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The Un-Matchmakers

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over 4 years ago

There is a "peculiarly Japanese profession—part-private investigator, part-prostitute—known as wakaresase-ya; the 'splitter-uppers.' The function of the wakaresase-ya is the direct opposite of a dating agency: with great ingenuity, and the right fee, they will break apart human relationships." The ...

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The Shrinking City

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over 4 years ago

"Detroit is finally chipping away at a glut of abandoned homes that has been piling up for decades, and intends to take advantage of warm weather and new federal funding to demolish some 3,000 buildings by the end of September. ... When it's all over, said Karla Henderson, director of the Detroit ...

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Against Pasteurization

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over 4 years ago

"Raw milk is one of those issues that riles people," writes Corby Kummer. He looks at anger among raw milk-ists in Massachusetts about legislation that bans the sale of unpasteurized milk anywhere but directly from farms certified to sell it. "Because of direct-sale laws, anyone in and around Boston ...

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End the Embargo

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over 4 years ago

Daniel Wilkinson and Nik Steinberg write that the U.S. embargo of Cuba must end, but that it is naive to think that the Caribbean country's government will stop repressing its people simply because the embargo has been lifted. "Nor is it realistic, given the effectiveness of the Castros’ repressive ...

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Lizards Die Out

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A study has found that by 2080, global warming could result in one-fifth of the world's lizard species becoming extinct. "Even under the most optimistic scenarios for curbing carbon dioxide emissions, the analysis by an international team shows that one-fifth of the globe's lizard populations ...

Dr. Kaku's Universe

The Big Freeze

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over 4 years ago

The most widely accepted theory is that the universe will eventually come to an end. It will most likely do so trillions of years from now, when the entire span of the cosmos is empty and just a notch above absolute zero. We sometimes refer to this fate as the "Big Freeze.” Why, you ask? Out of ...

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Oil Spill Experimentation

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over 4 years ago

Since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank, vast quantities of dispersant chemicals have been sprayed onto the resulting slick. The chemicals are an attempt to reduce the environmental damage of the oil by helping large globs of oil "disperse" into smaller pieces which are easier for sea ...

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Tea Party Feminists?

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over 4 years ago

More women than men belong to the tea party movement—55 percent, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. "While no movement that uses Michelle Malkin as a poster girl could fairly be described as feminist, the party has become an insta-network for ambitious women," writes Hanna Rosin. "Some are ...

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Purple Prose

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over 4 years ago

"One of the less trumpeted features of the Internet is the unprecedented access it provides to really, really bad writing," writes Laura Miller. "Of course, awful books have always been with us, but nowadays a specimen of unkempt, puffed-up prose or stumbling, lugubrious verse doesn't even need to ...

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One Common Ancestor

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over 4 years ago

New statistical analysis finds that all life on Earth shares a single common ancestor, confirming a "central pillar of evolutionary theory." Researchers did rigorous statistical tests on various evolutionary ancestry models, and determined that a universal common ancestor is at least 102,860 times ...