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I got comments on Dreamwidth and none on LJ. This does not bode well for the idea of hosting such a thing on LiveJournal!

But if I were to do it, would I organize it like a regular user promotion thing, except people boost their favorite comms as well? Or would it be just posting about the comms and not people? I think the latter, right?

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Genetic cause of rare allergy to vibration discovered

"The Hatpin Peril" Terrorized Men Who Couldn't Handle the 20th-Century Woman (Naturally, the official response to the problem of street assault was "don't dress like a slut". Sheesh.)

The modern butterfly has a 40-million-year-old dopplegänger

Maternal diet alters the breast milk microbiome and microbial gene content

DNA makes lifeless materials shapeshift

Spying on world leaders’ poop is a whole lot more common than you’d think — and just as useless.

Infants Can See Things That Adults Cannot

Disabled people need not apply

Russian lawyer accuses unlikely animal chums of 'gay propaganda'

China Has Finally Told Hong Kong It Is Holding the 3 Missing Booksellers

Whooping cough protection fades fast after Tdap booster, study finds

Here’s a depressing montage of white actors in non-white roles

Women are seen more than heard in online news

Supreme Court case will decide the future of abortion access in the U.S.

Europe's shift to dark green forests stokes global warming-study

How Climate Change Unfairly Burdens Poorer Countries

What You Get When You Mix Chickens, China and Climate Change

Ships' noise is serious problem for killer whales and dolphins, report finds

Shrill wind from Israel: Does it risk alienating its allies?

As Syria burns, Turkey’s Kurdish problem is getting worse (Does Turkey have a Kurdish problem, or do the Kurds have an Erdogan problem? It's all about the framing.)

Civilians flee violence in southeast Turkey as curfew lifted

Anti-Islam movement PEGIDA stages protests across Europe

If You Think Europe Has a Refugee Crisis, You’re Not Looking Hard Enough

ISIS fighters in Libya surge as group suffers setbacks in Syria, Iraq

Islamic State is no longer so formidable on the battlefield
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It's like I keep making the same post again and again and again with no reprieve.

Ten Pictures of Superb Owls for the Super Bowl

British Monks Discovered a Curry Recipe in a 200-Year-Old Cookbook

When the President Was the Quietest Man in the Room

Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

After 100 years, scientists are finally closing in on Einstein’s ripples

Antiperspirant significantly changes your skin's microbial ecosystem

Wi-Fi won't travel through your house? It might be the wire in the walls

The Minister Who Updated His Status in a Diary, Every 5 Minutes for 25 Years

Mysterious Martian "Cauliflower" May Be the Latest Hint of Alien Life

How Hidden Labyrinths Under Cities Are Becoming Clean Energy Powerhouses

Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution With Deep Roots in the Past

The extraordinary generosity of ordinary Americans

Has There Ever Been an Actual Case of Someone Being Pelted With Tomatoes During a Performance?

CDC: Women Should Only Drink While On Birth Control

Firebrand monks a powerful force in Myanmar despite setback

Why do so many Americans live in mobile homes?

Homeless Young People of New York, Overlooked and Underserved

The NYPD Is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even If They Haven’t Committed a Crime

Expert: Parents often won't take surrogate kids with defects

Six States Where Felons Can’t Get Food Stamps (Because going hungry means you'll definitely never turn to drugs again, amirite?)

I’m a Muslim, not a terrorist. So why did the NYPD spy on me for years?

Utah legislators back plan to declare porn a health crisis

Nearly 200 images released by US military depict Bush-era detainee abuse

The Conservative Playbook for Keeping ‘Dark Money’ Dark

Syrian refugees struggle to buy food as aid dwindles
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Hinge replacement advice ranges from "you have to take apart your entire laptop" to "it's a quick fix!" to "I don't know why everybody says you have to take apart your entire laptop when it's accessible from two small screws on the base" to "omg not for beginners". I have no idea what to believe anymore, but anyway, hinges are coming in the mail. I'm going to attempt this on one of our dead laptops first. And then once it's disassembled I'll have an open laptop to play around with that I don't mind screwing up.

If I can't manage the dead laptop, then I guess I'll leave it to the experts and shell out for a repair job!

