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August 18, 2011

Most of these great items come from my Twitter feed or Facebook news feed. Follow me on Twitter and on Facebook for more fascinating videos, articles, essays and criticism. Read past recommendations from this series here.

1. Superman’s Memory Crystals Inch Closer to Reality
By Matt Cantor | Newser | Aug. 15
“Hard drives could soon be made from glass.”

2. His Anger Is a Start
The New York Times | Aug. 16
“[President Obama’s] anger is long overdue. But it would be much more effective if he combined it with strong ideas of his own for how to fix the economy, rather than the thin agenda he is now promoting. ”

3. Growing Latino population should not be a shock
By Marc Rodriguez | NewsTaco | Aug. 15
“The U.S. Census Report, or at least the documents from the past four decades, should officially be considered the government’s equivalent of the television broadcast version of the Spanish-language telenovela.”

4. America, the Dysfunctional
By Leslie Bennetts | The Daily Beast | Aug. 15
“As pundits bemoan the broken political system, historians tell Leslie Bennetts that even as far back as Jefferson and Hamilton, acrimony is just the American way.”

5. Can Rick Perry Govern?
By Dave Mann | Texas Observer | Aug. 15
“Texas governor is a terrific campaigner but has accomplished little in office.”

6. Tohoku Tsunami Created Icebergs In Antarctica
NASA | Aug. 8
“A NASA scientist and her colleagues were able to observe for the first time the power of an earthquake and tsunami to break off large icebergs a hemisphere away.”

7. Mikhail Gorbachev: I should have abandoned the Communist party earlier
By Jonathan Steele | The Guardian | Aug. 16
“The former president looks back on his role in the fall of the Soviet Union 20 years ago in an exclusive Guardian interview”

8. Vintage box camera portrays Mayan women
By Jack Chang | Associated Press | Aug. 16
“Associated Press photographer Rodrigo Abd made his way to the Guatemalan mountain city of Coban in July to photograph these women vying to become this year’s National Indigenous Queen of Guatemala, who is honored for helping keep alive the country’s rich Mayan history.”

9. Vaccines are important to everyone’s health
By Jeff Kreisberg | NewsTaco | Aug. 16
“You never outgrow your need to be vaccinated. No matter what your age, there are recommended vaccines to help keep you, your family, and your community safe.”

10. The Female Erotic Brain, Mapped
By Maia Szalavitz | Healthland :: Time | Aug. 16
“Not surprisingly, the brain region associated with sensation from the clitoris was distinct from those that respond to stimulation of the cervix or vagina. Each area of the genitals showed up in its own spot, clustered in one region of the brain — the same region associated with genital stimulation in men — overlapping but separate.”

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