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Want to understand mortality? Look to the chimps

Want to understand mortality? Look to the chimps | Gavagai | Scoop.it

What scientists can learn by observing how primates respond to death.

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The stunning weirdness of Ayn Rand: why her newfound popularity makes no sense

The stunning weirdness of Ayn Rand: why her newfound popularity makes no sense | Gavagai | Scoop.it

On Last Week Tonight, perhaps to balance out his less-than-friendly main segment on Obama’s drone policies, John Oliver asked a question that has bothered people about Ayn Rand since she first emerged in the middle of the twentieth century: why are people into this dreck?

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Is bilingualism really an advantage?

Is bilingualism really an advantage? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

For most of their lives, bilinguals might not show any real benefits. The true edge may come far later.

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Almost every Obama conspiracy theory ever

Almost every Obama conspiracy theory ever | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Fake birth certificates, ghostwriters, teleprompters, a teenage trip to Mars, and more of the most paranoid and bizarro Obama conspiracy theories out there.

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Why did the world ignore Boko Haram's Baga attacks?

Why did the world ignore Boko Haram's Baga attacks? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

As media coverage focused on the Paris terror attacks, over 2000 Nigerians were reported to have been killed by Islamist militants. What makes one massacre more newsworthy than another?

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Watch the earth open and close during Japan's 2011 earthquake

Watch the earth open and close during Japan's 2011 earthquake | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Amateur video obtained by an American tourist visiting a park when the earthquake struck shows how dynamic the ground can be. The ground can be seen opening and closing, with some areas spurting water to the surface.

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The limits of satire

The limits of satire | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Tim Parks: Now that the whole world is my neighbor, my immediate Internet neighbor, do I make any concessions at all, or do I uphold the ancient tradition of satire at all costs?

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Raif Badawi: everything you need to know about the Saudi freedom-of-speech blogger

Raif Badawi: everything you need to know about the Saudi freedom-of-speech blogger | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Raif Badawi was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison, and the world has watched on in horror.

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Here are the worst things Fox News has ever done

Here are the worst things Fox News has ever done | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Fox News is in trouble for booking an expert who claimed that Birmingham is a 'Muslim-only' city. But that gaffe is far, far from the most ridiculous thing the news channel has done… recently.

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Israeli journalists are getting death threats for publishing this cartoon

Israeli journalists are getting death threats for publishing this cartoon | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Journalists at Haaretz, the liberal Israeli newspaper, have received death threats after they published a cartoon juxtaposing the number of reporters killed while covering the Gaza war with those killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack.

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Unmournable bodies

Unmournable bodies | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Teju Cole: It is possible to defend the right to obscene and racist speech without promoting or sponsoring the content of that speech.

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4 ways privatization is ruining the American education system

4 ways privatization is ruining the American education system | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Its most deleterious effect: The proliferation of charter schools means underperforming children get left behind.

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Six European animals enjoying a resurgence

Six European animals enjoying a resurgence | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Statista has looked at notable instances where European wildlife populations have increased, using data from a Zoological Society of London report published last year and from the LCIE. In the case of the Eurasian beaver, the population has increased by 28,028 per cent since 1990.

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All you ever (or never) wanted to know about quantitative easing

All you ever (or never) wanted to know about quantitative easing | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In a last-gasp effort to prevent an already depressed European economy from tumbling into an deflationary spiral, the European Central Bank announced a program of quantitative easing. But what does that mean?

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Martin Luther King: an American Iliad

Martin Luther King: an American Iliad | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Taylor Branch has spent twenty-four of his own years tracing fourteen years in the life of Martin Luther King. Only the computer made it possible to create the work in so short a time.

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Charlie Hebdo: Alan Moore calls on major religions to clean up their act

Charlie Hebdo: Alan Moore calls on major religions to clean up their act | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Alan Moore has challenged the world's great religions to 'clean up their act' in the wake of the murder of cartoonists on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in France.

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Study: BPA alternative may be worse than the harmful chemical it replaced

Study: BPA alternative may be worse than the harmful chemical it replaced | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A new study links a chemical found in 'BPA Free' products to fetal brain abnormalities in zebrafish.

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A short history of mental illness in art

A short history of mental illness in art | Gavagai | Scoop.it

From Hogarth to Van Gogh, art has challenged and shaped our understanding of mental illness. 

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Charlie and the ducks

Charlie and the ducks | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Gary Alan Fine: Governments must protect the right to disagree. While we should not ban culinary arts or journalistic practices, good neighbors properly take the sensitivities of others into account, while their opponents must recognize these preferences.

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Paris attacks: from solidarity to surveillance

Paris attacks: from solidarity to surveillance | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The terrorist attacks in the French capital prompted a wave of public outrage and solidarity. But in the days since, politicians and others have seized on the events to push different agendas.

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Legendary cartoonist Robert Crumb on the massacre in Paris

Legendary cartoonist Robert Crumb on the massacre in Paris | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The ex-pat artist Robert Crumb, who has lived in France for 25 years, discusses his new cartoon of Muhammed.

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On satire: a response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks

On satire: a response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The acclaimed graphic artist and journalist Joe Sacco on the limits of satire – and what it means if Muslims don’t find it funny.

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Right-wing media's worst Islamophobic rhetoric

Right-wing media's worst Islamophobic rhetoric | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The Islamophobic rhetoric spewed by right-wing media in response to the deadly attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris is just the most recent in a long history of conservative anti-Islam vitriol.

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