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The exhibit, “Crime Then and Now: Through the Lens of the Chicago Tribune,” explores crime photography through the decades.

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A ‘breakthrough’ in rechargeable batteries for electronic devices and electric vehicles | KurzweilAI

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this is what i have to say about the dress meme sweeping the net

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GOODSTUFFs CYBER WORLD: GOODSTUFFs BLOGGING MAGAZINE (179th Issue)

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Kitty Wells – It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels

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Girl looks at the ruins of the Warsaw ghetto, (Poland, 1945)

Is DNA the Language of the Book of Life? -

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John Haynes | photograher…gallery

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US sea level north of New York City ‘jumped by 128mm’

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How Oregon’s Second Largest City Vanished in a Day

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Alcohol is more dangerous than drug dealing or gangs -

We have seen many stories about the public health hazards of alcohol. Alcohol is strongly related to road fatalities and other health risks. It is also a big risk-factor for violence — especially among young adults.
—A recent article in Pediatrics by Northwestern University professor Linda Teplin and her colleagues underscores just how big these risks are for one especially-high-risk population: young people who spent at least some time locked up in juvenile detention in Cook County, Ill.

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Life at Bethesda Fountain, Central Park in 1976

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The Bethesda Fountain is one of the largest fountains in New York, measuring twenty-six feet high by ninety-six feet wide. It is one of the most well known fountains in the world. Here are some vintage photos of people gathered around Bethesda Fountain in 1976.

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Desert of the Skeletons (full documentary)

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101 Weird And Wonderful Historical Photographs Of Year


1. Smallpox Victim In New York City 1881
A man suffering from smallpox during the 1881 New York City Smallpox epidemic

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The last temptation is the worst: We cheat the most at the end of a series of enticements

The last temptation is the worst: We cheat the most at the end of a series of enticements

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Shortlist for 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

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Artificial Intelligence Goes to the Arcade

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A Faster Way to Try Many Drugs on Many Cancers

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This Wireless Explosives Detector Is the Size of a Postage Stamp

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Attack of the crazy ants: Meet the dream-haunting insects plaguing the American Southeast – Salon.com

n some locales they can be so tightly packed together they are initially mistaken for dirt. Then they move

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Simone Lueck: The Once and Future Queens examines the fantasy behind Los Angeles glamour (PHOTOS).

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The Reindeer Riders

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The Sinkholes of Cerro Sarisarinama

Cerro Sarisarinama is a table-topped mountain called a tepui, in Jaua-Sarisariñama National Park at the far south-west of Bolívar State, in Venezuela, near the border with Brazil. The name of the mountain originates from a legend of the indigenous Ye’kuana Indians that speaks of an evil spirit living in caves up in the mountain. Sometimes the evil spirit is heard devouring human flesh and then a terrible sound “Sari… sari…” is heard.
—The tepui is located in one of the most remote areas in the country, with the closest road being hundreds of miles away. Unlike other tepuis, Cerro Sarisariñama is heavily wooded with 15–25 metre-high forest fully covering the top of it. This isolated ecosystem is home to numerous endemic species of plants and animals.

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Vitamin B.S.

How people came to believe the myth that nutritional supplements could make them into better, healthier versions of themselves

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“Uncle Sam’s new bank system — Postal Savings for Boy Scouts.”…Washington, D.C., circa 1913. “Boy Scouts — Postal Savings. Scouts depositing.”

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Today’s picture is from the front porch of the Nethers, Virginia Post Office. The picture was taken in 1935. It shows some of the locals sitting around and shooting the breeze. The interesting thing to me is that today, people have created such busy lives there is little time to just sit with friends and visit. Perhaps visiting has become a lost art.<... via.

Me, Myself and iPhone: Mobile Phone Separation Anxiety Messes With People’s Attention | Mental Floss

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“Poetry Makes Nothing Happen”

What responsibility does the artist have to society? Speaking at Amherst College in xfrFXuX1963, John F. Kennedy gave one answer to that perpetually nagging question. For a politician it was a highly unusual one, though perhaps less so then than now. “Society must set the artist free,” Kennedy declared, “to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” This is essentially the same view of artistic and personal freedom that Stephen Dedalus defends against the nationalist Davin in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. “When the soul of a man is born,” Stephen opines, “there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets.” It is essentially Rousseauist, corresponding to the liberal idea that individuals best serve the general good through the exercise of their personal freedom. For all its nobility of spirit, this view is frequently contested—even, or maybe especially, in democratic societies. Davin responds to Dedalus as many a politician has responded to the artist or intellectual, by demanding commitment: “A man’s country comes first. . . . You can be a poet or a mystic after.” He finds Stephen to be “a terrible man,” even a bit of a traitor, for insisting so unequivocally on his personal liberty. It is Stephen’s peculiar separateness, his disregard of party or faction, that Davin finds threatening.

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40 of the world’s weirdest flowers

Seed pods that look like skulls, chrysanthemum that resemble spiders, and orchids that ape monkey vampires. Nadina Hughes of Flowers Across Melbourne reports on forty freaky flowers.

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Chinese New Year 2015 – The Big Picture

Chinese artists perform a dragon dance at a local amusement park during celebrations for the Lunar New Year on Feb. 19 in Beijing, China.The Chinese Lunar New Year of the Sheep also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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How Stephen Hawking, diagnosed with ALS decades ago, is still alive

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Million person study examines long-term effects of blocking inflammation — ScienceDaily

Inflammation — the body’s response to damaging stimuli — may have a protective effect against cardiovascular disease, according to a study published today in the journal Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

The finding is one of the outcomes of research using a powerful new genetic tool that mimics the behaviour of certain anti-inflammatory drugs. The technique allows researchers to study the effects of inhibiting interleukin-1, a master regulator of inflammation, on a range of different outcomes not yet investigated in clinical trials.

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The Mass Murderer on Your $20

Andrew Jackson was an abysmal president, and replacing him on our currency with anyone—even Reagan—would be a step in the right direction.

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SwissLeaks – the HSBC money laundering machine | All media content | DW.DE | 24.02.2015

In what has been dubbed the “SwissLeaks” case, serious allegations have been made against the Swiss division of British-based banking giant HSBC. The bank is accused of systematic involvement in tax evasion and money laundering to the tune of more than 100 billion euros. Jan Fritsche discusses how the tax evasion and money laundering practices worked.

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