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Ramblings of a Conuly
Believing in six impossible things before breakfast
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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Not the oignon: fury as France changes 2,000 spellings and ditches circumflex

Science in sign language

Ants show no sign of aging

Johnson & Johnson, ViaCyte testing possible diabetes cure

Odd wildebeest cousin had a ‘vuvuzela’ in its head

DNA discovery unearths 'unknown chapter in human history' in Europe 15,000 years ago

Unconscious religious priming has robust effects on the behavior of religious people

French law forbids food waste by supermarkets

Rainforest regrowth boosts carbon capture, study shows

An awful infestation has nearly been wiped out

Scientists have discovered what causes Resting Bitch Face

The Secret Weapon That Could Make Waiting for the Bus Less Terrible

An Intersectional Failure: How Both Israel’s Backers and Critics Write Mizrahi Jews Out of the Story

'Behemoth' Daddy Longlegs Discovered in Oregon

Spread of bee disease 'largely manmade'

Last-Ditch Antibiotic Resistance: What Is The Role Of Food?

Why Are American Colleges Obsessed With 'Leadership'?

An Ingenious New Way of Solving Cold Cases

Wife crashes her own funeral, horrifying her husband, who had paid to have her killed

Sexually-transmitted Zika case confirmed in Texas

The U.S. Is Running Out of Nurses

Right-Wing Extremists Are a Bigger Threat to America Than ISIS

Thousands flee as Russian-backed offensive threatens to besiege Aleppo
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Baby elephant wants to play with tourists—but mom is not having it

Lizards Overcome Lack of Mirrors to Find Rocks That Match Their Colors

Study tries to give C-section babies mom's germs they missed

The World's Longest-Running Experiment is Buried in a Secret Spot in Michigan

The Weird Thing About Cat Legs

Great Fire: The grid system for London that never happened

Nuclear Fusion Hit a Massive Milestone in Germany

The Race to Reverse Antibiotic Resistance

Destroying worn-out cells makes mice live longer

Muslims who saved Jews from Holocaust commemorated in I Am Your Protector campaign

Criminals Are Using Drones to Smuggle Drugs and Contraband Into Prison. Big Deal.

Death of a Troll

Shakespeare on stage in squalid migrant camp in France

What Does a Parrot Know About PTSD? (Mentions of animal neglect and abuse)

How Rich Parents Can Exacerbate School Inequality

After Texas stopped funding Planned Parenthood, low-income women had more babies (Well, no shit.)

Capitalism will eat democracy

‘Eyewash’: How the CIA deceives its own workforce about operations

A Colleague Drank My Breast Milk and Other Wall Street Tales

The lingering effects of NYC's racist city planning

For Brazil's rich and poor, disparate response to Zika

Americans are ten times more likely to die from firearms than citizens of other developed countries
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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!


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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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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There are former LJers who would like to return, but their friends lists have been deserted.

Let's all welcome them back with open arms and show them that LJ is very much alive!
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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.


(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.


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.


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.)


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.


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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In Search of the Novel’s First Sentence: A Secret History

Norwegian in underwear clings to car roof to stop thief

Did you solve it? The ants on a stick puzzle (Brits don't give their kids ants on a log as a snack?)

7 Dubai Locations That Defy Their Desert Setting

Inside the Fabulous Homes of “Gypsy Queens”

Are beards good for your health?

What It's Like to Live Inside the Legendary Paris Bookstore Shakespeare & Co.

The Paint Spinning Drill

Scientists: Good evidence for 9th planet in solar system

Millennials spurn driver's licenses, study finds

The Story Behind the Comically Villainous Octopus Logo of U.S. Spy Agency

The Illegitimacy of Aragorn’s Claim to the Throne

Docked at the 79th street boat basin in the deep freeze

British people are proud of colonialism and the British Empire, poll finds

The Death of the Midwestern Church

ATM and overdraft fees top $6 billion at the big 3 banks

Grisly fossils from Kenya reveal a 10,000-year-old massacre

Child Sex Workers’ Biggest Threat: The Police

Americans are bargaining away their innocence

New flare-ups over the racial demographics of abortion

How government poisoned the people of Flint

The awkward question about Flint that no one wants to answer
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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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Why MLK Day is a Big Deal in Hiroshima

American Homes Are Filled With Bugs

Why Spiderman can't exist: Geckos are 'size limit' for sticking to walls

As More Pay by Smartphone, Banks Scramble to Keep Up

Ask a Jewish Person

Tiny implant monitors brain injury, then melts away

The Lamentable Death of Bae

Now Boarding! Photos of Subways From Around the World (I want chandeliers in our subways!)

What alarmist articles about transgender children get wrong.

Baby carrots are not baby carrots

Xinjiang cotton at crossroads of China's new Silk Road

Explosive underwater volcanoes were a major feature of 'Snowball Earth'

Deep in Colombian jungle, peace looms at rebel hideout

The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter

The U.S. Ambassador to Israel Basically Just Called Israel an Apartheid State

Watch Rarely Seen Footage of Life in Nazi Austria, Thanks to a New Video Archive

Life Never Ran These Striking Images of What It Was Like to Be Black in 1950s America

China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama

Why We Can't Afford to Abandon Turkey's Kurds

In Libya, U.S. Courts Unreliable Allies to Counter ISIS

How the Mafia Make Millions Out of the Plight of Migrants

Puerto Rico's debt crisis just got worse
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Which got me thinking about Veronica Mars, don't ask me why. Spoilers for first season finaleCollapse )


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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Future Diabetes Treatment? Human Skin Cells Coaxed to Make Insulin

Can a Mumbai Museum on Wheels Change Perceptions of Slums?

