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How To Be Optimistic, According To Science

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:30

THE WEEK August 14, 2014 by Eric Barker

It turns out many of the common methods for becoming more positive are bunk

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Should you see a glass as half empty or half full? If you want to live a better life, and you care what research has to say, there's a clear answer to this question: half full.

Huge Asteroid Hurtles Toward Earth

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:08 August 15, 2014 by Justine Hofherr

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This is an artist impression obtained from The University of Warwick and The University of Cambridge shows a rocky and water-rich asteroid being torn apart by the strong gravity of the white dwarf star GD 61. AFP/ GETTY

Asteroid 1950 DA is hurtling toward Earth, defying gravity, and could end human life.

Texas Governor Rick Perry Indicted On Two Felony Charges

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:55

CNN August 15, 2014 by Ralph Ellis

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, was indicted Friday on felony charges of coercion of a public servant and abuse of his official capacity.

The two counts against Perry, a Republican, stem from his threat to veto funding for a public integrity unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg unless she resigned, the special prosecutor in the case, Michael McCrum, said.

The public integrity unit investigates public corruption on a statewide basis.

Dear FCC: Get Out Of D.C. And Talk To The Over 1 Million Americans Who Support Real Net Neutrality

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:57

Electronic Frontier Foundation by April Glaser

The FCC is slated to close the written comment window for the net neutrality proceeding on September 10th, but that doesn’t mean that the FCC is going to make up its mind anytime soon.

Are Polite People More Violent and Destructive?

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 10:44

Psychology Today by Dr. Kenneth Worthy

I’ve long thought that it’s the troublemakers and malcontents who will lead the way to a more sustainable, healthier planet, and now there’s some evidence to support this idea.


Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:45

A bizarre murder in the eastern Chinese city of Zhaoyuan revealed the emergence of what officials are calling a dangerous doomsday cult. 

(Photo : Photo courtesy of Reuters) Known more for its fabulous lantern displays, Zhaoyuan was the site of a bizarre cultic murder.


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