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After UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi's handling of last fall's crackdown on Occupy protesters by campus police -- the one that inspired an artful meme drawn from shameful circumstances -- drew fire, university officials ordered a task force to investigate the pepper-spraying incident of Nov 18 and issue a report.

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This could be a particularly rich example of how scientific study results can be read in seemingly contradictory ways, as what we have here is research that purports to find a possible link between consuming chocolate and staying thin.

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You know you've hit it big when you're the topic of an academic study on the media. As it turns out, there's a demonstrable effect known as "the Colbert bump," which entails a boost in campaign cash for politicians who make a stop at "The Colbert Report" while on the campaign trail. Translation: Stephen Colbert can count on a full dance card for, say, the next few decades.

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