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Redirecting Immunity

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In treating autoimmune disease, doctors have long used therapies to suppress the immune system, but now researchers have found a way to prevent type 1 diabetes in mice by actually using a vaccine to boost the immune system and turn it on itself. The technique uses the immune system's regulatory T ...

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The Humble CEO

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David Brooks points to research indicating that charismatic, forceful leaders with excessive self-confidence tend to produce volatile company performances. "These leaders swing for the home run and sometimes end up striking out." Instead, Brooks imagines another model of corporate leadership based ...

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455 - Typogeography of Latin America

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. The Spanish title of Jorge Volpi’s most recent book of essays, translates as Bolivar’s Nightmare – Four untimely essays on Latin America in the 21st century. The cover art of that book reminds one of Ferdinand de Saussure’s theory of the linguistic sign, according to which such a sign has ...

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How Multinational Corporations Dodge Taxes

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For all the talk about how taxes are too high in the United States, American businesses are paying less now than they used to. In fact, many major corporations don't pay the U.S. government any taxes at all. The marginal tax rate for businesses is 35%. But the effective tax rate for large ...

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Can Insomnia Cure Depression?

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Extensive research over the past 40 years shows that sleep deprivation is a quick, inexpensive and effective treatment for depression. So why isn't this more well known? Because keeping someone awake to induce euphoria only has short-term benefits, and isn't as convenient as taking a pill, points ...

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Who's Your Daddy?

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The incidence of “non-paternity” (when a child turns out to have a different father than they thought they did) is estimated to be somewhere around 10%. And now that over-the-counter paternity tests are available, it is becoming easier to find out if your are your father's child. Their sale is an ...

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Hacking Global Warming

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If we're in the beginning stages of a major shift in global temperature -- as many suggest we are -- what can we do about it? Eli Kintisch suggests that scientists may have to attempt some radical fixes to address the problem. Whether it's putting more pollutants into the air to keep Earth's ...

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Laying Down Weapons

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Vice President Joe Biden writes that the administration's new nuclear stance "leaves Cold War thinking behind" and recognizes that nuclear terrorism and proliferation as the biggest dangers to global security. "From now on, decisions about the number of weapons we have and how they are deployed will ...

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Typing on Skin

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A new technology called "Skinput" uses bio-acoustic sensors to allow people to use the skin on their fingers or forearms -- or any part of their bodies -- as touchpads to control mobile devices. The technology could help people better use the computing power in the mobile devices they carry around ...

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Vegan-Friendly Oysters?

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"What if we could find an animal that thrived in a factory-farm cage, one that subsisted on nutrients plucked from the air and that was insensate to the slaughterhouse blade?" asks Christopher Cox. "Biologically, oysters are not in the plant kingdom, but when it comes to ethical eating, they are ...