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July 2011
The Demon Rum

2011: Rum, once part of the balanced diet of a sailor in the British Royal Navy, has for years tried to shake its modern image as the poison of choice for college kids on spring break. Food writer Mark Garrison lauds the complexity and affordability of the often-overlooked... ...

A Cool Pack of Lies

2011: In the search for a more accurate lie-detector test, one that would have a better chance of being permissible in court, researchers have moved from studying the external factors which polygraphs rely on to studying internal factors, namely the brain. Lone Frank, writing for Salon, provides the history... ...

Conspicuous Consumption

2011: If you have a little extra cash lying around, Takashimaya Co. will gladly take it off your hands. In honor of its 180th anniversary, the Japanese department store will make available a $229,000 dinner to celebrate the New Year. While the majority of the cost comes from the meal’s... ...

What Doesn’t Kill You…

2011: Contrary to a commonly held belief that parks should be safer and, in general, children’s lives free from harm, new studies find that a reasonable exposure to danger and discomfort is necessary for preventing the development of phobias later in life. But cautious parents and fears of lawsuits have,... ...

Good Librarians Borrow, Great Ones Steal

2011: In the ongoing battle over the availability of information on the web, law enforcement has dealt the latest blow, indicting Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz for allegedly stealing over four million documents from MIT and JSTOR. It would seem that Swartz, an open-access guru of sorts, wanted the documents for... ...

Imagine No Cash Registers

2011: A new app for smartphones and tablets promises to modify your shopping experience. Square, a company founded my Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, takes the power out of the hands of credit card companies and puts it into the hands of individuals—and maybe just a little into Dorsey’s. Slate reports:

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The Memory Game

2011: In an ever-accelerating digital world, some researchers are curious about the Internet’s effect on the memory, especially when almost every answer to every question can be recalled in a nanosecond. A recent article in the New York Times discusses one study that finds our memory at risk of... ...

The Bell Tolls for Thee

2011: In a stunning blow to American security forces, Ahmed Wali Karzai, the powerful half brother of Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai has been assassinated. Wali Karzai leaves behind a decidedly mixed legacy, as the New York Times reports:

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Family Values

2011: The Iowa Straw Poll may take place in August, but the eager Republican candidate can get a serious advantage by proving their conservative credentials early and often. That’s what frontrunner Rep. Michele Bachmann must have been thinking when she signed a pledge offered by the conservative advocacy... ...

The Highest Heights

2011: The shuttle Atlantis lifts off today, effectively ending the space shuttle program and grounding manned travel into space for years to come. But what exactly did we do when we went into space? After putting around a few golf balls on the moon, not much, argues Dennis Overbye... ...

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