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Writing Women

Missing
over 4 years ago

Novelist Christopher Rice writes that poorly rendered female characters proliferate in crime novels because their authors are lazy. He outlines four clichés that come up again and again. "When a writer wants to write a thriller from a woman's point of view, he needs to do more than slot [a ...

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Digitized Doctoring

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over 4 years ago

How can we make sure that the technology behind digital medical records actually does all the things that advocates believe is possible? "Perhaps the most important strategy has to do not with how digital records are implemented, but with how they're designed in the first place," writes Jacob ...

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Affordable Solar

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over 4 years ago

The commercial future of solar energy may have gotten a big boost. Researchers led by Professor Benoit Marsan at the University of Quebec at Montreal have solved two major problems that had been hampering the efficiency and affordability of creating solar cells. Marsan has patented an ...

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Speaking Solemnly

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over 4 years ago

In Eastern Europe, "the open discussion of a tragedy represents a revolutionary change," writes Anne Applebaum, referring to the Russian response to the tragic plane crash that killed many members of the Polish Government over the weekend. "Over the past 20 years, both Russian and Polish officials ...

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Immigration and Benefits

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over 4 years ago

"Americans need to have a rational debate about options for ensuring the solvency of Social Security and Medicare," writes Michael Lind, and they "also need to have a rational debate about the desirable levels and skill composition of immigration. But the two debates should be kept separate." He ...

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Baby Stars

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over 4 years ago

New protostars that will eventually be 10 times as large as the sun have been discovered in the massive Rosette molecular cloud, 5,000 light years away. Scientists are studying the formation of such stars because they feed light and energy into the space dust around them and can trigger the ...

Dr. Kaku's Universe

The World of Nanotechnology

Nanotech_o
over 4 years ago

In my book Visions , I state that nanotechnology was first proposed by Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman in a seminal but witty article entitled "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom." Feynman envisioned the theoretical capability of nanotech in 1959, stating: “I want to build a billion tiny factories ...

Daylight Atheism

On Non-Believing Clergy

Dabanner
over 4 years ago

Daniel Dennett recently published a fascinating study on nonbelieving clergy: pastors and ministers from various denominations, both liberal and conservative, who've either lost their faith or hold beliefs that they know their superiors would condemn as highly unorthodox. Naturally, these people ...

Trend World

The Great US-China Student Exchange Race

Graduation
over 4 years ago

It’s not something generally referenced in the discussion over China’s awesome growth, and it might only be marginally related. But the influx of Chinese students attending American universities hasn’t gone unnoticed over the past decade. Perhaps taking a cue from how that migration has evolved ...

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Unexceptional Performance

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over 4 years ago

Samuel Culbert writes that it's time for companies to do away with performance reviews. "Everybody does it, and almost everyone who's evaluated hates it. It's a pretentious, bogus practice that produces absolutely nothing that any thinking executive should call a corporate plus." It's not that ...