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Urine in Portland reservoir: How dangerous is pee in drinking water?

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1 day ago 1 day ago
Oh, Portland. A teenager urinated into one of the city’s drinking water reservoirs the other day. That’s gross, sure, and aggravating—what a brat! But in one of the most spectacularly stupid decisions in years, the city is going to drain the reservoir. The most spectacularly stupid decision in ...

Babies More Likely to Tolerate Unfairness When It Benefits a Group Member

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3 days ago 3 days ago
In a new study, developed to test how race and fairness influence babies’ selection of a playmate, researchers found that 15-month-old babies mostly value fairness, unless an adult distributes toys in a way that benefits someone of their own race.“Babies are sensitive to how people of the same ...

Ditch the 10,000 hour rule! Why Malcolm Gladwell’s famous advice falls short

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2 days ago 2 days ago
Topics: Books, Malcolm Gladwell, learning, Make It Stick, Psychology, Editor's Picks, Innovation News, Life NewsHere’s a study that may surprise you. A group of eight-year-olds practiced tossing beanbags into buckets in gym class. Half of the kids tossed into a bucket three feet away. The other half mixed ...

Have living standards really stopped rising?

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3 days ago 3 days ago
Income inequality is soaring in the US and the UK. The income earned by all but a few has been stagnating for a generation. So I claimed in my column of March 22. But was I right?Several readers contacted me to suggest alternative interpretations of what look like ...

The Art of Fiction No. 69, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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22 hours ago 22 hours ago
Gabriel García Márquez was interviewed in his studio/office located just behind his house in San Angel Inn, an old and lovely section, full of the spectacularly colorful flowers of Mexico City. The studio is a short walk from the main house. A low elongated building, it appears to ...

Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands

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3 days ago 3 days ago
On Sunday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) sought to advance the GOP’s rebranding effort among female voters by suggesting that Republicans have long “led the fight for women’s equality.” The statement came just days after Republicans voted down the Paycheck Fairness Act and sought to downplay the problem of ...

Sperm RNA carries marks of trauma

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4 days ago 4 days ago
Stress alters the expression of small RNAs in male mice and leads to depressive behaviours in later generations.Trauma is insidious. It not only increases a person’s risk for psychiatric disorders, but can also spill over into the next generation. People who were traumatized during the Khmer Rouge genocide ...

David Foster Wallace was right: Irony is ruining our culture

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4 days ago 4 days ago
Topics: David Foster Wallace, Postmodernism, irony, snark, Art, literature, Pop Culture, Editor's Picks, Life News, Entertainment NewsPercy Shelley famously wrote that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” For Shelley, great art had the potential to make a new world through the depth of its vision and ...

6 NYC Independent Bookstores That Are Thriving

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5 days ago 5 days ago
The doors closed Friday on the beautifully vaulted century-old space that houses the Rizzoli Bookstore, only the latest in a long line of midtown book emporia whose steady mass extinction seems to so handily showcase the Death of Print. Just two weeks ago, the New York Times ran ...

8 shocking facts the media doesn’t have the courage to tell you

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1 week ago 1 week ago
Topics: AlterNet, Media, Journalism, Income inequality, NewsThe following are all relevant, fact-based issues, the “hard news” stories that the media has a responsibility to report. But the business-oriented press generally avoids them. That’s an average of $100,000 for every American. But the people who already own most of ...

The utter collapse of human civilization will be ‘difficult to avoid,’ NASA funded study says

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2 weeks ago 2 weeks ago
After running the numbers on a set of four equations representing human society, a team of NASA-funded mathematicians has come to the grim conclusion that the utter collapse of human civilization will be “difficult to avoid.”The exact scenario may vary, but in the coming decades humanity is essentially ...

Tesla sales will be banned in New Jersey starting April 1st

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4 weeks ago 4 weeks ago
Tesla was dealt a crushing blow in New Jersey today after the state's Motor Vehicle Commission passed a rule that will prevent the company from selling its electric cars directly to consumers starting in April. Unlike other automakers, Tesla sells its Model S through company-owned retail stores — ...

This depressing animated map shows Walmart taking over America

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2 weeks ago 2 weeks ago
Here’s an unsettling look at the Walmart-ification of the U.S., starting in Arkansas in 1962 and ending with total domination more than 3,000 stores across the country. First the chain spreads throughout the state, then the Southeast. Then Walmart crawls north and west, looking for all the world ...

Neil DeGrasse Tyson To Science Deniers: 'Science Is Not There For You To Cherry Pick'

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3 weeks ago 3 weeks ago
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of National Geographic and Fox’s new show Cosmos, said Sunday that he thinks the media needs to stop providing false balance in stories on scientific subjects like climate change.Host of CNN’s Reliable Sources Brian Stelter asked Tyson whether he thought the media ...

