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Amazing But Overlooked: 25 Colleges You Haven't Considered But Should

Amazing But Overlooked: 25 Colleges You Haven't Considered But Should | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
There’s more to life than Harvard. In The Daily Beast’s first guide to overlooked colleges, we’ve chosen 25 worth considering, where you can hear the best music, stay emotionally healthy, and graduate without debt.
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Some great educational options.

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Not only is this a great list of excellent colleges and universities but also provides an opportunity for readers to nominate other recommendations.

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Another 16 Bizarre and Funny License Plates (funny license plates, funny vanity plates) - ODDEE

Another 16 Bizarre and Funny License Plates (funny license plates, funny vanity plates) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From CTRL Z to NO FTCHX, meet some funny license plates circulating around the world. (funny license plates, funny vanity plates)
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I don't go for vanity plates, but if I did, I might try "Write*Stuff". What would your vanity plate be? Here are some very funny ones.

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Can Hollywood help Martin O’Malley take on Hillary Clinton?

Can Hollywood help Martin O’Malley take on Hillary Clinton? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Hollywood delivered for Obama in 2008, but some have warmed to Clinton.
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At last we have a challenger for Hilary. Let's see if she can stand up to some active campaigning and questioning.

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Child malaria vaccine: Final trials bring hope - BBC News

Child malaria vaccine: Final trials bring hope - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Final clinical trials of a malaria vaccine - the first to reach this stage - suggest it could protect one third of children against malaria, according to data published in The Lancet.
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While many Americans have forgotten why vaccines are important, the people of Africa can only pray that this partially effective vaccine will lead the way to one that will give the same kind of protection that those against polio, measles, mumps, and the like are already providing for billions of people. Meanwhile, malaria continues to be the scourge of Africa and tropical countries around the world.

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12 Unusual City Slogans on Welcome Signs - ODDEE

12 Unusual City Slogans on Welcome Signs - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Take a look at some curious welcome signs with bizarre slogans.
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Many of these look like great towns to visit. Take a look and plan a vacation of smiles.

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Ebola drug cures monkeys infected with West African virus strain - BBC News

Ebola drug cures monkeys infected with West African virus strain - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
An experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the strain of the Ebola virus present in West Africa, US-based scientists say.
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While I abhor the use of monkeys in drug research, I cannot help but applaud any success in the fight against Ebola and by extension other virulent viruses. We can only hope that this vaccine works on those who are infected and that the method will work on future strains of this fast-mutating virus.

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Turkey will let Armenians hold memorial for 1915 victims

Turkey will let Armenians hold memorial for 1915 victims | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, Turkey will permit Armenians to hold a religious service this week to commemorate the massacres and deportations of a century ago, Turkish officials announce.
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It is a small step, but at least it is a beginning. It is certainly time for the world to recognize the full range of genocides that have marred our human history. Perhaps once we have recognized the true scope of the problem, we may as a species try to eliminate unreasoning hatred pf those who are different.

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The Dog in the Garden - a guest post by Kenneth Weene.

The Dog in the Garden - a guest post by Kenneth Weene. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Thank you to Kenneth Weene for the below guest post. (You can find a brief biography of Kenneth at the end of this article). The Dog in the Garden a reminiscence by Kenneth Weene What a beautiful g...
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Please enjoy this guest blog post I wrote for Kevin. At the end of the article, there is a link to the anthology he and others have written to support the Guide Dog for the Blind association. Please consider buying a copy and supporting this great cause.

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Fearless Guardian ground convoy arrives in Ukraine | Article | The United States Army

Fearless Guardian ground convoy arrives in Ukraine | Article | The United States Army | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
VICENZA, Italy -- Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Support Battalion arrived in Yavoriv, Ukraine April 11 via a ground convoy from here to deliver the brigade's training equipment for Operation Fearless Guardian.
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Okay, who was in charge? I know it must have been Bill Murray. Serious as military stuff is and as opposed to most of it as I am, how could I pass up a chance to reference Stripes as the U.S. army engages in Operation Fearless Guardian—even a name made for comedy. I mean, seriously, the fearless guardian who shows up after the house has been robbed.

