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'We Are Going For Change': A Conversation With 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki. 'After spending seven months in the Food & Drug Administration's penalty box, the consumer genetics testing firm 23andMe recently submitted a new health-related test for FDA...
From: MetaFilter | By: VikingSword | Friday, October 24, 2014
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So I had no choice. At work, I spoke to my friend Shirley, who promised to call around her Bronx neighborhood that night. She knew someone who knew someone, and in a few days, it was arranged. I would stay with her and everything would be all right....
From: MetaFilter | By: MartinWisse | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Jeff Quitney has curated hundreds and hundreds* of YouTube playlists with thousands and thousands of vintage educational, training and institutional films and documentaries. If you hate multi-link posts you can jump right in because the playlists aren't...
From: MetaFilter | By: Room 641-A | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Actually, it's about ethics in games journalism....
From: MetaFilter | By: griphus | Friday, October 24, 2014
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"The next day, over breakfast, he said: 'At the peak in my account, I was at $640,000, but now I'm at $381,000. But I've taken out five times what I've put in along the way, so now it's like Monopoly money. I'm still buying more shares, though, because...
From: MetaFilter | By: Diablevert | Friday, October 24, 2014
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"The possibility of withholding care represents a departure from the 'do everything' philosophy in most American hospitals and a return to a view that held sway a century ago, when doctors were at greater risk of becoming infected by treating dying patients....
From: MetaFilter | By: Jacqueline | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Instagram user takupon0816 is a constant stream of the most incredible model car dioramas. The weathering and lighting are so spot on that most barely give away they are in fact small scale models and not life-sized photoshoots. Weathering is a big thing...
From: MetaFilter | By: mathowie | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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This afternoon/evening, North Americans will be treated to a partial solar eclipse, making for some great photography opportunities from Chicago to LA and points northward (coverages as high as ~60% in the Northwestern US and Canada) -- even if there...
From: MetaFilter | By: Westringia F. | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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"Photographer Pete Thorne has discovered that, just as photographing the elderly can make for powerful portraits, the same can be said for old dogs as well. His "Old Faithful" photo series takes a warm and intimate look at man's best friends as they...
From: MetaFilter | By: Jacqueline | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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"They can be as big as great white sharks, but that's about as far as the comparison goes. Their maximum speed is a lethargic 1.7 miles per hour, many are almost blind, and they are happy to eat rotting carcasses. They may be common throughout the ocean,...
From: MetaFilter | By: brundlefly | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Queens vs. the Machine - a look at nearly two centuries of drag culture in San Francisco and how it survives in today's tech economy....
From: MetaFilter | By: psoas | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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'You do not need to deliver the fatal blow or even be at the actual scene of the killing to be found guilty and sent to jail,' Detective Inspector John McFarlane said after the conviction of 17 of the 20 young people jointly charged with the murder of...
From: MetaFilter | By: standardasparagus | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Charly Jones, KZEW-FM Dallas, 1978. they played songs and Disc-Jockeys talked about nudists...Also 1975 KZEW-FM 1967 Top 40 KVIL Demos '82-'83 ...dig those groovy sounds....
From: MetaFilter | By: shockingbluamp | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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The Edwards were spooked. Christopher stole £10,000 from his employer and they ran away to Lille, De Gaulle's birthplace. But they couldn't access the Wycherleys' account from abroad, Christopher couldn't find work, and their money ran out. Instead...
From: MetaFilter | By: Ghostride The Whip | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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This is what she does. She takes a pretty good song, waits until you are popping along to it, then a little longer, until it feels repetitive and you start to see through to its flaws, and then boom, she comes in and makes it a completely different song—a...
From: MetaFilter | By: ellieBOA | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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When a seven-year-old girl wants to be Han Solo for Halloween, what's her father to do? Dress as Princess Leia, of course....
From: MetaFilter | By: EmpressCallipygos | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Jack Bruce, best known as bass player and vocalist for 60s supergroup Cream has died of liver disease at the age of 71. Jack Bruce's music career spanned over 5 decades. He began his professional career 1962 as a member of Blues Incorporated with Alexis...
