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Web Reads: All that glitters and rich-world vanity

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Newsworthy | Gold rush. A short video takes viewers inside the gold vault of the Bank of England. The scientist/host Martyn Poliakoff has a great voice, big hair, and a…

Web Reads: Giant guinea pigs make the best lounge chairs

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Newsworthy | Lounging. Capybaras are basically huge guinea pigs. Apparently, other animals like to sit on their backs. Here’s a website that collects photos of birds,

Web Reads: Desserts that changed the world

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Newsworthy | New media. Studies show that teens are turning away from Facebook and turning toward Vine, the Twitter-owned service featuring 6-second videos. One of the…

Web Reads: Literary hatchet jobs and telling the good news

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Newsworthy | Poison pens. The snarky book review has been around for a long time. One group honors “literary criticism's most poisonous pens” with “The Hatchet Job…

Notable Books

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Books | Four nonfiction memoirs

Web Reads: These criminals are good guys

Web Reads: These criminals are good guys

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Newsworthy | Introspection? A study asked inmates in England how they rated themselves on traits such as “moral, kind to others, trustworthy, honest, dependable,

Web Reads: Novel prescriptions

Web Reads: Novel prescriptions

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Newsworthy | Books for what ails you. In the U.K., doctors who diagnose their patients with mild depression can prescribe particular “self help” books as part of the…

Web Reads: The skinny on chocolate chip cookies

Web Reads: The skinny on chocolate chip cookies

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Newsworthy | How sweet it is. The search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie took J. Kenzi Lopez-Alt, writer of The Food Lab at seriouseats.com, through “32…

Web Reads: Mark Twain vs. Jane Austen

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Newsworthy | Writers’ feud. What did Mark Twain really think of Jane Austen? Emily Auerbach sets out to discover if he genuinely detested her, “or…

Web Reads: Gone to the dogs

Web Reads: Gone to the dogs

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Newsworthy | Best in show. In 1994 Charles Krauthammer penned a column opposing American Kennel Club (AKC) recognition of the border collie over fears that the…

Web Reads: Listen to this—Bach and other great minds

Web Reads: Listen to this—Bach and other great minds

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Newsworthy | Music and math. J.S. Bach has a reputation for brilliance, depicted on a Mobius Strip. You can download for free Bach’s Goldberg Variations as well as his…

Web Reads: Polio’s fight to the bitter end

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Newsworthy | Polio’s last stand. Polio used to be the silent crippler of children, but development of an effective vaccine wiped it out in the U.S. and other…

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