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Potash Evaporation Ponds in Utah

These electric blue shapes in the brown desert are potash evaporation ponds managed by Intrepid Potash, Inc., the United States’ largest producer of potassium chloride, and are located along the Colorado River, about 30 km west of Moab, Utah. These ponds measure 1.5 square kilometers, and are lined with rubber to keep the salts in. Unlike other salt evaporation ponds that get a naturally reddish tinge due to the presence of certain algae, the bright blue color of these potash evaporation ponds come from an artificially added dye that aids the absorption of sunlight and evaporation. Once the potassium and salts are left behind, they are gathered and sent off for processing.

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Our Marry Band: 1925Washington, D.C., circa 1925. “Ashdown, Mrs. Raymond.” June is just around the corner, down the stairs.

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The Longform Guide to Soccer Corruption by Brian Phillips, Andrew Martin, Ken Bensinger, Vernon Silver, Tariq Panja

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Welcome to Ordos, China: The World’s Largest “Ghost City”

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Built for over a million people, the city of Ordos was designed to be the crowning glory of Inner Mongolia. Doomed to incompletion however, this futuristic metropolis now rises empty out of the deserts of northern China. Only 2% of its buildings were ever filled; the rest has largely been left to decay, abandoned mid-construction, earning Ordos the title of China’s Ghost City.Last year I travelled to Inner Mongolia for myself, to get a closer look at the bizarre, ghost metropolis of Ordos… and the experience, as I would discover, was far stranger than anything I could have

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Here’s how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP bill

Critics of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership are unlikely to be silenced by an analysis of the flood of money it took to push the pact over its latest hurdle1000
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Demonstrators protest against the legislation to give Obama fast-track authority to advance trade deals, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, on Thursday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
—A decade in the making, the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is reaching its climax and as Congress hotly debates the biggest trade deal in a generation, its backers have turned on the cash spigot in the hopes of getting it passed.
—“We’re very much in the endgame,” US trade representative Michael Froman told reporters over the weekend at a meeting of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum on the resort island of Boracay. His comments came days after TPP passed another crucial vote in the Senate.

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The Mystery of the Margate Shell Grotto


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A UK Psychiatrist Is Calling for Psychedelic Drugs to Be Reclassified

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In the UK, psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin are more legally restricted than heroin and cocaine. In an editorial in the BMJ medical journal, one psychiatrist writes that it’s time that changed.
—James J H Rucker of Kings College London calls for psychedelics to be reclassified, so that researchers can more easily conduct trials with the drugs as potential treatments for psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, and addiction.

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100 legal sites to download literature


Looking for the next great book to sink your teeth into? Look no further. Below are over 100 links to websites that provide free e-books on a huge variety of topics.

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Doctoring, Without the Doctor

WOOD LAKE, Neb. — There are just a handful of psychiatrists in 26NEBRASKA-master675all of western Nebraska, a vast expanse of farmland and cattle ranches. So when Murlene Osburn, a cattle rancher turned psychiatric nurse, finished her graduate degree, she thought starting a practice in this tiny village of tumbleweeds and farm equipment dealerships would be easy.
—It wasn’t. A state law required nurses like her to get a doctor to sign off before they performed the tasks for which they were nationally certified. But the only willing psychiatrist she could find was seven hours away by car and wanted to charge her $500 a month. Discouraged, she set the idea for a practice aside and returned to work on her ranch.

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How the Biggest Fabricator in Science Got Caught

Yoshitaka Fujii falsified 183 papers before statistics exposed him.
—In April of 2000, the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia published a letter to its editor from Peter Kranke and two colleagues that was fairly dripping with sarcasm. The trio of academic anesthesiologists took aim at an article published by a Japanese colleague named Yoshitaka Fujii, whose data on a drug to prevent nausea and vomiting after surgery were, they wrote, “incredibly nice.”

