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Map: Places That Will Flood More Often Due to Global Warming

Slate.com's International Papers Section - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 16:10

Rising seas and increasingly severe weather are expected to increase the areas of the United States at risk of floods by up to 45 percent by 2100, according to a first-of-its-kind report released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday. These changes could double the number of flood-prone properties covered by the National Flood Insurance Program and drastically increase the costs of floods, the report finds.

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Map: Places That Will Flood More Often Due to Global Warming

Slate.com's Hey, Wait a Minute - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 16:10

Rising seas and increasingly severe weather are expected to increase the areas of the United States at risk of floods by up to 45 percent by 2100, according to a first-of-its-kind report released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday. These changes could double the number of flood-prone properties covered by the National Flood Insurance Program and drastically increase the costs of floods, the report finds.

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Map: Places That Will Flood More Often Due to Global Warming

Slate.com's The Big Idea - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 16:10

Rising seas and increasingly severe weather are expected to increase the areas of the United States at risk of floods by up to 45 percent by 2100, according to a first-of-its-kind report released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday. These changes could double the number of flood-prone properties covered by the National Flood Insurance Program and drastically increase the costs of floods, the report finds.

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The Dram-atic Arts

Slate.com's International Papers Section - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 15:58

Hey Bartender is a documentary on the subject of finally being able to get a decent drink around here. In paying homage to the craft-cocktail scene—tracing its origins, cataloguing its attributes, charting the motions of its stars—director Douglas Tirola has created a recipe for a feature-length aperitif. Light and easy, abubble with fizzy celebration, the movie’s group profile of tastemaking drink slingers whets the appetite for deeper study.

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The Dram-atic Arts

Slate.com's Hey, Wait a Minute - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 15:58

Hey Bartender is a documentary on the subject of finally being able to get a decent drink around here. In paying homage to the craft-cocktail scene—tracing its origins, cataloguing its attributes, charting the motions of its stars—director Douglas Tirola has created a recipe for a feature-length aperitif. Light and easy, abubble with fizzy celebration, the movie’s group profile of tastemaking drink slingers whets the appetite for deeper study.

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The Dram-atic Arts

Slate.com's The Big Idea - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 15:58

Hey Bartender is a documentary on the subject of finally being able to get a decent drink around here. In paying homage to the craft-cocktail scene—tracing its origins, cataloguing its attributes, charting the motions of its stars—director Douglas Tirola has created a recipe for a feature-length aperitif. Light and easy, abubble with fizzy celebration, the movie’s group profile of tastemaking drink slingers whets the appetite for deeper study.

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The Best Book About Fathers

Slate.com's The Big Idea - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 14:50

If you decide you want to be hostile this Father’s Day, you have plenty of good options. You can send the man in your life a link to a 2010 Atlantic piece, “Are Fathers Necessary?” which coldly concludes that “there’s nothing objectively essential about his contribution.” Or you can point out this month’s New York Times “Room for Debate” called “What Are Fathers For?” which makes fatherhood seem like an outdated, inscrutable appliance on Antiques Roadshow. Or you can just dispense with the passive aggressive approach and give them my book, the End of Men.

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The Best Book About Fathers

Slate.com's International Papers Section - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 14:50

If you decide you want to be hostile this Father’s Day, you have plenty of good options. You can send the man in your life a link to a 2010 Atlantic piece, “Are Fathers Necessary?” which coldly concludes that “there’s nothing objectively essential about his contribution.” Or you can point out this month’s New York Times “Room for Debate” called “What Are Fathers For?” which makes fatherhood seem like an outdated, inscrutable appliance on Antiques Roadshow. Or you can just dispense with the passive aggressive approach and give them my book, the End of Men.

Categories: Politics and Such

The Best Book About Fathers

Slate.com's Hey, Wait a Minute - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 14:50

If you decide you want to be hostile this Father’s Day, you have plenty of good options. You can send the man in your life a link to a 2010 Atlantic piece, “Are Fathers Necessary?” which coldly concludes that “there’s nothing objectively essential about his contribution.” Or you can point out this month’s New York Times “Room for Debate” called “What Are Fathers For?” which makes fatherhood seem like an outdated, inscrutable appliance on Antiques Roadshow. Or you can just dispense with the passive aggressive approach and give them my book, the End of Men.

