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'Internet of Things' seen as bonanza for Bay Area businesses

The gruesomeness of the drug trade rivals any atrocities in history.

Of course, things wouldn't be this bad if there were any legal ways to sell the stuff. Not that I particularly want people selling cocaine legally, but since they already are selling it *illegally*....

US the biggest threat to world peace in 2013 – poll

Well, all righty then.

Behind the credit chip curve, U.S. playing catch-up with Canada, rest of world on card security

Scientists harness the sun to help sharks

Genetically identical bacteria can behave in radically different ways

Why are we still fighting the drug war?

Clemency for Edward Snowden Would Not Set a Dangerous Precedent

The New York Times Shreds The Obama Administration As 'Pathetic' On NSA Spying

Redesigned Window Stops Sound But Not Air, Say Materials Scientists

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un says purge of uncle was ‘correct decision’

Ask Culture and Guess Culture
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Ex-NSA chief calls for Obama to reject recommendations

Would NSA surveillance have stopped 9/11 plot?

NSA targets foreigners, catches Americans: Column

Your USB cable, the spy: Inside the NSA’s catalog of surveillance magic
Latest batch of documents from Snowden shows NSA's power to pwn.

Feds admit start of NSA surveillance, still say it’s too secretive for court

Obama says Snowden’s actions have “done unnecessary damage”
President will spend winter holiday in Hawaii reflecting on surveillance policy.

The NSA's TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency's top secret weapon. It maintains its own covert network, infiltrates computers around the world and even intercepts shipping deliveries to plant back doors in electronics ordered by those it is targeting.

NSA Uses Windows Error Messages To Spy On People

The NSA's elite hackers can hijack your Wi-Fi from 8 miles away

Report: NSA Intercepting Laptops Ordered Online, Installing Spyware

Also, it's got a creepy/snazzy octopus... logo... badge... thing?

U.S. Spy Rocket Has Octopus-Themed 'Nothing Is Beyond Our Reach' Logo. Seriously.

See? I couldn't make that up!

The U.S. National Security Agency has the ability to snoop on nearly every communication sent from an Apple iPhone, according to leaked documents shared by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum and German news magazine Der Spiegel.

Appelbaum: ‘Scary’ NSA will spy on you – every which way they can

U.S. to China: We Hacked Your Internet Gear We Told You Not to Hack

Good or not, change is coming to the NSA

Microsoft responds to report NSA snooped in Windows
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Republican assault on the American fabric a successful strategy so far

Under Amazon's CIA Cloud: The Washington Post

Charts: The Worst Long-Term Unemployment Crisis Since the Depression

Unemployed Americans Speak Out as Benefits are Slashed at Christmas

Media blackout hides Gitmo hunger strikes in military bid to erode public support

It’s a Myth: There’s No Evidence That Coffee Stunts Kids’ Growth

No snow in Siberia? Locals marvel - and worry - at the 'snow shortage'

Americans uneasy about surveillance but often use snooping tools, Post poll finds


Israel says it won’t forcibly deport illegal African migrants, but it wants them to leave
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“These Programs Were Never About Terrorism: They’re About Economic Spying, Social Control, and Diplomatic Manipulation. They’re About Power”

It’s Conservatives Who Really Want Christ Out of Christmas

They’re terrified America’s tiny number of atheists will change the meaning of the holiday. But conservatives are the ones who are really at war with its message.

Outagamie County judge rejects equal protection motion in prostitution case

His argument is that it's plenty fair that prostitutes get charged 40x more frequently than johns, especially in this case because she did it more than once but they were probably first timers. Load of bull if you ask me.

Scientists 'print' new eye cells

The Government Is Quietly Giving Way More Housing Aid To Rich People Than Poor People

So? What else is new?

Toddlers and preschoolers appear to understand abstract concepts better if you have them show you their understanding rather than asking them to explain it.

5 CIA operations that went south -- spectacularly.

Poor People Deserve Digital Privacy, Too

The Trees That Miss The Mammoths

7 New Yorkers About to Lose Their Unemployment Benefits Tell Their Stories
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Social media mobilizes to help blind man keep hero dog

NSA Fallout Tests Obama Relationship With Tech Companies

Want to teach your students about structural racism? Prepare for a formal reprimand.

When Minority Students Attend Elite Private Schools

This Chart Blows Up the Myth of the Welfare Queen

Is the sleepunder taking the party out of slumber party?

