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Links 1 through 10 of 236 by Joe Germuska tagged history

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"For this purpose, the open-access movement is the worldwide effort to provide free online access to scientific and scholarly research literature, especially peer-reviewed journal articles and their preprints. For more information, see my overview, newsletter, or blog."

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"It’s a show and tell that is not for the squeamish. The process starts with boxes of raw beef and lamb trimmings, and ends with what looks like oversized Popsicles the shade of a Band-Aid. In between, the meat is run through a four-ton grinder, where bread crumbs, water, oregano and other seasonings are added. A clumpy paste emerges and is squeezed into a machine that checks for metal and bone. (“You can never be too careful,” Mr. Tomaras said.) Hydraulic pressure — 60 pounds per square inch — is used to fuse the meat into cylinders, which are stacked on trays and then rolled into a flash freezer, where the temperature is 20 degrees below zero."

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"Preservationists, business owners, state leaders and community activists are taking what feels like a last stab at saving the 97-year-old Michigan Central Station before it goes the way of New York’s Pennsylvania Station or, more locally, Tiger Stadium and countless other pieces of old Detroit that have fallen to the wrecking ball in recent years."

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"Frank Serpico writes out the story of his life daily in longhand, at the cabin, then types the pages on a computer at the public library, using the two-finger method he honed filing arrest reports on station house typewriters, gathering the pages in a manila folder. The memoir begins on the night of the Williamsburg drug bust, his bleeding body cradled by an elderly tenant who called for assistance when his fellow officers did not, the narrator floating above and recounting the life path that led him there."

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"On the other hand, King’s use of Twitter would not come without meaningful criticism.

"His popular legacy remains one of speeches, but he attended and organized meetings and direct-action campaigns. He put his money (what little he had), his time, and his life where his mouth was. I imagine he would be frustrated by the passivity and false sense of action that Twitter can promote."

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"The laboratory merged with the computer science department at Stanford in 1980, reopened in 2004, and is now enjoying a renaissance. Its trajectory can be seen in the progress made since 1970, when a graduate researcher programmed a robot to automatically follow a white line under controlled lighting conditions at eight-tenths mile per hour. Thirty-five years later, a team of artificial intelligence researchers at Stanford would equip a Volkswagen Touareg named Stanley with lasers, cameras and a cluster of powerful computers to drive autonomously for 131 miles over mountain roads in California at an average speed of 19.1 miles per hour to win $2 million in the 2005 Darpa Grand Challenge, a robotic vehicle contest."

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