they were original characters."

How long has this been going on, and why haven't I noticed it before? (Now I'm sure to hear it all the time, of course!)
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Naturally, the first comment is all "But this just perpetuates our shitty two party system!"

No, the fact that we have a two party system perpetuates our two party system. Voting third party won't fix that. At best, you'll end up replacing one of the two parties with your party, and that won't actually fix anything.

If you really hate the two party system, I suggest you figure out why we've got one and then start trying to fix the "first past the post" election system that caused this whole mess. (And also? Try to make some headway into the fact that both parties are bought and paid for by big business. Adding more parties into the system without fixing that will really not fix anything.)
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Feral chickens spread light on evolution

You Say ‘Anguria,’ I Say ‘Cocomero’: Italy’s Many Dialects

Secure passwords can be sent through your body, instead of air

It feels as though we learn better via our preferred learning style, but we don’t

What's in a face? Study shows puberty changes facial recognition

New analysis shows social norms can cross tipping points faster if new behavior is difficult for others to ignore

The 'Great British Bake Off' of the 1600s Would Have Been All Alphabet Cookies

Understanding of norms: Children overeagerly seeking social rules

Impossible Cookware and Other Triumphs of the Penrose Tile

Universal flu vaccine designed by scientists

Denmark Capitalizes on Culture to Stop Food Waste

Ancient global cooling gave rise to modern ecosystems

Fact Checks of the Second Presidential Debate

Spring starting earlier in U.S. national parks, study finds

Police use-of-force data is finally coming to light

Rescue ‘Fortress’ In Tanzania Protects Albinos From Human Hunters (Photos)

We’re All a Little Biased, Even if We Don’t Know It

Almost diplomacy: US ex-officials, North Koreans quietly meet

Police enlist young offenders as confidential informants. But the work is high-risk, largely unregulated, and sometimes fatal.

How America Outlawed Adolescence

The Not-So-Wholesome Reality Behind The Making of Your Meal Kit

How U.S. Torture Left a Legacy of Damaged Minds

Each year, dozens of Canadian Aboriginal women are murdered or disappear never to be seen again. Some end up in a river that runs through the heart of Winnipeg.

'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' worse than expected

In Fight for Aleppo, Tangled Alliances in Syria Add to Chaos
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Horses found able to use symbols to convey their desire for a blanket

What Is Shakespeare’s Most Popular Play?

String pulling bees provide insight into spread of culture

8 Forgotten Pie Recipes We Should Bring Back

Artificial blood vessels developed in the lab can grow with the recipient

The People Who Collect Strangers' Memories

New colors, a new world of pigments continue to evolve from accidental blue discovery

Italian Grows Forgotten Fruit. What She Preserves Is a Culture.

Apparently, some (all?) non-human apes can pass the Sally-Anne test.

Silkworms Spin Super-Silk After Eating Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene

How beige took over American homes

Ice Man, Ötzi: A treacherous murder with links to Central Italy

How long can people live? New study suggests there's a limit

Why Do Obese Patients Get Worse Care? Many Doctors Don’t See Past the Fat

Corporal punishment is still legal (and used) in US public schools in 19 states

'Press 1 for child labor': Garment workers use cellphones to report abuses

The cobalt pipeline

The nation's top gun cops are buried in bureaucracy—just the way the NRA wants them.

No touching. No human contact. The hidden toll on jail inmates who spend months or years alone in a 7x9 foot cell.

The Southwest Will Probably Suffer a Crippling Megadrought This Century

No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously

Wild grass species found unable to adapt rapidly enough to survive global warming

Anti-India clashes erupt in Kashmir city after boy's killing
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Yeah, I didn't watch that either. It's amazingly freeing not watching the debates.

Anyway, on a completely unrelated note, this list of defining features of fascism has been in my head lately. And I figured that if you're going to read that, you may as well read (or re-read) The Authoritarians.
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Ana and I were doing her math, and it was going swimmingly. (One downside of homeschooling is that Ana doesn't realize exactly how well she's doing. I'm going to have her take the Regents in June. Do you know, when I said that she went "But everybody else already took it!" Uh, no, honey. Only about half of all students take any Regents in middle school. Admittedly, if they do take a Regents it's probably the Algebra one, but that's beside the point.)

Midway through her math, my nose cleared, specifically, the left nostril. And I actually cheered, I was so happy to be able to breathe. Which led to a small discussion on why your nose stuffs up one nostril at a time. (Because some chemicals are better detected in slow-moving air and some in fast-moving air, your nostrils take turns becoming slightly swollen to change the airflow within.)

Eva commented that this was completely off-topic, and I was suddenly beset with a memory. I don't remember what class this was, or what teacher, but I was sitting in a class in high school once and our teacher talked about how Jimmy Carter's brother capitalized on his presidency to better sell his peanuts. Or attempted to, anyway.

That, too, was completely off-topic, and yet I suspect I remember that incident more than anything I actually learned in that class. (Hard to tell, since I don't exactly remember which class it was, but....)

