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Scientist controls colleague's hand in first human brain-to-brain interface

Posted on August 29 2013 by secret santa

Scientist controls colleague's hand in first human brain-to-brain interface

"University of Washington scientists Rajesh Rao and Andrea Stocco claim that they are the first to demonstrate human brain-to-brain communication. Rao sent a signal into a Stocco's brain via the Internet that caused him to move his right hand. Brain-to-brain...

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This Black, Gay, Badass Pacifist Mastermind of the March on Washington Is Finally Getting His Due

Posted on August 29 2013 by secret santa

This Black, Gay, Badass Pacifist Mastermind of the March on Washington Is Finally Getting His Due

"Bayard Rustin was for years one of the least known and celebrated major players in the civil rights movement. Now Martin Luther King Jr.'s trusted adviser—the black, gay,"badass" pacifist who organized the March on Washington—is finally getting his due...

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Those Condemning Syria Have Used Chemical Weapons Themselves

Posted on August 28 2013 by secret santa

Those Condemning Syria Have Used Chemical Weapons Themselves

What does this say about America? Not that Americans are "terrible people," as one commenter put it, or that President Reagan and the folks in his administration were terrible people. The lesson to Those Condemning Syria Have Themselves Recently Used...

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Map of Every Protest on the Planet Since 1979

Posted on August 27 2013 by secret santa

Map of Every Protest on the Planet Since 1979

"This is what data from a world in turmoil looks like. The Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone (GDELT) tracks news reports and codes them for 58 fields, from where an incident took place to what sort of event it was (these maps look at protests,...

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The Best Map Ever Made of America’s Racial Segregation

Posted on August 27 2013 by secret santa

The Best Map Ever Made of America’s Racial Segregation

http://www.wired.com/design/2013/08/how-segregated-is-your-city-this-eye-opening-map-shows-you/ "This map, created by Dustin Cable at University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, is the most comprehensive representation of racial...

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James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

Posted on August 26 2013 by secret santa

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/james-baldwin/film-james-baldwin-the-price-of-the-ticket/2632/ "James Baldwin tells his own story in this emotional portrait. Using rarely-seen archival footage from nine different countries, the film melds...

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LOVEINT: When NSA officers stalk love interests

Posted on August 25 2013 by secret santa

LOVEINT: When NSA officers stalk love interests

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/08/23/nsa-officers-sometimes-spy-on-love-interests/ "The practice isn’t frequent — one official estimated a handful of cases in the last decade — but it’s common enough to garner its own spycraft label: LOVEINT.Spy agencies...

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Is It Nuts to Give to the Poor Without Strings Attached?

Posted on August 25 2013 by secret santa

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/magazine/is-it-nuts-to-give-to-the-poor-without-strings-attached.html "In the past decade it has become increasingly common to give money right to the very poor. After Mexico’s economic crisis in the mid-1990s, Santiago...

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People’s Power in the Philippines

Posted on August 25 2013 by secret santa

People’s Power in the Philippines

http://whiterosereader.org/2013/07/21/a-review-of-unknown-asian-uprisings-volume-2/ "In keeping with this positive affect—and presenting a prime example of the radical power of the subordinated—Katsiaficas opens his series of case studies with consideration...

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Tombs confirm women ruled Peru

Posted on August 25 2013 by secret santa

Tombs confirm women ruled Peru

http://phys.org/news/2013-08-tomb-powerful-women-peru.html "It is the eighth priestess to be discovered," he added. "Our excavations have only turned up tombs with women, never men. Accompanying the priestess are bodies of five children, two of them babies,...

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