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Mark (executive editor) is a Portuguese-American, alternative journalist specializing in online journalism, social movements and global conflicts. His own program is one of the oldest and longest running current affairs podcasts on the internet. He enjoys ultimate frisbee and teaching new media in post-conflict countries.

Food Born in a Laboratory

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Five examples of lab grown food appearing in a supermarket near you. Nu-Tek Salt: It might sound strange but a company based in Minneapolis has been getting a lot of attention for their sodium-free salt substitute. Made of potassium chloride and an organic acid, Nu-Tek Salt looks, feels, and functions just like salt does minus the   …Continue Reading

Why Do People Itch?

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Ever wonder why and how your brain feels an itch and knows exactly where it is? Itching, you do it everyday, often, and without thinking about it.  Yet the actual reason and way that the brain knows to itch a specific spot is surprisingly still not fully understood.  Recently, researchers at the University of Minnesota   …Continue Reading

Tetris Turns 29

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On this day in 1984, Tetris, one of the most beloved brain games ever, was released. Designed by Alexey Pajitnov while he was working for the Dorodnicyn Computing Center at the Academy of Science of the USSR in Moscow, Tetris would become the first video game ever exported from the USSR to the US.  Even   …Continue Reading

Gender Pay Gap Persists

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Latest reports indicate that progress towards equal pay  has stagnated. Unequal pay based on gender has long been an unsolved problem throughout the world, including in Western nations where women are supposed to be protected as equals with men, under the law. It is among the top priority issues for women’s and human rights advocacy   …Continue Reading

Solar Plane Tests Continue to Succeed

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World record holder for solar aviation on its way across North America. Another leg of the ambitious “Across America” journey for the world’s most successful solar plane was completed this week in St. Louis, Missouri.  The HB-SIA “Solar Impulse” flew for 21 hours and 22 minutes from Dallas to St. Louis as part of a   …Continue Reading