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A Legal "Crush"

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over 4 years ago

Stanley Fish writes that the recent Supreme Court decision striking down a statute criminalizing the production and sale of videos depicting animal cruelty in a manner intended to satisfy a particular “sexual fetish” is no surprise. Previous cases found speech to be a value in and of itself, no ...

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The Driven Mind

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People who are driven by rewards tend to be the ones who win at games—even when the reward has been removed. Neuroscientists at Washington University tested 31 randomly selected subjects with word games, some of which had monetary rewards of either 25 or 75 cents per correct answer, others of which ...

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Simple Simon

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"No playwright in Broadway’s long and raucous history has so dominated the boulevard as the softly astringent [Neil] Simon," writes John Lahr. "For almost half a century, his comedies have offered light at the end of whatever dark tunnel America has found itself in. ... He does not think against ...

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Unnatural Selection

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Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini argue that new genetic discoveries—namely that major differences between species may be less about the evolution of new genes than about the same genes being regulated and expressed in new ways—reveal the wrongness of Darwinism. But reviewer Kenan Malik ...

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Warming the Vines

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Winemakers are beginning to worry about how climate change will affect the taste of their product—and the survival of their business—in the near future. Wine grapes are extraordinarily temperature-sensitive, so as global warming intensifies, areas that now produce great wines will likely yield lower ...

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April 26: The Day that Was

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Every so often - say once or twice every few months - it really does seem, at least from the outside, as if Yemen is falling apart, and, gasp, could become a failed state - whatever that means. (The feeling on the ground is usually quite different.) Today was one of those days. This morning a ...

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The Scientific Case for Alien Life

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over 4 years ago

For much of the past century, the realm of alien conspiracy theories has been inhabited primarily by academics and recluses, both widely dismissed as crackpots. Despite the billions of dollars poured into its space program, the American government has never even openly discussed the issue. But with ...

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Military Nose

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The Pentagon has been looking for technologies to use people's scents to detect, track, and identify them from a distance. The most start-of-the-art technology so far has only been able to distinguish between two different people and needs armpit scent—but now the Army is seeking proposals for a ...

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Stirring in the Deep

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Researchers have discovered that a deep-ocean current is carrying frigid water rapidly northward from Antarctica along the edge of a giant underwater plateau. The current is very fast, moving at speeds greater than 700 metres per hour, and "carrying volumes as high as 30 million cubic metres per ...

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Define:Quora

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A broader take on Quora Quora is a new startup, founded by talented ex-facebookers, which is currently the topic of much discussion and investor lust. It is a Q&A based product that has done a great job of getting intelligent people asking and answering questions. I am not a Quora power-user ...

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Accumulating Stuff

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A new book by Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee looks at the psychological reasons why people hoard stuff in their homes, sometimes amassing so much stuff that they can barely move around. Hoarders have "a sense of intense responsibility for objects and an unwillingness to waste them," says Frost, as ...