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Links for you. Science:

Scientists Have Invented A New Material That Harvests And Stores Solar Heat
The Incredible Thing We Do During Conversations: When we take turns speaking, we chime in after a culturally universal short gap.
Scientists discover how blue and green clays kill bacteria
CRISPR’s Most Exciting Uses Have Nothing to Do With Gene-Editing
Good news: Bananas aren’t going extinct. Bad news: They are in trouble


How Michigan literally poisoned an entire city to save a few bucks
Out of Service: Will we ever fix the T? Two ex-governors, a mayor, the MBTA’s chief, and the secretary of transportation tell us why we’re getting exactly nowhere.
This “Bonkers yet Dignified” U.K. Vacation Home Is an Eccentric Shrine to a Fictional Saint
Libertarian Fairy-Tales: The Bundy Militia’s Revisionist History in Oregon
Pro-Statehood Not Your District PAC to Hold Fundraiser Saturday
How a Benedictine Monk Saved Mary Force Stead Park From Becoming a Parking Lot (my pictures of the park here)
Trump Is a Nightmare Version of the Reform Candidate GOP Intellectuals Have Been Waiting For
For Seattle’s Disabled, the Construction Boom Can Bust a Trip (who yells at a blind person because he got lost? Who the fuck does that?)
Chicago police vs. the truth: Inside the city’s long history of unpunished & systematic police lying
Less Work, More Leisure (as both commuting times and ‘choice’–off-loading administrative work that used to be done by the business you’re paying–increase, people are losing a lot of time they don’t have)
Is a $15 an Hour Minimum Wage Adequate?
Is the Oregon standoff the inevitable result of anti-government rhetoric?
Urban activists set out to sue San Francisco’s suburbs (suburbs need to increase density)
Revolution Strummer: Bells Of’s Ferocious Debut Recordings Collected Dust for Three Decades
The Limitations of Teaching ‘Grit’ in the Classroom
Making America safer for predatory capitalism
Makers of OxyContin Bankroll Efforts to Undermine Prescription Painkiller Reform
Arne Duncan: Testocracy Tsar. Educational Alchemist. Corporate lackey.

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