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Philip Roth, The Art of Fiction No. 84

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Science Explains How the Iceman Resists Extreme Cold

MRI scans reveal that Wim Hof artificially induces a stress response in his brain

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Surging numbers of Chinese people going abroad should be welcomed

Even if China’s foreign policy is worrisome

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Invisible asymptotes

“It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.” –

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The Shirk Report [lots and lots of goodies here]

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Over the last 50 years, Americans have steadily gotten older, more bicoastal and less likely to move to a new city.

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DoD: North Korea is Committed to its Nuclear Forces

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Posted on May.22, 2018 in Dept of Defense, North Korea by Steven Aftergood
“Pyongyang portrays nuclear weapons as its most effective way to deter the threat from the United States,” the Department of Defense says in a newly disclosed report to Congress on North Korean security policy.
—“North Korea’s primary strategic goal is perpetual Kim family rule via the simultaneous development of its economy and nuclear weapons program — a two-pronged policy known as byungjin.” See Military and Security Developments Involving the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, 2017, Office of the Secretary of Defense, February 2018.

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Harry Potter, the Arthurian Romance | JSTOR Daily

Perhaps the Harry Potter stories are so potent because they rework the iconic hero stories of medieval French Arthurian romances.

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The Refined, Scandalous Art of Japan’s Traditional Woodblock Tabloids

Shinbun nishiki-e were the country’s answer to penny dreadfuls.

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Lost Fetish Files of Mid-Century S&M

Note: this article includes some sexually explicit and graphic content.  There’s something especially spicy about mid-century, femme-dominant S&M — and that’s saying something, considering Sadomasochism has been shaking things up in the bedroom since (roughly) 1785, when the French philosophe

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A Scientist at The National Park Service Risked Her Neck to Publish a Study on Sea Level Rise

“The fight probably destroyed my career.”

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Aunt Phillis’s Cabin, A Pro-Slavery Response to Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) – Flashbak

Aunt Phillis’s Cabin, a pro-slavery response to Uncle Tom’s Cabin.     Were the exertions of the Abolitionists successful, what would be the result? The soul sickens at the thought. Scenes of blood and horror—the desolation of our fair Southern States—the final destruction of the negroes in them. This would be the result of immediate … Continue reading “Aunt Phillis’s Cabin, A Pro-Slavery Response to Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)”

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Opinion | The old capitalism returns

Compared with those of the 19th century, many of today’s economic advances and upheavals seem mild.

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Weegee the Famous, the Voyeur and Exhibitionist

The street photographer turned gritty, grisly New York scenes into art.

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France is Being Invaded By Giant Killer Worms

France is known for many of its cultural items, including exceptional cuisine, wine, and the Louvre. Soon, it may also be known for its arm-length, shovel-headed, carnivorous worms.

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How China acquires ‘the crown jewels’ of U.S. technology

The U.S. fails to adequately police foreign deals for next-generation software that powers the military and American economic strength.

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Researchers recreate a brain, piece by piece

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have created a method for growing and connecting single neurons using geometric patterns to route the neurons more precisely, cell by cell. The article, ̶…

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Weird & Wonderful Album Art

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Kilauea’s Lava Is Now Spilling into the Ocean–Here’s Why That’s Dangerous

A pair of scientists discuss the hazards that Kilauea might pose before it finishes erupting

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Land Rover Celebrates 70 Years With Stunning Poster Collection

To mark the 70th anniversary of the original Land Rover’s 1948 unveiling, the British automotive manufacturer commissioned a handful of gorgeously illustrated posters that go from vintage to modern in all kinds of style.

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Photos: L.A.’s mid-century smog was so bad, people thought it was a gas attack

Pollution earned the city the nickname ‘Smell-A’

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Killer virus outbreak has people panicked, authorities scrambling

THE Nipah virus is something new. And it has disturbing abilities.

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Pompeo Affirms, Reluctantly, That Russia Tried to Help Trump Win

Deep in the Desert, Iran Quietly Advances Missile Technology

Trump’s Russia Cover-Up By the Numbers – 75+ contacts with Russia-linked operatives

The friend effect: why the secret of health and happiness is surprisingly simple

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Trump can show Mueller’s investigation is a witch hunt — by releasing his tax returns

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‘An astonishing force field’: Philip Roth, as remembered by authors and friends

Friends and fans including his long-term reader Hermione Lee, American writer Jay Parini and author Matt Haig pay tribute to ‘a towering figure’ of literature

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Whereof we cannot speakPeople crave silence, yet are unnerved by it

Two authors pursue silence in nets of words

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Rudy Giuliani won deal for OxyContin maker to continue sales of drug behind opioid deaths

The US government secured a criminal conviction against Purdue Pharma in the mid-2000s but failed to curb sales of the drug after Giuliani reached a deal to avoid a bar on Purdue doing business

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Sitting positions: Posture and back health

A person’s sitting position can have a significant impact on their posture and back health. Many people have to sit down for extended periods during the day and should take care to maintain a good posture, especially when working at a desk. Learn how to achieve good posture and improve back health here.

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Popular concerns about technology use and alleged addiction don’t hold up to scholarly scrutiny.

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The latest thinking on osteoporosis, which weakens bones

The bone density test used to screen for osteoporosis is a low-dose X-ray known as a DEXA scan. (Getty Images)

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Was Science Wrong About Being Right?

Handedness is an ancient trait, but researchers are rethinking its roots.

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A prisoner is strapped into the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison, New York – circa 1900s.

the country that does not exist

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Cold, Damp ‘Sky Islands’ Are Hotspots for Unusual Plants and Animals

Exploring an ecological oasis high up on the Philippines’ Palawan Island.

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Cannabis Used to Grow Wild in Europe but Went Extinct Before First Farmers Arrived, Research Finds | Cannabis Culture

Scientists now believe plant was commonplace on continent in prehistoric period. The growth of wild cannabis was rife in Europe during the Stone Age, but the plant disappeared from the continent before the first farmers had a chance to cultivate it, according to new research. Scientists have previously struggled to determine where the plant grew,Read More

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