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Submission + - Personalized user generated news that you can edit (thoof.com)

Sanity writes: "Thoof, the latest project of Ian Clarke, creator of the Freenet P2P network, came out of private beta today. Thoof is an attempt to address the shortcomings of current user-generated news websites, by allowing users to edit stories (Wikipedia style, but with an additional voting step), and also through a new and novel personalization algorithm that is much faster at learning your preferences than a conventional collaborative filter."

Submission + - Why This Universe? (skeptic.com) 3

GRW writes: "The current issue of Skeptic Magazine has an article by Robert Lawrence Kuhn entitled "Why This Universe: Toward a Taxonomy of Possible Explanations". Why does the universe exist? Why not nothing? Why are the physical laws and constants what they are and not something else? The author classifies the many possible scientific and non-scientific explanations for this question into four catagories: One Universe Models, Multiple Universe Models, Non-Physical Causes and Illusions."

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