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Teachers to talk about their divorces at primary school level | NewsBiscuit

Teachers to talk about their divorces at primary school level | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Children as young as five will now be given compulsory lectures on their teachers’ domestic hell as Divorce Education is made compulsory in primary schools. The move comes amid fears children are accessing material such as Don’t Tell the Bride and One Born Every Minute, as well as websites depicting couples in healthy loving relationships, and getting a skewed impression of what marriage is really like.
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On a more serious note, how do schools teach children about the changing nature of family life and its alternative forms? When I was a kid, Dick and Jane had two parents, Mommy and Daddy. Everybody loved their dog, Spot; and all of Beaver's friends were white. Dads knew everything and were never abusive or drunk and we all celebrated Christmas. Today, many adults want to keep their children in that same kind of fantasy world, but reality is much richer if more difficult.

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Shriveled grapes, shriveled liberty

Shriveled grapes, shriveled liberty | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In a raisin case before the Supreme Court, the government will try to defend its kleptocratic behavior.
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Kleptocratic, what a great word. It does describe the way in which the government feels entitled to take possession of the property of the people, much like the throne of England against which the colonists rebelled. There is a subtle interplay between the property rights of the individual and the powers of the state. Is it a legitimate role of government, a positivist function if you will, to maintain the price of raisins? While in times of an agricultural price crisis such interference in the free market might be appropriate, why is it appropriate now? For my part, I think it time for the Supremes to put some limits on the kleptocracy.

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POEMS BY KENNETH WEENE: Saturday, Artistry, Love in the Time of Transportation | The Mindful Word

POEMS BY KENNETH WEENE: Saturday, Artistry, Love in the Time of Transportation | The Mindful Word | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Three poems by novelist Kenneth Weene, including Love in the Time of Transportation.
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Always so delighted to have my poetry shared with the world

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Scientists Film Rare Sperm Whale Encounter 600 Meters Below The Gulf Of Mexico

Scientists Film Rare Sperm Whale Encounter 600 Meters Below The Gulf Of Mexico | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
During a recent scientific expedition off the coast of Louisiana, researchers with were paid a surprise visit by a very welcome guest: a magnificent and humongous sperm whale.
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I've gone whale watching, but of course I've never seen a sperm whale WOW!

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Rhode Island Democrat (and Former Republican) Lincoln Chafee Will Run for President

Rhode Island Democrat (and Former Republican) Lincoln Chafee Will Run for President | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Rhode Island's Lincoln Chafee, who's served as both a Republican senator and an independent governor, said on CNN Thursday that he will run for the 2016 Democratic nomination. Chafee has thusfar only formed an 2016 "exploratory committee" rather than formally declaring himself a candidate, but told CNN that he is...
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While anybody from Rhode Island has to be a little suspect—corruption reigns supreme in that little state—Chafee has always come across to me as a good man and he certainly merits some serious consideration. If nothing else, he symbolizes the possibility of a centrist party emerging.

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6-Month-Old Babies Are Now Using Tablets and Smartphones

6-Month-Old Babies Are Now Using Tablets and Smartphones | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Babies are using mobile media
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Over a third of the toddlers whose parents were surveyed were using electronic devices. That took me up short. "Why," I asked myself, "aren't the owners of dogs and cats reporting the same uptick in their pets use of electronics?" I wanted to start a movement for equality for pets, to buy them tablets and smartphones. Then it hit me, people with pets want to interact with their furry-children but parents of toddlers wanted those pesty little ones to just stay quiet.

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Scientists find missing link in Yellowstone plumbing: This giant volcano is very much alive

Scientists find missing link in Yellowstone plumbing: This giant volcano is very much alive | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
University of Utah researchers offer a complete diagram of the plumbing of the Yellowstone volcanic system for the first time.
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Fascinating look into the world, literally deep into the world.

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Invisible Atheists in the Arab World

Invisible Atheists in the Arab World | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The spread of disbelief in the Arab world.
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One line I particularly liked in this very interesting and well-written essay. "In today’s Arab world, it’s not religiosity that is mandatory; it’s the appearance of it."

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Libyan cruise company offers ‘no-frills’ cruise to Italy | NewsBiscuit

Libyan cruise company offers ‘no-frills’ cruise to Italy | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
With the strapline ‘See Naples and die...before you get there’, one Tripoli-based cruise company is reporting a bumper season by tempting hundreds of African tourists to take up the offer of no-frills trips part of the way to the Sicilian coast. With five questionably seaworthy vessels and a fully refurbished, century-old dhow in its fleet, ‘Ahmed is Your Med Tours’ offers exclusive one-way trips to Sicily and whatever Mediterranean port it can find without the unnecessary expense of fuel or a rudder.
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Unquestionably one of the nastiest things I've seen in a long time, but still brilliantly funny.

