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Novel Copy

Unpublishing the Web

over 4 years ago

When does removing online content or editing it after the fact cross the line into censorship? In an intelligent article posted to Alternet earlier this week, Melinda Burns investigates the ways in which the Web and "cloud computing" have made it easier to erase the past, and finds that ...

Mind Matters

For the Love of the Deep

over 4 years ago

From the great Carl Zimmer comes a link to a beautiful video of a siphonophore. (Click through jump to watch.) It includes soundtrack from the scientist who has discovered many new species of these beings, each of which is more analogous to a beehive than a fish—a siphonophore is a colony of many ...


Iraq Awaits

over 4 years ago

Violence has preceded this weekend's election which will establish a four-year parliamentary-style government in Iraq under monitoring from 120 international officials.


Horse Trading

over 4 years ago

The Christian Science Monitor envisions a political compromise where trying the alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a military tribunal is exchanged for the closing of Gitmo.


Bison Boon

over 4 years ago

A new conservation report finds that the American bison population could be rehabilitated if new government policy allowed the animal to roam free across the prairies.



over 4 years ago

The steady 9.7% unemployment rate is being interpreted on Wall Street as a sign that, as consumer demand stabilizes, businesses will begin hiring new employees again.



over 4 years ago

As television manufactures prepare to roll out their 3D-ready sets, engineers are slowly but surely taking on the next hurdle: 3D TV without the cumbersome glasses.


Rahm Emanuel's Party

over 4 years ago

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel does not have a reputation for being a very nice guy. President Obama's fixer—or "Rahmbo" as he's known—was of course at the center of recent controversy after calling a group of liberal activists "fucking retarded." Sarah Palin, whose son has Down's syndrome ...