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The Miscalculations of Vladimir Putin

The Kremlin imagined a very different narrative about Russia playing out this winter; Pierre Omidyar and Glenn Greenwald aim to reinvent journalism; meanwhile, Americans no longer want their taxes to go to paying for public higher education. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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‘Gobbledygook’ Papers Flood Academia to Prove a Point

Three MIT students set out to expose how much crud gets accepted to scientific conferences; Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni was swayed by so-called science to sign an anti-gay bill; meanwhile, Bitcoin may have some value beyond that of an online currency. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 READ MORE

Are Students Dropping Out of College to Become Entrepreneurs?

Universities are working hard to keep their students in the classroom rather than out starting their own business; private prisons receive tons of taxpayer dollars but can operate under secrecy; meanwhile, anti-terrorist agencies try to entrap activists to demonstrate that the policing organizations are needed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE

What’s the U.S. Got to Do With White Supremacists in Ukraine?

Neo-Nazis have formed a large part of the protesting population in Ukraine, and the U.S. may be supporting them; somehow the large majority of Wikipedia articles have been written about Western and Southern Europe; meanwhile, has a new NSA leaker emerged? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE

What Were Los Angeles Police Doing in Israel?

Top LAPD officers took a trip to Israel, at least in part paid for by taxpayer money, in search of policing tips; the question of whether Putin will take Crimea from Ukraine has arisen; and there are only about six different types of Twitter conversations. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE

Uganda’s Draconian Anti-Gay Law Spurs International Reactions

People around the world responded to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s new law that could impose life sentences on those who engage in gay sex. Click to the jump for a list of reactions.

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Are Internet Providers Slowing Down Netflix on Purpose?

Verizon, Comcast and others are claiming slow streaming is due to congestion, but it may be a ploy to get users to pay for faster service; an international charity highlighted Syrian children’s needs with a heartwarming experiment; meanwhile, Uganda’s president signed a harsh anti-gay bill. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE

Did Arizona Just Do a Kansas?

Kansas and Arizona seem to be in a competition for which state can pass the most anti-gay legislation; the government wants to create a national database to track license plate locations; and a photo captures how the Civil Rights Act lost Democrats the white working-class vote. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE

More Homophobia in Africa, This Week in Gambia

Gambia’s president calls gays “vermin” to be fought like malaria-carrying mosquitoes; demographics alone won’t beat the tea party, contrary to Democrats’ beliefs; meanwhile, journalist Glenn Greenwald laments the state of society and discusses his new media venture. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE

What Does Math Have in Common With Art and Music?

Neurobiological studies show that mathematical formulas stimulate the same parts of the brain as music and art do; a writer questions our surveillance nightmares; meanwhile, gay youth find solace on the Internet. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE

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