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Specialists – Futility Closet “microbiohydrogeochemist: one who studies small flora and their relationship to underlying rock strata by using chemical methods and SCUBA equipment biohydromicrogeochemist: a very small geochemist who studies the effect of plant life in hydrology “ tags: specialists words stems roots weekly english collision detection: “Wired Love”: A tale of catfishing, OK Cupid, and sexting … from 1880 “It’s all quite nuttily modern. Wired Love anticipates everything we live with in today’s online, Iphoned courtship: Assessing whether someone you’ve met online is what they say they are; the misunderstandings of tone and substance that come from communicating in rapid-fire, conversational bursts of text; or even the fact that you might not really be sure of the gender/nationality/species of the person you’re flirting with. “ tags: weekly telegraphy history english language communication Nineteenth Ward Bank: 1908 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive “The idea behind the 19th Ward Bank, run by the Provident Loan Society, has been described as “a government-approved pawnshop for the indigent.” “ tags: bank ward nyc 1908 history photograph weekly Creating a False Memory in the Hippocampus Total Recall for mice. Arnold’s nightmares are now becoming possible. “Memories can be unreliable. We created a false memory in mice by optogenetically manipulating memory engram–bearing cells in the hippocampus. Dentate gyrus (DG) or CA1 neurons activated by […]

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KTVU apologizes, Asiana to sue anyway over pilot names – UPI.com ““Earlier today, in response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft,” the NTSB said in a statement.” tags: writing english names pilot weekly interns communication truth lies media news In Defense Of Metaphors In Science Writing | Life, Unbounded, Scientific American Blog Network “Subtle writing, writing that leads the reader into a carefully nuanced emotional or intellectual state, is certainly the finer craft. A story evoking a visceral sense of the enormity and alien magnificence of something like a supermassive black hole, and its cosmic context – made with nothing more than finely chosen words and rhythm – would be wonderful. But I think it’s a very significant puzzle as to how to accomplish that without leaving readers confused and adrift. Subjects like astrophysics, mathematics, microbiology, or quantum mechanics, or for that matter any scientific field, are built upon dryly quantitative facts. They are also, if taken to a sufficiently deep level, beyond our direct physical experience. This does not make for a clearly defined pathway of delicate prose, although I’m sure it’s there if one is lucky enough to find it – and so we’re […]

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Initiated by ISTE and signed by more than 1,700 educators (emphasis mine) from across the United States, the petition applauds President Obama for his ConnectEd initiative, which aims to connect 99 percent of U.S. students to the internet through high-speed broadband and high-speed wireless within five years. – from Tech for Learning For context, almost 30,000 people want to recognize acupuncturists as health care providers.1 Almost 1,200 people want to make Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA” our new national anthem.2 And to make it worse, ISTE claims more than 18,000 educators attended their recent conference. Maybe Jane McGonigal should have made a petition signing game instead of opting for thumb wrestling. 1 No word yet on that same recognition for phrenology. 2 Bruce Springsteen had no comment.

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Congressman Mark Takano grades politician tags: congress english annotate politics persuasion weekly Superheroes: Why does Superman wear red underwear over his costume? – Quora “Keeping your colors simple was the best way to do this but it restricted character design and forced them to create an inventive way to make the character stand out. Esthetics and the superhero persona. Working within the limitations I described above, comic book artists took great strides to make powerful and lasting impressions. Right or wrong and consciously or not, this led to emphasizing hyper masculine or hyper feminine character traits to make the characters seem larger than life on such a simple format. We often see color changes or divisions at the waist, groin, feet, hands and chest. This allows the characters to have certain “attributes” stand out.” tags: superheroes superman underwear quora weekly Thomson Reuters Halts Early Peeks – WSJ.com Information = Money = Information = Power = Money “In the case of the University of Michigan’s consumer-confidence survey, Thomson Reuters was scheduled in 2013 to pay $1.1 million to be the exclusive distributor of the closely watched report. According to the contract obtained by the Journal, Thomson Reuters is allowed to release the survey results to certain high-paying subscribers two seconds before it is made public. Marketing materials produced by Thomson Reuters […]

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She stole another’s identity, and took her secret to the grave. Who was she? | Local News | The Seattle Times “The strongbox was Lori’s. For years, she kept it tucked in a bedroom closet, among a long list of items her husband, Blake Ruff, knew he was never to touch. Blake being Blake, he obeyed. Lori died in 2010. That’s when Blake’s relatives found the box. Its contents told an astonishing story: The woman they knew as Lori was someone else entirely. She had created a new identity two decades earlier.” tags: identity secret writingprompt english weekly Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.