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May 13, 2011


1. Heroes, Villains and Harry Potter: Why James Tate's Banning From Prom Resonates With Us
The story of James Tate, the boy banned from prom for plastering an invitation on his school building, has spread virally across Americaâ€"much like ridiculously choreographed dance moves spread across gym floors in prom movies. NewsFeed explains 10 reasons why Tate's case has ignited the public (and why you're looking at a picture of Harry [...]

2. Heroes, Villains and Harry Potter: Why James Tate's Banning From Prom Resonates With Us
After a Cuban dissident, Juan Wilfredo Soto, 46, was arrested at a Santa Clara protest, he was allegedly beaten to death. Soto was among those who supported a 134-day hunger strike by fellow dissident Guillermo Farinas to press for the release of political prisoners. But a forensic doctor and Soto's sister have denied the allegations [...]

3. Quote: Robert Gates on Osama bin Laden's Death Photo
"I have gotten from friends all over the country copies of the picture that was this iconic picture taken in the Situation Room while we were watching the operation. And they have been photoshopped in every way you can imagine...Coming after the royal wedding, one of these had all of us in one of these [...]

4. How 3D Glasses Helped Win World War II
glasses may not be the most obvious warfare tool. But that's exactly what it took for the Allies of WWII to outwit Hitler. A BBC documentary reveals how they used three-dimensional photos to stop Nazi weapons of mass destruction before they could bomb Britain. Dubbed Operation Crossbow, the mission entailed Spitfire pilots photographing battlefield [...]

5. Longest Bidding War in Auction History: Warhol Self Portrait Sells for $38 Million
The highest selling item at a Christie's auction in New York Wednesday was a signed and dated self-portrait by pop art icon Andy Warhol. Self-Portrait sold for $38 million in a nail-biting bidding war that lasted 16 minutes. The work, a framed series of four blue portraits from 1964, was estimated to sell for up [...]

6. Fashion Friday: Princess Beatrice's Fascinator For Sale and Other Style Scoop
NewsFeed's Feifei Sun rounds up the brilliant and bizarre from this week in fashion. Fascinator for Sale. Princess Beatrice's pink fascinator stole the show at the Royal Wedding and became an overnight Internet meme. Now, the young royal is using that attention for a good cause, auctioning off her head piece on eBay for UNICEF [...]

7. What Makes People Choose A Mate? God and Politics
You might have thought the answer to this question would be pheromones, but according to a new study, you'd be wrong. Researchers from Rice University and the University of Nebraskaâ€"Lincoln analyzed data collected from more than 5,000 couples in order to find out how similar political beliefs were among spouses. In their preface to the [...]

8. Talk About Thrill: New Amusement Park Rides React To Your Breathing
A bucking bronco that can tell you're scared, and a swing that goes crazy detecting your breath? The UK is upping their game with these new amusement rides courtesy of Nottingham University. A team from the UK-based University hooked up a bronco and a swing to adapted medical sensors that monitors a person's breathing. Breathe [...]

9. Reading While Eating for May 13: Friday The 13th Edition
Though today's links celebrate the superstition, we promise they won't bring you bad luck. (Knock on wood.) Friggatriskaidekaphobia: That's just a fancy word for Friday the 13th. Take a look at the five strangest fears you never knew existed. (Washington Post) We're Scared Because: See a brief history of Friday the 13th. (TIME) We Hope [...]

10. What's All the Buzz About? Cicadas Back in the South After 13 Years
Fall's defined by crunching leaves, but the crackle of cicada shells indicates that spring has sprung. Though the harmless yet ominous-looking bugs appear in small numbers annually, swarms of their periodical counterparts only grace our presence once every 13 or 17 years, depending on the species. Brood XIX Cicadas, which have a 13-year cycle, emerged [...]


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