Links for August 31 2016

* <a href="http://phys.org/news/2016-08-boredom-hardest-yearlong-dome-isolation.html"Boredom was hardest part of yearlong dome isolation: NASA crew

“Verseux’s advice to new volunteers on a similar isolation experiment: “Bring books.”
Another mission member, American Tristan Bassingthwaighte, agreed, urging future participants to bring “lots of books.””

* Urban Rabbit Farm Found at Teotihuacán

* How to Keep a Zibaldone, the 13th Century’s Answer to Tumblr

“A strange melange of diary, ledger, doodle pad, and scrapbook, these volumes—along with similar “hodgepodges” and “commonplace books”—served as a pattern for interior life from the 14th century onward, bringing comfort and inspiration to everyone from Thomas Jefferson to Lewis Carroll.

They helped citizens of a rapidly changing world to make sense of what they were reading, seeing, and becoming, opening the way for more contemporary recording forms, like blogging, tweeting, and sharing on Tumblr.”

* The Court that Rules the World

“But over the last two decades, ISDS has morphed from a rarely used last resort, designed for egregious cases of state theft or blatant discrimination, into a powerful tool that corporations brandish ever more frequently, often against broad public policies that they claim crimp profits.”

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