Anxiety About Certain Things Can Be Hereditary

Every time I read that headline I hear my mother saying "craziness is hereditary. You get it from your kids". She says that all the time, of course!

33 Jaw-Droppingly Stupid Multiple-Choice Questions from the Christian Education Curriculum

Are malls becoming extinct?
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What do you know! If this keeps up, we may get a white Christmas for a change.

Removing DRM increases sales

We are very, very bad at washing our hands, says science

Judge's word on NSA program won't be the last

If this judge doesn’t buy the legal basis for the NSA’s intrusive phone snooping, no one should.

Study finds evidence of domesticated Chinese cats 5,300 years ago

A brief history of African click words

Autism hits Somali kids harder, University of Minnesota study finds

Freedoms for Saudi university girls end at gates

The NSA: An Inside View [blog-post]

The Odd Rise of Anonymous Sources

Paul Dini Tells Kevin Smith about Hollywood’s Fear of Girl Cooties

Barbie and Elevator Guy: science and sexism

(Yes, I know it's old.)
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US may never know entirety of Snowden breach, officials say

One Man's Crusade Against Fundamentalist Claptrap

Government Watchdog: We Have a Growing Federal Prison 'Crisis'

When Lenders Sue, Quick Cash Can Turn Into a Lifetime of Debt

Welcome to Science
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Some NSA Officials Favor Giving Snowden Limited Amnesty For All The Wrong Reasons

Feds joins battle on citrus disease

Obama to review changes in spy policy

Tech giants team up in anti-snooping effort

On the one hand: good for them! On the other, I am even more uncomfortable with corporate influence in the government than I am with the NSA, and that is saying an awful lot.

The Return of the Welfare Queen

Federal judge declares Utah polygamy law unconstitutional

This Ethiopian village has gained wealth, but has bred hostility

Because they aren't Christians or Muslims, basically.



As many commenters point out, not all of the "black" people on that modified Guess Who? board look unambiguously black. So there's that as well.

Surprise! Charity Buys 21 Sacred Katsinam for Hopi at Auction in Paris

Scientists discover double meaning in genetic code

How cholera evolved to be one of the deadliest diseases in history

This study shows how a good metaphor can change the world

Inside the Rainbow Gulag: The Technicolor Rise and Fall of Lisa Frank

The second operating system hiding in every mobile phone

A Pen That 3-D Prints Bone Right Onto Patients

In Ukraine, skepticism greets new vow on E.U.

Kindergartener signs song for deaf mom. It's the most adorable time of the year!

Teacher accused of feeding autistic student hot sauce rehired.

Either Florida has a serious teacher shortage or they really hate disabled kids down there.
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How Viruses Take a Short Trip from London to NYC

Yellowstone supervolcano 'even more colossal'

And if/when it blows, we are all gonna be screwed.

Americans Still Care About Their Public Libraries

Many Catalan Nativity Scenes Feature Jesus, the Wise Men, and Someone Defecating (Really!)

NYPD cops beat up my loved ones, killed my parakeet: Staten Island mom

Simulations back up theory that Universe is a hologram

In a "Rainbow" Universe Time May Have No Beginning

Monitor Lizards Found to Breathe Uni-Directionally Like Birds
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6 year old accused of sexual harassment

A pair of Philadelphians bringing their style of pretzel to Brooklyn

Breastfeeding mom kicked out of Conn. court

Mars Curiosity rover finds life-supporting chemicals

200,000 people apply to live on Mars

Bernie Sanders Introduces New Health Care Legislation: Medicare For All

Nearly Half of All U.S. Schoolchildren Live in Low-Income Households

An Organic Greenhouse Run by Farmers With Autism

Remote classroom illustrates China's education challenges

Big Brother spying is reaching scary levels

Storage Tips for Winter Vegetables

What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario

US job openings reach 5-year high, a hopeful sign

It seems to me that I've spent my adult life listening to people say "no, really, the economy is doing better now!"

Girl in the Shadows: Dasani's Homeless Life

This is a long, 5-part article. I wasn't going to post it when I read it, because it is so very depressing in parts, but everybody else seems to be passing it around and I'd rather be a little depressing than very behind the times.
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The 6 Most Terrifying Pets Humanity Has Bred Into Existence

The 5 Coolest Pets Humanity Has Bred into Existence

Leak: Government spies snooped in 'Warcraft,' other games

Given the number of terrorists caught this way, I think a better way of interpreting this article would be to say that some government employees wanted to play WoW at work, and found a way to do it on the government dime.

