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Religious Violence Runs Rampant as Other Types of Brutalities Decline

Although human warfare is supposedly dwindling, atrocities fueled by belief continue to plague the earth; an ancient Antarctic ice shelf has collapsed due to lakes draining onto it; meanwhile, calling Ariel Sharon a “man of peace” is a dire misinterpretation of his actions. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Drink This to Improve Your Memory

Though caffeine has been found to enhance long-term memory in bees, it hadn’t been shown to have similar effects on humans until now; green vegetables may be a new transformative source of energy for batteries; meanwhile, Brazil faces new dilemmas as a neoliberal democracy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Why Hitler and ‘50 Shades of Grey’ Are Amazon Best-Sellers

Due to the inconspicuous nature of e-books, “Mein Kampf” seems to be in everyone’s hands these days; scientists have created an algorithm that can predict whether a book will be a best-seller; working in the arts can lead to high levels of happiness. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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What the Iraq War Has to Do With Afghanistan

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says America’s approach to foreign affairs is too militarized, evidenced by its two most recent wars; American viewers can hardly recognize news anchors anymore; meanwhile, people still believe Greek art was white, despite proof of its once garish colors. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Does Iraq Need More Weapons? Not Really

The U.S. is sending arms to the Nouri al-Maliki regime as assistance for recent crises, an act that critics say will perpetuate the violence; the American Studies Association’s Israel boycott is dividing academia; meanwhile, politicians are worried about American students’ poor performance in the sciences. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Truth About Fukushima

The world is in utter denial about what’s going on at the Japanese nuclear plant; a policeman shot and killed a North Carolina teenager who had schizophrenia; and Glenn Greenwald answers a few questions about the Omidyar project on his blog. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Bluefin Tuna: From Cat Food to Delicacy

The endangered fish is now worth millions; Obamacare may very well pave the way to single payer; meanwhile, is Israel being “singled out”? These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Crude Oil Made From Algae May Compete With Cheap Petroleum

Scientists can turn the sea plants into oil in less than 60 minutes; the FDA is forcing antibacterial soap manufacturers to prove the efficacy of their product or take it off the shelves; meanwhile, America’s state borders would look very different if many had their way. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The New York Times Website Ads Go Native

The famous newspaper’s getting an online makeover, complete with new advertisements; the U.S. military has tested a laser that could change war as we know it; meanwhile, whether Kim Jong Un fed his uncle to dogs has come into question. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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