Behold The Shiny Happy Mosaic House Of Brooklyn


Susan Gardner has transformed her home at 108 Wyckoff Street into a much-admired mosaic mecca of the neighborhood for passersby and locals alike.

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After Panama Papers, the rich move to Marshall Islands and Antigua


The Panama Papers leak and other trends have caused the rich to hide their money away even more, according to a PR agency that caters to the ultrarich.

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GOODSTUFFs CYBER WORLD: GOODSTUFFs BLOGGING MAGAZINE (256th Issue)


This week’s huge meta blog wizardry is hosted by Patricia Velasquez. Not by the Russian hackers!

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Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Had Direct Contact With SecDef Prior To Decision On Women In Combat


Newly released emails from Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s private email account show detailed correspondence with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, who pressured an enthusiastic and receptive Carter to give preferential treatment to women in the military. The Pentagon released a huge tranche of Carter’s emails Friday as a result of several Freedom Of Information …

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Where the Death Penalty Still Lives


As capital punishment declines nationwide, a tiny fraction of the country generates an alarming number of death sentences. What this new geography tells us about justice in America.

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Why the High Cost of Big-City Living Is Bad for Everyone


These imperial cities actually provide decreasing opportunities for many of those who already live in them.

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Sex on campus isn’t what you think: what 101 student journals taught me

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Students can opt out of hooking up, and many do. But my research makes clear that they can’t opt out of hookup culture

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Adam Hinton photographs Ukraine after independence in the early 1990s.

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How did the chicken, a shy, flight-impaired forest bird, migrate around the globe?

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The spread of chickens around the world is intimately linked to the movement of people. Research from New Zealand sheds light on how and when they arrived

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Sailing into the Unknown: The Search for the Story Behind Stone Ships


Strange sequences of stones discovered in the Baltic Sea region are one of the most mysterious remains left by pre-Christian civilizations.

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Language Could Diagnose Parkinson’s, ALS and Schizophrenia before Lab Tests


Several recent studies reveal what you say—and how you say it—provide clues about disease

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Jim Dickinson, Field Recordings


Jim Dickinson – whose 1972 record Dixie Fried is about to be rereleased – grew up in Tennessee but I met him, fifteen years ago, in North Mississippi, in the double-wide trailer he lived in at his Zebra Ranch recording studio. He’d played with just about everyone by then: Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones (

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The Surprising Similarities Between Whales and Primates


A whale biologist reports from the world’s biggest primatology conference.

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The Last Bookstore, Symbol of L.A.’s Literary Renaissance


The Last Bookstore is a potent symbol of the rebirth of literary culture in Los Angeles.

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Busting the billion-dollar myth: how to slash the cost of drug development


A non-profit organization is proving that new drugs don’t have to cost a fortune. Can its model work more broadly?

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A 1920s Road Trip through Death Valley


Exactly a hundred years ago, a group of young friends took a road trip to Death Valley in 1926. The photo album, with detailed captions, a written record in the form of diary entries, ended up in the California archives for me to find all these years later. The identity of the diarist and the phot

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Fracking and health: What we know from Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom


Three studies find higher rate of health issues for people who live near large or many fracked natural gas well sites.

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Dirty coal production around the world


Coal use has fallen in the US, but it remains in high demand elsewhere in the world.

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 Emotional Photos From Rio Olympics

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The older we get, the happier we are, study finds


People are happier and enjoy better mental health as they get older, a new study has found, so if your 20s are stressing you out right now, don’t worry – better things are coming.

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Why There’s New Hope About Ending Blindness


Thanks to medical advances and expanding treatment, it’s no longer just a dream.

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Of Course Everyone’s Already Using the Leaked NSA Exploits


Of Course Everyone’s Already Using the Leaked NSA Exploits

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20 Years Later, Poverty Is Up, But Architects of “Welfare Reform” Have No Regrets


This week, a bipartisan group of former government officials celebrated the benefits of slashing the nation’s safety net.

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Virginia Woolf on How Our Illusions Keep Us Alive


“Life is a dream. ‘Tis waking that kills us. He who robs us of our dreams robs us of our life.”

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Did domestic snooping by Canadian spy agency increase 26-fold in a year?

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CSE Canada – IAThe volume of domestic communications that were intercepted by Canada’s spy agency increased 26 times between 2014 and 2015, according to a recently released report by a government watchdog. The same report states that intercepted information about Canadian citizens, which is given to Canada’s spy agency by the intelligence organizations of other Western countries, has increased so much that it now requires an elaborate mechanism to analyze it. When asked to explain the reasons for these increases, Canadian government officials said they could not do so without divulging secrets of national importance.

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Cancer now beats heart disease as top cause of death in 22 U.S. states


Cancer now beats heart disease as top cause of death in 22 U.S. states

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How Does the Language of Headlines Work? The Answer May Surprise You.


How headlines have changed as media has evolved — and how they haven’t.

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What Does Your Taste In Music Say About You


Take this quiz to find out!

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The Macaroni in ‘Yankee Doodle’ is Not What You Think


Meet the stylish gender-role rebels of 1770s England.

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The human impact on the natural environment is actually slowing down


Researchers have found that while the impact of human activity on the planet is continuing to grow, it’s now doing so at a slower rate than our economic and population growth.

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DAVID AND BATSHEBAH (IV), 1995 by Ernst Fuchs. Fantastic Realism. religious painting

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Tax-dodging Mylan Pharmaceuticals now under scrutiny for steep EpiPen price hikes

Mylan Pharmaceuticals has been on the hotseat after the U.S. Senate got wind of the price hikes that have inflated the price of the company’s EpiPen, a key emergency treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions, from $100 to over $600 in recent years despite the product itself having been around for decades. Those price hikes have placed the drug out of reach for some parents and patients, and there seems to be no good reason for the price hikes other than the drug’s near-monopoly status. The new attention on the company isn’t doing it any favors. Consider:

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50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets


From making you live longer to making cities more resilient: If you want a reason to make your city more walkable, it’s in here.

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Nashville: The Place Where The Posters are Printed


Touring Nashville’s Hatch Show Print, One of America’s Oldest Letterpress Print Shops By Katherine DiMarca You’re

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Funny And Creative Illustrations Of Visual Puns That Will Make You Laugh

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The Slippery Appeal of the Biggest New Band in America


Twenty One Pilots are selling out arenas on their current world tour while remaining nearly invisible to those outside their active fan base.

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Saudis and Extremism: ‘Both the Arsonists and the Firefighters’


Critics see Saudi Arabia’s export of a rigid strain of Islam as contributing to terrorism, but the kingdom’s influence depends greatly on local conditions.

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The Colonial Histories of Colors and Patterns


SAN FRANCISCO — Stephanie Syjuco’s exhibition Neutral Calibration Studies (Ornament + Crime) at Catharine Clark Gallery is physically dominated by an installation of the same name.

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Migrations in Motion


Data visualization showing projected direction 2900 species need to move to track climate change

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This Simple To-do List Model Will Help You Get Things Done


It’s super simple. That’s the whole point.

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What drives art collectors to buy and display their finds?

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Collectors drive the art world, but what drives art collectors? It’s less about aesthetics than self-identification

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Scientists have developed a new Wi-Fi system that’s 3 times faster


Researchers have come up with a new Wi-Fi system that dramatically speeds up data transfer on congested networks.

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