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Brave New Car Dealer: fingerprints required to buy a car?

We walked out of the dealership, but not before learning that none of my personal data which was copied and recorded would be returned to me or destroyed. It’s going to be kept on file for 7 years. Policy, you see. It goes in the same file where they keep the fingerprints. So now I’ve lost copies of my driver’s license, credit report (which was also run without my knowledge),…

Political video smackdown

With presidential campaigns now poised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising that will blanket television before November 2008, this seemingly home-produced video — created with software and a laptop, and likely without the benefit of a team of expensive political consultants — opens a new window, Rosenberg said. It has dramatized a brave new world in which passionate activists outside the structure of traditional campaigns have the…

Racing video games cause reckless driving: study

The researchers then studied 68 men and found that those who played even one racing game took more risks afterward in traffic situations on a computer simulator than those who played another type of game. Then the researchers had 83 men play either a racing game or another type of game, and found that those who played the racing game reported more thoughts and feelings associated with taking risks than…

Pay attention to the world

By presenting us with a limitless number of nonstopped stories, the narratives that the media relate – the consumption of which has so dramatically cut into the time the educated public once devoted to reading – offer a lesson in amorality and detachment that is antithetical to the one embodied by the enterprise of the novel. In storytelling as practiced by the novelist, there is always – as I have…

Mars Pole Holds Enough Ice to Flood Planet, Radar Study Shows

Mars’s southern polar ice cap contains enough water to cover the entire planet approximately 36 feet (11 meters) deep if melted, according to a new radar study. –Mars Pole Holds Enough Ice to Flood Planet, Radar Study Shows (National Geographic News) Awesome news. I had no idea there was that much water — but apparently the news in the article isn’t the volume of frozen water, but the precise measurement.

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The man who wrote FRANKENSTEIN

MYTH: Frankenstein, the most famous work of English Romanticism, was written by an uneducated, teenaged girl, who took part in a ghost-story contest in Geneva, had a nightmare, and was inspired to write a story “which would frighten my reader as I myself had been frightened that night!” REALITY: Frankenstein is a work of profound and radical ideas, written by one of the greatest poets and prose stylists in the…