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German book prices

At Boersenblatt they commissioned a study of German book prices since 2010 -- and learned that the average book now costs € 12.92 -- up... €.78 over the past six years. Not too surprising in these not very inflationary times Kids' books have seen the smallest increase -- and they remain the cheapest of all the measured market segments.

Atlas of an Anxious Man review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Christoph Ransmayr's Atlas of an Anxious Man, which came out in English from Seagull Books a couple of months ago. The French translation of this picked up a few literary...Show More Summary

Will Tim Kaine deliver Virginia (and Catholics)? Don’t count on it.

We finally know who the major party vice presidential nominees are –  Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana.  Not surprisingly, much “veepstakes” speculation leading up to these announcements centered on the usual factors considered to be electorally advantageous: geography and demography. But much of what you’ve been told about the […]

The Inclination of the Gas Giants in the Solar System Constrains Planet Nine

The inclination of the planetary system relative to the solar equator may be explained by the presence of Planet 9Authors:Gomes et alAbstract:We evaluate the effects of a distant planet, commonly known as planet 9, on the dynamics of the giant planets of the Solar System. Show More Summary

Newly discovered material property may lead to high temp superconductivity

Researchers have discovered an unusual property of purple bronze that may point to new ways to achieve high temperature superconductivity.

NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Cost Just Increased by at Least $600 Million

As NASA’s next flagship Mars mission, the Mars 2020 rover, moves into its next phase of development, agency officials say the mission will cost $2.1 billion, more than originally estimated for a mission that they argue will also be more...Show More Summary

Trilobites: How Mountains Obscured by Venus’s Clouds Reveal Themselves

Data from Europe’s Venus Express spacecraft has helped researchers better understand the hurricane-like winds that blast the second planet from the sun.

Trilobites: South African Telescope Spots 1,300 Unknown Galaxies

The distant galaxies were recorded by a set of 16 antennas that will eventually be a part of the largest telescope ever built on Earth.

laughingsquid: Incredibly Rare Underwater Footage of a Deep Sea...

laughingsquid: Incredibly Rare Underwater Footage of a Deep Sea Squid Giving Birth to Glowing Babies

Marrin Gamu.

Another promising initiative to help preserve languages, One Children’s Song, Translated Into Australia’s Many Local Languages: Languages and cultures may differ, but the joyful sound of children singing is universal. A song called “Marrin...Show More Summary

It Would Take a Lot of THC to Contaminate a Water Supply

A small town in Colorado detected THC in samples of its water supply. That's probably not what it is. The post It Would Take a Lot of THC to Contaminate a Water Supply appeared first on WIRED.

Did Something Crash Into DigitalGlobe's WorldView 2 Satellite?

The U.S. Air Force said one of DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution imagery satellites was part of what they described as a debris-causing event July 19, but the company said that the satellite remains operational.The Joint Space Operations...Show More Summary

LRASM Successfully Test Fired From Underway Naval Test Ship

Lockheed Martin has completed the third of three test shots to prove that their air-launched Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) can be fired from a surface ship on the move, company officials told USNI News on Wednesday.The MondayShow More Summary

noaasanctuaries: We hope your weekend is swell! Here, a group...

noaasanctuaries: We hope your weekend is swell! Here, a group of northern fur seals haul out on San Miguel Island in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Behind them, a swell caused by 2014’s Tropical Storm Douglas moves in toward the beach. These fur seals didn’t seem to mind the sea breeze and big waves.  (Photo: Kristin Wilkinson) 

“Trump Would Fund Super-PACs Aimed at Taking Down Cruz, Kasich”

Republican unity plan leaked to Bloomberg: Donald Trump plans to create and fund super-PACs specifically aimed at ending the political careers of Ted Cruz and John Kasich should either run for office again, after both snubbed the Republican nominee during his party’s convention this week, … Continue reading ?

Breaking: Wisconsin Will Go to 7th Circuit to Block Softening of Voter ID Law: What’s Next?

Wisconsin will seek to reverse the order of the federal district court from earlier this week requiring election officials to allow those who lack the right form of ID to vote in WI elections to be able to vote upon signing … Continue reading ?

6 Tips for Developing Your Own Inspiration

You already know what’s right for you — yes, really! Everywhere we turn, we’re constantly drowned by other people telling us what to do and what to think (oh yeah, and how and when to do it, too). After a while, all of those voices ...

Breaking: VA Supreme Court on 4-3 Vote, Reverses Gov. McAuliffe’s Blanket Felon Reenfranchisement Order

You can find the 63 pages of opinions here. This is a big blow both politically to Democrats (who would have gotten a boost from the restoration of voting rights to felons who had secured their sentences) as well as … Continue readi...

Alzheimer's Disease: AAIC16 Annual Meeting (Toronto)

Alzheimer's Association International Conference (July 22-28, Toronto, Canada) has opened! Here is the homepage: AAIC16

Robopocalypse #87

Drones: Facebook flew its giant communications drone for the first time. Delivery drones might be paired with trucks. There is a drone racing kit. Airbus has been using drones for aircraft inspections.Amazon has patented the idea of using lamp post lights to charge drones. Show More Summary

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