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Braces, Pointless and Essential

Carbon dioxide captured from air can be directly converted into methanol fuel

'I was a thief': Jewel-pilfering woman reflects on life

If you remember this playground, then your childhood was awesome

Earth made up of two planets after 'violent collision' with Theia 4.5bn years ago

These headphones beam Netflix directly to your eyes without a screen (I WANT! Just as soon as the price drops waaaaaaay down.)

How Newly Discovered Species Get Their Weird Names

Onetime party drug hailed as miracle for treating severe depression

A Historic Defecation: The Curious Case of the Lloyds Bank Turd

Balloons Become Minimalist Art

Inside the Eye: Nature’s Most Exquisite Creation

When computers start doing the work of people, the need for people often increases.

Syrian refugee teachers help fill the education gap

A Bold Shift to Make Public Schools Serve Poor Students

See the female fighters who strike fear in the hearts of Colombian troops

Little Girls’ Reactions to the New “Curvy” Barbie Prove Why We Need “Curvy” Barbie

Why French Jewish people are moving to London

Scientists map bedbug genome, follow pest through NYC subway

Army and Marine Corps chiefs: It’s time for women to register for the draft

DNA Got a Kid Kicked Out of School—And It’ll Happen Again

Autistic While Black: The Erasure of Blacks From Histories of Autism

Ammon Bundy and the myth of the American West

Whether you’re alive or dead, Sue Black knows who you are – as dozens of murderers and war criminals have discovered.

Patriarchy’s Magic Trick: How Anything Perceived As Women’s Work Immediately Sheds Its Value

Too poor to retire and too young to die

Why This Feels Like A Depression For Most People

How Fears of Deportation Harm Kids’ Education

Common 'BPA-free' plastic, BPS, accelerates embryonic development, disrupts reproductive system

Nestlé admits slavery in Thailand while fighting child labour lawsuit in Ivory Coast
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Back in the day, I made plenty of LJ friends from comms. And now many of the comms are dead in the water, but of course, they still exist. But nobody wants to be the only poor schmuck still posting at metaquotes or whatever, right? I wonder if it would make sense to do a friending meme thing for comms. I know there was a community for community promotion, but maybe a more personal touch is the way to go?
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Watched Legends of Tomorrow )

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Why lasers are better for communication in space

In latest fad, Thais treat 'child angel' dolls like progeny

After 124 Years, the Russian and Turkish Baths Are Still a Hot Spot

Avid Furries Pit Tony the Tiger Against Chester the Cheetah in Junk-Food Sex War

Track Jupiter's Path Like An Ancient Babylonian More

Wary of culture clash, Germans teach refugees their rules

The Deep Space of Digital Reading

When Gut Bacteria Changes Brain Function

German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too

A snapping shrimp can click its claws together and knock out its prey - without ever touching it.

Color-coded conversation: Octopuses aren't so anti-social after all.

7 Nutrition Facts About Potatoes You Didn't Know

Cincinnati Built a Subway System 100 Years Ago–But Never Used It

If we lowered transit construction costs, we could build more transit (Yes read comments.)

Proton beam cancer therapy 'effective with fewer side effects'

NYC pilot program aims to foster greater school diversity

80 percent of Chicago PD dash-cam videos are missing audio due to ‘officer error’ or ‘intentional destruction’

The soundtrack to Burkina Faso's revolution

Fake Online Locksmiths May Be Out to Pick Your Pocket, Too

How a routine traffic stop turned into six months in solitary confinement

How to Survive Solitary Confinement

The Former Dentist Uncovering Sugar's Rotten Secrets

Over 1 million face loss of food aid over work requirements

Escape from Spiderhead

Life in Iraq: War Forces Women into Non-Traditional Roles

Putin mania: Russian personality cult obsessed with powerful president

Welcome to America — Now Spy on Your Friends

Soil productivity cut by climate change, making societies more marginal: studies
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I suspect it's one of our ferals or surely somebody would have found it and brought it inside already, if only to shut it up. I've gone out looking, but it quiets whenever I get close to where it must be, and it's too snowy and slushy and cold for me to be crawling under cars and whatever.