From: MetaFilter | By: wabbittwax | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Ever woken up on a Saturday morning wondering how a modern wind tunnel works? (Rhetorical question; I know you haven't.) The Sauber F1 team has posted a 44 minute video explaining the ins and outs of using a wind tunnel. The video covers everything from...
From: MetaFilter | By: daniel_charms | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Drunk Furniture....
From: MetaFilter | By: oulipian | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Walk in the footsteps of Jane Goodall on Street View: Gombe National Park....
From: MetaFilter | By: ChuraChura | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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For those of you who wanted to follow the exercise plan featured in the NY Times on the 7 minute workout (previously), they now offer an app to make it easier to follow their program. Bonus: The reference to the post title...
From: MetaFilter | By: JiffyQ | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Google executive Alan Eustace beats Felix Baumgartner's skydiving record. It took more than two hours to hit an altitude of 135,890 feet (41,419 metres), from which he separated himself from the balloon and started plummeting back to Earth. Eustace hit...
From: MetaFilter | By: Wordshore | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Unless you are a monomaniacal specialist of the 80s, there is very little chance that Cha Cha Guitry will ring any bell. And yet this band, buried away in Saint-Etienne – at the very heart of France – could have rivalled easily with Elli & Jacno...
From: MetaFilter | By: neroli | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Katie Bradley loves tortises: "At this point, I have made well over 1500 turtle cozies."...
From: MetaFilter | By: DarlingBri | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Should I Work For Free? A flow chart....
From: MetaFilter | By: Mchelly | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Martha Stewart Living inspires parents to throw a Punk Rock Inspired Party for their children. Instead of advising parents to hijack the school's photocopier and use ransom-note letters from shoplifted magazines for invites; to get their child's mohawk...
From: MetaFilter | By: peagood | Friday, October 24, 2014
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How he can move gigantic marble blocks, but his own movements are light? An excerpt from Il Capo by Yuri Ancarani, which follows a foreman at a marble quarry....
From: MetaFilter | By: klangklangston | Friday, October 24, 2014
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How do you get the world excited about space exploration? With a promotional scifilm. Come see Ambition produced by the European Space Agencacy (ESA) to promote excitement about Rosetta's mission and upcoming landing of the space probe Philae on the...
From: MetaFilter | By: Wolfster | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Chapman University has released The Chapman Survey on American Fears, a comprehensive, scientific survey of 1500 Americans on what they fear the most. The survey shows that the top five things Americans fear the most are: 1) Walking alone at night 2)...
From: MetaFilter | By: roomthreeseventeen | Friday, October 24, 2014
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"But it wasn't sugar, heaps of which are sucked down daily by the middle and upper classes, that guided his and my grandma's dental fates. And it wasn't meth. It was lack of insurance, lack of knowledge, lack of good nutrition – poverties into which...
From: MetaFilter | By: The Whelk | Friday, October 24, 2014
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While working within the Chicago Police Department, Rebecca Campbell (PhD, Professor, Michigan State University) was told by a detective that "most victims lie" about sexual assault. She, on the other hand, was certain that most victims told the truth....
From: MetaFilter | By: VioletU | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The same technologists who protest against the NSA's metadata collection programs are the ones profiting the most from the widespread surveillance of students....
From: MetaFilter | By: the man of twists and turns | Friday, October 24, 2014
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A dakhma, or "tower of silence" is an ancient structure created by Zoroastrians for the disposal of the dead. Within an elevated courtyard, surrounded by high walls the bodies of the deceased are laid out in a circle. Vultures descend into the structure...
From: MetaFilter | By: humanfont | Friday, October 24, 2014
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A demonstration of several geometric lathes, which produced anti-counterfeiting patterns for banknotes, plus a reducing lathe to make coin and medal dies. (SLYT)...
From: MetaFilter | By: Small Dollar | Friday, October 24, 2014
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One-Fifth of Detroit's Population Could Lose Their Homes — Many families could stay put for just a few hundred dollars, if only they knew how to work the system. (SLAtlantic)...
