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[3]Law Lab
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Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow | Boston Globe | 12 December 2010
  What if proposed new laws—changes in tax rates, say—were tried out first on
  a random sample of the population, and results measured? True, people don't
  like to act as guinea pigs. But we'd get better laws

[4]Nude Breach
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Jeffrey Rosen | New Republic | 13 December 2010
  How did America get itself into public-relations fiasco of nude
  bodyscanners? Because it doesn't have a federal privacy agency with any
  teeth, and Homeland Security doesn't much care what public thinks

[5]Shigeru Miyamoto, Master Of Play
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Nick Paumgarten | New Yorker | 12 December 2010
  Vast profile of Nintendo video-game designer, creator of Donkey Kong and
  Super Mario. Previously, games had been designed by engineers. Miyamoto
  brought an artist's, storyteller's sensibility to the job

[6]The End, For Projectionists
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Grady Hendrix | Slate | 6 December 2010
  Movie-theatre projectionists tell their tales: of people dying in the
  cinema, of switching the lights on too soon after a porn film, of knowing
  just how to time a reel-change. Soon, digital will do away with them

[7]World's Most Intelligent Man
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Robin Healey | Bookride | 12 December 2010
  William Sidis (1898–1944). Could spell in English at age 1. Typed in French
  and German at 4. Entered Harvard at 11. Nervous breakdown at 12. Professor
  at 20. Predicted black holes. Collected tram transfers

[8]As China Rolls Ahead, Fear Follows
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David Barboza | NYT | 12 December 2010
  China kept economy growing in past couple of years by printing money. Now
  it's feeling consequences. Inflation in consumer prices, speculative bubble
  in property. Milk dearer in Shanghai than in New York

[9]No, You Can’t
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Bjørn Lomborg | Project Syndicate | 10 December 2010
  Drive a Prius if you like. But individuals can't fight global warming
  effectively. Only governments can do it, by promoting investment to boost
  proportion of non-carbon energy sources in global consumption

[10]Staying Power: Mao And Maoists
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Pankaj Mishra | New Yorker | 12 December 2010
  Recent books on Mao have largely persuaded Western audiences that he was a
  monster. Millions starved in Great Leap Forward. Cultural revolution
  destroyed culture. But in China, his myth and mystique endures

[11]Qantas QF32 From The Cockpit
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David Evans | Aerospace Insight | 8 December 2010
  Captain recounts emergency landing of Qantas 380 flight with blown engine,
  at Singapore. Most dangerous time was on the ground. Fuel spraying out on to
  red hot brakes. Fire service wouldn't approach

[12]Effects Of Red Hair In Surgical Practice
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Andrew Cunningham | BMJ | 10 December 2010
  "The reputation of people with red hair for having increased perioperative
  risk is without any basis in fact, and should only be used as an excuse of
  last resort by surgeons defending problematic bleeding"

[13]Lennon vs. Bono
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William Easterly | WP | 10 December 2010
  As the present-day equivalent of John Lennon, the celebrity activist,
  perhaps the closest analogy is Bono. But what a difference. Lennon was a
  noble dissident. Bono panders to power. He's a celebrity wonk

[14]Wikileaks And Internet Freedom
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Evgeny Morozov | CSM | 7 December 2010
  Excellent interview with new-media scholar, on geopolitical fallout from
  Wikileaks affair. Assange should be handled with care. He's emerging as hero
  of powerful global geek movement for Internet freedom

[15]Topic: Amazon
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[17]Today on FiveBooks: John Lewis Gaddis on the History of International
  Relations
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