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Test your knowledge of the news from the week of Oct. 24.

slate.com — Welcome back to Slate's weekly news quiz. I'm your host, 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings. Every Friday I'll be testing your knowledge with 12 challenging questions on the week's news events, big and small, including happenings in science, sports, politics, and culture both high and low. The questions are multiple-choice,...

Gallery of the October 2014 partial eclipse.

slate.com — Yesterday was the last solar eclipse the US will see until August 2017. This was a partial eclipse, so the Sun wasn't completely blocked by the Moon, but it was still a lot of fun. Judging by my Facebook and Twitter feeds, a lot of folks watched this eclipse and took pictures.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @BadAstronomer: Didja miss the eclipse? Never fear: Here’s a gallery of beautiful pictures from yesterday! slate.com/blogs/bad_astr…

Oct 24, 2014

Didja miss the eclipse? Never fear: Here’s a gallery of beautiful pictures from yesterday! slate.com/blogs/bad_astr…

Oct 24, 2014

Awesome gallery of solar eclipse photos. The Sun is really outdoing itself these days. slate.com/blogs/bad_astr… via @BadAstronomer @Slate

The end of pregnancy and the inevitable rise of the artificial womb.

slate.com — Sigmund Freud famously maintained that boys grow up with "castration anxiety," or the fear of losing their penises, while girls suffer from "penis envy," or a longing to have penises of their own. But what if pregnancy envy, not penis envy, has been the central driver of human history? Several...
Oct 24, 2014

This is such an easy call. RT @mims: Transhumanists: Which gender will we eliminate first? slate.com/articles/news_…

Oct 24, 2014

The end of pregnancy and the inevitable rise of the artificial womb, -- slate.com/articles/news_… via @slate

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Lures people away from anti-domestic violence site with a copycat.

slate.com — Until recently, an online community of anti-feminist men (and a couple of women) who consider themselves "men's rights activists" were content to perform most of their "activism" by complaining about women online and overwhelming the comment sections of any feminist website, rendering them virtually unusable for people who actually want...
Oct 24, 2014

"Men's rights" group tries to direct people away from anti-domestic violence website slate.me/1uQxq0l

Oct 24, 2014

slate.com/blogs/xx_facto… New low from the “men’s rights” activists: Trying to lure people away from an anti-domestic violence website.

Online misogyny levels up.

slate.com — Gamergate, a diffuse but relentless online anti-feminist movement aimed at drubbing feminist women out of game development and criticism, continues to expand the scope of its attacks. First it started as a traditional anti-feminist campaign, targeting individual women in hopes that they'd quit the industry rather than suffer any longer....
Oct 24, 2014

slate.com/blogs/xx_facto… Online misogyny levels up: #GamerGate attacks Gawker. Because #GamerGate deeply opposes ethical journalism.

Oct 24, 2014

Bullies like those of Gamergate know how to exploit desire not to "take sides." By @AmandaMarcotte slate.com/blogs/xx_facto… @doublexmag @Slate

How to be more productive during your commute.

By Jane Hu
slate.com — People hate commuting. Whether you're inching along in traffic or avoiding eye contact with strangers on public transportation, your commute is something you're resigned to tolerate-barely-as part of the daily grind. In a 2004 study, Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman and his team found that in a daily log of activities,...
Oct 24, 2014

Great tips for being more productive on your commute, by @jane_c_hu: slate.me/1D6TtnZ HT @tshoop

Oct 24, 2014

Start by taking public transit. RT @Slate Here's how to be more productive during your commute: slate.me/1D6TtnZ

Its dominance is a cautionary tale for other industries.

slate.com — Video sites are by far the biggest consumers of bandwidth on the web: Netflix, YouTube, Twitch ... MindGeek. Or maybe that last one doesn't ring a bell? Founded in 2007 by Canadians Stephane Manos and Ouissam Youssef, MindGeek (formerly known as Manwin and Mansef) has over 100 million daily visitors...
Oct 24, 2014

The real online anti-trust problem isn't Amazon. It's pornography. slate.com/articles/techn…

Oct 24, 2014

This @AuerbachKeller piece on how MindGeek took over the porn market is incredible slate.com/articles/techn…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @HowToSpeakMoney: I've long wondered what the net has done to the economics of porn: here's the answer. h/t @TimHarford slate.com/articles/techn…

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Why weird, awkward, hacked-together species are the best.

slate.com — I don't remember now how I first came across the lizard video. Maybe it popped up somewhere in the endless stream of journal articles that, as a freelance science writer, I scroll through on a weekly basis. Maybe someone tweeted it. It doesn't matter. I remember how I felt. In...
Oct 24, 2014