Obama unveils wage insurance plan to spur job seekers

Confederate flag's removal turns King Day into celebration

The Smoky, Loud and Terribly Lonely World of the Professional Pachinko Player

CDC offers guidelines for schools' sex education topics

How mold on Space Station flowers is helping get us to Mars

Growing up Habbo: My so-called life in the first social network for teens

6 Dog Breeds With Secret Superpowers

14 Playful Facts About The Milton Bradley Company

Mummies Around the World—Dried, Smoked, or Thrown in a Bog

The racial justice issue that Americans must stop ignoring: Pollution

Revisiting a Jim Crow-Era Guide for Traveling While Black

When Martin Luther King Jr. took his fight into the North, and saw a new level of hatred

Prisons Have Become America’s New Asylums

Ten Days In a Mad-House. BY NELLIE BLY. (What interested me most is not her description of the asylum, but of the boarding house, particularly the mother who ignored her son's misbehavior until forced to respond. Clearly, that type of parenting is not a modern affliction!)

Court: With a warrant, cops can search basically anywhere on your phone

The Bundys and Tamir Rice Are Proof of Two Americas

The Infamous Reddit “Ask a Rapist” Thread Is Now the Subject of a Research Study

Holding the fate of families in its hands, China controls refugees abroad

The world's inequality countdown

A CFPB Report Finds Subprime Credit-Card Lenders Intentionally Make Borrowing More Complex for the Poor

Islamic State's double standards sow growing disillusion

Germany targets North African migrants in crackdown

These are the forgotten sexual assault victims in Europe
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HIV drugs give couples 'ray of hope'

Self-Filling Water Bottle Converts Humid Air into Drinkable H2O

The Strongest Case Yet That Excessive Parking Causes More Driving

A Brick Inside a Washing Machine on a Trampoline

Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy

Your bones could soon heal a whole lot better thanks to polymer nanoshells

Take a Trip Inside the Teeniest, Tiniest Transit System on Google Maps

Ligers and Tigons, Oh My! Cat Lineage Littered with Interbreeding

3 Ways White Kids Benefit Most From Racially Diverse Schools

NSA says new phone spying program meets privacy safeguards

Why Turkey’s government is threatening academic freedom

Scientists Pat and Peter Shaw died in a suicide pact in October. Here, their daughters reflect on their parents’ plan - and their remarkable lives.

Brief Psychotic Breaks Remain a Mystery

Oregon militia's behavior increasingly brazen as public property destroyed

Sikhs In Fresno Worried After Recent Attacks

Rethinking solitary: National prisons group pushes changes

The lonely poverty of America’s white working class

South China Sea? For Beijing, Taiwan is the No. 1 security issue
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Standing desks may boost students’ cognitive function as well as health (Yeah, maybe. But isn't it also the case that being in the test group instead of the control group tends to improve students' grades?)

The man who cycled from India to Europe for love

Ciao Italia! Germany's other migrant influx

Social networking is key to a healthy chimpanzee microbiome

Can you see what's hidden in this black and white image that people have been re-sharing?

Concerns about racism help drive more African-Americans to home-school

Oh Baby! Which Animal Families Lay Eggs and Live Birth?

Half a century ago, the Hall of New York State Environment in the American Museum of Natural History was not only the future of museum design, but also, one man hoped, the future of democracy itself.

Brightest galaxy in the universe threatens to rip itself apart

Signs of second largest black hole in the Milky Way: Possible missing link in black hole evolution

Latino Children's Book Authors Achieve Unprecedented Recognition

New Spider Species Found, Plays Peekaboo to Attract Mates

More people in Europe are dying than are being born

Iceman has the world's oldest tattoos

Why Hollywood's diversity issues go deeper than Oscars 'whiteout'

Netflix cracks down on proxy streaming

A dentist is being sued for harassing staff by constantly playing Christian music

California officials delay plans to mitigate massive gas leak

Federal Education Funding: Where Does the Money Go?

When Women Must Choose Between Abuse And Homelessness

Flint water crisis: Obama says it qualifies as federal emergency

Lower pay for poor is widening US income gap, study

25 Years Later: Photos From the First Time We Invaded Iraq

Will 2016 be the year Iraq’s Kurds break free?

Obama has deported more immigrants than any other president. Now he’s running up the score.

Why Is Sexual Abuse Such A Problem With U.N. Peacekeepers?
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Quest for a Maid. That book still holds up after all these years, and is one of the few books of my childhood I can quote from accurately, no matter how often I read them and re-read them. (The only other line that springs to mind is the one about how "Saving the penny and walking was a great feature of their childhood." Yeah, Fossils, me too. Join the club.)