From: MetaFilter | By: tonycpsu | Friday, October 24, 2014
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io9 has come up with a surprisingly good list of 100 science-fiction-themed songs. The comments are actually pretty great, with a lot more songs. There's rap, heavy metal, folk, polka, you name it. Still missing: more coverage of songs in languages other...
From: MetaFilter | By: wintersweet | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Five years ago, if archaeologists digging up pharaonic ruins in Egypt found any human bones, they would usually throw them away. "Most Egyptian archaeological missions looked at human remains as garbage," said Afaf Wahba, a young official at Egypt's...
From: MetaFilter | By: ursus_comiter | Friday, October 24, 2014
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They're young and childfree by choice, but can 20- and 30-something women get sterilized? [...] Ultimately, ACOG's official stance is that if a woman is well-informed and seeks sterilization, it doesn't matter how old she is or whether she's already...
From: MetaFilter | By: stoneweaver | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Robert Peston, BBC : "Well you may recall that the Office for National Statistics recently recalculated the size of our national income to take account of unreported or under-reported parts of the economy, such as research and development, illicit drugs...
From: MetaFilter | By: marienbad | Friday, October 24, 2014
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My novella, Dead Man's Trail, was recently published. It is a gut-shot Western, the story of a man who prospected in the Gila Mountains until he nearly went mad and then is called on to help guide a posse to capture the vicious killer, Coffin Jack. Soon,...
From: MetaFilter | By: dances_with_sneetches | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Henrique Oliveira "paints" in three dimensions with plywood, as he describes it in a short interview with Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. The video focuses on a 2012 work in progress, Carambóxido, which is made from, and still smells like, industrial...
From: MetaFilter | By: filthy light thief | Friday, October 24, 2014
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We wanted to create something quite muscular and meaty. I was getting a little disenchanted with boring wet music. I wanted something with some kind of punch to it ... Esben and the Witch formed in 2008 after neophyte guitarist Thomas Fisher bumped into...
From: MetaFilter | By: Sonny Jim | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Killer Mike and El-P have dropped their latest Run the Jewels album just in time for the weekend. A follow up to last year's widely acclaimed Run the Jewels (previously), it is, like its predecessor, free for the price of your email address. There's...
From: MetaFilter | By: dortmunder | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The UK's National Archives has today released the formerly secret files detailing MI5's monitoring of the British Marxist historians Eric Hobsbawm and Christopher Hill [PDF downloads available]. The Guardian reports. An official historian explains. Christopher...
From: MetaFilter | By: bebrogued | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Without komaga (literally "panel pictures"), there would have been no gekiga. Moreover, because by the mid 60s gekiga had become lingua franca in comics for adolescent boys and young men, and because without gekiga it is unlikely that the "cinematic"...
From: MetaFilter | By: MartinWisse | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Maps of street layouts, coloured based on their orientation. Includes San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Paris, Chicago, Berlin, Boston and London....
From: MetaFilter | By: frimble | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Yale's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has just released brand new scans of the Voynich Manuscript. The entire collection is available in JPEG and TIFF, and the new scans look pretty nice. The Beinecke's main page for the Voynich (previously)...
From: MetaFilter | By: bigbigdog | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Reanna Alder eats roadkill raccoon so you don't have to. (Article has no images except a highly processed one of a live raccoon.)...
From: MetaFilter | By: Harald74 | Friday, October 24, 2014
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17 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read in a Sitting by Lincoln Michel at Electric Literature: This week author Ian McEwan expressed his love of short novels, saying "very few [long] novels earn their length." Certainly it seems like a novel has to be...
From: MetaFilter | By: joseph conrad is fully awesome | Friday, October 24, 2014
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the film Zulu, which depicts the Battle of Rorke's Drift (previously) in 1879. Here's a little history of the production, as well as ten things you may not know about the film and an argument that it's the best...
From: MetaFilter | By: AlonzoMosleyFBI | Friday, October 24, 2014
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