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A Case For Culture

The arts can engage everyone. Most of all, surely, we want those who may not otherwise be able to join in, to find the world of art available and open to them - whether for simple enjoyment or for...

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Move Em Out

Emigration of children to urban areas can protect parents against depression...

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Origin of intelligence and mental illness linked to ancient genetic accident

Scientists have discovered for the first time how humans – and other mammals – have evolved to have intelligence...

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After the Flood

In the presence of death and in the aftermath of great storms, we apprehend how vainly we cling to the illusion of certainty and permanence. ...

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Zionist Heckles Answered

Why should the neighbors of the Zionist state be forced to live on their knees and give perpetual penitence because of the crimes of the anti-Semites of Europe? ...

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Empire’s Halloween Part 2

The US Empire is dead meat. We should lose the imagery of a noble and lofty bald eagle: rotting road kill should be proclaimed our official national animal, vampires and werewolves offer a more apt...

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Gun restrictions save lives

n a dramatic denouement of the inpenetrable mysteries of the bleedin’ obvious, US researchers figure out that restricting ‘criminals, perpetrators of domestic violence, youths under age...

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Robots as Careworkers

Adults said they are willing to use a robot for reminders to take medicine, but they are more comfortable if a person helps them decide which medication to take. ...

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Empire’s Halloween Pt 1

The US Empire is dead meat. We should lose the imagery of a noble and lofty bald eagle: rotting road kill should be proclaimed our official national animal....

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Gaga in Green: Scientists name fern genus after the singer

'At one stage of its life, the new genus Gaga has somewhat fluid definitions of gender and bears a striking resemblance to one of Gaga's famous costumes.' So they named the fern GAGA...

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Headphone Def Culture

The tobacco industry was, for many years, adept at concealing the health dangers of smoking. There may well be detailed research on the long term effects of self-determined, persistent, decibel...

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Prison inmates overuse Ointment. Study asks why.

The first study to report on the widespread misuse of topical antibiotics found that 59 percent of male and 40 percent of female maximum-security prison inmates are using over-the-counter ointments,...

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iBrawl: Foxconn Workers Lash Out

Foxconn Technologies, famous already for the iPod suicides and the restaurant riots, splashes back across the headlines with a 2000-worker brawl at it's Taiyuan plant...

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Welfare Greed

A Danish researcher has compared two of the most different welfare systems in the western world. Despite the differences, the research shows surprising similarities in the way in which people in the...

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Gut Feeling. Surgeons Leave 4000 Objects Inside Patients

The swab, which was boring its way into the rectum, was clearly visible on a CT scan. Removal of the swab resolved her symptoms. Well, here's a word for you: 'gossypium'. And it refers to the...

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The Economy of Violence

The fact that Hollywood often releases certain types of movies ‘en glut’ has led to conspiracy theories that it is manipulated by our old friend ‘dark forces’, but the truth is that this...

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Angry and Distracted Pt2

There exists one requisite trait needed to face evil: The knowledge of one's own capacity for embodying the trait. Inseparable, treachery and redemption arrive together. The human heart, capable of...

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Angry, and Distracted. Pt1

Unless communal space can be reclaimed and our innate humanity re-established, to paraphrase Kafka: There is infinite hope but not for us. Exploitative social arrangements, throughout history, carry...

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BLOCatastrophe

After what I experienced at Bloc I have to admit that I and thousands of others were completely taken in by the promise of a professionally-run event in an innovative new venue with an incredible...

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The Island President: [DVD]

The Maldives are known to the rest of the world as an idyllic holiday spot, whereas the everyday reality is growing deadly, and director Jon Shenk does a wonderful job of capturing the islands'...

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Gun Control and the Second Amendment

Restricting the manufacture, thus profit motive, of firearms is a must... to keep them out of the hands of criminals, psychopaths, and idiots, and that includes the cops....

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Zebra Katz unveils video for ‘Ima Read’

The song depends upon a shock impact that was spent twenty-odd years ago with The Prodigy's 'Smack My Bitch Up', the video has less visual impact than Spoek Mathambo's 'She's Lost Control' (which was...

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Sleep Deprivation Makes Complex Tasks More Difficult

Lack of sleep makes you slower and a bit useless at complex tasks? Doh! Anyone with a newborn can tell you that. The phenomenon is not universally accepted though, at least not amongst those whose...

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Mega-wasp, coming to a litterbin near you

Mega-wasp, coming to a litterbin near you...

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Computers sing to a better tune

Now, Akio Watanabe and Hitoshi Iba have turned to evolution to help them devise a novel algorithm that compares the frequency curves from real human performances and uses them to home in on a more...

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David Cameron Launches Tories’ ‘Big Society’ Plan

David Cameron: "I think we're onto a really big idea, a really exciting future for our country" David Cameron has launched his "big society" drive to empower communities, describing it as his...

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If You Can’t Get a Job Start a Business

Great idea: If You Can’t Get a Job Start a Business...

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