I was re-reading Quest the other day and Eva asked me what it was about, so I quoted that first line to her. She's not big on books with death in them, so she rejected it out of hand, and was a little surprised when I told her that that's actually one of the great formative books of my childhood. I have a list, in fact: Quest for a Maid, Dragon's Milk, So You Want to Be a Wizard, Behind the Attic Wall, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Ballet Shoes, Bridge to Terebithia, and A Little Princess. Oh, and Beauty. That's quite a list, and I'm not sure what it says about me now that I put all the books together like that, other than that I liked to read fantasy - and in my life, escaping the Nazis or being sent to boarding school or being a child actress was just as much a fantasy as saving an intelligent sports car while in company of a talking white hole or raising dragon hatchlings.

Of course, this is the list I made today. Tomorrow or next week I might pick a largely different set of books as "the great formative books of my childhood". Really, I think the important thing is that they were all important in shaping my personality, even the ones I mostly have forgotten. I wonder if my list is very different from other people's lists, though. What books did everybody else peg as being hugely influential to their worldviews?


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Sooooo the laptop fell on the floor actually right before the keyboard got busted. And I didn't realize it then, but it cracked the casing that holds the screen. The whole component will need to be replaced.

What do I call that piece? It's not the screen that's broken, the screen is 100% okay. And by carefully examining how-to videos on screen replacement, it's clear to me that attempting to replace the screen will mean I'll replace the part that's fine, and not replace the part that's broken! I think I ought to be able to fix this part, I at least want to see if this is possible, but I can't do that if I don't know what I'm looking at.
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And I bet each and every one of them wishes they'd won last week instead! (But not the other two, naturally.)

Anyway, I know that it is now officially behind the curve, but just one more link on the subject:

I just bet $1.3 billion to win the Powerball jackpot — now watch probability shred my money

And if you don't like the simulator they use, there are other ones listed here. I doubt your odds are any better, but like the man said - hey, you never know!
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Terrifying ancient crocodile discovered in the Sahara was almost the size of a bus

19th-Century Shipwrecks Keep Getting Discovered During the Hunt for MH370

Microgears rotate when pushed by tiny motors

Meet the First Hispanic American in Space

Human-Animal Chimeras Are Gestating on U.S. Research Farms

The American Textile Industry Was Woven From Espionage

Researchers find a way to decipher some words in the mind before they are spoken

Anatomical Illustrations from 15th-century England

Average age of new US moms at all-time high, now over 26

Green pea galaxy provides insights to early universe evolution

First children diagnosed in DNA project

Photos: Peer Inside The Secret Crown Heights Chicken Window

Little Girl Forgets Her Stuffed Bunny At Hotel, Staff Takes It On Adventure

How NASA’s planetary defense officer will protect Earth from asteroids

Preparing for pandemics could cost less than $1 each a year, review says

How Would You Respond If Asked: ‘What Time is the 3 o’clock Parade?’

How Stories Deceive

Trade-Off Gets Tougher Between Security, Convenience

Arab Muslim youths say IS, Qaeda distort Islam: poll

A 'No-Nonsense' Classroom Where Teachers Don't Say 'Please'

The Trials of Alice Goffman

Research Doesn’t Back a Link Between Migrants and Crime in U.S.

How a travesty led to criminal-justice innovation in Texas.

"Nothing Is Moving," Baltic Dry Crashes As Insiders Warn "Commerce Has Come To A Halt"

Sell everything ahead of stock market crash, say RBS economists

On the border of ISIS territory, Iraqi civilians fight for their survival.

Assisted Suicide and Me

Anti-immigrant 'Soldiers of Odin' raise concern in Finland

As diseases proliferate, mosquitoes becoming Public Enemy No. 1

US turning to UN over flow of Central American migrants

Gaza journalist says he was tortured in Hamas jail
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Tomorrow is another one!

I couldn't talk much today, so I used an online text to speech converter. There's a character limit, and the buffering can take awhile, and anyway everybody in this family can read faster than people talk, but the girls and I enjoyed playing with the voices so I usually played what I'd typed in there anyway.

Also, twice I typed in "Who's a good girl? Is it you? Is it you, Mama Cat? You're a good kitty!" to the general hilarity of all. (Except Mama Cat. She didn't get the joke.)

Aaaaaaaand... I sent my mother out to buy me a lottery ticket. You don't have to tell me it's stupid, I know, but as I told my sister it's like that time I was very young and poked around in her wardrobe looking for Narnia. I was more than old enough to know Narnia wasn't there, but I thought I'd feel extra silly if it was there and I never found it.

This is the same thing, except I think I may actually have slightly greater odds of winning an all-expenses paid trip to Narnia, or at least Earthsea or maybe Oz.


What To Do When YOU — yes, YOU — Win The Lottery (*snrk* I plan, of course, to follow this advice scrupulously!)

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Dear Powerball Winner: Take Our Advice and Take the Annuity Of course, you won't win. As they say here, "You might get very lucky and win one of the smaller prizes. And $4 is nothing to sniff at." I'm not taking $4 as an annuity over 30 years!

The Fascinating Math Behind Why You Won’t Win Powerball

How photonics can reshape the spectrum of light, and rehabilitate Edison's light bulb along the way More

19th-Century Atlases Included Hundreds of Fake Islands

Manchu, Former Empire’s Language, Hangs On at China’s Edge

Korean Girls Try American BBQ (I'm frankly astonished that the narrator was able to confidently declare that this place "does it right", given how acrimonious the subject of the right style of barbecue can be!)

