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Letters of Note: The most beautiful work of all

Letters of Note: The most beautiful work of all | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Fascinating letters. Interesting correspondence.
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An examination of challenges facing humans in general
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How Gangs Took Over Prisons

How Gangs Took Over Prisons | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Originally formed for self-protection, prison gangs have become the unlikely custodians of order behind bars—and of crime on the streets.
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Yes, we’re being bought by Microsoft | Hacker News

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Sharing the HN thread because there are very interesting stories at the top right now about kids playing with this around the world. Using it to build and learn and acquire a real sense of computers.

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Holdout

Holdout | Human Condition | Scoop.it
In 1914, the government of New York City took ownership of a Manhattan apartment building belonging to one David Hess. The city used a legal power called eminent domain, allowing governments to sei...
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Submarine Cable Map 2014

Submarine Cable Map 2014 | Human Condition | Scoop.it
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Lots of stuff going on here.

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Google's fact-checking bots build vast knowledge bank - tech - 20 August 2014 - New Scientist

Google's fact-checking bots build vast knowledge bank - tech - 20 August 2014 - New Scientist | Human Condition | Scoop.it
The search giant is automatically building Knowledge Vault, a massive database that could give us unprecedented access to the world's facts
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This is pretty intense.

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Just How

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After the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture cracked down on a community seed library, hundreds of seed libraries in the U.S. are suddenly wondering if they are breaking the law.
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Regulating non-commercial seed use and distribution seems like some pretty dark sh*t.

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The end of neighbours

The end of neighbours | Human Condition | Scoop.it
How our increasingly closed-off lives are poisoning our politics and endangering our health
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Critics Raise Concerns About Sovaldi

Critics Raise Concerns About Sovaldi | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Critics have raised an outcry over Sovaldi, a hepatitis C drug heralded as a breakthrough but costing $84,000 for a typical person’s total treatment.
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Turn Your Old Cell Phones into DIY Environmental Listening Devices to Stop Illegal Logging

Turn Your Old Cell Phones into DIY Environmental Listening Devices to Stop Illegal Logging | Human Condition | Scoop.it
A kit to turn old cell phones into a rainforest monitoring system that tracks illegal logging.
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What's the scariest thing in the world? Ask your teenage daughter

What's the scariest thing in the world? Ask your teenage daughter | Human Condition | Scoop.it
I’m driving my eldest daughter Alia home from kung fu lessons. She’s telling me crazy stories about her job as a pizza delivery girl.
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How to hack your body language for better interviews

How to hack your body language for better interviews | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Research interviews go best when participants feel comfortable and confident — they’re more verbal, more willing to explore, and more willing to play along. So when an interview isn’t going well, I check for signs…
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The Critical Importance of Kindness

The Critical Importance of Kindness | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.
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hugelkultur: the ultimate raised garden beds

hugelkultur: the ultimate raised garden beds | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Soil on wood makes a raised garden bed that can support your favorite garden plants all summer without irrigation
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With genetic testing, I gave my parents the gift of divorce

With genetic testing, I gave my parents the gift of divorce | Human Condition | Scoop.it
One biologist's story of how genetic testing broke his family apart.
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The Kaley Forfeiture Decision: What It Looks Like When The Feds Make Their Ham Sandwich | Popehat

The Kaley Forfeiture Decision: What It Looks Like When The Feds Make Their Ham Sandwich | Popehat | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Yesterday, in Kaley v. United States, the United States Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that a criminal defendant has no right to challenge the pretrial freezing of
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Pathways

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Biochemical Pathways provide an overview of the chemical reactions of cells in various species and organs. Dr. Michal first compiled the Pathways Chart in 1965 and has been fine-tuning it ever since. Today, and with the collaboration of Roche, the two enormous posters can be found hanging in just about every research institute from Argentina to New Zealand.
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James Doty’s Helper’s High - Issue 13: Symmetry - Nautilus

James Doty’s Helper’s High - Issue 13: Symmetry - Nautilus | Human Condition | Scoop.it
James Doty is not a subject under study at the altruism research center that he founded at Stanford in 2008, but he could be. In 2000,…
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Epistemological Problems of Testimony (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

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If you all would like something meaty to dig into.

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The Last Psychiatrist: The Dove Sketches Beauty Scam

The Last Psychiatrist: The Dove Sketches Beauty Scam | Human Condition | Scoop.it
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I think I posted this before but it's worth re-reading.

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4.12: Mother Earth Mother Board

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Neal Stephenson on laying fiber from 1996.

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Last Call - The New Yorker

Last Call - The New Yorker | Human Condition | Scoop.it
From time to time, Ittetsu Nemoto gets a group of suicidal people together to visit popular suicide spots, of which there are many in Japan. The best known is Aokigahara forest, the Sea of Trees, at the foot of Mt. Fuji. The forest became associated with suicide in the nineteen-sixties, after the publication of two novels by Seicho Matsumoto, and even more so after Wataru Tsurumi’s 1993 “Complete Manual of Suicide” declared it the perfect place to die. Because its trees grow so closely together that they block the wind, and because there are few animals or birds, the forest is unusually quiet. The Sea of Trees is large, fourteen square miles, so bodies can lie undiscovered for months; tourists photograph corpses and scavenge for abandoned possessions. Another common suicide destination is Tojinbo cliff, which overlooks the Sea of Japan. Visiting such a place turns out to be very different from picturing it. The sight of the sea from a cliff top can be a terrible thing.
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Seth Mnookin: Fighting a One-of-a-Kind Disease

Seth Mnookin: Fighting a One-of-a-Kind Disease | Human Condition | Scoop.it
What do you do if your child has a condition that is new to science? Until recently, Bertrand Might was the only known patient with a certain genetic disorder. His parents began searching for others.
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https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8050106

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Is that whole gamification thing really over? | Information Age

Is that whole gamification thing really over? | Information Age | Human Condition | Scoop.it
The enterprise gamification industry is in dire need of some tough love
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Quite good comments on Hacker News: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8009702

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Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they’re private corporations, immune from open records laws

Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they’re private corporations, immune from open records laws | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Unusual law enforcement counsels that operate the SWAT teams say they aren't public entities.
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A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son (UPDATE)

A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son (UPDATE) | Human Condition | Scoop.it
That's right: Officers threw a flashbang grenade in my son's crib -- and left a hole in his chest. It gets worse
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We collectively must bring these people to justice. Doing violence as part of a government job is no excuse.

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