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Ancient discovery set to rewrite Australian history

Ancient discovery set to rewrite Australian history | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Copper coins and a 70-year-old map with an ‘X’ marked on it may lead to a discovery that could change everything we've been led to believe about Australia's discovery.
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Don't you love anthropology?

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Fisherman hands in giant pearl he kept under the bed for 10 years

Fisherman hands in giant pearl he kept under the bed for 10 years | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Enormous pearl thought to have come from a giant clam could be the biggest in the world and, if authenticated, is estimated to be worth more than $100m
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Some stories just earn a WOW! 
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Hidden codex may reveal secrets of life in Mexico before Spanish conquest

Hidden codex may reveal secrets of life in Mexico before Spanish conquest | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Hi-tech imaging has revealed exceptionally rare manuscript overlaid by 16th-century deerhide document held at Oxford University
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Once again we learn that the population of the Americas was not the simple aborigines whom the European world rescued from darkness but included incredibly sophisticated cultures even with books. 
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Is our fear of insomnia what’s actually keeping us up at night? - The Boston Globe

Is our fear of insomnia what’s actually keeping us up at night? - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
You’ve heard we’re in the middle of a sleep deprivation epidemic. But here’s what you should know about that.
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One bit of advice: Don't worry if you aren't sleeping, because the worry will keep you up. I usually sleep through the night, but if I don't, I have a method to get back to sleep without tossing too much. My trick, go to a safe inner dialog, one that you know the outcome ahead, and rehash it. Amazing how little you care about continuing it so your mind can turn off. What's you suggestion.
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Look Inside the Most Cutting-Edge Public Library in the World

Look Inside the Most Cutting-Edge Public Library in the World | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Library lovers have a reason to visit Denmark: the Dokk1 in Aarhus was just crowned the best public library in the world.
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Let every author rejoice,. Let every lover of books take heart. Here is a library that celebrates life and integrates the joy of the written word into the best parts of the community it serves. Be sure to check out the bell, the play area, and all the wonderful setting. 
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A final blow to myth of how people arrived in the Americas

A final blow to myth of how people arrived in the Americas | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Is there any way the first Americans migrated south along the Pacific coast through an ice-free corridor? No, say scientists.
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Some fascinating archeology. Of course, the assumption is that the only original route of original human migration to the Americas was via the Bering Straight. From what I know of the Pacific Islanders and if we assume that there was a capacity to sail along the coast south, why not an assumption that some of the original humans here in the Americas came via the wider Pacific? One thing is clear, the early humans weren't afraid of travel. 
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Fiji PM announces public holiday after first Games medal

Fiji PM announces public holiday after first Games medal | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced a further day of public holiday for the Pacific island nation on Thursday after its rugby sevens team won the country's first Olympic medal.
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Ordinarily, I have little interest in the Olympics but when a small country like Fiji gets the gold I want to join their celebration. Right on, fellas. This is what the Olympics should be, the little guy getting to show his abilities to the world of the biggies. Of course,  Fiji's rugby players aren't little guys, but you get my meaning. 
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Burkina Faso bans donkey skin exports, affecting Asian trade - BBC News

Burkina Faso bans donkey skin exports, affecting Asian trade - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Burkina Faso bans the export of donkey skins as a sharp increase in sales to Asia is threatening the animal's population.
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In this incredibly impoverished, landlocked, West African "Land of Honest Men," donkeys are central to life with a ratio of about 1 animal to every 15 people. It seems that the Chinese will convince themselves that almost anything has medicinal value. I wonder what the Asian market would be for "American politician skins". Lord knows that's a population that could use culling. Meanwhile, let's keep the donkeys of Burkina Faso safe.Don't order any donkey skin medicine from Beijing. 
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These chickens have a stress-free life — and a humane death. Yes, you can taste the difference. - The Boston Globe

