Daily Archives: July 11, 2013

Stephen Holmes reviews ‘The CIA, a Secret Army and a War at the Ends of the Earth’ by Mark Mazzetti · LRB 18 July 2013

Stephen Holmes reviews ‘The CIA, a Secret Army and a War at the Ends of the Earth’ by Mark Mazzetti · LRB 18 July 2013.

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America’s artificial heartland– Venkatesh Rao – Aeon

America’s artificial heartland– Venkatesh Rao – Aeon.

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What It’s Like to Get a National-Security Letter : The New Yorker

What It’s Like to Get a National-Security Letter : The New Yorker.

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Is pollen analysis dead? Paleoecology in the era of Big Data

Originally posted on The Contemplative Mammoth:
“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” – Palynology A colleague of mine (also a paleoecologist) recently recounted a story where, when learning about his research, a senior scientist remarked, “I thought pollen…

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The Tuatara Genome Project

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:
by Greg Mayer We’ve had occasion to celebrate the completion of reptile genome projects before here at WEIT (including the first, the Anole Genome, and the recent turtle genomes), so it is especially…

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Helmeted katydids

Originally posted on The Smaller Majority:
Helmeted katydid (Phyllophora boschami) from Pogera gold mining camp in the Enga Province of Papua New Guinea. Porgera, a gold mine in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, is not a pleasant place for…

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Texas Weighs Ban on Women : The New Yorker

Texas Weighs Ban on Women : The New Yorker.

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A storm to remember

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:
According to Wikipedia, a supercell is . . .  a thunderstorm that is characterized by the presence of a mesocyclone: a deep, persistently rotating updraft.For this reason, these storms are sometimes referred to…

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