Willpower as a rechargeable battery

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In this episode of You Are Not So Smart David McRaney explores ego depletion and all the things that can cause it, from feeling rejection to holding back tears to avoiding the temptation of cookies.

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Snooping in Mom and Dad's Room

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A cautionary Brain Rot strip about digging for Christmas presents and seeing things that cannot be unseen. By Ed Piskor

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How I learned to think like a mushroom

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We need fungal solutions to pollution, pandemics, and starvation, says Tradd Cotter, a microbiologist and professional mycologist

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Exclusive excerpts from Charles Burns' Sugar Skull

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The long, strange trip that began in Charles Burns’ X’ed Out and continued in The Hive reaches its mind-bending, heartbreaking end, but not before Doug is forced to deal with the lie he’s been telling himself since the beginning. Mark Frauenfelder reviews.

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The Headset Revolution will be a blizzard of conflicting realities—if it happens, that is

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Artists and journalists will use virtual reality to transform perception—and virtual reality will transform everything. Jason Louv stares into the Rift between promise and product.

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Do animals cry?

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Maria Konnikova on the appearance and the authenticity of emotion in the animal kingdom–and how we can use science to explore it.

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Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons' electronic privacy

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Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications — and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity.

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Into the Future! The Making of Beyond Cyberpunk!

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The gestation and birth of Beyond Cyberpunk! and Borg Like Me as narrated by Gareth Branwyn.

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What's right with Hermione

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14-year-old Naomi Horn says the heroine of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series remains a depressingly rare example of a fictional female respected for her education and intelligence. In Hermione’s world, being smart is what makes her important.

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Seconds, by Bryan Lee "Scott Pilgrim" O'Malley

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What do you do for a followup after a triumph like the Scott Pilgrim series? If you’re Bryan Lee O’Malley, you do Seconds, a graphic novel that’s three notches less self-consciously clever, and six notches more heartfelt, smart, and sweet. Cory Doctorow reviews Seconds.

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John Scalzi's Lock-In

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John Scalzi’s new novel Lock In is already rocketing up the bestseller charts, and with good reason — it’s a book with everything Scalzi’s fans have come to love and expect from his books, and more — a parable about disability, big business, and technological change, wrapped in a tense police-procedural that grabs you and won’t let go. Cory Doctorow reviews Lock In.

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Managing expectations on a trip around the world

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When Tom Fassbender took a trip around the world with his family, he wasn’t naive enough to think that it was going to be a year of easy adventure full of laughs and endless fun.

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Cannabis Pharmacy: the practical guide to medical marijuana

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Written by Michael Backes, a respected expert in the field, Cannabis Pharmacy is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use book available on understanding and using medical marijuana, with evidence-based information on using cannabis for ailments and conditions, plus a comprehensive guide to the most popular varieties.

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Big gallery of toy cigarettes and pipes for kids

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Mitch O’Connell asks, “What boy wouldn’t want to emulate the suave sophistication and rugged manliness of a Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Steve McQueen, and that guy that lives in front of the 7-11?”

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Join the global fight for a neutral net: Big Telecom vs THE WORLD

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Today, a coalition of activist groups from all over the world kick off a global campaign for a neutral Internet where big telcoms aren’t allowed to decide which websites you can visit based on how much bribery they can extort — it’s called Big Telecom vs the World and it needs your help!

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