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On Eritrea: Cross-Talk Without Dialogue

What follows immediately below is a letter sent to me via email today. Beneath that is my response. Academic Research, Intelligence Gathering, and Character Assassination: Is It the Same Everywhere? We are among an international group of researchers – social scientists, historians, legal scholars and journalists – with decades of experience working on the Horn […]

New study shows some benefits to telecommuting

The research team found that so-called "corporate citizenship," where employees make extra effort to improve life at the office, improves with telecommuting.

Go Ahead, Let Netflix Autoplay

New research suggests there are real benefits to vegging out – so long as you don’t guilt yourself out of them: Participants were recruited via a gaming website and through psychology and communication classes. Specifically, the participants answered questions about the previous day, including how much work or study they’d done (answers ranged from half […]

Experts Find First Viking Fortress in 60 Years

Archaeologists have dug up a rare find in Denmark: a Viking fortress. It's the first such discovery in more than 60 years, ScienceNordic reports. Researchers were clued in to its possible existence after examining the placement of fortresses nearby. "It was clear that there was a fortress missing," says researcher...

Silver's ETF Demand Outpaces Gold by Most Ever: Chart of the Day

"The perception is that silver will do well, and should outperform gold as the economic recovery strengthens," Tom Kendall, the head of commodities research at Credit Suisse in London, said in a telephone interview. "Belief in silver's...Show More Summary

Metal Detecting nly for Research on Kentish Council Land

In Folkstone the district council has banned metal detecting on council land with immediate effect (Antony Thrower, 'Banning order limits treasure hunters as the council digs in', Folkestone Herald September 18, 2014). Recent eventsShow More Summary

Rotterdam Integrates Safety Research with LNG Training Facility

  The Dutch company Falck Risc is becoming the number one expert on LNG safety in Europe. Together with the Unified Fire Department, Falck Risc will draw

Using plants to produce enzyme may provide treatment for high blood pressure in lungs

Using plant leaves to produce and deliver a key enzyme may improve treatment for life-threatening high blood pressure in the lungs, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2014. read more

Small weight gain can raise blood pressure in healthy adults

Gaining just five pounds can increase your blood pressure, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2014. Many people understand the health dangers of large amounts of extra body weight, but reasearchers in this study wanted to see the impact of a small weight gain of about five to 11 pounds. read more

Paper: 'W(h)ither the Oracle? Cognitive Biases & Other Human Challenges of Integrated Environmental Modeling'

8 hours agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Pierre Glynn, Branch Chief for the Eastern Branch of the USGS National Research Program, sent me his paper, W(h)ither the Oracle? Cognitive Biases and Other Human Challenges of Integrated Environmental Modeling. Download Iemss2014_submission_113 The Oracle herself has even deigned to make an appearance! Abstract: Integrated environmental modeling (IEM) can organize...

Marchex Post-Mortem Update

By Ariana Research: On September 18th, 2014, Marchex Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHX) ("Marchex", "MCHX", or the "Company") released an 8K, which subsequently resulted in a decline in the equity value of ~45% for the day, or ~66% since the short was originally recommended this past July. Show More Summary

Ig Nobel prizes 2014: From Jesus on toast to baby feces in sausages

9 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

The 24th Ig Nobel prizes were announced on September 18. The prizes annually award scientific research that “first makes people laugh and then makes them think.” The ceremony was food-themed including competitions such as Win-a-Date-With-a-Nobel-Laureate Contest. The awards for individual...

Sacking Plastic Bags, Ctd

A researcher who studies the environmental effectiveness of recycling admits that he “can’t stand” the plastic-bag ban: Part of the reason can be found in the quote you cited: Although plastic bags’ manufacture is relatively energy intensive (according to the Australian government, a car could drive 36 feet with the amount of petroleum used to […]

The 4MM Jetpack Could Give You the Boost You Need to Run a Four-Minute Mile

A four-minute mile is just a dream for most people, but not if the US Military has anything to do with it. DARPA (the Military’s research arm) is in the process of designing a jetpack that could help soldiers run faster. The jetpack sits on the back like

Implanted Prosthetic Limbs for Amputee Horses: Be Part of Research!

Six years ago, Molly the Pony turned the world upside down on by wearing a strap-on prosthetic on her amputated limb. If she read the newspaper this week, the peg-leg pony who survived Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans might think she needs to come out of retirement on behalf of her new prosthesis designer, Niki Marie Hansen. Show More Summary

Gang Rule

Graeme Wood flags research from David Skarbek, author of The Social Order of the Underworld, suggesting that prison gangs play an indispensable role in maintaining order in California penitentiaries: “Prison gangs end up providing governance in a brutal but effective way,” he says. “They impose responsibility on everyone, and in some ways the prisons run […]

In London, Showcases for Self-Taught Artists’ Works

11 hours agoArts : Hyperallergic

LONDON — Back in the 1970s, England, the home of such pioneering researchers in the outsider art field as Roger Cardinal and the late Victor Musgrave, played a significant role in calling attention to a subfield which, at that time, was still emerging within the art world’s international terrain.

Why startups, not media giants, lead online video in Africa

Global data use through the consumption of video is set to increase by around 55 percent per year until the end of 2019, according to research by Ericsson, while in Africa video is the fastest-growing internet activity. Yet it is smaller...Show More Summary

Environmental Researcher: Wind Industry Riddled with 'Absolute Corruption'

A Mexican ecologist has blown the whistle on the corruption, lies and incompetence of the wind industry - and on the massive environmental damage it causes in the name of saving the planet. Patricia Mora, a research professor in coastal...Show More Summary

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

A pair of affectionate skeletons and a deep-sea find near the Golden Gate Bridge are among the week's intriguing discoveries: Divers Find Ghost Ships Near San Francisco : Researchers uncovered three historic shipwrecks dating back to the decades following the Gold Rush. They are among the more than 300 ships thought...

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