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Review: On Laura Marling’s ‘Short Movie,’ Songs of Restlessness and Solitude

Laura Marling’s new songs can suggest the wry outsiderness of Joan Didion as often as the probing interiorness of Joni Mitchell. Credit

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The Inhuman Anthropocene

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Spy Camp: Photos From East Germany’s Secret Intelligence Files | Mother Jones

A new book documents the absurd and terrifying history of the Stasi.

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Is Sewage Treatment Arming New Forms of Super-Bacteria?

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Meet the new Bob Dylan: This young Australian songwriter is the voice of our anxious 21st century

Listen to Courtney Barnett’s rambling, witty new album and try to deny she’s the obvious heir to The Bard’s throne

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The definitive guide to whether or not a robot will take your job

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Medical marijuana and the new herbalism, part 3: Cannabis does not cure breast cancer – Respectful Insolence

Medical marijuana and the new herbalism, part 3: Cannabis does not cure breast cancer

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Incredible Woman Is Single-Handedly Fighting Poachers

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What Chinese philosophy says about not trying

Modern science and Chinese philosophy tell us similar stories about how we think.

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Old Photos of Public Urinals in Paris in the 19th Century

Charles Marville (1813 – 1879) was a French photographer, who mainly photographed architecture, landscapes and the urban environment.

By the end of the 1850s, Marville had established a reputation as an accomplished and versatile photographer. From 1862, as official photographer for the city of Paris, he documented aspects of the radical modernization program. In this capacity, Marville photographed the city’s oldest quarters, and especially the narrow, winding streets slated for demolition. Many of his photographs celebrate its glamour and comfo

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Surfing in a Concrete Jungle: Munich’s Gnarly Subculture | Messy Nessy Chic

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Roll out the barrels – The Big Picture

Saudi Arabia’s oil exports have risen in February in response to stronger demand from customers. As OPEC’s top producer battles for market share Reuters photographers around the globe have been photographing oil barrels to document how they are utilized once the fuel has been used.–By Reuters

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Tom Izzo Is The Best Coach In Modern NCAA Tournament History — By Far

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Torture: No One Said No by David Cole


Former CIA director George Tenet, left, and former Vice President Dick Cheney

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Kwame Anthony Appiah | A Postracial World? Don’t Hold Your Breath


Group thinker: Du Bois in Washington, D.C., circa 1911. (Addison N. Scurlock / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution)

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Can Dying Languages Be Saved?

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You’re Distracted. This Professor Can Help.

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End of the Trail: Introduction – National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

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I Confronted My Rapist by Text Message

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Can Authoritarian Capitalism Outlive Lee Kuan Yew? – The New Yorker

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Jenny Lewis: One Day Young is a portrait series of mothers with their babies twenty four hours after giving birth to them (PHOTOS).

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JB Stoner at a segregationist rally in Pulaski, TN, late 80s. Stoner was the attorney for James Earl Ray, convicted of the 1958 bombing of Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, a suspect in the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, & frequent candidate for statewide office in Georgia

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Monster Salamander Metoposaurus Algarvensis Was A Triassic Terror

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Free to Visitors: 1906

Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1906. “John Ward house, Prison Lane.” Later moved to its current location on Essex Street…. via.

When Colin Powell Met Sergeant Elvis Presley | Mental Floss

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WD-40 Has So Many Uses Its Crazy


Remove graffiti with a few bursts, rather than paying hundreds of dollars for a new paint job.

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Farewell (Studio Version) | Bob Dylan | Inside Llewyn Davis

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Mystery of Darwin’s ‘strange animals’ solved

Analysis using ancient collagen protein could permit study of fossils older than DNA allows.

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People are animals, too

The human brain is special. Just not that special. To understand animal minds, and our own place in the living world, we should remove ourselves from centre stage, argues Peter Aldhous.

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What your tombstone material says

People want permanent tombstones that also show decay.

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1961: Leonid Rogozov, a Soviet doctor of the Antarctic expedition making a surgery on himself.

Ceremony fit for a king – The Big Picture

Thousands of people lined the streets of Leicester, England, Sunday to view the coffin of King Richard III as it made its way to Leicester Cathedral for three days of public viewing before his remains are reinterred during a service attended by members of the royal family. The skeletal remains of the king were discovered in 2012 under a parking lot some 500 years after he was killed during the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.–By Lloyd Young

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Can Monkeys Get Depressed?

According to a new study from Chinese neuroscientists Fan Xu and colleagues, some monkeys can experience depression in a similar way to humans.
—The researchers studied cynomolgus monkeys, also known as crab-eating macaques (Macaca fascicularis), a species native to Southeast Asia. Cynomolgus monkeys are highly social animals. Xu et al. previously showed that isolating a monkey from its companions caused it to develop depression-like behaviors. In their new paper, the authors say that they’ve noticed that some monkeys seem to become depressed naturally, without any human intervention.

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A Town Named ‘Zzyzx’ in California

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About half way between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, as you drive along Interstate 15 through the lonely Mojave Desert, you’ll come across an unusual exit sign directing you towards a rather oddly-spelled “Zzyzx Road” (pronounced “Zye-Zex” and rhymes with “Isaacs”). The 4.5 mile-long, part paved and part dirt road leads you to an old health resort, now abandoned, called Zzyzx Springs, started by a self-proclaimed minister and quack named Curtis Howe Springer in the 1940s. Today, it’s home to the Desert Studies Center, and the artificial Lake Tuendae that the pseudo-doctor built is now a refuge habitat of the endangered Mohave tui chub, a kind of fish.
—Before Zzyzx became Zzyzx, it was called the Soda Springs, because of the presence of a natural spring, and was a popular stop for Indians in search of fresh water. The area had prehistoric quarry which later became a mining site. In 1944, Curtis Howe Springer, who had made a name for himself as a Los Angeles radio personality, purchased a mining claim on 12,800 acres of land surrounding the springs with the intention of building a Mineral Springs and Health Spa. He called the area Zzyzx, a name he had invented himself claiming it to be “the last word in the English language.”

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Marcus Mumford-I Was Young When I Left Home

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