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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

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tribute to Michael Jackson musical week-end

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

The Jackson 5 “Blame it on the Boogie”

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How McDonald’s Conquered France

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Mike Steinberger examines the startling decline of French cuisine over the past few decades, explaining how a country that turned eating and drinking into an art form has lost its touch for cheese, wine, food, and fine dining.

In this article, he explains how McDonald’s conquered France—its second-biggest market in the world.

Elgin Marble Argument in a New Light

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Britain used to say that Athens had no adequate place to put the Elgin Marbles, the more than half of the Parthenon frieze, metopes and pediments that Lord Elgin spirited off when he was ambassador to the Ottoman Empire two centuries ago.

Elgin Marble Argument in a New Light

Elgin Marble Argument in a New Light

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Quarter of London children come from jobless homes

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Almost a quarter of children in London live in households where no one is working, official figures showed today.

The UK average for the proportion of children living in households where no one works is 15 per cent, but this rises to 23 per cent in London and 18 per centin the North East, North West, West Midlands and Wales, the Office for National Statistics data showed.

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In Defense of Distraction

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Overstimulation and distraction can be beneficial !

This article is quite long but it is really interesting.

Distributing independent films : saved by the box

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Independent film is thriving on television thanks to video on demand.

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Barack Obama as a superhero

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

a funny video from JibJab :

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A brief history of DNA Testing

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

brief history dna testing

As most any episode of CSI (= Les Experts) will tell you, DNA testing is a staple of modern crime investigations.

Since the advent of DNA testing in 1985, biological material (skin, hair, blood and other bodily fluids) has emerged as the most reliable physical evidence at a crime scene, particularly those involving sexual assaults. DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, contains the complex genetic blueprint that distinguishes each person. Forensic testing can determine if distinctive patterns in the genetic material found at a crime scene matches the DNA in a potential perpetrator with better than 99% accuracy.

As accuracy rises and costs drop, DNA analysis is becoming increasingly widespread. It’s familiar to daytime-TV fans as the leading method to determine paternity; do-it-yourself tests are now sold at drugstores in the USA.

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What the World Didn’t See in Tehran

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Shut out by the near totalitarian powers of the Islamic republic, the mainstream media tracked the stream of consciousness produced by new media. Some of the material is powerful, even indelible.

Particularly haunting is the 40-second YouTube video that shows a young woman, wearing jeans but otherwise dressed conservatively, suddenly falling to the sidewalk, shot in the heart. Her eyes turn to what must be a cell-phone camera, wide and shocked and dying as we stare at her. Men rush to her side and try to stanch the wound, but blood trickles from her mouth as an older man — later described as her father — cries and cries. Hours after the video surfaced, people on Twitter said she had not been part of the demonstration at all. Just a bystander.

By the end of the day, the Tweets had given her a name: Neda, which means “the voice” or “the call” in Farsi.


But who shot her? A soldier? A member of the notorious Basij, the volunteer militia that supports President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Were they aiming at her? Could this have been an accident or a random act of violence?

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