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Am songbook: “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” Rodgers, Richard Hart, Lorenz

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A sailor and his girl kiss on the H.M.S Nelson Battleship, 1938

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You Can Now Go to College in Germany for Free, No Matter Where You’re From

A student sits next to a statue at Ludwig Maximilian 93112733-student-sits-next-to-a-statue-depicting-luitpold-prince.jpg.CROP.promovar-mediumlargeUniversity of Munich. The sign affixed to the statue’s nose roughly translates as “Education lies.”
—Last week, Lower Saxony made itself the final state in Germany to do away with any public university tuition whatsoever. You read that right. As of now, all state-run universities in the Federal Republic—legendary institutions that put the Bildung in Bildungsroman, like the Universität Heidelberg, the Universität München, or the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin—cost exactly nichts. (By the way, they weren’t exactly breaking the bank before, with semester fees of about EUR 500, or $630, which is often less than an American student spends on books—but even that amount was considered “unjust” by Hamburg senator Dorothee Stapelfeldt.)

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Top 10 Scariest Medical Photos

Medicine is quite fascination today, and in this age. There are tools and equipment that can save your life, without so much effort. This wasn’t the case in the olden days, where people were dying from a simple case of infection, or even worse, lice. So, we should be very thankful and lucky we live in the age we do, because, after seeing some of there awesome and bizarre photos. So, as we said, there were some really weird and unusual medical tools and stuff. Today, we are presenting you with a top 10 most scariest medical photos. So, if you like bizarre photos, unusual photos, and some really awesome photos, this is the place for you. Take a look, and try to enjoy!
1. Patients with mental illness were wrapped in wet blankets, as a part of their treatment

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Virotherapy: skin cancer successfully treated with herpes-based drug

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A 3D model of virus particles. The ability of viruses to specifically infect and kill human cells makes them promising cancer treatments. Photograph: Bernhard Classen/Alamy
—Patients with aggressive skin cancer have been treated successfully using a drug based on the herpes virus, in a trial that could pave the way for a new generation of cancer treatments.

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Many hands make diagnosis work

THAT people scour the pages of the world wide web searching for answers to medical problems is well known. Indeed, doctors label the most diligent seekers of online medical information “cyber-chondriacs”. Some frustrated individuals have even set up their own websites, replete with data about their conditions or those of family members, to encourage strangers to help solve “mum’s medical mystery”, or offer a cure for a particular brain cancer.
—But to create a lone website in the hope that a knowledgeable passer-by may shed light on a mysterious illness is the cyber-equivalent of crying in the wilderness. To create one on which anyone and everyone can post a problem, so that anybody who might, for whatever reason, want to help knows where to go, is more like setting up a stall in a market at which buyers and sellers know where to meet. And such a stall, called CrowdMed, now exists.

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The Cave Of Three Bridges

These epic cave bridges aren’t from some fantastic movie set – they’re part of a real limestone cave. The Baatara Gorge Waterfall, or “Three Bridge Chasm,” in Tannourine, Lebanon was carved out of ancient limestone over millions of years by winter meltwater. The waterfall, which is fed by meltwater from Mount Lebanon, falls 250 meters into the chasm’s depths past 160-million-year-old limestone from the Jurassic period. Experiments carried out with flourescent dye in 1988 indicated that the water from the chasm emerges from underground at a spring in the nearby town of Mgharet al-Ghaouaghir.

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This Be The Verse

By Philip Larkin
They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

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Funny And Clever Panhandling Signs

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Mary Ellen Mark, Photographer Who Documented Difficult Subjects, Dies at 75

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Stealing a Nation: How the UK and USA Stole the Diego Garcia Island (2004)…written/directed by John Pilger

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The Courage of Migrants

By George Packer
The Rohingya—stateless Muslims who have taken to the Andaman Sea by the tens of Packer-Courage-of-Migrants-690thousands to escape oppression in Burma—are throwing themselves into the unknown without any saving illusion of the promised land.
The Rohingya—stateless Muslims who have taken to the Andaman Sea by the tens of thousands to escape oppression in Burma—are throwing themselves into the unknown without any saving illusion of the promised land. Credit Photograph by S. Yulinnas / AP
—In the summer of 1983, I made the rash decision to get on a small cargo boat in the port town of Victoria, Cameroon, and sail across the Gulf of Guinea to Calamar, Nigeria. My Lonely Planet guide to West Africa had misinformed me that a weekly passenger ferry made the same route.