These chickens have a stress-free life — and a humane death. Yes, you can taste the difference. - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
These chickens have a stress-free life — and a humane death. Yes, you can taste the difference.
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As a carnivore, I am aware that I am causing pain and stress for the animals that end on my plate. I can't make believe otherwise.Here at least is a farmer who is trying to do a better, kinder job of raising and slaughtering chickens. If you've read Broody New Englander, you know that chickens matter. You can find my book at http://www.kennethweene.com 
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Emperor Modi Killed the Gandhi Dynasty

Emperor Modi Killed the Gandhi Dynasty | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Emperor Modi Killed the Gandhi Dynasty « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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Modi has taken the helm of India and slowly is remaking the government of the world's largest democracy. While his spoken goal is development, one can't help but feel that it is not his purpose to have that development benefit all Indians equally. First he is a Hindu-supremacist and second a supporter of the wealthy. Still, loving India as I do, I hope he succeeds. 
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Iowa farmers ripped out prairie; now some hope it can save them

Iowa farmers ripped out prairie; now some hope it can save them | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Wild prairie protects soil from farm-killing erosion and reduces water pollution.
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What a great idea, to use nature take better care of nature. Having seen the phosphates bubbling into suds in the Iowa River, I must say this sounds like a great idea. Another possible way to cut the destruction of Iowa's soil and rivers would be to stop the farce of ethanol. Instead, let's subsidize good farming practices. Yeah, I know, taxes or food prices, `but think of the cost to us all when the soil is gone and the water is undrinkable. 
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Donald Trump Hates Windmills More Than Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump Hates Windmills More Than Hillary Clinton | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Donald Trump has many positions on many, many things. Except windmills. He hates them. Bigly.
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Don Quixote saw evil in windmills, but windmills see evil in The Donald. Are there issues about scenery and birds? Absolutely. However, I think that this is more about personal vendettas and petty angers. 
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Meet the Newest Species of Whale

Meet the Newest Species of Whale | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The new whale species, not-yet-officially named named 'karasu,' was speculated about for more than 70 years and confirmed by DNA research
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With so many species going extinct, the idea of finding new species, especially an animal this large, is really exciting. I understand that Herman Melville is asking for a recall of all copies of "Moby Dick" while he writes an addendum for the "raven" whale. 
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Can't Buy Me Love (Of Reading)

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Summer's in full swing, and parents are trying all kinds of things to keep their kids reading. Here's a guide to what works and what doesn't.
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The best way to get kids to read is to read with them. Discussing a book brings it to life. Also, reading the same book and talking about it makes the kid feel more adult as well as helping them to learn new concepts and more difficult vocabulary that they might not master on their own. That said, might I suggest that you visit http://www.kennethweene.com to find some great books, stories, and essay to share with tweens and teens, as well as good books for your own enjoyment. 
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A gay couple targeted, a neighborhood united - The Boston Globe

A gay couple targeted, a neighborhood united - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A gay couple was targeted by vandalism. But what happened next reminded the couple why they loved the neighborhood in the first place.
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This Broody New Englander wants to celebrate the decency of one neighborhood. This is the reason that hate can't win in America, because we have friendship and caring to fight it. 
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A group gave 105 homeless people disposable cameras. These are the photos they took.

A group gave 105 homeless people disposable cameras. These are the photos they took. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
"Some people have had experience, and others have never picked up a camera before."
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Too often we forget that homeless people have lives, ideas, and artistic sensibilities. Here's one project from London to remind us that the homeless matter. 
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14 Unbelievable Political Signs From the 2016 Presidential Campaign - ODDEE

14 Unbelievable Political Signs From the 2016 Presidential Campaign - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The 2016 race to the White House brings out the good, the bad and the ugly in signage.
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Want some humor in the middle of this nasty election campaign? Here are some signs that might give you a chuckle. Warning, political partisans may be offended. 
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Inside Spain’s Right-Wing Rebel Catholic Cult