RT @Slate: Seriously, evolution, WTF? A look at the world's most hacked-together species: slate.me/1woJBVn pic.twitter.com/mlQeRQiilR

Oct 24, 2014

RT @Slate: Seriously, evolution, WTF? A look at the world's most hacked-together species: slate.me/1woJBVn pic.twitter.com/mlQeRQiilR

Oct 24, 2014

RT @rwylie9: Some lizards defend themselves by shooting three-foot streams of blood from their own eyes. WTF, Evolution, indeed. slate.com/articles/healt…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @maragrunbaum: Repost for the morning crowd: I wrote @slate about why I love evolutionary weirdos and why I started @wtf_evolution: slate.com/articles/healt…

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Amy Poehler’s memoir Yes Please reviewed.

slate.com — When did you fall in love with Amy Poehler? Many regular women fell for her on the couch, watching her rapping while nine months pregnant on Saturday Night Live, or modeling female ambition on Parks and Recreation, or high-fiving bestie Tina Fey on stage at the Golden Globes. Mindy Kaling...
Oct 24, 2014

fame is an asset in selling a memoir, and a liability in writing one slate.com/articles/doubl…

Simpsons' Louie stolen from Goodfellas? Frank Sivero and the the cartoon character, compared (VIDEO).

slate.com — Earlier this week, Frank Sivero filed a lawsuit against Fox TV Studios, 21st Century Fox America, and Matt Groening, asking for compensation for using what he claims is his likeness for the character of Louie on The Simpsons. Specifically, Sivero has asked them for $250 million, arguing in his suit that Louie is based...

Authorities crack down on expat dealers in Beijing.

slate.com — Each Friday, Roads & Kingdoms and Slate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography, visit their online magazine or follow @roadskingdoms on Twitter. BEIJING-Rob takes a puff of weed from his glass pipe.

Nendo’s Cubic Rubber Bands turn the utilitarian object into a 3-D sculpture.

slate.com — The unexciting if useful rubber band has never aspired to be more than a utilitarian object. Unless stored on a rubber band ball, most rubber bands find themselves stranded at the bottom of drawers or, even worse, discarded after a single use. As part of a new stationery collection, Japanese designers Nendo have come...
Oct 24, 2014

RT @Slate: Japanese designers just gave the ordinary rubber band a hip makeover--PHOTOS: slate.me/1D7l3Bt pic.twitter.com/9TPrhKGBqo

New research from USC shows internet activity changes in poor countries but not rich ones.

slate.com — Does the Internet ever sleep? Not if you live in America: A new paper from James Heidemann and his colleagues at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) at the University of Southern California shows that, in the U.S. relentless online participation is not just an inevitability during normal waking hours, whether...

The Gabfest on the political influence of billionaires like Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer, and the Koch brothers; the Supreme Court’s rulings on voter ID cases in Wisconsin and Texas; and the two very different legacies of Washington Post editor Ben Bradl

slate.com — 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! To listen to the discussion, use the player below: Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab For...
Oct 24, 2014

Interesting discussionAre Billionaires More Powerful Than Political Parties? slate.com/articles/podca… via @slate

A feminist professor at Rutgers is teaching a class about Beyoncé

slate.com — This article originally appeared in Business Insider. You know you've made it when people recognize you by your first name. Cher, Robyn, and Madonna have all become single names, and now Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter has too. One of the best-selling artists of all time, the multi-talented performer and businesswoman is...

Miz Cracker's guide to being a queen on "Halloqueen."

slate.com — Drag, as we've explored in Outward before, is an artform that demands a considerable amount of commitment. And yet each year on or around Oct. 31st, many people-especially many gay men-decide on a whim to try their heretofore unpolished hands at queendom. Tacky wigs are pulled on backwards, borrowed heels...
Oct 24, 2014

Men of America, whatever your orientation, take Miz Cracker's advice on Hallowqueen drag: slate.me/10rDJQz

Discuss and debate the latest episode from Sarah Koenig (AUDIO).

slate.com — Here's something we haven't done before: a Spoiler Special podcast about ... another podcast. But Serial, the new podcast from This American Life, is so gripping and confounding we had to discuss it. On the first season of the show, Sarah Koenig and her fellow producers are investigating the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee.

Mayor, wife suspected.

slate.com — Mexico's attorney general says the mayor of the town of Iguala and his wife are suspected of involvement in the disappearance of 43 student protesters in the area last month. From NPR: On Wednesday, Mexico's attorney general said an arrest warrant has been issued for Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and...
Oct 24, 2014

RT @Slate: A mayor in Mexico and his wife are suspected in the disappearance of 43 students: slate.me/1vZ3TWC pic.twitter.com/1kUr9id8Vb