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Evolution Takes a Detour in Comb Jellies

Evolution Takes a Detour in Comb Jellies | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Some days the science news just turns me on. How about this one? This seems like a good argument for evolution. I don't think a god would have bothered with an entirely different branch of life just for ctenophores.

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Never-before-seen meteor shower this weekend: How to watch it

Never-before-seen meteor shower this weekend: How to watch it | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Camelopardalids, a meteor shower expected on Friday night and early Saturday morning, could potentially put on a spectacular show, say astronomers.
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Don't you love it when nature gives us free entertainment. Just lie back and enjoy the show.

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New Study Proves Republicans Are Significantly More Likely To Lie Than Democrats

New Study Proves Republicans Are Significantly More Likely To Lie Than Democrats | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A non-partisan study found that Republicans lie way more than Democrats, surprising absolutely no one with any common sense at all.
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This is fun for me, because I tend to see the right and the Republican party as no longer capable of honest debate. It is upsetting for me because I tend to see the right and the Republican party as no longer capable of honest debate and I know that such debate is essential to our political system's health.

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AR-Gov: Asa Hutchinson (R) Turned Away from Polls Because of Voter ID Law

AR-Gov: Asa Hutchinson (R) Turned Away from Polls Because of Voter ID Law | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Arkansas Democratic Party pointed out the cruel irony of the voter ID laws:
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Which goes to show that some GOP leaders may not be that bright. Who would have thought?

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Vatican Mistresses to Francis: Make Honest Women Out of Us

Vatican Mistresses to Francis: Make Honest Women Out of Us | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A group of women claiming to be the secret paramours of priests have written to Pope Francis to urge him to roll back the church’s celibacy requirements.
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I filed this under better to ask forgiveness afterwards than to ask permission ahead of time. Personally, I could care less if priests marry or not as long as they don't molest children.

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12 Beautiful World Heritage Sites

12 Beautiful World Heritage Sites | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

When great sites are also great sights. Take a look. 

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Take a look at some breathtaking places  from around the world.

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Exclusive: The Pentagon Has a Plan to Stop the Zombie Apocalypse. Seriously.

Exclusive: The Pentagon Has a Plan to Stop the Zombie Apocalypse. Seriously. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about the U.S. military’s defense strategy to protect humanity from the walking dead.
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I think every speculative fiction writer in America should be allowed to read these excellent plans. At least that would give this total waste of taxpayer money some use. They even have one for zombie vegetables and another for chicken zombies. Seriously. Go for it, Pentagon.

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Dog walks in owner's place in graduation

Dog walks in owner's place in graduation | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Commencement is always a special time, but for one family, Saturday's Idaho State University graduation ceremony was especially meaningful.

Their son was not there to receive the degree he worked so hard for. Instead, his faithful service dog walked in his place.
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This will bring tears to your eyes, but they will be loving tears.

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The Mathematics of Murder: Should a Robot Sacrifice Your Life to Save Two?

The Mathematics of Murder: Should a Robot Sacrifice Your Life to Save Two? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Your robot, the one you paid good money for, has chosen to kill you. Better that, its collision-response algorithms decided, than a high-speed, head-on collision with a smaller, non-robotic compact. There were two people in that car, to your one. The math couldn’t be simpler.

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What are the ethics of robots? What ethical issues do the builders of robots have to consider. This article is a great starting point for that discussion.

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How to get a giant panda pregnant - Telegraph

How to get a giant panda pregnant - Telegraph | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Experts have flown in from all over the world. Samples have been taken. And now the waiting begins… Will Tian Tian, Edinbugh Zoo’s giant panda, deliver?
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If you love pandas, and who doesn't, this is a fun read. If you are serious about conservation, reproductive biology, zoos, or a hundred other topics, it's downright fascinating.

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It’s big. It’s scary. It’s called Pinocchio rex.

It’s big. It’s scary. It’s called Pinocchio rex. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Move over, T. rex. P. rex is in the house -- smaller, but just as deadly.
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Got to love a new dinosaur, and that's no lie.

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Why There's So Much Confusion Over Nutrition and Health

Why There's So Much Confusion Over Nutrition and Health | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If you believed the internet, you'd think there's huge debate over whether eggs, coffee, or salt are good or bad for you. In reality, there's significant agreement on diet and health issues among experts, but the general public is conflicted. So why are we so confused when experts agree? Let's clear the air.
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Eating should be enjoyable and healthy. Unfortunately, there is lots of money to be made in the food business and reliable nutritional information is hard to come by. Here's some information to help you recognize what is good and what is unreliable information about what you consume.

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Why cutting cable may not save that much

Why cutting cable may not save that much | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
John Matarese shares a downside to cutting the cord
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Not only have we seen a net savings of $120 per month but we have a lot more time to do things. No cable wasn't forcing us to watch mindlessly, but it certainly made a bad choice easier. What do I miss? 1) The drone of the same news being repeated over and over on the news networks? Now I get to read the news for myself on the computer. 2) The sports events? I missed the Kentucky Derby the other day, but I would have skipped that anyway. I will get a friend to ask me over when the Little League World Series is on; at least those kids are having fun.