My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Cheap

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1 month ago 1 month ago
After veteran reporter Joseph Williams lost his job, he could only find employment in a sporting-goods store. In a personal essay, he recalls his struggles with challenges millions of Americans return to day after day. Then again, there was no reason to feel particularly vulnerable. Two years ago,

Nowhere Close: The Long March from Here to Full Employment

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4 weeks ago 4 weeks ago
The last official business cycle peak occurred in December 2007. After that, the economy entered 18 months of virtual freefall—with job losses averaging more than 750,000 per month for the worst six-month stretch. The official end of the recession was June 2009—and some have recently declared full recovery ...

MIT Students Invent A Universal Language Made Of GIFs

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1 month ago 1 month ago
Seemingly trivial questions about how you perceive animated GIFs is the central task of GIFGIF, a project from MIT Media Lab that isn't just a fun web game, but a first-step toward building up a universal library of non-verbal communication.GIFGIF was born out of a series of conversations ...

A Tower Inspired By Trees, Complete With Balconies For Leaves

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1 month ago 1 month ago
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has designed a compelling plan for a mixed-use tower in the south of France, based on the structure of a tree. Fujimoto’s 17-story structure, called the White Tree, is curved to offer the best views of the surrounding landscape--both to its own inhabitants and ...

MoMA Reveals Its Expansion Plans — and the Fate of the American Folk Art Museum

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3 months ago 3 months ago
The Museum of Modern Art is on the march again, advancing westward down 53rd Street, sweeping away the old American Folk Art Museum and planting its flag in the base of a future skyscraper. Previous iterations trail behind it like a supply chain: Goodwin and Stone’s 1939 original ...

What It Means to Be a Public Intellectual

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3 months ago 3 months ago
Here is the machinery of racism—the privilege of being oblivious to questions, of never having to grapple with the everywhere. Last night my wife and I went out for dinner. Our server was French, a fact that allowed us to spend a few moments practicing the language. When ...

Here's the True Map Showing Which States Americans Are Moving To And Leaving

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3 months ago 3 months ago
United Van Lines recently published its inbound and outbound moving data for the U.S. (This is different from the map from Atlas Van Lines we published last week, which actually shows slightly different data). Seth Kadish at Vizual Statistix has compiled the data into a spectacular map that ...

» Some Brain Areas Keep Youthful Connectivity in Aging - Psych Central News

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3 months ago 3 months ago
New research discovers that some regions of the brain maintain the ability to make new connections long after the brain stops growing.This ability to retain a “childlike” ability in adulthood potentially contributes to our ability to learn new skills and form new memories as we age.Researchers from Washington ...

Is global warming stoking an Arctic cold war?

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4 months ago 4 months ago
Militarization and geopolitical maneuvering is heating up in the Arctic as once-frozen tundras melt into the sea, unearthing a bonanza of oil fields and shipping routes.Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin this week ordered his military brass to pay “particular attention to the deployment of infrastructure and military units in ...

Why Is the US Getting in the Way of International Efforts to Make Clean Water a Basic Human Right?

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4 months ago 4 months ago
On 21 November 2013 the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee (The Committee) adopted a resolution on “The human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.” There, all UN member states agreed that the rights to water and sanitation are derived from the right to an adequate standard of ...

Watch Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz Talk About Race and Writing - COLORLINES

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4 months ago 4 months ago
Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz will be in conversation tonight at the New York Public Library, and you can watch the whole thing live. The talk is slated to begin at 7pm EST/4pm PST (read more about it here). If you can’t make it there in person, tune ...

How Well Does Inside Llewyn Davis Reflect The Early 60s Folk Scene?

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4 months ago 4 months ago
The Coen brothers have been very open about the various influences behind their new film, Inside Llewyn Davis. Most prominent, the film’s titular character is inspired by legendary folk-musician Dave Van Ronk. The Coens mined Van Ronk’s memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street, for details, but — despite ...

Is the West's Dry Spell Really a Megadrought?

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4 months ago 4 months ago
An independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the American public.Climate Central surveys and conducts scientific research on climate change and informs the public of key findings. Our scientists publish and our journalists report on ...

Critic's Picks: The Top 10 Best Female Lead Performances of 2013 According to Indiewire's Film Critic

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4 months ago 4 months ago
Awards season reduces a lot of people to smiling objects, but actresses experience this dilemma worse than most. No other field places greater pressure on the potential winners with veiled misogyny disguised as politically correct behavior: If they don't dress nice and talk pretty, they don't get a ...

George W. Bush Showed Off His Paintings to Hillary Clinton on Air Force One

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4 months ago 4 months ago
On Monday, while hanging out in a startlingly normal-looking boardroom aboard Air Force One en route to Nelson Mandela's memorial service, George W. Bush whipped out an iPad and showed off his famous painting skills to Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and other members of the Obama inner circle.

The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2013

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4 months ago 4 months ago
2013′s bounty of long-form journalism, essay collections, biographies, history books, and memoirs covering a broad range of topics — from race and politics in America to unusual childhoods to the current Golden Age of television — has resulted in more than enough great nonfiction to choose from at ...
 

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