How to Create a Password That's Easy to Remember but Hard to Hack

And, if you want to make sure computers aren't likely to guess your password, you can use this site to check. Of course, the sufficiently paranoid might think of all potential issues here, but so long as you never identify a potential password with a potential username at a potential site, you should be safe, right?

Here Are The 20 Worst Passwords You Can Use

Cellphone data spying: It's not just the NSA

Apple stores to host free coding workshops for kids

Inside the Box

People don’t actually like creativity.

Restaurant workers’ wages are routinely docked when customers walk out on their tab.

David Simon: 'There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show'


Dec. 9th, 2013 12:05 am
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This Is the New, Non-QWERTY Keyboard You Will Use to Compose Your Thumb-Powered Opus

The Toxins That Affected Your Great-Grandparents Could Be In Your Genes

One Woman Can Have Multiple Genetic Identities—Hers, Her Secret One, And All Her Kids’

Minimum Wage Was Once Enough To Keep a Family of 3 Out of Poverty

Inequality threatens the rich

Medieval People of Color in European Art

The Homeschool Apostates
They were raised to carry the fundamentalist banner forward and redeem America. But now the Joshua Generation is rebelling.
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Cunning Crocodiles and Alligators Use Clever Lures to Hunt Prey

Satanists seek spot next to Ten Commandments monument on steps of Oklahoma's Statehouse

Superhero texts

Attorney: Transgender murder victim’s life not as valuable as higher class victims


The Opponents of Militant Islamism Are Often As Bigoted as Their Targets

I wouldn't link to this except the timing is perfect. I recently have been having a very tedious conversation with somebody who thinks that the most ludicrously bigoted sites are a good source of information and that the only reason I haven't been converted to the idea of "Islam is ruining the world, and all Muslims are awful" is because I'm too PC. Not, you, know, because all these people start off with " everybody knows Islam is ruining the world, they just don't say so because of political correctness!!!!" It doesn't exactly inspire faith in their credibility.

The Incredible, Edible Bus Stop

Federal Flood Maps Left New York Unprepared for Sandy, and FEMA Knew It

Why Life Does Not Really Exist

Orphaned Chimpanzees Play Rougher Than Their Mother-Reared Counterparts
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Take a seat on the ergonomically correct toilet of THE FUTURE.

Odon childbirth device: Car mechanic uncorks a revolution

Aka: This one, weird party trick will help you give birth using tools from the grocery store!

Why Republicans can't get the black and/or female vote

'Determination' can be induced by electrical brain stimulation

Children’s Books Gaining Popularity Among Grown-Ups

Do Cats Control My Mind?

LOL! Captain Picard singing Let It Snow - uh, Make It So. Seriously, you want to watch this.

Sounds are sound among dyslexics, but access may lag, study finds

Want your kids to learn more words? Use your hands, study says

A healthy diet really does cost more

Cricket burgers a surprise hit in NYC

Americans Drink More Soda Than Anyone Else

Except for those of us who call it "pop" or "coke", I guess.

A viral essay shows that we’re confused about the difference between “downwardly mobile” and “impoverished.”

'Jumbled up' tongue twister is named most difficult

I'll say! It's painful to even read that combination of words silently.

Headlines from a Mathematically Literate World

Reprogrammed bacterium speaks new language of life

NSA Opponents Want To Cut Off Utah Facility From Water Supply
A group of activists plan to try and stop the agency's massive data center in Utah by cutting off its water supply

NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show

And my sister wonders why I go around without the leash!

NSA Can Map Your Movements, Determine Your Fellow Travelers With Cell Data

Top intelligence community lawyer says people outside the U.S. are the only ones who need to worry

(And they're so credible, right?)
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The selfish gene is one of the most successful science metaphors ever invented. Unfortunately, it’s wrong and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

An eagle stole a video camera and made a cinematic masterpiece

Despite two decades of high-profile shootings, school increasingly has become a safer place.

NASA hopes to put garden on the moon.

Found! First known predator to lure prey by mimicking flowers

Pythons' extreme eating abilities evolved quickly, genome shows

Koalas bellow with unique voice organ

Messy Children Make Better Learners: Toddlers Learn Words for Nonsolids Better When Getting Messy in a Highchair
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The last direct-current power lines are being dismantled just as DC distribution seems headed for a comeback

Our Memories Are Geo-Tagged

The US Cities Where The Fewest Commuters Get To Work By Car

Kiribati: Climate Change Destroys Island Nation

The amazing Siberian ice orchestra playing on the world's deepest lake

Honor and deception

A secretive Air Force program recruits academy students to inform on fellow cadets and disavows them afterward

All those Amazon drones: Will they block the sun?