How a Refugee Escaped the Nazis to Become the Father of Video Games

How Batman’s Silly 1960s Series Saved The Dark Knight (That and Batman Beyond were my first Batman, more or less simultaneously.)

A Hardier Honeybee That Fights Back By Biting Back

Researchers try mathematical recipe for slicing pizza

Air quality aside, Odd-Even has changed something bigger - Delhi's mindset

Hollywood Just Got a Tiny Bit Better About Sexism

Fabio Helped Me Escape From a Cult

When a Video-Game World Ends

Why Radio Stations Probably Couldn't Just Play David Bowie Music As A Tribute: Copyright Law Is Messed Up

The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score’

Report finds more infections from dirty scopes at hospitals

New York Villagers Still Love It When White Dudes Choke Native Americans

The Sorry Legacy of Internet Explorer

How To Help Kids In Poverty Adjust To The Stability Of School After Break

Why forcing kids to do things ‘sooner and faster’ doesn’t get them further in school

The Funny Thing About Abusive Relationships
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Tummy: Achy
Nose: Stuffy
Head: Owie

Conclusion: I just may be a little unwell today. Joy.


This 19th-Century Map Shows that Beaver Dams are Built to Last

Credit cards were our first gateway to a cashless society—but magnetic stripes didn’t always rule the day. Here’s how credit cards have evolved.

Startling new finding: 600 million years ago, a biological mishap changed everything

Where’s Literature’s Class Diversity?

My Wife and I Are (Both) Pregnant

Does Taco Bell Hot Sauce Expire and Everything Else About Sauce Packets You Never Thought To Ask And if you like that, read this linked-to article on soy sauce packets as well.

There have always been shady people cutting your food with garbage

Closing a Budget Gap by Emptying Prisons

Nurses reunite, with roles switched, decades later

The 19th Century plug that's still being used

FOUND: A Bronze Age Settlement Dubbed 'Britain's Pompeii'

How Em-Bra-assing!

More Americans are getting their diplomas—but fewer are enrolling in college. Why the mismatch?

How a 90-Year-Old Missing Person Became a Hit on Spotify

How an Evangelical Creationist Accepted Evolution

The surprising perks of being easily embarrassed

Japan’s ‘suicide forest’ is creepier and sadder than any movie

Powerball prize invites myths, misconceptions about lottery

Here's how much money you actually take home if you win the $1.3 billion Powerball (Which you won't!)

A jackpot-rigging scandal is forgotten as Powerball fever sweeps the United States

We Eat Too Much Sodium Because Companies Keep Dumping It In Our Food

Is Cockney Rhyming Slang Dying Out?

The great British curry crisis

Czarist echo? Russian Orthodox Church drives to restore its political clout
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It's bad enough when I can purchase 2 out of 3 books in a trilogy as an e-book, but the third isn't available.

But what sense does it possibly make to be able to purchase books 2 - 4 on the Kindle, but not the first one? (That'd be The Birchbark House.)

Or this one: A few years back I picked up two books at The Strand - The Key to Rondo and The Wizard of Rondo. Eva really likes those, wanted the third.

The last one was never printed in the United States. It's solely available... as an audiobook. Or in Chinese. In order to get the printed copy, I had to order it over eBay. From Australia.

Now, I can see a publisher printing out the first two books of a trilogy but declining to finish the series if they think there isn't enough money in it. But why oh why would they publish the third as an audiobook but not in print?

What on earth are these people thinking as they make their decisions?

In other news, I recently discovered that The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks series is back in print. (But not as an ebook.) Man, I loved those books as a kid. You know, the 80s and 90s was really great for a specialized category of children's literature that you don't see too much of - not too long, kinda weird premise. Even just "not too long" is fading away, and kids books keep getting longer and longer. Which is great for kids who like long books, but no doubt intimidating for slower readers.
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Apparently, nobody won the jackpot and it's now over a billion dollars.
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You hear so much about knife attacks in Israel right now, and to date I've only found one more or less mainstream source questioning this.

I've seen the video they mention, I'm not convinced that it clearly shows soldiers planting a knife. It's a distance video, taken with what, a cell phone? It's hard to see what's going on.

But the thought just sticks in my mind. Sure, if the suspect actually stabbed somebody it's hard to argue with that! But in a situation where some people are going around stabbing others, is it really believable that the soldiers and the cops never mistake a cell phone for a knife, never shoot somebody by accident?

If you told me that was the case in America, I wouldn't believe it, and American cops (and soldiers) don't have the same reasons to be jumpy as Israelis do.

So how should I be interpreting the fact that I never see articles or news about some Palestinian who was shot on suspicion of having a knife or gun, but whoops, turns out that this was a mistake? How suspicious should I be?

Each individual case might be quite correct, but can they really all be? Is this actually possible? (And is it worth bringing this up with most people who are really invested in the Good Guys and Bad Guys scenario they've made up rather than the more complex situation that actual humans are likely to be involved in?)
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Of course, the government takes a lot of that money back in the form of taxes, so you know, it's not even really worth it :P If you even win, that is, which you won't.