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Desperate British Students Have Found a New Way to Have Sex with One Another Before They Graduate States

It’s called the “Gold Rush,” and it’s happening all across the UK.

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Colin Miller photographs Buddhist monasteries and temples in Sichuan province, China.

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13 Things I Found on the Internet Today

1. The Pin Up Girl Bunker March 1944: Hundreds of pictures of pin-up girls adorn the entire wall of this bomber crew shack on Adak Island in the Aleutians in Alaska during World War II.  Rare […]

MArch 1944: Hundreds of pictures of pin-up girls adorn the entire wall of this bomber crew shack on Adak Island in the Aleutians in Alaska during World War II. (AP Photo)

MArch 1944: Hundreds of pictures of pin-up girls adorn the entire wall of this bomber crew shack on Adak Island in the Aleutians in Alaska during World War II. (AP Photo)

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Cities in the clouds – The Big Picture

Here is a selection of images the Reuters news agency pulled from its files showing cities shrouded in weather that make them appear to be living among the clouds.–By Lloyd Young

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The author of ‘A Beautiful Mind’ on the life and death of John Nash

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—Sylvia Nasar lay awake many nights in the mid-1990s worrying whether any anxiety caused by the biography she was writing about the Princeton mathematician John Nash would make him lapse back into the schizophrenic episodes that ravaged so many years of his life. But the 1998 publication of the book, “A Beautiful Mind,” and the Oscar-winning movie of the same name instead became part of the long-running story of Nash’s miraculous turnaround. In this “third act,” as Nasar calls it, Nash overcame mental illness, rebuilt his life, and ultimately became an international celebrity known not just for Russell Crowe’s portrayal of him in the 2001 movie but for his outsized contributions to mathematics and economics, which had won him the 1994 Nobel Prize. Not featured in the film, and lesser known to the outside world, was how he experienced day-to-day life, relishing the little things while caring for his son, Johnny, who also suffers from schizophrenia.

Even if you’ve seen the movie, you don’t know the full story of John Nash.

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Female rats insist on “foreplay” before intercourse

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—If you would like to bring forward the scientific argument that females enjoy sex at least as much as males, perhaps you should disregard our own species and our closest relatives in the animal kingdom and turn your attention to rodents: In the much despised kingdom of the rat, females pursue the mating game as actively and vigorously as the four-footed Casanovas.
—In the scientific literature on the sexual behavior of animals, one fundamental aspect stood out by its absence for a long time: The question of how much pleasure females derive from lovemaking. The forbidden fruit of female desire may have been swept under the carpet because of experimental arrangements that were too “sexist”. Nevertheless, concedes American anthropologist Donald Symons, there is now abundant evidence that the sexual role of female mammals is not limited to passively accepting copulation. “They are pushing for and initiating sexual intercourse, and they very probably do enjoy it.”

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Michel Auer, Mary Ellen Mark, November 14, 1983 (361.1988) Mary Ellen Mark passed away yesterday, May 25, 2015. She was 75.

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Frenemies

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By Thomas Mallon
Both were disgusted by the tepid consensus of American liberalism; they feared not that the center couldn’t hold but that it would.
Both were disgusted by the tepid consensus of American liberalism; they feared not that the center couldn’t hold but that it would. Credit Illustration by Barry Blitt
—Forty years ago, for a brief stretch of my long, non-affluent slog through graduate school, I lived at 30 Francis Avenue, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the house of Professor and Mrs. John Kenneth Galbraith. In exchange for a small room (no board), I walked the family dog three times a day and did household chores that included vacuuming the basement, which was decorated with some whimsical art work by Jacqueline Kennedy.

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Bizarre Virus that Survives Boiling Acid May Treat Human Diseases virus

By unlocking the secrets of a bizarre virus that can survive in near boiling virusacid, scientists at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine hope they can use its indestructible ways to successfully use genetic therapy to treat human diseases.
—“What’s interesting and unusual is being able to see how proteins and DNA can be put together in a way that’s absolutely stable under the harshest conditions imaginable,” researcher Edward H. Egelman, of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, said in a press release. “We’ve discovered what appears to be a basic mechanism of resistance – to heat, to desiccation, to ultraviolet radiation. And knowing that, then, we can go in many different directions, including developing ways to package DNA for gene therapy.”