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(Most of this news is serious and/or depressing, so if you just want fun links, sorry.)

A hidden world: Desperation for hundreds of homeless families in D.C. motels

What the Army Doesn't Want You to Know About Bowe Bergdahl

The Perfect Storm That Threatens the Quality of Healthy School Meals

Why US can’t ignore Colorado’s pot ‘experiment’

Bedbugs develop resistance to widely used chemical treatments, rendering them ineffective

‘Confederate cleansing': Lawmaker vows to stop ‘cultural terrorism’ in Georgia

Swan song: humans implicated in huge Australian bird's demise

Hong Kong’s Existential Anxieties Continue to Mount in the Face of China’s Encroachment

An Unprecedented Threat to Privacy

Judge Gives Man 5 Days for Child Porn, Rails Against Harsh Sentences (JFC, I feel like vomiting.)

Chicago cop to sue family of black teen he killed

Forty-Two Percent Of Russians Believe Corrupt Officials Have Performed Silent Coup

U.S. utilities worry about cyber cover after Ukraine grid attack

30 Years After Explosion, Challenger Engineer Still Blames Himself

In Coal-Powered China, Electric Car Surge Fuels Fear of Worsening Smog

After lead poisoned the drinking water in Flint, residents received filters they were told would make their tap water safe. Now, tests over the last 24 hours are showing that lead levels in some homes are still too high for a filter to handle.

Pro-government marchers in Haiti capital call for elections

Tunisia imposes curfew as unrest grows over lack of jobs (a week ago)

A gay kiss in China led to this in Pakistan

Rivalries, squabbles hinder Libya's unity government

Ukraine’s Illegal Miners Come Out of the Darkness

Putin Cannot Afford the Frozen Conflict in Ukraine

Group said trapped in cellar become focus in Turkey's Kurdish conflict

A Country On The Edge Of Europe Increasingly Looks Like War-Torn Syria

A Mysterious Sniper Is Taking Out ISIS Commanders

The Western Volunteers Fighting ISIS

16 more starve to death in Syria's besieged Madaya: MSF

ISIS executed 2,114 civilians in 19 months, human rights group says

Syrian Turkmens cross to Turkey, fleeing advances of pro-Assad forces

Western warmongers have all the answers, and they're all wrong

Masked gangs attack migrants in Sweden: police

Climate change could devastate Africa. It’s already hurting this Kenyan town.

Indian Women Seeking Jobs Confront Taboos and Threats
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We watched CNN Student News a while back and they did a little piece on a blind football player who had cancer as a very young child. When I saw the snapshot of him and his twin as babies I said to the girls "Oh, look, see how the light reflects white off that eye? That's the cancer already."

(Yeah, yeah, Connie, whatever you say....)

Today they were looking at the news at the diner, and there was a piece on a different kid whose cancer was caught by somebody glancing at a picture and seeing the eyes were white instead of red - "Wow, Connie, you were right!" Yes, girls, I usually am.

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New York Council Resists Renaming Effort to Honor Evacuation Day

It is like a scene from a horror film: spider webs several metres wide that are home to thousands of spiders. Why did these spiders turn social?

Hemi the cat finally reunited with owner, after four years lost

Dogs Read Faces Much Like Humans Do, Study Finds

China’s Search for the Secrets of Jewish Success (It's like this looking glass version of "ancient Chinese wisdom - crisis + danger = opportunity".)

Why do people put on differing amounts of weight?

Australian words for the backside: a light-hearted look

Increasing oil's performance with crumpled graphene balls

Thomas Jefferson Needs A Dead Moose Right Now To Defend America

Vindication for Planned Parenthood

The Teen Who Trekked 1,800 Miles Through Canadian Wilderness Disguised as a Man

‘These animals were betrayed': More than 600 recovered in near-record rescue

How the story of the dinosaurs’ demise was uncovered.

