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The Foreign-Owned Southern Auto Industry and the GOP

newsweek.com — Less than two decades ago, Detroit's Big Three were the U.S. auto industry. But now there's a second auto industry: one that is nonunion, foreign-owned and Dixie-based. That's why Southern senators worked so hard to block the bailout.More… (Autos)

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Necessary Medicine?

nytimes.com — Health care and the economy share a sickbed. Barack Obama placed a heavy bet last week that they can recover together.More… (Health)

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Ben Mezrich pens tale of Facebook’s founders

bostonherald.com — Ben Mezrich, whose best-seller “Bringing Down the House” about MIT math geeks who outsmart Vegas casinos inspired the hit film “21,” is returning to the revenge-of-the-nerds genre with a vengeance. It will also be “about Harvard’s Final Clubs,” which are similar to secret societies or exclusive clubs at other Ivy League schools such as Princeton...More… (Arts & Culture)

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10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy

alternet.org — Daily habits can affect our well-being. Here are 10 simple actions that research has shown makes people feel good.More… (Health)

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Preparing bacon for the freezer [WITH ILLUSTRATIONS]

procrastiblog.com — Though I believe there are a few flaws with this post — such as questioning whether someone would eat a pound of bacon in a week, and the use of drawings instead of photographs — it's an interesting concept.More… (Food & Drink)

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Cyborg Limbs Will Feel Like User's Own

fastcompany.com — SmartHand is a European collaborative project to develop a next-generation robotic prosthetic limb, and as part of the project Swedish researchers have successfully demonstrated a neat psychological trick that makes wearers feel like an artificial limb is actually part of their body.More… (Health)

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Baja 1000 Buggy: Green and mean desert racer

thedesignblog.org — Designed for an off-road race, scheduled to take place on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, the Baja 1000 Buggy will incorporate radical new wheel and tire technology to enhance power.More… (Autos)

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Sexsomniac Builder Who Forces Himself On Wife In His Sleep

dailymail.co.uk — During his waking hours Tim Draper, 33, is a loving and devoted husband to his wife Amanda, 34. But as soon as he falls asleep he turns into an aggressive sex-crazed 'monster' who gropes his partner before holding her down and ripping off her nightdress.More… (Health)

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Are Speeders with Police Stickers Getting Away w/ Anything?

rd.com — You've seen those badge-like decals dot hopeful windshields across America—the ones that say something like Supporter, PBA. Typically, you make a donation to the group and you get a sticker as a “thank-you gift.” Then (wink-wink, nudge-nudge) the sticker goes onto a car window and becomes—you hope—an amulet against a $300 ticket....More… (Autos)

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Upgrading from a cardboard box for the homeless

latimes.com — "Until a few weeks ago, he dozed on a thin mattress in the open air. Now he beds down in a snug mobile shelter called an EDAR (short for Everyone Deserves a Roof), a covered contraption that looks like the offspring of a shopping cart and a pop-up camper."More… (Travel & Places)

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Supreme Court Allows Suits Over 'Light' Cigarettes

online.wsj.com — The Supreme Court is allowing lawsuits to go forward against tobacco companies' allegedly deceptive marketing of "light" cigarettes.More… (Health)

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Hard times mean more abuse

baltimoresun.com — Economic stresses, when combined with other difficulties, can push frustrated men into acts of domestic violence.More… (Health)

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Versace Builds World's First Refrigerated Beach in Dubai

timesonline.co.uk — Versace, the renowned fashion house, is to create the world’s first refrigerated beach so that hotel guests can walk comfortably across the sand on scorching days. The beach will be next to the the new Palazzo Versace hotel which is being built in Dubai where summer temperatures average 40C and can reach 50C.More… (Travel & Places)

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Obesity 'controlled by the brain'

news.bbc.co.uk — Seven new gene variants discovered by scientists suggest strongly that obesity is largely a mind problem.More… (Health)

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World's Friendliest Countries

forbes.com — The country that once welcomed the tired, poor, huddled masses is now asking for a little reciprocation. And Canada,Germany and Australia are heeding the call. They top a list of the countries most welcoming to expats. There, relocators have a relatively easy time befriending locals, joining a local community group and learning the local language.More… (Travel & Places)

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