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This picture shows a whale that has been killed, and pulled up on the beach for processing. The picture was taken in 1907.

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Could 95 percent of the world’s people be wrong about salt?

For years, health authorities around the world have warned people that they are eating imrstoo much salt.
—This salty binge is causing heart attacks and strokes, according to these warnings, and in the U.S. alone, authorities say too much salt is precipitating tens of thousands of deaths annually.
—Yet the response to these warnings has been a remarkable show of dietary disobedience. An estimated 95 percent of the world’s population keep eating salt in amounts officials deem excessive.
—So who’s right – the people, or the health authorities?

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Why The Oldest Person In The World Keeps Dying


Why The Oldest Person In The World Keeps DyingBy David Goldenberg As the oldest person in the world, Gertrude Weaver was making the best of her time in the limelight. When I called the 116-year-old Arkansas resident two days into her reign on a Friday in early April, she was resting after a couple of television appearances and a half-dozen phone interviews. With the help of her 73-year-old granddaughter, she offered up theories about her longevity (“hard work, love God,” as her granddaughter put it) and eve

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Why Baltimore Blew Up

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It wasn’t just the killing of Freddie Gray. Inside the complex legal infrastructure that encourages — and covers up — police violence
—When Baltimore exploded in protests a few weeks ago following the unexplained paddy-wagon death of a young African-American man named Freddie Gray, America responded the way it usually does in a race crisis: It changed the subject.

It wasn’t just the killing of Freddie Gray. Inside the complex legal infrastructure that encourages — and covers up — police violence

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Meet the ‘dark money’ phantom

The West Chester, Ohio, office of Langdon Law LLC, led by langdonhouseDavid Langdon — a little-known but powerful force behind numerous organizations with conservative political agendas.
—Carrie Levine/Center for Public Integrity
Key findings:
— David Langdon is a key player among a small army of lawyers working to keep secret the origins of millions of dollars coursing through the American political system.
—Since the 2010 election cycle, at least 11 groups connected to David Langdon and his firm have spent about $22 million on federal and state elections and ballot initiatives.

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Scientists Are Making Modern-Day Mummies in the Lab

The ancient Egyptian practice of preserving bodies throughshutterstock_141537154 mummification is no longer the preferred method to pay homage to our dead, but it is still alive and well in research labs.
—We’ve learned a lot about mummification from historical texts and actual mummies, but to truly understand the original embalmers’ secrets, scientists are following millennia-old recipes to make modern-day mummies. In turn, these 21st century mummies are producing new insights about their ancient forebears.
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Early men and women were equal, say scientists

Our prehistoric forebears are often portrayed as spear-wielding savages, but the earliest b11fb5f4-2812-4f95-bf41-13059d6964c3-1020x612human societies are likely to have been founded on enlightened egalitarian principles, according to scientists.
—A study has shown that in contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes, men and women tend to have equal influence on where their group lives and who they live with. The findings challenge the idea that sexual equality is a recent invention, suggesting that it has been the norm for humans for most of our evolutionary history.
—Mark Dyble, an anthropologist who led the study at University College London, said: “There is still this wider perception that hunter-gatherers are more macho or male-dominated. We’d argue it was only with the emergence of agriculture, when people could start to accumulate resources, that inequality emerged.”

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China’s new silk road could change global economics forever

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—Beginning with the marvelous tales of Marco Polo’s travels across Eurasia to China, the Silk Road has never ceased to entrance the world. Now, the ancient cities of Samarkand, Baku, Tashkent, and Bukhara are once again firing the world’s imagination.
—China is building the world’s greatest economic development and construction project ever undertaken: The New Silk Road. The project aims at no less than a revolutionary change in the economic map of the world. It is also seen by many as the first shot in a battle between east and west for dominance in Eurasia.

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