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Submission + - Anti-GMO activists win victory on Hawaii island ( 1

biobricks writes: New York Times reports on how the county council on the Big Island of Hawaii banned GMOs. The story is told through the eyes of one lonely councilman's struggle with the left-wing forces of anti-science and fear mongering in genetic engineering

Submission + - Protesters vandalize GMO rice designed to help malnourished (

biobricks writes: NYT headline: "The fight over genetically modified crops has gone global. Is hysteria impeding science?" Story is about on protests against genetically modified rice that could provide vitamin A to the half-million children who go blind each year without it. By the same reporter who wrote about GMO oranges a couple weeks ago.

Submission + - GMO Oranges? Altering a Fruit's DNA to Save it (

biobricks writes: NY Times story says the Florida orange crop is threatened by an incurable disease and traces the efforts of one company to insert a spinach gene in orange trees to fend it off. Not clear if consumers will go for it though.

Submission + - Autistic and Seeking A Place in an Adult World (

biobricks writes: NYT chronicles a year in the life of a 20something with autism who is an amazing artist and is trying to get a job in a world where his lack of social skills put him at a distinct disadvantage. Story includes new embedded video feature never seen before in NYT.

Submission + - Tornado survivors reunited with their stuff via FB (

biobricks writes: NYT reports on what might be the best-ever use of FB, as a kind of lost-and-found for storm survivors whose keepsakes "fell out of the sky" 100-200 miles from where they lived. Article says dozens have been reunited with their stuff but "the page is also turning social networking software designed to help friends stay in touch into an unexpected meeting ground for strangers.''
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Submission + - 25 Random Tips for the Busy Facebook User (

biobricks writes: A New York Times blog offers a tongue-in-cheek recipe for how to complete a"25 Random Things About Me" list on Facebook. Several million of the lists have been posted in the last week, and the author claims her formula, based on a close textual analysis of the lists she has received, will help millions more save time as they seek to sculpt their Facebook persona. Based on the lists I've read, she nails quite a few. "1. Say that you hate things like this, and are doing it only to get the (oh, so many) friends clamoring for your list off your back....6. Cite mean nickname you were given as a child. 7. Follow with offhand mention of receipt of high professional honor or athletic or artistic achievement..."

I've got a bad feeling about this.