Inside Spain’s Right-Wing Rebel Catholic Cult | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The ex-pontiff says his crypto-Fascist church (which made Franco a saint) was only ever intended, really, to bring its leaders sex and money.
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Now this is the stuff of great novels; but wait, it's not fiction. I love a good conspiracy story, and this is a great one. Most of all I love the idea that people are so incredibly gullible. Hey, sex and money from followers; that's the way to be nuts. 
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The American Soul Is a Murderous Soul

The American Soul Is a Murderous Soul | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The American Soul Is a Murderous Soul « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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Are we as a nation more geared to violence than others? If so, why? This is a thought provoking essay that offers some great insights and raises many good questions. What it doesn't address is the degree to which years of militarism and the glorification of war, especially the carnage of the Civil War, have created a myth of manhood and the warrior. Consider how many of our films are rooted in violence, and you see the psyche of our nation. We don't cheer the person who wins by avoiding a fight but the one who beats the other guy's ass. A sad commentary on who we are. 
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The Next Frontier in Internet Culture Is Wholesome Memes About Love and Support

The Next Frontier in Internet Culture Is Wholesome Memes About Love and Support | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Internet memes are now well into post-irony.
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I wish memes would just disappear, but that doesn't seem likely. At least there's a growing use of members to be positive and not just snarky. 
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The Perseid meteor shower could be twice as awesome this year. Here’s how to watch.

The Perseid meteor shower could be twice as awesome this year. Here’s how to watch. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The meteor shower may become an "outburst" this year, if astronomical predictions hold firm.
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Don't forget that when you wish on a shooting star an angel gets her wings. Well, look up and enjoy the heavens. 
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We've figured out how to solve human-elephant conflict. It takes bees. Lots of bees.

We've figured out how to solve human-elephant conflict. It takes bees. Lots of bees. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
How do you stop an elephant from raiding farms? Set up a unique, buzzing defense.
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Some stories are just fascinating. This is one, using bees to help protect farms from marauding elephants, what a great idea. 
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GOP senator Susan Collins: Why I cannot support Trump

GOP senator Susan Collins: Why I cannot support Trump | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Three incidents in particular have led me to conclude he is unsuitable for the office.
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While I have never been a voter in the State of Maine, it is in many ways the state with which I most identify, hence referring to myself as a "Broody New Englander". Susan Collins is an outstanding senator for whom I have the greatest respect and I am delighted to see her taking a stand on strong principle. 
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Maine sees a Somalian community starkly different than what Donald Trump portrayed - The Boston Globe

Maine sees a Somalian community starkly different than what Donald Trump portrayed - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Donald Trump’s incendiary charge linking Somali refugees to crime and terrorism was denounced Friday not only by a chorus of Somali leaders but by Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican.
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This is the New England I love. Thanks to the fine people of Maine who reject the Trump message of racism, bigotry, and fear. It's good to see that there are some Republicans, like Senator Collins, who want to bring people together and not drive wedges. The last time I was in Lewiston, Maine a lady from Somalia made my Sam's Italian Sandwich. The hotel at which I stayed had Somali staff. The UPS store at which I shipped off a present to my son also had Somalian workers. Guess what, they were all competent, gracious, and helpful. The only problem was they didn't say "Ayup." Oh well, if you want that, you can read "Broody New Englander." 
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The best and worst chain burgers

The best and worst chain burgers | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Ranking the best and the worst cheeseburgers at national chains.
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I love a good burger so of course I checked out this article. What's your favorite burger? Personally, I limit myself to local burger joints, but do you have a chain you prefer?
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A Japanese artist has completely transformed the art of balloon animals.

A Japanese artist has completely transformed the art of balloon animals. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

"He is taking the craft to a whole new level." Bill Clinton take notice, this is better than the balloons at the DNC.

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How's this for a moment of pure fun? Check out all the great balloon animals. Not your old birthday party gimmick but real art. 
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