Itchy Eyes? Sneezing? Maybe Blame That Allergy On Neanderthals

Why Amazon's Data Centers Are Hidden in Spy Country

The Early History of Autism in America

Cook County's most unconventional judge takes justice beyond the bench

Monkey Cannot Own Copyright To Viral Selfie, Says Federal Judge

What and where is the Mountain of Butterflies?

A Vegan ‘Butcher Shop’ Is Opening In Minnesota

Here's What You Shouldn't Do When Trying To Revive A Newborn

From Portrait Painters To College Applicants, Squirrel Obsessives Through the Ages

Can Animals Think Abstractly?

It’s the Umami, Stupid. Why the Truth About MSG is So Easy to Swallow

Argentine ants altering California's ecosystems as homeowners give them shelter

Why Do Americans Work So Much?

Researchers discover link between stress and unhealthy microbiomes

Did my doctor miss my cancer because I'm a woman?

A Father, a Dying Son, and the Quest to Make the Most Profound Videogame Ever

The Israeli Army Unit That Recruits Teens With Autism

Conservative Christians Are on a Mission in Public Schools

The Long Fallof Phoebe Jonchuck (Trigger warning for child murder.)

The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare

2016: It's deportation time

Deportation raids to continue, despite outcry

3 Anger-Inducing Charts About Kids and Prison
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Half the World Lives on 1% of Its Land, Mapped (OMG. The yellow spots outline the Nile!)

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Us Your Toilets (Without Parasites)

Reciprocal Teaching, An Alternative to Gatekeeping Practices

Harnessing the energy of small bending motions

The Triumph of Email

The Indestructible Appeal of the Wrecking Ball

Scientists Discover Meteorite ‘Older Than Earth Itself’ in Australian Outback

Japan Keeps This Defunct Train Station Running for Just One Passenger

How Immigration Changes Language

Visible Light from a Black Hole Spotted by Telescope, a First

Predictive Policing Comes to Restaurants

Big-Eared Statues Reveal Ancient Egyptian Power Couple

Pathogens found in Ice Man's stomach

Quakers pioneered social enterprise. They were also the first to fail

Defending Kilgrave

Stepping Down From Solitary Confinement

Chemawa Indian School unmarked graves

Big-dollar baby formula thefts dog stores, police across US

The quest to hack trees and beat climate change

The Age of the Ghost Company

Why Kindergarten Is The New First Grade

No Accident: Inside GM’s deadly ignition switch scandal

Why last night's chicken made you sick

Transgender U.S. veterans suffer more illness than peers: study

Hackers caused a blackout for the first time, researchers say

New York Jail Agency Seeks to Delay Ending Isolation for Young Adults

Madaya: Syria allows aid to reach city facing starvation, says U.N.
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It's actually pretty darn good, and if you have a chance to see it before it closes, you should.

There were at least four school groups there, which managed to be a microcosm both of how diverse NYC is on the whole... and how utterly segregated its neighborhoods and schools are. One class all Hispanic, one class nearly all Asian and white, one class almost entirely white, and one class entirely black (with a few kids who may have been Hispanic, I don't know), pursuing four different activities on three different floors.

It's kinda impressive, really.


Shark nursery discovered in New York waters

Seoul delivers barrage of K-pop across border to North Korea

Waterless toilet uses nanotechnology to treat waste, banish smells

Strange New State of Hydrogen Created

More Young People Report Same-Sex Attractions

Suburbs Are Urban Places, Too

Clinton Unveils Plan To Increase Autism Services (This synopsis doesn't look objectionable to me.)

The NYPL Just Released More Than 180,000 Images. We Picked the Best of Old New York. (One's of the St. George Library!)

How Denmark Dumped Medical Malpractice and Improved Patient Safety

Jurassic 10-Armed 'Squid' Were Speedy Swimmers

Periods aren't that gross (Unsurprisingly, the MeFi comments are worth reading, and the YouTube comments aren't.)

In the groove: Scrape marks in ground linked to dinosaurs

Mammoth Rubbing Rocks

Schools mull medical marijuana policies over student use

NY City settles lawsuits over police surveillance of Muslims

Why Crows Hold Funerals

All the winter's a weird weather stage; Here are the players (I'm posting this weather article because I like the headline)

Twitter Isn’t Raising the Character Limit. It’s Becoming a Walled Garden.

As If Slavery Weren’t Enough, 6 Other Reasons to Avoid Shrimp

U.S., world stock markets slide as panic in China spreads More

Current pace of environmental change is unprecedented in Earth's history

Turkey's Erdogan widens call for legal action against pro-Kurdish opposition

People are starving in East Africa -- again -- as the world looks away

Syria conflict: Civilians under siege
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Mexico’s Sugary Drink Tax is Working, Study Suggests

Precise method underlies sloppy madness of dog slurping

Australia rains begin to fill massive desert lake

New Dietary Guidelines: Cut Sugar, Eat More Veggies

Google Cardboard saves baby's life

Leopard sharks use smells to steer, scientists say

Rebel Without A God – The Anti-Authoritarian Attributes Of Buffy The Vampire Slayer

A Moss Girl’s Guide to Japanese Moss Viewing

Long before learning ABCs, tots recognize words are symbols

In 'Heirloom Harvest,' Old-School Portraits Of Vegetable Treasures

He figured out the cotton candy after the 3rd try.

How Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s words were freed from old floppy disks

Who’s Been Killing the Feral Peacocks of Palos Verdes?

Higher risk of leukemia linked to low sunlight, vitamin D

In Ukraine, Google translates Russia as ‘Mordor’ and top diplomat’s name as ‘sad little horse’

Coca-Cola's Happy New Year upsets Russians and Ukrainians alike

Ukraine Calls on U.N. To Send Peacekeepers to War-Torn East

Defiance among rogue settlers as Israel accuses Jewish youth of murder

The Palestinian leadership on Wednesday demanded the Greek government act after two Arab passengers were expelled from an Israel-bound flight, saying the decision to remove the pair was "reminiscent" of apartheid.

Palestinians ponder succession after 11 years of Abbas

Indonesia turns to China as ethnic Uighurs join would-be jihadis

Oregon tribe: Armed group 'desecrating' their land

Most Americans are one paycheck away from the street

The Kurds Have Already Carved Out Their Own State in Iraq

Puerto Rico shows more evidence of January 1 default with PRIFA bonds shortfall

China lands more planes on man-made island in South China Sea

America's Food System Could Be More Vulnerable to Climate Change Than We Thought
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I can see Venus without my glasses on.

I spent a couple of bleary minutes looking out the window at the moon going a. "Hey, the moon is pretty low today!" and b. "What the heck is that bright thing!?" before realizing it must be Venus.

And yeah, it's one of the brightest things in the sky, I know, but often things "visible to the naked eye" aren't visible to my naked eye, because I need glasses omg.

By the end of this month we'll be able to see all five planets at once. For a given value of "we", that is. It remains to be seen whether or not I can do this sans glasses, and also taking light pollution (and the other sort of pollution, and also clouds) into effect.
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Scrap goat for "scapegoat".


Dr Zizmor, star of New York subways adverts, retires

One man's attempt to watch the entire 1990s dinosaur sitcom series in one day (That show had the most depressing ending of any sitcom ever.)

The Best Facts I Learned from Books in 2015

Never rains but it pours for guano-hit Rome

139 Old Norse Words That Invaded The English Language

When Americans Embraced the Bob, This New England Town Had To Make Something Besides a Comb. Enter the Pink Flamingo.

Tiny Chameleons Show Off Powerful Tongues

US Forest Service reviews Nestle California operation

‘What can we do better?’ Trying to make the nation’s food system safer in 2016.

How I Conquered My Fear of God and Got an HIV Test

As U.S. Abortion Case Looms, Both Sides Seek Personal Touch

California grants rare look inside largest death row

L.A. County jail inmates were handcuffed to a wall for hours on 'potty watch'

At 16, Taurus Buchanan threw one deadly punch—and was sent away for life. Will the Supreme Court give him, and hundreds like him, a chance at freedom?

30th Arrest: Transit Impostor Says He Needs Help Not Prison

The cognitive dissonance of conservative NSA hawks, in 1 telling episode

The War on Women Is About to Get a Whole Lot Worse

Pentagon: Hundreds of military kids sexually abused annually

ISIS in the World’s Largest Muslim Country

Mapped: The Taliban Surged in 2015, but ISIS Is Moving In on Its Turf
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To save a rare forest, farmers try a new crop – butterflies

From a rare Florida tree, genes to regrow forest of ancient giants

A WWII Propaganda Campaign Popularized the Myth That Carrots Help You See in the Dark

The Growing Split Between U.S. States Over Guns

This Tiny Bioreactor Could Save Lives Far From A Hospital

The Hidden History of the Housewarming Pineapple

Mapping Early Modern Japan as a Multi-State System

Explore America’s History With These Richly Interactive Maps

The Math-Class Paradox

What the U.S. Needs to Know About Japan's Vacant Property Crisis

Canadians unite to sponsor Syrian refugees

Japan, wary of outsiders, keeps doors closed to refugees

Gary Powers: The U2 spy pilot the US did not love

Hepatitis C tied to increased risk of Parkinson's

The Paranoid Style of American Policing

Why Small Debts Matter So Much To Black Lives

Will work for food? Co-op programs end amid labor-law fears

Kenya: Amid fear and flight, a Muslim minority embraces self-sufficiency

When is a patient dead? It may depend on which doctor makes the call

New Delhi starts limiting cars for 2 weeks to clear air Rome and Milan are trying it too

The Growing Ranks of America’s High-Earning Poor

25 Hikers And Backpackers Reveal The Creepiest, Scariest Things They’ve Found In The Wild

Atlanta’s alarming HIV/AIDS epidemic reminiscent of New York in the ’80s

Xinjiang Seethes Under Chinese Crackdown

Out of Options, California Ships Hundreds of Troubled Children Out of State

The Special-Education Charade

Sikh Americans are not Muslims, but they still suffer from Islamophobia
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During the early 20th century, the Montreal melon was a culinary delicacy and an agricultural moneymaker. But as industrial farming took hold, the hard-to-grow fruit went the way of the dodo bird. What one farmer’s attempt to revive it says about taste and technology.