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Pope lends tacit support for Palestinian state as he arrives by helicopter in Bethlehem during Middle East tour

Pope lends tacit support for Palestinian state as he arrives by helicopter in Bethlehem during Middle East tour | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Pope Francis prays at Israel's separation barrier on his way to a mass in Manger Square


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2638645/Pope-lends-tacit-support-Palestinian-state-arrives-helicopter-Bethlehem-Middle-East-tour.html#ixzz32jYTIAbH
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I never thought I would be posting fan pictures of the Pope, but this guy seems to be the real deal, a man who talks the talk and walks the walk. It is well past the time for a Palestinian state; maybe he can actually help bring that about. Perhaps the sharing of prayer can work.

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Inside the 11-Story Building That's Calling Itself the People's Republic of Donetsk

Inside the 11-Story Building That's Calling Itself the People's Republic of Donetsk | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The pro-Russian ministate in Ukraine is the smallest country in the world. It must also be the most insanely bureaucratic. 
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This may be the funniest story of the week. I can only wonder what will happen when they don't pay their electric bill. Who will collect their garbage? Where will they get food? Certainly they have nothing to offer in trade. Just too weird.

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French rail company orders 2,000 trains too wide for platforms

PARIS (Reuters) - France's national rail company SNCF said on Tuesday it had ordered 2,000 trains for an expanded regional network that are too wide for many station platforms, entailing costly repairs.A
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Isn't it good to know that the U.S. national system isn't the only one plagued by bureaucratic bungling?

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Could this drug help millions of American addicts? | Al Jazeera America

Could this drug help millions of American addicts? | Al Jazeera America | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Heroin addicts and alcoholics have said ibogaine helped them kick addiction, so why is it illegal in the United States?
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There is no silver bullet for addictions, but this is an interesting possibility. Seems to me the government, which spends billions on its failed war on drugs, could provide the funding for the testing and possible development of this treatment. Of course, no big pharma company will get the big bucks in the end, but here we go again: What is the proper function of government?

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Biden sends regrets, and a corsage, for high school prom | National | McClatchy DC

Biden sends regrets, and a corsage, for high school prom | National | McClatchy DC | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Vice President Joe Biden turned down a Connecticut teenager’s invite to her high school prom -- but sent along a corsage, nevertheless.
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I think this a lovely story. Is the young lady conniving or just wonderfully naive? I leave that to you. I hope she wore the corsage to some event.

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Bundy Ranch's Armed Defenders Seek Welfare to Sit Around Doing Nothing

Bundy Ranch's Armed Defenders Seek Welfare to Sit Around Doing Nothing | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The life of an ever-vigilant anti-government armed patriot is hard. And by hard, I mean dull and unproductive. Also, not very profitable. Maybe that's why all those guys hanging out cleaning their guns in Nevada are now begging hard-working Americans to please give them some money.
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Here we go with the new clown act. I remember when I could go to the circus and see the sideshow for $5. Now, this crew want me to pay for their lousy act.

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Fifty Authors from Fifty States: Eating Maine by Kenneth Weene

Fifty Authors from Fifty States: Eating Maine by Kenneth Weene | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

In those days it was a long drive up Route 1, all the way from Boston to our family’s camp in Maine. At Lewiston we’d hit Maine Route 4 and head northwest towards Turner, Canton and our actual destination Hartford. The trip took about six hours, sometimes more, not the easy three hours using 495 and the Maine Turnpike today. There was no air-conditioning; the car was usually crowded not only with our bags packed for the summer but also with stuff for the camp; my older brother always insisted on taking what remained of the back seat, which meant I got to sit in the middle of the front bench. It was not a pleasant ride.

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May I share some of my childhood with you?

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Expedition: We've found Columbus' Santa Maria

Expedition: We've found Columbus' Santa Maria | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Leader says wreck of Christopher Columbus' flagship found off Haiti.
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One of those "isn't this great" stories. Just fun to hear.

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10 Amazing Doll Houses (amazing doll, doll houses) - ODDEE

10 Amazing Doll Houses (amazing doll, doll houses) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Meet some of the coolest doll houses that are no child game. (amazing doll, doll houses)
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I love miniatures, and these are gems, works of art.

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Never check a privilege, Princeton writer Tal Fortgang! Are you mad?

Never check a privilege, Princeton writer Tal Fortgang! Are you mad? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

This isTal Fortgang is all wrong.

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This is some great humor writing. As a graduate of Princeton, not the Ivy League school pictured, I must say I laughed heartily.

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Senators Introduce a Bill to Fix How We Compensate Victims of Child Pornography. It’s a Good Start.

Senators Introduce a Bill to Fix How We Compensate Victims of Child Pornography. It’s a Good Start. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
How much should people who download child pornography pay the victims who were abused to make the images? Those who collect child pornography drive the market for it, and their lurking presence can make victims fear that someone they meet at a party or on the job may have seen...
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This is a good step. However, there is a difference between those who view and even distribute child pornography and those who sexually abuse children. While we may want to reduce mandatory sentences for the first group, there is no reason to believe that the second will not re-offend. I trust that this bill will not include a lowering of mandatory sentences for abusers.

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This Restaurant in Japan Gives Solo Diners Stuffed Animals for Company

This Restaurant in Japan Gives Solo Diners Stuffed Animals for Company | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Eating alone in restaurants is awkward. Sure, you can take a book and pretend like the solitude is emboldening. But be honest with yourself—sitting across from an empty chair is sometimes sad and lonely. This whimsical restaurant in Japan has a solution: stuffed animals.
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One big question: Do they have a cover charge if I bring my own stuffed animal? My moose would love to join me for dinner at a nice restaurant. What if I ordered him a green salad; would an American restaurant seat him? "Oh bother! Such big questions for such a little brain."

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