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A river of rubbish: the ugly secret threatening China’s most beautiful city | Cities | The Guardian


Russia covered up a nuclear disaster worse than Chernobyl

Fallout from a Soviet nuclear weapons test at Semipalatinsk in August 1956 resulted in more than 600 people ending up in hospital with radiation sickness, four times the amount from Chernobyl.


Bust of a woman by Pablo Picasso


Darwin the Young Adventurer

In 2009 two important commemorative events coincide—the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth, coincidentally on the same day as Abraham Lincoln’s, and the sesquicentennial of publication of Darwin’s pioneering work On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. Universities and natural history museums around the world are celebrating Darwin’s achievement throughout the year. Here we take a fresh look at the voyage that turned Darwin into one of science’s greatest thinkers.

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The Shirk Report

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting

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Mickey 許喵喵 left her watermarks and site tags behind the Great Chinese Firewall to host this massive meta blog post. In addition, this special issue contains plenty of Weird, Wacky and Wild stuff for your enlightenment.


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Unearthing photos and memories of life in the Lodz ghetto

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A New Kind of DNA Evidence

It was a high-profile crime in New York City—a jogger was murdered while running in a local park, and detectives had few leads.

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What is our most relevant dystopian novel for these days?

The most relevant dystopian novel for our time is not ‘1984’ — it’s ‘Lord of the Flies’

In Tobias Wolff’s short story “Bullet in the Brain,” a book critic is shot during a bank robbery after he annoys the robbers by mocking their clichéd stick-up lines. When one of them says, “Hey! Bright boy! Did I tell you to talk?”, the critic sniggers: “‘Bright boy.’ Right out of ‘The Killers.’” And when he can’t suppress a giggle after a robber orders him to shut his trap — “Capiche?” — bang goes the gun. In the last seconds of the critic’s life, his dying mind transports him to a time before “everything began to remind him of something else.”

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Police In The US Have Already Killed 275 People This Year

And it’s not even April

Source: Police In The US Have Already Killed 275 People This Year – Vocativ

Opioids vs. Marijuana: Which Is More Dangerous?

Marijuana is classified as a more serious drug by federal officials, but some experts say prescription painkillers do more damage to our society.

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The Wild Burros of Oatman, Arizona

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Marvel’s Pizzazz Magazine (Feb. 1978)

God it was great to be a kid in the 1970s… and Marvel’s Pizzazz magazine captured the mojo of the 70s kid perfectly

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We Asked an A.I. to Analyze the Words of Taylor, Tim, and Trump e

Source: We Asked an A.I. to Analyze the Words of Taylor, Tim, and Trump | Inverse

Checking into New York’s Lost Holiday Resort

Hidden away in upstate New York, about two hours north of Manhattan, lies a forgotten holiday resort. Fifty years ago, it would have been the height of luxury for well heeled New Yorkers to come here, escaping from the Metropolis to the seclusion of the Catskill Mountains, to a place called Grossing


51 French Postcard Show How To Kiss Romantically from the 1920s

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The Brief, Confusing History of Foam Packaging

What you think is Styrofoam probably isn’t.

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10 Kinky Tendencies Of The Ancient Romans And Greeks

The ancient Romans and Greeks had a highly liberated attitude toward sex—one that is surprising, even by today’s standards. They had gods devoted to it,


The Art of Paying Attention

As I thought about this, a few weeks ago, I picked up The Handmaid’s Tale for the first time since I was assigned it as a Canadian high school student.

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Jesus Take the Reins

The first thing you should know about Bryn Thiessen is that he’s the type of person your hip barber is trying to be.

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Strength Records Continue to Fall, But How Much Stronger Can Humans Gets?

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The idea of monogamy as a relationship ideal is based on flawed science

Is monogamy actually better than non-monogamy?
—It’s still very much an open question—and one with no clear answers, in part because scientists can’t break free of a certain worldview gripping their field.
—Monogamy is so much a part of the emotional makeup of Western culture that even people who study relationships fail to notice their biases towards it, according to research due to be published this week. And that means the very way we study intimacy has some fundamental flaws.

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Russian Dental Clinic N2 – Probably The Scariest Dental Clinic In The World

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The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death

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Why polls seem to struggle to get it right – on elections and everything else

I am a professor of mathematics, so my ears perk up when I hear someone say that polls seem inaccurate.

The public understandably focuses on polling results and how much these results seem to vary. Take two presidential approval polls from March 21. Polling firm Rasmussen Reports reported that 50 percent of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s performance, while, that same day, Gallup stated that only 37 percent do. In late February, the website FiveThirtyEight listed 18 other presidential approval polls in which Trump’s approval ratings ranged from 39 percent to 55 percent.

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Daughter of Pomp Hall, Negro tenant farmer, feeding corn to her three chickens which were her 4-H Club project, Creek County, Oklahoma. See general caption number 23PhotographerRussell LeeCreatedFebruary 1940


Vitamin D has been linked to autism prevention in animal studies

The evidence is mounting.

Source: Vitamin D has been linked to autism prevention in animal studies – ScienceAlert

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Why Women Couldn’t Wear Pants on the Senate Floor Until 1993 | Mental Floss

Two political pioneers staged a “Pantsuit Revolution.”

Source: Why Women Couldn’t Wear Pants on the Senate Floor Until 1993 | Mental Floss



Sylvestre Locuste essaye le poison(2).jpg Locusta (or Lucusta) was a notorious poison mixer in Ancient Rome. She, along with Canidia and Martina, made up the infamous trio of female poisoners in Roman times.[1]

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A natural wonder lost to a volcano has been rediscovered

The stunning terraces of Lake Rotomahana were obliterated by a volcanic eruption in 1886, but geologists have now found traces of them hidden at the bottom of the lake


Explaining The Rising Death Rate In Middle-Aged White People

Middle-aged white people without college degrees are increasingly likely to die of suicide, or drug and alcohol abuse. The lack of a pathway to solid jobs is one reason why, two economists say.

Source: Explaining The Rising Death Rate In Middle-Aged White People : Shots – Health News : NPR

Smartphone app could allow men to test their fertility at home

Source: Smartphone app could allow men to test their fertility at home | Science | The Guardian

New Books about Amnesia, Empathy, ADHD and the Placebo Effect

Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion
by Paul Bloom.
Ecco, 2016 ($26.99; 304 pages)

Most of us see empathy as a force for good. From an early age, adults tell children to imagine stepping into another’s shoes to teach them respect and kindness. But in his new book, Yale University psychologist Bloom argues that empathy is actually a poor moral guide and that we may be better off with less of it.

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Ancient Naval Base for Epic Greek Battle Found

Greek archaeologists have found the ancient military harbor of Salamis, from which the largest and most decisive naval battle ever fought in antiquity was launched.

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Can we know what animals are thinking?

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We Dissected a Brain to Understand What Happens When You Die


Crusader Shipwreck, Likely From the Siege of Acre, Discovered

The boat in the Bay of Haifa included ceramics and a stash of gold coins

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Do Schizophrenia and Autism Share the Same Root?

Source: Do Schizophrenia and Autism Share the Same Root? – Scientific American

Spring cleaning for your computer

Blow away those digital cobwebs

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Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul

Daniel Dennett’s naturalistic account of consciousness draws some people in and puts others off. “There ain’t no magic here,” he says. “Just stage magic.”

Source: Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul – The New Yorker