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Janiva Magness, “There It Is” and “I Thought I Knew You.”

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Why is Einstein the poster boy for genius? – Matthew Francis – Aeon

There’s no doubt that Einstein’s contributions to science were revolutionary. Before he came along, cosmology was a part of philosophy but, thanks to him, it’s become a branch of science, tasked with no less than a mathematical history and evolution of the Universe. Einstein’s work also led to the discovery of exotic physical phenomena such as black holes, gravitational waves, quantum entanglement, the Big Bang, and the Higgs boson.

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Temple of Gloom «

That’s the reason Temple of Doom, which comes out as a part of the Blu-ray boxed set September 18, is difficult for its creators — and lots of Indy fans — to love. It’s a breakup movie. It’s a record of gloomy images that were scrolling through its creators’ heads. “Sometimes,” Lucas told me, “you go to the dark side.” For two bummed-out guys, Temple of Doom was a catalog of what it’s like to get your heart ripped out.

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The Human Body is a Projection of Consciousness - Here's Proof | Zen Gardner

One of the key principles of quantum physics is that our thoughts determine reality. Early in the 1900?s they proved this beyond a shadow of a doubt with an experiment called the double slit experiment. They found that the determining factor of the behavior of energy (‘particles’) at the quantum level is the awareness of the observer.

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The I.D. Man - The New Yorker

The men were standing in line for I.D. numbers, in a country with a shortage of I.D.s. They were being drafted into a public scheme, launched by Nandan Nilekani, a genial software billionaire, which intends to create a national biometric database ten times larger than the world’s largest existing biometric database.

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Buddy Guy & Paul Rogers, “Some Kind Of Wonderful.”

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Dear Climate, America Is Eating Less Beef. You're Welcome. | Mother Jones

So what should you eat instead of beef? One answer: chicken, which has a carbon footprint roughly a fifth the size of beef’s. Happily, earlier this week, the National Chicken Council released new research showing that Americans are eating chicken in 17 percent more meals and snacks than they did in 2012.

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First Day of Terror—Vol. 2, No. 3—The Appendix

That month, the Egyptian army had thundered across the Suez Canal while Syrian troops stormed into the Golan Heights in a coordinated attack on Israel. They acted with Saudi Arabian, Iraqi, Kuwaiti, and Libyan financing, as well as Algerian, Tunisian, and Moroccan material support.

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Flamer by misterbigidea on Flickr.

Flamer by misterbigidea on Flickr.

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