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Instant messaging 'a linguistic renaissance' for teens - tech - 15 May 2008 - New Scientist Tech

"teenagers risk the disapproval of their elders if they use slang, and the scorn of their friends if they sound too buttoned-up. But instant messaging allows them to deploy a "robust mix" of colloquial and formal language"

Reason Magazine - Hit & Run > Reforming Forensics

"Controlled studies have shown that the bias forensic experts absorb even by such seemingly innocuous interactions as speaking with police and prosecutors before running tests can have a disturbingly significant impact on their results."

How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power | World news | The Guardian

"The evidence has also prompted one former US Nazi war crimes prosecutor to argue that the late senator's action should have been grounds for prosecution for giving aid and comfort to the enemy."

Jason's Journal: Grief Bacon

"the Germans have a word, Kummerspeck, for the excess weight one gains from emotion-related overeating. It translates literally as “grief bacon.”"


"And that made me realize that it's all about the endowment. Everything. They want genders about even so most of the kids can have fond memories of college sex. They have sports teams to create lifelong bonds. Campuses create a sense of permanent community"

The Cost of Smarts - New York Times

"Is there an adaptive value to limited intelligence?"

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