Look out for those TSA body scanners and cell phones, take a minute to ponder the oddest book titles of the year (including “Bacon: A Love Story”) and read all about the political collapse of the left, right here on today’s list.

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The Oddest Book Titles of the Year

100 Girls on Cheap Paper A Tortilla Is Like Life Advances in Potato Chemistry and Technology Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter An Intellectual History of Cannibalism Bacon: A Love Story (and more where that came from)

The Political Collapse of the Left Half a century ago, a new decade ushered in the rebirth of the American left and of those forces for radical change grievously wounded by the savage cold war pogroms of the Fifties. …

The Unexamined Dangers of TSA Body Scanners A new model of the way the THz waves interact with DNA explains how the damage is done and why evidence has been so hard to gather.

Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to Your Health Ever worry that that gadget you spend hours holding next to your head might be damaging your brain? Well, the evidence is starting to pour in, and it’s not pretty. So why isn’t anyone in America doing anything about it?

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