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Sanity-Checking Abortions

over 4 years ago

Want to terminate your pregnancy? Under a new Nebraska law, you'll have to prove you're not crazy first. Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman signed two new laws restricting abortions on Tuesday. One made it illegal to perform an abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, with exceptions only in the ...

Think, See, Feel

Sex at Oxbridge

over 4 years ago

In a recent issue of British tabloid Grazia , the now celebrated (and still anonymous) “Oxbridge Sex Blogger” has a chance to explain her motives. She claims she’s simply attempting to humanize her superhuman peers in English academia’s Arcadia—and to show the world that, aspirations to lead nations ...

As I Please

The Great British Election Switch-off

over 4 years ago

IT became known in the end as the ‘Rotten Parliament’. Mired in scandal, exposed as money grubbers and expenses abusers, there will be few tears shed in Britain for many of the departing Members of Parliament – forty of them who bade farewell to the Speaker of the House, John Bercow recently in ...

Hybrid Reality

Fashion Forward - Smart Clothes

over 4 years ago

When we think of the Internet of Things, we tend to think of our microwave talking to our mobile phone or our car chatting with our home air conditioning system.  Seldom do we think of ourselves as nodes in this highly networked environment. If we do consider ourselves literally plugged into the ...

Mind Matters

Why People Love Paranoia-tainment

over 4 years ago

The other night I was watching ABC's remake of "V" and wondering: What if the space-boot was on the other foot? What if we human beings were the "advanced" species, infiltrating a "primitive" people to advance our plan for their world? Maybe we'd even have high-tech disguises to make "us" look like ...


Palin: The New Gore

over 4 years ago

John Dickerson writes that Sarah Palin has become more a celebrity than a politician. Like Al Gore, she is "a personality–influential, polarizing, and not likely to be president–who talks about political affairs."


China's Fortune

over 4 years ago

Gordon Chang writes that this will likely not be the "Chinese century." Rather, the country has "just about reached high tide, and will soon begin a long, painful process of falling back."


Lines of Genius

over 4 years ago

Elif Batuman unearths seven unproduced screenplays written by famous intellectuals, including Nabokov's story of a sexually frustrated London circus dwarf, and Sartre's failed Freud epic.