How realistic is it that millions of drones will be flying around delivering our toasters? Or, is this just a fine Cyber Monday ad?

Oklahoma adopts California-style quake precautions

Dolphins are trying to tell us something

Squid Rocket Science

Fearful Memories Passed Down to Mouse Descendants

Genetic imprint from traumatic experiences carries through at least two generations and

That Armpit Odor Says a Lot About Who You Are

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Obamacare by Christian university (+video)

This brightly colored thread is made out of snail poop
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China Launches Moon Rover Mission

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Wage Strikes Planned at Fast-Food Outlets

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Older Workers Are Increasingly Entering Fast-Food Industry

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Bad Eating Habits Start in the Womb

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Where Factory Apprenticeship Is Latest Model From Germany

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In Subways, Suddenly, 2 Glimpses of History

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Why are we more scared of raw egg than reheated rice?
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New research showing possible causes of stroke after heart procedures

Our Very Normal Solar System Isn't Normal Anymore

The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was A Psychopath

Good Benefits Don’t Make Unemployed People Happy About Being Unemployed

In Miami Gardens, store video catches cops in the act

Big-Bucks Bacteria

Is there money to be found inside the human gut?

NSA slapped malware on 50,000+ networks, says report

Shaken NSA Grapples With an Overhaul
Agency's Director Offered to Resign Last Summer in Wake of Snowden Leaks

TV Is Dying, And Here Are The Stats That Prove It

One Woman's Dangerous War Against the Most Hated Man on the Internet
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G.O.P. Maps Out Waves of Attacks Over Health Law

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In Landmark Vote, Senate Limits Use of the Filibuster

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Typhoon Revives Debate on U.S. Food Aid Methods

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In Manhattan Alleys, Dogs on Rat Hunts Find Bags of Fun

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Gynecologists Run Afoul of Panel When Patient Is Male

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Urbanites Flee China’s Smog for Blue Skies

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Can Organisms Evolve The Ability To Evolve?

The Hyper-Efficient, Highly Scientific Scheme to Help the World’s Poor

When We Lose Antibiotics, Here’s Everything Else We’ll Lose Too

How Traffic Jams Decentralize Cities

Why Monkeys and Apes Have Colorful Faces

Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds
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I thought we already knew that! Didn't we already know that? I'm pretty sure I already knew that, at least.
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Well, now that that's out of the way, I seem to have accumulated a metric ton of links recently! You may have noticed that.

The Smarter You Are, The Stupider You Are

Skim the article, then dive into the comments, that's what I did.

Eating indigenously changes diets and lives of Native Americans

A Passivhaus looks like any other home, but it's not, thanks to a box of tricks in the loft that's helping residents' health and wealth

Why Aren't My Kids Hyper After Binging On Sugar?

As some commenters noted, it is possible that ALL the children were hyper due to the presence of artificial sweeteners in the "control" group, which is why scientists didn't note a difference. But then, I for one would much rather have tons of sugar in the diet than even a little artificial sweetener. Why parents erroneously *did* probably does have more to do with expectations.

Body Policing Police - love it!

NSA Eavesdropping on Google and Yahoo Networks

Trick or treat for science: Kids become test subjects

All done!
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Dancing With the Cars

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I didn't realize conductors had to point at the sign! Guess I never paid attention. Cute video, though.
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A War on the Poor

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9/11 Suspects Can’t Mention being Tortured during Trial Testimony because Their Torture is Classified

'Our members are panicking': Families brace as billions in food stamp cuts kick in (comments are, of course, racist, classist, and generally ist-ist as fuck.)


Cash is better than cans at food banks

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Fresh cuts in the Food Stamp program will make life worse for New York's hungry

The Lasting Impacts of Poverty on the Brain

Poverty can make you stupid, UBC study claims

What Happens When You Just Give Money To Poor People?

Bad Decisions Don’t Make You Poor. Being Poor Makes for Bad Decisions.

The 5 Stupidest Habits You Develop Growing Up Poor

5 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Poor
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NYC agencies, utilities have strengthened systems post-Sandy, say officials

New York's Looming Food Disaster

As Sandy smashed us, bravery and dedication saved Staten Island Ferries

Could New York Subways Survive Another Hurricane?

