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Boredom Is Not a Problem to Be Solved

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“Don’t replace boredom with work or fun or habits. Don’t pull out a screen at every idle moment. Boredom is the last privilege of a free mind,” writes Gayatri Devi.

Banning Dissent in the Name of Civility
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A student group has revoked an invitation for me to speak at a university because of my views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its action is part of the routine censorship carried out on campuses against those who will not read from the Israel lobby’s script.

Colleges Suing Poor Students Over Loan Defaults

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"The increase in the amount of defaulted loans among poor students comes as President Barack Obama says he wants to expand access to college for working-class families and increase funding for the Perkins program," Bloomberg reports.

Bad News for the Jersey Shore

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New Jersey's leaders have some heavy lifting to do, quickly. Scientists who have reviewed the most detailed study yet produced on the subject of sea level changes over the last 2,000 years are predicting a three-foot rise for the state's coastline by the end of the century. (more)

Stem Cells Blamed for Baldness

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A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania believes defective stem cells cause male pattern baldness. Apparently the haywire cells cause shrinking follicles that produce microscopic hairs. A cure may be possible.

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