FuturePundit: Classical Music Down-Regulates Genes For Neurodegeneration

Does classical music alter genetic regulation in a way that slows brain aging? Although listening to music is common in all societies, the biological determinants of listening to music are largely unknown. via Pocket
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Starbucks race together campaign – Business Insider

Starbucks is in hot water after launching a campaign that encourages baristas to talk about race relations with customers. Critics have been lashing out at the company on social media, saying Starbucks is trying to capitalize on racial tension in the US. via Pocket
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Iran’s Plan to Boost Declining Birth Rate? Block Access to Birth Control

Two bills being discussed in Iran will turn women into “baby-making machines” if passed, Amnesty International warned on Wednesday. The bills seek to boost Iran’s population of 77 million. via Pocket
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TaxProf Blog: WaPo: Who Says You Need a Law Degree to Practice Law: Limited License Legal Technicians

Washington Post op-ed: Who Says You Need a Law Degree to Practice Law?, by Robert Ambrogi: Michelle Cummings never went to law school. Her formal college education ended in 1998, with a paralegal studies degree from Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash. via Pocket
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NASHVILLE — Al Gore wants to make a point about cellphones, and he has a helpful set of slides on his laptop. “Do you want to see that?” he asks, and starts to turn the MacBook around. Mr. via Pocket
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Al Gore, richer than Romney – POLITICO.com

TOP TALKER – “Gore Being Romney-Rich With $200 Million After Bush Defeat,” by Bloomberg’s Ken Wells and Ari Levy: Al Gore “made an estimated $100 million in a single month. via Pocket
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Israel Election: Prime Minister Netanyahu Declares Victory – NBC News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared victory in Tuesday’s close national elections. Netanyahu, leader of the conservative Likud Party, made the announcement on Twitter. “Against all odds: a great victory for the Likud. A major victory for the people of Israel!” he wrote in Hebrew. via Pocket
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