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Scientist catches spider the size of a puppy

csmonitor.com — Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat.
Oct 20, 2014

Really cool except why couldn't he take video and leave it to live? csmonitor.com/Science/2014/1…

Oct 20, 2014

Whoa. MT @kurtpeacock: I'm generally pro-spider too. Yet somehow today's CS Monitor awoke my inner fretful 4 yr old: csmonitor.com/Science/2014/1…

Oct 20, 2014

"A moment later, he realized he was looking not at a brown, furry mammal, but an enormous, puppy-size spider." csmonitor.com/Science/2014/1…

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Indonesia's new president is the world's most unlikely political story

csmonitor.com — The stunning rise of Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who took office Monday for a six-year term as Indonesia's new president. Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was sworn in as Indonesia's president today, capping an improbable journey to the top for a diminutive outsider.
Oct 20, 2014

Meet the unlikely populist who's now president of world's largest Muslim nation. bit.ly/1uv89Zp

Oct 20, 2014

Ebola? ISIS? End times? Pshhaw. A moment of great progress in Indonesia with improbable Jokowi presidency. csmonitor.com/World/Security…

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US Marine accused of murder in Philippines. A blow to Obama's Asia pivot?

csmonitor.com — Philippine authorities want to question five US service personnel over the death of a transexual in a hotel room. The US recently upgraded its military alliance with the Philippines in the face of perceived Chinese maritime aggression.
Oct 20, 2014

"Philippine authorities want to question 5 US servicemen over the death of a transexual in a hotel room." csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pac…

Oct 20, 2014

A US Marine on shore leave in Philippines accused of killing a transsexual. Bad news for Obama's pivot to Asia? csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pac…

If voters leave an Obama rally, do Facebook users hear about it?

csmonitor.com — Some Facebook users have reported a potentially embarrassing story about President Obama as spam, making it difficult for some others to access the article from their news feeds or post the story themselves. A story about voters leaving an election rally that featured President Obama has had trouble gaining traction on Facebook after some users flagged the article as spam.

Sharp divide in how key voters view US government's Ebola response

csmonitor.com — Republican voters in electoral battleground states have far less confidence in US efforts to fight Ebola than do Democrats, a new poll shows. Anxiety is the dominant emotion among voters in battleground states and districts heading into Election Day, according to a poll released Monday by Politico.

Sharp divide in how key voters view US government's Ebola response (+video)

csmonitor.com — Republican voters in electoral battleground states have far less confidence in US efforts to fight Ebola than do Democrats, a new poll shows. Anxiety is the dominant emotion among voters in battleground states and districts heading into Election Day, according to a poll released Monday by Politico.

Double-whammy for Japan's Shinzo Abe: Two female cabinet ministers resign

csmonitor.com — The departure of both the Japanese industry and justice minsters today within hours of each other deals a significant blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and appears to mark the first significant crisis for a popular leader known for strength and decisiveness.
Oct 20, 2014

Double-whammy for Japan's Shinzo Abe: Two female cabinet ministers resign csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pac…

Oct 20, 2014

Japanese PM Abe's push for more women in cabinet isn't going so well. Apparently his picks were on the take. Fangate? csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pac…

'Breaking Bad' crystal meth action figure: Good idea for Toys 'R' Us?

csmonitor.com — A Florida mother has started a petition against Toys 'R' Us selling 'Breaking Bad' action figures. They're in the adult section, but critics say they shouldn't be there at all. What happens when a toy store dedicated to helping "kids and babies develop, learn, and be safe" starts selling hazmat-suited action figures who cook crystal meth?
Oct 20, 2014

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Monica Lewinsky joins Twitter: Why that's bad news for Hillary Clinton 2016

csmonitor.com — Monica Lewinsky has re-entered public life, again. Why the former White House intern's return could pose a problem for Hillary Clinton in 2016. With three simple words, Monica Lewinsky has broken her silence, re-entered public life, launched a campaign against cyber-bullying - and, quite possibly, thrown a major wrench in Hillary Clinton's purported plans to run for the presidency in 2016.
Oct 20, 2014

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Puppy-sized spider: How big can a bug get?

csmonitor.com — The enormous Goliath spider, spotted recently in Guyana, conjures images of horror movies. But don't worry: A spider probably can't get that big. The spotting of a rare Goliath birdeater spider in the Amazon this week may have some wondering how far the boundaries of science can give as this arthropod skitters across into a realm more suited to comic books than science.

Children’s books written by celebrities: The good, the bad, the charming

csmonitor.com — Celebrities often wear many hats, sometimes including children's book author. The results can sometimes miss their target, while at other times a celebrity's views shared in a storybook characters can charm readers. Dustin Warburton has managed to balance writing horror films for adults with penning a host of children's books with celebrity co-authors like NBA star Dennis Rodman.

Can Monica Lewinsky make a dent in cyberbullying?

csmonitor.com — Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern whose affair with President Clinton resulted in his impeachment, has launched a Twitter account in conjunction with her pledge to combat cyberbullying. Yep, there it is: Monica Lewinsky's Twitter handle, @MonicaLewinsky. There's even the blue check mark symbol next to her name, verifying the account.

'Royals' banned: Why San Francisco won't listen to Lorde song

csmonitor.com — Royals banned: Baseball fans in San Francisco object to Lorde's song "Royals." But Kansas City fans have adopted the song as their own. Baseball fans in San Francisco and Kansas City have singled out alternative pop singer Lorde as the latest pawn in their pre-World Series superstitions.

Nathaniel Philbrick's 'In the Heart of the Sea' is adapted for the screen by Ron Howard

csmonitor.com — The National Book Award-winning story of how a real-life incident inspired Herman Melville to write 'Moby-Dick' is being adapted as a movie by director Ron Howard. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson. A movie directed by Ron Howard and starring " Thor" actor Chris Hemsworth is being adapted from Nathaniel Philbrick 's nonfiction book "In the Heart of the Sea."

Farmers in Burkina Faso outsmart climate change

csmonitor.com — Over the last three decades, Burkina Faso's poorest farmers have produced food for half a million people by restoring some 300,000 hectares (741,000 acres) of degraded land with innovative techniques to conserve water and soil, according to a report on Wednesday [Oct. 8].