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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 02.28.12

2/28/2012 1:30:46 PM

Tags: The Crockpot, sleep, Anthony Bourdain, education, schools, politicians, Chinese coal mine, Shiraz, sex lubricant, Facebook, robots, best language to learn, online shipping


Turns out that the myth of the 8-hour sleep is a recent phenomenon—and that lying awake at night could be good for you.


Get ready for the Bourdain stamp of approval on a new line of foodie books.


Neiman Watchdog asks: Do politicians know anything at all about schools and education?


A perfectly preserved 300 million year old forest discovered under a coal mine in China features trees with branches and leaves intact.


We were totally OK with climate change until it started to affect our Shiraz.


How to ask political candidates questions and get answers.


What does a 55-gallon drum of sex lubricant say about the way we interact with Facebook?


Dexterous robots toil at the bottom of the sea to safeguard the web.


Mandarin, Arabic, or Spanish? Of all the world’s tongues, what is the best language to learn?


One woman’s brief, backbreaking, rage-inducing, low-paying time inside the online-shipping machine.

Image by Alyssa L. Miller, licensed under Creative Commons. 

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