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A new study finds more eye contact makes people less likely to agree with a persuasive argument, especially if they're already skeptical.
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Apparently, people hate Obamacare, but love the Affordable Care Act.

American healthcare was already socialized by Reagan, we’re just fighting about how to pay for it

Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by Health Law

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Children aren’t born smart. They’re made smart by conversation.

TV producers think boys won’t watch girl heroines. Turns out that’s not true.
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Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll

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Guns at School? If There’s a Will, There Are Ways

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The humble organ may help us recover from serious infections

The Slowest Generation

Younger Athletes Are Racing With Less Concern About Time

You have got to read the comments. Apparently, the decline of western civilization and the end of the world is caused solely by the fact that some people prefer to compete against themselves instead of others.

Some WWII comics from Dr. Seuss:

And an older one that put an even more sinister view on the Texas textbook wars. I had no idea that was even possible!
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You get this nifty link from somebody (thank you, Siderea) and then in the sidebar of the first article are a dozen more to read. I'm just going to spread the love a little....

Bring Back Postal Banking (and incidentally, what they've done to the USPS sucks)

Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics—and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture.

Your DNA is not a blueprint. Day by day, week by week, your genes are in a conversation with your surroundings. Your neighbors, your family, your feelings of loneliness: They don’t just get under your skin, they get into the control rooms of your cells. Inside the new social science of genetics.

The Lewis Model Explains Every Culture In The World

Schools in the US are actually not hotbeds of murder and mayhem. Well, duh.

'Molecular Prosthetics' May Give New Hope for Incurable Diseases
Researchers say some molecules could be used to treat diseases caused by missing or deficient proteins

Molecular prosthetics? All this stuff about epigenetics? We are living in the future, guys, and to tell you the truth, I'm not always certain I like it!
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They can't all be a barrel of (sadly predictable) laughs.

Mouse Skin Cells Transformed Into Viable Eggs, Sperm And Babies

Even little kids have a wage gap


Are We Causing Animals to Grow Bigger Brains?

Surprise: NSA Agents Use All-Seeing Power to Spy on Their Crushes
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Facial Scanning Is Making Gains in Surveillance

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Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty on Warming

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At the Printer, Living Tissue

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Deaf Student, Denied Interpreter by Medical School, Draws Focus of Advocates

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Gays in Russia Find No Haven, Despite Support From the West

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Hurricane Sandy Crept Up on a Boy Who Couldn’t Swim. Guess What He Did.

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Police Take On Family Violence to Avert Deaths

The comments are pretty overwhelmingly positive about this.

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Several comments mentioned the following article in The New Yorker as well.

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U.S. Prison Populations Decline, Reflecting New Approach to Crime

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Interesting fact: our pillows contain the same sort of microbes as our toilet seats. Usually I tell people that your phone is dirtier than any toilet seat, but I think I'll start using "pillow" instead. If it deters hoverers, so much the better!

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Next to You on the Subway

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Afraid of Your Child's Math Textbook? You Should Be.

When an Army of Artists Fooled Hitler
A new documentary shares the story of the 23rd unit’s daring work

3-D printing of airway tube helps save U.S. baby
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A Haven for the Deaf Draws Federal Scrutiny Over Potential Discrimination

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No Rich Child Left Behind

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Well, going to Mars would be pretty great... but not if you have to be on TV, I think.

On the other hand, unlike the cast of Survivor et al., you'd be remembered for posterity, really remembered. Depending on your perspective that actually might be the same hand.
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How a team of sneaky librarians duped Al Qaeda
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At New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Amy Herman schools police in the fine art of deductive observation

The Paris Time Capsule Apartment
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Young Opponents of Gay Marriage Undaunted by Battle Ahead

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Pediatrics Group Backs Gay Marriage, Saying It Helps Children

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Will I be able to close down these month old tags without panicking? These questions, and more, answered soon!
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This family lived alone on the taiga for decades, 150 miles from the nearest settlement which, being in Siberia was probably pretty marginal to begin with.
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On Decimated Shore, a Second Life for Christmas Trees

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Focus on Mental Health Laws to Curb Violence Is Unfair, Some Say

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Mutations Found in Melanomas May Shed Light on How Cancers Grow

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Prison Population Can Shrink When Police Crowd Streets

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And the effects of lingering child pornography of her has on her recovery. It doesn't sound like it is at all helpful that every time another perv is caught with her pictures on his hard drive, she is informed. But there it is.

Obviously, this has the potential to be very triggering, so read with caution.

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