Why So Many Rich Kids Come to Enjoy the Taste of Healthier Foods

Race for Zika vaccine gathers momentum as virus spreads

US restates labeling rules on West Bank products

Black Drivers in Florida Face Far Stricter Seatbelt Enforcement, Report Says

Surprise! White People Don't Really Care About School Diversity

America’s Misplaced Faith in Bombing Campaigns

Senate probe faults government for migrant child abuse

Israel's liberal artists decry attempts to limit expression

Tommy Robinson: The man behind the British version of Pegida

No Toilets for the Homeless

But how smart do you have to be to raise a child?

Baby Doe: A political history of tragedy.

Kemal Erdoğan’s second Turkish revolution

Shan villagers feel force of Burmese army anger

Hospitals Are Under Fire in Yemen’s War

Keeping migrants in Greece not a solution: HRW
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"discreet" and "discrete" are not the same thing. Unless you're a mathematician or a scientist, you almost never have need to use "discrete", so why people keep aiming for that spelling instead of the one they ought to be using, I don't know.

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That Time Sweden Changed Its Traffic Direction in a Single Day- Dagen H

The Strange–and Sometimes Secret–Ways Cities Deal With Massive Piles of Snow

We're the Only Animals With Chins, and No One Knows Why

All the Things Agent Carter Gets Right and Wrong About Living at a Women’s Residence

1972 Time Capsule Penthouse

How Nigerian Romance Novelists Sneak Feminism Into Their Plots

The strange foods that Americans loved a century ago

Is That A Lark I Hear? A Nightingale? Surprise! It's A Bat

Who’s Afraid of Gender-Neutral Bathrooms?

The Man Who Tried to Kill Math in America

Scandinavia's Most Metal Sound Systems Are Made of Horse Skulls

Study hints at biology of schizophrenia, may aid treatment

Would it be wrong to eradicate mosquitoes?

How do people with Dark Triad personality traits fare at speed dating?

The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain—And Almost Lost His Mind

How Men Treat Women On American Roads

Drug Shortages Forcing Hard Decisions on Rationing Treatments

Analysis of racial polling shows whites more aware of racism

Prison Phone Companies Seek New Revenue Source in Electronic Messaging

Dozens of men have died in disturbing circumstances in privatized, immigrant-only prisons. The Bureau of Prisons itself says there’s a problem. And yet the privatization scheme continues.

Bipartisan probe faults gov't with migrant child abuse

Kidnapped by rebels when he was 9, Dominic Ongwen grew up to command fighters who slaughtered, raped, and pillaged. Is he guilty of heinous crimes — or was he a hostage the whole time?
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No Shovel Needed: Special Concrete Could Melt Mounds of Snow

Zebra stripes not for camouflage, new study finds

British Homeowners Build A New Superhighway — For Hedgehogs

Which Came First: The Product or the Egg?

Spinning Cake Recreates First Level of Super Mario Bros

China tourism: Crossing the new glass bridges

Kittens and linguistic diversity. OMG THIS IS A THING

Rare Maned Lionesses Explained

Most of us feel like we need more sleep, but as a species we have actually evolved to sleep less than our ape and monkey relatives. Could that be the key to our success?

Out of the Shadow of Aunt Jemima: The Real Black Chefs Who Taught Americans to Cook

Why the calorie is broken

'Citizen scientists' use drones to map El Nino flooding

Peregrine falcons and their sandpiper prey are engaged in a psychological war, where a mistake means death

The Gentiles Who Act Like Jews

Survivor sheds light on divisive WWII-era Jewish Councils

Researchers have discovered a major problem with ‘The Little Mermaid’ and other Disney movies

What the Dead Can Teach Us About Aging and Beauty

Ancient burial rituals prove you can take it with you ... and what you take says a lot

Scrooge McDuck's Giant Pool of Money is Real

Zika virus set to spread across Americas, spurring vaccine hunt

If the history of presidential elections is any guide, voters will ultimately reject an opportunist like Donald Trump.

Some of the Most Delicious Foods in the World Are Disappearing

Probiotics come with bold health claims, but the science is shaky

Why Obama wants to expand retirement savings programs

Thirty percent of the migrants and refugees who reached Europe last year were children. Despite their long and dangerous journey, the youngsters still need to find ways to play.

Feds' failures imperil migrant children

Refugees a Mixed Blessing in Near Term

Childhood trauma gets under the skin

The U.S. was supposed to leave Afghanistan by 2017. Now it might take decades.

