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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 03.27.12

Origami Crane

 

Beautifully captured stop-motion origami.

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How social networks make it tough to see ourselves as part of a larger group, like say, a class.

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A NASA project that studies surface-level ocean currents is like Van Gogh’s Starry Night come to life.

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Why thinking green could actually be bad for the earth.

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What 2050 may really look like (minus the flying cars).

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Backronyms and downright falsehoods: debunking linguistic urban legends.

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The specifics on our brave new digital world.

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What house mice can tell us about where the Vikings have been.

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New research on the other carbon-dioxide problem.

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How the heat wave in the Midwest crashed NOAA’s climate software.

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David Foster Wallace wants you to turn the music down.

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A new app lets Facebook users “enemy” instead of “friend.” The app, developed by a University of Texas researcher, is called EnemyGraph, and purports to encourage a more accurate reflection of our social lives than the "friending" and "liking" can.

Image by Andreas Bauer, licensed under Creative Commons.