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What's the Latest? The injustice of marijuana arrests can be measured in dollars, years, and lives, says Jesse Wegman at the New York Times. "Each year, enforcing laws on possession costs more than $3.6 billion, according to the American Civil Liberties...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Good LORD the world suddenly seems a threatening unsettling mess, doesn’t it? Wars and plane crashes and disease and environmental catastrophe looming, all at once! It reminds me of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention sang in “Trouble Comin’...
From: Big Think | By: David Ropeik | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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What's the Latest? Any human population sent from Earth to colonize another planet--whether it be Mars, a moon of Jupiter, or a rock beyond our solar system--should number from 20,000 to 40,000 people. According to a new study by Portland State University...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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TIRANA – Poor countries export raw materials such as cocoa, iron ore, and raw diamonds. Rich countries export – often to those same poor countries – more complex products such as chocolate, cars, and jewels. If poor countries want to get rich,...
From: Big Think | By: Ricardo Hausmann | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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The Internet is a creative place, and it just became a whole lot more artistic. Over 400,000 high-resolution digital images have gone public domain thanks to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. And it's available to you for non-commercial use. So get to...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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What's the Latest? A new study published in Psychological Science reveals just how dire the consequences of sleep deprivation can be. It turns out that when you pull an all-nighter, it's not just your sleep schedule getting wrecked; it's your memory...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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It's 1923, and you're a British surveying expedition stuck deep in the interior of the Gold Coast (after independence in 1957, Ghana). The month of the year doesn't matter: in this corner of tropical West Africa, it's probably too hot for most of you...
From: Big Think | By: Frank Jacobs | Monday, July 28, 2014
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What's the Latest? Most offices feature at least one worker who eschews the politics of workplace praise, quietly garnering satisfaction through diligent work rather than boisterous self-aggrandizement. These folks may not be particularly popular or...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Monday, July 28, 2014
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It’s selfish to be nice. As we’ve previously reported here on Big Think, the kinder you are the happier you will be. While being nice is good for you, being perceived as warm and friendly also helps you in the world of business. Those who are warm...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Monday, July 28, 2014
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What's the Latest? It's hard to imagine a stressful situation that wouldn't be made at least a little bit better by the presence of man's best friend. In the hospital? There's a doggie for that. At the courthouse? Pups to the rescue! Finals got you down?...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Monday, July 28, 2014
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"Superheroes fill a gap in the pop culture psyche, similar to the role of Greek mythology. There isn't really anything else that does the job in modern terms. For me, Batman is the one that can most clearly be taken seriously." - Christopher Nolan Read...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Do religious institutions have an obligation to fight for social change? The Civil Rights movement sprung from the Baptist churches of the South. Without the congregations and the organizing power of a certain young reverend by the name of Dr. Martin...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Monday, July 28, 2014
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What's the Latest? Bright ideas and shrewd business tactics are important tools for the rookie entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. But just as every society has its own set of customs and expectations, the California tech Mecca upholds an unspoken behavioral...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Monday, July 28, 2014
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NEW YORK – Karl Marx famously wrote that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Yet when we look around nowadays, we can’t help but wonder whether tragedy will be followed by yet more tragedy. Here we are,...
From: Big Think | By: Jeffrey Sachs | Monday, July 28, 2014
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What's the Latest? The machines have already started taking our jobs. Are they now after our sports as well? Who in the world will stop them? We can probably count out Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who last week said he wants his country to host...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Monday, July 28, 2014
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What's the Latest? Despite having a backorder of vehicles to complete, Tesla has closed its San Francisco manufacturing plant in order to launch its sport-utility model. Industry observers say the company's emphasis on the SUV is a respond to sales trends:...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Monday, July 28, 2014
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What's the Latest? Men and women respond differently to arguments, according to a 2003 paper published in the journal Personal Relationships. What the study found is that across 62 cultures from all over the globe, men reported higher levels of "attachment...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Monday, July 28, 2014
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The results from my 23andMe test were not overly surprising. My heritage is predominantly Eastern European, something I already knew given my Hungarian surname and grandparental origins. There were a few small revelations: hints of Ashkenazi Jew and...
From: Big Think | By: Derek Beres | Sunday, July 27, 2014
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What's the Latest? Google has abandoned the idea of giving humans partial control over autonomous vehicles, removing the steering wheel and brake pedal from current designs. This leave practically no room for machine error, meaning Google has given itself...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Sunday, July 27, 2014
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What's the Latest? New studies suggest that people in powerful positions struggle to empathize with those who occupy more humble ranks. In one such study at the University of Illinois, researchers found that "among full-time employees of a public university,...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Sunday, July 27, 2014
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What's the Latest? While theism continues to unite the vast majority of the world's population, westerners of a certain age have never before accepted atheism with such enthusiasm. Buttressed by popular figures like Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Sunday, July 27, 2014
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If there was an award for the single greatest hub of pseudoscience on the internet, the website Natural News would well and truly take the crown tin foil hat. Expect to find anti-vaccine paranoia which extends not only to your garden variety antivaxxer...
From: Big Think | By: Neurobonkers | Sunday, July 27, 2014
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BERLIN - After the Great Wars, the USA "colonized" the German lands. The Reich (Empire) was de-Nazified, but also de-Germanized, with the result that German culture, German philosophy, and the German sciences all came to an end. Germany became a Western...
From: Big Think | By: Thorsten J. Pattberg | Sunday, July 27, 2014
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The image above maps the location of more than 150,000 geocoded tweets that contained words deemed to be racist, homophobic or that targeted people with disabilities. The project was completed by students at Humboldt State University in California. ...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Sunday, July 27, 2014
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How does modern technology intersect with ancient spirituality? This is the question that is posed in the work of Grimanesa Amorós, a Peruvian interdisciplinary artist, whose light sculpture installations will be featured tomorrow at BAZAAR ART...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Sunday, July 27, 2014
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What's the Latest? Are you prepared for the Chocolate Depression? No, that's not an economic term; it's an emotional one. Your Kit Kat bars are about to get a whole lot more expensive. Reuters reports that Hershey has joined competitors Mars and Nestle...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Saturday, July 26, 2014
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What's the Latest? No matter what you believe (or choose not to believe) about climate change, it is impossible to deny that shifts in global weather patterns present an imminent threat to millions of people worldwide in countries such as Bangladesh,...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Saturday, July 26, 2014
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What's the Latest? Earlier this week, Motorola introduced a rather unorthodox new way for Moto X owners to unlock their smartphone. All you need is a digital tattoo.  Motorola's official hype video: First observation: you've got to love how the makers...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Saturday, July 26, 2014
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What's the Latest? Depending on what version of Spiderman you deem gospel, Peter Parker was a teenager when his Uncle Ben bestowed upon him the sage-like advice "with great power comes great responsibility." Similar aphorisms can be traced to FDR, Voltaire,...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Saturday, July 26, 2014
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