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Illustration. Utter fantasy.

Eye of frog, tail of worm

12/12/11 01:37PM

The photo above is the product of my imagination running a little wild, but as an enthusiastic science spectator, I reserve the right to allow my mind to drift to fantasy when the actual science is so spectacular.In this case, the spectacular science news is that researchers were able to grow eyes on a frog (a tadpole actually) in places on its... read more

Best noon thing

12/12/11 12:22PM

I have a new obsession thanks to boing boing: listening for vocal fry. This speech pattern, in which the voice dips down into a gravelly lower register, was once considered a defect, but is now apparently common, especially among college-aged women. As my daughter is too young for this and I don't recall hearing my nieces do it, I appealed... read more

KC, the miracle hobo dog

KC, the miracle hobo dog

12/12/11 12:15PM

Go ahead, top this:Scene of all scenes, in November a dog was seen riding on top of a boxcar of the Kansas City Southern Railway. When the train was moving he would lie down. Pearl Mississippi Animal Control officers Heather Rodgers and Chuck Loper were called to rescue the dog. After arranging for a forklift with a pallet, KC was safely lowered... read more

Ten thousand is a lot of dollars

12/12/11 10:07AM

Mitt Romney's handlers have a lot on their hands with his casual bet of $10,000 in Saturday's Republican debate. It would help, as Steve Benen points out, if Mr. Romney weren't also the guy who jokes about being unemployed while quadrupling the size of one of his mansions. Instead, Mr. Romney casts himself as the one who would l... read more

Morning Maddow: December 12

12/12/11 07:45AM

A predator drone is used to capture U.S. citizens on U.S. soil.Occupy protesters will try to shut down West Coast ports today.Newt Gingrich and doom from above.Romney and the $10,000 bet.Does Rick Perry really think there's a country named Solynda?Northeast states are cutting heating aid to the poor.San Francisco's minimum wage is... read more

Ahead on the 12/9 Maddow show

12/09/11 07:09PM

Tonight's guests include:Steve Kornacki, news editor of Salon  Chris Hayes, host of msnbc's "Up with Chris Hayes", editor-at-large of The Nation  Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson, co-authors of the new book, "The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism"Executive producer Bill Wolff and some... read more

The Week in Geek: You are your potato chips

12/09/11 03:04PM

A time lapse video of the Mars rover Spirit's entire journey on Mars.For you literary types: was Jane Austen poisoned by arsenic?Record-setting biggest (and baddest) black holes discovered.Scientists study grey wolves in Yellowstone to predict how animals will respond to climate change.An amazing gallery of science and technology photos... read more

Plan B stands for 'backlash'

Plan B stands for 'backlash'

12/09/11 01:22PM

Wednesday's unprecedented overrule of the FDA after its approval of emergency contraception Plan B for over-the-counter sales invited its share of criticism, but President Obama seems to have really set it off with his defense of that decision yesterday.Author and Salon writer Rebecca Traister asked, "When will Barack Obama learn how... read more

We are the .00000002 percent!

We are the .00000002 percent!

12/09/11 12:32PM

UC Berkeley economist Sylvia Allegretto draws a straight and bright line from the Forbes 400 to the Wal-Mart fortune.The Forbes list reveals that six Waltons—all children (one daughter-in-law) of Sam or James “Bud” Walton the founders of Wal-Mart—were on the list. The combined worth of the Walton six was $69.7 billion in 2007—which equated to... read more

GOP tries to split the 99 percent

GOP tries to split the 99 percent

12/09/11 10:55AM

Congressional Republicans have a new way to brighten the holidays back home:GOP leaders hope to build momentum for an end-of-year tax package with sweeping reforms to federal unemployment benefits.The Republican proposal is expected to reduce the total number of weeks unemployed workers are eligible for aid by as much as 40 weeks and tighten... read more

Instant folk art.

Gay Republicans really mad at Perry

12/09/11 09:41AM

Being an out and gay Republican must get so trying sometimes. Texas Governor Rick Perry knocks you around so he can win a few points in Iowa, maybe, and that's considered smart politics. GOProud's Jimmy LaSalvia tells the Hill:“They certainly are showing desperation. We’re seeing the end times of the Perry campaign. This is a strategy... read more

Morning Maddow: December 9

12/09/11 07:48AM

 The family of missing ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson releases his "proof of life" video.Who doesn't like Gingrich? Pretty much anyone who had to work with him back in the day.Life invades art imitating life: "Law and Order" builds a fake Zuccotti Park camp, and Occupy Wall Street moves in for real.Police decide not to... read more