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The Ethical Life of a Corporate Lawyer

about 3 years ago

The man The Wall Street Journal has called “arguably the country’s leading banking lawyer” Henry Rodgin ("Rodge") Cohen has also been called "the trauma surgeon of Wall Street.” The mantle is well-deserved, as Cohen has been a key player in the resolution of many major bank failures in recent ...

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These Chemicals Are Good For You (And Yummy)

over 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea?  This is not your grandmother's kitchen. In fact, it much more closely resembles a laboratory, with appliances such as water baths, homog­e­niz­ers and cen­trifuges, and ingre­di­ents such as hydro­col­loids, emul­si­fiers, and enzymes. This is Nathan Myhrvold's kitchen ...

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Massive Solar Storm Caught on Camera

over 3 years ago

NASA has released images of an enormous solar storm that extended over a three hour period on June 7. The series of pictures capture "a huge coronal mass ejection erupting from the sun," which is followed by magnetic plasma raining down over an estimated half of the sun's entire surface. How ...

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The Truth Behind Area 51

over 3 years ago

Area 51 is a military installation located in Nevada that is so veiled in secrecy that its actual existence has never been officially acknowledged. Not surprisingly, this mysterious base has long been a treasure trove for conspiracy theorists. Claims have been made that the facility stores aliens ...

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Never was so much owed by so many to so few

over 3 years ago

What’s the Big Idea? "Never was so much owed by so many to so few." In this statement Winston Churchill was paying tribute to the vastly outnumbered RAF, who destroyed the combat effectiveness of the Nazi Luftwaffe in an extremely close-run battle in the skies over England and essentially saved ...

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Are Science and Religion Compatible?

over 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea? George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School argues that science relies on a certain kind of faith. "It’s kind of an act of faith that science is a good thing," he says. And yet, the moral underpinning of science is something we may not be able to rely ...