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Posts by: Jack Taylor

Beards Can Double As A Form Of Sunscreen

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Today’s edition of Scicurious’ Friday Weird Science covers a study that proves beards provide considerable coverage from UV rays. While the level of protection varies based on several beard factors – length, thickness, amount of face covered – the results are still positive: “What you can see here is the exposure ratio, after 1 hour […]

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Bookshelf Bonanza

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Peter Knox discusses how bookshelves provide a glimpse into an individual’s personality for The Guardian. Knox values these book organizers for a myriad of reasons, one of which being that a person’s book display communicates their tastes across all boards: “Your bookshelf is an intimate physical representation of your accomplishments (titles as trophies earned), aspirations (that ever growing to-read […]

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Himanshu Suri

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Himanshu (Heems) Suri is a former Wall Street employee, one third of Das Racist, the head of Greedhead Music, and all around thoughtful person. Forbes has interviewed Himanshu about his aforementioned talents: “‘When I first left Wall Street, I knew I couldn’t just be a musician,’ says Suri, 27, who studied economics at Wesleyan and spent […]

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New App Alerts Online Shoppers To The Products Of Child Labor

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Michael J. Coren sheds light on aVOID, a plugin that tells online shoppers exactly which items are products of child labor, for Co.EXIST: “Now you can do your part. A new browser plug-in, aVOID, screens your online shopping for products associated with the exploitation of children. It works with all major online shops (including Amazon, although I found […]

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Photography Mashup

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San Francisco photographer Shawn Clover, has been working on a project that compares aftermath photos from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake with pictures he take currently. Unlike other photography projects that present pictures from the past and the present side by side, Clover melds the two photos into each other, making his work all the […]

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Proposed Internet Censorship In The UK

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Cory Doctorow explains a law currently proposed in the UK that would automatically censor internet user’s browsers. This automatic censoring is proposed by several Members of Parliament, the Daily Mail, and various British religious groups. The proposed web filtering aims to protect children from stumbling upon pornographic material, however, there are concerns that the filter may inadvertently make […]

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An Alternative To The Euro

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The Wall Street Journal covers a group in the Catalonia region of Spain that, in response to the country’s current economic crisis, has created an alternative form of currency – the Eco. “The Eco is exchangeable through checks, electronic payments, and even a mobile telephone app. The idea is to build community and stimulate the local economy. So far, […]

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An Interview With Austin Kleon

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Rumpus contributor Andrew David King interviews Austin Kleon at The Kenyon Review’s blog. Kleon has a knack for altering a text to make it his own, and talks at length about creative originality: “I guess what I’m interested in is why ‘originality’ is a trait we look for in art at all. It’s like ‘authenticity’—what does it really mean […]

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Twitter Can Help You Steer Clear Of Potty Mouths

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The Atlantic covers a recent study that uses twitter to analyze where the United State’s most profanity prone individuals reside: “The Ukrainian-based web development firm Vertaline, aiming to answer that question, scanned tweets posted from across 462 specific locations in the U.S. The team then isolated particular phrases from those tweets — one of those phrases being, yep, “fuck […]

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Sending Vibes Through Squids

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BoingBoing documents the research of Backyard Brains, which, as of late, has consisted of monitoring how playing Cyprus Hill affects a squid’s chromatophores. The results look not unlike an iTunes Visualizer: “Greg Gage of the DIY neuroscience company Backyard Brains stimulated the axons of a squid with the electrical signals coming out of a headphone jack plugged into […]

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A Die-Hard Fan’s Lament

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Rumpus columnist Steve Almond, an unwavering Oakland Raiders fan, writes for The New York Times about being a true sports fan, specifically a fan of a floundering team: “As I prepare to immerse myself in another season of ill-fated devotion, there is a question I can’t shake: Why? Not why do the Raiders keep losing, but why […]

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Opening Day For reKiosk

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reKiosk is officially up and running! The site functions as a platform for artists to sell their music, books, and any other digital file directly to their fans, as well as being a social networking site to connect said artists and fans: “Creators can retain as much as 95% of each sale because the middleman gets cut […]

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A Glimpse Into Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace

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The Millions allows readers the opening paragraphs of DT Max’s David Foster Wallace biography: “The Wallaces ate at 5:45 p.m. Afterward, Jim Wallace would read stories to Amy and David. And then every night the children would get fifteen minutes each in their beds to talk to Sally about anything that was on their minds. […]

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A Soldier’s Handbook

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The New York Review of Books covers the recently published guidebook given to American soldiers before heading to Vietnam: “Most American soldiers landing in Vietnam in the 1960s were handed a ninety-three-page booklet called A Pocket Guide to Vietnam. Produced by the Department of Defense, it described how small, well-proportioned, dignified, and restrained Vietnamese people are, how the […]

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Muni Anti-Muslim Ad Controversy

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Adam Serwer reports for Mother Jones on the anti-Muslim advertisements that have recently appeared on Muni vehicles. The advertisements are paid for by Pamela Geller, an anti-muslim blogger: “The ads declare that ‘in any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man’—a paraphrase of an Ayn Rand quote—while also urging readers to […]

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Alternative Medicine

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Xeni Jardin cautions against the use of alternative medicines at BoingBoing. “Green smoothies are great, but they alone cannot cure cancer. Oncology isn’t guaranteed to cure us, but quackery is guaranteed to kill us. What doctors like my rad-onc practice is constantly under scrutiny, and has endured the test of peer-reviewed science and empirical logic. […]

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Tig Notaro

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During her “Tig and Friends” show this past weekend, comedian Tig Notaro shared that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Fellow comedian and friend, Kira Hesser, describes how Notaro expertly told the news: “For the first half of her set, even though she was telling the story in perfect grace and humor, I couldn’t laugh. […]

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Former Eagle Scouts Fight The Boy Scouts Of America’s Anti-Gay Policy

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Maggie Koerth-Baker documents the ongoing confrontation centered around the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policy. Many former Eagle Scouts are combating the policy by writing to the Boy Scouts of America and returning their badges, an effort that is being documented on the Eagle Scouts Returning Our Badges tumblr: “So here’s a point that may […]

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A History of Mars Exploration

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Last night, NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on the surface of Mars, beginning its year long exploration of the planet. The Guardian has compiled a short history of Mars musing, which highlights scientists’ fascination with the planet. Since their first sightings in the 17th century, scientists argued about the planet’s capability for sustaining life: “Lowell eventually ‘saw’ […]

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Praise For Dispatch From The Future

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This month’s Rumpus Book Club selection – Leigh Stein’s Dispatch from the Future – gets an outstanding review from Guernica Magazine: “Stein’s poems are the very perfect product of a frenetic in-between culture where knowledge is currency but also poverty, and its artistic output is underscored by a perennial ennui—like the girl in high school who wears […]

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Help Support The Grimaldis

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Bay Area local Dane Ballard is the writer and producer of The Grimaldis, a musical about the decline of a show-biz family: “For generations, the Grimaldi family has thrilled audiences the world over. From the opera houses of old Europe to America’s silver screen, they were the quintessential showbiz family. Now the last surviving member of the […]

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Photographing Hermits

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Photographer Carlo Bevilacqua spent five years photographing hermits for a project he calls “Into the Silence.” Each of his subjects choose to live outside of society for different reasons – from the extremely religious, to the spiritual, to those who simply want to live alone. The project caused Carlo to reexamine social norms: “I worked all day long […]

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