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Understanding the Cult of My Little Pony -- The Cut

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Friday, November 7, 2014
Category: Internet

From nymag.com

Like you, I suppose, I never gave My Little Pony very much thought, except to note it as a species of annoying plastic object that flows into our apartment with an invisible tide and then gets stuck there and never flows out.

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A machine that composes chess problems

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Friday, November 7, 2014
Category: Science

From en.chessbase.com

Abstract: Automatic chess problem composers are relatively rare compared to chess-playing programs. This is arguably because they are expected to demonstrate more creativity than is needed to just play well; and because creativity, as a process, is still poorly understood scientifically.

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How Modern Life Is Making Us Addicted and Insane

Friday, November 7, 2014
Category: World

From www.alternet.org

Over the past decade or two, seasoned therapists who treat young people have been seeing some increasingly worrisome trends. Although solid statistics are hard to come by, one indication of a surge in troubled young adults comes from the reports of college mental health services.

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Overcoming Bias : Connected-Task Cities Win

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Friday, November 7, 2014
Category: Internet

From www.overcomingbias.com

A new Journal of Regional Science paper (ungated here) has a fascinating thesis: what makes US cities big and growing lately is not computers, education, creativity, or socializing. Instead it is task connectivity.

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Wonder Woman: The Weird, True Story by Sarah Kerr

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Friday, November 7, 2014
Category: Politics

From www.nybooks.com

In 1978, David Levine drew the birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger wearing a leotard with stars below the waist, bouncing confidently off what looked at first like a trampoline. On second glance it was a springy contraceptive diaphragm.

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The Invention of the Jewish People by Shlomo Sand

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Friday, November 7, 2014
Category: World

From www.theguardian.com

"How can we denationalise national histories?" asks Shlomo Sand, quoting with approval the French historian Marcel Detienne, before sharpening the challenge in his own words: "How can we stop trudging along roads paved mainly with the forged materials of national fantasies?" This is the key issue in a book intended, from the title onwards, to be provocative.

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A model secretly filmed her walk in New Zealand to see if men would catcall her. They didn't. - Vox

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Friday, November 7, 2014
Category: World

From www.vox.com

In New York City, we found out that a woman walking around for 10 hours will receive over 100 instances of catcalls and/or street harassment. In New Zealand, the New Zealand Herald conducted the same experiment with a female model.

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Regaining the Past to flow into the Future

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Friday, November 7, 2014
Category: Society

From www.openthemagazine.com

The threat today is no longer from the comic strip communism of Pyongyang. It is the ex-communist as an aggrieved nationalist, or the pinstriped communist as a Confucian capitalist, who challenges the world

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Volunteer Body Hunters in Search of Russia's WWII fallen - WAR HISTORY ONLINE

Friday, November 7, 2014
Category: World

From www.warhistoryonline.com

Russia’s volunteer body hunters — individuals who are willing to devout their time and effort to scouring previous WWII battlefields to look for the remains of missing soldiers; their act aimed to giving them a proper burial and a name.

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Humans and baboons share cumulative culture ability

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Friday, November 7, 2014
Category: Science

From phys.org

The ability to build up knowledge over generations, called cumulative culture, has given mankind language and technology. While it was thought to be limited to humans until now, researchers from the Laboratoire de psychologie cognitive (CNRS/AMU), working in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh (UK), have recently found that baboons are also capable of cumulative culture.

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