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FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award shortlist

They've announced the six-title-strong shortlist for this year's the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. The winner will be announced 6 November.

Taco Bell is Adding 300 New Locations

The Tex-Mex Brand is expanding with over 300 new locations in urban areas by 2022.

Biggest and smallest creatures at top risk of extinction: study

Animals on both the large and small side of the spectrum face the most risk of extinction -- but for very different reasons, each with vast consequences for the planet, researchers said Monday. For big creatures -- including whale sharks,...Show More Summary

Cultural invasion

Article in South China Morning Post (9/19/17) by Jasmine Siu: "Activist fined HK$3,000 for binning Hong Kong public library books in ‘fight against cultural invasion’ from mainland China:  Alvin Cheng Kam-mun, 29, convicted of theft over dumping of books printed in simplified Chinese characters" A radical Hong Kong activist was on Tuesday fined HK$3,000 for […]

Pulling, not pushing, silk could revolutionize how greener materials are manufactured

New insights into how animals spin silk could lead to new, greener ways of producing synthetic fibres, according to academics at the University of Sheffield. Researchers from the University of Sheffield's Department of Material Science and Engineering have shown that animals spin silk by pulling rather than pushing it out of their bodies. Show More Summary

Vintage Dinosaur Art: How Tough was a Tyrannosaurus?

The Q&A format is a very popular one for children's dinosaur books, and indeed I've covered a few during my invaluably spent time writing for LITC. However, this one's a little special, and that's because it was sent to me by long-time reader Herman Diaz via airmail, all the way from the US. Show More Summary

“”Election integrity’ means voter suppression”

Cynthia Tucker column: With Donald J. Trump as president, however, the GOP has abandoned any pretense of subtlety. Trump has plumped up the myth of voter fraud with outrageous accusations, incredible theories and charges that could not possibly be true. … Continue reading ?

Prime candidate to explain cosmic ray sea runs short of energy

(Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)) The very high-energy part of the spectrum of Cassiopeia A results from the cosmic rays within the remnant. Until now, this range of energy could not be measured with sufficient precision. An...Show More Summary

David Benatar, The Human Predicament, Chapter 2, Meaning

This is the second in a series of entries on Benatar's new book. The entries are collected here. Herewith, some notes on pp. 13-34. Summary does not constitute endorsement. Note also that my summary involves interpretation and extension and embellishments:...

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BU: HPV vaccine associated with improved fertility in some women

More than 40 percent of American teens are now getting vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV). But, despite HPV infection being associated with reduced semen quality and lower pregnancy rates, there is still public concern about...Show More Summary

End-of-summer Arctic sea ice extent is eighth lowest on record

Arctic sea ice appeared to have reached its yearly lowest extent on Sept. 13, NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder have reported. Analysis of satellite data by NSIDC...Show More Summary

PET imaging tracks Zika virus infection, disease progression in mouse model

For the first time, scientists have used Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging to study brain inflammation following Zika virus infection in mice, according to a study recently published online in the journal Molecular Imaging and Biology. The technology has the added benefit of allowing investigators to study the progression of the disease over time.

Pulling, not pushing, silk could revolutionize how greener materials are manufactured

(University of Sheffield) New insights into how animals spin silk could lead to new, greener ways of producing synthetic fibres, according to academics at the University of Sheffield.

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