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Assuming a Spherical Cow

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On January 4, 2020
Milk production at a dairy farm was low, so the farmer wrote to the local university, asking for help from academia. A multidisciplinary team of professors was assembled, headed by a theoretical physicist, and two weeks of intensive on-site investigation took place. The scholars then returned to the university, notebooks crammed with data, where the […]
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On August 20, 2012 President Obama remarked that “We have been very clear to the Assad regime… that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus.” On August 31 of 2013, as Derek Chollet writes, the Obama administration […]
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Headscarves and Labor Rights

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On April 5, 2016
An interesting labor issue as Air France prepares to resume flights to Tehran. Will Air France female flight attendants and pilots be forced to wear headscarves as part of their uniform on the flight itself? They are saying no, Air France is saying yes: Flore Arrighi, head of the UNAC flight crews’ union, said: “It […]

History of Slavery

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On January 17, 2016

A couple of articles on the history of world slavery that may pique your interest on a Sunday morning. First, here’s a really interesting photo essay on African slaves in Iran in the late 19th a

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