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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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How to ask political candidates questions and get answers.

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

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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?

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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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