The Life of a Lichenologist


Despite a late start in his field, Kerry Knudsen might know more about lichens than anyone alive today.  

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Panama Papers show how easy it is to finance terror using U.S. shell companies

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Morning Cup of Links: Medieval Castle Under Construction | Mental Floss


Start a great work week with some great links!

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Weekly Space Hangout – May 20, 2016: Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin – Universe Today


Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guests: Mike Brown is the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy at CalTech. Konstantin Batygin

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Why the House of Representatives Did Not Get to Vote on Duncan Hunter’s Proposal to Include Women in the Draft


Opponents of including women in the Selective Service had to resort to legislative skullduggery to stop it. But they can’t stop the momentum behind social changes in the military.

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History news and headlines from across the web.

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How to Teach Students Grit


In recent years, the idea that educators should be teaching kids qualities like grit and self-control has caught on. Successful strategies, though, are hard to come by.

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Why Are Ski Towns Seeing More Suicides?


On a sunny morning in late February, Tom Slocum, a 57-year-old ski bum in Telluride, Colorado, walked up Tomboy Road, a popular hiking route that winds above the north side of town. An avid athlete…

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A very bad sign for all but America’s biggest cities


Americans in small counties are much less likely to start new businesses, a trend that jeopardizes the economic future of vast swaths of the country.

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The “middle class” myth: Here’s why wages are really so low today


Want to understand the failures of the “free market” and the key to getting a decent wage? Here’s the real story

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How Militarized Cops Use the Intrusive Technology Stingray, and Much More, to Intrude on Our Rights


Police nationwide are secretly exploiting intrusive technologies with the feds’ complicity.

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The Most Intriguing Spy Stories From 166 Internal NSA Reports


We combed through more than 160 internal NSA documents and found disclosures about interrogations at Guantánamo, the Iraq War, satellite-communications monitoring, the challenges of spying on the internet, and much more.

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Charlie Bird’s book, A Day in May, addresses what it was like to grow up gay in Ireland.

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The Porn Version of ‘American Idol’ Is Here


Complete with competitive BJs and a one million dollar prize.​

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Longform: The Longform Guide to Bank Heists by Alex Kotlowitz, P. F. Kluge, Thomas Moore, David Kushner, Skip Hollandsworth, Rich Schapiro, Jeff Maysh, Evan Ratliff

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 Every Nude Picture of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark Ever

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Recent Everest Summits, Tragedies Mark Return of “Normal” Climbing Season


Photo @coryrichards Climber @adrianballinger returns to the relative safety and comfort of the North Col on Everest’s North side as ChangTse rises into the building convection. Today we climb…

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The Invention that Tamed America, and the Town Obsessed with It


Western agriculture is hard to imagine without barbed wire.

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The Secret of Billions


Wall Street is crooked. This is not really a surprise to anyone. I lived on the street. And I worked on the street.

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Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion – Gary Webb Interview (1998) – YouTube

Madonna, Stevie Wonder Pay Tribute to Prince at Billboard Music Awards | Rolling Stone


Madonna paid tribute to Prince during the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, covering “Nothing Compares 2 U” before bringing Stevie Wonder onstage for a moving rendition of “Purple Rain.”

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Virtual memory: the race to save the information age


We are producing more knowledge than ever before but preserving only a fraction of it. How much will be left for future generations?

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How Paper Shaped Civilization


The material gave rise to currency, bureaucracy, and modern communication—and caused panic over technological change.

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Untold Damage: America’s Overlooked Gun Violence


Most shootings with four deaths or injuries are invisible outside their communities. And most of the lives they scar are black.

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Bona Sforza: An Underestimated Queen of a Famous Italian Family


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One person’s cancer can be fought using someone else’s immune cells, study finds

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Epigenetics Has Become Dangerously Fashionable


For the past few years, social scientists have been buzzing over a particular topic in molecular biology—gene regulation. The hype…

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It’s easier to defend against ransomware than you might think

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Guy Takes More Fake Book Covers Onto Subway To See How People React


You may remember a story we did recently about Scott Rogowsky, a comedian who decided to ride the New York subway while reading a bunch of fake books with hilariously inappropriate titles. Well, it looks like Scott’s been up to his old tricks again.

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Edwardian Criminal Faces Of North Shields: Vintage Mugshots Of Women In The Early 1900s

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Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas


Well into his 90s, retired plumber-turned-artist continues to fill his garage museum with 1,200+ fanciful toilet lid artworks that chronicle his life and the world around him.

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1864. “Bermuda Hundred, Virginia. Photographer [possibly Mathew Brady] at Butler’s signal tower, Cobb’s Hill, Appomattox River. Wet plate glass negative from photos of the main Eastern theater of war, the Army of the James, June 1864-April 1865. African American man standing along with Signal Corps.” Note the camera lens on the grass, and cloth-draped darkroom on the wagon

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Scientists find way to break through bad bacteria’s defenses


Enzymes can break down bacterial biofilm’s sugary walls.

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Prevailing winds


The “usage wars” are coming to an end, and good sense is winning

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The forgotten wife of Charles Dickens


Catherine was an author, actress and cook – all of which was eclipsed by her marriage. Lucinda Hawksley, Catherine’s great-great-great-granddaughter, explores who she really was.

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10 Ancient Sites That Might Be Stargates, Portals And Wormholes


Many ancient cultures speak of portals to other worlds and gateways to star systems where their “creators” reside. Conventional wisdom tells us these tales

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13 incredible science facts you probably didn’t learn at high school

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Pre-Domesticated Fruits Look Alarmingly Different | Mental Floss


Bananas weren’t always so pretty.

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This Is What It’s Like to Have Sex for Money When You’re Sick From Heroin Withdrawal

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 Top Space News: a special for today

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Here is another way of viewing your place in a much larger scheme of things

News and headlines about space from across the web.

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Pentagon Official Once Told Morley Safer That Reporters Who Believe the Government Are “Stupid”

<blockquote>Arthur Sylvester, the Pentagon’s PR chief, told Safer the facts of life in 1966 in Vietnam.

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