July
29
2014

CIA and Pakistani Taliban joined forces to undo global Polio eradication

For more than 20 years, a more than $10 billion worldwide campaign has been under way to wipe out polio. But the success of that campaign depends on controlling the virus in Pakistan, where a botched CIA plot led to the Pakistani Taliban banning polio immunization in 2012.

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July
29
2014

Explore science in a weekly newsletter

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I’m about to start a year-long fellowship at Harvard, immersing myself in geeky science awesomeness, and you can follow along with my newsletter The Fellowship of Three Things.

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July
29
2014

NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover sets a new driving record, beats an old Soviet one

The NASA Opportunity Mars rover landed on Mars ten years ago, and was not expected to be trucking along in the dust an entire decade later.

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July
29
2014

Cat knows how to use water cooler

“We serve them.” [Video Link]

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July
29
2014

Man sentenced after filming self driving car from passenger seat

Top of your list of things not to do: do not post video of yourself driving a car from the passenger seat.

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July
29
2014

Child porn thumbdrive "fell out" of man’s bottom

A thumbdrive loaded with indecent images of children fell from between the cheeks of a man’s bottom during a frisking in London. [via]

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July
29
2014

Amazon’s 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime

I just got done scanning Amazon’s list of 100 Children’s books to read in a lifetime. It brought tears to me eyes, I’ll likely be re-reading quite a few of them.

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July
29
2014

Running as little as 30 minutes a week reduces your risk of early death

"Three's a crowd" by Thomas Rousing, a photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

Three’s a crowd” by Thomas Rousing, a photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

A study released this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that participants who ran less than one hour each week received the same health benefits as people who ran more. Read the rest

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July
29
2014

Journalists subpoenaed in Pink Slime maker’s lawsuit against news organizations

The beef product known as pink slime or lean finely textured beef is frozen on large drums as part of the manufacturing process at the Beef Products Inc. plant in South Sioux City, Nebraska March 29, 2012.  [Reuters]

The beef product known as pink slime or lean finely textured beef is frozen on large drums as part of the manufacturing process at the Beef Products Inc. plant in South Sioux City, Nebraska March 29, 2012. [Reuters]

At least four reporters have been ordered to turn over documents to attorneys representing America’s largest “pink slime” producer, Beef Products Inc, in a $1.2-billion defamation lawsuit against ABC News and other news organizations.

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July
29
2014

Kandi Burruss’ Tour Demands — Don’t Even Think of KFC … I WANT POPEYES!

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