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Warming Feedback Loop

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about 4 years ago

"Scientists know that the Arctic is warming about twice as fast as the rest of the planet on average, a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification," writes Michael Lemonick. "And they have a pretty good idea of why: warmer temperatures lead to more meltback in sea ice in the summer, which exposes more ...

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Language in the Brain

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about 4 years ago

Researchers have determined that there is no single part of the human brain that gives it advanced language capabilities. Rather, humans rely on multiple parts of the brain—all of which are related evolutionary to different primitive functions—to extract meaning from sentences. "Depending on the ...

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The "Euro Trap"

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about 4 years ago

"Is the euro itself in danger? In a word, yes," writes Paul Krugman. "If European leaders don’t start acting much more forcefully, providing Greece with enough help to avoid the worst, a chain reaction that starts with a Greek default and ends up wreaking much wider havoc looks all too possible." He ...

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The Slow Lane

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about 4 years ago

"The term 'slow travel' is tied to a burgeoning movement to return to a time when life’s pleasures were savored, to a time when people appreciated the going as much as the getting there," writes Nancy Keates. This includes taking long, meandering boat and train rides, and staying for longer at ...

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Banking and Looting

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about 4 years ago

The earliest chronicles of the recent financial meltdown "tended to portray it as a tale of groupthink and mania, of hubris and shortsightedness: all these smart people got it wrong!" Christopher Hayes writes that while that is true of many, it's also clear that plenty of people on Wall Street knew ...

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Riot Tourism

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about 4 years ago

"The May 1 riots in Berlin's Kreuzberg district have become an annual ritual. ... Now an American anti-capitalist activist has started giving tours of the neighborhood's hot spots to foreign visitors." The American, named "Bill" is a left-wing extremist who gives tours of what he calls ...

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Cult Following

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about 4 years ago

La Santa Muerte, Holy Death, "is only one among several otherworldly figures Mexicans have been turning to as their country has been overwhelmed by every possible diffi­culty—drought, an outbreak of swine flu followed closely by the collapse of tourism, the deple­tion of the reserves of oil that are ...

Politeia

Filibuster Busted!

Pierre2
over 4 years ago

On Monday, Republicans voted to prevent financial reform legislation from moving to the Senate floor for debate. The Democrats' motion to bring about cloture—which would end the Republicans filibuster of the bill—failed, with every Republican in the chamber voting against it. The Democrats were ...

Brave Green World

The Tortoise And The Oil Spill

Diamondback_terrapin
over 4 years ago

Around the turn of the 20th century, if you were in the upper class in America, you’d have probably, at some point, sat down to a nice dinner of Diamond Terrapin turtle. The species, native to Alabama, was a sought-after delicacy then – now, after decades of industrial growth and commercial fishing ...