Calling the new branch of IS – in Afghanistan

Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons
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We'll be shooting stars just passing by....

That's what they were playing at the supermarket as I walked in and bought more rock salt. You know, I know what the lyrics mean, but I just keep on interpreting it as "Look! It's Matt Damon! Get him! BLAM!" which is certainly an interesting mental image. (Also, she sings "home" more like "ome", and that's really disconcerting.)

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Why was most of the Earth’s coal made all at once?

Enter Rose, a Broadway Rat With a Past (If you read nothing else today, read this article!)

Magnetic Wormhole Created in Lab (Article is from August)

The first pies were weird crow-meat casseroles. How did they evolve into the dessert we know and love today?

Desert Beetle Teaches Scientists About How Frost Forms

Darth Vader Delivers Bionic Arm (I suppose it would have been tricky to get a convincing Luke. This is why face concealing fashions are the wave of the future.)

Pope changes church rules, opens foot-washing rite to women

Coffee flour offers a potentially healthier way of enjoying java

You've heard how robocars will upend the economy. But have you thought about what they'll do to urban space?

Dead man talking: The best obituary endorsements

Sexuality, not extra chromosomes, benefits animal, biologists find

Why I put 400 condoms in the kitchen drawer for my sons

The era when gay spies were feared

The Often Lucrative but Sometimes Oppressive Lifestyle of a Male Sugar Baby

The Schools Where Free Speech Goes to Die

Seeing a history of all your movements is now easier for you, but harder for the feds

The Racial Inequality of Sleep

14 years a fugitive: the hunt for Ratko Mladić, the Butcher of Bosnia

Europe’s Hypocritical History of Cannibalism

Restrictions on research, and a subsequent lack of evidence, make it hard to pinpoint the best ways to prevent firearm deaths and injuries.

The presumption of innocence exists in theory, not reality

Report: ‘Every Major US City East of the Mississippi’ Is Underreporting Heavy Metals In Its Water

Amnesty says Kurds waging campaign to uproot Arabs in north Iraq

Kurds and Shias face off over Kirkuk in vacuum left by Iraqi army

Why Al-Shabab is Not Joining ISIS

Onion Explains: The Terrifying Growth Of ISIS

The War for Islam
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Went down at 9 to shovel - yay, Ana had done it!

Went down at 11 to shovel, couldn't see the previous shoveling.

I think I can see how my day will be going. Next time I shovel, I'm putting out salt.

Edit: I started this entry yesterday. This morning I got up, shoveled a LOT of snow. Like, tons and tons.

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The Latest: 26.8 Inches of Snow Fails to Set New NYC Record

In a Blizzard, You Can Watch How Wind Turbines Move the Air

For Many Workers, Staying Home Is Not an Option During Blizzard

US snowmageddon: Why a warmer world can mean more snowfall

These kids fled Syria's war: See their pure joy playing in snow for the first time

The real reason Captain Cold joined Rip's little team!

Fiber-rich diet may reduce lung disease

This Bridge Has a Ring in the Middle

These colourful, hairy insects are beautiful to look at, but they have so many defences that virtually nothing eats them!

Horizontal History

5 alarm clocks that are either genius or borderline sadistic

Consoling Voles Hint at Animal Empathy (LOL, check the caption on the top image.)

Gainesville cop's response to teens playing basketball goes viral

Catholic Church’s Hold on Schools at Issue in Changing Ireland

Childhood trauma associated with worse impulse control in adulthood, study finds

More evidence HIV/AIDS fight requires multiple approaches

Why We Picture Bombs As Round Black Balls with a Burning Wick

Iranian Nuclear Scientists Hurriedly Flush 200 Pounds Of Enriched Uranium Down Toilet During Surprise U.N. Inspection

Why do people keep coming to this couple’s home looking for lost phones?

The hideout of the Black Death: Historical pathogens survived for more than 4 centuries in Europe

Citrus thieves. Honey embezzlers. Raisin scammers. Fertilizer fraud. Detective Rocky Pipkin thought he had seen it all — until he discovered Arno Smit.