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“I Don't Think the Arab Spring Is Over”

Slate.com's International Papers Section - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 12:56

Jerusalem—On Thursday, on the eve of his 90th birthday, Israel's President Shimon Peres spoke to Lally Weymouth and reflected on developments in Israel, Syria, Iran, Egypt, and elsewhere in the region. Then he turned to discussing peace between Israel and the Palestinians, which he insists is attainable. Excerpts:

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“I Don't Think the Arab Spring Is Over”

Slate.com's The Big Idea - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 12:56

Jerusalem—On Thursday, on the eve of his 90th birthday, Israel's President Shimon Peres spoke to Lally Weymouth and reflected on developments in Israel, Syria, Iran, Egypt, and elsewhere in the region. Then he turned to discussing peace between Israel and the Palestinians, which he insists is attainable. Excerpts:

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“I Don't Think the Arab Spring Is Over”

Slate.com's Hey, Wait a Minute - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 12:56

Jerusalem—On Thursday, on the eve of his 90th birthday, Israel's President Shimon Peres spoke to Lally Weymouth and reflected on developments in Israel, Syria, Iran, Egypt, and elsewhere in the region. Then he turned to discussing peace between Israel and the Palestinians, which he insists is attainable. Excerpts:

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The “If This Be Treason, Make the Most of It” Gabfest

Slate.com's International Papers Section - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:30

Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook. We post to the Facebook page throughout the week, so keep the conversation going by joining us there. Or follow us @SlateGabfest.

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The “If This Be Treason, Make the Most of It” Gabfest

Slate.com's The Big Idea - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:30

Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook. We post to the Facebook page throughout the week, so keep the conversation going by joining us there. Or follow us @SlateGabfest.

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The “If This Be Treason, Make the Most of It” Gabfest

Slate.com's Hey, Wait a Minute - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:30

Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook. We post to the Facebook page throughout the week, so keep the conversation going by joining us there. Or follow us @SlateGabfest.

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The Supreme Court’s Sketchy Science

Slate.com's International Papers Section - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:15

In a unanimous ruling yesterday, the Supreme Court held that patenting a gene violates Section 101 of the Patent Act. Though Myriad Genetics had indeed made “new and useful” discoveries, these fell into a long-held exception that “laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas are not patentable.” However, the court found cDNA (complementary DNA) to be patentable. The meaning of this ruling is complicated significantly by the court’s sketchy understanding of molecular biology. Justice Scalia, in a concurring opinion, was honest (or exasperated) enough to make his lack of expertise explicit, describing his inability to understand on “[his] own knowledge or even [his] own belief,” the “fine details of molecular biology” relevant to the case.

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The Supreme Court’s Sketchy Science

Slate.com's The Big Idea - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:15

In a unanimous ruling yesterday, the Supreme Court held that patenting a gene violates Section 101 of the Patent Act. Though Myriad Genetics had indeed made “new and useful” discoveries, these fell into a long-held exception that “laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas are not patentable.” However, the court found cDNA (complementary DNA) to be patentable. The meaning of this ruling is complicated significantly by the court’s sketchy understanding of molecular biology. Justice Scalia, in a concurring opinion, was honest (or exasperated) enough to make his lack of expertise explicit, describing his inability to understand on “[his] own knowledge or even [his] own belief,” the “fine details of molecular biology” relevant to the case.

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The Supreme Court’s Sketchy Science

Slate.com's Hey, Wait a Minute - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:15

In a unanimous ruling yesterday, the Supreme Court held that patenting a gene violates Section 101 of the Patent Act. Though Myriad Genetics had indeed made “new and useful” discoveries, these fell into a long-held exception that “laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas are not patentable.” However, the court found cDNA (complementary DNA) to be patentable. The meaning of this ruling is complicated significantly by the court’s sketchy understanding of molecular biology. Justice Scalia, in a concurring opinion, was honest (or exasperated) enough to make his lack of expertise explicit, describing his inability to understand on “[his] own knowledge or even [his] own belief,” the “fine details of molecular biology” relevant to the case.

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Hereditary Traits

Slate.com's International Papers Section - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:06

On Thursday, BuzzFeed Washington, D.C., bureau chief John Stanton published a pair of articles calling out the sons of two separate Republican members of Congress for racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, sexist, and homophobic social media accounts.

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Hereditary Traits

Slate.com's The Big Idea - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:06

On Thursday, BuzzFeed Washington, D.C., bureau chief John Stanton published a pair of articles calling out the sons of two separate Republican members of Congress for racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, sexist, and homophobic social media accounts.

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