Massive marine reserve created in Atlantic

The Year In Eggs: Everyone's Going Cage-Free, Except Supermarkets

7 Bizarre Easter Eggs Hidden in Great Works of Art

Scientists have used groundbreaking technology to figure out how the Earth looked a billion years ago

Pretending to Understand What Babies Say Can Make Them Smarter

These singing sisters are wildly popular in Yemen. And they’re Israeli Jews.

New year brings minimum wage hikes for Americans in 14 states

The Ottoman caliphate: Straddling two worlds

The Horrifying Demise of the Food Confiscated From You at Customs

The Rise Of The Mega-Mosque In Turkey

Refugees find dizzying freedoms and unexpected dangers in Brazil

Atmospheres Can Collapse on the Dark Sides of Planets

NYC Lets Luxury Building Owners Stiff Workers and Still Get a Tax Break

6 Supervillains From History That Make The Joker Look Subtle

Another Hong Kong worker at anti-Beijing bookshop 'disappears'

Last Year, States Took the War on Uteruses to the Next Level

Double standards cited amid armed protest in Oregon Context

Erdoğan’s and the PKK’s war is paving the way for the country’s disintegration

After retaking most of Ramadi from ISIS, Iraq sets sights on Mosul

Melting glaciers blamed for subtle slowing of Earth's rotation
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I did not know that.

I have kind of mixed feelings about this. I wasn't too thrilled with what happened to Matilda when it became a movie, and really, The BFG was never my favorite Dahl book growing up (that was probably Matilda, followed by The Witches, followed by Danny Champion of the World and THEN, finally, The BFG) so... I don't know.

Cool trailer, though.
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Microbiologists discover caffeine-adapted bacteria living in the sludge in their office coffee machine.

Writing with Cats

Lemurs chat only with their best friends

Maritime ‘Repo Men’: A Last Resort for Stolen Ships

Marijuana derivative reduces seizures in people with treatment-resistant epilepsy

The mathematically proven strategies to win 14 of the most popular games

Mysterious radio signals from space discovered to be a much better test of Einstein's General Relativity theory

Your Money is Worthless Here

A Shipwreck Graveyard Has Been Found Off This Greek Archipelago

Cockroaches communicate via chemicals in their poop.

Roosters run afoul of genetic rules, pass mitochondrial genes on to offspring

Untangling an Accounting Tool and an Ancient Incan Mystery

Army Ants Act Like Algorithms to Make Deliveries More Efficient

Advance in astronomy 'can help find other worlds'

Granddad Gone Bad

When a prison closes, what happens to the prison town?

The Year of the Imaginary College Student

See Before-and-After Photos of the Changing Environment

If Atlantic and Pacific Sea Worlds Collide, Does That Spell Catastrophe?

Muslim workers in Fort Morgan fired over prayer dispute walkout

What social science tells us about racism in the Republican party

Donald Trump Once Revoked Medical Care for a Sick Baby To Get Back at His Family
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3D-Printed Wonder Ceramics Are Flawless And Super-Strong

The weird ways the weather makes you buy things you didn’t plan to

The curious tale of Bhutan’s playable record postage stamps

On Shit: Profanity as Weltanschauung

New genes born by accident lead to evolutionary innovation

Gamer leaves SNES powered on for 20 years to keep his gamesave alive

Wind, solar power soaring in spite of bargain prices for fossil fuels

Four elements earn permanent seats on the periodic table

Reusable, sugar-based polymer purifies water fast

Five myths about our habits

Unluckiest Couple Celebrates $52 Million Lottery Win, Then Weeps

Cities look at subsidized housing to stem teacher shortages

What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living

As suicide rates rise, researchers separate thoughts from actions

How strongly do Americans support religious rights? Depends on the religion.

Texas Strips Planned Parenthood of HIV Prevention Funding Without Warning

Young black men killed by US police at highest rate in year of 1,134 deaths

Inside Gitmo: America's Shame

Donald Trump’s Muslim Comments Featured in New Al-Shabaab Militant Recruitment Video

The Women Fighting Boko Haram

ISIS Owns Headlines, but Nigeria's Boko Haram Kills More Than Ever

Turkey’s Campaign Against Kurdish Militants Takes Toll on civilians (Has autoplaying video at top of the article.)

Inside Egypt’s Blacked-Out War With ISIS-Affiliated Militants

Iraq forces extend Ramadi control, rescue civilians
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I've changed keyboards. Now, with the old keyboard, I'd long ago accidentally broken the regular arrow keys. Which was a pain, but whatever, I just used the navigational keys on the numerical keyboard instead.

Now I'm using this newly replaced keyboard (which is in pristine condition yay) and it occurred to me - I can use the arrow keys again! The arrow keys work fine. The PgUp and PgDn keys attached to the arrow keys do not work. Every other key appears to be functioning normally. It's just those two specific keys.


Google is no use, either. Apparently, nobody has had this trouble in the past 10 years or so with a Lenovo computer. SO IT IS COMPLETELY USELESS TO ME.


Sandy Jenkins was a shy, daydreaming accountant at the Collin Street Bakery, the world’s most famous fruitcake company. He was tired of feeling invisible, So he started stealing—and got a little carried away.