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World’s Most Patient Pet Owner Walks His Giant Tortoise Through Streets Of Tokyo

World’s Most Patient Pet Owner Walks His Giant Tortoise Through Streets Of Tokyo | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Residents in Tokyo have recently reported several sightings of possibly the most patient pet-walker in the world: an elderly man who takes his enormous African spurred tortoise (or sulcata) out for walks around the town. Judging by the tortoise's size, the mysterious pair has probably been together for a very long time, and the tortoise always plods faithfully by its owner's side. It even tolerates the occasional silly costume!
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Be sure to check out all the pictures.

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9 More of the Oldest Objects Ever Found - ODDEE

9 More of the Oldest Objects Ever Found - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From the 2700-year-old cannabis stash found in a grave in the Gobi Desert to the 3.3-million-year-old stone tools discovered in Africa, check out 9 more ancient objects.
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Hard to believe some mornings, but I'm not on this list. And, yes, that is a dildo, 28, 000 years old.

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China's president to launch major economic corridor through Pakistan | The Japan Times

China's president to launch major economic corridor through Pakistan | The Japan Times | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Chinese President Xi Jinping was due in Pakistan on Monday where he was to launch $46 billion in projects linking the old allies, a figure that far exc
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For years the U.S. has tried to be a friend to Pakistan, now it's China's turn. Of course, China is not concerned with maintaining friendship with India, so it should be easier for President Xi. BUT, Pakistan itself is pretty impossible, and the key area of Pakistan for this project is Baluchistan Province, one of the centers for both political and religious turmoil. It should be fascinating to see if the modern world's preoccupation with money can overcome the ages-old preoccupation with Tribal and religious differences. My bet is this will cost way more than the Chinese think and will result in at least one overthrow of the Pakistani government. Meanwhile, back in India, this might actually work to the advantage of President Mukherjee who is seen as a Hindu-first leader. As for the U.S., I hope we can sit back and allow China more of a leadership role with the attendant headaches. I want other countries to become major players. Russia, China, Iran, Brazil (perhaps), India (perhaps). The EU but not the individual countries. It is time to see the world as interconnected spheres rather than as the hegemony of the U.S.

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How to Live Your Life Like a Movie

How to Live Your Life Like a Movie | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Are you bored with your life and wish that you were in a movie? Here are some ways that can help you be in your dream movie!
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I demand script approval.

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Boutique hotel wins a style over substance award for its impractical bathrooms | NewsBiscuit

Boutique hotel wins a style over substance award for its impractical bathrooms | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A trendy London hotel has won a prestigious award for the innovative design of its very pretty but utterly useless bathrooms. Described by judges as ‘a superb combination of good looks and frustrating lack of usefulness’, the Eighty Four Hotel in fashionable Bethnal Green has been awarded The Kelly Brook Prize for Beauty Without Function. ‘We are very proud to receive this recognition of our efforts to make our hotel look impressive on-line’ said the hotel proprietor, Mr Theo Whitehall. ‘Even if it is at the expense of our guests’ comfort and convenience.’
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Okay, this is just for laughs.

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Our government is a dysfunctional mess. Here are 4 ways to fix it

Our government is a dysfunctional mess. Here are 4 ways to fix it | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
D.C. is a disaster, but former journalist and campaign pro Michael Golden tells Salon there's reason for hope
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Four reasonable suggestions that might improve the functioning of the federal government. For my part, I think them good ideas if perhaps beyond our national will. The only one I am not too wild about is getting rid of the filibusterer; it has served some good causes in its time. However perhaps lowering the vote necessary to end one might be a good idea. If you are interested in government and political theory, this is a piece you will find very interesting.

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Beyond the lithium ion -- a significant step toward a better performing battery

Beyond the lithium ion -- a significant step toward a better performing battery | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt.

They have shown they can replace the lithium ions, each of which carries a single positive charge, with magnesium ions, which have a plus-two charge, in battery-like chemical reactions, using an electrode with a structure like those in many of today's devices.
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I have for years been saying that the key to the future is the development of better batteries so that renewable energy can be stored and used economically and safely. Hopefully, this is a real step towards that goal.

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How a massive environmental crisis led to the invention of cheese

How a massive environmental crisis led to the invention of cheese | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
And how it changed Western Civilization forever.
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I love cheese, especially cheeses from cow and goat milk. Smelly, Blue, or simple Cheddar, any cheese is better than no cheese. Can everyone say "Fromage?"

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