Not a conservative, but a vandal


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On Monday the United Kingdom marked Queen Elizabeth's 88th birthday with traditional gun salutes.


The war effort: A young princess Elizabeth in ATS uniform in 1942 demonstrating that the royal family did their bit during the war. 
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Rust belt beekeepers keep hives in backyards, vacant lots, and even on garage roofs


Deep in the defunct industrial zones and backyards of Buffalo, N.Y., there’s a buzz developing – quite literally, in the form of secret beehives. Across the city, a small network of under-the-radar beekeepers has formed. They keep hives in backyards, vacant lots, and even on garage roofs.

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Buffalo might look to Pittsburgh, another Rust Belt beekeeping outpost, for a little advice on scaling up. In 2010, Burgh Bees established a community apiary in the neighborhood of Homewood. I spoke with Steve Repasky, president of Burgh Bees, who tells me that he believes it’s the first one of its kind in the country.

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Yale School of Art presents works by Turner Prize nominee Lynette Yiadom-Boakye


A new exhibition at the Yale School of Art presents 12 works by London-based artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, a 2013 Turner Prize nominee best known for her figurative paintings of subjects constructed from memory and imagination. 

On view April 8–May 30 at the 32 Edgewood Avenue Gallery in New Haven, “Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Paintings” includes both large- and small-scale oils on canvas.

 According to Robert Storr, dean of the Yale School of Art and curator of the show “Yiadom-Boakye exhibits a clear comprehension of the history of European portraiture, yet employs paint as a medium through which new fictions are formed. Language influences her work strongly; she is a prolific writer of fiction, poetry, and essays. Her paintings depict figures that appear to be both carefully indeterminate and strangely familiar. At the same time, Yiadom-Boakye's ambiguous suggestion of setting and character invites the viewer’s imagination into the narrative, raising questions about how we interpret pictures themselves.”

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Third outbreak of Mumps in U.S. this year happens in NJ. Let's ignore the anti-vaccine rabble-rousers!


Ready for more mumps? The U.S. has had at least three outbreaks thus far in 2014, including ongoing problems in Ohio, where more than 200 cases have been identified, New York City with many cases as well, and New Jersey, with eight cases diagnosed just this week. All three of these outbreaks share the basics: college students who were vaccinated appropriately as kids but nevertheless come down with aches, fever, and sufficiently swollen salivary glands.

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Beckman Institute suggests simple strategy for coping with those bad memories we all have


A simple and effective emotion-regulation strategy that has neurologically and behaviorally been proven to lessen the emotional impact of personal negative memories, researchers have shown. "Sometimes we dwell on how sad, embarrassed, or hurt we felt during an event, and that makes us feel worse and worse. But we found that instead of thinking about your emotions during a negative memory, looking away from the worst emotions and thinking about the context, like a friend who was there, what the weather was like, or anything else non-emotional that was part of the memory, will rather effortlessly take your mind away from the unwanted emotions associated with that memory," the researchers suggest.

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What does your favorite coffee say about your personality?


Coffee-lover Ryoko Iwata created an infographic that links coffee drinkers and the type of coffee they drink to specific characteristics. However, Ryoko didn't just define the personality traits herself, she based the chart and its generalizations on a recent survey that was conducted on 1,000 coffee drinkers.

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Researchers find new approach to Alzheimer's treatment in novel class of compounds


Researchers publishing in the journal Nature Chemical Biology have described a new class of compounds, called "pharmacologic chaperones," which could aid in a completely new approach to how Alzheimer's disease is treated.

The team explains that a so-called retromer protein complex plays an important part in neurons by steering away amyloid precursor protein (APP) from a part of the cell where it is split, creating amyloid-beta - a potentially toxic byproduct regarded as a hallmark of Alzheimer's.

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New drug found to be effective in rodents and monkeys infected with Ebola


Death rates for outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever, including Ebola, are tragically high — more than 90 percent of those infected die. Yet, no vaccine exists to prevent these terrifying illnesses, which even cause bleeding from the eyes. One important thing scientists know about hemorrhagic fevers is they are caused by filoviruses, an emerging family of pathogens. Now a team of researchers at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases discovered a small molecule drug that inhibits infection of filoviruses in human cells. Their scientific paper appears online in Nature.

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Consider this cartoon; its how one-size-fits- all, standardized testing in schools works.


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Video: These shoes are completely made out of recycled rubbish; watch how they are made



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