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Timebound (The Chronos Files Book 1)

Timebound (The Chronos Files Book 1)

Timebound by Rysa Walker is an excellent time travel adventure!

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Stream Season 1 of Transparent FREE today only (24 January)

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If you have not seen it yet, you can enjoy the first season of Amazon's hit series Transparent for free today, Saturday 24 January. A great way to spend your Saturday afternoon or evening!

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Tame squirrel happily munches nuts while seated on dad's shoulder

“Bottle raised baby fox squirrel loves his daddy too much to leave home and was released two years ago,” says the guy in this video, Roger Durre.

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Monkey patiently shows human how to crush leaves

A valuable life skill.

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Making, gender, and doing

Deb Chachra, a brilliant engineer, teacher and thinker, explains why she doesn't identify as a "maker" -- because when we elevate "makers" over maintainers, carers, and do-ers, we carry on the tradition of elevating traditionally male work over traditionally female work.

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Britons: we have three days to kill the new Snooper's Charter

The all-pervasive spying bill that was struck down in 2012 is back -- the Lords have slammed a version of it into a set of amendments to an anti-terrorism bill that's already in progress, and if we don't stop it, the government will have the legal right to spy on everything you do online, and use it however they want.

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How to fix copyright in two easy steps (and one hard one)

My new Locus column, A New Deal for Copyright, summarizes the argument in my book Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, and proposes a set of policy changes we could make that would help artists make money in the Internet age while decoupling copyright from Internet surveillance and censorship.

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Check out the weird cosplay motorcycle stunts of India’s elite Border Security Force

Sugit Oranv, in costume at front of bike, is part of the Indian Border Security Force’s Dare Devils motorcycle stunt team, which performs the ‘Peacock,’ honoring India's national bird. PHOTO: JESSE PESTA/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL


Sugit Oranv, in costume at front of bike, is part of the Indian Border Security Force’s Dare Devils motorcycle stunt team, which performs the ‘Peacock,’ honoring India's national bird. PHOTO: JESSE PESTA/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

You guys, this is quite a lede, in a Wall Street Journal story by Jesse Pesta:

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GOP senator who boasted about her family's self-reliance received $460K in federal subsidies


Iowa Republican senator Joni Ernst gave her party's official response to the State of the Union address by boasting self-righteously about her humble origins and how her self-reliant, heartland-state family pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps, but conveniently failed to mention that her family's farm was the beneficiary of nearly half a million dollars in federal subsidies.

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The Soviet space dogs who took giant leaps for mankind

Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "Lisa Hix has just written a very cool piece about Laika, Belka, Strelka, and the other canine cosmonauts who paved the way for Russian Yuri Gagarin's maiden orbit of the Earth in 1961. With interviews and images supplied by the author and publisher of Soviet Space Dogs, Lisa's story answers questions about how these animals were selected for training, how they relieved themselves in space, and what sort of welcome they could expect if they returned safely to Earth (not all did)."

Dogs had a history of scientific experimentation in the USSR. Petrovich Pavlov had used them to great effect in his studies of the reflex system. Despite this, apes were initially considered as they more closely resemble man in many ways. Dr. Oleg Gazenko, one of the leading scientists of the space program, even visited the circus to observe the famous monkey handler Capellini, who convinced him that monkeys were, in fact, problematic. They required intense training and numerous vaccines and were emotionally unstable. (Cats did not tolerate flight conditions; that was later proved by French missions in 1963.) The decision was made: Dogs would be the first cosmonauts.

Radical Brownies: girls of color push social justice, not cookies


Oakland's troop of Radical Brownies are girls of color, aged 8-12, who learn about the Black Panthers and Brown Berets, and who campaign for body-acceptance and an end to police violence.

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Celebrate Skymall's demise by watching this classic David Cross standup

Skymall filed for bankruptcy today, and will be missed by many--including comedians.

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“We Should All Step Back from Security Journalism” after Barrett Brown. “I’ll Go First.“

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or CFAA.


The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or CFAA.

The federal government's case against Barrett Brown creates a very real chilling effect for other journalists who, like Brown, produce work that deals with hacking and hacktivists.

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Modern ancient jewelry by Heather Roblin

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Heather Roblin is a metalsmith and jeweler based in Toronto.

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Gadgets 023: Teavana PerfectTea Tea Maker, Bodum Assam Tea Press, and Hario coffee products

This week Mark and Jason compare tea makers and Xeni talks about her Hario Japanese coffee products.

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