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The economist who predicted the financial crisis just sounded another alarm—it would be wise to listen this time

In his first official act as the new governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Raghuram Rajan raised the benchmark interest rate from 7.25 to 7.5%, causing a ripple of surprise in financial circles and eliciting protests from various business representatives. But for people who know the current …

Interest Rates

Mirage Men: the story behind the UFO story

Mirage Men is my friend Mark Pilkington's excellent book of the story behind the UFO story -- a history of disinformation, paranoia, hoaxers, …

A whale's life story is recorded in its ear wax

From a fetid, foot-long rod of earwax, extracted from the skull of a dead blue whale, scientists have unspooled an in-depth life story of one member of the largest mammals on earth. These waxy diaries could give marine biologists a new way to study the lives of a free-swimming species, and a window …

Extracted

U.N. report cites 'clear' use of chemical weapons in Syria

Inspectors' report on Syria comes as U.N. Security Council debates how to enforce a plan for Assad to give up his chemical arms.<p>September 16, 2013|By Paul Richter and Shashank Bengali<p>U.N. weapons inspectors are reportedly shown collecting samples last… (Local Committee of Arbeen )<p>WASHINGTON — A …

Middle East