Team reprograms social behavior in carpenter ants using epigenetic drugs

Getting the Archaeology Right in Fantasy Fiction

Small families are better for kids, new research says (But the effect is less in some countries than others.)

Vermont inmates hide pig in official police car decal (With regards to how this only hurts taxpayers in the end, that's only true if you insist on replacing the decals right now rather than waiting until they get worn out.)

How the original Star Wars trilogy fooled everyone with matte paintings

The Literary Star Wars, a History

What to do when you're not the hero any more

The long, incredibly tortuous, and fascinating process of creating a Chinese font

Double Dutch's Forgotten Hip-Hop Origins

Water bears turn into glass when they dry out

Lifting the Veil on the New York Public Library’s Erotica Collection

Here’s What Happens When A Dead Mall Has A Fake Facebook Account

Solving the mystery of dog domestication

Obama may expand background checks on gun sales: news reports

How the Meaning of Wounded Knee Has Evolved Over 125 Years

How Completely Messed Up Practices Become Normal

Female WWII Pilots Barred From Arlington National Cemetery

UC Divests From Private Prisons After Black Students Protest

Many people do not understand the dangers of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a survey found

The Chicago mayor's office, police and the body that investigates police shootings closely coordinated their response in the months after a white officer fatally shot a black teenager in 2014, newly released emails revealed.

Big Oil braced for global warming while it fought regulations
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And look at me, it's Jan 1, and I'm posting this entry with a date of... Jan 1! Go me!


Yes, Virginia, There Is a Spider-Man: An Editorial by J. Jonah Jameson

The U.S. Map Redrawn as 50 States With Equal Population

The human migration out of Africa left its mark in mutations

How New Year's Eve Came to Times Square

A New Chapter for Saffron

Chakalaka: How an Aztec Word for 'Babbler' Turned Into a Hewbrew Word for 'Flashing Siren'

Guy Beats Fallout 4 Without Killing Anyone, Nearly Breaks The Game (What's scary is the comments going "Why would you do this? Killing people is the fun!" I know it's just a game, but seriously.)

When you’re driving a bus full of tourists through the Australian outback, a packet of chewing gum may be your only hope

Light brigade: carrying the torch for London's last gas street lamps

In the 1960s, Adult Coloring Books Were Radical Texts

Brain scans show compulsive gamers have hyperconnected neural networks

Polyamory: taboo for religious Americans but not for the rest

Meta, Irony, Narrative, Frames, and The Princess Bride

Rudyard Kipling: an unexpected revival for the ‘bard of empire’

The True Story of Roland the Farter, and How the Internet Killed Professional Flatulence

The Life and Times of Oney Judge

No, Jessica Jones Isn’t Sexist Towards Men; Let’s Talk About Why

The Everyday Sexism of Women Waiting in Public Toilet Lines

Why ‘I Have Nothing to Hide’ Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance

In 2015, promising surveillance cases ran into legal brick walls

Arrest Warrant Issued for Bill Cosby for Alleged January 2004 Sexual Assault of Andrea Constand

Despising the Holidays: When Christians Led the ‘War on Christmas’

Federal judge: Drinking tea, shopping at a gardening store is probable cause for a SWAT raid on your home

For the Wealthiest, a Private Tax System That Saves Them Billions

Israel rejects book on Jew-Arab love for school curriculum

Palestinian eviction case spotlights Jerusalem settler push

The ice under polar bears’ paws is not only melting, but also moving

New wave of migrant children explain why they traveled solo
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First they make repetitive sounds (babababa, mamamamama), then they start adding meanings to those sounds (so baba means "bottle", perhaps), then they gradually refine it so that the family no longer has to translate for outsiders.

Here is a video showing a toddler going through the same process learning ASL! An adult helpfully signs the word with a text translation before showing clips of the child's progression using that word between 10 months or so and nearly three years of age. The videos don't start early enough to give us a good view of the babbling stage, though - by the time we see any shots, it's clear what the kid is intending to say. (At least, it's clear to the people in the know!)
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"100 books to read in a lifetime".Huge as in it's 80% off, not huge as in they're actually putting all 100 books on sale. But still.
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Each niece also claims to have a headache. This is somewhat troubling, and it doesn't bode well for the new year.... Well,have a happy one anyway.
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with a recipe I've been working on ever since I bought some coconut flour a while back. And when I ate them, I said "These are pretty good!" so, for your edification, I present: Connie's moderately high-fiber-ish pancakes (with coconut flour!)

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How about donating here instead? More money needed, and in fewer days. Yikes.
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Naturally, I went to their website and found the cheapest project to fulfill, and spent $17 on providing technology to kids out in, like, Montana.

And then on the checkout page I saw the words "promo code". Promo code? Apparently, yes - promo code! You can go right now to Retailmenot and get codes to double your giving, and I bet other non-profits are also up there.

So I now had a $17 gift certificate to Donorschoose, and I filled a NEW project at $8 and spent the rest here to get Elephant and Piggie books for girls in the Bronx. Because Elephant and Piggie is an awesome series. They could use a tiny bit more money - around $50 - so if you're sitting around going "Gosh, I need to deduct a tiny bit of cash to put myself in a lower tax bracket for 2015", well, there you go. (We should all have your problems!)
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