Animals at Gaza's zoos die of hunger, diseases

FBI ran website sharing thousands of child porn images

Flint lead problem could be eased by recoating old pipes

Some 200,000 at risk in Turkey's fight against Kurdish militants: Amnesty

Syria's 'lost generation' of girls

More European nations are barring their doors to migrants
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Venus flytrap can count prey’s steps to dissolve them alive

The surprising psychology of shoppers and return policies

Memory Capacity Of Our Brains 10 Times What Was Previously Believed, Equal To Entire Internet

Donald Grey Triplett: The first boy diagnosed as autistic

Who was Wilbur Scoville? The science behind what makes chillies so hot (I notice the doodle portrays him as left-handed. Was he, or is that artistic license?)

Untangling the Tale of Ada Lovelace

The Vocabularist: When plastics stopped being plastic

A Day In The Life Of Our Cavemen Ancestors

Snow is beautiful. Please don’t eat it. (Shut up, science, I'll do what I want.)

The Likely Persistence of a White Majority

A falafel house divided

Institutionally Constrained Technology Adoption: Resolving the Longbow Puzzle (PDF)

Dirtbag Hera and Dirtbag Athena

What I Learned While Exposing Myself on LiveJournal

Don't Be Afraid Of The Big Bad Lesbians — LGBT Censorship In Children's Media

My Urban Farming Epic Fail

Weekend binges just as bad for the gut as a regular junk food diet, study suggests

Alexander Litvinenko: the man who solved his own murder

“Cat-gras Delusion” – The Man Who Saw His Cat As An Impostor

How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Ripples Across America

Obama Administration Keeps Fighting To Keep Gitmo Force-Feeding Videos Secret

FBI: Murders and other violent crimes increased last year

While Global Temperatures Rise, the Poor Burn Faster

As Water Problems Grew, Officials Belittled Complaints From Flint

'Our mouths were ajar': Doctor's fight to expose Flint's water crisis

Bizarre Contract Dispute Putting Thousands Of Migrant Children At Risk
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Read more... )

So that about sums it up, I guess.
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Well, I could go back to the store Friday at 5 (LOL!) or go again today. Chose the latter, and good thing, too - even at noon on Thursday the lines were already immense. Got a shovel, got rock salt - forgot the maple syrup. I may need to go back tomorrow in the early morning!
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Which got me thinking about Veronica Mars, don't ask me why. Spoilers for first season finale )

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Veronica Mars: One of TV's Realest Depictions of Wealth Inequality (Pre movie article, found it when googling the spelling of Echolls.)

A black Nancy Drew? Rebooting old favourites with new faces

A Painting of John Dee, Astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I, Contains a Hidden Ring of Skulls

Why Anne of Green Gables Is a Patron Saint of Female Outsiders

Bernie Sanders’s health-care plan is the biggest attack on the rich of this campaign

Mapping Places in America Where Prohibition Never Ended

Check Out a Medical Pop-Up Book From the 17th Century

What Combination Of Hogwarts Houses Are You? (Huffleclaw ftw!)

Gardasil: More Anti-Vax Nonsense Collapses Under the Gaze of Reality

Making Maps Under Fire During the Revolutionary War

Professional mourners to street dentists: India's dying professions

Former circus owner emerges as powerful figure in pipeline of workers from Mexico

Solving the mystery of Rudyard Kipling’s son

Noah's Ark Rises in Kentucky, Dinosaurs and All

The Problem When Sexism Just Sounds So Darn Friendly...

Psychology study explains when and why bystanders intervene in cyberbullying

Israel steps up home demolitions to punish Palestinian attackers

The Color of Surveillance

How Zoning Restrictions Make Segregation Worse

The Story Behind The Deadliest Prison Bus Crash In Texas History

George Washington slave book pulled after criticism

Are You Sure You Want To Quit The World?

America’s Other Original Sin

A personal history of Islamophobia in America

Super-rich: 62 people own as much as half the world

Sexual violence isn’t just a college problem. It happens in K-12 schools, too.

The Ozone Hole Was Super Scary, So What Happened To It?

In his own words: A Syrian refugee’s first month in Canada

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