I also remember a particular math teacher explaining that radical and radish and root are all related words, and I know for a fact I don't remember anything math-wise from that class. It is amazing how the human mind works, or fails to.
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Exactly how many speed-based enemies with a bizarrely one-sided grudge against him does the Flash even have? And will we ever see the end of them? Maybe a nemesis that doesn't care if he's defeated in the 100-meter dash?
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Read more... )

(That goes double for the writers.)
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After much googling, the answer seems to be "this month".

Apparently, a lot of schools don't realize they're supposed to treat sign-in sheets at the high school fairs the same way as sign-in sheets at open houses. You know, this really does screw it up for poorer kids, or those whose parents are new to the system.
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HIV cure close after disease 'vanishes' from blood of British man

FDA approves 'artificial pancreas' to manage diabetes

No blood, just sweat and tears for diabetes care (Cute headline!)

To train doctors, Vermont school shifts to hands-on learning

Primitive signs of emotions spotted in sugar-buzzed bumblebees

UK opens secret files about 'Jewish terrorists' in 1940s

Scientists fix fractures with 3D-printed synthetic bone

Most of Singapore’s population speak the unofficial language or dialect known as Singlish. But why would the government rather it went away? James Harbeck takes a look.

After 170 years, remains of US troops return from Mexico

The Illustrated Map of America's Worst Utopias

A Fish Tale: Artist's Hoax Memorialized 400 Souls Lost in Staten Island Ferry Octopus Attack — and People Bought it

The Year Hundreds of Bombs Went Off in New York City

Some elephants learning to avoid dangerous areas: Expert

Young Rural Women in India Chase Big-City Dreams

A Health Benefit of Roller Coasters (Found because the manager at the park that day suffered from kidney stones. That's the detail that kills me.)

Migratory bird struggles for shelter as chimneys torn down

It's a (controversial 3-parent baby technique) boy!

Michigan inmates get job training in 'vocational village'

Netflix's catalog has shrunk by a whopping 50% in the past few years

A Toilet, but No Proper Plumbing: A Reality in 500,000 U.S. Homes

Colleges lavishing more financial aid on wealthy students

North Korean defectors sold as brides in China want kids back

Chinese Jews of Ancient Lineage Huddle Under Pressure

An Ivy League professor on why colleges don’t hire more faculty of color: ‘We don’t want them’

Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem

Black communities: overpoliced for petty crimes, ignored for major ones

Calls to 911 From Black Neighborhoods Fell After a Case of Police Violence

Across the country, women are locked up for decades because their children were abused — not by the women themselves but by their boyfriends or husbands. A 2014 BuzzFeed News investigation has now helped one of those women win her freedom. This is her story.

Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases

The making of Rodrigo Duterte

Thailand’s “Failed” Drug Policy Is Full Of Lessons For The Philippines

First evidence of deep-sea animals ingesting microplastics

Reservoirs play substantial role in global warming

Plan to Let Migrant Children Attend School Enrages Many Greeks

Building a life in Germany, a Syrian watches war at home

Cities of Tomorrow: Refugee Camps Require Longer-Term Thinking

Children of Syria's Aleppo bear brunt of violent onslaught
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We're going to celebrate by not actually taking two days off of school this week (because we did that last week), much to Eva's annoyance. (She wanted to have a sleepover.)

That's all right, maybe she can have one for Columbus Day. Or Yom Kippur. Gee, the October days off just don't end!
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The girls loved it (they stole my New Vic membership badges!) and I clearly must be doing something right, because Eva got a pretty oblique metaphor right away.
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Over the summer, I bought tickets to see a bunch of plays at the New Vic. And then I forgot about them, which is how I'm going to end up taking Eva and a random friend to see 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea today.
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First, their information on their open houses runs: We encourage you to come see us on Governors Island. On your visit, you will (standard stuff, blah blah blah). You will also get to ride a ferry.

(In fact, we will get to ride two ferries.)

Secondly, I went to sign up for an open house and... well... I guess it's not completely ridiculous that they ask for our address. And it sorta makes sense that they include "country" in that. But given that it's a New York City public school, why the hell put United States of America all the way under U? If you don't live in the US, you're not eligible to attend! Why should I have to scroll down, down, down for this?

I'm just saying, it doesn't show good judgment on the part of their web design.
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They must have been pretty bad, though - my sister talked about "looking into the abyss" and Ana ranted about it with a friend via text for quite a while.

Kiiiiinda glad I opted out to play Sudoku, actually.
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(She was a bit of a surprise guest.)

We were discussing the election (again) which segued into how no, we can't just "build a wall" and what Mexico finally said to that... which turned into a conversation on the Mexican-American War and since we were already discussing how the President can send troops wherever, I asked a general question - "Exactly how many wars have we been in since WWII?"

Ana guessed "All of them?" and her friend, stuck on the spot, dithered a bit while my mother hinted at her with things like "So, do you know a word that rhymes with hero?" before finally guessing - "None of them?"

Hah, trick question, they're both right. On the one hand, Congress hasn't declared any wars, and on the other hand, I sure can't think of any wars we haven't been involved in! Maybe there have been some, but really, if America isn't involved, is it really a war? (Given the number of people - including my mom, who really ought to know better! - who state that Pearl Harbor is "when WWII began" I'm thinking the answer might actually be no.)

I made sure to point out that we've been at war* for their entire lives, and they did their best to act duly impressed by this fact.

* Except not


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