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Elmo Testifies Before Congress - Lowering the Bar

Monday, November 3, 2014
Category: America

From www.loweringthebar.net

There is no shortage of news items on Stephen Colbert's testimony before Congress, and as many of these stories note, some Democrats also did not think that having a comedian testify was such a great idea.

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Blockbuster: Losing the plot

Monday, November 3, 2014
Category: Business

From daindunston.com

(Ongoing live-blogging my new book in progress.) When the billionaire entertainment mogul, Sumner Redstone, hung up the phone in Bungalow 8 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, he was worried and he was pissed.

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Where is the centre of the universe?

Monday, November 3, 2014
Category: Science

From math.ucr.edu

There is no centre of the universe!  According to the standard theories of cosmology, the universe started with a "Big Bang" about 14 thousand million years ago and has been expanding ever since.  Yet there is no centre to the expansion; it is the same everywhere.

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New Statesman

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Monday, November 3, 2014
Category: World

From www.newstatesman.com

There have always been people in Britain who are hungry, and those who have tried to feed them. Recently, the rise of the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network has brought the issue of hunger and its causes to public attention.

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How the NFL tracks everything on the field but the ball

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Monday, November 3, 2014
Category: Sports

From www.theverge.com

Most people know radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips as the security tags adorning clothes in stores, but this year they can also be found inside the uniforms of NFL players. As the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions descended upon London this weekend, accompanying them were executives from Zebra Technologies, the company behind the RFID-based motion tracking system that the league is implementing this season.

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What Is the Difference Between Concrete and Cement?

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Saturday, November 1, 2014
Category: Innovation

From www.wisegeek.com

The primary difference between concrete and cement is that concrete is a composite material made of water, aggregate, and cement. Cement is a very fine powder made of limestone and other minerals, which absorbs water and acts as a binder to hold the concrete together.

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An interview with David Winters

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Category: Literature

From matthewjakubowski.wordpress.com

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Overcoming Bias : Philosophy Between The Lines

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Saturday, November 1, 2014
Category: History

From www.overcomingbias.com

Seven years ago I raved about a Journal of Politics article by Arthur Melzer that persuaded me that ancient thinkers often wrote "esoterically," e.g., praising their local religions and rulers on the surface, while expressing their true atheism, rebellion, etc.

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NPEs are Responsible for 85% of High Tech Litigation Despite an Overall Patent Litigation Decline in Q3 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Category: World

From unifiedpatents.com

Los Altos, CA, October 30, 2014 -- Although overall patent litigation filings declined in the 3rd quarter, total patent litigation for 2014 is on track to easily be the 2nd most litigious year in history.

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Small Wonders: 20 Winning Images Depict Life under the Microscope [Slide Show] - Scientific American

Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Art

From www.scientificamerican.com

For the past four decades the Nikon Small World competition has placed photography under the microscope, with eye-catching results. This year’s 20 finalists, announced Thursday, are no exception, zooming in on microorganisms, minerals and even electronic circuitry to find beauty hidden from the naked eye.

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