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Elements of style, minus a few

Elements of style, minus a few

08/03/11 02:59PM

I love it when science goes mainstream. J. Crew seems to be taking science to the streets in the form of their window displays. However, I think they should have practiced good science and solicited a little peer review.(Props to @ChemistryUpdates and @DrRubidium for the initial catch. After the jump, what's amiss here.)If you don't immediately see what's wrong with that picture, I don't blame you. Rest assured, no one has the periodic table memorized (aside from this guy.) Here's the portion of the periodic table that J. read more

Senator Mark Udall

Democrat re-floats balanced budget bill

08/03/11 01:05PM

As part of the debt-ceiling deal President Obama signed yesterday, Republicans demanded (and will get) a vote by the end of the year on one of their holiest of grails: a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution. Even if it passed, President Obama's against it, so the vote is likely to be pure politics. Because that's what we've been missing from Washington!Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, a quote-unquote centrist Democrat, is trying to take that Republican political theater and turn it into a Democratic opportunity. read more

Good twin/bad twin from Hitchcock's "The White Shadow"

Best noon thing

08/03/11 12:07PM

Long before Ken Howard coached high-school basketball on 1970s television, the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock used the title "The White Shadow" for his very first film. It was a silent movie about a pair of twins: one good, one bad.  Can you guess which is which?The film has been lost for nearly ninety years, but 30 minutes of it was recently found in New Zealand.  I call that a good thing. And though it's noon, I say to you, "Good evening."  read more

Jennifer Pharr Davis hiking the Appalachian Trail

Step by step

08/03/11 11:49AM

The debt ceiling debacle wasn't the only thing that ended this week. Jennifer Pharr Davis from Asheville, North Carolina, finished her epic trek of the Appalachian Trail and set a new world record doing it!  She walked the final 36 miles of her 2,180 mile hike on Sunday.Pharr Davis has now hiked the Appalachian Trail faster than anyone else on record. She started the on June 15 on Mount Katahdin in Maine and finished exactly 47 days, 13 hours, 31 minutes later in Springer Mountain, Georgia. read more

Under water at the Milwaukee Zoo.

After the cuts, more cutting (#Wisconsin edition)

08/03/11 10:51AM

Like his fellow Republicans who are up for recall, Wisconsin State Senator Dan Kapanke is defending his seat on the idea that State Senate Democrats abandoned their duties by boycotting the union-stripping vote, and that Republicans have saved the state money. read more

'Who is going to drive the economy?'

08/03/11 09:24AM

A panel of economists today reports that the American economy faces the growing risk of falling back into recession.Consumers have slowed their spending, businesses have slowed their spending, and the federal government has just signed a deal to slow its spending. If you add those up, you get stagnation and maybe even recession. read more

What it's all about.

Morning Maddow: August 3

08/03/11 08:00AM

Unions raise big money to help the Wisconsin recalls.States brace for cuts in federal aid.1,100 workers in Illinois are about to lose their jobs.KS Gov. Sam Brownback is under pressure not to attend TX Gov. Rick Perry's prayer day.Anti-abortion group attacks Romneycare.Egypt's deposed president Hosni Mubarak is wheeled into court on a gurney.A media consultant's critique of Nixon. read more

The Discovery Channel building during Shark Week

Shark Week

08/02/11 09:00PM

These past few weeks have been Debt Weeks on the network news stations, but over at Discovery Channel this week honors a whole 'nother monster: the shark.And to celebrate? If only we could decorate 30 Rockefeller Plaza with an inflatable John Boehner... read more

Rachel returns!

Rachel returns!

08/02/11 08:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior producer for The Rachel Maddow Show, previews Tuesday night's show, marking the return, finally, of Rachel Maddow to the anchor chair. watch

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