Thursday, February 23, 2012

Good Reads and Information

 This is how wealthy Americans can buy a presidential election. (via Breakfast Links)

What's it like to be an extra on the HBO series Games of Thrones? Many of them are fans, and make it into a labor of love.

Did Hitler Have a Secret Son with a French Teenager? New evidence supports the story Jean-Marie Loret's mother told him before her death.

Author Douglas Adams' 60th birthday would have been this March 11th. There's going to be a really big party in his honor in London, so make your plans now.

Depression Is Linked to Hyperconnectivity of Brain Regions. In other words, if your brain loses its flexibility, you may be at risk.

World’s First Test-Tube Hamburger to Be Served in 2012. Laboratory meat grown from bovine stem cells could eventually save animals, farmland, and energy, but will it be tasty?

The Mysterious Mr. Zedzed: The Wickedest Man in the World. Profiteering on war armaments is bad enough, but did he start the war himself?

 Tasers were meant to replace deadly force for police officers, but are more and more used as a shortcut for taking control. Read about 8 unfortunate Tasing incidents.

A new study on single people shows results that are the opposite of what you've heard lately. Men are more willing to commit than women are, to the point of settling for someone they're not in love with.

Georgia Tech has developed the Tongue Drive System, in which a stud in the tongue acts as a mouse against a pad attached to the roof of one's mouth. The device gives unprecedented control to paralyzed computer users.

The Fort Steuben Bridge connecting Ohio and West Virginia was decommissioned in just seconds on Tuesday. Luckily, its final performance was caught on high-speed video so we can see it go out in a blaze of glory.

Jeremy Lin will not be invited to play for the U.S. Olympic basketball team in 2012. China would put him on their team, but want him to renounce his U.S. citizenship to do so.

Affirmative Action is on trial now before the Supreme Court. The conservative court could render a narrow decision affecting one university, or could end the practice nationwide.

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