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August 16th, 2011 by in Images, Links

5 Mind-Blowing Scientific Answers to Life’s “Big Questions”[Cracked]

How To Make 2AM Chili Like A Man – [NextRound]

The Hottest Fans Of Every NFL Team – [Guyism]

Fantasy Football Fever: The Most Obsessed Cities in America – [NewsFeed]

Visa Exposed As Massive Credit Card Scam – [The Onion]

According to indictments filed in U.S. District Court, Visa posed as a reputable lender, working through banks to peddle a variety of convincing-looking credit cards carefully designed to dupe consumers into spending far more money than they had. The criminal group would then impose a succession of escalating fees on unpaid balances, allegedly bilking some $300 billion from victims in the past year alone.

“This is criminal behavior of the most vile sort,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a press conference following the arrests, estimating that one in three Americans have fallen for the scam since its inception in the 1970s. “By masquerading as a legitimate business, this illicit syndicate was able to prey on helpless citizens for decades, charging unfathomable interest rates on the order of 15, 20, even 30 percent or more. It’s staggering. Nobody could afford that.”

Cancer’s Secrets Come Into Sharper Focus – [The New York Times]

But recent discoveries have been complicating the picture with tangles of new detail. Cancer appears to be even more willful and calculating than previously imagined.

“We’ve been obsessively focusing our attention on 2 percent of the genome,” said Dr. Pier Paolo Pandolfi, a professor of medicine and pathology at Harvard Medical School. This spring, at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Orlando, Fla., he described a new “biological dimension” in which signals coming from both regions of the genome participate in the delicate balance between normal cellular behavior and malignancy.

As they look beyond the genome, cancer researchers are also awakening to the fact that some 90 percent of the protein-encoding cells in our body are microbes. We evolved with them in a symbiotic relationship, which raises the question of just who is occupying whom.

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